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Posted by Al Malone on 02/02/2015
I stopped in with a coworker for lunch today. Walked in at noon and it was nowhere near crowded. We were seated for about ten minutes (and hadn't ordered yet) when the hostess approached us and apologized for the fact that the landlord of the building had just come in. Since we were sitting at his favorite table we would have to move to another table!! Are you kidding me?!?! We were both in such complete shock that we obliged without saying much at all. The treatment was so rude that it just didn't seem real until it had time to sink in. The landlord, stood there looking right at us with unbelievable arrogance until we vacated his "favorite table". I'm still speechless. All I can say is I will never go back to Darling's under any circumstance whatsoever.
Posted by No Libs Resident on 10/28/2013
First, in response to the guy with bad steak/eggs/service, no, they won't close within the year, they've been open for over 3 years already. I've had at times slow service, they were: late at night with limited staff, sitting outside while staff is mainly inside. During the normal eating times, service has always been good (again, late night expect it to be much slower). The food itself is decent. No you are not getting gourmet, but everything I have had has been above "shoe leather" quality. I will say this: I've only had bigger meals from diners anywhere once or twice, I usually order the smaller plates/sandwiches. The Darling's sandwich, the perogies, the calamari have always been good. Darlin's IS pricer than most diners, and I feel that is due to A) location and B) being 24 hours in a city that doesn't have enough foot traffic to keep prices down for the decor. You don't feel as if you are in grimy or cheap greek-style diner at Darling's so you pay for that, which does suck. Breakfasts here are good, with only one time I got pretty bad omelet as it was coated in butter and bacon burned. But pancakes are good, had good bacon, and it's ABOVE standard for diner coffee.
Posted by Ework66 on 02/19/2012
At first glance Darling’s looks promising. Great 50’s coffee shop décor, excellent location, and a wait to get in. Take a closer look and you will see that this is crap wrapped up in clever hipster packaging. While waiting for a table I noticed that they were still selling pieces of different cakes all fashioned for Valentine’s day. All well and good except for the fact that Valentine’s day was almost a week ago. Next, we were seated in what resembled a store room in the northeast corner of the restaurant. The only thing on our table was a salt shaker. All of the other tables had a napkin holder, salt and pepper, sugar, sugar substitutes, and an assortment of jellies. After waiting approximately 15 minutes our server came by. I ordered a bloody Mary and my wife ordered coffee. After the waitress dropped off out drink order I had to go to the front of the restaurant to find sugar substitute. I explained to the person at the hostess stand that our table did not have anything except for salt on it. She gave me some pepper and a few packets of Splenda. The bloody Mary was subpar...I guess I’ve gotten spoiled with the bloody Mary’s at North Third and Silk City. I had the steak and eggs. I ordered the steak medium rare…it arrived very well done and the English muffin wasn’t even toasted. The eggs had an off flavor to them almost like plastic. The potatoes were o.k. The waitress didn’t venture into this far corner of the restaurant very often so I ate most of the shoe leather pieces of steak and one bite of eggs. When the waitress finally came back over to take our plates I explained to her about the Steak and English muffins. She asked why I didn’t tell her sooner. I said that I didn’t say anything because obviously she was too busy to stop by and check, also I told her that if a line cook doesn’t know the difference between medium rare and cooked to the point of carbon, what would be the point in sending it back, the cook couldn’t even toast bread! Then she brought the check… $42.00 for a two person breakfast with one crappy cocktail. I have a feeling that after all the hipsters realize that they are paying for the location only, this place will be closed within a year.
Posted by William on 12/19/2010
Seriously where else in the city can you go and order Salmon with sateed spinach and mash potatoes to order at 3:00 am on a monday morning. Service is excellent the ambiance is great.The place is so cozy. Most impressive is that its all glass and you can see any part of the restaurant. Aside from the impecable service and wonderful Boar Ragu the fact that a Diner tokens themselves on clealiness enough to have everything in open is beyond note-worthy, its pioneer. Bananas Foster !! A must !!!