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Posted by Anonymous on 06/03/2008
As a New Yorker, I always make sure to patron new restaurants in the city and it's always wonderful when that new restaurant turns out to be a delightful spot in the West Village. The space is warmly lit and inviting. The staff are extraordinarily helpful with food recommendations and everything from the 20 herb salad to the main course of braised veal were delicious. I am surprised to see some reviews that are less than stellar, but with any hot restaurant, wait times are to be expected. The crowd is eclectic and the dishes have unique combinations that are incredibly tasty. I would recommend Commerce to anyone looking for an a great place for dinner.
Posted by No on 06/01/2008
We went there late last evening knowing that even with an early reservation we wouldn't get seated for at least an hour (from experience). We did get a seat immediately and placed our order. The turnaround time to get our appetizers was literally 45 seconds. The bread basket didn't even make it out first. The appetizers were either someone else's or they have pre-made dishes waiting to be served. Even the waiter was a bit confused. Anyway the beat salad was actually good. Oh ya, I did order a beer as I was quite thirsty... it never arrived. The waiter took notice of this well into the meal, I just canceled it. The main courses, the tortellini was good, and the soft shell crab was tiny, meatless, and on a bed of wet salad. After trying to eat as fast as we could we asked for the check and bid sayonara to what we wanted to be our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood.
Posted by asp on 05/23/2008
After waiting for an hour (and we had a reservation!) you get squeezed in to a tiny table, get huge plates with almost invisible portions and pay an average of $100...plus you cannot talk to your friends because of the noise.
Posted by Opinionated Oenophile on 04/12/2008
Called on a whim this Saturday afternoon while watching the Masters and asked for a 7pm reservation that night for 4...and got a table! Arrived 20 minutes late (called and informed them of my tardiness) and was immediately ushered to a prime corner table! The decor is quite elegant compared to what the place used to look like...it now has rich wood paneling and mirrors along all the walls that provide prime viewing seats for everyone in attendance. As for Service...The wait staff needs to tighten it up a bit, but they seem pretty enthusiastic. Big demeritis for our waiter, who poured the second (different wine) into the glass that still held the original first wine. The food, however, is quite tasty..starting with the bread and pretzels. Our favorite Appetizer was the beef tataki and the roasted chicken for 2 and braised beef with bone marrow, were both perfectly cooked and beautifully presented. If you get the roasted chicken, I recommend you get a middle course for the table, since it apparently takes 45 minutes for the chicken to be prepared. We ordered the yellowtail sashimi as a middle course and it was quite good. The fish and Lobster (who someone else at the table had as an entree and loved) was very fresh. As for the wine...the list was fairly broad and interesting and offered some pretty good values. We had a 2005 Gevrey Chambertin for $120 which was young but showing great fruit and representative of what a great year that was in burgundy as well as a 1/2 bottle of 2005 Chateauneuf de Pape for $45 that had excellent dark fruit flavors and tannins that stood up well to some of the rich food. Overall...a really enjoyable meal in what used to be Grange Hall, which I considered the finest brunch spot in NYC in its prime. The total ticket for 4 people was $500...for 1 1/2 bottles of solid red wine ($170 pretax), a couple of cocktails, 4 appetizers, 4 entrees and 2 desserts...and a decent tip. Commerce is a strong new addition to the west village restaurant scene. The space has a vintage feel to it but at the same time there is a strong modern vibe...As I exited the restaurant at 11pm that night, I glanced at the bar...which by that time was packed with a throng of good looking New Yorkers drinking cocktails and waiting for a table...I thought to myself that I will never again be able to call up and get a primetime Saturday night table anytime soon...this place has definitely been discovered!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/11/2008
Don't go to Commerce if you're hungry or in a hurry. While the decor is lovely and the crowd is attractive, that's all you'll remember because you had 3 hours to look at it. Yes, it took them 3 hours to serve our table of 4 people 2 courses! The portions were extremely small and while savory, not worth the wait. It's a good thing they have an amazing bread basket because you'll need to ask for 3 of them to sustain your hunger between courses. And be careful, there is a good chance you'll have a hangover the next day, due to the fact that you consume little food and MUCH alcohol while waiting for your dishes to be delivered. There are too many great new restaurants in the City to waste 3 hours of your life at this one.
Posted by nyc-ues on 04/09/2008
I've wanted to check out Commerce since it opened and finally went last night. The décor is beautiful, the service was attentive, and the cocktails are fun. The food though…so amazing. I've read good things about Harold Moore so I was excited to see for myself. My friend and I had the steak tar tare and the mushroom ravioli appetizers, both of which were amazing. For our entree we had the whole roasted chicken for two which was unbelievable. I'd be tempted to order it every time I go but I'm going to try everything. Also, the bread basket is completely addictive I would love one of those homemade pretzels right now. One of the best meals I've had in a while, I can't wait to go back.
Posted by CZGuest on 04/07/2008
The whole dining experience in Commerce was just great. We were seated immediately with our reservation. The service was great. All of the people were friendly and knowledgeable. The food was great. Everything from the breads (tiny soft pretzels for one) to the appetizers and the entrees were great. The pasta appetizers were mouth watering good! I didn't think it was expensive more moderately priced with the total bill being about $60 per person with two of four having one cocktail each, four appetizers and entrees and two deserts. I would really recommend it!