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Posted by Robby on 05/14/2013
I've been coming here for YEARS and have never left less than satisfied . The food is great , the service just what it should be and it's New York ! And if you're lucky , the cast can be amazing ...
Posted by anonymous on 04/27/2013
Upon arriving for a 1:30 lunch reservation we were told to wait outside in the lobby. After waiting 15 minutes I checked in with the maitre'd to see what was happening with our table and was told that we had to wait because all of our party was not there. Both of us were there and we were both there at 1:30. When we checked in we were never even asked if all of our party was there. Then we were led to a table for two in a heavily trafficked area and asked for a seat change which was granted though quite unpleasantly. The wait service and food were both wonderful. All in all once we settled in it was a delicious meal and quite pleasant though we had a rocky beginning.
Posted by Tyler on 02/12/2013
That was hands down the poorest service I have received in my entire life. It took them 35 minutes to ask for our order we were rudely told that we would all be carded. Multiple times I tried to get any waiters attention to ask if we could order because clearly out waiter wasn't going to come over and one time I made eye contact with our waiter and he straight up ignored me. When he finally came over to take our order we had to ask him if there were specials, he mumbled them to us and then asked "you good?" When the hostess was putting candles in the pie she managed to get three candles in the pie, told us there was only one, then had us fish them out of the pie rather than her do it. We had to ask the waiter for the knife so we could cut the pie and then was rudely told by the hostess that "her chef could cut the cake for us" and that "we would be charged for bringing the food into the restaurant" Bringing outside food for dessert is very common at NYC restaurants. There should have been no problem and we easily would have paid the plating fee. The hostess was also overheard saying to a couple at an adjacent table "oh it's just a couple of 21 year olds" as if we were lesser clients. When we tried to pay the bill we were informed after neatly dividing the bill that there was a 5 card limit. We accommodated and paid with cash but were given lots of attitude nonetheless. When we exited the restaurant none of the staff said goodbye.
Posted by Maggie Ded on 10/09/2011
I had lunch with a friend there who is a celebrity a couple of weeks ago and the service was fabulous. They did not let anyone bother us either and I had an amazing Pizza! I highly recomend it!
Posted by foodfan on 06/23/2011
Where do you take out-of-town guests? If you want to show them New York women showing off, take them to Fred's at lunchtime. Big portions of good food--order one of the chopped salads--and lots to look at make up for the din, high prices and dreadful service. Come at dinner time and you'll have the same excellent food in a quiet room and much more attention from the waitstaff.
Posted by anonymous on 09/22/2009
While the food is amazing the actual restaurant is beyond loud and the service is some of the worst I've ever encountered - I was shuttled around the restaurant to pick up my salad and treated as if I was somehow beneath them by picking up my food instead of staying to eat. Oh, also, they asked if I was an employee. I would use the word tasteless to describe this place and it's service. The food isn't worth the price.
Posted by jeanne on 09/18/2008
Freds is great especially during the holiday season. You shop for a few hours and then sit down to a lovely salad... their crab cakes are fantastic!