Much has been made of the new Pier Restaurant and Tiki Bar that opened May 1st down at Playland. The New York Times was not impressed. In a review Sunday it rated the talked-about joint as "O.K.", the level just above "Don't Bother".
The new joint, owned by John Ambrose, who also owns Seaside Johnnies on the beach in Rye Town Park, has a sweeping water view at its location by the Playland Pier. Seaside Johnnies also has a reputation for overpriced below average food – but you go for the view.
In the review The Times wrote:
"fun and festive, if a little cheesy…
Yet a restaurant can satisfy in a number of ways, and despite the slightly tatty, honky-tonk feel (it’s right next to Playland Amusement Park, after all), my dining companions and I succumbed to the restaurant’s good intentions and salty charm, in addition to its view…"
The review gave high marks to a number of dishes including the shrimp ceviche, the sea scallops and the New York strip steak. But it also hammered the "bland, expensive ($21) fish and chips", the "flavorless grilled salmon" and the baby back ribs that were called "dry and tough".
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