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About Permanently Closed - Thelma on Clinton
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Thelma on Clinton is Chef Melissa O'Donnell's latest New American restaurant. Named after her grandmother, the restaurant focuses on small plates and eclectic flavors.
"In keeping with a from-the-heart-and-home mentality, O’Donnell will also be debuting several “from scratch” offerings: ... O’Donnell’s menu will draw from the cultural diversity of the neighborhood without straying too far from her deeply-rooted, straightforward approach to cooking. “In my heart of hearts I’m a minimalist,” she says. “I always have been. I don’t like to make things complicated. It’s one of the reasons I originally named Salt ‘Salt.’”- The Village Voice
New York, NY 10002
American, Contemporary French / American, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm-11:00pm
Houston and Stanton
$31 to $50
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F train Delancey stop or Second Avenue stop.
JMZ train Essex stop
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Thelma on Clinton - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
My grandmother's nursing home has better food than this. The man running the brunch hour was very nice and the menu looked delicious: it was an epic disappointment. The biscuits were hard and tasteless: the jams somewhat interesting but they were served in containers that other people had used and scraps of other food were in them. The cappuccino was burnt and tasted worse than one made at a Holiday Inn. The bacon were three slabs of thick fat. It was absolutely the most disgusting meal I've ever had in New York: I'd put fast food a step ahead.
The food here was exceptional - we were actually pleasantly surprised. Especially something even as simple as the Nappa cabbage side - it was seasoned and prepared to perfection. Ditto with the smoked trout salad. You could really tell that this food was created by a superior chef. I will be going back. A great find for those who want a genuinely good meal.
We had an early reservation, 6:45pm I believe, on a Sat night and we were the only customers when we arrived! Don't let that dissuade you. Their crowd simply comes in later so it's an ideal spot for early quiet dinner, and the food was very, very good. At first I thought the portion of pork looked small but it was very thick and filling, and it just comes apart with a touch of the fork. We'll be back!
I'm so glad we decided to come here while visiting from Chicago. The space is charming. It's intimate, but love that it's a neighborhood spot! Decor was very homey with shelves holding jars of preserves they have for sale. I also liked that you can eat at the bar that looks into the open kitchen. Great way to get more seating in a small footprint.
We had 2 cocktails. I had the champagne cocktail with cucumber and vodka that was so refreshing...just what I needed on a super hot New York day. We shared three
Dishes - bacon-wrapped dates, octopus confit, and short ribs. The octopus was perfectly cooked, not gummy as many similar "meats" tend to be. The short rib was phenomenal. So tender and the sauce had such depth to it. You can tell it's been "brewing" for a while.
Our server, was so great and helpful. Felt like I was taking to a friend.
Booked for my husbands birthday with a group of 10 on a Saturday night at 7:30pm and literally had the whole place to ourselves, Amazing! The service was top notch with a thorough knowledge of each dish.
We were treated so well and the food was beautiful. We had dishes ranging from Branzino atop a bed of fennel to duck breast and beef Wellington.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our time there and would definitely go back again.
We honestly like everything about Thelma's. It was my birthday and although it's a small place, we got the requested corner table for 2 which added to the romance. Thelma's does small plates, which is the only way I like to eat anymore -- it's great to share food and try little bit of a lot of dishes. In that regard, we especially loved the pickled muscles, the smoked duck, and the lamb shank. OTOH the white chocolate bread pudding was a bit disappointing so I will try something different for dessert when I definitely go back. The service was just right.
We visited this restaurant twice in the past month. The food is terrific. We loved the smoke duck, the cod, the salmon, the risotto and the deviled eggs. In fact there wasn't anything that we didn't like. Two caveats, one is that there was a slight difference in serving size during our second visit. It meant ordering one more small plate, which was not a huge issue for us, but consistency is important given the price point, which came to around $45 per person. The atmosphere is casual and the service was excellent. We do think that offering a few lower priced items would help offset costs for some diners. The desserts were good, but not as amazing as the small and large plates. We will definitely be back.
