Queens Hideaway

★★☆☆☆

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Ok, First things first. If you're charging me $25 for an uncooked lamb entree and it's not "tavern on the green", it better be something special. I could have gotten boars head cold cuts and slapped it on my plate. It was just OK. We also had hush puppies, which were ok, the hot sauce was pretty tasteless, again $7? I guess that's not too bad for a trendy place. My girlfriend got the warm fish salad. It was again, ok, but would have been tasty for $11 NOT $23!

Something else that ticked me off. There were these $12 pancakes on the menu, which when we asked the waitress if it was enough for an entree she said no... Let me tell you something, I started watching these things being served to other people and you would have to be 300 + pounds not to be filled by them. They also happened to look delicious. I'll be fair on the service, it was slow, but 10 tables sat at once with one waitress. That stuff happens.

Now you're probably asking yourself why did it get all these great writeups? My theory on this is that the people who review these places don't have to worry about price!

Something to know, I never write reviews, but I had to warn people whose mommy and daddy don't pay their rent not to get ripped off by this place. If you have to try it, try the pancakes they were ONLY $12!! Why didn't I get the pancakes? because I stupidly thought that if they're charging that much it's gotta be good. there's an old saying, fool me once... ok i've vented enough!

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★☆☆☆☆

Ok, First things first. If you're charging me $25 for an uncooked lamb entree and it's not "tavern on the green", it better be something special. I could have gotten boars head cold cuts and slapped it on my plate. It was just OK. We also had hush puppies, which were ok, the hot sauce was pretty tasteless, again $7? I guess that's not too bad for a trendy place. My girlfriend got the warm fish salad. It was again, ok, but would have been tasty for $11 NOT $23!

Something else that ticked me off. There were these $12 pancakes on the menu, which when we asked the waitress if it was enough for an entree she said no... Let me tell you something, I started watching these things being served to other people and you would have to be 300 + pounds not to be filled by them. They also happened to look delicious. I'll be fair on the service, it was slow, but 10 tables sat at once with one waitress. That stuff happens.

Now you're probably asking yourself why did it get all these great writeups? My theory on this is that the people who review these places don't have to worry about price!

Something to know, I never write reviews, but I had to warn people whose mommy and daddy don't pay their rent not to get ripped off by this place. If you have to try it, try the pancakes they were ONLY $12!! Why didn't I get the pancakes? because I stupidly thought that if they're charging that much it's gotta be good. there's an old saying, fool me once... ok i've vented enough!

Pros: none

Cons: laughably over priced (like TGIF in Times Square), average food, you're not missing anything

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really overpriced. food banal and not at all accurately described on the menu. will never go there again. paid 50 bucks per head and left hungry! one of the worst restaurant experiences i've had. a rip off.

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★☆☆☆☆

really overpriced. food banal and not at all accurately described on the menu. will never go there again. paid 50 bucks per head and left hungry! one of the worst restaurant experiences i've had. a rip off.

Pros: none

Cons: overpriced. bad food. small portions.

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we visited the queen's hideaway after reading about it in a NYT article on slow food chef alice waters. because they buy all their food from organic local farmers and food producers, it was some of the best food we have eaten in a while. their menu changes based on what's good at the farmer's markets that day. a couple caveats: 1) this place gets crowded pretty quick on a sat night, and if you want to sit outside, it's best to make a reservation. 2) the service and the food are NOT quick, plan to spend at least a couple hours there. SO if you can get over that, read on . . . we sat inside, and the atmosphere/air were just fine. we had the fried zucchini and fried green tomatoes as appetizers, and they were tasty and nicely fried without being at all greasy or overly oily. the fried green tomatoes came with a sweet corn & red pepper hash that was delicious. among the four of us we got a butternut squash soup with scallops, a pork salad, a fried oyster salad and fish tacos. i tried everything except the pork salad. the soup had a sweet, buttery, delicate flavor to it -- so autumn inspired and yummy. the fried oyster salad -- amazing! a delicate creamy dressing, watercress and fresh greens were mixed in with huckleberries and crunchy fried oysters. the fish tacos -- stuffed with veggies and seafood like tomatoes, radishes, avocados, shrimp and a fresh white fish, we ate every last bite of everything we ordered off the plates! we will go back . . . and enjoy a long, relaxing, locally grown dinner again. fyi, the place is no longer byob. they now have a pretty decent selection of reds, whites, roses, champagne and beer. my only complaint -- a restaurant should have enough glasses to accommodate the amount of customers it seats. we saw a couple next to us wait for wine glasses for 10 minutes, then get up and leave. but they were the only dissatisfied customers i saw in the packed restaurant.

