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Posted by S. on 04/02/2011
I have tried many nice restaurants in NYC and have never written an review, but I feel the need to write one after the amazing experience at Arabelle. It surprises me that there isn't many reviews here. That last one was at 2008? Our first encounter with Arabelle was during the New York Restaurant Week. When I first walked in the nice decorated room, I liked the interior instantly, a bit old Europe. I felt a bit intimidated (just a tiny little bit...lol) when I saw the old serious-looking waiters, but the professional and friendly services made me feel like home! We, of course,also cared about the quality of the food and won't be fooled by the beautiful interior, nice atmosphere and excellent services. The food from RW menu, though simple and only had two choices per course, was delicious !!! That's what a real fine restaurant should do, Arabelle understood it was a good chance to promote itself and did not compromise the quality of their food with the RW price tag! We received simply the best of everything - comfortable seat, spacious table arrangements, nice atmosphere, tantalizingly delicious food, from starters to main course to dessert! They even generously offered us a plate of home-made petite-four yummy...)! We went back to try their regular menu, and well, their never disappoint you. Serious/attentive yet friendly/not annoying services; fancy/ high-end yet unpretentious/ low-key; might be expensive to some yet decently priced; never disappointing food quality and mouthwatering dessert - it's Arabelle. :) I can't say enough good things about Arabelle. lol Give it a try, you won't regret it!
Posted by UES Foodie on 03/02/2008
This is the first time I am writing a review and felt compelled to warn people against this over-priced restaurant. We had an 8pm reservation for 2 and there was not a hostess when we arrived and the staff seemed to be a bit disorganized (with only 3 tables seated in the restaurant, all extremely old - we're in our 30s and the other 3 patrons in their 80s) The appetizers we got: lobster and fois gras ($10 supplement) were fine. They gave a large portion of fois gras which was very nice, the flavors were good, not great and the lobster was just bland. The main course: I had scallops cooked very nice, but served with white beans made it mediocre. My husband got the lamb which was fantastic and the best part of the meal (again a $10 supplement) The wine was incredibly overpriced ($90 for Ravenswood) and after $350 for the two of us, we were ready to leave at 10pm but the staff were too busy shutting down the restaurant and blowing out the candles getting ready to leave themselves that we had to wait 15 minutes for the check. Not worth the money.
Posted by gg on 01/28/2008
My 4 friends and myself dined here on a Friday night for Restaurant Week. Our reservations were for 9pm but we were not seated by the hostess until almost 10pm. While waiting in "Bar Siene" to be seated, we were not once apporached by the hostess or waiter to take our drink order. The wait time was ridiculous although the hostess did apologize twice. The dining room is beautiful, the waiters very friendly and attentive and the food delicious! Beware of the ultra expensive drink menu. The cheapest wine by the glass is $13 and a martini about $25!! However, it was worth having a drink since the RW $35 prix fixe dinner menu is well worth it.
Posted by citisieg on 01/24/2008
I went for lunch today during restaurant week and found the space beautiful, the food quite good (only 2 choices in each category) and the service excellent. However the real shock came with the bill: we were charged $18.00 for 2 cups of coffee! This amounted to 30[%] of the bill. when we mentioned this to the waiter he smiled and said expressos were $11.00 each. Be careful during these restaurant week promotions not to order coffee or tea unless you want to be overcharged.
Posted by Rodger on 12/17/2007
Frozen crabcakes, ham and cheese with bottled condiments and $19 glasses of fair wine - all in all a complete rip-off. Avoid!
Posted by pickyeater2 on 11/11/2007
Very nice quiet atmosphere and service but we felt a bit had. The $74 prix fixe on first glance is not unreasonable but by the time you add in the menu supplements and ultra expensive bar tab, not to mention $10 cups of coffee, you might as well have gone to one of the true gastronomic temples in Manhattan. The least expensive bottle of red wine was an astonishing $130 and it went up from there -- there is no excuse for this. Average cocktails $18 and up. The food just wasn't up to snuff at these prices. I would look elsewhere.
Posted by Diane on 08/19/2007
I recently dined at Arabelle with a friend. The ambiance was elegant. The service was attentive. However, the highlight of our experience was the meal itself. I ordered the butter poached lobster and organic steak. The presentations were stunning. The flavors of each dish were pure and powerful- in the best way ! My companion's summer truffle risotto was heavenly. The main dining room opens back up after Labor Day and I will return to taste the fall menu soon afterwards. I highly recommend Arabelle to everyone.