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Posted by Nanci Eisner on 07/31/2010
Yes, I'm a native New Yorker who lives in Manhattan and who has eaten at the finest restaurants all over the world. I've also eaten at many local, plain, neighborhoody type restaurants. After reading some of the negative reviews, I wonder whether I ate at the same restaurant (Friday, July 30) because my first-time experience at my neighborhood restaurant was so wonderful. The feeling of clean, open space with exceptionally comfortable chairs (I was by myself & did not sit in a booth), high ceilings was inviting from the moment I entered. Everyone was so accommodating. I had a Bloody Mary, the spicey chopped salad and the soft shell crabs la plancha and a cappuccino. The different bread/sticks/muffins served were diversified and the oyster crackers that were at the table were refreshed immediately as I nibbled on them (it is my addiction since I'm a child & I guess I haven't kicked it). My water glass was filled promptly. My waiter was knowledgable, the staff was friendly and I had a great time. I'm going with friends for lunch either 7/31 or 8/1 and we'll sese if we all find the excellence consistent, which is the hardest thing for a restaurant to keep up with. I'll let you know.
Posted by billy on 07/09/2010
Very expensive, flighty service (warm $8 beer), standard food - nothing special or original, lame crowd on a Thursday, no bar scene. A huge pass at this price. Tourist or Lincoln Center trap.
Posted by VK on 05/07/2010
Enjoyed my first time for dinner but lunch was even better because it wasn't as hectic as pre-theater. Too pricey if you have to run off to see a show so take that into account. Very good service and food where the desserts were just as good as the main dishes. I've been recommending it to people who enjoy fresh fish and seafood.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2010
pretty room and great location.. walked right in on sat at 6pm... so we overlooked the worst table with sun issues and sitting next to us a party of 12. Our oysters were fresh but the shell shards made enjoying them impossible.. cod entree listed as potato chip crusted w/ mustard spinach sauce was serve as cod over steamed spinach with stale soggy potato chips. Herb crusted skate was soggy, greasy and overwhelmingly tasting of tarragon... disappointed, our waiter replaced the entrees with 1/2 chilled lobster cocktail and an acceptable lobster roll on a way too-greasy bun.. and a 20% discounted coupon for lunch... we left actually feeling sympathy for the waiter.. he was a nice guy..but not a chance of returning
Posted by anonymous on 02/23/2010
I really wanted to like this restaurant. It's spacious, pretty , without an uncomfortable noise level and certainly convenient to Lincoln Center. I had the lobster roll which would have been great if the roll wasn't drenched with oil before it was toasted. Most of the other dishes ordered were much too creamy and bland and the cookie plate at $8 for six pieces was a ripoff. Also, when are restaurants going to learn - or people going to start complaining - that while $5 for a pot of tea may be the going price one teabag does not three cups make!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2010
What a great space for a restaurant, too bad it's so poorly executed. I should have known that things were going to be bad when the bartender poured my martini, shook it up with the ice, and then let it sit there for 5 - 6 minutes while he tended to other things rendering the cocktail a cold glass of watered down gin. When I asked for a replacement I got a dirty look, though he did begrudgingly provide me with a new one. When our table was ready we confirmed with the host that we would be able to order from the bar menu at our table, something that our waitor seemingly had a problem with until it was re-confirmed by the host. We were ignored for most of the evening save for the bussboy bringing the wrong food. All in all, skip this place, not worth the time or money.
Posted by Eric on 01/16/2010
We went there for dinner and it's definitely on the list of places to go back to (maybe try bunch next). We went early to avoid the whole Lincoln Center scene/rush. The service was excellent, great look and atomosphere to the restaurant and most importantly, the food was, well, YUM! Calamari appetizer was very good, pot of New England clam chower was GREAT, and lobster roll and crabcake for main dishes were excellent. For the quality (and taste!) of the food and the service, the prices were actually reasonable. Totally a go-back-to place. Did I say YUM?? We'll see how brunch is...