20 Cornelia St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.731381 -74.002110
Mon-Fri, noon-4pm and 5pm-10pm; Sat, 10:30am-4:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 10:30am-4:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Smug absurdly slow service – Healthy fresh food but we waited 10 mins to be seated in spite of numerous open tables then waited 10 more minutes for a menu, then 45 for food. No apologies were offered. Go Home for the weekend.
Very small portions for a place called "Home" – Walking in to Home is like being transported from the West Village to a more hospitable place in the country. While the decor is cozy and the large plates are well prepared, the service is cold and the small plates are forgettable (the best part of the small plates was the brie on the cheese plate. It actually melted in my mouth. However, they sell most of the cheeses served at Home at Murray's Cheese Shop down the street. Buy your cheese there and skip the bad service at Home.)
The "large" plates: The brook trout with arrugula and olives was delicate and flavorful. The accompanying fingerling potatoes were moist without being greasy. The pastrami cured duck breast was the real winner at the table. It was prepared medium rare and the pastrami imbued it with a wonderful saltiness without detracting from the flavor of the duck itself. The spaetzle was a little dry but otherwise quite good and a welcome break from the very flavorful duck. The toasted quinoa salad, however, was not so great. It looked like lawn mower clippings from a pasture and was very bitter even for an organic salad. All of that said, the major problem with these "large" plates was that the portions were actually quite small, even by tasting menu standards. A little bit more spaetzle or a a few more potatoes or a second vegatable or, well, anything would have made these very small "large" plates more homelike.
Unfortunatley, the service did not imporove the hominess of Home. Upon entering, we were greeted somewhat awckwardly by a host who seated us at a table in the back corner. It took a while for a waiter to come to our table. She gave us menus for food and walked away. When she returned, we asked for a wine menu. it was another ten minutes before we received the wine menu and we still didn't have water. The service continued like this throughout the meal. When we received our check, our waitress had written a suggested tip on the bottom of the slip. She suggested 25%...That is obnoxious.
I probably won't go back to Home. While the dishes did taste very good, they left me hungry and the service left me cold and wanting to go home.
Great food, peculiar service – I've eaten at Home off and on for years. The food has always been consistently tasty. The setting is cosy, including the patio.
Recently, however, the service was odd. Several weeks ago I arrived early on a weeknight. I was the first diner (my date arrived later). Although I could have been seated anywhere in the restaurant, the staff placed me in the most cramped seat, sharing the chair's space with a column. As other diners arrived, they were also seated in the same two-top area. The restaurant was half-empty, but all of the diners were squeezed into the same area. Meanwhile, tables further into the dining room were empty throughout the 90 minutes we were there. Why was everyone forced to sit so close?
Several days ago I stopped in with two guests. Home was quite busy (at about 8pm on a Friday night). I asked about the wait. Rather than being given a waiting time, the server said I could "make a reservation" (for nearly 90 minutes later). I left.
While not necessarily a lapse in service, it seemed odd that while already present at the restaurant I would be asked to make a reservation.
Again, not a huge criticism, but simply...odd...service. I will continue eating at Home, but will probably go during off hours.
No way! – Awful awful. Upon arrival, I was neither greeted by the hostess in a timely fashion, nor did she know what she was doing. Then when we were seated the rest of the experience was a complete disaster. From having to ask for water and bread at least 3 times, to the waitress running around like a chicken with her head cut off, no smiles, no eye contact, not certain if they had orange juice and waiting on clean glasses and bread basket. Food, although somewhat tasty, was cold. Mom asked for no bacon, got bacon. Cozy but cramped, chaotic environment. For a sustainble table restaurant I expected peace. No way would I return
Different World – location: mysterious.
space: gorgeous. makes you feel like you're in a different era.
*sigh.* this is my idea of a great dining experience, from start to finish.
Shockingly bad service – I went to Home for a friend?s birthday this year, having had many pleasant experiences here in the past. Our night did not get off to a good start when we were shoved into a hot stuffy corner at the back. It took our waiter 15 minutes to come over and see if we wanted anything to drink, and then he disappeared without another word to us. Another 20 minutes later, he returned to FINALLY get out order. Our apps and entrees arrived in bits and pieces, leaving some people with food for about 10 minutes while others waited and our food grew cold- totally unreasonable for a party of 5. Then, when we placed a desert order, only half of the deserts arrived, and though about 6 people went back and forth past our table, we could not get a single person to stop. Then, when our waiter finally came back, he acted as though we had never placed the desert order at all, even though he had given spoons to people who had ordered. Then, without a word of apology he snatched the bill up off the table, and proceeded to add all of the deserts, not giving us a single thing for free in spite of all the problems. I was shocked to see how far a place that used to be one of my favorites has fallen!
Crudest service ever – My friend had taken me here for my birthday this year and we had heard some good reveiews about it.
When we went in, the seating hostess wanted to seat us outside in 40 degree weather, mind you it was February. She rolled her eyes at me when I told her it was too cold and huffed and puffed. I then asked her if we could sit at a booth and she told me she couldn't "waste" giving a booth to just 2 people. At that point I would have left but we were too hungry,
So we sat down to eat and the waiter didn't bring any water or any bread to our table, just came over and asked "What do we want?"(nice way to order). He never asked once if the food was ok or if we needed anything. It was the worst service I ever had at a restaurant and I would NEVER return there. The food was good but nothing special, it is even a bit pricey for sitting as crowdedly as we did.
Eggs Benedict and red potatoes for home fries. Nothing original.
Interesting wine list, great food, great service. – This is my first time-review. I have eaten at Home twice, once six months ago and once just the other day for Valentine's Day. My fiance and I don't go there often because the food is fairly pricy (if you get appetizers-some of the entres are fairly reasonable for a special occasion). Both times the food was excellent (I suggest their almond-crusted tuna, but it was a special), though portions aren't enormous. Both times we had friendly, attentive service. The waitress the other day suggested a great wine to accompany our meal: Martha Clara Syrah. The desserts were the highlight of the evening. Definitely try the poached pear. We've had two extremely pleasant experiences at this establishment and we would gladly return for another nice evening out.
Comfort with Long Isalnd – It was great to see a place that features wines from the same line of lattitude as Bordeux. I am a big fan of so many Long Island wines, and was brought there to see there small list. The selection of wines was nice, not exactly all my favorites, but still wonderful to see a restaurant supporting a fantastic region. Aside from the wine I really took the place in. Of course it was cozy, it's in the Village on Cornelia St., the food was wonderful. Among the people I was with, I got to sample many of the menu items, and found the chorizo macaroni and cheese delicious, the quail was robust and comforting, the chowder was excellent, but what do I do with the shells? The service was very accepatable and very hospitable. They may have made a few mistakes, but the hospitality made up for the specifics. I was so pleased to have spent an evening there, and look forward to going again.
If you want service, go some place else – Food was ok, but it took an act of God to get service. We were told they were under staffed, but there were at least 4 waiters for the 10-12 tables that are in the resturant. When we could flag someone down, it still took forever for them to get back to us.
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