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Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2011
Pre-renovation this place was our favorite meat restaurant. Not any more. Chicken/nut stew was an interesting idea, but how did they manage to make stewed chicken bone dry? Lamb kebab, medium, was tough and chewy. And the silverware--strangely uncomfortable to hold--went directly on the table; there's no tablecloth or even a placemat. We're not going back.
Posted by kosherkitten on 12/23/2010
I've been here several times and have never been disappointed with either the food or the service. I agree with one previous reviewer about the rice and stew, but the rest of my food was delicious and has been every time i've gone! i love the atmosphere and they've managed to create a somewhat "cool" vibe with the lighting and the bar and the general decor. my experience has also been that they're very responsive to customer satisfaction
Posted by Sunday night Diner on 11/07/2010
Felt strongly that it was much more important to fill the seats then it was to make customers happy. Poor dishonest service. Will not return.
Posted by California Jan on 08/21/2010
I live on the west coast...my wife is Persian...I love the cuisine. I get to NYC every year or two and have for a decade-plus delighted in solo or group meals at Colbeh...which had businessman's/ merchant aura during lunch hour...coupled with excellent dishes. I hadn't been there in over a year...and was shocked at the renovations: glitzy decor...and the menu that is now split with sushi bar offerings. I love sushi...I love persian food...I do not love them together. It seemed as if somebody's nephew got an MBA and advised management how to create a formula to "improve" the bottom line. My lunch last week was okay. Average. Not their best...not bad. Nondescript and uninspired...but fresh, I suppose. The problem is that the restaurant has no ambiance as before....other than the corporate wine-bar sushi stylings which I do not personally find compelling. For that you can go to any vanilla restaurant in Manhattan. The heart has been torn out of this once-ethnic now-corporate establishment. I may go back if I'm hungry and in the area...but will never plan a meal around this place in advance, as I used to.
Posted by foodgirl on 04/18/2010
This was not a good dining experience for me at all. My husband and I love Persian food and were excited to try this place since it's in our neighborhood. We started with the tadig (crispy rice) with gheymeh (lentil stew). The rice was beyond crispy, it was inedible. It was so hard I thought I was going to break my teeth on it. The stew was ok but not great. I had the boneless chicken kebab which lacked flavor. My husband had the lamb kebab which was also not very flavorful and each piece was cooked differently. I also made the mistake of ordering a glass of cabernet that was like the strongest vinegar I've ever had yet they did not offer to remove it from the check even though I didn't drink more than one sip. Very disappointed.
Posted by meatguru on 03/08/2010
I had dinner at Colbeh Saturday night. The atmosphere was pleasant and festive. We had dinner in the Wine Cellar, while upstairs there was some sort of private event and in the other room there was the opening of their Hooka bar. The food met the expectations and was cooked according to our preference. We ordered the mixed grill which allowed us to taste both the chicken and the meat with as well as their famous Koobideh, which is grounded meat mixed with Persian spices. I met with Simon, the manager who invited my wife and I to try the new lounge upstairs after dinner. The decor of the room was a little boring, but I was later told that this was only the soft opening. I would definitely recommend to try the Falude, an ices made of water, sugar and rose water. A true delight!
Posted by ppp on 01/14/2010
So we order Colbeh as a company at least 12 - 15x's a year. Our bill is always high and we always tip and pay for the cab for the delivery man to get here. Unfortunately tonight, we had a disastrous encounter. The food took over 2 hours to be delivered. When we called 3 x's to ask where the food was, we were told each time that it would be here in 10 minutes. Well it wasnt.... the man on the phone was rude, and started to get violent with me on the phone. the poor delivery guy was screaming on the phone to his boss in front of the entire company! what a disaster! but the sea bass is quite tasty! but again, what a disaster!