20 Cornelia St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.731381 -74.002110
Mon-Fri, noon-4pm and 5pm-10pm; Sat, 10:30am-4:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 10:30am-4:30pm and 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
A glorified greasyspoon with attitude – After having a pricey but mediocre brunch at Home a year ago, we decided to give it one more try for dinner. Seeing the restaurant half empty, three of us walked in on a Saturday evening to ask about a table. We were asked to wait, then rudely told they had nothing available. We were futher advised that "This is New York-GET A RESERVATION". Granted, it was a last minute decision to go out for dinner, and we had spent the afternoon watching football and were not decked out in typical West Village fabulousness, but is wearing a sweatshirt really enough of a reason to assume we were tourists and should be talked to so condescendingly. Then to add insult to injury, after we had already left the seemingly 6' x 12' room they consider a restaurant, the waiter/owner stepped out, called us back, and curiously asked if we liked Italian food. I cautiously replied yes, and he proceeded to tell us about this wonderful Italian joint around the corner that had "lots of tables with a quick turnover" and "lots of great pasta". Knowing the area for over a decade, the restaurant he was describing was an absolutely awful place--and he new it. Clearly he was not offering a helpful suggestion but instead was knowingly tyring to send us to a bad restaurant. Who needs this kind of treatment? Can't imagine why we would ever go back.
Great good and great service every time. – I go to Home only occasionally, and each time I hope it's as good as the last, and it always is. The traditional american food is always totally satisfying, and the service is perfect. It's a nice ambience for a date, but not too overtly romantic, like flickering candles in the pitch-black or anything...
Uncannily not like home... served with a side of ranch dressing. – The coldest evening since last winter and they nonchalantly lead us to a table outside and act as if it's the most natural thing ever. The heat lamps above (one didn't work) did not combat the wind. I kept imagining how uncomfortable this would be for people on a date who were too timid to actually say anything.
Moreover, the table was misaligned, and needed some adjustments to keep from teetering over. They "fixed" it by shoving a napkin under a leg, which worked for about 5 minutes. They continued to seat non-protesting customers (probably from the disbelief that they were seriously being sent outside) in the backyard as we ordered some very unimpressive food.
The "fondue" was some toast with a ranch dressing like dip, hardly fondue and completely ridiculous. The macaroni and cheese with "overnight tomato" was tiny, really just amazingly small, and it had a piece of tomato on top- nothing to include in the description of the meal, as it was a mere garnish. The chopped salad with "Autumn vegetables" was 8 dollars worth of onions and corn with some more ranch dressing. Everything we ordered was small, boring and expensive. For 4 people, we paid $180.
The waitstaff was supercilious, didn't bring water even when reminded 2 times and bumped into us repeatedly as they squeezed past to bring food to other cold diners. They even asked us to move our handbag (to help what?) and still bumped us every time they passed.
Ultimately, I found this to be the most annoying restaurant I've been to in New York in a decade. The portions were so stupidly small, it was shameful. Most shocking was the way they just seated everyone outside as if it were absolutely normal and acceptable, when they knew it wasn't! They even gave us some stupid button/pin when we left: "Polar Bear Diner Club- Home Restaurant- Fearless eaters under the heaters." SHAME ON THEM!
Stay Home – I had heard good reviews of this restaurant and was eager to try it. I will not go back. The place was tiny, and they crammed four of us into a table that, even in tight NYC spaces, has no business being a four-top in a restaurant. The food was mediocre, and they didn't even have the onion-rings appetizer that was raved about because their deep-fryer was broken. Service was sub-par as well. There are dozens of places in that area that you could go to over this one.
Truly mediocre – After a couple of so-so experiences at Home, I decided to give it one more try as it's just around the corner from my business partner's place. We called the day before to book a table in the garden for 7 PM for a dinner with some clients. On arrival, the smart-alec person who 'greeted' (sic) us said they had the reservation but claimed that we never asked for a table outside and so on the nicest day of the year in NYC, we had to sit inside.
The menu has become completely uninteresting and the portions are tiny. What they call "fondue" is in fact just a blue cheese dip, not much more than salad dressing. The duck salad was miniscule, the green salad was completely tasteless and their flagship mac & cheese, though potentially tasty, tasted like it had been cooked in an oven that had not been cleaned in years - it had a burnt aftertaste to it. One of my party asked for a side of English peas, which the chef refused to provide as he was "saving them for another dish" - MAKE MORE.
The waitstaff were totally indifferent with a surly attitude and you feel like they're doing you a favor allowing you to eat there. The only highlight is the chocolate pudding. There are so many better places to eat in the Village - do yourself a favor and skip this one.
Cozy, attentive, and great food! – I went to Home last night with my boyfriend and enjoyed the relaxed and attentive waitstaff. Our waiter was very informative about all of the ingredients on the menu (taste, where it was from, wine pairings). As an appetizer, we shared the beet and goat cheese salad, which was very fresh, wonderfully salted and seasoned, and with goat cheese sold at the Union Square Farmer's Market at that wonderfully melt-in-your-mouth room temperature.
My entree was the chicken thighs stuffed with sausage on top of garlic spinach and topped with delicate onion rings. Surprising, the portions were JUST RIGHT and the flavors blended together beautifully. In addition, Home makes their own ketchup--a nice surprise for the onion rings.
My boyfriend had the steak on top of mashed potatoes, which he said was done perfectly medium rare and was also the perfect portion and great flavor.
Overall, the only thing I would suggest is a less can-make-it-at-home dessert menu. Nothing looked very appealing after our dinner. (Apple pies, puddings, bread puddings).
I would definetely go back to Home for breakfast or another relaxing weekday dinner!
A miniaturized downtown restaurant that serves flashy "Mom" food of outsized flavor. – In Short
Home is an ingeniously designed space that's little larger than a studio apartment but somehow manages to feel cozy and charming. There's a lovely garden out back, where on cool fall nights you can dine under the glow of an electric heater. Fresh ingredients and clever seasoning transform even the simplest dishes, many of which take their inspiration from ingredients culled from New York State farms. Steaks, pork chops, quail, and fish preparations are favorites.
So bad it's funny, Home-y – Went there for brunch on a Saturday with 5 girls. When I told the host my name, he just stared. Waitress came up to me and looked at me questioningly. I repeated the reservation name to her, & the host whom I had spoken to said rudely "I GOT IT."
We sat down to a claustrophobic's nightmare of a table. Menu was EXTREMELY limited. "Eggs any style" was an option. My friend asked if she could have a style in particular, and the waiter answered, "We don't DO that." He was being so unhelpful and my friend, who was almost in tears, had to ask, "Well what DO you do?" The host looked miserable the whole time, and was prancing around in a tizzy.
Food was mediocre.
Just a horrific experience. Even if the food was delicious and the menu was endless, I still would never go back.
Too Cold – I don't really like greedy restaurants. You know the type. They shouldn't keep their patio open year-round. We shouldn't have stayed (like four other couples who left). The waitstaff may try and convince you that the heaters are warm in winter, I assure you they are not. We tried to eat our food (the little bits that are served) quickly so as it would not get cold. I think my Dad enjoyed the hot dogs he bought on the corner after the meal more than his undercooked chicken he returned to the kitchen for more cooking, and still came back undercooked. We witnessed the waitstaff continue to try and tell people things were fine and this was business as usual and the restaurant was great--while we waited and waited for our meal. I think our cold night lasted well into two hours and we left hungry and broke.
Not Good – I was there 11-23-2005. Food is below average. Small portion but good presentation. The average cost for 2 people is 95 dollars included tips. If your date is not helping out with the bill, make sure to bring enough cash or have one of your credit cards handy.
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