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Posted by anonymous on 04/08/2010
Alexandra used to be my best kept neighborhood secret. It featured a wonderful ambiance with delicious, fresh food that was prepared with care. I moved out of the neighborhood a couple of years ago and recently went back. I was really disappointed; the quality of the food isn't what it used to be, and the prices are no longer commensurate with the mediocre food or adequate level of service. Sadly, I won't be going back again.
Posted by sue lyon on 03/04/2010
had dinner here last night. the roasted corn soup, a special, was piping hot and delicious, had little chunks of avocado as a surprise. i had the porcini gnocchi with broccoli rabe, shiitaki mushrooms, sweet sausage and just delicious. too much for me to finish, but warmed up later that night still excellent. husband had the lamb shank, likewise delicious. one thing wrong, the tacquitos were not hot enough. but still good. we'd go there again for sure. o not to belabor the point, there was a young couple with a baby in a stroller. the restaurant was empty at the time but for us, parents who have been in that position long ago but still remember. the server was not really cordial and they left. i so wanted to tell the mom to take the baby out of the stroller and have her look at herself in the mirrored wall behind the table. our daughter enjoyed that and gave us some peace. babies are really wonderful and they are like little canaries in coal mines. the little one fussed a bit because mommy and daddy were uncomfortable. once we were in a paris 2 star restaurant with our 3 month old. when she carried on i took her to the bathroom and let her admire herself while my husband ate, as he said, in solitary splendor. a day or so later we went to a tiny bar, put the baby on 2 chairs. room was smoke-filled and guess what? she slept like an angel because we didn't care and felt at ease. if the parents or any parents are reading this, believe me they grow up faster than you can imagine. also, with my husband, my knight, i nrsed our daughter at table and we all ate together. but alexandra is really fine.
Posted by Ande on 04/22/2009
I disagree w. the above Stroller~Mom. I have dined here many times, with friends and alone. I am always treated well. This is a very small, quiet, special restaurant. I have seen the proprietess turn away groups that would bring noise and disrupt the peaceful atmosphere. I applaud her for not allowing you to take over the outside space with your child and stroller. If she allows this, the rest of the playground will follow. Not everyone in the Village loves dining w. children. Alexandra has been here for years and I am sure it will remain. If Petite Abeille welcomes you, by all means go there with your child. Dublin 6, up the street, will welcome you to sit outside among the other strollers. I will be lunching at Alexandra again this week, and I am happy to learn we will not here have to contend with the stroller set .
Posted by WVillager on 04/18/2009
I've been here a number of times - for drinks, with friends, with my husband. It's convenient, which is why I tend to come back...just down the street. But today I was turned away from a completely empty set of tables on the sidewalk because I had a sleeping baby in a stroller. I can understand that policy for indoors - but a sleeping baby outside? For marginal food and so-so service, I don't think I'll go out of my way to come back now. I've been in the village a long time and seen restaurants come and go...and those that are friendly and open to all are the ones that tend to stick. This one won't. I'd go to Petite Abeille down the street if I were you - better service, better food, and you don't have to leave the stroller home.
Posted by Keith on 03/23/2009
There are a few things on the menu, including the Lamb and Gnocchi, that are th best I've ever had. That being said, I've dined her 6 or 7 times and have never been even slightly disappointed. The only downside is the place is a bit small and they only accept cash or Amex.
Posted by Restaurant Lover on 10/06/2008
My bf and I were walking around the West Village looking for a place to have dinner. We saw this place and thought it was really cute. We didn't have reservations and they had room for us which was great. The place is cozy and romantic. Unfort. that was the best part. Service was very spotty. It took a while to get our menus. Wine wasn't that great and I don't think our server knew anything about them. I had the chicken and my bf the salmon. Both were nicely plated but no flavor between the two. We will not be back.
Posted by IAC on 10/06/2007
A little terrace by the street (nice) and OK food. Alexandra is excessively priced, and service exists - if you consider that getting your dinner plate and then the bill at the end with the announcement "This is cash only! There are two ATMs accross the street. Everybody goes there!" Grandpa' could paid stuff with his credit card in 1957 but I can't do it in 2007? Another shocker, on the bill - Pinot Grigio at $14 a glass ("prices are inside, up there" - the waitress pointed to me). Well, I think CPB NYS says it should be on the list. The place was empty to begin with. Service - undescribable poor. Just don't let yourself duped because of the quick availability of the terrace seating. Terrible, terrible experience - for a "Restaurant (?!)"! We'll n e v e r return.