308 Bleecker St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.732622 -74.003841
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Overpriced – The food was ok, but overpriced. Also the menu was pretty limited. I wouldn't go back unless someone else was paying.
Choptank, Don't bother. – The place looks fine, lots of nice white marble counters, (someone's been to Pearl Oyster Bar) a bit of a clunky outdoor space but the annoyance starts as soon as you look at the menu.
$6 for a 12 oz beer, $10 for a 20oz beer, but the problem is, the 20oz glass looks exactly like a pint glass! When i point that out to the bartender, he shrugs, "It's a pint glass, those are our 20oz glasses" Thanks for nothing. Now i'm doubly annoyed.
My friend and i went for lunch, had a dozen oysters (which were good) 2 beers each and a soft shell crab sandwich and spent over $100. Whatever quaint Chesapeake theme is left flies out the window after the bill comes.
There are numerous seafood restaurants in the neighborhood where the food is better, less expensive, or feel more authentic.
What a poser.
Asked to Leave and Give Up Bar Stool - Ridiculous – I'm leaving a comment (similar to what I emailed the owner) to share with others my negative experience this past Friday night.
If not for the wonderful bartender (Leann - I believe was her name) I would not have been so calm about what happen.
My wife and I arrived at 6pm and sat at the oyster bar having a drink and appetizer.
By 6:30 two more friends arrived and we order more drinks.
By 7 we looked around at the many empty tables and tried to sit down. The host would not give us a table and rather kept us on the corner of the Oyster bar.
We were cool with it so it wasn't a big deal and the bartender was awesome so we went with it. However there were many empty tables (and I get probably with reservations, but the point is they were empty).
We order entrees and after it took a while for them to come the manager/co-owner came by to apologize. I forgot his name, anyway, he seemed cool and it was a nice move to apologieze. Up until this point everything was cool At approximately 8pm after 2 hours of drinking and a $222 food and bar bill the bartender let us know the host told her we needed to leave and give up our seats at the bar. WTF. Seriously, no offer for another drink, not would you want to go to the other bar, no do you want dessert just simply "I'm so embarrassed they are making me do this and we need your seats for someone else". First of all it's pathetic the owner made the bartender do it, secondly it's more pathetic this is how they run their place. Oh and btw - at 8pm there may not have been an empty table, but there was NO MORE than 5 people waiting for a table.
I don't even have words. I NEVER leave comments on websites, but this put me over the edge. Especially because I really (prior to this) loved the place.
For a neighborhood restaurant I think it's ridiculous.
I lived in the west village for 10 years before buying an apartment uptown. I can't even think of all the great restaurants in the neighborhood I've been to and have NEVER been asked to leave from a table and NO LESS asked to leave a bar stool. Seriously, it wasn't even that busy.
I can't believe we were asked to leave the bar so that the host could simply fill more seats at the bar by people who were ordering food after we already ate. I get it's a business but this is bad business. I figure if the people who took our seats sat there for 2 hours and ordered food they spent probably $100 bucks more than what we would have if we where there an additional 2 hours the restaurant. Net, net they made $100 more dollars and lost a huge fan.
Leann was a great bartender and if this place ever closes anyone out there would be proud to have her behind the bar. Total class act. The owner and door host is a hot mess and needs to pull there management skills together.
My survey of 20 co-workers today revealed none of them have ever been asked to leave a bar stool. When and if asked to leave a table they were offered a drink at the bar and if they were in my situation they wouldn't haven't even paid the bill. All of them thought it was crazy, none of them will ever go to Choptank (I hope).
If your in a hurry then cool, if you want feel relaxed, skip it.
