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Posted by Alex on 04/18/2007
I went to Delmonico's with friends for the first time after being out of New York for 20 years. The new decor was attractive, but the smiles ended there. The food was just average, the service was really poor. I didn't see the bill, but what I ate (asparagus underdone---another 30 seconds would have made it still firm but not requiring extra energy to chew----and a very ordinary filet mignon) certainly was not worth Delmonico's prices. I'm so sorry, Delmonico's had been a place I loved, but I wouldn't care to go there again.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2007
I took a friend of mine as a "thank you" to the restaurant of her choice and she selected Delmonicos. We ordered drinks and 2 Seafood Platters and during the Seafood Platter appetizers, the busboy came and took my drink which I wasn't quite finished with and I was not offered another drink. The same busboy was hovering over us and twice tried to take our unfinished platters away. I told the waiter to please slow things down. The restaurant was 25% at capacity. My friend ordered the Filet Mignon and I ordered the TBone ($42.00). What came was a TBone that you might find at a dinner and then the dinner's TBone would probably be better. It was not thick and it was certainly not 24 oz. (I believe that was the size quoted on the menu), so I looked at it, spoke to my friend, she agreed that it was a poor excuse for a TBone and I called the waiter over and asked if it was the size that was described on the menu. It was thin cut. Further, I said that I could not believe that this was what Delmonicos was serving for a TBone. He said that he would call someone over. The next thing we knew, there were several waiters, the Maitre D' and the Chef hovering in a corner across the room looking in my direction. After that, other waiters glanced at my plate as they walked by to tend to other patrons. After that, no one came over to the table except that same busboy to clear the table. This time, we were finished. We passed on dessert and then and only then we were told by the waiter that they would have given us a complimentary dessert. I wouldn't have taken their dessert. What I wanted was the waiter or someone to come to the table and offer me another meal. he mistake I made is that I ate the steak and did not say take it back as I want something else. I ate at Delmonico's many, many times years ago. I knew they closed and opened a while ago after renovations....trust me they renovated but in the wrong direction. Don't waste your time or your money.
Posted by BJ on 12/17/2006
Dined at this restaurant on a Saturday night at 7 pm, with a party of 8. We were seated promptly (even without our complete party). My apprehension about quality of food and service (from eariler reviews) proved to be misplaced. The food was absolutely wonderful: I highly recommend the Porterhouse. We ordered it rare, it came with a charred, perfectly caramalized crust and a cool red center (beautifully carved, too). The meat was well seasoned (not that it needed much more than salt and pepper) and very tasty. All the side dishes were excellent: the truffled potato puree was earthy and delicious, the potatoes delmonico were cheesy, creamy, and filling, and the creamed spinach was tasty without being too heavy. The shellfish appetizer was the only mild disappointment. The lump crabmeat, while chunky and tender, was rather tasteless. At $24, I'd expect more. The shrimp, oysters, and king crab legs were solid, though not mind-blowing. They say the dish is for one person, but it can easily be split amongst two or three. Can't speak to dessert; at the end we were all too full to attempt it. Coffee was a welcome closer, and they boast an impressive tea selection. To date, one of the best steaks I've had in NYC or elsewhere (I must disclose I've never been to Luger's). Zagat's right when they say it's better "when someone else is paying", but for a special occasion or otherwise, I highly recommend it.
Posted by Leon on 11/18/2006
Having read negative reviews about dining here during Restaurant Week, we almost didn't go. But our experience was excellent; none of the negatives materialized. Service was just right, never rushed. The waiter was very accommodating, and the food prepared just right. We enjoyed the old world charm of the establishment, and despite being 15 minutes late, we were not penalized by being seated at a bad table or rushed service. Finally, in a complex world with too may choices, we appreciated the simple menu offering just three courses, and two excellent choices in each one. In sum, my companion and I had an enjoyable evening in a part of town we rarely visit.
Posted by June on 07/29/2006
Steak was subpar especially at the price. Service was also poor (possible our waiter was new). Other food and dessert was just okay. For what looks like a "fancy" steakhouse, I was not impressed. Not recommended.
Posted by ChefJH on 07/15/2006
My girlfriend and I went here during restaurant week. Since you couldn't order a steak off the fixed price menu (what a joke!) She wound up ordering off the fixed price menu, while I ordered a Ribeye to split with her (very strategic ordering!) As it turns out, her dish was prepared very well, cooked to the proper temp. My steak however was ordered med. rare and came out "moo-ing" - the most rare steak I have ever seen, although the taste and quality of the meat was phenominal. The sides are on the smaller side for a steak house (in comparison to the other choices in NYC). Dessert was very tasty, we got a chocolate cake with some vanilla ice cream - the cake should have been served warm though, but it was still tasty. Decor was dated and the atmosphere was anything but romantic, you are practically seated on top of the next table. The waiters were helpful with the menu, however they were quick to get you in and out. Worth a shot to try once, but there are better steak house experiences out there.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/12/2006
To be honest, I had expected more but for $24 you basically get what you pay for here. First, I had a salad that consisted of onions, tomatoes, and some weird tasting green leafy things. For the entree I had steak, which was definitely quality meat but it came with this piece of rib that was all fat. It was over white beans and swiss chard (not the best combination with the meat). We also ordered sauteed spinach on the side along with the Delmonico's potatoes, which were decent. The dessert was the saving grace of this meal. I got the chocolate mud pie, which was indeed chocolatey that came with vanilla ice cream (although they were cheap on the ice cream portion the cake slice was huge). My dad got the apple crumb pie with cinnamon ice cream, which was AWESOME. The service was pretty dismal, as the waiter knew we were ordering off the the prix fixe menu and therefore knew his tip wasn't going to be spectacular. But, all in all, I am glad that I went but I wouldn't go out of my way to go again.