We try to try new places in Hell’s Kitchen when they come up, so we were excited to check out West End Grill (on 8th Ave between 48th and 49th Streets).
It had a good modern bar look and feel.
And it was SO new that I couldn’t help but notice that even the garbage cans in the bathrooms were spotless.
We told the waitress of my peppers allergy (yes… this is foreshadowing of what is to come) and were assured that the lobster tacos would be just fine.
But as soon as Iopened it, I saw little dark green pieces… so we asked her to ask the chef about peppers. She came back and said it was fine. So I showed her the pieces of peppers, she went back into the kitchen, then proudly came out to tell us “Oh! That’s just a jalapeno! You’re fine!”
Well hello, idiot, what is jalapenos last name?
Soo…. it was on to the short rib spring rolls we went. THESE were outstanding. Rich, well cooked short rib in a crunchy spring roll shell. Delicious.
Then our meals came out… Mike got a burger and fries… which was… fine.
I got a steak with crunchy onions and mashed sweet potatoes. Hmmm… this steak was bland, overcooked, under-seasoned, and theome. onions on top had almost no flavor. The sweet potatoes tasted like mashed sweet potatoes… which is fine if you’re cooking at home and all… but we were not at home.
Overall, this place was hardly worth writing about. It was almost entirely average, which obviously clueless waitresses, and some damn good short rib spring rolls.
If you’re in the area, and want a good nosh, get the spring rolls… maybe a beer. Don’t bother with the rest.
Total Nom Points: 5.5 out of 10