44 W 63rd St, New York, NY | Directions 1002340.771397 -73.982838
Sun-Mon 5pm-10:30pm; Tue-Sat 5pm-11:30 pm
Neighborhoods: Lincoln Square, Midtown
Decent – Had my sister's graduation dinner at Ed's - service was really poor. Our waitress seemed like she was in a hurry to get us out; never once came by to check on us. The manager had to come by to introduce himself. The appetizers were great our entrees were okay. Overall I'm not sure if I'll be back.
Wow! Best lobster bisque I've ever had! – My husband took me to Ed’s for my birthday and I was blown away...the food was fantastic, the service was great, the décor – white leather banquettes, rich, dark wood, mirrors & crystal - elegant but not stuffy - I loved it! I'm originally from the Boston area so I'm very particular about my seafood and I loved the pureed lobster bisque... rich, creamy & smooth. We split a surf & turf - filet mignon & grilled jumbo shrimp...both were great. And I asked 1) if we could have some of the vegetables that were in the combination dinners & they said, ‘Sure!’ and 2) if there might possibly be some béarnaise sauce for the filet mignon. Our waiter said he’d ask and a few minutes later returned with some béarnaise sauce the chef ‘whipped up’ just for me! The mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and bacon were delicious as were the garlic collard greens. The lemon meringue tart and banana cream pie with shaved chocolate desserts were mouth-watering . Our waiter and porters & the manager, Louis, were very attentive and friendly. It’s hard to believe the people who wrote the previous, negative reviews were at the same restaurant!
Just not good enough for the money disappointed – After reading rave reviews from Time Out magazine, I made sure to run over for a sampling. For a $70 lunch I expect clams in my clam chowder. The ladies sitting next to us and had the trio of soups and said they didn't like any of them. The couple on the other side said they had no clams in their chowder. The crab cake was fantastic. The lobster roll was loaded with lobster, the rest of the ingrdients let us down. Am I wrong or should the waiter be filling my glass with sparkling water.......well I did it for us. The room is gorgeous. I didnt realize they opened a month and a half ago. Not expecting to go back. Tried reaching management but found it impossible on line. (The manager did take the chowder off the bill and gave us a small bowl of' 'freshly made soup. Still wasn't impressed.)
Decent value; poor service – As others have mentioned, Ed's Chowder House has a few bright points (nice decor, good corn chowder, lobster value), however the horrible service is such a drawback that I cannot recommend this restaurant to anyone.
As other have mentioned, the service was nowhere near what should be expected for a restaurant offering $3 oysters, $20-30 entrees, and $10-13 drinks.
It must have been the waiter's first day since he did not know anything on the menu, failed to serve the entrees appropriately, and didn't return with drinks for almost 30 minutes.
As "TheSkinny" mentioned, I would have been happy to have people "hover" near the table, at least the service would have improved a bit.
The decor is nice, but the drawbacks are enough to make us forgo another visit.
Awful, absolutely awful – Unless you're 65 or older they won't pay any attention to you. We recently went in for dinner and had some of the worst service we've ever had. We both live in Manhattan and dine at nice restaurants frequently (not that Ed's is considered a nice restaurantby any means). In fact, we had been to Center Cut and had a wonderful experience. All I can say is they should have kept the wait and kitchen staff.
While the food wasn't as expensive as Center Cut, I'd rather pay more to have something edible and have service that is respectful.
Our server? I swear this was his first job waiting tables. When we told management that it had been 25 minutes and we didn't even have our drinks yet, nothing was done. The manager never even came to check on us. Meanwhile the 2 couples seated next to us spending their social security checks, dressed as if they were in an Atlantic City casino, were fawned over. Inexcusable. I really hope they were worth it and left a good tip, because we did not.
Give'em a chance! – The smoked cod cakes were great as was the tuna steak. My friend had the fluke which was colorful and big on flavor and texture. All in all a great place to have been open barely a week when I went. The waiter seemed to know his stuff but was clearly being pulled in 5 different directions my management micromanaging his next move. It would have been nice to see him do things his way. Nevertheless, I will be back. I just hope there aren't 6 "suits" hovering about. It started to make me nervous.
P.S. Who is in charge of not having almost year old reviews from Centercut on the Ed's Chowder House page?
