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Posted by anonymous on 03/12/2010
Classic West Village location - The interior decor as well as exterior are quite charming - but the food on the other hand was not much. I took a date here - 2 entres plus 1 appetizer /1 drink each for 100.00 which is okay if the food is really good. I had the carbonara entre which was extremely salty and the pasta so undercooked that it was crunchy . After the 2nd bite I had to push the dish aside . A nice place to meet for a drink - but would not have dinner here again.
Posted by Johnny on 10/12/2009
This restaurant is definitely off the beaten path, but it is worth the trek. Not to say that it isn't too close to the Christopher Street stop on the 1 train (about a 5min walk), but let me tell you about the experience: Our server was uber cool--down-to-earth, and oh so friendly. The night? Well, a roomie's reunion after a few week's of being apart. We had cocktails (lip-smacking-delish) and a bottle of France (granted she was new, and maybe a little weak for our beef and lamb entrees, but still pretty). I digress. The food.... Well, let's just say that this chef has some great foundations! We had delicious Lamb/Foie rolled into a wonder with lovely toast points and a tart/sweet cherry and shallot jam. As well as a lovely seasonal veggie plate with egg. Loved the duck! Entrees, well, roomie got the Crispy Lamb (she'd only allowed me a bite, but it did taste supreme--maybe a li'l bit salty like she said, but I did only get one bite and it was wonderful). I ordered the Steak Diane. Dude. I don't know what to say, other than it was the tenderest piece of meat that I've ever ordered from a restaurant. I was almost able to slice this love like a deli-man; paper thin, almost. I do wish that I had some more sauce to sop it all up with, but that would be asking too much! The chocolate soufflé was cute (although with the creme anglais, I wish that the soufflé was dark chocolate). The bananas foster sundae, DI-friggin-VINE!!. And they brought out some digestifs to end the meal. Wonderful service. Amazing food. A scene that is very memorable and also loud, but my friend and I are used to that sort of atmosphere, so no biggie. Uber thumbs up!! All around. I'll be stopping by again soon, and, of course, am telling all my friends about this place!
Posted by HungryFrancophile on 09/17/2009
OMG. we leaned in, attempting to open our ear canals, and as we left the place on a Thursday evening, the din shook our heads, giving 7th avenue the air of a soft lullaby. But i must say, we all enjoyed our dishes. the filet mignon was incredible. i wonder if they deliver?
Posted by foodie on 09/14/2009
Having lived in NYC for a large part of my adult life, I have dined at many of its restaurants. I rarely give a 5/5, but commerce has actually provided that level of service and food quality. We ate here for an anniversary dinner on a Monday night. We were given our pick of tables, and ordered. The gnocci appetizer and lamb entree were to die for, and I cannot say I have seen that method of lamb preparation before. We declined on dessert having had other plans, but the kitchen still brought out an nice bananas Foster. The nicest part was the involvement of the owner.. he actually took the time to tell us a little history of the place as we were leaving. It is nice to see that level of pride in one's work, especially in the era of Buddha_something themed warehouses overran by the armies of Orcs from across the river.
Posted by anonymous on 08/01/2009
I have now been here twice and both times found myself getting lost in some of the most explosively conflicting tastes I have ever had. The sweet potato tortellini appetizer is stuffed with ingenuity, it's amazingly simple and yet spiced so perfectly that the flavor surprises you through the very last bite. The braised lamb as an entree is a sure choice, the presentation is spot on and the ratio of tenderness to the just barely crisp feel surrounding the dish will be on your tongue for the night. As for the overall experience, the staff has been ideally attentive, the beer and wine selection compliments the food very well, and the atmosphere is relaxing despite slightly cramped tables (but hey, it's New York!). I truly love this restaurant, despite the expense I will continue to visit as long as the ovens are on.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2009
I will begin this review by saying that my experience at Commerce last night just goes to show that restaurants have not forgotten how to treat patrons, and more importantly, people have not forgotten how to make others feel welcome. I cannot begin to thank Commerce enough for the graciousness that they displayed to myself and my companion yesterday evening. Unfortunately, we had just had an incredibly lousy meal at one of my former favorite restaurants which alas, has gone terribly down hill. We were still hungry and wanted to go somewhere local and delicious to satisfy what remained of our appetites! I had just been to Commerce the week before and knew it would be the perfect choice, so we walked over. Upon arrival the staff warmly welcomed us with open arms and graciously seated us despite the late hour. We ordered some appetizers (the 20 herb and lettuce salad and the hand made orecchiette with the tripe and oxtail ragu) which were promptly delivered and absolutely delicious! When we couldn't finish the pasta I explained to the waitress that we had actually just come from a terrible meal and to please not take offense but we were just simply stuffed! But of course there is always room for dessert so after we ordered some fresh baked cookies and while we were waiting, the waitress (who was so incredibly sweet!) brought over some glasses of muscat d'asti "on the house," from the chef. Then came the extra desserts from the chef. Then came the chef, to introduce himself to us and apologize for our inconvenience at the other restaurant but thank us for our patronage and thinking of his kitchen! We were astonished! His acts were so kind, generous, comforting and thoughtful and made us feel so incredibly special ... like part of his family. For me, service is one of the most important part of the meals and when you go out to eat you want to feel welcome and wanted. This experience just topped any I have had in the past. So thank you, Chef Harold, Rebecca and the rest of the staff at Commerce for making what seemed to be a disappointing night, into a memorable evening!
Posted by Garry on 03/12/2009
My Boyfriend and I had read a review in New York Magazine. Looking to treat ourselves, we popped by on a Wednesday evening with no reservation. I bartend so I prefer to sit at the bar, which we did immediately. Quite to my surprise. The Bartender was very friendly and the food was delicious! Here is the problem. We waited 40 minutes for 2 pasta dishes. Other people who sat later got their food faster at tables. Now I understand things get wonky in the kitchen, but communication is essential. We were told once that the food would be right out and still waited another 15 minutes til it came. That says to me our food never got ordered or if it did the kitchen mucked it up. Either way 40 minutes is way too long! Now I never expect anything for free BUT when we got our bill we were charged for everything. A round of drinks (mind you the wine I was having wasn't cheap) would have placated us, but NADA!!!! I know when I muck up something at work keeping the customer happy is pf the utmost importance so I am not afraid to buy them a drink. Commerce not so much. Other than that...I will go back?