Sunday, July 20, 2008

Grey Horse Tavern in Bayport Stumbles out of the Gate....

(Above: Poorly Behaved Grey Horse Patrons banished to the porch)

The Grey Horse Tavern, recently opened on the footprint of the old, beloved Bayport House in Bayport, NY (Long Island) is, so far, a mixed bag. The food is first rate(with a better chopped style salad than nearby Painters in Brookhaven)-The Artisanal cheese plate is also very good with a seamless mix of Long Island and European cheeses. The swordfish I had was the best and most confidently prepared swordfish I have ever taste.

Now for the bad news: The service and atmosphere couldn't be worse. It is not neglectful service, it is merely incompetent. The waitstaff disappeared for long stretches with no real explanation on their return, drinks were mixed up, tables were far too close together and the acoustics are as bad as I can remember in an "upscale" restaurant. In easy to please Suffolk Co. these "problems" are usually not enough to sink an establishment. And, most of these kind of things can be remedied with a couple of staff meetings and a little elbow grease. Now it is incumbent upon GHT to get to work on these loose ends. If they do, they will have a first rate establishment. If not....

Grey Horse Tavern
291 Bayport Ave.
Bayport, NY
T: 631-472-1868

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