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Posted by Mike C on 10/09/2011
Went to Almond for brunch this afternoon and it is now one of our top brunch spots. The location and outdoor seating is perfect, and the food was delicious. I had the omelette with chorizo -- definitely a repeat. The service was not great - had to ask a few times for water and coffee, but overall this place is awesome and will be in the brunch rotation.
Posted by Periyali on 05/10/2011
Best octopus in Chelsea if not the city.
Posted by T. Tournoux on 05/01/2011
Almond has it all. The service is amazing and the management is also the best I've seen in a long time. The ambiance is comfortable and chic, without being over the top. Plus it has the option for outdoor seating. I love having the option of sitting on the patio. On top of all that you have amazing food and drinks for good value. The pomegranite martini my favorite - the cinnamon sugar rub around the edge of the glass makes the drink. I would dare say they might have the best macaroni and cheese in the city - complete with hefty shavings of black truffles and prosciutto. The mussels are also delicious. They're soaked in a beautiful white wine, sauce toped with shallots and parsley. They are perfectly cooked - not a chewy one in the bunch! the large order is perfect for sharing 4, or as an entree. And the classic croque monsieur brings me back to the streets of Paris. As an added bonus, they have "disco fries" - otherwise known as Cheese Fries Quebecoise. They're crispy, perfectly fried shoestring fries covered in gravy, and cheese. It doesn't get better than that. I highly recommend you try this place, and you won't be disappointed.
Posted by CZguest on 02/03/2011
I've been to Almond countless times since it opened, and I've always left very happy. It's a great space, large with plenty of room between tables. The staff is very friendly and the service has always been good. The food is very good. If you want comfort food the mac and cheese or burger are great options. Save room for dessert, those are great too!
Posted by Stefanie on 01/26/2011
Almond's decor is bistro-chic, with a nice open large space and comfortable motif. My friend and I enjoyed a leisurely dinner that definitely broke the budget, but I appreciated that we were able to linger and chat - nowadays too many places seem to want to rush you out so they can turnover the table. We started with the brussel sprouts 2-ways, which was absolutely scrumptious (I die for brussel sprouts)...I had the steak frites with anchovy butter and my friend enjoyed the cavatelli dish with shrimp "sausage"...my steak frites was generously portioned but next time around I would opt not to go with the anchovy butter (what was I thinking?! anchovies and steak?!)...the cavatelli was flavorful and hearty...for dessert we split the cookie platter - nothing special but again generously portioned, a bite-sized variety...I wished we had selected the chocolate pot de la creme or the waffle...the service was satisfactory (and the waiter was not bad to look at)...the music in the background could have been straight off of an iPod - Stones, AC/DC, The Who...loved it! Overall, I would return - assuming I had a pretty penny I wanted to spend.
Posted by Rebecca on 09/30/2010
I had dinner at the bar and loved it! Great cocktails, baby octopus was delicious , and fresh Greek salad. Service was wonderful, all around good time.
Posted by jc on 08/21/2010
I have been here many times and typically enjoy my experience here but last night was a disaster. I understand it is August but consistency is key. The restaurant was a bit empty as NY is in August but still the service was sub par. No bread or water for 10min., then bread no bread plates, then dirty bread plates. Ugh. Other qualms were that the frites were overly salty, the scallops we were served were halved forcing us to wonder if they either fell apart since they were frozen or if someone took a bite out of a couple of them. Presentation is so key and they didn't really put much into it last night. The in house smoked blue fish didn't seem fresh. Again even in August the B team on a Friday night can harm their reputation. Not looking to go back to this place. It seems that after a few years in this spot they are comfortable and don't care about their customers.