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Comfort in Hastings on Hudson - Food Value in Westchester

(Dis) Comfort. We went to Comfort based on some recommendations for lunch the other day. I was really looking forward to it because of the fresh food and the fact I like to patronize local places. This place should be take out only, and only if they improve. There are only 5 tables and the waitress could not seem to manage them. She did not know the basics of being a server, seeing water glasses drained and only brought water to one person and only when he asked twice. We ordered iced tea which came after our meals were finished. If it were at least acknowledged and asked if we still wanted it or something else offered, the oversight might have been forgiven. The salad was skimpy and literally was one salad leaf deep. Macaroni and cheese noodles were falling apart since they were so overcooked and barely enough cheese to give it flavor. Wet elbows with bits of yellow. Tasted like you had hot noodles with some skim milk and dropped in pieces of cheese. You can make low fat mac and cheese without it tasting like that and if you cannot, then make it the right way and it will be decadent and delicious and still organic but at least palatable. The organic burger was passable although firm packing of meat ruined the texture. Why wasn't this cooked on their flame broiler? They had one, which they were using to toast buns. I asked for sauteed onions, knowing that they were going to throw onions on the grill. I got a reproachful lecture from this waitress on how the cooking style is different for grilled onions or sauteed onions, which I didnt need. I didnt think the onions were going to be put on a real grill, like you would grill other vegetables. The soup was ok but the portion for the price was off. Service was an afterthought. The couple next to us got their order wrong as well. The door keeps opening, letting in freezing air. Constant dropping of pots and pans and loud talking behind the counter. Not comfort. Perhaps it was an off day, but I don't think I would try them again simply because this server acted like she not only started that day, but had never seen a server before in order to at least follow a model. I usually am not this harsh on a place, I know the industry and understand how hard it is, but after 25 dollars for lunch and a clientele you really want to keep in these times, please improve and get a server that realizes they are in a restaurant. This one was just...unaware, inattentive, snobbish and smug without reason to be.

Sunnyside - The Fruitless Search For A Decent Slice of Pizza

That pizza parlor in Flushing by the Whitestone bridge is Amore. I stopped in here by accident and the place just smelled right, the slices were snapped up the second they were out of the oven, there is no waiting or reheating a slice, that is how good it is. If you want pizza that you remember from the 60s and 70s, pizza that you can fold and is still served on a piece of wax paper, this is it. It has excellent sauce, cheese, and the right amount of oil. Their dinners are good too, but the pie is wonderful.

Jan 12, 2009
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