246 W 4th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.734690 -74.003126
Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Garbage – Noisy, dingy, and cramp little hole-in-the-wall with rude and absent service and a comically overpriced menu. It's a shame I have to give it a star. To top it all off, I wouldn't recommend the food to anyone. Wish I could get that hour of my life back
Crowded, overpriced. – Overcrowded. You know something’s wrong when the tables are so close that they need to be pulled into the center of the room to get up. Good if you want to hear every word of your neighbor’s conversation though. They only reason people wait in line is because it’s in a cool neighborhood.
Overpriced. $30 for a lobster roll? And with tables jammed so close are they are paying high rent or could it be that we sense certain greed and arrogance?
Safety. My girlfriend’s $600 cashmere shawl was damaged by a space heater temporarily placed in the exact spot the host directed me to leave our personal effects. If our dinner had lasted longer the shawl could have set on fire and sent the dozens of customers in the over capacity space climbing over tables to get to the single exit.
Arrogance. Despite our complaint, the owner Mary Redding failed to attempt any reasonable repair to the damage. She expressed no concern about our strong dissatisfaction about the damage itself and about the way she has been treating us as customers.
Best lobster roll – I love Mary's! We always end up wandering over here in the summer when waiting on the line isn't so bad in good weather. Before it opens, there is always a line of people outside waiting to get in, but it's definitely worth the wait. Inside is a cozy fish shack with a few tables and seats at the bar to eat, and we prefer the bar. We usually split a few things- but the lobster roll is the staple we absolutely love. Its fresh, flavorful and a nice size. We also like their wine selection and desserts. Great, laid back atmosphere with yummy food.
Really???? – I was there last week with my girlfriend, we sat at the bar and ordered the Lobster Knuckles, Oysters, French Lentils and a Whole Black Bass. Lobster excellent, oysters excellent, lentils excellent (however, we asked the server what the green was in the salad and she said it was parsley when we were thinking it was either Kale or Collards - it was Kale...like really parsley) The disaster arrived with the fish, it was practically raw - we told our server after filleting the fish completely and she took the fish back - no apologizes - we sat patiently waiting (thinking we were going to get a entirely new fish) NO the same fish came back, entirely mutilated, and VERY over cooked. You are a fish restaurant and you can not cook fish properly? In these rough economic times you expect the restaurant of this size to take the extra effort to accommodate their guests, there was no apology nothing. The Chef is standing arms distance from us and she did not even acknowledge that the kitchen screwed up. A simple apology would have made a world of difference, you are a Fish restaurant in a quaint space, the patrons expects more from the staff and chef. We love good food and will give them another chance, but I will not recommend this to a friend until we return and have a good experience.
in a class of its own – hard to fault such a fantastic restuarant, get there early or be prepare to wait, first come first come first serve, a real gem in the west village crown. excellent specials and vary day to day, Lobster roll the best in new york by far. pan friend cod sandwich another fave, but try the corn in chesse its the dogs bollocks
Go Mary!! – I love it! I go here so often, always delicious and friendly. Best lobster roll in NYC! The shrimp tacos are soooooo good! Great wine list, deserts and everything is fresh!
Everything is great!
Um, excuse me? – This place was a big disappointment, mostly because of the rude service. We had to wait over an hour to be seated, of course, and by the time we ordered they were out of lobster rolls. Whatever- that's not such a big deal. What was astounding was that they asked the couple next to us to LEAVE while they were drinking their coffee (you should have seen the looks on their faces). Then, minutes after we signed the credit card slip and received our cappuccinos, they did the same to US! I looked at the door, expecting to see a line around the corner, but there were only 2 people waiting for a table (it was pretty late).
I'm sorry. I understand that somehow it's become "acceptable" in some places to ask customers to leave your restaurant once they've paid their bill. But I think it's bad manners, and violating some kind of unspoken restaurant-patron agreement. Allowing people to drink their coffee in peace, is part the cost of doing business. It's part of the agreement we make when i wait and hour and a half for overpriced risotto-- that i will be able to at least not be p*ssed off and angry when i leave. That's all i ask.
Even if the food and service had been fantastic (which it wasn't), asking people to leave immediately after they pay the bill is a sure-fire way to make sure they are angry and have a bad impression about the entire experience. Just on principle, I won't be patronizing any restaurant that thinks it's ok to take your money and rush you out the door.
always fresh seafood – This is one of my all time favorite places to eat. Each time I have eaten there the food has been amazing. It is perfect for a date or a night with good friends. The fish dishes are tasty, fresh and presented beautifully. Everything from the service, decor, food and wine is tasteful a delight to the senses.
Poor service ruins an otherwise good meal – That last review could have been written by me (I swear it wasn't!). I went to Mary's tonight. We arrived on the early side and were told by the very nice hostess that it would be about a twenty minute wait. We got a drink and waited on the bench outside. Eventually we got our table and proceeded to wait...and wait...and wait. Three tables that were seated after us had their orders taken first. Finally the waitress (dark hair, dark glasess) came over and rudely said "Do you know what you want?" as if she'd been waiting for us to make up our minds. She returned about five minutes later, dropped the food on our table and never came back again until she rushed us out the door when we had barely swallowed our last bite. Only when we were leaving, did we hear her telling others of the night's specials, how much the lobster roll cost that night, etc. We didn't get any of this.
All in all, it was a good meal, but it sounds like there might be an issue with this waitress.
Decent food; Poor waitstaff – We ate here last night and aren't going to rush back anytime soon. Overall, the food is decent: good lobster rolls, fish is well prepared, oysters so-so. It's on par with a beach seafood house from somewhere like the Jersey shore (okay, a bit better--my wife says it's pretty good actually, and she's a foodie).
As for service, the hostess was really nice, but the waitress was pretty bad (the dark-haired, dark glasses wearing one). She basically walks away before you're done speaking and appears to be completely detached, as if she doesn't want to be there. For example, she rushed off before we could even order an appetizer. We witnessed her doing this multiple times with other customers as well. For those who don't care about service, this isn't a big deal, I know. But if you do care, expect something like this (which happened):
Customer: Do you have espresso or anything else besides coffee?
(The waitress taking plates from their table, detached, looking around a bit, and looks at the customer as he finishes the sentence with the word "coffee)
Waitress: Coffee? Okay.
(Waitress starts walking away)
Customer: No, no...(repeats question)
Waitress: Yes (walks away quickly)
I mean, c'mon! If you don't want to be there, get a different job! Anyway, the music was also cranked really loud, which was bizarre. My wife and I had to kind of shout to one another.
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