There were a few issues that kept the service from being excellent. Just little nit picky things, but when you’re paying nearly $200 for dinner, you want and expect impeccable service.
#1 My husband was never brought a steak knife. I’m sorry, but when you order a $52 porterhouse, and ask for a steak knife, having to eat your steak with a butter knife because no one ever brings you a real knife is unacceptable.
#2 My water glass was completely empty twice.
#3 (And this is really nit picky) Everyone else I saw (I love people watching) had their checks brought to them on a silver platter. We were using a groupon and I handed the server my phone to get it off of before she brought us the check. When she brought me my check, she had it on a plastic Amex tray like you’ll find at any chain restaurant.
While the service had a few flaws, the food was excellent. We both ordered house salads to start. They were simple mixed greens, with cucumber slices, some pickled red onion and a few thin slices of radish. They were quite good, and the herb vinaigrette was delicious.
Our main courses came out and my jaw dropped. I know at upscale restaurants portion size isn’t that large, and honestly I expected an artistic presentation instead of a big plate of food, but I was completely stunned when they placed my dinner in front of me. I ordered the 1620 Scallops. It was 4 scallops. Now, if they were the huge, plump, perfect scallops at SO! that would be one thing. But they were not. Each scallop was about 1 cm in thickness. The description on the menu read this: “Sofrito, Jalapeno, Button Mushroom, Asparagus, Hollandaise Sauce ” Besides the pathetic excuse for scallops, I had two-three small mushrooms, and two pieces of asparagus. My $7 house salad was more substantial that my $24 entree.
Luckily my husband’s porterhouse was much more substantial, because I had quite a few bites of his. The steak was flavorful, juicy and tender (it had to be, since he had to cut it with a butter knife). The mushrooms and the brussel sprouts were perfectly cooked, and the potato souffle was absolutely delicious.