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Posted by Sad &diappointed on 06/28/2007
We should have took many of your reviewers' negative comments on this site seriously. We agree with most that FELIDIA's is highly overrated and extremely disappointing. The food is fine but for the hype and price, it should be. And for the price, you'd think the service would be professional and pleasant. We noticed that it was very easy to get second and third round of wine but when we asked for second diet soda (as one member of party cannot drink) we got NO SERVICE and after 2 requests for this diet soda, we ended up without another diet soda. Their "suggestions" from their waitresses ( who told us very bluntly that they never tried the dishes and were not Italian) were always the most expensive ones......from the appetizers to main dish to desserts. When we decided to order only 2 of the $14 desserts for party of 6, she showed the biggest frown and never bothered to even come back after that......we got the check from someone else.
Posted by GaryD on 03/17/2007
We've been fans of Lidias for many years. Finally found a reason to dine at her flagship restaurant. We were truly dissappointed. The seafood appetizers were reasonable and I would have been happy to leave then. The pasta course was unispired and topped with arrogant gratings of black truffle. Their "signature" striped bass was worthy of a capable home chef...no more. I'm sorry I brought my out-of -town guests. The coolness of the service was matched by the tepid coffee served with dessert. I'm swearing off of celebrity TV chefs.
Posted by annie on 03/11/2007
We love Lidia's cooking show and thought her restaurant would be great. We was so disappointed. The first course pasta dish was not bad so we were encouraged.The second course a beef dish was tough, tasteless and a very small portion. My husband had striped bass with mushrooms which was so bland and tastless. The upstairs dining room was dark and depressing. Our table faced an atrium area which had several plastic trash cans visible, stacked chairs and other unsightly items. Really not a good choice. Wish she would stick to her simple, authentic recipes.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/11/2007
We ate here on a Friday in mid-January; could only get an early reservation (5:45), so the restaurant was not yet busy. Not a bad thing; the service was outstanding, with careful attention but no feeling of rushing or hovering. The food was really extraordinary, from the several kinds of homemade bread to the selection of various homemade cookies offered after dessert.; everything seemed to be carefully planned and executed. It's the best Italian food we've had in NY. Not inexpensive, but worth it. Wine menu might be a bit intimidating; lots of expensive bottles, but a few really reasonable ones which are quite good; the wine steward is willing to advise on any level. We'll come here every time we visit, if we can get in!
Posted by dev on 01/06/2007
When we made the reservation for four, no one mentioned the $l85 prix fixe. Had the food, service and atmosphere been even okay, this wouldn't have felt so much like an overpriced experience. But the service was distant and haughty. (You guys are waiters, for god's sake. Where do you get off?) The food was so ho hum--five course tasting menu: three pieces of sashimi, basically, including a room-temp oyster. Next, lemon risotto with a dusting of caviar. Next, cheese ravioli (wow, I love ravioli on top of risotto). Next a whole duck eventually hacked up into four servings. Quite good sauce, but the quacker was over-cooked. Then a montage of single serving desserts on a tray. And a wooden box of cookies (?). With two rather modest bottles of wine and four coffees the tab was over $1000 with tax and tip. Not a flower or candle in sight. A really unpleasant experience. (My favorite: when we walked in to the half empty restaurant, a which at the entry said; "How may I help you?" Gosh, I want to buy a dog, that's why I'm here. What a stupid question. How about "Good Evening,".
Posted by Anonymous on 11/17/2006
We were seated immediately on a Friday night, which was great. However, our first waiter was cold and uninterested. He did not bother to offer a wine list. We were enjoying our appetizer and yummy selection of breads when they informed us that our main course was coming. Within 30 seconds, they arrived with our entrees while we were still eating our appetizers. They started taking away our silverware and appetizer plates while we were still chewing. The waiter was taking away dishes with one hand while he was holding our entrees with the other. At restaurant with these prices, they have to time things better. It was pretty silly. The apps and entrees were tasty. The desserts were not very inspiring. I think that I will stick to my local favorite italian restaurant on the west side that has excellent prices and impeccable service. I will not return.
Posted by tazuru27 on 11/08/2006
We looked forward to our dinner at Felidia, but were we ever disappointed! The service and the food offerings depended on who your waiter was. Since we were obviously tourists, in spite of a reservation made one month in advance, we were seated at the top of the stairs. Our waiter failed to mention the special risotto and tried to wow us with their white truffle offerings; he failed to mention the white truffle offerings to a couple seated behind us who were also obviously from out of town. The younger waiter offered more food choices to a couple who were from NYC, and so the evening went. The food was just "all right" for a neighborhood Italian ristorante, but hardly worth the heavy prices charged for pasta bolognese even if the meatballs were made with Wagyu beef!