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Posted by Urban Outings on 09/20/2005
I work as an Event Planner and we recently sent our Urban Outings members to a lunch at Bryant Park Grill. Here is what our group leader had to say: "...Although both [Bryant Park Grill] and the [Loeb Boathouse] have equally wonderful ambiance, I like the Bryant Park Grill so much better, because not only are the prices more reasonable, but the staff make you feel so much more welcome! They were happy to seat me before the group got there and in fact brought me a drink, put out water, menus and bread for the table even before everyone arrived! The food was very good as was the service and the atmosphere. Even though it was lunch we all stayed over 2 hours!"
Posted by FooDee on 07/18/2005
Trying for dinner at myriad spots last night (Sunday in the summer) and found four in a row closed!, and fatefully ended up here. What a disappointment. It was sort of neat being in the nice, airy air-conditioned space and looking out onto the drippy, hot and humid jungle that is Bryant park, but the rest of the experience was unpleasant. I asked our waiter, who wasn't friendly, wasn't snobby or unattentive, just really wasn't, well, anything, to recommend between the mixed greens and the beet salad. He said beets, so I received a greasy plate of flavorless frisee with four unseasoned chunks of beets, and some Manchego perched above. My "date's" salad of heirlooms was better, but the feta that accompanied was weirdly spongey. My entree was even worse: a gargantuan portion of overcooked, underseasoned halibut on top of (my request) a bed of woody, overly mature and gritty swiss chard. His entree looked just as unappetizing; huge chunks of what was supposed to be peach chutney (sugary canned peaches?) and greasy, mushy, too-sweet fried plantains with two large pork chops. Again, with the overgrown chard, of which he left most. The dessert (apple crumb tart) was actually all right, but who wants much dessert after so much bad "real" food? (plus the crumbs were very Entemann-esque). Such a tragedy to have great little restaurants close after a brief period, and have a disappointingly poor spot survive for so long, in such a great location.
Posted by LK on 07/13/2005
It is so pretty to sit outside and eat when the weather is nice. I have always thought that the prices were not horribly high for New York but I was annoyed that the server suggested a dish that was a lot more expensive than anything else on the menu -by about $10- which I found out about when I got the check. We also ordered the choc cake and it was the size of a pinkie.
Posted by anon on 06/27/2005
I went for brunch here last weekend. A nice restaurant overlooking Bryant Park, but don't expect anything too fancy or exciting when it comes to the food. When we finally got served at our table, the food was very standard bistro & overpriced ($30 pp). Would only maybe go back for drinks after work.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/21/2005
I came here with 6 others from my office, and tried the Hanger Steak. While the shoestring fries, and walnut salad were delicious, I found the steak extremely dry, and it was served cold. Great atmosphere- but not worth the price!
Posted by Law Lady on 03/07/2005
We had a brunch for twenty friends here and it could not have been better. We will be back.
Posted by john murphy on 02/22/2005
This is a must for brunch. The value given by great food in a marvelous setting in the heart of the city is something that must be sampled. I would not deam of being in New York and not spending Sunday lunchtime at Bryant Park.