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Posted by Loretta Love on 01/08/2015
What Happened to this smart restaurant? It was terrific from the opening through my last visit just 9 months ago. My Guest and I arrived separately and both has the same dismal experience at the door. Three greeters at the host stand, all staring at the book and ZERO acknowledgement after standing at the host stand until we spoke up. And, even then, the smart looking door staff was genial at best. It takes just as much effort to make a person feel alienated as it does to make them feel welcome. Come on now~ smile and say hello! The restaurants atmosphere suddenly looks grimy and dim. Bad lighting day...? The bathrooms have a distinct odor and one feels apprehensive about touching anything. The food was absolutely dreadful with the exception of desserts. Which incidentally were served in multiple chipped bowls. Whaaaat? 1- the cauliflower soup was mucus like and had strands of a phlegm like texture dangling from the spoon. YIKES~ 2- the roasted brussel sprouts were overcooked, soggy, flavorless and cold. 3- the crispy shrimp entree was embarrassing. It resembled hateful delivery from a bad Japanese restaurant. One could have done better with a carrot ginger salad from a Bento Box mixed with Popeys fried shrimp. The server was smart, helpful and sweet. Her assistant must have been new as there were 3 tables in a row who all kept getting each others orders. Oops~ Our bill for 2 was $152.00 with tip and no alcohol. Insane! Shame on you Jean Georges~
Posted by Alex on 05/12/2014
Average food, average service, average decor etc. Major attitude from the maître d.
Posted by icancookbetter on 12/28/2012
o.m.g. Loudest restaurant ever. Fine if you're dining with someone you don't want t speak to
Posted by Anonymous on 12/13/2012
Awesome. Best. Crab toast.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/29/2011
My husband and I were fortunate to be able to spend Thanksgiving with a few of our grown children in New York city. On a recommendation, we went into the ABC Kitchen for a late dinner. We has a most splendid meal in a most unique and comfortable environment. The service was top rate and I enjoyed them all wearing flannel shirts and jeans. The food was among the best offerings we had ever been served. We all look forward to another special time in New York city to enjoy a meal together at the ABC Kitchen.
Posted by Marielza on 11/12/2011
I've been to ABC a couple of times, and every time is the same thing: customers are kept waiting while more than half the tables are empty. I suppose this is done so they can pretend the restaurant is in more demand than it actually is, and generate some hype. Go figure... The restaurant is beautiful, and the food is good enough that they should have more confidence in their ability to attract a crowd without the pretense.
Posted by Food Maven on 05/09/2011
I have been to several of JGV's restaurants lately and honestly they have been hot and cold. While I really liked Mercer Kitchen, The Mark and Spice Market did not impress. I am hppy to report that ABC Kitchen is the real deal. Yes, it is a pain to get a reservation but once that is behind you it is all clear sailing from there. Start with the hamachi toast and or the crab toast. Both delicious. Move on to the tuna sashimi or any of the salads. For mains I really enjoyed the sea bass and lobster but was a little less thrilled with the salmon. I would have like to have tried one of the pastas as they looked terrific as well as more of the side vegies which excelled. The dessert was ok but can be overlooked when everything else hits the mark like it did. I even liked the atmosphere which is a little quirky but a nice change. With food like this I will tolerate the hassle of getting in.