DMANBURGER "Choptank" – DMANBURGER “Choptank”
March 6, 2010
On Bleecker and Grove Street in the restaurant saturated West Village, lies newly opened Choptank. Named for the river that flows into the Chesapeake Bay where the owners grew up, this upscale seafood shack is inspired by the very cuisine of that Maryland region. Native proprietor Bobby Werhane famed for other well-loved comfort spots such as Dell’Anima and L’Artusi, came together with Chef Matthew Schaefer and culinary servant Kevin Patricio, featuring a varietal menu consisting of Binkert’s German Sausage, Fried Oyster Po-boys and Fried Chicken with Black pepper honey. I was greeted by kind and gracious Bobby Werhane who ushered me through his modern, yet contemporary maritime decorated split level restaurant, complete with a charming outdoor space where he says “We’re going to have some killer crab boils in the summer”- the sound of which made my ears perk up! Hoping for an invite to such an auspicious seasonal event, I stared and daydreamed that I was lounging outdoors slurping oysters and chomping on peel your own Gulf shrimp while downing cold beverages and enjoying witty banter with friends and passer bys…..alas not just yet ! I would be content tonight in a warm cosy nook gorging on my warm hearty burger watching pedestrians lumber along clenching their coats against the last of New York’s winter.
Before long, my lovely waitress served me some tantalizing Old Bay seasoned potato crisps, which were accompanied by a tangy smooth crab dip which was very rich in flavor and insanely tasty. The signature burger that I was to choose, featured a goliath 8oz blended patty, juicy and full of flavor slathered in rich creamy aged Wisconsin cheddar, pickled pepper mayo, fried onions and bacon-jam, all nestled on a perfectly toasted speckled sesame seed bun. I grabbed the burger like fisherman hauls a catch, trawling the sandwich into my mouth savoring the flavor as my eyes closed with content and delight. This was a good catch, not going to throw this one away! However, when practicing the same action on a lightly fried Oyster po-boy, I was greeted with an uninviting flavor which caused me to want to throw this catch back ! I was disappointed, and left the Po-Boy to revert back to my delicious burger. I chatted to a couple of regulars at a nearby table who swear by the crispy Fried Chicken, Virginia Ham, and zesty rock shrimp tacos. I was really happy with the burger and was very impressed with the friendliness of upfront and hands on owner Bobby Werhune, and his competent staff.
Choptank has various seating options such as an oyster bar, dining room and cosy window nooks. The bar is full featuring a plethora of micro brews and wines if that’s your thing, Choptank is a great neighborhood landing spot to enjoy all varietals of tasty Maryland inspired fare and one heck of-a-good burger. I’ll be checking back in when the weather’s warmer for those crab and shrimp boils, maybe you should do the same !
Great Chicken? Think Again – I saw a review that was written in one of those papers that are handed out at the subway. The reviews about the buttermilk chicken left me wanting to try the place. Well, let me just say the reviews were 100% wrong. The chicken had no flavor at all. Salt and pepper are not seasonings. They may help enhance the flavor, but they do not add flavor. Fried chicken need seasoning. They also fail to cook the chicken. They focused on the chicken looking “light and airy” as the waitress kept saying. The chicken was not done. It was pink on the inside. They also cut the chicken up to make it seem as if you were getting a lot when in fact it looked like chicken nuggets. If you want some good fried chicken I suggest Egg located at 135 N. 5th Street in Brooklyn.
Amazing food and service – Choptank appears to be Maryland inspired with a southern twist. It has all the makings of your favorite fish shack with Old Bay beckoning to you from the shelves and hosts, servers and bartenders that want and care for you to have a great experience. Ended up here midweek and was greeted by 2 pleasant hostesses that were nice enough to accomodate us. But resies are recommended. We enjoyed a drink at the main bar while waiting for a spot to open up at the walk in raw bar. There was a nice, energetic crowd for a cold, mid-week night. Our fantastic server at the raw bar, Ian, made some great recommendations from the reasonably priced menu. We opted on splitting oysters, crab claws and fried chicken. The oysters and crab claws were unbelievably fresh and delicious. With your entree they treat you to chips and crab dip- just sublime. But the fried chicken was out of this world and should be on any 2010 "best of" list. Fried to perfection, cooked all the way through and with a side of honey...I can't remember the last time I was near tears at a dish being pulled away from me. We ended the night with their banana bread pudding with a side of butter pecan ice cream. I am counting the days till I return for that fried chicken and to sample the crabcake which our server was raving about. Great food, amazing service and a hot spot in the West Village worth checking out more than once.
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