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Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2006
Had dinner there on 2/1. I was a bit skeptical after reading some of the iffy past reviews. I eat out often in some of the best NYC restaurants and I think Bar Americain is worth every cent. We were seated immediately for our 6:00 reservation. The mushroom/goat cheese salad was outrageous and the crab cake got a thumbs up too. We both had the duck, which offers both the breast and leg, and we thought the flavors were rich and delicous. We each ordered our own sides (kale and spinach) and neither of us could finish them. Desserts were attractively presented, but just ok. Our waiter was pleasant, attentive and informative. Maybe some of the past negative comments were read by management because everything was perfect last night.
Posted by Foody from Jersey on 01/30/2006
My friend and I went for dinner on 1/28/05 after seeing a Matinee so we had a 5:30 reservation which is quite early and we arrived even earlier than expected. The staff at the front of the house were very nice and told us service didn't begin until 5:00 and offered a drink at the bar which we took them up on. The cosmos were excellent. I have to comment on the restaurant itself. What a gorgeous venue and for a big room, I was surprised at the warmth of it. At 5:00 we were told by the hostess that we could be seated when we were ready, giving us the option to finish our drinks. Our waiter was as nice and attentive as can be. We both had a glass of red with dinner. I ordered the crab cake appetizer and the rack of pork, both were good, I wouldn't say great. My friend had the crab cocktail and the salmon. The cocktail was the lone disappointment in that it was inundated with cilantro, an herb that I don't dislike, but there was just way too much of it. The salmon was marvelous. We split the creme brulee and I have to admit that I an a CB snob. It was good. The crust wasn't as crusty as I like and the temperature to me was a little chilly, but the taste was amazing. The cappuchino was perfect. All and all, a great dining experience. We were never rushed. The prices aren't cheap, but I've seen worse for less. I would go again; maybe for lunch.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2006
Our party of four went to the restaurant for a birthday celebration. We were seated immediately in very close quarters e.g impossible for the two people sitting on the bench side of the table to get up without moving the tables. Our waiter was unfriendly and gave us misinformation. Everything is ala carte and he told us that the $8.00 side dishes were sufficient to to share. These were the TINIEST side dishes I have ever seen - not even enough for one person. I think there were about 8 pencil-thin asparagus as one of the "sharable" side dishes. All appetizers were mediocre and the main courses were less than mediocre - tough steak and not done as requested. We gave one last shot at dessert which was just OK. It's an expensive restaurant that would likely not be in business except for Bobby Flay's name.
Posted by Mr and Mrs Rodriguez on 01/28/2006
We came here to celebrate and we spend a good penny doing so. The oysters were good, but the shrimp grits appetizer were ridiculous. Don't grits come in a bowl? These plated grits portion is what I usually leave left over after I'm done. The rack of lamb was good as was the pork. The cheese plate for desert could be better. The wine was delicious. (plus there are 1/2 bottles) The service was impeccable.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2006
There was a chill in the air as soon as we walked into the restaurant and it was not the temperature. We were (not graciously) taken to the very back of the room. Service was mediocre, but the food was DELICIOUS. It is a pricey and good restaurant that could use some hospitality that says welcome.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/17/2006
Our party of 8 attended on a Sunday night. We called the same day for a reservation, and they said they would "Squeeze us in". The place was empty. I ordered a Chardonnay at the bar. When we closed our tab, my glass of wine turned out to be $17! The bartender should have informed me of the price before hand, or at least given me a wine list to choose from. On a positive note, everyone enjoyed the entrees and appetizers. The onion soup was very sweet and heavy. The side portions were TINY, and our server should have told us to order more for our large group. Overall, the food was very good, but it was expensive. And the service was definitely lacking.
Posted by I Love Bobby Flay! on 01/11/2006
Beautiful atmosphere and wonderful service! The food was great, as well. Loved the cornbread that they give in the bread basket! Large wine list and creative specials. The pork entree was phenomenal, as was the fresh shellfish and onion soup. Will definitely go back!