38 Macdougal St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.727118 -74.002905
Mon-Fri, noon-11pm; Sat, 11am-3pm and 5pm-11pm; Sun, 11am-3pm and 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, SoHo
Disappointing Food & Service – I had reasonable expectations, not very high and not very low.
For starters, the beer and wine selections are quite good. Not amazing by any means but more than acceptable.
The menu itself jumps out at you right away. The appetizers and main courses all scream "interesting" and "different" but alas none scream, "Must Have."
I never have difficulty picking an entree but because nothing really jumps out at me, my dinning mates and I decided to order four different items to share (four appetizers and four entrees).
The food was uninspired in taste. Each dish lacked the "special" taste to bring it from the mediocre to the very good. The House-Made Macaroni and Steamed Littleneck Clams were very good, but the Danelion & Escarole and Chilled Carrot Soup were not good at all.
For the entrees, the fried chicken was tasty, but the portion size small. The scallop special of the day was bland and tasteless and Dijon Marinated Pork Blade Steak was not prepared well. The best item offered was probably the burger, but while the patty was fresh and juicy, the bun itself was a terrible choice.
For the side we had these amazing crispy potatoes, by far the best part of the meal.
Afterwards, we chose to skip dessert because of the disappointing meal. One of my dinning mates overheard the waiter complain that our tip was "only 15%". We tipped $30.00 on a $190.00 bill. While the service was adequate, it was far from stellar and coupled with the mediocre food I cannot understand why anyone would expect more.
Impressed with the brunch! – I'm not a brunch person, really--I'd rather eat cereal at home most days. But this Sunday I met my West Village friend there for brunch at 1pm. I was so impressed with the menu! The egg dishes were creative and fresh; the sweets sounded delicious. I got the grilled cheddar with apples, mustard & pecans--it was great. My friend got the grilled chicken salad and the bite she assembled for me was the real deal. I wished the starters were cheaper, as I would have added biscuits to my order, but it didn't seem worth it for $7. What was both expensive and worth it though was the OJ--fresh squeezed and perfect.
Fantastic Brunch! – I made a reservation through opentable for brunch last Sunday and was pleasantly surprised to find my table waiting for me when I arrived. FYI~ the wait time for walk-ins was about 45 minutes, so I highly recommend making reservations.
The waiter was helpful and based his recommendations strictly on the carb accompaniments! My selection was all about the biscuit. I chose a variation of Eggs Benedict with poached eggs, delicate smoked salmon, hollandaise, all nestled atop the most flaky, buttery, moist and delicious biscuit on earth. My dining companion choose the Acres Scramble based on the cornbread accompaniment :-) We were both very pleased with the simple yet delicious food.
The entire restaurant was dressed for the holidays with garland, lights, and bows. It was so cozy and the ambiance was full of life. Such a perfect spot and the location is prime for shopping in either the west village or soho afterwards!
Skip this "Brunch" Place! – Avoid this place if you can! I made a reservation for two for Christmas Day....We called, made sure the restaurant was open and made it for 12p on the 25th. Additionally we called back, just to check on something with the menu. On the 25th, we show up to find the restaurant is not open, and we were there promptly at the correct time. Out walked someone, who ended up being the restaurant owner. He said we are closed today. I said that I made a reservation for two at 12p. He said we are never open on Christmas. So he basically gave me his name and told me if I came back he would personally take care of us. Low and behold, I called back to make another reservation, spoke to the owner, and basically I was told that it was impossible that Hundred Acres could have made a reservation on Christmas Day, he was completely un-apologetic and refused to except blame for the error. There are many other great places to go for brunch in NYC, skip this one!....
great all round meal – We went in not knowing what to expect having seen the outside a while back and very much liking what we saw. It was for a birthday and there were six in our group. The staff were extremely attentive and seemed to know the menu unside out. The wine list (one of our party considers himself quite the wine expert) was extensive and offered great value. We went through a fair few bottles ourselves as couldn't make up our collective minds on a few of the choices so often settled for both instead. The deviled eggs and chicken liver mousse were delicious and we'd particularly recommend the wreckfish and the blue fish for mains.
If you're looking for good value and relaxed atmosphere with great service we'd highly recommend this place. (The birthday cake was soooo good!)
New favorite place – My husband and I went here for dinner on our anniversary. The food was wonderful. I had the fried chicked (delish!) and my husband had the swordfish (melted in your mouth). The service was impecable. We frequent Five Points, which has the same owners, and they had a record of that being our anniversary. When we sat down they brought each a glass of champagne.
Try this place - you will not be dissappointed. I can't wait to go back!
Great Brunch – Just had brunch and it was delicious! Bloody Mary was perfect! Not too strong and just the right amount of spicy! I had the two friend eggs over corn, and cilantro hash. Eggs were cooked perfectly and the corn hash was wonderful and so tasty! Service was very attentive and cordial.
I can't wait to go back.
Big BIG Letdown – Having eaten many times at both Five Points and Cookshop, I had pretty high expectations for Hundred Acres. Unfortunately, each person in our group of four had a completely disappointing meal when we got together there for dinner this week. To start, it's a very nice looking space that, as it fills (after 8:00pm), becomes ridiculously loud and clattery - requiring a shouting match across the table (but, to be fair, that is pretty common). The online menu (on the H.A. web site) is far more interesting than what we had to select from. Our choices were a very low budget (but not low priced) mix that included a - gasp - blue fish dish, a fried "milanese" hake dish, a burger & fries, a pork sausage and potatoes, a pulled pork sandwich & fries and a "southern" fried chicken with a hunk of lettuce - starters were a tad more interesting but nothing very memorable for me. We ordered two of the starters, clams in a broth with small and awkward hunks of corn cob - and a fried green (small enough to be a cherry tomato) tomato plate with a few baby arugula leaves scattered about and a puddle of "sauce" - snooze, glad the bread basket was full.
For our main courses, two of us ordered the fried chicken with "wedge" of romaine lettuce. We each got a not-as-good-as Popeyes Chicken style gnarled wing, a skinny and dry drumstick and a sad little thigh (bone in) on a plate with a "wedge" / sloppy slice of long and flavorless romaine that was drenched in a very light and milky dressing - for $16. The two others in our party ordered the fried (aka milanese style) hake and the pulled pork sandwich with a pile of fries. Milanese preparation did nothing for the hake which had an airline blandness and the pork was just fine - no surprises and, at least filling.
The wine list is limited in the under $30 price range - which you wouldn't expect for a restaurant serving near diner quality food - our bottle was a nice light red for $48. No Five Points Here!!!
Great Ambience! – I walked by this place on my way to another restaurant on MacDougal to meet friends, and I immediately made a reservation for the following week. Hundred Acres is a beautiful, cozy, candlelit space with an affordable menu and great food. The outdoor space is equally charming. I'll definitely become a regular here.
The Same as a "Hundred" other places – In all honesty would not waste my time. Should go back to provence. There are hundreds of restaurants that serve the same food for half the price. Menu is extremely liimited. Don't be fooled just because it is in SOHO. Just means they probably pay more rent than someone else. Spend your money elsewhere.
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