44 1/2

I know this is about a whole month late, but yay for multiple birthday dinners! This time it was at 44 1/2 in Hell’s Kitchen. The restaurant is located right next another restaurant called 44 and X, why do they have 2 similar named restaurants right next to each other? Don’t ask me. The modern themed restaurant is actually pretty nicely decorated. I really wanted to sit outside at the patio, but fear of rain and cold from fellow diners prevented that from happening. It was also a tad bit strange to be served by a staff that was predominately male in tight pink shirts. A dainty little bread roll and a smooth serving of butter made for an interesting sliced bread substitute. Let’s continue with the pink theme.Fresh roses create a more romantic ambiance.We started with a Roasted Garnett Beet Salad with Goat Cheese, Herbs, Beet Puree and Chili Oil. A fresh start to the meal.I ordered the Long Island Duck Breast with Caramelized Fall Pears, Haricot Verts, and Aged Balsamic Reduction. A bit dryer than what I would usually like, and the flavor profile was fairly common. If you’re looking for good duck at a reasonable price, Crispo is the place to go. Lobster Pizza! It actually wasn’t as grand as it sounded. Just a couple of scattered chunks of lobster over a thin crust pizza. If you threw pieces of cheaper crab or shrimp, it would’ve probably tasted the same.They should actually rename their New York Strip Steak pizza to a Santa Fe pizza because of it’s southwestern flavor. The Red and Yellow Peppers, with the caramelized onions add a sweet crunch to the pizza, but the entire concept seems so disorganized. It feels like the chef just felt you can throw on a couple slices of steak and call it a day. You want some good novelty pizza? Head over to Bar in New Haven, CT. I took a quick bite of the Mushroom Risotto, and it just tasted like..Mushroom risotto. If you told me this was a side, it would totally rock, but as an entree? I’ll pass, thanks.

44 1/2 Scores:
Food: 5.5/10 – Although the plates were beautifully presented, there was no creativity in the menu, every bite just led me to wonder where I could fine a tastier substitute.

Restaurant Environment: 7.5/10 – Call me a sucker for modern themes. You can also have a decent conversation here since it’s not overly loud. Maybe, we were the ones shouting around? hmm..

Service: 7/10 – No Complaints, but no praises either. We did have someone show up a bit later, and they were able to squeeze her meal in and have it served at the same time.

Value: 5/10 – Entrees are roughly $20-25 each, but I’ll show you better places to spend your money

Overall: 6/10


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