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★★★★☆

we visited the queen's hideaway after reading about it in a NYT article on slow food chef alice waters. because they buy all their food from organic local farmers and food producers, it was some of the best food we have eaten in a while. their menu changes based on what's good at the farmer's markets that day. a couple caveats: 1) this place gets crowded pretty quick on a sat night, and if you want to sit outside, it's best to make a reservation. 2) the service and the food are NOT quick, plan to spend at least a couple hours there. SO if you can get over that, read on . . . we sat inside, and the atmosphere/air were just fine. we had the fried zucchini and fried green tomatoes as appetizers, and they were tasty and nicely fried without being at all greasy or overly oily. the fried green tomatoes came with a sweet corn & red pepper hash that was delicious. among the four of us we got a butternut squash soup with scallops, a pork salad, a fried oyster salad and fish tacos. i tried everything except the pork salad. the soup had a sweet, buttery, delicate flavor to it -- so autumn inspired and yummy. the fried oyster salad -- amazing! a delicate creamy dressing, watercress and fresh greens were mixed in with huckleberries and crunchy fried oysters. the fish tacos -- stuffed with veggies and seafood like tomatoes, radishes, avocados, shrimp and a fresh white fish, we ate every last bite of everything we ordered off the plates! we will go back . . . and enjoy a long, relaxing, locally grown dinner again. fyi, the place is no longer byob. they now have a pretty decent selection of reds, whites, roses, champagne and beer. my only complaint -- a restaurant should have enough glasses to accommodate the amount of customers it seats. we saw a couple next to us wait for wine glasses for 10 minutes, then get up and leave. but they were the only dissatisfied customers i saw in the packed restaurant.

Pros: delicious, locally grown/produced food turned into imaginative southern-inspired food

Cons: slow service, be prepared to wait for your food!

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Look people, I'm from the south and I know soul food and country cooking...this place is decent. Happy they had fried okra (or okra frittes as they like to call them)...the jerk-chicken is good and the cornbread is actually pretty good as well (not grandma's, but good)...Everyone in our party seemed to enjoy their food, from the seafood gumbo to the chicken pate, so no complaints there...HOWEVER, the service is wayyy slow, and a bit attitudy (is that a word?) and you have to beg for water all the time (hello bring out two carafes if you have a problem refilling)...and you better hope to sit in the garden because the vents in the restaurant are terrible....you walk in and it's hot and smoky and you get a headache just standing there. I would hope they'll fix that soon because once winter comes I don't want to be crammed up in their tiny restaurant sucking in exhaust fumes. And what's with the smoking outside in the garden? Yeah, if you don't want to smell the smoke stay out of the hideaway...just an FYI.

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★★★☆☆

Look people, I'm from the south and I know soul food and country cooking...this place is decent. Happy they had fried okra (or okra frittes as they like to call them)...the jerk-chicken is good and the cornbread is actually pretty good as well (not grandma's, but good)...Everyone in our party seemed to enjoy their food, from the seafood gumbo to the chicken pate, so no complaints there...HOWEVER, the service is wayyy slow, and a bit attitudy (is that a word?) and you have to beg for water all the time (hello bring out two carafes if you have a problem refilling)...and you better hope to sit in the garden because the vents in the restaurant are terrible....you walk in and it's hot and smoky and you get a headache just standing there. I would hope they'll fix that soon because once winter comes I don't want to be crammed up in their tiny restaurant sucking in exhaust fumes. And what's with the smoking outside in the garden? Yeah, if you don't want to smell the smoke stay out of the hideaway...just an FYI.

Pros: Decent food

Cons: Terrible exhaust problem, poor service, and pricey

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My girlfriend, Pearl (a Chicano) and I (a mulatto) were interested in checking out Greenpoint this past weekend. We looked up restaurants here on this website, Citysearch, and were delighted to see Greenpoint has its very own "Soul Food" restaurant. Instead of relying on Citysearch's "editorial" information, I should have relied upon other user's recommendations (or lack thereof).

Turns out we'd never have the chance to review the food, the service, or anything else. When we walked in, everyone looked at us. Sure, we're a good-looking couple and used to people turning their heads, but this felt more like being Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben stumbling upon a Klan rally. Everyone stopped eating, briefly, to take us in.

Yes, the impossible happened...WE WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE OF COLOR in a "SOUL FOOD? RESTAURANT!"

There was one empty table. We waited a few minutes, but no help seemed to be around. I went to use the bathroom while we waited, and on my way back, one of the diners asked me if I could get her some more water.

A mulatress waitress finally came out and talked to us. "Do you have a reservation?" she asked with the mighty air of a house Negro.

"Errr...no."

"We're not taking anymore 'walk-ins'" she replied with disdain, before turning back to wait on the white people like Prissy fawning over Miss Scarlett. Meanwhile, the table continued to sit empty.

