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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by lexington on 01/01/2008
We were hesitant to spend our New Year's Eve dining here given the reviews; however, we were not disappointed! The menu was simple, yet not boring. It's refreshing to finally see a menu that isn't overstimulated and reminiscent of eating at a diner. We thoroughly enjoyed the tapas. I was almost too full to eat my main course, but my salmon mofongo was so delicious that I polished it off. My husband has the duck and raved about it. Our friends were also pleased with their meals. The presentation was pleasing and the atmosphere was relaxed. We never felt rushed or neglected. The staff was friendly, attentive and accomodating. Eat here!
Posted by SE on 08/29/2007
I went here with my husband and in-laws thinking it would be a good neighborhood establishment. The menu was extremely limited and they were out of half of the items. This is supposed to be a worldly restaurant and there was nothing about the menu, service or experience that represented this. There were maybe 3 tables occupied and the service and food were substandard. We couldn't wait to get out!!
Posted by Frequent Manhattan Diner on 08/12/2007
We were a bit disappointed in the physical space which appears elegant "Art Deco" on their website. Worn floors, a crummy Ladies room and small tables with a few Art Deco touches. But the food was the real disappointment. The waitress started off by telling us that 3 of the 8 entrees were not available due to "menu in transition." No chicken, no duck, no scallops but "the goat is fabulous tonight." No thank you. We decided on the pasta only to be told "oh yes, that is not available also." The samosas we ordered as appetizers were so incredibly spicy as to be inedible. The rest of the meal consisted of good quality food (the lamb, the pork) but prepared in a very boring way. Would not return here.
Posted by Food Lover on 06/20/2007
1. Desert: Why save the best for last? The Molten Chocolate Cake: It's one of the best in the city. The inside good just melts in your mouth. It's served in a scoop of cinnamon ice cream. The Cheese Cake: Dense, smooth, delicious. Best I've had in a while. And The Donuts: Fun to eat and relatively light. 2. Menu is anything but Boring: Nothing on the menu is typical. Every dish offers a fresh twist on restaurant favorites. Many of the dishes combine unlikely, but tasty, ingredients, like the Smoked Tuna with crispy taro chips (highly recommended!). 3. Lots of Vegetarian Options: The Arugula Salad and House Salad were a good starter. I also recommend the Risotto and Flat Bread. 4. Great Service: The waitress was attentive and very knowledgeable about the wine list. 5. Good Ambiance: The atmosphere was spacious and well designed. It's a large space, so your not on top of other parties.
Posted by GBrandt on 05/21/2007
I really wanted to like this place, we live very close by and have been meaning to try it for over a year. We went last Friday and after being promptly seated proceeded to wait 15min for someone to take our drink order...we had to call over one of the waiters because we got so tired of waiting. The service the entire evening was lackluster, indifferent and at many times very frustrating. The food was disappointing. We ordered the octopus and the chorizo appetizers, the later being the only one that was edible, we sent the octopus back. It was chewy and overcooked. I had the roasted chicken as an entree and it was ok, certainly not worth the price, my husband had the short ribs and hated them, they were smothered in sauce and the meat was of questionable quality. My mother ordered the rack of lamb and thought it was ok, but again not worth the price. The side of sweet potatoes i got (after again waiting for 10min for it) was very good, the dulce de leche donuts were good, but they had almost no dulce de leche filling. the drinks were very good but it was so hard getting anyones attention to order another round that it neutralized any pleasure you could get from them.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/05/2007
This place was good in many ways. The food was above-average, and the decor is pretty hip. Also, the hostess was friendly and professional, and the seating was quite comfortable. Even the dessert (chodolate cake) and coffee were good. With this said, I don't think I will be going back there because everything was overpriced. I think the place will be PACKED if they could reduce each item by $2 or $3, from the tapas to the entrees. The dish I had, though it was good, simply wasn't worth $22 and I felt "ripped off." I would have felt okay with $19, and I would probably have gone back for more. Also, we paid $40 for a cheap bottle of Pinot Grigio that goes for $7 at the liquor store. After all, COLORS is supposed to be a solid but "un-snobbish" place, so the pricing policy remains questionable. Finally, the server kept on rushing us, although it wasn't even close to the closing time and there were plenty of open tables. Perhaps he was eager to go home, but as a part owner, he should have cared a little more about the reputation he would be ruining by treating his customers so poorly. All in all, we were happy with the food, but we won't be going back there because of the imbalance among the "mission" of the restaurant, the pricing, and the service.
Posted by happily fed on 03/23/2007
Music was perfect, Service sublime. We were there with the pre-dinner crowd. The noise level was high but it only made the experience warm and fun and welcoming. Great starters and fantastic entres and the wine needed only 30 seconds to breathe. We had the smoked tuna and duck, fig, goat cheese for starters. My friends had the roc (?) fish special and the braised short ribs. The last time I tasted fish that fresh it had just been caught. the ribs melted like butter. I had the pork - the flavors were subtle and multi-layered and the meat was moist and tender. Sorbet was VERY good, the spicy donuts adorable but I might order the molten cake next time. The prices make dining here an infrequent treat for me. But every so often I need a great place to totally splurge and indulge in great food and this place is it - some of the best food I've ever had in the United States.