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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.
Posted by Ashley on 07/26/2010
I wish I could give more a review..but here is the extent of the experience that I had: got seated at my table. Waited 15 minutes. Finally ASKED someone for water, which I otherwise would not have received. Waited 10 more minutes before someone came to our table asking if our server had been over...we responded No, and we've been here for over 20 minutes. She said he'd be right over and walked away. Waited 5-10 more minutes, got up and left. I was actually very disappointed because the atmosphere was wonderful and the menu looked absolutely amazing. I thought that the heat in the restaurant that day was maybe just because it was near 100 outside, but after reading other reviews on here, it looks like no AC is quite typical for this restaurant. Needless to say, I will not be returning and wouldn't recommend it to others.
Posted by Not hungry for more on 07/13/2010
Despite making a reservation, there was a 45 minute delay for our table. It seemed that everyone who had reservations were told of 45-60 minute delays. The room was hot, service was slow (our drink orders arrived with our meals), and no apologies for the delay. Not going back.
Posted by Washington, DC on 05/23/2010
Best marinated octopus I have ever had! That is all we had, as we only wanted a midday snack. Atmosphere is wonderful and appealing. Outdoor seating is nice, surrounded by trees and other landscaping details, as it is located on a street just off of Broadway. Highly recommend!!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2010
Just got back from Almonds for Brunch. The heat in the restaurant was awful. 88 degrees outside and high humidity. Their was no air circulating inside it was extremely warm. Spoke to the Manager, his comment was the door is open its a beautiful day. Asked to please close the door so we could feel the air conditioning. He said no it was too nice outside. He was more concerned with the outside instead of his customers inside roasting. The poor waitress face was red and hot and so were other people. We didn't even have dessert because the manager was so stubborn to raise the air or close the doors. There are plenty of good restaurants in NYC for brunch . This one is not on our list anymore.