Finally made it to Insignia
. Everyone who eats there loves it and says, "Oh, you have to go!"
Hey, guess what? Those people have no idea what they're talking about.
I've been to Bryant & Cooper several times, Capital Grille, and other good steakhouses on Long Island. Those places are overpriced, but at least the food is decent. I knew I was going to get ripped off at Insignia, but I thought I'd at least have a good-ish meal--or maybe very good. It wasn't good-ish. It was horrible (for the money). It was about the quality of a J&R's Steakhouse
The place is big and dark and noisy, with pounding music. Don't expect to have an intimate conversation there. The menus are one-page deals and laminated (like a J&R's, if I remember). Looking back, that was the first red flag.
Appetizers were Caesar salad ($10) and the crab cake ($16). The Caesar salad was about the quality you'd get at a diner. The crab cake was terrible. It had green onions in it (huh?) and a flavor I couldn't place (cumin? curry?) that completely overpowered any crab flavor. It also had julienned carrots on the top, which made no sense.
I got a ribeye ($46), which was a thin cut. It was cooked fine, but I can cook them fine, too, and I like a thicker cut.
There is one item on the menu which is by bar the biggest ripoff, and that is the broiled lobster tail for $44. Lobster tail. That's it. No sides, nothing. So, of course, my girlfriend got the lobster tail. She liked it, but how do you mess up a lobster tail?
I'd say it was a 6 oz. tail. And you know what? You can get one at Waldbaum's for $10.
The menu is a la carte, so sides are extra, but they feed two people. We got hash browns ($10) and asparagus ($10). The asparagus was nothing special. The hash browns were salty as hell and tiny, which was weird. You have to eat them with a spoon. I've never seen anything like it.
I only had iced tea and a cappuccino. The girlfriend got two cosmos, $15 each, which is not unusual.
Tax and tip came to $205.00.
Bottom line: you can get the same quality food at a J&R's steakhouse for $50.00.
6 oz. lobster tail from Waldbaum's for $9.99
2 out of 5 stars
610 Nesconset Highway
Smithtown, NY 11787