60 Second Review: Brass Rail to go

2/17/2011:

Brass Rail nothing special; disappointing

The Brass Rail (135 Washington) has always seemed to have an “upscale” label attached to it. Maybe it’s the historic building, the spooky urban legend – or the fact that it might have been decent way in the past (even the Hoboken411 Review back in 2007 was mediocre.)

Either way, we decided to give it another shot recently – and order a quick dinner to go. A veggie burger, a bacon cheese burger, and a mix & match appetizer plate (Caesar salad, hummus, and some cucumber salad). To sum it up – everything was sub-par – especially for an “upscale” restaurant like this.

Now while the presentation isn’t expected to be perfect – considering it was to go, the food products themselves are supposed to at least meet some minimum standards. The burger was dry, extra-tough (even though it was ordered medium rare), the veggie burger fell apart and was greasy, and the toppings were way too limp and brown. It was obvious they sliced them paper-thin to save money – but at the same time, spoilage happens that much faster (when prepped it too far in advance). The buns required tooth-filing before biting as well. An relatively unpleasant dining experience for modern humans.

Until Brass Rail gets new management or owners – we’ll stick with the better restaurants in Hoboken.

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8 Comments on "60 Second Review: Brass Rail to go"

mooshu
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mooshu

Unfortunately, I’ve made a happy association with this place because I’ve been here with good friends for brunch mostly, occasionally dinner. So… I’m sorry to say that I enjoy the Brass Rail.

DAMMIT. I know the food’s not out-of-this-world. That burger up there is the saddest looking one I’ve ever seen. And the brunch items need a face-lift. But this place has yet to make me vomit.

Last time I was here, I had the Ginger Steamed Salmon entree, and it actually wasn’t bad! The desserts, on the other hand, could use some serious help.

Hobokant
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Hobokant

This isn’t an issue of takeout/deliver vs eat in.. both options at The Brass Rail are pretty bad. I made the mistake of thinking that I got a bad meal from them due to it being delivered. A few months later, I ate in the restaurant and it was just as bad.

Go for the decent (for Hoboken) beer selection. Skip the food.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

What did they say when you brought this to their attention? Wonder if the delivery service had something to do w it. Any establishment worth its salt would make it right for you tout suite.

AdamOnPark
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AdamOnPark

I just went to the Brass Rail this past Sunday for brunch as wasn’t impressed either. Oatmeal was very liquidy, french onion soup was a bit overwhelming flavorwise and the burger wasn’t anything special (though I did enjoy the roasted tomato on the burger, it was almost like have ketchup already on the burger and is something I’ll do on my own burgers going forward). All in all, not horrible, but I wasn’t impressed and will continue my search for a great brunch spot.

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