My Good Eats Review: CookShop, NYC


October 2014

Rating: 1 (not edible) to 5 (food heaven!): A Solid 4 on Food!  A lack-luster 2 on service (however at a later visit, service up their game to a solid 4 as well!)

I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious our lunch was! No seriously, I had a salad and it was freaking amazing!  Came here on a Friday for lunch and OMG, what a crowd… look to the left, tourist just finishing sights at the Highline… look to the right, industry locals of the artsy… well.. thank goodness for OpenTable!  Made a reservation for 12:45 and was surprised we were seated only 10 mins after our reservation.  (Hint: they have bar seatings for those flying solo)! Hostess was nice & preppy.

Amazing Hudson Chicken Salad, CookShop NYC
Amazing Hudson Chicken Salad, CookShop NYC

Decor:  modern, festive for Fall.. I would recommend changing those red leather bench to a tufted black leather for more ‘oomph’..  right now it looks outta place like a diner..esque…  open kitchen, for those wishing to watch how their food is being prepare.. didn’t like that ‘restaurant kitchen smell’ on my clothes though..  the unisex WC is clean, but a bit dark.. not sure why.. still, no lines!

Food: free sourdough bread (when offered, always say yes!) w butter.. ok, we skipped the starters bc we worker bees had only 1hr for lunch.  Lunch date had the Skirt Steak… nothing to brag about.. just steak.
Me – I had this amazingly awesome seared Chicken breast over kale/dried cranberries/walnuts – I literally licked  the plate… the chicken was moist, tender and the skin was seared & full of flavors.

Nothing to brag about Skirt Steak, Cookshop NYC
Nothing to brag about Skirt Steak, Cookshop NYC

Dessert: apple crisp (fried pastry with caramelized  apples, and ice cream), pumpkin bread w pumpkin ice cream (fried pumpkin doughnuts!)

Overall it was a great meal.  I will be returning to try other treats on the menu.. just maybe not during touristy hours… and yes, why 3 stars?

The food itself is 4 stars!!  I took off 1 star for my waitress’ disappearing act… another waitress had to give us the dessert menu & couldn’t locate her when we wanted our check.. took over 15-20mins before we grabbed another waitress to just pay for our bill. The other minus – not offering us a table away from the outdoor seating – I asked if we could take the other table away from the gusting cold wind.. ‘sorry, that table is being transform for a party of 6’.  Really? We would be half way done by the time ur party of 6 all showed up… seriously, they did. We got our bill as they sat down.


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