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Posted by Viclaw on 12/28/2005
A truly great dining experience. From entering the door to leaving everything was perfect. Classic food with truly top notch professional service in a striking decor. Great from appetizer to dessert including a wonderfully created vegetarian plate that is not on the menu. A must go for anyone that loves to eat and enjoy the whole dining experience.
Posted by chris on 12/05/2005
I like Mesa grill. I like Bolo. Those places have character. This place could be in Vegas, or anywhere else for that matter. And i don't just mean the decor. The service was not good. And i dont mean the water-glass fillers. I mean the professional waiter who treated me & my dining companion -- who eat at some of the best restaurants in the world -- as if we were unknowing oofs spending a day in the big city. While this attitude surprised us, it was the forgetting to bring a requested glass of wine that really took this place down a notch. Granted, my steak was excellent. The food is simple and well prepared. BUT, this is New York Friggin City. Why not dine someplace unique?
Posted by JZD on 10/14/2005
I must admit, having read the previous reviews, of being a tad nervous about dining at Bar Americain. We ate there on Wednesday, October 12. Either we ate at another restaurant called Bar Americain, or management read the reviews too. The food was out of this world. I had the lobster cocktail, my daughter (who can be a picky eater) had the pizza with smoked trout and smoked salmon, and my husband had the ham. They were all excellent. For dinner, I had a strip steak, my husband lamb chops, my daughter the red snapper. All were cooked to perfection and we all agreed that they were something special. Our waiter was very attentive, but not intrusive. He was extremely polite and very friendly. And the desserts were exceptional. The blueberry souffle was worth waiting for. I'm sorry that the other reviewers had a negative experience. Except that it is a bit pricey (but expected for midtown), I would dine there often and would definitely recommend it.
Posted by fanciclanci on 10/11/2005
We just returned from a weekend in the City and were so disappointed in Bobby Flay's new venture Bar Americain. The only highlight to the evening was that we sat right next to Bryant and Greg Gumbel. We ordered the large Shellfish platter which is 2 tiered and has mussells clams shrimp and crawfish...It was just ok and there selection of sauces had no creativity. The food was mediocre and the service was poor. The waiter looked like he would rather be somewhere else.
Posted by anonymous on 09/11/2005
My sister, aunt, and I went for brunch today...We had liked Flay's other restaurants, so we were looking forward to trying "American" cuisine...My aunt and I are following Atkins, and not eating carbs, so one of the few possible choices for brunch was the burger....at $17 bucks! wow! We both ordered our burgers without a bun and no fries...we both asked for another slice of tomato/lettuce instead of the fries and bun........and were told that that was not possible! Yoiks! at $17 bucks a burger (and they were saving the cost of the bun and fries), another crummy slice of soggy tomato could have been supplied with a smile. I ordered my burger medium rare; it came raw, and unseasoned...I sent it back, and it came back rare. My aunt asked for her burger medium, and it came to the table rare...(Gee, my local eatery makes a juicier tastier better seasoned burger for just $9 bucks and throws in a mesclun salad when I eliminate the bun and fries,) My sister's crawfish/crab cakes were spicy but were not completely cooked and were soggy in the middle. We asked for cream with our coffee and were given milk, and told that it was cream...but no! (again, any patron, and certainly somebody following a specific food plan, has a right to get what he/she asks for.) Service was both indifferent and obsequious: "I hope that you've enjoyed your meal..." blablabla...And they interrupted us while we were eating our meal to remove the extra forks/knives for the appetizers when we didn't order the appetizers. Too expensive for what it is, and not a good dining experience. We won't be eating there again.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/29/2005
A little of this and a little of that is interesting in a Food Channel series, but it's less successful as a "theme" for a restaurant. Had dinner at Bar Americain last Monday night and was frankly disappointed. We started with the warm potato chips with blue cheese. Well, they weren't cold, but for eight bucks (about 65 cents apiece), they could have been warmer. Next I had two smallish squash blossoms at $5.50 each (stuffed with pulled pork -- not truffles, fois gras, or caviar). Good but not exceptional. The skate wing (a hunk of fish that in New England is more often used for lobster bait than served up at $27 for a modest portion) were very good, but not exceptional -- with brown butter, capers, and lemon, how can you go wrong? My dinner companion had mussels in a green chili sauce/broth that were probably the best thing that came to the table, if also a tad pricey for what they were. We both assiduously avoided the steaks (based upon other diners' reviews). Service was quite good -- attentive without being fussy. We lingered over wine and coffee and didn't feel rushed -- but then, there was clearly no big demand for tables after the first wave of diners departed. It was, after all, a Monday night. The atmoshere is pleasant but nothing special. Our table was cheek-by-jowl with its neighbor on one side and a service station on the other (many waiters' conversations and much clattering of flatware), but when I call for a reservation from out of town, I don't expect much, and it could have been much worse. We both had the same overall reaction -- there ain't no there there, as someone or other (Gertrude Stein?) once said of someplace or other (maybe Oakland?). My companion has been to Flay's other New York restaurants, which she likes for their coherent menus and consistent seasoning. We agreed that Bar Americain just doesn't cut it -- certainly not at these prices.
Posted by JHY on 08/09/2005
Everything was poor except for the hot chips (but you can get those better and cheaper at Bubby's.) The snapper was dry, the crab cake was tasteless, the eclairs were subpar. All of that AND we had tourists standing up, practically yelling, b/c they were so excited to see Bobby Flay. We will not return.