I've passed by Tad's hundreds of times, and curiosity finally got the best of me. Yes, the menu (all 5 items) are posted on the wall. Yes, the interior is hideous (velvet wallpaper??) and unchanged since the Nixon era. Yes, the meals are relatively affordable for the Union Square location. To be fair, the steak I ordered was actually very good -- but just the steak, not the chewy and tasteless sourdough garlic bread or the forgettable baked potato. But unlike other quirky throwback places nearby that I enjoy (Tommy's Joynt, Lefty O'Doul's, the Owl Tree, etc.), Tad's feels to me like a stubborn holdout in a hot real estate market that just happens to house an antiquated, subpar steak house. The space itself has so much potential -- I'd love to see a complete makeover of the interior, menu, and concept -- so maybe the Tad's of the next decade will be one I'll return to, but this one I'm staying away from.
Pros: The grilled steak was tasty
Cons: Everything else