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Posted by food girl on 11/26/2008
I went the other night with friends. Everyone super-friendly. The room has a nice warm, golden , comfy feel. Open kitchen and raw bar were nice touches. The food was excellent. Had an escarole salad and a veal ragu special. Tasted other peoples stuff everything well-prepared. Desserts good, too. Everyone agreed, we'd come back. Especially at these prices. The place is cheap! Four people with wine under $200
Posted by Gramercy Foodie on 11/24/2008
I've been to Almond twice so far, with a small group and a large one. Both times were great. Either way, I welcome Almond to the neighborhood. It's warm, the service is great and the food is absolutely delicious. The frog legs and short ribs are a great way to start (though on the rich side) and the lamb and skate were killer! There are no entrees over $30 on the menu and most are in teens and low $20s, I hope they keep those prices during these hard times. Perfect complement to the two restaurants out in the Hamptons. Oh yeah, don't forget the Mac&Cheese, perfect comfort food!
Posted by B-eatsalot on 11/24/2008
Went the other night with 3 others. Had a great time. Place was crowded, but not packed and while it is a big space it can seem somewhat intimate and cozy. They have a great bar, in fact after dinner we went there for a drink and ended up staying at least an hour - the manager even stopped by, chatted with us and bought us a round! Food had no low-points, all was good to great. I had the cold curried mussels to start (great!) and the roast chicken for a main (the smashed potatoes with it were awesome). Tried the frisee salad with bacon/lardons - was a rich salad, but really good. Also had some of the mac/cheese and cauli. gratin - both very good, particualrly on a cold night. Service was perfectly fine and friendly, not 4 star, but come on, the prices at this restaurant are fairly inexpensive. Definitely will go back.
Posted by Edawg on 11/20/2008
I was very excited to try the space, but I will not be going back and was NOT overly impressed at all. I did like my meal, and felt it was tasty...but the space is to massive and lacks charm. The restaurant/HOSTESS was annoying when I called to push back for 15 minutes, and when we got there there was MORE then enough availability to seat us. Get over yourself. The waitstaff is a work in progress-but very friendly. I guess that is all for now.
Posted by FoodGirl on 11/18/2008
I though this place was just so bleh. They kept us waiting for a table when we had a reservation, the manager was extremely rude and the food was very mediocre. Truth be told there's value in the menu, it's not overpriced but why pay to be treated poorly. They obviously are skimping on the management to hit the low food price point. There are far better restaurants in a two block radius, this place must be cursed
Posted by Anonymous on 11/18/2008
Was very excited to try this place. Place was more than half empty and service was very slow. Food was a big letdown. The duck confit was not crispy and was sitting in a pool of lentils that took away all taste. Lamb Chop special was not worth the $34 as it was fatty and came with a side of jerusalem artichokes and brussel spouts that were inedible. Also had the hanger steak that was drowned in a bordelaise sauce that ruined the dish. There are so many better options that will provide a more memorable experience.
Posted by TTG on 11/17/2008
We are big fans of their branch in Bridgehampton, and are thrilled about the new NYC location to get us through the winter. Almond is one of those rare restaurants that does everything right: a warm welcome at the door a reservation system that runs on time hearty, satisfying food at prices that won't break the bank good, interesting drinks and friendly service with a smile. What more you could ask for?