My girlfriend and I tried to back out quietly, but everyone was starting at us. We walked, and soon it started raining, and we got drenched. Fortunately, we found the Shangra Le, where our colored money was welcome.

It wasn?t until we got home that realized that Citysearch says the Queen's Hideaway doesn't TAKE reservations.

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★★★☆☆

My girlfriend, Pearl (a Chicano) and I (a mulatto) were interested in checking out Greenpoint this past weekend. We looked up restaurants here on this website, Citysearch, and were delighted to see Greenpoint has its very own "Soul Food" restaurant. Instead of relying on Citysearch's "editorial" information, I should have relied upon other user's recommendations (or lack thereof).

Turns out we'd never have the chance to review the food, the service, or anything else. When we walked in, everyone looked at us. Sure, we're a good-looking couple and used to people turning their heads, but this felt more like being Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben stumbling upon a Klan rally. Everyone stopped eating, briefly, to take us in.

Yes, the impossible happened...WE WERE THE ONLY PEOPLE OF COLOR in a "SOUL FOOD? RESTAURANT!"

There was one empty table. We waited a few minutes, but no help seemed to be around. I went to use the bathroom while we waited, and on my way back, one of the diners asked me if I could get her some more water.

A mulatress waitress finally came out and talked to us. "Do you have a reservation?" she asked with the mighty air of a house Negro.

"Errr...no."

"We're not taking anymore 'walk-ins'" she replied with disdain, before turning back to wait on the white people like Prissy fawning over Miss Scarlett. Meanwhile, the table continued to sit empty.

My girlfriend and I tried to back out quietly, but everyone was starting at us. We walked, and soon it started raining, and we got drenched. Fortunately, we found the Shangra Le, where our colored money was welcome.

It wasn?t until we got home that realized that Citysearch says the Queen's Hideaway doesn't TAKE reservations.

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I was looking forward to trying a cool restaurant in our new neighborhood as we love to eat out and appreciate many types of food. What a miserable experience. We will NEVER go back. The owner had the attitude as if she could care less if people were happy, unless they were her friends. She spent the night on people's laps, smoking cigarettes. Everything online said it was BYOB and $5 corkage. When we got there we found out they served wine but they waiter said $5 corkage for our bottle. So since we had brought it we drank it. When the bill came it was a $10 corkage fee. We ordered two appetizers and two entrees so we didn't feel bad asking about the fee. We were subsequently shamed and embarassed by the owner saying she didn't "make deals" and was proud of her wine list, and where had we been for the last year. Well, we are new to the neighborhood by a week! So, she instantly lost a possible great customer. Oh well, the food wasn't that great anyway.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was looking forward to trying a cool restaurant in our new neighborhood as we love to eat out and appreciate many types of food. What a miserable experience. We will NEVER go back. The owner had the attitude as if she could care less if people were happy, unless they were her friends. She spent the night on people's laps, smoking cigarettes. Everything online said it was BYOB and $5 corkage. When we got there we found out they served wine but they waiter said $5 corkage for our bottle. So since we had brought it we drank it. When the bill came it was a $10 corkage fee. We ordered two appetizers and two entrees so we didn't feel bad asking about the fee. We were subsequently shamed and embarassed by the owner saying she didn't "make deals" and was proud of her wine list, and where had we been for the last year. Well, we are new to the neighborhood by a week! So, she instantly lost a possible great customer. Oh well, the food wasn't that great anyway.

Pros: nearby

Cons: rude staff, price, attitude

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Something has gone terribly wrong with The Queen's Hideaway. We went there a few times last summer and fall and the food was great. We ate there recently and our table was covered with dog hair!
The staff all but ignored us and spent most of their time smoking and drinking in the garden. The food was mediocre and the portions much smaller than last year and the prices have increased from $11 an entree last year to $17 or $18 on average. All you get for this huge price hike is attitude, smaller portions, a smoky garden and having to pull dog hair out of your mouth. What a shame because the chefs are talented.

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★☆☆☆☆

Something has gone terribly wrong with The Queen's Hideaway. We went there a few times last summer and fall and the food was great. We ate there recently and our table was covered with dog hair!
The staff all but ignored us and spent most of their time smoking and drinking in the garden. The food was mediocre and the portions much smaller than last year and the prices have increased from $11 an entree last year to $17 or $18 on average. All you get for this huge price hike is attitude, smaller portions, a smoky garden and having to pull dog hair out of your mouth. What a shame because the chefs are talented.

Cons: Dirty, staff has attitude and are resting on their laurels. Prices too high, food not what it used to be.

