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Posted by M.M. on 04/15/2009
I go to August about once a month. Every time Im there they are excited to tell me about the new and interesting things that their chef has created. Every dish I've tried has been a delicious meal- I'm a huge fan of the Tarte Flambe and the gnocchi, though the risotto (when on the menu) is out of control amazing. If you go for lunch the egg dishes are also great and very dependable. Wine is always perfectly paired, as their wine manager is happy to visit your table to help with selections- even if you're just ordering one glass. If you have the chance- get seated on the back patio. It's like a little greenhouse and an awesome spot during the day or at night.
Posted by West Village Vets on 11/14/2008
Great restaurant! Loved the food and service was attentive. My boyfriend and I just enjoyed Friday night dinner at August in the height of Fall vegetable season. We arrived at 9:30 and were told it'd be a 30 min wait for two on the patio. The wait was just that, but the bartender was helpful in choosing a fantastic glass of wine to sip while we waited. I was wary since the other reviews complained about the portions being small (and I was hungry) so we ordered two starters to share - the wild mushroom pizza and tart green salad. The portions of both were totally satisfying - perfect for two people to share - and the quality was fantastic as this place boasts a seasonal menu. Our main dishes were short ribs and skate - again, these were hearty dishes. The skate was perfectly cooked and crisped with spaghetti squash and wild mushrooms to compliment. The short ribs needed a bit of salt but were very tender. We didn't have room for dessert but many people did and they looked really scrumptious. Let me stress - the food (especially the mushroom pizza) was phenomenal! Eat on the patio for ambiance - great date place! Heard they have a good brunch too.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/17/2008
We had the 5 course tasting menu at Restaurant August this weekend. Granted it was a Sunday, but the bread was stale, and all of the courses, save possibly the dessert, were average at best. The kobe "filet" was actually so unappealing in texture and taste that I passed it to my husband. The halibut was extremely overcooked and tough. In addition to these textures, the tastes were extremely underwhelming. We were very disappointed in the meal as it was a celebration dinner. On an up note, the service was great, the atmosphere lovely.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2008
My wife had her birthday brunch at this place, which in the beginning gave a nice impression. The outside patio is very nice. We ordered our dishes, and they came out at a descent time. BUT, when we got the portions it was a joke. Seriously we all started laughing. I ordered the Wood Oven Baked Eggs. They where sooo small!!! If you go to their web site you can see a picture of it, and it is smaller then a brick! The bread you get with it was the size of a small cracker. It reminded us of airplane food! It wasnt even that tasty. I have been to gourmet restaurants that give larger portions, and believe me this wasn't gourmet.
Posted by Fast Forward on 05/28/2008
I won't be long winded - Frank Bruni gave this a "Very Good 2 star rating" in the NYT in April 2008. I thought it was worth a try. result is that it wasn't, why? Way overpriced FOR WHAT YOU GET eg: Appetizer "Wood fired pizza $14 what came was NOT pizza it was some thin "pita-ish dough with some pesto and thinly sliced potato approx 8" wide. Not tasty not special and not cheap. My main course was oven fired Orata (a type of Sea Bass) it came with nothing just the small fish no veg nada $23 - But how did it TASTE?? Nothing special just a baked fish. One bottle inexpensive Dolcetta ($38) not very good. Total bill including $20 tip $150. There are SO many better deals in NYC than this, If you know and like good food, don't waste your money. PS: I forgot to mention, I hope you like to shout at each other at dinner. Your friends won't hear a word you are saying if you don't. A sad state of affairs. Bruni must have gone on a VERY good night, I have had SO much better food and service for half that amount.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/18/2008
I agree with the last review - while the food and room are just great - the unpleasant staff makes me not want to return- many other places to go in the area.
Posted by slachs on 12/17/2007
Make sure if you dine here that you sit out back under the skylight. Pretty awesome. We didn't have a reservation, but were told, somewhat begrudgingly, that if we can make sure to vacate our table within 1.5 hrs, we could be seated. Pleasant. It seemed like there may have been some unrest at this place, because the service had a negative edge/vibe to it. Little annoying mistakes like late bread and butter, and no plates for it. Etc. The waitress was aloof and uninspired. We each had a salad and I must admit, they were awesome. Really fresh and intelligent ingredient combinations. The entrees were just average. Nothing to write home about. I can't even recall the quality of the dessert, so that says something in and of itself. This place wasn't bad, just not great. And this is the type of place that can and should be special. Maybe it was an off night? Probably won't give it another shot to find out, too many other awesome restaurants in this city... Meh.