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Yep. The lunch I'm about to write about occurred more than a month ago. I'm terrible.
Anyway, I had the opportunity to meet up with my friend Karl before he moved to Pennsylvania to start his new job (yay!). Choosing The Perfect Pint was a strategic move -- it was close to my office and easy for Karl to get to from Penn Station. Thankfully, the place wasn't too crowded when we got there and we were seated at a table on the second floor right away.
Knowing we only had a limited time to eat and catch up, we didn't waste time poring over the menu options. Karl chose the Harp-Battered Fish & Chips ($16) and ordered a Hard Cider to wash it down with. He only got one piece of fish, but it looked substantial enough to provide adequate nourishment. You'd think by looking at the picture that the fish was greasy and heavy, but Karl assured me that it wasn't.
I ordered an item from the Irish Flare section of the menu, as well -- Shepherd's Pie ($16), made with ground beef, vegetables, gravy, and mashed potatoes. And, since I had to go back to the office for the afternoon, I had to skip the booze (sad). I was pleased with the portion size. It wasn't overwhelming or underwhelming. I had enough food to eat a satisfying lunch and to bring home for lunch the next day. Not too shabby for $16 at a restaurant in Midtown.
While the food was okay, I wouldn't say it was anything spectacular. What really made the occasion was being able to spend time with Karl. So, thanks, Karl, for giving me a really good reason to leave the office in the middle of the day and eat lunch somewhere other than at my desk!
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