2 Steps forward, 1 step back. You know how there are certain restaurants that go the extra mile and seem like this business is their lifelong calling? Well, unfortunately this is not the 1. In fact, ironically, those places often go out of business, but I digress. This is not 1 of those places. It has potential. The thin, tall sundress woman who greeted us seemed like she was up for the challenge. The menu is rather thin and my dinner guest said that their steak was only okay and certainly not worth the inflated price. I asked for a taste of avocado with my dish. The big boys typically give this to you as a courtesy or an obligatory $1. Benjamin's whopping $4 took my meal up to the next price bracket. I liked the diversity of the 2 light skinned minority waitresses. When I complimented the Manager on her kimono, she practically lectured me on how it was not. When I asked the waitress for an orange slice, in addition to not having any she got too familiar asking me what I needed it for. What ever happen to the customer is always right, even if my fashion jeopardy was slightly off. I actually wanted to like this place more for the several 2 steps forward, but I would be disingenuous to not warn people of the several 1 steps back. I read both the favorable and unfavorable reviews of the restaurant on this site. I figured I’d pay them the solid of letting them know of the site so one of them could perhaps write a response to any unfavorable reviews that were just miscommunications. The male manager who answered said he would get the female manager that I described only to return as if screening her calls. He was otherwise very polite cordial and professional. When I suggested that someone in his camp might want to write retorts to negative messages posted about the restaurant, he was not interested. Oh well.
As seasoned biochemistry researchers from Rockefeller University just across the water, our MD-PhD have frequented the Trellis often during the 2009-2010 season. Some of us live near Cornell Medical School near Rockefeller University; others live in new buildings on Main Street on Roosevelt Island, just down the road from the Trellis. Consistently, we've found delicious food, great live jazz, and a clean and bright bistro where chefs can cook anything you want, whether light, continental, or fast food. The menu has a nice variety of Italian dishes and Greek salads, soups, fish, meat, pastas and desserts. Service has always been excellent. Open 7 days, 5AM-11PM.
The serving portions are amazing and if you're looking for authentic Dominican food in Washington Heights then this is it. The best time to stop by would undoubtedly be afternoon versus evening, because that's when the place gets packed and on Sundays? Forget about it. The roasted chicken is phenomenal and the sweet plantains are some of the best I've tasted in the area. Definitely a go-to spot if you're in the area for Dominican fare. Good food, friendly staff and don't forget to save room for the mango milkshakes (and you'll definitely be bringing a doggy bag home with you too!)