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Posted by ellenost on 09/02/2014
Another amazing dinner at Atera. Cuisine remains very creative, beautiful and delicious. Always look forward to Chef Lightner's newest creation (but glad to see a few of my favorites still on the menu). Most of the menu has changed since my last visit. Chef Lightner has the rare ability to impart playfulness and thought-provoking in his dishes which leaves his guests with the thought: how did he do that? But rest assured that the dish will bring a smile to his guests. Service is among the finest anywhere (and equals my "gold standard" at EMP). The staff is very welcoming and knowledgeable about the food. Atera's sommelier, Scott Cameron, has assembled an excellent, comprehensive wine list that I consider the finest in NYC, especially for its depth of German Rieslings. The wine list is priced much better than at other Michelin two star restaurants. I had wanted to try a new Riesling for this dinner, and Scott recommended a Keller Auslese that I loved even more than the Donhoff that I usually drink. Atera has become one of my most favorite restaurants, and I eagerly look forward to many return visits!
Posted by anonymous on 02/22/2013
Title says it all. If you want to go to an absurdly expensive restaurant where they treat diners with less respect than one gets at a fast food joint, by all means, give Atera a try.
Posted by anonymous on 06/10/2012
While the service was excellent the food was a big let down. A lot of show with little substance. I thought it was offensive to charge $150 for the quality of that food.