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Posted by Ray on 04/14/2011
I have been to 44 SW many times, usually ordering the same entree, because I really enjoyed it. However, when I decided to be adventurous and order something different, it was totally disappointing. The appetizer, fried calamari was overcooked...nothing worse! The chicken parm had a frozen taste, like that of freezer burn. It was served cut up and placed on top of a very modest portion of pasta. My friend had a very unimpressive chicken francese, with boring mashed potatoes! I used to recommend the place. Now I probably will not return!
Posted by Hotel Destination Management Group on 03/18/2011
First let’s start with the good. SW44 has invested well in their decor. Warm, rich colors, attention to fabrics and lighting create a simple, inviting ambiance for a neighborhood bistro. I have read several of the reviews about the poor service ours, however was excellent. The restaurant was busy but not crazy and I watched our server graciously move about her station, smiling and chatting with her guests. The tables are close together so you could clearly see everyone well taken care of. We ordered three entrees. First, a spaghetti and meatballs entree which was excellent. Then we ordered two specials, veal parm and a strip steak with basil butter. Both came with mash potatoes and vegetables. The steak was cooked correctly and flavorful. $24.00, however for a 6oz. strip steak was too expensive for what it was. Especially in a neighborhood with so many other choices. The veal parm however was very disappointing. The veal tasted like a frozen veal patty. This special was also $24.00 and we received two pieces of veal about the size of a woman’s palm. Not veal scallopini. We had Tartuffo for dessert which came as expected and was fresh. Often restaurant frozen desserts have freezer burn, this was not the case. One other thing I did not care for, I don’t mind spending $24.00 on a good entrée. When you write up your specials board and put it outside, show me the prices of your nightly specials. If I see something I want I will come in no matter how much it is. I always think if the special prices aren’t posted, shown or recited, the restaurant knows they are charging more than they should and they know people aren’t going to say anything when the bill comes. If I go back I would skip anything they have on specials menu. They do have a very nice martini bar in the back. Maybe next time I will do drinks and an appetizer at SW44 and choose another nearby restaurant for dinner.
Posted by Danielle on 02/16/2011
The food was DELICIOUS! The service was great :) I would go here again
Posted by Cait on 12/24/2010
I went there with a group of 5 people and it wasn't good at all. We sat next to the bathroom which was very annoying and gross to look at. Our waitress was very unprofessional and as we walked in she gave us an attitude. The food was all cold and the Lasagna wasn't good at all. The atmosphere was nice and it is decorated lovely but sitting next to the bathroom and having people stand on top of you the whole entire night isn't what I call a good night. The food doesn't match the price. I have no problem paying for good food but paying that price for bad food just doesn't make sense. They geyou on the website for making it look nice but it is very small and not what my friends and I expected.
Posted by anonymous on 11/14/2010
The most unprofessional restaurant I have been to in the Theater District. Terrible service, ordered appetizers for the table which came out one at a time in 5-10 minute increments. Food was not good at at. Chicken was dry and hard on the dinner salad, pasta (gnocchi with meat sauce) was not even close to a real italian dish. Chicken Parm was dry as well. Had to wait forever for a "forgotten glass of wine" (when the whole table ordered and received their drinks already) After asking TWO more times I finally went to the bar to get it myself I had gotten a nasty look from the bartender. Not a friendly place at all. I was surprised this restaurant has 4 stars. There was only one good thing, reservations were for 7 and they sat us without a wait. I guess I should at least give credit where it is due. Not even a thank you as we passed the manager, bartender, waitress and owner on the way out.
Posted by Adventuressa on 11/06/2010
I had dinner here the other night with a colleague. Both the food and service were excellent, and the atmosphere is great. It's on the corner with lots of big windows, so a great place to enjoy the hustle and bustle of 9th, while relaxing in a cozy restaurant. We shared the calamari appetizer, which was fried, but not overly fried and probably the most tender calamari I've ever had. We both got the lobster ravioli special for dinner which was very good. I'll definitely return!
Posted by SweetShe on 09/07/2010
We were in the mood for a Margherita Pizza when we looked at menupage in the West 50's...looking at the reviews, we decided to go. Service was good, seating was a little uncomfortable, there were 3 of us...we ordered the Margherita pizza and Eggplant rolatina..It came out after 10-15 minutes...One plate of rolitini and one small pizza...were were a littl shocked since we were expecting a whole pizza, no wonder why it was only $13...Everything tasted good though...and yes, it was our fault that we didn't realize it was personal pizza's only...