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Posted by PB on 01/03/2010
Our waiter had a heavy accent and was hard to understand. We waited a long time before our waiter came by to take our order. We odered the iceberg salad. The cheese tasted off. I also ordered a guiness beer which was unusually sour tasting. We got the double porterhouse which was nowhere near as good as other steak houses I have been to. It should also come with a free side dish for 90 bux. And not even a free refill for soda? Come on. The bill was close to 200 for very little. The people next to us got a dessert by accident, and it sat on their table for 5 minutes before the waiter realized it was there by mistake and brought it directly to the correct table.
Posted by Christina on 09/22/2009
The steak was great...but that's about it. The service was unpleasant. Our waiter looked like he hated serving food and even cut my mom off when she was talking to him and walked away. The bread was hard and cold. Water described our dessert as a "hostess cupcake" which was exactly what it tasted like, but worse. The couple next to us was even laughing about theirs and agreed it was the worst restaurant dessert ever. All-in-all, for the type of restaurant, it wasn't worth it. There are so many other better options in the city.
Posted by tribecaresident on 05/14/2009
new chef, new menu, the steak sandwich used to come on a nice french roll now its a ciabatta, they used to do aupoivre sauce, no more. Hence why I only go once a month instead of once a week.
Posted by Ben Lyon on 03/05/2009
Delmonico's is one of the most storied restaurants both in New York, and the world. As the birthplace of culinary traditions such as eggs Benedict, one has reason to expect greatness, and even a little intimidation. Yet, the subtle charm of Delmonico's is the perfect balance of elegance and comfort. While the surroundings are beautiful, at no point do you feel as though you are sitting on eggshells, afraid to make a false move. Instead, the feeling is warm, and inviting, made all the better because of the historical significance of the place. Which brings me to the food. Oh, the food. Perhaps I'm biased, but I am weary of the scores of restaurants in this city trying to best one another with grandiose creations. I find shows like Top Chef, etc, disappointing at times because the chefs, in a struggle to create something which looks and sounds amazing, seem to forget to create something which actually tastes good. Delmonico's has nailed it on all fronts. On a recent weekend, I had the lobster bisque - delicate, with a small circle of lobster meat and caviar in the center, with a rich, smooth texture. Perfect. Then the Delmonico steak - a wonderful ribeye, seasoned lightly, and cooked rare. So flavorful, and so tender, I actually wanted more. The creamed spinach - a dish I don't normally enjoy, was delicious. The garlic and chive mashed potatoes were equally delightful. Even the superb house salad was as enjoyable to eat as it was to look at. After all that, I simply didn't have room for dessert. Delmonico's is a place you should avoid if you're in the mood to be tricked, or intrigued by your food. If, on the other hand, you desire a dining experience so wholly satisfying because every item, though perhaps 'basic' in definition, is prepared more perfectly than you imagined possible, this is the place for you. The only unfortunate consequence of a meal at Delmonico's being that the next place you dine will most certainly fall short.
Posted by anonymous on 01/25/2009
We went to Delmonico's for restaurant week, while we expected it to be busy being a fine restaurant we assumed they would be able to handle slightly larger crowds than usual, sadly we thought wrong. Despite having made a reservation for 8 on Friday evening and arriving 15 minutes before 8 we were forced to wait for an hour to get seated. This wait is in large part due to the fact that there was no system set up for seating, the hostess would randomly pick people to sit down, of course this generally was the person who had complained the most and most recently. The only reason we ever got sat at all was the fact that we were forced to point out we had been waiting for an hour. Waiting aside, the food was great we left satisfied. I ordered the petite filet and my date had the chicken, both were very nice. I think the food might have been slightly beneath normal standards but I suppose that is expected when paying $34 for a 3 course meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/12/2008
Had the 14 oz filet mignon. I ordered it medium and it came out slightly undercooked and closer to rare. However, the steak was the full 14 ounces, which I appreciated. It was delicious & tender. The sides were delicious as well, hash browns & asparagus gratinee. I will definitely return here.
Posted by foodster on 11/09/2008
just to inform the last person that ate at delmonico's that he or she should continue to eat in your chain restaurants, eating welldone steak and dressing on the side restaurants for 12.99 all inclusive with a cup of tea and a glass of wine. i am a frequent diner 2 to 3 times per week and they serve probably the best quality food in the city. it goes to show that even in a recession the restaurant is packed...very good food, very good service and a beautiful place. so before you enter your tunnel and come and bash americas first restaurant turn around go back to eddies pizza bar.