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Posted by Never again on 10/12/2008
I arrived as part of a business reservation and couldn't find a maitre d' to either seat me, tell me if the rest of my party was there, or in any way help. Nor was the bartender interested in serving. I went up and down the steps a couple of times unaided and unquestioned until I finally discovered my party at the back of the room. But it took a good 10 to 15 minutes and I had to step outside and call them from my cell and ask for directions. The rest of the evening was about the same. Service was awful. Even though we'd reserved we were told that a party of 8 was too many people and we were literally jammed back to back with other diners (then why did they accept the reservation?). Then we were told that we could only have a limited menu because we had 8 peoplewhy didn't they tell us that when we reserved? The limited menu stunk. It was corny Italian food that you might get from a diner or that you'd defrost as a "gourmet frozen dinner" The wine was OK, but probably because the staff had nothing to do with it. Without a doubt the worst service I have ever had in Manhattan.
Posted by exnewyorker on 09/23/2008
Sept/08 , Being a huge Lidia fan I finally decided to check out the restaurant for a special occassion. (4 friends, total bill 500.00, no dessert no coffee, 2 bottles of wine ) Service was average.Waiter borderline polite and very intense.We felt rushed although we were one of the last tables seated.The food was not a typical menu which was nice however the quality and overall cooking was a huge disappointment.Portion size petite.I had veal the size of a quarter and all fat.My friend who is highly allergic to nuts requested no nuts and received a salad with nuts.Where's the attention ? Basically the food here does not represent anything of what is made on television.Most importantly Lidia's relaxed ,pleasant warmth she portrays is no where to be found.When we received our bill it was obvious we were doubled billed for an item,our waiter left for the nite so another staff mem.jumped all over us when we questioned the charge.His behavior was totally inappropriate . Just terrible. I paid the amount anyway to end the insult and not ruin an evening out.This is not how to treat customers. Shame on you!!There are hundreds of outstanding restaurants in NYC this is not one of them. Dont waste your money on this onee.
Posted by disappointed diner on 07/14/2008
Our party had made a reservation but when I entered Felidia it took a good 10 minutes to find a captain who very reluctantly called a flunky to seat us. The lack of attention was insulting. When we were seated we were practically in the lap of another table. Our menus were abbreviated because we were a party of 8 (if you're a party of seven or under you get the full menu). The abbreviated menu was not good it was like being at a tourist trap Italian restaurant in Times Square. The food was OK, but the service was so poor was I treated badly because I was a woman? who knows?that it definitely wouldn't make up for the horrible screw-ups in our order. Save your money and go someplace else.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/05/2008
As a professional food editor and frequent traveler to Italy, I am always skeptical of "Italian" restaurants in the U.S., but I found Felidia to be one of the very best. We wanted to start with a platter of Italian salumi, not domestically produced copies. I was treated to a platter of speck and prosciutto di San Daniele and their own in-house prepared prosciutto. The imported speck and prosciutto were the best I have had outside of Italy their own was delicious but slightly salty and made from a leaner ham, so it was a little tough. I was very pleased that I was allowed to order off the menu always a pleasant accomodation. Also, the bread basket was a treat with dips to tease the tastebuds. Since the salumi was so incredible, I decided to test the waters with dish that was either going to be a treasure or a disaster anchovies with burrata and tomatoes. The anchovies were imported and wonderful, more briney than salty, tender and the perfect accompaniement to burrata. The tomatoes tasted like tomatoes sweet with a hint of acidity. The result was perfection and my guest, who doesn't care for anchovies, decided that anchovies can be delicious. Her appetizer was a shrimp concoction that was equally as good. My entree was an unusual dish called "wedding pillows" that were round delicate raviolis filled with a savory sweet filling that were very good, but unusual and my guest's beef was very tender and delicious. I'm not a big beef eater and beef is generally not what I would order in an Italian restaurant, but I must say it was very good. We shared a dessert I don't remember what it was called that was a small cake with blueberries and verbena ice cream that was good, not exceptional, but good. The wine list was an exception Italian wine list and our waiter's suggestion was excellent. Overall, this was an exceptional dining experience and our waiter was an intregal part of the experience finding answers to our questions about regionality, brands, etc., by gong back and forth with the chef and he didn't have a clue as to who I was. I would not recomment this restaurant to anyone wanting to get in-and-out. This was a two hour dining experience fashioned after the European model of allowing enough time to eat, relax and enjoy the food. This is also the wrong restaurant to come in with an "attitude" it is a restaurant that deserves repect for the food, the staff and the chef.
Posted by Ladel on 06/02/2008
My wife and I are experienced, jaded New Yorkers, and went here against my better judgment for her birthday. The insult that we were subjected to by the twenty something greeter was beyond comprehension. Without smile or any sense that she was happy to see us she led us like stray dogs upstairs, dropped the menus on an unset table, turned and left. We wound up changing tables because I am tall and could not fit under the folded leaves of the expandable table, we were comfortably seated nearby at a properly set table. The rest of the evening was uneventful, and that's the major complaint, everything was just OK and easily duplicated around the City for half the price without the insult. We will never go back to this place, and have told anyone who would listen to stay away, better to just watch her cooking shows, which she does rather well.
Posted by imabadkitty on 05/25/2008
i have to confess, its not often i remember a meal ive had. i will never forget any of my meals at felidia. the food is divine... the service is incredible... and the atmosphere is elegant yet not stuffy.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/09/2008
It's pretty pathetic when you've been seated at one of New York's "finest" restaurants and there is insufficient lighting to read the wine list or menu. My friend and I had been seated downtairs at a table that had an overhead beam, which did not accomodate lights as in the rest of the dining room. Given the abundance of empty tables, I asked to be reseated, but there was no response to this request. I asked for a candle or light to read the wine list, but again there no response. Instead I was told to stand up and look at the wine list and menu over at the waiter's station, which I had to do for a good 15 minutes.. I was only interested in placing an order, but my reaction afterward was the simple question: "Is this fine dining?" The food that evening also proved to be mediocre.