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Posted by Happy Melissa on 06/23/2007
I went there with 3 friends and they sat us right away on a table located in a dark and loud basement when the bright upper level room was totally empty. The minute the waiter heard we were not going to drink anything else but water, he lost interest in us. He sent his busboy to take care of us. He just ignored us during all our dinner. The food ? I am French: I know my wines, cheese, breads, meats and I can only say to New Yorkers that this is not the real deal. My plate of cheese was dry, bland, nothing special. My friend had the lamb that was much too fatty to be quality lamb. The string beans were thicks and not seasoned. The salad was really not worth that kind of money. My advice ? There are tons of places in NYC that would offer you great quality food and great attention for much less money...New Yorkers you are known as savy shoppers and people of great taste, please don't be fooled by marketing...
Posted by KnowsGoodFood on 05/22/2007
Great food, but it's one of those places where all I could think of was how much I could have gotten at Murray's Cheese and my local wine shop for the amount I was spending on a tiny plate and maybe a 4 ounce glass of mediocre wine. It's verboten to speak of such things, sure, but somebody has to!! Don't be fooled!!
Posted by Long Wait on 04/16/2007
I know that there are some long-time, successful restaurants that don't take reservations in NYC. That's fine. But why do some restaurants use that as an excuse to lie about how long the wait will take? I came here on a date, which is when you would particularly appreciate an accurate time estimate. I was told 40 minutes. After waiting for 1 hour and 10 minutes I asked the host for an estimate. He looked at me like I was annoying him, said 10-15 mins and then told me to sit at the bar. Not a word of apology was offered, even though a little courtesy would have gone a long way. It took us 1.5 hours to sit down and the host purposely (I think) sat us at the least desirable table next to steel exit door just for "bothering" him. Restaurants owe the people who support their business accurate time estimates so they can plan their night accordingly, especially in the west village where there are tons of great alternatives. The food was fine, but definitely not worth the wait or the attitude problem.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/12/2007
Went at 11pm on a sat and didn't wait for more than 5minutes. The service was fantastic. We had a few appetizers and wine. Ithink that is the way to enjoy this place.
Posted by Debbie the Eater on 03/16/2007
Brunch is the lowest common denominator at ANY restaurant. To truly enjoy Blue Ribbon Bakery, go there as a 'local'...off hours, when the staff is warm, friendly, with above-average knowlege about what they're serving and a real pride in the work they do. I asked my waiter to select a cheese assortment and to 'surprise me' with a dessert. Both choices were flawless, as was my entree. The bread basket is mythic. Half orders of many items makes this surpisingly affordable. A must visit...again and again.
Posted by Aiceegray on 02/27/2007
This place has a great vibe, but the I found the food at brunch to be pretty plain and boring -- not much better than a semi-decent cook could make at home. Went with 2 friends and the three of us all had various poached egg dishes. Nothing was bad tasting, it was just completely uninteresting---typical pairings of ingredients with no twists whatsoever (eg. salmon on one, ham and cheese on another, spinach mushroom bacon on a third) that you could find anywhere. All the dishes tasted like they were basically separate ingredients that happened to share a plate, rather than tasting like a chef had put some thought into how to make the flavors work together. Additionally, the bartender who served us coffee and tea while we were waiting for a table just had a strange attitude. He wasn't necessarily rude, but he just seemed irritated whenever we asked him for anything. And when I asked him for a refill on coffee he grabbed the carafe in a huffy matter, carelessly filled my mug with his head turned away, and spilled a good deal of the coffee on the bar. I'd be curious to see if the food is different at dinner. Otherwise, I would only recommend this place to non-adventurous eaters who like relatively bland and predicatable food.
Posted by foodie on 10/28/2006
when I first got here, I was stood up by my date, who was running about an hour and a half late. I was really upset (mostly because I was dying to try the place) and the owner could tell - he was so kind, he offered to seat me at the bar. he was also nice enough to hold the seat next to mine so that when my date finally showed up 30 minutes later, he seated him no questions asked. He even held my order to be made until my date ordered so the food would come out at the same time. The service was understanding and sweet, especially when I was having such a rough time. Foodwise, it was awesome. They make a nice cappuccino, and the challah french toast with fresh berries and maple butter is not to be missed. They also know how to make a hot fudge sundae. Adequately sugared up, I would return again to try the sandwiches and eggs in a heartbeat (ot the mention that famous bread pudding, which escaped me this time . . ).