I know, all my reviews lately are ""3 star"" but I love this place. It's nothing ""amazing"" but at the same time, in a city as potentially off-putting as New York, it is. The bread is good (nice bread sticks, a few different types of bread in the basket - good rolls), the crab cakes are phenomenal (and I am a tough judge of crab cakes. These are the best or close to it that I have ever had. Good enough to go for alone? Heck yes!). While the fish part of the 'seared daily fish' in the coconut ginger broth is as precarious as it sounds (I mean really, not every fish belongs in that), the sweet snap peas in the same sauce are delightful! Also, the first time I went my mother had the BBQ dinner plate and everything on it was amazing and uniquely different. The chicken was sweet with a hint of spice - well flavored certainly, the ribs were succulent, and the shrimp were delightful and exotic. - all a win. The second time I went I had the 'crispy seared organic chicken' and while it was what you would expect - crispy fried (not breaded) chicken, it was only 'decent' - like 'home cookin' which certainly pleased me. I was however disappointed in what seemed like a not-at-all thought out ""roasted corn and smoked bacon hash"" which was not at all hash-like, and had not even a faint hint of bacon to it, and which did not make sense at all with the watermelon 'vinaigrette' - chunks of watermelon and potato do not co-exist. Even still, I enjoyed my meal very much. Maybe I was home sick and the comfort food was what I needed? \r
I also don't understand why people seem to dislike the decor here. I love it! Maybe you wouldn't enjoy it for a romantic evening out (though I certainly think you could) but I think the orange/red hues, dim lighting, cozy booths, and view of the outside bar (or even better - rink in winter) are terrific. I love that I work above this place and plan to make it a frequent dining/lunch spot.\r
Pros: Excellent decor, comforting food (for the most part), just a cozy spot
Cons: The fish of the day! ;P And the cleave of the hostess!