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SAVE YOURSELVES. RUN AWAY!
Our dining expereince was SO BAD that it inspired me to write my first ever review. Let me preface by saying that I dont mind slow, casual restaurants (in fact I love them), generally Im pretty patient with disdainful hipster service, and I am used to small plate dining (if the food is excellent I will always forgive small portions). With all that in mind, I have to say that even for me, THIS was the WORST dining experience of my life.

1. SLOW SLOW- 20 minutes before our server even came over. 2 HOURS before we saw any food. My boyfriend and I finished a whole bottle of wine before we saw anything to eat. THEN, even after that it still took the waitress 25 minutes to bring our check after we'd eaten. No apologies, no comps, no explanation.
2. SMALL PORTIONS. So after waiting two hours for our food, it arrives and though tasty (nothing amazing, but good) it was the most insulting amount of food ever. My "salad" consisted of 4 leaves of greens. I am not kidding. 4. Now, I love small plate dining, but this was ridiculous. They brought the soup in a small tumbler glass, and it was like 1/4 full, but you can get they still charged 6 dollars, for 5 spoonfuls (maybe) of soup. Come on. I have never felt so ripped off.
3. HUGE ATTITUDE. and as if that isn't all enough -- the place had a weird very negative vibe. Im a server at a place in soho, and I sympathize with servers always, but this was unforgivable. Chefs were cursing about the customers, employees were smoking after telling people they'd smoke outside. Even the cutest place is awful when filled with a bunch of jerks.

Only Positive: Great music, but I can listen to my records at home, without spending $80 on the worst dining expereince ever. Close this place down, please.

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★☆☆☆☆

SAVE YOURSELVES. RUN AWAY!
Our dining expereince was SO BAD that it inspired me to write my first ever review. Let me preface by saying that I dont mind slow, casual restaurants (in fact I love them), generally Im pretty patient with disdainful hipster service, and I am used to small plate dining (if the food is excellent I will always forgive small portions). With all that in mind, I have to say that even for me, THIS was the WORST dining experience of my life.

1. SLOW SLOW- 20 minutes before our server even came over. 2 HOURS before we saw any food. My boyfriend and I finished a whole bottle of wine before we saw anything to eat. THEN, even after that it still took the waitress 25 minutes to bring our check after we'd eaten. No apologies, no comps, no explanation.
2. SMALL PORTIONS. So after waiting two hours for our food, it arrives and though tasty (nothing amazing, but good) it was the most insulting amount of food ever. My "salad" consisted of 4 leaves of greens. I am not kidding. 4. Now, I love small plate dining, but this was ridiculous. They brought the soup in a small tumbler glass, and it was like 1/4 full, but you can get they still charged 6 dollars, for 5 spoonfuls (maybe) of soup. Come on. I have never felt so ripped off.
3. HUGE ATTITUDE. and as if that isn't all enough -- the place had a weird very negative vibe. Im a server at a place in soho, and I sympathize with servers always, but this was unforgivable. Chefs were cursing about the customers, employees were smoking after telling people they'd smoke outside. Even the cutest place is awful when filled with a bunch of jerks.

Only Positive: Great music, but I can listen to my records at home, without spending $80 on the worst dining expereince ever. Close this place down, please.

Pros: Good music, cute atmosphere, tasty creative food (but you don't get very much)

Cons: Slowest service ever, Small portions, overrated

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Chef Liza is a sweetheart, and so are her helpers. We wandered in around 8 and luckily were seated right away. Those who came later were told it was a long wait and sent to nearby bars to hang out until their tables were ready. The food is unusual, rich, fresh, and tasty. Try everything. And there IS a liquor license now.

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★★★★☆

Chef Liza is a sweetheart, and so are her helpers. We wandered in around 8 and luckily were seated right away. Those who came later were told it was a long wait and sent to nearby bars to hang out until their tables were ready. The food is unusual, rich, fresh, and tasty. Try everything. And there IS a liquor license now.

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It's still pretty new and there's not a lot of room inside, but we were able to squeeze in without reservations on a Saturday night luckily (though that doesn't appear to be the norm). The handwritten menu makes me think the choices change frequently -- we started with pumpkin fritters and then had "bunny rabbit" and sea bass cakes. The space was small enough to allow the service to not suffer too badly, even with every table full. Just remember it's BYOB until the liquor license arrives.

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★★★★☆

It's still pretty new and there's not a lot of room inside, but we were able to squeeze in without reservations on a Saturday night luckily (though that doesn't appear to be the norm). The handwritten menu makes me think the choices change frequently -- we started with pumpkin fritters and then had "bunny rabbit" and sea bass cakes. The space was small enough to allow the service to not suffer too badly, even with every table full. Just remember it's BYOB until the liquor license arrives.

Pros: Good food, seasonal ingredients

Cons: need reservations

 

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