Not Yet Ready & Unimaginably Poor Service – Our waiter was so bad he was sent home midway during our meal. I'm not kidding. That bad. And the assistant manager, who tried to recover, still had some fatal flaws that will keep me from returning. It doesn't matter if this place has just opened, this wasn't the "B" team on duty, it was more like the untrained, unexperienced "D" team. First, we were made to wait at the bar though we were on time for our 7pm reservation and the restaurant was 3/4 empty. We had a waiter that talked way too much, volunteering what the "best deals" were on price for cocktails without us asking, told me I couldn't have add a splash of elderflower liqueur to my glass of champagne when I ordered it because the liqueur was "outrageously expensive" and "doled out carefully by the bartender" (I would have had no problem paying extra). Our orders never were put into the computer so 1 1/2 hours later we were still waiting for our soup. He also told us Ed's special chowder was red sauce based (so I didn't order it) but it isn't, it is cream based (and good, my dining companion had it). The chowder tasting was just so-so. The NE clam chowder was watery and underseasoned. The corn chowder was just what it was. The Manhattan clam chowder was the best of the three - nicely seasoned. The assistant manager who took over didn't check on what we had ordered immediately so as to get our main courses in (causing more delays), didn't pull out the table next to us so the little old lady could easily get out. He also removed our empty drink glasses without asking if we wanted another round. Though he took a hefty percentage off the bill, it was the end of the night and the comedy of errors just wasn't so funny any more. The only highlight? The grilled lobster was lovely. Cooked perfectly, yummy sauce that didn't overpower. The bread was great too (though we had to ask twice to have it brought to our table and that was after 45 minutes post-seating). 81 sets the bar high in terms of service, service at Ed's Chowder House was abysmal. What a shame.
Please contact me, would love to show you that Sunday was an abberation and definitely not the norm. Thank you.
Daniel Kim, General Manager
212-956-1288 ext 110
Um.... – I haven't been to this restaurant and I wanted to try. So I look at the 3 most recent reviews...wow, quite detailed on the food and very generous on how fabulous everything was.......um, except that they all sound like they're written by the same person....on the same day Jan 7, 2009. hahaha, how pathetic. the "reviewers" only wrote for this one restaurant. coincidence? maybe, but i doubt it.
great steak house – i really enjoy dining out in the city and have been to alot of steak houses. my wife and i went to center cut last night and i must say i really enjoyed the food. my wife and i really think jeffery chodorow did a fantastic job with this eatery. we started of with the baby iceburg lettuce and blue cheese with bacon lardons for myself and my wife had the tomato and mozzeralla dish they were great. my iceburg was very cool its a baby iceburg head of lettuce not a wedge but a baby head very cool. i had the nyc classic with mushrooms and onions, the steak was tender and very flavorful. the steaks come in different sizes according to your appetite. for a side dish i had the cream spinach pie it was delicious i could have eaten two of them. my wife had the rossini she loves foie gras it was wonderful as well. the foie was a nice portion and sauce was rich and flavorful. she had the mushroom studel with truffle and that was awesome as well. we finished with a bannans foster which by the way is made table side lots of dazzle.the servers were warm and attentive as well as the rest of the staff. i failed to mention the bar! very cool! its quartz and is uplight which has this amazing warm glow to it. the dining room was rich yet very inviting and relaxing. we had a nice view and it was just a perfect night for the both of us. i would highly reccomend this place to my family and friends which seemed to be the atmosphere here.
Pre Theatre winner – We came in on Saturaday before our show at the lincoln center and to our surprise center cut was busy with a great buzz in the dinning room. We sat down at a table looking out over the park across the road from the empire hotel, with the lights on the trees and just an amazing feel about the comfortablity of the space. We told our server that we had to go to a show and where in a little bit of a rush and she suggested the four square menu, at $39 each what a deal. So we proceeded to oder from this great quick and amazing tasting menu. With 16 dishes to choose from it was a little hard to choose because they all sounded fantastic. I started with a chili that was spicy the way i like it and a tomoto compression both where good but the winner of the night was the shrimp scampi. what a dish and combination between old and new, old school flavor new presentation. as we where leaving you get a bag of cookies which we ate after the show and it reminded me of the great meal that we just had.
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