This restaurant was brought to our attention through Blackboard Eats though we did not use the coupon for this Saturday evening dinner. We are international diners and bring a level of experience with us but I must say, across the board, that the food was very, very good. We felt the smoked duck was terrific as well as the cod and salmon larger plates. We also enjoyed the risotto and the curried vegetables, which were not overcooked as can sometimes be the case. We thought the bread pudding was tasty but might have prefered a little more sauce. Four diners shared 2 small and 3 large plates, 1 dessert plus bread and wine, which was fine. We are definitely returning to this restaurant.
We went for dinner on Saturday. We had a very friendly and attentive server. The dates wrapped in bacon were divine. The pearl onion risotto was delicious and so was the cream of cauliflower soup. We tried the salmon. The cucumbers that it is served with is a great addition to that dish. The codfish grandmere was a hearty, flavorful dish. But the best thing we had may have been the napa cabbage side with almonds. What a great, fresh flavor dish! We had some great cocktails also. Adorable place. Will recommend it to friends.
Great find in the east Village. Welcoming staff and cozy feel. The very definition of a great neighborhood restaurant but well worth the cab ride from Midtown. Excellent sharing menu, well stocked bar and wine list with reasonable prices. Will most definitely return.
Had a great Valentine brunch with my daughter among a mixed crowd of daters, families and friends. The atmosphere was energetic and fun. Even though it was literally the coldest day of the year and a little chilly inside too, no one left and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The food was cooked perfectly. And I highly recommend the Bloody Mary's
If you need a dinner date spot on a Friday night and want to make sure it's good but not too loud (so you can have an actual conversation) this is your spot. I booked it blindly since I wasn't too familiar with restaurants in the area. Cocktails were top notch and the food was delicious. It's pretty much the perfect balance that I look for in such a situation. As soon as I walked in there I was like, "Okay great, this is exactly what I was hoping for." Good times.
Went to this place while in NYC as it was recommended on a few web sites. It is in an u"untidy" part of the Lower East Side. The place had one other table occupied on a Tuesday night and the waiter was super-friendly and welcoming. It is a "small plate" restaurant and the menu is a little confusing but was explained by our waiter. We ordered pickled egg and dates wrapped in bacon all cooked in a tiny open kitchen. The pickled egg had no real pickle taste and was overpriced but the dates were excellent. We also had Thai vegetable curry, short ribs, salmon in miso sauce and risotto. The salmon was nice and tasty, the short ribs very oily, the risotto was excellent but the curry lacked any taste and badly needed salt.
We ended with creme brule that was too runny to eat . It was sent back and replaced with another dessert at no charge. Overall the place, food and service was good but a little too eclectic for our tastes. The cost was high for the quantity and quality.
Quaint, tiny little restaurant with surprisingly unique and unforgettable fare. When we arrived we were honestly in awe as to how the tiny little kitchen was capable of being so quick and serving such generous portions. We couldn't have been more wrong. The risotto was one of a kind, the cauliflower soup was a truffle dip for our side potatoes and our smoked trout salad was phenomenal. Bartender was super nice and gave us drinks on the house because the beer was a little flat.
The salmon with poached eggs and mashed potatoes combination was delicious. The chamomile
Tea was exquisite. Service was incredible by Sarah and Janelle. The drinks made by Carina were excellent. A neighborhood gem. Nice music. Beautiful decor and great ambiance.
This place is terrific. The wait staff is lovely, the food is outstanding and the prices are very reasonable. Located in a funky neighborhood, it's a good place to go on a Sunday afternoon for brunch, followed by a walk around the hood. Great place. Don't miss it.
My friend and I enjoyed a wonderful brunch here. A highlight was the biscuits with homemade preserves. YUM! The design/ambiance was lovely, the servers were very attentive, and the food was so flavorful and fresh. I hope to return--this time for dinner--soon!
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