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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?
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2008
The absolute worst experience. The service is terrible and the manager has a real bad attitude. In this economic environment, this type of experience will lead to this place closing up.
Posted by NY diner on 11/15/2008
After many meals at the Bridgehampton restaurant, we were looking forward to trying the new one. However, what stands out in the Hamptons is very ordinary in New York. The decor is plain to the point of ugly. Service was poor. Food was ok, but a hangar steak was a huge unappetizing pile of meat on a plate along with frozen french fries. There are plenty of better options in this neighborhood.
Posted by For Real! on 11/14/2008
To be fair Whistler, You must have been having a rotten day and let that affect your experience there. I've been to Almond on several occasions (from an impromptu dinner for two, to a party of ten people) and the experience gets better and better each time. The staff is beyond friendly, the food is wonderful and the atmosphere is fun, casual and energetic. Without a doubt, this is one of the best dining experiences I've had in NYC in quite a while. And the restaurant is packed each time I've been with a great crowd.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/07/2008
Went here on a hunch as it has recently opened. Both the skatewing entree and the scallops and pork shank entree were absolutely delicious. I would also recommend the frisee salad, which was very tasty but slightly over dressed. Almond's weakest point is the service, which was slightly awkward and not necessarily friendly, but I expect this to change as time goes on. However, I think the other review about "waiting 60 minutes" is completely ridiculous. I know many people who have eaten here. It may certainly be true, but it is not a commonplace experience. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone looking for a nice night out.
Posted by Whistler on 11/05/2008
This has to be one of the worst restaurant experiences I've had in years. The service from the waiter to the manager was rude, lazy and insulting. I want to forget about this place, so I don't want to waste time writing about it. But here's what I think sums up the night: 1) We had to wait ten minutes to drink our wine because we were told "we don't have any clean wine glasses at the moment." (Did we mention the space was only 3/4 full?) 2. We ordered steak. Waited 60 mins. Still no steak. Asked the waiter (who was a ghost all night, never around). He says, "It'll be out in less than 180 seconds." Ten more minutes went by. Complained to manager. Another 15 minutes before the steak arrives. This place is nothing less than insulting to any educated diner.
Posted by AR on 10/25/2008
High energy. Diverse menu and busy bar scene. Best duck confit in NYC. Perfect oysters from the raw bar. Supurb value for Manhattan. Generous drinks. My instant #1 bistro.