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Posted by 4dogs on 10/09/2006
My boyfriend and I ate there on Friday night before a show at the Public. We had planned on going to Askew, which was closed. We stopped in without a reservation and were seated promptly. The menu just didn't thrill me; ho-hum flavor combinations and very seafood heavy. The service was very good and the room was nice, but it felt more like a Red Lobster minus the marketing. This would be a very good place for the conservative eater who doesn't like to pay a lot for dinner.
Posted by KV on 02/26/2006
Brunch is my favorite meal. Every weekend my girlfriend and try to go to a different restaurant for brunch. We have been to many great restaurants but Five Points stands out as our favorite for brunch. The atmosphere isn't trendy or pretentious. Despite the fact that the space is always packed at brunch, the design has a calming effect on its patrons. The food is great. I recommend starting off with the churros--the are delicious with the mexican hot chocolate. All of the dishes cooked in a crock are excellent, but my favorite is the dish with roasted tomatoes, polenta, ricotta and eggs. The fruit bowl is always interesting because its contents apparently change periodically. Because we love this place for brunch we tried it out for dinner one night. We were very disappointed. My girlfriend had the duck, which was over--cooked. I had the veal cutlets, a special that night. The battered cutlets were topped with carmalized onions. The dish was tasty, but very boring. I was expecting the onions to be served in a sauce or atleast for the veal to be seasoned better. The upside was the wine list, which was diverse and very affordable. You have to go here for brunch but are better off avoiding it for dinner.
Posted by GM on 01/03/2006
Five Points has been a NYC staple for the last several years, and last week I decided to give it a try with my family for the first time. Let me just say I was very happy with my decision to check it out. Nothing fancy about the atmosphere--it's really mellow and "zen." I didn't get to experience the water running through the restaurant, as they had holiday decorations up which apparently made that impossible, but oh well. And the waiters for our table could've been just a tad more knowledgeable (I was looking for a more definitive idea of what was in gremolata, which our waiter couldn't really provide, for example), but were nevertheless polite and friendly. The food was the true star. Got the fontina and potato pizzette for the table, and we also enjoyed appetizers of mussels, crab bisque (a special that night), grilled octopus, and (another special that night) cavatelli pasta with guanciale, caramelized parsnips and apple butter. Sounded unusual enough for me to try, and it was great! (I'd have it again if they decided to put it on the regular menu!) The buttermilk chicken is moist and flavorful, no wonder it's one of their best sellers. My mom and sister also enjoyed a whole porgy (fish) that was a special that night. Very fresh, flaky and moist. The desserts were solid enough, but nothing out of this world. In short, if you're looking for a place with a warm, neighborhood feel and well prepared and flavorful food, Five Points is a great option in a city of many other questionable or mediocre options.
Posted by Victor on 01/01/2006
Five Points boasts a very nice ambience and a friendly, helpful staff, but, unfortunately, it falls short on the food. Diners entering the restaurant are greeted by a welcoming space featuring straight, clean lines, and appealing decor (other than the golden "New Years 2006" helium balloons and the seemingly endless streams of golden ribbon hanging from the balloons). The waiter who took our order was accommodating and sufficiently attentive throughout the meal. I started with a crab and fennel soup that was disappointing. Having spent a fair amount of time in Maryland, where crab soup generally contains numerous chunks of sweet crab, I expected this soup to be similarly full of crab pieces. Instead the large, half-full bowl held a thin broth in which floated 4 doughy items that resembled Streit's Passover soup nuts (which I happen to like) and only a meager amount of crab. My girlfriend's salad was a large plate topped with a few lettuce leaves, a couple of blood orange wedges and some dates. For our entrees, we ordered the marinated ribeye steak with spiced fries and cooked fennel, and the cod on a bed of fennel. (Perhaps the chef got a really good deal on fennel that day. And, by the way, the only fish on the menu was sea bass, which the waiter informed us had been replaced with cod.) My entr?e arrived first; the aroma of the spiced fries was enticing. The fries lived up to their wonderful aroma; the steak and the fennel, in contrast, were not good. The steak had a huge dollop of herbed butter on top of it. I am not a fan of herbed butter on my meat, so I promptly removed it (and, for purposes of this review, I will not hold it against the steak). The piece of beef was fatty, probably 1/5 of the steak was fat. The marinade was unremarkable to put it mildly. The accompanying fennel was burned to a crisp. As for my girlfriend's entree, the cod itself was acceptable if not delicious.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/14/2005
I went to 5 points with my friends and the food and atmosphere was splendid. We had a few too many of the scrumptious bloody mary's but the place was obscenely good. WHAT A TREAT!
Posted by eatmywords on 11/07/2005
I don't know how I missed this place. Apparently it's been around for several years. Everything was fantastic from the gracious hosts (who were accommodating even though we were 40 min late on an 8pm reservation for 6 Sat night). From the knowledgeable staff to the apps to the entrees everyone in our group was complementing me on the great choice of restaurant I made. I won't go into too much detail on the food or I'll be here all day but the truffle oil pizza was one of the best and most unique I've ever had. The pork chop was one of the leanest and most flavorful I've ever had and the prices were very reasonable for the level of execution. Bravo Five Points!
Posted by Boo on 10/31/2005
I LOVE this place, the coffee and the Zen feel. Everyone seems happy in this place, it must have an effect,