I have made the rounds to Balthazaar, Pastis and Schiller’s. We were at Balthazaar a few weeks ago and had a really good meal. Pastis, where I have done mostly lunch, is always good. Why is it every time I go to Schiller’s the food is mediocre at best? Maybe Keith McNally doesn’t think the food is as important as the vibe in that neighborhood. I am not sure what it is.
We had dinner there a few nights ago. My mistake. We should have opted for a variety of other new places in the area that would have been fun to try. We just happened to see Schillers and I guess we knew what we were in for. I just didn’t think the food would be so bad.
Burgers is what everyone ordered but no body really was intent on finishing their meal. Not a good sign. I opted for a pounded grilled chicken over a salad. Not tough. The chicken was over seasoned (with what I am not sure ) and the salad was old and the sauce was way too heavy. Disappointed everywhere. Also, maybe I am getting too old but I couldn’t hear a thing. Yikes.
Next time, I’m pulling out my Blackberry and finding somewhere better in the local area.
These spots aren’t necessarily new but are consistently good.
Little Giant – the food is fresh/seasonal and the owners present a comfortable, homey vibe.
Kuma Inn – an oldie but goodie, great small plates and a fun atmosphere for groups
Chubo – great French/Asian cuisine, probably the most underrated spot on Clinton St.