Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Commerce - Review

Commerce- Highly Not Recommended
50 Commerce St, New York NY 10014
Btwn Bedford & Barrow St
Phone: (212) 524-2301

I've heard some good things about this place and was in the mood for some good eats. Unfortunately this place totally disappoints. As soon as you walk in, you notice the large space which looks straight out of a 1930's movie - pretty cool space. Then, the unpleasantness kicks in. The first thing was the heat in the place - it was so hot that multiple people complained and I even saw couples getting up and leaving before they got food served. Also, we had reservations but still had to wait an additional 45 minutes. Completely ridiculous - I wanted to leave, but we were chatting up a storm and lost track of time. Now, with all that craziness was the food worth the insanity - definitely not! Overall, I give the restaurant an 50/100.

Our Menu
Ragu Of Odd Things
oxtail, trotters and tripe with hand rolled orecchiette
This dish seemed like it would be right up my ally. I love oxtail, tripe, and trotters, but there were multiple things wrong with this dish. The first thing was the temperature of the food - it was so blistering hot, you couldn't taste anything at all. The next was the texture of the pasta which was way undercooked - very doughy. Then the oxtails, trotters, and tripe were crazy overcooked which made it uber mushy.

Fettuccini ---
with one hour tomato sauce & house made ricotta
A complete WTF dish in a bad way. The texture of the pasta was uber undercooked again and pretty gross - hand made fettuccini was so thick, which usually means you have to cook it longer. The tomato sauce was decent, but no idea why the eff talk about a one hour tomato sauce. It's basically tomatoes, ricotta, and a hella lot of parimigianno - decent, but nothing to write home about.

Degustation of lamb offal *
w/ kidney, liver & heart
This had some pretty solid flavor - liver was nice and rich, heart had a nice beefy flavor. Each had their different flavorings - liver was paired with lots of citrus, heart had nice creamy mashed potatoes. It was pretty damn rare, but not sure if it was supposed to be that way.

Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way * Good ** Great *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience (50/100)
  • Food (6.5/10) – Both pasta dishes sucked, but the offal was OK.
  • Service (6.0/10) – Waiter was friendly but extremely pushy. He was constantly pushing for ordering more appetizers or sides after our initial order. After we said no, he mentioned what about this or that and finally had attitude after we kept saying no.
  • Atmosphere (2.0/10) – See intro. On top of that, as soon as you walk in your treated with an extremely loud crowded bar. The place was still packed even with the hot weather and it was a mix of groups of 4's - either couples, all girls, or all guys.
  • Price (5.0) – Prices were reasonable with most entrees in the low 20 range, but considering the terrible experience I was definitely not happy to pay.
Closing Comments
The crazy thing is right down the block is Casa, an excellent Brazilian place. If I'm ever in the area, to Casa I will go.

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