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  • French, Bistro, Wine Bar
  • 2 Park Ave (Entrance on E 32nd St), New York NY10016 40.746193 -73.982196
  • (At 32nd St)
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  • (212) 725-8585
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User Ratings (Based on 128 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.3
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 725-8585
(212) 481-5455
Visa, MC, AmEx Wine Bar Hours Daily: 10:45am-2am
Lunch Mon-Fri: 10:45am-2:45pm Dinner Mon-Sat: 5pm-1am Sun: 5pm-2am Brunch Sat: 10:45am-3:45pm Sun: 10:45am-3:45pm
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Business Dining, Group Dining, Open Late, Prix Fixe, Raw Bar, Bar Scene, Online Reservations, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties

User Reviews

  • Artisanal

    Posted by kookie on 08/09/2005

    Best Cheese Fondue ever!

    I had the cheese of the day fondue (gouda) and it was absolutely delicious! It came with some chives and mushrooms and it was just great. The only disappointment was the bread - it tasted a little stale. The entrees were awesome as well - I had the fish of the day (sea bass) and it was perfect. Too bad I was too full for dessert but the chocolate fondue sounded pretty good.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Visitor From CA on 07/17/2005

    Buy the cheese and then go home and cook

    The cheese was excellent and the variety/quality combo cannot be beat. The mixed plate comes with some decent dried meats as well. The main courses were lackluster at best. The chicken tasted like warmed over fast-food chicken in a moat of tasteless, though colorful, sauce. OK, I know, don't order chicken, but the menu description sounded good and the waiter thought the pork might be a little dry. The risotto was not bad, though the texture a little mushy. Service started very good, but deteriorated quickly as it got later. Having lived in Europe for several years now, it can be hard to get used to being rushed out of a restaurant. My date (European) had to pull her plate out of the waiter's hands three times. He finally gave up and got surly. OK, I know the rules in the US and the need to do three turnovers a night, etc. But, we had a late seating and no one else was going to come. Our total time in the place still was less than an hour and a half.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/30/2005

    Excellent Service...amazing mac & cheese

    Had dinner @ Artisanal w/ several friends last night. Shared the skate and lamb entrees (DELICIOUS!) and the macaroni and cheese is the best I've ever had! The service was EXCELLENT. The food arrived in a timely manner, the waiter was very helpful in making cheese and entree suggestions, and overall, I would definitely recommend this place. In fact, I'm contemplating returning there this weekend just for the Mac and Cheese!

  • Artisanal

    Posted by er_doc1 on 06/24/2005

    Noisy, but who needs to talk!

    An exceptional place! Great food, but a little noisy on a Fri night. I must admit, there wasn't much talking! The cheese flights are a great way to try some new things (with or without accompanying wines) our waiter took our knowledge of familiar cheeses and found the samplers that worked perfectly!. David (our waiter) was excellent, he paired our fondue with both a red and white wine based on some of our other wine preferences. Will absolutely go again, and take our most favorite people with us!

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Aggie on 06/19/2005

    Don't go... Run to Atisanal

    I read some of the reviews on this site and a good portion said that the waitstaff was snooty.. the host was snooty.. the bartender was snooty.. WELL... let me tell you - 5 of us walked in to a full restaurant on a busy Saturday night WITHOUT a reservation AND under dressed! The host and hostess were extremely pleasant and seated us within minutes... the waiter (Steven) was the best waiter I have ever had. He was very knowledgeable with the entire menu... When it came to choosing a wine - I was so overwhelmed with the wine list that I gave Steven my entree selection (the Mushroom Risotto) and asked him to pair a wine for me (he brought a Cooper Creek Cabernet - awesome choice). My friends and I kept on saying that Artisanal was a "Definite Return". We want to sample everything on the menu! Our waiter was so friendly that I actually hugged him when we left (felt like old friends - and my husband pretended he didn't know me!). Here's a tip - when you get great service (which you will get at Artsanal) and you have a great meal (which you will have at Artisanal) - tell the manager on the way out - No one ever gives praise and the Managers like to hear it!

  • Artisanal

    Posted by alpinebomber on 06/18/2005

    The food really is fantastic...average service

    I used to work the cheese counter at Artisanal and can vouch for the really great food and fantastic cheese...I think most customers go the artisanal because of the hype, but the food is actually first rate, at least as good as Picholine a sister restaurant, probably better...If you're truly interested in cheese come up to the counter and chat and ask any questions you want (as long as it's not too busy)...cheese people such as myself love to educate people about cheese, and offer suggestions... Charles is indeed the best cheese guy there, and he's pretty cool as a person...the management is pretty blah, and service is, well, mostly young people trying to earn a buck... However, I must say to the people who complained about the service...you get what you give off...most waiters are sensitive decent people just trying to get through the evening without having to deal with people's bs, and I personally have never had a bad service experience. Also, try to avoid this place in the summer...high ceilings, huge space, lots of people and RIPENING CHEESE do not make for efficent a/c or smells...

  • Artisanal

    Posted by grs on 05/05/2005

    A great cheese-inspired restaurant

    We have dined at Artisanal several times, without ever having a bad dish (or a great waiter). The food definitely deserves better service- while competent, the waiters have all been somewhat aloof, which is surprising for a rather casual (but expensive) restaurant. The fondue is always great, especially the Stilton and Sauternes. The mussels are fantastic, and the steak frites is also good. I agree with earlier reviews that the cheesecake is exceptional. The wine list is very good and reasonably priced. I would definitely recommend Artisanal.

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