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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?
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.