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Posted by John on 09/03/2005
Isn't it sad when this happens? A wonderful place is ruined by too much good publicity? The garden is still lovely, but the food and service have turned August into another mediocre, over-priced Village restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/14/2005
A disappointment. Everything from our table, to the ambience, to the service, to the food, fell short. I visited August with four friends on Saturday, August 13th ? a busy night to be sure, but one that you would hope a village bistro could handle in style. We were shoehorned into the front table ? two, twotops pushed together ? with two people on one side, one at the head, and one, miraculously required to perch on the bottom corner, to accommodate another table that crossed over her lap. The temperature was sweltering, the AC evidently on the klink ? and we all sweated buckets throughout the entire meal. We were constantly harried by the wait staff ? one waiter, two bussers, one food runner and the host, hovered over the table incessantly, and saw nothing wrong with staggering our entrees and overlapping them with our appetizers. The food was okay - but disappointingly unimaginative. And when, at the end of the evening, faced with a $350 bills (included 4 appetizers, 4 entrees, 6 watery sangrias, a $35 bottle of wine, and tip), we were left to wonder what all of the fuss was about?
Posted by nyfoodguy on 07/31/2005
What happened? Last year this was a fantastic restaurant - I assume there have been staffing/management changes because last thurs was an unpleasanr experience at this restaurant. The service is inattentive and slow - the food remains solid, but hard to digest after being treated poorly.
Posted by Dissapointed on 07/23/2005
The atmosphere was very inviting however, once inside, we were greeted by a less than gracious grouchy host. We asked for one wine( while listening to herbie hancock? - and the waiter thought we would like a different one so brought that bottle for us (not telling us that it was more expensive than any other by the glass.) The menu is interesting in that they use common words like pesto to mean something only the chef understands (in this case green onions?). Needless to say, it was a disappointing experience.
Posted by villageman on 05/30/2005
The food is sublime, the chef is genius, the service is poor.
Posted by kim t petersen on 05/09/2005
I actually desided to visit AUGUST because it's my sons name. It turned out to the perfect night. Good friends, excellent food and perfect service.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/06/2005
Cozy European atmosphere with views of wood burning ovens greeted us as we entered. Detail was given to design inside as well as out in the lovely glass enclosed garden dining area, complete with cobblestone flooring and plants above. We dined during the Sunday brunch and enjoyed it so much, returned for the evening meal. Friendly New Yorkers is so often an oxymoron, but not here. We were greeted and attended to immediately. Smooth lattes, smoky flavored bacon under the cr?me fraiche eggs, and oven toasted bread were heavenly. Our evening meal yielded some unique and delightful appetizers paired with complementary wines. Our lamb was the best I have ever eaten, and the sea bass was enhanced by the artichokes. We split a Vahlrona chocolate pot de cr?me that left a lingering flavor of chocolate delight on our tongue. (I was not too crazy about the vegetable with tripe - but that is a personal taste.) The salad with leeks had a mouth watering balsamic vinaigrette. The wine list is carefully paired to complete each selection, indicating quality, not quantity. We look forward to our next trip to NYC and dining in August.