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Posted by Anonymous on 02/18/2010
We had fond memories of this restaurant from a couple years ago, so we decided to go for an early Valentine's dinner. What a mistake! All our dishes were mediocre at best. The artichoke appetizer had no taste, the sauce in the salmon dish tasted suspiciously like Campbell's tomato soup, and the pork was bone dry and actually hard to chew. When the waitress asked how everything was, I quietly and politely told her "pretty average." She looked at me like I was crazy and never came back. And the other reviews are right - most Greenwich Village restaurants are cramped, but Extra Virgin takes it to new extremes. We actually saw the staff get a party of two, who were already starting on their cocktails, switch tables because a table of six didn't like where they were sitting. And FYI, the restaurant doesn't keep their website updated, including the prices on their specialty drinks.
Posted by I eat for a living on 05/08/2009
The "fresh-squeezed lemonade" tasted like essence of old dishrag with a chlorine finish. I wouldn't pay to eat the grilled margherita pizza - oh wait, I did ,and boy, do I regret it. The flavors are totally off and the sauce completely soupy. It seemed like something you would make out in the woods at Boy Scout camp and eat because there's nothing else to eat except twigs and bark.
Posted by best restaurant in ny on 04/28/2009
i have been coming here for a few years now. this is by far one of my favorite places. the food is consistantly amazing and i have never been disappointed. i guess i was fortunate to have good servers when i came in because i never had an issue with the waitstaff. The only thing about this place is usually the really long wait since they dont take reservations. I still come regardless of the wait and hope to get a seat at the bar while waiting.
Posted by anon on 04/16/2009
Extra Virgin, like so many NYC restaurants, is a missed opportunity. The food tastes good enough, no doubt, and that should be the starting point of a good draw. However the atmosphere, the service and the price are out of whack and do not comport with the food. Although they tasted good, my "sea scallops" were, in fact, punched out plugs of skate fish. The roasted brussels sprouts were not cooked, much less roasted. The room is unattractive, ,physically awkward and uncomfortable, and the service amateurish. The wine list is poorly selected and, what I tasted, was definitely of inferior quality.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2008
i have been to extra virgin countless times and NEVER before have i experienced what i experienced tonight...ever, at any restaurant. i ordered the chicken BUT when i ordered i asked if i could get only white meat in my order and further explained that if they couldn't do that, i would order something else. my meal came (with one piece of white meat) and went...delicious! meanwhile i noticed that the table next to me had ordered the same dish and it came with two pieces of chicken. we got the bill and they had charged me full price and i politely inquired about my meal b/c i noticed that the dish was supposed to have two pieces of chicken...the waitress agreed and said that they could only give me one piece...then went to adjust the bill. after talking to the manager, the waitress came back and said that i was given extra risotto to compensate for the fact i only received half the amount of chicken from a regular order. i explained that i didn't want more risotto and that if they couldn't accommodate a full order of chicken with white meat then i would have ordered something else. at this point the manager comes out and literally starts yelling at me about the fact that what i was saying was completely out of line. he refused to listen to what i had to say and was just completely defensive and borderline threatening...and being a woman, being spoken to that way by a man, i was literally shaking. he was making a scene in front of other customers and demostrated the poorest customer service that i have EVER seen at a restaurant. in these trying time i am happy to pay for a pleasant dining experiece, which i usually get here but to be treated like that is absolutely inappropriate. he actually made the analogy that my request was equivalent to ordering a cheeseburger without the cheese and then not wanting to pay the menu price. i didn't care about the charge, it was the principle. they took the chicken off the bill but begrudgingly and further telling me that i was wrong. i left with a sick feeling in my stomach wondering if i can ever go back to this restaurant that i used to frequent more than any other restaurant in the city.
Posted by Unhappy costumer on 07/31/2008
I arrived with two other girlfriends of mine, only to be told that we would have to wait for our entire party to arrive (we were waiting for one other person). Long story short, we ended up having to wait for hours, even after everyone had arrived. If the food hadn't been as good as it was, and our waitress wasn't as nice as she was, I probably would not go back. Those are their only two redeeming qualities.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/28/2008
I had dinner here alone on the outdoor front patio. It is in a charming location and the service was friendly and courteous. I had the grilled halibut. Very tasty and fresh. The portion size was just right. I will definitely go again. Also, Extra Virgin is a great brunch location!