Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Nights: Onieals

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: Onieals
Changing things up for Tuesday night. We picked a location downtown that's on the cusp on Chinatown. Oniels is a bar with spacious room. You can sit at the bar or request a table. We chose the table. They gave a tray of amuse bouche to start the night. This was mango salsa toasts. A nice refreshing start to the night. Light, bright, and sweet.

To share, we had the calamari ($13) which was a relatively small serving. The addition of remoulade sauce in addition to the tomato sauce was a nice touch. Otherwise, this was a relatively mediocre dish. Nothing special nor bad about it.
The pizza ($12) with pepproni (+$2) was again really small for the price. At $14, I was expecting a larger pie but this mini pizza came thick with melted cheese and greasy pepperoni. The crust was thicker than I liked. This is not great pizza.
The meatballs ($16) was again super small serving. We were expecting 3 giant meatballs. Instead, we received 3 regular sized ones. A mixture of pork and veal in a tomato sauce. Again, mediocre. Nothing special about this.
The mac and cheese ($6) was a tiny and mediocre again. Do you sense a pattern yet?
The herb fries ($6) was a bit lackluster. The herbs were roughly chopped and garnished on top. They certainly didn't stick to any of the fries. So what's the point?
And finally the small side of brussel sprouts ($6) which wan't very  good. No char. No crispness to it. Just soft and bitter. Was this a soft saute? I hope this wasn't intentional.
Overall, the food at Onieals was mostly mediocre. However, with that quality of food, it certainly didn't justify the price. I wasn't impressed and certainly won't be going back.

Onieals
174 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
(212) 941-9119
www.onieals.com

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