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Posted by Gina on 05/27/2009
It was my first itme at Casa La Femme last Saturday and I had a lot of fun! The place is over the top gorgeous and the service is amazing! The food is very tasty and its a truly culinary experience. We arrived at 9.15 and although there was a lot of people we were sitted almost immediately. While we were waiting we had the signature mango martini which was delicious and we also enjoyed the belly dancer...It was a great , fun girls night out! We are all comming back next week for a friend's B-day!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/13/2009
Don't waste your time..the place probably won't last long. 95% empty. Mezzas was really good but Most of the food was bland..drinks were mediocore..and the place was totally empty. Very expensive. We didn't even stay for the belly dancer..who dances at 9:30. I feel sorry for her..once we left we realized she won't have anyone to dance for.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/15/2009
Its a beautiful resturant and a lot $ was put in to it. It has a belly dancer which is fun. My only complaint is that they are a little unsure of what kind of music to play through out the night. However, its a good place to try out.
Posted by Nique on 02/18/2009
One of my all-time favorite restaurants in manhattan! Bring your wallet because it will cost you if you want a tent - however, worth it if you want to impress a date! Service was a bit lacking this time around but overall had a great time!
Posted by Phyllis, Stu, Joyce & Artie on 02/07/2009
We saw the pictures of the restaurant and thought it looked interesting, so we drove into the city to try it. It is exotic looking. They spent a bundle in fixtures and tiles and chandeliers. But the sumptuous stuff ends with the décor. The food is OK. But not really. The food has got to be up to the decor, or why bother? It was all well presented, but amazingly boring. Where were the exotic spices? The creativity at the place ends with the décor. In the kitchen they got a cook who’s afraid of something. The stuffed pepper was good looking but stuffed with a rice mixture that was tasteless. The shrimp looked good, but tasted not fresh, and was mealy. We’ve had better baklava at the middle-eastern fast food place in the mall. We could go on and on but we don’t want to trash this place since the waiter told us they were still in the soft opening phase, whatever that means. What really got our ire up was the way they treated us, or more to the point, the way they didn’t treat us, as well as they treated other tables with younger patrons. We were two couples nearing sixty, well dressed, well heeled, well mannered, but nearing sixty nonetheless. The Maitre d’ all but ignored us, while he visited each of the other young tables fussing over the patrons at the end of the meal, asking them to please return. We were polite, only complained to each other about the food, tipped well, and left smiling at them, while we vowed never to return to that place again. We had driven in from New Rochelle to try this place. Something new we’d hoped. What we got was something new all right, our first taste of ageism.
Posted by SOSY on 02/03/2009
A gorgeous place. You think you're in a Sultan's drawing room. The greeter was friendly and helpful in telling us that this new restaurant in the West Village was spawned by its namesake uptown. Then the food came...Ho-hum at best, The bread, while pretty had no flavor, the same can be said for most of what we ordered. Very bland which was a total surprise considering this kind of food is usually very flavorful. Was not salty at all, perhaps an over-correction exchange for the reviewer who mentioned they used too much salt. The servers didn't seem to understand English, we weren't finished each time he cleared our plates before we were done. It's a strange staff, and they say the restaurant is in previews, well then they need to get some flavor in their food! I mean bland, bland, bland. But pretty.
Posted by Joe on 01/10/2009
Don't come here if you want good food or service. First of all, we were told the restaurant would be packed by 7:30 and they could only squeeze us in 7:15pm. When we got there the restaurant was totally empty and was only half full by the time we left at 9pm. They wouldn't even seat us until 7:45. The waiter was extremely nervous, made even more uncomfortable for us by the fact some hostess was standing over him while he was talking. Then the food started coming... The bread with pureed fava beans was decent, not hard to screw that up. The phyllo pastries w mushroom, leeks, and cheese were a little greasy but tasty. At this point we realized the food is not the star at this place. Then the entrees and sides came. Well, not all the sides... First complaint to the restaurant - you didn't bring everything we ordered. I began to eat before the other sides came, at which point i realized my lamb chops were extremely fatty and too salty. The chicken dish was too greasy and the seasoning was not great either. The spinach side dish, once it finally came out, was inedible. The garlic in it was raw and pungent. When i explained the raw garlic and fatty cuts of meat to the manager he was not very apologetic. In fact, he tried to say the grass fed lamb chops were fatty because they came from new zealand. And he had a hard time understanding that the garlic was raw instead of me just complaining there was too much garlic. I actually love garlic, but this was subpar. Then I was shocked that all he offered was an extra lamb chop to compensate for the fatty ones. I wish i noticed the final lamb chop on my plate was raw before he left. Maybe he would have offered me two! The waiter did bring out a complementary baklava before the check. Too bad the baklava was offensive to my mouth also. It tasted like it had been frozen for months, and then thawed and heated just a bit to make it seem like it was fresh. Poorest culinary experiance in a while, especially since its over $50 per person to eat at this place. Decided not to stay for the 9:15 belly dancing show...