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Posted by WorldEater on 06/25/2006
After subpar experiences at Mesa Girl and Bolo, I reluctantly went to Bar Americain on a recommendation from a friend. Not surprisingly, the same subpar Flay experience I had at his other two restaurants happened at Bar Americain. First off, even though we had reservations, we still waited an additional 30 minutes. Not terrible, but the attitude from the hostess was ridiculous. The waiter had a ridiculous attitude as well. Rolling his eyes at us while we were taking our time to order. Then, it took 45 minutes for the food to even come out. Terrible service can sometimes be forgiven if the food is outstanding. However, we are talking about Bobby Flay here - the king of overspicing ingredients to mask the true flavor of the food. Case in point - the ribeye that I ordered was dry (even though I asked for Medium rare) and tasted burnt. Instead of tasting a juicy, meaty steak, I tasted burned spices - not a palatable flavor. Other dishes had by my friends were above average, but not great by any means. No matter how subpar his dishes are, he will always have a cult following and his restaurants will always be packed. However, I will never go to one of his places ever again.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/09/2006
We could not find a wine that we liked on the menu, and tried several. What we disliked: Seafood Cocktail Trio was less than desirable, Lamb came out cold, Tuna Tartar was subpar, Steak was overcooked our waitress was of no use to us or the restuarant. I can tell you that the martini's were great and the space is great. There are VERY few healthy items to choose on this menu...could not have been more disapointed. Will not return.
Posted by Victor on 05/31/2006
A couple of colleagues and I had dinner at Bar Americain last week. The first thing that struck me about Bar Americain was the immense space. It is a very large restaurant with scads of tables and towering ceilings. The color scheme was relatively muted and soothing. Although neither the maitre d’ nor the waitstaff milling about near the entrance were terribly eager to greet us, eventually they escorted us to our table. We placed our drink orders. My first beverage was so weak I suspected that the bartender simply poured tonic water into a glass while he thought about Khrushchev. Rolls and other bread came a bit later. Nothing to write home about, just ordinary bread products. Fortunately, things improved with the arrival of my appetizer, a New England Clam & Sweet Potato Chowder. I was immensely impressed. The flavor of the clams permeated the broth, which was an enticing orangey color due to the sweet potatoes. The clams themselves were succulent, although I would have been thrilled had the bowl included more than two lonely clams. Appetizers finished, we tried to chat, but the noise of the other patrons and the music on the sound system made it difficult to hear my colleagues who were seated across the table. The noise did not adversely affect my appetite, however. With a whetted palate, I looked forward to my entrée, a Rib-Eye steak medium. The steak was excellent, far better than I had anticipated. The meat was a juicy and tender hunk of beef served only a slight bit pinker than I ordinarily like. The salsa stuffed onion on the side was interesting, but not a big winner. For sides, we shared California Flat Leaf spinach (perfect green leaves bathed in sweet butter), Creamed Corn with Green Chiles (utterly forgettable) and Hot Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Sauce (crunchy chips and a bowl of fragrant, gooey, yummy cheese sauce – it should come with a warning from the American College of Cardiology).
Posted by Anonymous on 05/01/2006
I had a fantastic dinner here last week. The space is gorgeous, the service was very good and the food was incredible. I had the pizza for an appetizer and the filet and chips with blue cheese sauce. $37.00 for the filet, just a filet, did seem expensive but it was the best I have ever had. The chips and sauce was very very good. I was alone and never felt uncomfortable. The place was very crowded and lots to look at. If I lived in NY this would be my favorite restaurant.
Posted by geauxtger on 04/22/2006
Wanted it to be better as I love celeb restaurants. Was a hit and miss evening... spending the better of $130. for 2 people. Some apps are decent (shellfish) others are a sad joke (shrimp and grits.... uh, what grits). I love the room and service was OK except for the huge delay in getting the main courses to the table... but Flay is simply trying to hard here. Wow em with portions and home cooking "brasserie" style... not sauces and recipes that clash in the sake of fusion.
Posted by CC on 03/28/2006
My sister and I have now eaten at Bar Americain several times and never, ever been disappointed. We love the tasting all three of the shellfish salads, we can't tell which we love the most. In fact we keep saying we should just each order two servings of that and call it quits. Everything else we've had we've loved. We'll be back again this week and I'm already dreaming of that shellfish!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/20/2006
I went here for brunch and was quite disappointed. Was I eating gold? The place is well over-priced and I do not care what celebrity chef owns it. The service was lacking and cold, I had to ask for more coffee more than once. The brunch came with no sides and was not worth it all.