Madison Square Tavern – Midtown West, NYC
Rating: 1 (not edible) to 5 (food heaven!): A Solid 1 (seriously not edible…)
My coworker and I walk passed this place so many times and decided to have lunch here one day. The decor looks good, like a mature ‘bar’ place with museum-like painting on display. Decent looking bar set up, so maybe it’s good for happy hour?
We came here for lunch and let’s just say we will probably not come back for round 2…
Food: We had the braised bacon (a big slab of pork belly meat, braised & served over beans and broccoli rabe), steak sandwich and risotto… sounds good right? NOPE… the braised bacon was over cooked, the meat was chewy and sweet does not go well with bitter (broccoli rabe), I kept rinsing the after taste with water. The steak sandwich was poorly constructed, lackluster in taste and flavor of any kind and left me hungry for a Mickey D’s Big Mac… yes, that bad. OMG… how do you mess up risotto?!?!! We were expecting a “rich, creamy, full of flavor” sensation to be served… instead we got, “watery, luke warm and bland”. It looked like the risotto wasn’t fully cooked or maybe they rushed it or added too much stock? It’s not thick at all… the stock was watery. Disappointed. We always try to finish our food and not be wasteful… but this lunch was extremely underwhelming and we just could not suffer through it. We couldn’t wait to get the bill and leave.
Service: It started out ok – not busy so we got our orders in right away and drinks; however once our food is on the table, didn’t see the waiter much and took over 20 mins to get our bill… we just wanted to leave. By the time we had finished our food, we kept waiting for someone to come by our table… I have no idea why no one was working the front tables. We were just glad to exit this place.
Overall, not a cheap lunch, save your Benjamins and go elsewhere for great food!