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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 NC Redhead on 06/24/2008

    Yummy and a fun place!

    We happened upon this place on the first night of a girls-only trip to NYC, and I remembered reading about it after we went inside and were greeted by the "stinky cheese" smell. It took a few minutes to get used to it, but we didn't even notice it once we started chatting in checking out the menu. We had a great cheese fondue appetizer with bread cubes and crudite. (The cheese was some type of white cheese with dried apricots in it. Delish!) We all shared one entree (so we could save room for dessert) and had the clay pot chicken roasted with root vegetables. It was fantastic and falling-off-the-bone tender. We ordered several desserts, one of which was the best and smoothest creme brulee ever made! Our server was very friendly, and the service was really great! Would definitely go back!

  • Artisanal

    Posted by massimo on 06/02/2008

    and a cheese shop too!

    The staff was very knowledgeable, particularly about wine and cheeses. if you have time, try one of their flights of three cheeses with accompanying wine tasting (you will get three small glasses). The buy one or more of the cheeses on your way out. The rest of the menu is interesting, and what we tried there we liked a lot.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/07/2008

    stinky cheese coming through

    No complaints about the food service or value. The only thing is that you can smell the restaurant from 10 miles away and when you go into the restaurant the pungent smell just takes over all your other senses, I guess it is understandable since it is a fondue place and there's lots of stinky cheese, but after all said and done at the end of the dinner I still do not want want to be a big piece of cheese walking around NYC.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by fussbudget23 on 05/07/2008

    Serious Staff Training Needed

    Three of us went for brunch on Sunday. We arrived on the dot for a 12:30 reservation and the place was already jammed with diners. Greeted with warm smiles by the man at the desk, and the woman who showed us to our (rather cramped) table. As others have commented, it was noisy (possibly due to the very high ceilings), but the room is very attractive in a true bistro style and we had no problem conversing with each other or being heard without shouting. The problem we DID have was our waitress. First, she was so "efficient" that we barely had our bottoms on the chairs before she was thrusting menus at us and asking for drink orders. Next, she was uninformed about some menu items and brusque in her answers about others. Since I was new to the restaurant, I wanted to try the famous gougeres (home made mini cheese puffs). When I inquired about how many came in the "small" order , she said "five." Cost was $8.50, which I thought excessive, even for New York. but we ordered them anyway. They arrived in a pretty cylindrical basket we stopped counting at 11. So either she gave us the "large" order - for $11.50 (we forgot to check when the bill arrived) or she had no idea about the portion sizes. Then she kept popping by the ask if we were ready to order, barely allowing us time to peruse the menu. She never smiled, acted put out if we questioned her about the make-up of some of the unfamiliar dishes and in general had a very Gallic attitude. (In that respect, we might well have been eating on the Left Bank!) And the odd thing was, after trying to steamroller us through our meal, when we wanted the check she was no where to be found, and it took us nearly a half hour to settle up and leave, almost making us late for a Broadway matinee. The food was good, and attractively presented, though, and the people at the front desk smiled and thanked us for coming. So it isn't all the staff just some need training!

  • Artisanal

    Posted by mslk116 on 05/04/2008

    Incredibly delicious every single time!

    I came here during restaurant week this year and their promotion worked- I am truly hooked! My friend and I shared the mushroom risotto in butter sauce and it was utterly amazing! I also ordered their mac and cheese which was amazing except that it came with ham and I am a vegetarian it did NOT say there was ham in the mac and cheese on the menu but, I was able to pick around it. It had the perfect blend of cheeses and an amazing layer of cheese crust on top. The desserts were great as well. We had a friendly waitress and although it is a bit pricey it is not too pricey. I will return many times!

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2008

    Amazing French Toast - Decent Brunch

    The croissant french toast was by far the highlight of the whole meal. The creme fraiche and apple compote were the perfect compliment to the french toast. Syrup not needed. The only caveat is that it is definately not enough to fill you up. We also had the soft scrambled eggs - also very good. The gnocchi was good as well though not outstanding. Also enjoyed their sparkling fruit juices.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/29/2008

    Not recommended

    As echoed by others here, the quality of food and service has dropped substantially. It is sad to see another neighborhood restaurant falter in a location otherwise devoid of quality dining options. Last night's experience there has lost another customer for good. After sitting down, we waited perhaps five minutes for water or a menu, and waited exceptionally long to get our drinks and appetizers. When the entrees came in, I had received the wrong item. The waiter was surprised by the error, and after perhaps another five minutes of waiting, he came back to tell me that they had run out of the dish. He said I could select another entree and it would come immediately. I picked the wild mushroom risotto and waited at least 20 minutes for it to arrive. Meanwhile my fellow diner was being neglected by the waitstaff, not even receiving refills of water. Finally I gave up on the order and asked another waiter for our check. I never received my entree. The check came back and everything but my entree was on the bill a total of $80. Not even a token discount or drinks removed from the order! According to the time on the receipt, we wasted an hour and a half there for one round of drinks, apps, and half of our table's food for $80. Meanwhile, the quality of the food was lacking compared to most restaurants in this price range. The foie gras millette was eggy and had an intense mayonnaise flavor. The gnocci dish was unbalanced with it's root vegetables. The risotto was soft and lacked truffle flavor.

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