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Posted by Disappointed Neighbor on 12/07/2007
This place has come a long way since it opened but unfortunately, the journey has been downhill. Regarding the service, I was there with a group of 4 people the other night and although our name was pretty much at the top of the list, and the restaurant was not very crowded when we arrived, we found ourselves waiting almost an hour for a table. It seemed that instead of tending to us, they decided to seat several parties of 2 who had arrived AFTER us. Not cool. We were finally ushered into the back room, which I'd never been seated in before. I didn't think I'd like the vibe in what I had thought was the bar area but I was pleasantly surprised when we got a nice big cozy booth in the back. Comfortable, yes, but unfortunately we seemed lost to our waitress and busboy. We got menus right away but sat for a long time before anyone OR anything came to the table. We had to ask for bread AND for our waitress. The service was absolutely awful, worse than it ever was in the bigger, busier front room. The appetizers, Fritto Misto and Mussels, were lukewarm at best. They had obviously sat there for a while before being brought out. The taste of both were very good but the Fritto was disappointingly pretty heavily weighted with calamari and the plating looked messy, like someone had just dumped some fried food on a plate in a rush. The person who ordered the Papardelle Bolognese won't be returning with me to the restaurant again. She was very disappointed in her food. Another friend was pleased with his Hanger Steak (although again, it looked like it was just dumped there) and thankfully, the Mushroom Crusted Virgin Chicken was excellent, as always. (If that had been a disappointment, I myself wouldn't consider going back!) That said, I will go back (if only for the delicious chicken) but I seriously hope this restaurant can get back on track. Someone needs to go whip the kitchen, servers and hostesses/maitre d' into shape. Otherwise, it won't be worth returning on a regular basis, even for the chicken and I doubt that if this place wasn't in my neighborhood, I'd travel to get there after this experience. Overall, I was really disappointed, as were my friends. It's truly a shame when a good restaurant like this goes on a downhill slide.
Posted by Catherine on 11/09/2007
I brought a friend who's a chef here as I had always had delicious and original food before, but this time the menu wasn't that exciting. The beetroot salad was good, but not enough pistachios or seasoning. I had the pork loin but was surprised to find that the apples were raw and it was a bit dry. We also ordered a tarte tatin, but it was obvious that it wasn't a real tatin and the caramel sauce was burnt. There is a nice atmosphere, but as someone else mentioned, you do feel a bit squashed sitting so close to your neighbour.
Posted by Bettina on 09/25/2007
We arrived early and were seated immediately. The space is so pretty, with lots of festive rustic touches and soothing woods and blues. I especially loved the painting by Chuck Hettinger (I asked) that dominates one room, and the faux burl wood designs throughout. We are three large people, who were quite comfortable in the small space, though it's definitely designed for thin people. I can see why all the servers are pencil thin! Our hostess and server couldn't have been more welcoming, and the service was attentive and charming. We had the roasted artichoke starter and an order of the fries with gorgonzola, then entrees of salmon, mushroom-crusted chicken, and roasted pork. All were excellent, as were the desserts of warm chocolate cake and warm berry cobbler. The only so-so dish was the rose water creme brulee. It was nice but the rose water was a little too subtle, only one of us could detect it. The price for the three of us for a complete meal was $150, very reasonable for the quality. I'd go back in a heartbeat.
Posted by JT on 09/15/2007
Extra Virgin's food was excellent. I highly recommend the fish stew (Friday night's special). The atmosphere is very charming with exposed brick and candlelight. Unfortunately, the tables are very close together. Good for thin New Yorkers, but bad for thick midwesterners. In all a very pleasant experience.
Posted by amazed on 08/20/2007
Finally made it to this little West Village gem. The surroundings: a beautiful block in one of the prettiest parts of NY. The decor: trendy unpretentious The bar: considering the wait was over an hour (they do not take reservations for parties of fewer than 6 people), we had time to sample the wine list and cocktails. Thumbs up all around. The menu: predominantly mediterranean. The warm goat cheese tart was delicious. I was skeptical about the Gorgonzola Fondue (the Swiss in me does not believe Gorgonzola belongs in Fondue) but one bite was enough to convince me otherwise. Simply delicious. The prices: totally decent. Only 1 dish over $20 on the menu. Criticisms: there is one. The tables were so close together in the corner we sat in, every time the waiters came by to take care of the table behind us, they'd bump my chair, and it got tiresome.... Will I be back? Absolutely.
Posted by anonymous on 07/07/2007
Stopped in for lunch as the food looked great from what diners on the sidewalk area were eating. Hostess (who seemed very young) said hello and before I could say "2 please", she was at the bar and starts talking to someone. A waitress then comes up, I say "2 please" and she taps the hotess who looks at us and says "I'll be with you in a minute." At this point I would normally walk out. Decided I would be patient and give it one last try. She seats us with the air of someone who has something better to do. Not a good impression. Our waitress (also very young) was polite but not particularly attentive. Our food was actually brought out by someone from the kitchen and the waitress never checked back with us to see if we needed anything once during our meal (not even to refill waters or offer another beer). The food was excellent - salads were fresh, delicious and the portions were large (though not particularly challenging to make). Would also recommend the fries with fondue as a side. May give them another shot because the food was so good, but they should really find waitstaff that understand that there are plenty of great places in that neighborhood that make you feel much more welcomed.
Posted by theresax on 06/25/2007
came here for brunch on sat on the recommendation from a friend who lives in the area and has a pleasant time. I am not big on breakfast so I chose the oregano roasted chicken sandwich (avocado, tomato, pancetta, cucumber yogurt, grilled bread) w/ salad which was quite tasty tho it was like any other chicken sandwich you would get at any place but the cucumber yogurt was yummy. My friend got the banana French toast (caramelized bananas, whipped mascarpone) – mmmmmmm, sooo good, I love mascarpone, this dish was super sweet. Best part of brunch was the bloody mary, well executed, not too strong, just the right amount of alcohol and they made it nice and spicy