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#1 Daisy

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:51 PM

I can't believe we don't have a thread for this place. I probably just can't find it.

 

The refit was well done, it still looks very retro. I had been in for drinks a few weeks ago with a friend and we both very much liked the cocktails.

 

One night last week I returned, after a stressful and hectic day that included missing lunch, for an early dinner at the bar. I started with a terrific and very refreshing drink called a Chelsea Diner Car--a gin-based riff on a sidecar with lemon, chartreuse and combier. Really nice. I decided after my horrific day I needed comfort food so I ordered a burger, medium rare and hold the cheese. It came with 'special sauce' which was some sort of mayo and was cooked as ordered and quite tasty, juicy and beefy. Fries were excellent. With my burger I drank a generous pour of rose, and when I was almost finished with it the bartender came along and topped it up to another full glass.

 

The bill before tax and tip was around $40. The burger---Lex, avert your eyes--is $18.

 

This is the third iteration of this place during my 10 years of residence in the neighborhood and my one admittedly rather unchallenging meal points towards a vast improvement in the food this time round. Not that it's a high bar, the other two versions were disgusting. 

 

Observation from two visits suggest they are doing business that is split almost 50/50 between local residents and gallery workers and Highline-bound tourists. 

 


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#2 splinky

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 06:28 PM

back in the late 70's/early 80's it was truly a local place and the burgers were not bad and it was open late. it was also a good place to cross paths with the famous who were also locals. i didn't realize the newest owners had gotten the name back. wasn't it recently called the highliner? they never did find the empire state building replica, did they?


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#3 Sneakeater

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 07:07 PM

Someone ought to mention that the chef is Amanda Freitag.
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#4 Lex

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Posted 27 July 2014 - 08:11 PM

The bill before tax and tip was around $40. The burger---Lex, avert your eyes--is $18.


Did someone mention burger prices?  10678803425_c68d156a79_o.gif

A week ago Wednesday I had a bacon cheeseburger in Skinflints bar, a Bay Ridge stalwart. Eight ounces - $7.50. To be sure that's the mother of all bargains and impressed even me. The going rate for a regular burger in Brooklyn is around $12 with some places hitting $15. It varies.

It varies in Manhattan too. I don't consider $18 outrageous although you can get very good burgers for $12 at Walkers in Tribeca or the Kips Bay Waterfront Ale House, also $12.
 


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#5 Daisy

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 07:54 PM

The fish portion of the fish and chips is very, very good---a big hunk of hake robed in a crisp, golden brown carapace as smooth and shiny as lacquer. Absolutely greaseless. Good tartar sauce. The chips were just OK--a bit undercooked I thought and several encounters with them leads me to the conclusion that the best word to describe them is 'uneven'.

 

The service is well meaning but completely in the weeds.


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#6 mongo_jones

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 05:56 PM

new chef/new incarnation since the reports above but our thoughts on our dinner there were quite similar to daisy's: good food, done well but at a high price. behold my review!


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