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Posted by Jenna on 03/15/2013
Commerce is run solely like a business, not a welcoming, warm restaurant. They clearly overextend themselves with reservations in order to make the most money for the restaurant, without caring about their customers experience. It is a small place and they squeeze as many tables in as possible. The food is good (as good as many of the other good ny restaurants) but the portions are very small and wildly overpriced. We waited over an hour for our table (did not finish dinner until past 11pm on a Thursday night when we have work early the next day) and all they did for us was take off 2 drinks and 1 dessert from the bill - which we had to ask for, they did not offer. They ran out of the fish I wanted and rather than comp my main dish (had we sat at our original time then the fish would have been available) the manager said that it was not possible to comp that, not sure how something like that is impossible. If you want to stand in a crowded restaurant for an hour waiting for your table only to receive very small portions of good (not great) food that is overpriced, then Commerce is your spot!
Posted by WVillageFoodie on 02/04/2013
I love coming here for dinner during the week, but every time I go for brunch I am let down by the menu. Lots of heavy dinner dishes like pasta, and the egg dishes are subpar. No french toast just pancakes, no eggs benedict, just baked eggs. Coffee is good, tables are great for dates, but they need to put some more normal brunch items on the menu. Side note--- too much flour in their cinnamon rolls.. get ready for goopy!
Posted by Laurasherm on 09/16/2012
My husband and I frequent the NY restaurant scene but still hadn't made it o commerce so we went with some friends tonight. The only negative they made us wait 30 min past our reservation time for our table. Other than that everything was great. All our appetizers were deliscious! We had 20 herb salad, hamachi, heirloom tomato salad and my daring husband ordered calf's liver and it was all great. Then we shared chicken for 2 and halibut for our entrees. Everything was great. The best part was (and I'm not even a dessert person) was the coconut cake for dessert. It was awesome! Would definitely recommend.
Posted by ellemeno on 12/09/2010
For a place that's been open as long as Commerce (and in the W. Village, anything over a year is ancient), they are seriously churning out food way better than they have any right to be. I was expecting kind of a mediocre, Odeon-esque experience of laurel-resting, but was shocked - honestly shocked! - by how good literally everything was. App pastas of pumpkin tortelloni and super-spicy spaghetti were spectacular, sides of broccoli with burnt garlic and white wax beans with lardo and parsley (swoon) were bright and flavorful, and my entree - steak Diane - was so. freaking. meltingly. tender. that I couldn't believe it. It's cooked sous vide and then seared, so it's like buttah. The one downside: everything is on the pricey side. It was a great night out for $60/head (one cocktail each, no dessert) but I would have loved to see everything on the menu just a couple bucks lighter.
Posted by jc03888 on 08/25/2010
I can't believe that I didn't try this restaurant sooner. I could not stop eating the incredible, warm bread out of the breadbasket. The pretzel rolls were fantastic, as was the whipped butter. And there were at least three other kinds of bread in there that I was too full to try. My husband ate the hamachi and loved it. He had the cavatelli for his entree, which he said was ok. I ate the (bland-sounding) steamed skate with red pepper sauce, and it was absolutely delicious. I used some of those delectable dinner rolls to sop up every last drop of the delicious sweet-sour sauce. It was a very light meal, which is so hard to find these days. Next time, I will order the roast chicken for two. Unlike what other reviewers have said, I had no problem with the maitre'd or with seating. We will be back!
Posted by Dude on 06/05/2010
Went to Commerce since I've heard good things about this place, but I really don't get it. Had reservations and still waited for 45 minutes? Are you kidding me? On top of that, the place was probably a good 80 degrees - nice and humid. I noticed two couples get up and leave their tables because of this. Also, multiple people complained about wait times as well. But...was it still worth if for the food? Heck no. Two pasta dishes were completely undercooked...flavors were ok, but undercooked doughy pasta is not something I ever want to eat. Never ever again...
Posted by Viv on 04/09/2010
We went there on a Thursday night without a reservation but was able to be seated right away for a table for two. At first, we thought that would be impossible given that the place was loud and seemingly packed. We ordered the "Ragu of odd things" and the duck to share. The portions were huge and the ragu was excellent, along with the lovely assortment in the bread basket. Unfortunately, we weren't as impressed with the duck, which took forver to come to our table, and was very oily and rubbery. Maybe if I ordered a different entree, it would have been a better experience. Other than that, the service wasn't too bad- your drinks were always full. They were attentive but not very friendly.