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Posted by Anonymous on 03/23/2008
We ate here a few weeks back and were very surprised to see Bobby Flay in the kitchen! He was shucking oysters in the front kitchen and we were very happy to see this. The food is fantastic...honest and hearty! The service was very helpful and the place is beautiful. This place really makes you feel like you are in New York City. Crazy busy!! We will be back soon and this is our #1 destination! I am craving the rack of pork as I type...mmmmmm!
Posted by Richard C on 03/16/2008
I've been several times, understanding the celebrity chef hype, but food was always solid, service was very good and the staff pleasant. Stayed that way until about 3 months ago. Young lady behind the bar clearly disinterested in being there judging by her lack of enthusiasm and indifference. Almost seemed arrogant, and for the life of us we can't understand why. We ordered cheese, which we always do when we sit at the bar, and they served four cheeses which were all characteristically similar, meaning four cheese, four hard cheeses. And on top of it , one was smoked. selection was always extremely well balanced besides the last 2 times. But that's my point, the last TWO times. C'mon, you have a restaurant in NYC!! Put some thought into the cheese selection! Smoked cheese!?! There seems to be a level of apathy that has crept in and it has diminished the vibrance I feel, and I'm really disappointed because we enjoyed going there. We'll give it one more whirl. And one thing I want to add. All I hear everyone say is "for this many $'s I expect this". Well guess what, you're in Manhattan, you're going to pay $40 bucks for a steak, $14 for a martini and so on. Get used to it. But I've got to ask, "Would you be happy to have a lousy steak for $22?". It's either good or it's not.
Posted by diandira on 03/12/2008
Was there last night with a party of 6 people. I was a little concerned after reading some reviews, but all i can say was the food, decor and service were first rate. Everyone enjoyed everything from the appetizers to the desserts. The only issue which i think is the norm these days is the quantity of food. Moderate size portions for the price, but left feeling satisfied. I guess it's better to be eating a little less anyway. Great Meal
Posted by kolachi on 03/06/2008
Bobby Flay does not disappoint! I highly recommend the tuna tartare, the hanger steak and the fried chicken. Yes this place is expensive, but it is worth it. The great food is matched by the excellent service. One item on the menu I usually avoid is the burger the taste of the bun is overpowering and takes away from the flavor of the burger. Brunch is also a good option here, the Kentucky Hot Brown is a must try.
Posted by springfield dan on 02/19/2008
service was great.... food was great.... If I was looking for a value menu I would have gone to McDonalds. I was looking for a good meal and service to match - my expectations were far exceeded.
Posted by John from Chelsea on 02/13/2008
I had not been to Bar American in several months, even though my office is right across the street. Last night I found myself visiting the restaurant before an early theatre curtain. When I arrived, I was seated at a small table directlly next to the front door any closer and I would have been outside in the snow. I assumed that the other tables were reserved and that they would fill up fast. The great majority of them remained empty for the entire course of my stay. This opening sour note continued in many areas of the visit. First, there were no smiles to be found anywhere among the staff: the hostess table, the waiters, the servers, the managers walking around. No one had a smile on their face, very gloomy. I know we all have our work days from hell, but this was most unusual. Second, the food was scimpy. My martini glass was 3/4 full (and at $14 it expected a full one). The $30 fish entree was small with a forkfull or two of vegetables. My $9 side of french fried were small and salty! All this added up to a bill of $72 (with no appetizer) for a meal that left me smileless and not sated! Not sure I will return anytime soon.
Posted by R.D. on 02/12/2008
My wife and I went there this saturday and were expecting alot more. We both love Bobby Flay and like his cooking but the food at the restaurant was not all that impressive. We had much better steak that night before at Keen's steakhouse. I would not go back to this restaurant. Beautiful inside but nothing else really to talk about.