We went to Argyle for dinner recently. Have been to many New Jersey restaurants, but have not had such bad service before. Took ten minutes to get menus, with waitstaff all around us. Then it went downhill from there.
We had the simplest of orders, fried fish and fried clams, yet many others who sat down after us had finished their meals before we even received ours (there were only five people in our party). Rather than get an apology, we got a "thank you" for our patience. The food was OK, but nothing spectacular. The fried clams were overcooked. The fried fish was light and fluffy and not too fishy. The presentation was comparable to the photos published by Mr. Stern.
If you're in the neighborhood and have the luxury of time, or if you're a regular and they know you, certainly give it a shot.
"Beautiful fried fish emerges from the fry kettle at the head of the Argyle dining room. The "chips" on the side are regular French fries, ready to be spritzed with a little malt vinegar."
"Hard-boiled, wrapped in sausage, breaded and deep fried: Scotch eggs are a dish not found in too many American restaurants we know!"
"Sweet and spicy, sopped with custard, clootie dumpling is a sort of deconstructed bread pudding."