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Posted by outis on 03/13/2012
This venue was still packed with sleek looking folks when the seven of us were seated (after only a short wait) for a 1:30 PM late lunch. Knowledgable servers arrived promptly with long menus and excellent bread and to answer our questions. Most apps looked delicious. My sea urchin crostini was tasty but the fact that it was not redolent of the sea indicated to me that it was not the freshest. For my main, I chose the grilled whole branzino over the pan seared version. It was cooked to perfection, not overwhelmed by added salt, fats or oil. It bore the grill's cross hatching, retained its juices, its flesh just flaking, and it had been expertly boned in the kitchen. Only half a lemon, a mini red pepper, and a sprig of fresh herb completed the presentation. My tablemates enjoyed cod, sole and various pastas that seem to have been prepared just as expertly. To close the meal, espresso gave the proper jolt of bitter caffeine, and the wafers of dark chocolate with which we were comped, in lieu of the desserts that we declined, hit the spot. Happily, no music played, and the ambient buzz did not interfere with conversations around our table.
Posted by anonymous on 02/08/2010
The atmosphere and food are good, but it is extremely overpriced. There are dozens of Midtown and UES italian restaurants that are half the price and equally as good. A good place for a business dinner, but would not recommend for any other reason unless money is no issue.
Posted by anonymous on 01/20/2010
Had so much fun - hard to decide what to order, everything looked so good!! Great server -- even the bread was delicious!! Definitely going back soon!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/08/2010
Sam Sifton at the NYTimes was right - Casa Lever is fantastic! Its classic Italian fair is straight forward and delicious. The service is impeccable, the staff is informed, and the wine list is inspiring. The buzz of the dining room is electrifying and fun and the incredible décor and stunning Warhol art collection left our dinner party in awe – Casa Lever is firmly planting itself as a NY restaurant that will stand the test of time. I cannot wait to go back!!
Posted by Abby Smith on 11/06/2009
There are a million better places in NYC for Italian food. The food would be medicore at half the price. The service was totally rushed. Even though half the tables were empty, they rushed us through the meal like there was a line out the door.