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Artisanal

(Entrance on E 32nd St)
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  • French, Bistro, Wine Bar
  • 2 Park Ave, 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 124 reviews)

3.555
Food 4.0 Value 3.4
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 725-8585
Fax:
fax
(212) 481-5455
Website:
www.artisanalbistro.com
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx Wine Bar Hours Mon-Wed: 11:45am-11pm Thu-Fri: 11:45am-12am Sat: 10:30am-12am Sun: 10:30am-10pm
Hours:
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:45am-2:45pm Dinner Mon-Wed: 5pm-9:45pm Thu-Sat: 5pm-10:45pm Sun: 5pm-8:45pm Brunch Sat: 11am-3:45pm Sun: 10:30am-3:45pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Business Dining, Group Dining, 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 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!

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    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...

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    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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    Posted by Marie on 04/24/2005

    Service was poor

    My husband and I recently went here for dinner. I find it hard to describe in words just how bad our server was at this job. It took 45 minutes (!) before we received the wine we'd ordered. Our server had more interest in talking to the bartender and hostess than taking our order. When we did finally get our food, it was very good. It took so long, though, that by the time it was time for dessert, the kitchen was closing! Our server asked us if we wanted dessert by saying, 'The kitchen is closing so if you are going to need dessert would you hurry up and tell me what you want?' After we'd been waiting and waiting for him all night, I found it very ironic that we had to 'hurry up' and mind you, he hadn't even given us a dessert menu! I did complain to the Manager, who was very nice and surprised by the entire thing. I hope that in the future the service can be as good as the food.

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    Posted by Anonymous on 04/15/2005

    Ahh, the power of cheese

    I love this place! Expensive yes, but it all appears to be worth it. Once you go to this place you won't want to go anywhere else. I decided to try a new cheese specializing restaurant in New Jersey called Fromagerie, but it did not compare to Artisanal. Now I have learned my lesson and will always go back to Artisanal. It's like my friend once said, "once you go to Hawaii everywhere else is just "not Hawaii.'" Now I say, "Once you go to Artisanal, everywhere else is just 'not Artisanal.'"

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    Posted by Joe R on 04/01/2005

    So much more than just great cheese

    Cheese paradise indeed ? the odor was tantalizing as we walked up the street. But once inside Artisanal, we found so much more than fromages, from the joie de vivre bistro ambience to Wilson?s prompt, friendly, knowledgeable service to the food. We started with a sampling of cheeses assembled and presented by Charles, the expert cheesemonger. Somewhere along the way, we found ourselves experiencing an astonishing ?salad? of smoky octopus in a savory marinade that included chick peas, not to mention a small serving of mushroom risotto with fresh peas and tendrils. My main course was the crisp skate wing adorned with blood orange and cauliflower. My son ordered prime hanger steak frites. My wife was eating light and only had an asparagus appetizer. All excellent! The desserts (my wife soon forgot about eating light) were fabulous. We can?t wait to go back.

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    Posted by Mark on 02/19/2005

    Curds and Whey

    I came down to NYC for business (food-related) and had to stop into this cheese paradise. The gentlemen behind the counter took such good care of me that I feel compelled to share my experience. I told them I was a NECI instructor in Vermont and it turns out that one of the gentlemen was from a neighboring town. We started talking shop (Cheese) about how the farmers are doing and how their cheeses are progressing. We agreed that Jasper Hill was the one to watch with many great cheese producers right on their tail. I was treated to a 12 course cheese tasting with ports and sherry's that made me remember why I love NYC: the ability to have anything you want at your fingertips, especially cheese. I recommend Artisanal if you want a unique cheese tasting experience or want to enjoy a mellow bistro menu. Memorable!

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