Sunday, October 12, 2008

New York New York



I've always been wondering about New York New York, the pseudo New York eatery that took the local dining scene by storm a couple of years back with its first outlet at Citylink mall. Managed by the same group which also owns and operates Thai Express, Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe and Pinle, queues were long and winding especially during meal times. The eatery has since expanded to 6 outlets in Singapore to cope with the demand.



The Place & The Menu

The AMK Hub outlet is located at the basement of the suburban mall and operates on a partially open concept, very much like the main branch at Citylink. The walls are plastered with scenes from New York City and there are semi private booths at a corner for a cosier dining experience. I did think that the tables in the middle are spaced too close to each other, very much like fast food restaurants, which makes for an uncomfortable dining experience.



Cheese Freedom Fries

Corny names aside, the fries tasted as bad as they sounded. Soft, soggy and drizzled with cheese that tasted like Twisties (the snack). The fact that it was served hot provided scant comfort.



Chicken & Prawn Combo

I don't know what to make of this dish as the prawn batter was too thick and soaked in oil while the chicken tasted rather average - something any mom and pop stall can churn out sans the relatively higher prices. Ironically, the wedges that came alongside were the better deal - not overly fried and piping hot.



Juicy Burger

I must admit that the burger was quite a size but the patty tasted rather "macdonaldish" albeit being alot thicker. The texture also suggested it was machine processed rather than hand chopped/made. I didn't appreciate the mustard and ketchup atop the patty as well.



Bill

$46 for a 2 pax lunch of such average quality certainly isn't going to win me over and I am pretty sure that amount can be better utilized elsewhere. Service, or lack of, didn't extend beyond taking our orders and serving them to us. Our requests for ice water took a long time to arrive and after repeated reminders. Even the manager had a nonchalent attitude when showing us to our seat. Average food plus lousy service (which I have to pay a 10% service charge for) is definitely a no go for me.



Likes: Nothing
Dislikes: Food is average, service almost non existent

Final Verdict:

Ambience:6.5/10
Service:5.5/10
Food:6/10
Value for money:6/10

Overall:6/10

Address: B1-25/26 AMK Hub

Contact: 68533907

Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily

Website: http://www.newyorknewyork.com.sg/

12 comments:

HisFoodBlog said...

Didn't like this place at all. Food is mediocre and service is non-existence.

My first visit happens to be my last. I also thought you were generous with a 6 for 'food' and 'value for money' - more like 5 or 5.5 for me.

Nic (KHKL) said...

yeah, the service's kinda slow. i thought the fried platter was ok but the desserts were regrettable. oh, i went to the one at city hall...

sheryl said...

This place is horrible.. I think even BK is better.

fatpig said...

Hi all, yea the food is very average but still edible. I didn't know BK sold the same stuff, save for maybe the burger?

Fen said...

The main courses and drinks were so-so but Yuan, my friend thought that the waffle was worth a shot.

Been there twice, couldn't understand why the queue is always so long, maybe it is family-friendly...

fatpig said...

fen, any idea how much are the waffles? Are they expensive like Gelares? :S

Fen said...

The waffle at New York New York is $7.90 (excluding 7% GST and 10% service charge). Comes with a scoop of ice-cream so it would be about the same price at Gelare...

I have blogged on both Gelare (http://sgcake.blogspot.com/2008/09/waffle-day-yes-at-gelre.html) and New York New York waffles (http://sgcake.blogspot.com/2008/09/waffle-new-york-new-york.html), maybe pictures are easier to visualize...

fatpig said...

I just ate the waffle from Gelare and it cost $13 something with 1 scoop of ice cream. So expensive! :S

Fen said...

Then I guess you have answered your own question, New York New York is cheaper than Gelare... unless it is waffle day (think will be the same price..)

But the doughs of both NYNY and Gelare is very different. NYNY is more to the cakey sort while Gelare is the fluffy sort... I like Gelare's waffles but I dislike they inconsistency maybe I am only willing to eat it on Tuesdays...

fatpig said...

Ok both are still quite expensive. Guess I'll stick to waffletown :P

the hungry cow said...

I've tried NYNY once a few yrs back and found it more gimicky than anything else. They still remain as a part of the not-to-be-blogged-about portion of my back log. Lol.

Janelle said...

hello! my 1st visit to NYNY made me determined not to return again. I had fish & chips... expensive & not nice.

But on an occasion of friends gathering, they decided to go NYNY. Surprisingly, their Beef Bolognaise Spaghetti tasted very nice! $12.90 only. After that i also tried their cream-based spaghetti...nice with cheezy taste! :) Worth a try.

However some outlet's standard varies. Do go to Citylink outlet for best chef's standard.