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Posted by Anonymous on 06/08/2008
What a disappointment. Service has definitely declined. Food and atmosphere are still good, but at these prices it's frustrating to have to continually chase after waiters and servers for such basics as water, bread, and taking your order. "Indifferent" and "bored" are two words I would use to describe the attitude. All four of us were surprised that the manager didn't even have the grace to comp SOMETHING at the end, though he knew we'd been upset by the service.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/26/2008
I'm really cheap, yet I totally splurged to go here. That's a pretty good review, right? You have to get the cuttlefish appetizer.
Posted by preppy girl on 03/26/2008
Do not go here if you want, need or desire a quiet intimate place to gaze or chat. You will need a bull horn to shout over the noisy clatter. The acoustics are great but work against even chatting herenext time, I will try the garden...
Posted by Girlie on 03/08/2008
I can't understand how anyone can be disappointed with their food! The marouli salad is out of this world, as are the roasted potatoes, the octopus and the haloumi. Have the yogurt dessert authentic, generous portion, great to share. The only complaint is that the service can be a little absent-minded they forget drink orders sometimes. But overall are very pleasant and knowledgeable. If you can, eat in the main dining room (the section in the back is too plain looking) or sit at the bar. Great place, highly recommended!!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/14/2008
First two times I went 6 years ago it was my favorite! This past year I realized that I haven't enjoyed this place in four years! One of their signature dishes is the stuffed squid. Once was delicous, now the cheese in the stuffing is cold, the squid is no longer fresh, (tough=frozen). Service once warm and friendly, is now cold, elitist and condescending.
Posted by Christina on 01/13/2008
We had dinner the other night at Avra for the first time and we LOVED IT!! Their appetizers are out of this world our dinner was excellent (I had a juicy steak and my relatives lamp chops and shrimp plates). Expensive.....a little yes but what isn't expensive today?. We highly recomended this place to other relatives and our friends . Friendly atmosphere and excellent service. We will be going back soon.
Posted by Erica on 12/06/2007
Last Thursday, while my friend and I were finishing our wine after a $145.00 meal, the Matride approached our table and asked us if we would mind if he bought us a drink at the bar so he could have our table. If we had been sitting there for more than 15-20 minutes after eating we could maybe understand this request. As this was not the case at all we were initially rather stunned and then insulted. In 20 years of dining in Manhattan I have never experienced that kind of thing. In addition, we both found Avra a rushed, noisy, over priced, "expense account" midtown restaurant. The food is average and the service was diner-like (which is fine at a diner, but not when you pay $50+ and up per person!