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Pier 44 Restaurant - Babylon

Pier 44 Restaurant
444 Fire Island Avenue
Babylon, NY 11702
Overall: 7/10
Food: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Decor: 8/10
Value: 7/10
Being in the area, wanting a light lunch and to try some place new for us landed us at Pier 44 in Babylon, slightly tucked away from the main village towards the end of Fire Island Avenue. This place must draw a crowd because they have a parking lot behind the restaurant as well as additional parking across the street. It was rather empty when we went though with only two other tables being occupied. When you first walk in, you immediately feel like you are on some sort of ship with all the wood detail, ropes, lighting, porthole windows and even the structural beams. It was actually pretty interesting. They have beautiful artwork on the walls as well. 

We were promptly seated by our waitress who was nice, but almost too much. Throughout our lunch, she actually began to get a bit annoying because she wouldn't always be around or pay attention if we needed refills yet when we wanted to eat in peace, she wouldn't stop chatting. I've mentioned it before on this blog and I'll say it again: people tend to stay and talk when you have a toddler that just loves to engage with new people--it's not always the best thing when you want to sit and talk with your spouse over lunch! Nonetheless, she meant well!

We ordered appetizers and soup because we knew we would be eating a lot later on. Stuffed mushrooms were absolutely great--so much so that we ordered a second order! They weren't huge mushrooms but they were definitely stuffed! Unfortunately, the calamari did not live up to the same standard. They were overly crusted with cornmeal, not crispy, pretty chewy and lacked taste. It came with a tomato sauce and their version of a "thai dipping sauce" which was literally soy sauce out of a bottle. Soy sauce! Nothing added to it at all and it had spilled on the way to the table all over the calamari which made a bunch of them soggy. I also ordered french onion soup, which was very good yet typical french onion soup. It's rare that you find a place that serves bad french onion. My husband had the new england clam chowder which he enjoyed very much, but for me I felt like it tasted as if it came out of a can. I've personally had better. With one great appetizer and one that was pretty bad, the food overall comes in as average.

I wish we had tried other menu items but we really just wanted something quick and light. We will probably try it again to see how the rest of their food is. I think its worth a second try!

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