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Posted by paul on 03/19/2005
I've been meaning to go for a while and it was so worth the walk. We stumbled in on Friday at 8pm and got a table straight away! There were about 3 other tables empty. The wine list was good, not too daunting and not too expensive. I settled upon one of the cheapest Italian wines at $28, cheaper than anything by the glass and very pleasant. The apps were wonderful, gnocci was a big hit with me and the onion tarte was equally scrummy. My wife went for the whole orata fish and I had the skate, she got the best deal, the fish being perfectly cooked and plenty for one. My skate was a real let down, small in portion and not so flavourful, many EV spots beat it for less. The sides of cauliflower and sprouts were nice but expensive, the fries were boring and from a bag (I'd expected better). I'd say overall it was a good meal and even though we avoided the sweets they looked wonderful - especially the profitter rolls. The staff were friendly and efficient. Best meal since Porcupine.
Posted by mr. miffed on 02/27/2005
I had the opportunity to join friends for brunch at this west village restaurant - with mixed results. The host was a most helpful and welcoming gentleman - we dined in the enclosed garden and all our food was tasty and creative - the damper on the experience was our waitress - service was slow and she was sullen and rude - making many mistakes all unapologetically. Based on previous reviews we were surprised by her attitude. Still we would go back and hope for a better personality.
Posted by raquel on 01/25/2005
My first impression was that the dining room is a clever design. Great use of space in the west village. An alcove for waiting out of the way with a glass of wine. My friends took me for my birthday and we were led back into the glass ceilinged dining room and met by a very knowledgable and upbeat waitperson. The special was just that, special. Simple buttery noodles with cheese and freshly shaved black truffles. Amazing! Croquettas and riceballs are perfectly small so as not to spoil the entrees. Pot au feu was clean and tender, the milk, braised pork was also moist to perfection. 2 fish dishes, the whole fish and the skate were also clean, and perfect in flavor. The influences of eastern europe, southern italy and french techniques put together by a hawaiian(!) chef are exquisite. If you appreciate emotional, detailed food please do go!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2004
I was looking forward to my visit to August since it garnered pretty good reviews here and on Manhattan chowhounds, but I was disappointed with the result. The ambiance and staff are lovely. The seating can be a bit uncomfortable, but that is to be expected in a small place. My appetizer was good, but not exceptional (I don't even remember what it was - something with bread and ham). My entree which was a gnocci dish had so much salt on it that it was inedible. The waitrss was so busy that by the time she came over to check on us, my date had finished her meal. I am not going to rush back. The entrees were a bit expensive for what they were...
Posted by Jack Sprat on 08/18/2004
One in our party of three had the disappointing sea bass which dampened the success of the two other dinners served. The wine recomended was an excellent choice. Our waiter stayed his distance and seemed to be there exactly when needed. The back yard enclosure is best at night because the see through structure - doesn't work in daylight, the other backyards are ugly. Oh yeah - give us a break with the salt shakers. For the prices we should be able to take them home.
Posted by edawg on 08/16/2004
Went to eat with a friend for brunch and had a great time. Not only is the atmosphere a pleasant experience, with a wonderful "outdoor" seating area, but the food is excellent as well. The wood burning oven/ grill is a plus giving the place a rustic feel. The blistered green peppers is something everyone should eat. The food and it's preparation has depth and soul. It makes you want to eat more! The chef is doing a great job!
Posted by Davy Porkchop on 08/12/2004
I attended August on a lark on a humid summer evening. My perspiration was considerable as I had just trekked several blocks after being delayed in the subway for quite some time. As I entered the perfectly lit restaurant I was greeted by an ambitious young chef who wore a peevish grin. It was as though he knew this would be my most satiable meal to date. The appetizer and wine choices were replete; more selection than a black-market DVD store. I began with the tart flamb? and my lady friend chose the green peppers. My taste buds were engaged in movement as powerful as Stratvinsky's Firebird. With each bite I moved closer to Nirvana and understood how food is the cure for a lost soul. Without going into too much detail, the main course of Pasta Carbonara was equally delicious. The pasta was seasoned with an equal amount of sauce and the soul of the munificent chef. Would I recommend August. With a resounding and affirmative yes!