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Posted by skipaway8 on 10/14/2008
The food is superb. The foie gras ravioli was fantastic and the lobster salad appetizer was also very good. The lamb was also perfectly done and melted in my mouth. The room is beautiful but the side rooms feel a bit like eating in someone's living room. You can hear a bit too much of the table next to you. The desserts, although beautiful, were not as good to the taste as to the the sight. The service was both pleasant and attentive. The wine list is extremely extensive with a few affordable options. I'd definitely return.
Posted by poo on adour on 07/30/2008
did not honor reservation made in main dining room did nothing request and was rude and not apologetic. left and went elsewhere. Skip Adour
Posted by Jennie on 06/29/2008
The food is fantastic. The presentation is wonderful. Very nice atmosphere. Desserts were top notch. The wine list is one of the best around. The wait staff were not up to par for a great place. While the food was excellent, the value was not there. You know going in that it will be expensive but this is not good value unless you just have to eat at a Ducasse restaurant that happens to be in the great St Regis.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2008
My wife and I recently went for her birthday. I was informed when I made my reservation and when I confirmed it that gentlemen were REQUIRED to wear jackets. My wife and I were very happy about this because it is so rare these days. It was late and the restaurant was not filled yet they tried to seat us a table right by the entrance, hardly a prime table. When I complained, we were moved immediately but it should not have been an issue in the beginning. We ordered a great meal, the help is not up to what you would expect from a fine restaurant. We continually had different servers who were not really attentive. Getting water glasses refilled was virtually impossible. Their wine selection was great but pricey. I ordered a great wine 88 Ducru which was as excellent as you would expect. While we were dining, a couple came in and set next to us. the man was not wearing a jacket. I presume he and all other gentlemen are advised to wear jackets. They choose not to enforce this policy which should be enforced. They may lose some money or they can keep a few jackets just for those who come in without them. They choose to have cramped seating even when they were many seats. As I looked around, I noticed that there were at least four men without jackets. When I made the reservation they asked if it was for an ocassion. I advised it was my wife's birthday and they said they would do something "special". I presumed that this would happen around the time of dessert. It did not but we had a wonderful souffle. At the end of a wonderful dinner, we were asked if everything was ok. I told them about my issue concerning their policy for men and my disappointment that they did nothing "special" as promised. They said they were sorry and gave us free desserts. I would have preferred that they were require men to wear jackets. The atmosphere was very different from the other restaurant which was a lot cozier. This was almost stark by comparison. The old Lespinasse at this location was nicer. This restaurant's atmosphere cannot compare with it's brother in Monte Carlo. I have had better French meals in great places with fine wines that were less expensive with much nicer atmosphere better service and a better value. I was disappointed by Adour. I would not go back or recommend it to others. It was a disappointment.
Posted by familyfoodie on 05/15/2008
Yes, they gave us a lousy table in the back room, and yes, the pace was a little slow, but the food was incredible and the service was excellent. Wine list was pricy in spots, but there were some reasonable choices on there and the [select]ion was amazing. All in all, a special occasion place, or big tab business dinner place.
Posted by Steve on 04/16/2008
I had dinner here for the first time last night and I was extremely impressed and I like to think I have very high standards coming from almost ten years in the restaurant/food/hospitality sector. The service was warm and professional. For a four course meal we were seated for almost three hours, which is not a complaint, but it could have been a little faster paced for my taste. The table next to us had the five course tasting menu and even though they were seated at almost the same time as us, they left an hour before we did. Other than that, service was good...a very solid B+. The space and room are absolutely gorgeous. The food ranged from good (which I expect at a minimum for these prices) to elite. My friend and I shared the veloute with frog, foie gras and ricotta gnocchi. Veloute was amazingly flavorful with an ultra luxe texture, however the frog meat was a tiny bit tough. The foie was good, but standard good and at $29 that should be an automatic. The gnocchi were delicate and delicious. My friends chicken entree was about as good as chicken can get and my lamb entree was the single best lamb dish I have ever eaten in my life and I adore lamb. Perfectly done and so tender I did not need a knife. We shared the two chocolate desserts and both were out of this world good. Not too sweet with real chocolate flavor and garnishes that complimented the essential grandeur of great chocolate without distracting from it. The little sweets at the end of the meal were awesome. Nice, if too heavily marked up wine list. We had a 2004 Gev. Chambertin (village) that was showing beautifully. At the end of the meal we found out about the just released three star review and let me tell you, they deserve each one of them. It's great to have really high expectations from a high end nyc restaurant and actually have the establishment exceed them. I highly recommend going.
Posted by JPS on 04/13/2008
Three of us went to Adour last night to celebrate a birthday. It is a lovely space in the St. Regis Hotel with an airy main dining room and several, smaller adjoining rooms. We liked being in an adjoining room since it was serene and soft and we wanted to catch up with each other. The servers were eager, but caught on to the pace of the meal we planned to eat. Amuse-Bouche (small filled pastry) was tasty. In fact, I can't fault the food. Chilled lobster with fennel salt, duck foie gras, gnocchi and a shared sweetbread with egg purse were all appropriately excellent and savory. We went on to pork tournedos (with a fabulous piece of belly), rack of lamb with a perfect degree of tang and delicious baramudi (fish from australia). desserts were decadent, although no creme brulee was in sight. I had to joke with the waiter and ask how the chef could do that on a Saturday night. we all had a laugh. The chocolate dishes are wonderful. Here is the rub: The wine experience disturbed me. Upon being seated, the waitstaff presented the wine list. I looked it over and with the assistance of the young lady (i purposefully refrain from using the term sommelier) decided on a french wine which we agreed would be nice with the appetizers. The lady returned in a few minutes to announce that Adour "was out of your choice." The restaurant just opened. She then presented a second wine list with much higher prices and suggested a $300 bottle. My original choice was $120. I was dining with my wife and a very close and dear friend so I had no compunction in telling her to bring back the other list. I opted for a $140 VR Desauney 99 and later a $160 bottle of Barbaresco. We enjoyed both. However, I left the restaurant feeling that something unethical was going on at the table. If I were buying a television, baiting and switching would draw a fine from the state. The young lady apologized to me. She knew that I knew. I am sure this behaviour comes from the highest level of the restaurant. Finally, the wines were presented to me for review and then taken away to be opened. The corks were not presented (we asked for one to be brought to the table)and the Barbaresco was decanted before a drop was tasted. Is this the sop? I must agree with my friends. The days of this type of dining are over. From now on, give me a great bite and a good wine and I will be a happy man. I doubt Adour will be with us for long. When his bistro opens, this will become passe.