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Posted by Ineedtostopeatting on 04/07/2007
Pretentious, rude, unwelcoming, uneducated waitstaff. I asked if the Riesling was sweet, she said "People order Riesling because it's sweet", uhm no it doesn't have to be! They moved us because they needed to seat a bigger party, the manager said, "please, let me buy you the next round of drinks and some food". The waitress gave me a glass of cheap Chardonnay and charged my boyfriend for his drink. They bussed our table before we left, even took our water glasses. I said I wasn't finished with it and she said "sorry". I was never rude back, although I felt like I should have been now! Boring hotel atmosphere, like you're sitting in an airport, nothing contemporary or chic about it. The cocktail was ok, but not fabulous for $18. The food was alright as well, we had a few apps. Cod cakes dry, pork belly pretty yummy but not amazing. WILL NOT GO BACK!
Posted by First-timer on 03/22/2007
Granted, you don't expect a $30 bottle of wine at a place with an $80 - $110 menu, however, there was one red wine under $70 the evening we were there. Most were well over $100 - Order by the glass - a much more affordable option. Concentrate on the food - it is excellent, and the service was incredible.
Posted by foodie19 on 03/19/2007
I have tried every top star restaurant in the city, but none have the simple delicacy of Gordon Ramsay's new restaurant in the London Hotel. For French cuisine, which is usually heavy and rich, many of the dishes offered in the fine diningroom are immaculate at showcasing the main ingredients' true flavor, rather than masking it with cream, butter, or too many truffles. It is sad to see that some people, can't appreciate a restaurant this great - perhaps because of the celebrity status of Mr. Ramsay himself? Fine Dining definitely deserved 4 stars from the Times and at least 2 stars in the Bar. Hopefully, when the Michelin comes out in November, TRUE critics will prove Mr. Bruni wrong and give Gordon the 3 Michelin stars he deserves.
Posted by James K on 02/23/2007
I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of fine dining provided by the most attentive staff who were not of the stiff upper lip set but very fun and knowlegeable. The food was wonderful and the dining room is run like a dining room should be with restaurants of this caliber.The scallops w quail eggs wer memorable. I only wish I had room after my delicious dinner of perfectly roasted venison to try the amazing cheese cart-BUT i will have a chance on my next visit which will be soon!!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/13/2007
Where to begin? First off the decor and atmosphere is very beautiful and intimate. The service is impeccable. YOU WILL NOT FIND BETTER SERVICE ANYWHERE IN NYC. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and will gladly make excellent suggestions without being pushy or overly intrusive. The menu is very unique. Also, instead of having a main entree you order 3-6 small plates which are 3-4 bites each and move onto the next bite of heaven. We were a group of 3 and ordered 4-5 small dishes each. The scallops were the best I've ever had anywhere and are a definite must have. The lobster, chicken caesar salad was also an excellent choice. The artichoke and truffle was just ok and the tuna and swordfish melted in my mouth but, was a bit on the light side. At $16-$20 per plate it could have been a little bit more substancial. The cocktails are yummy as well as the desserts. My only complaint is that the chef seems to favor jello-like textures (hence the BLT salad that's actually served in a martini glass which consist of a layer of tomatoe puree on the bottom, an onion cream on top sprinkled with bacon bits and pureed iceberg lettuce drizzled on the top). There are also some other weird items on the menu like the pigeon that I definitely stayed away from. Overall if you are fortunate enough (it does cost a small fortune) to eat here definitely give it a try. Last but, not least there are a bunch of small touches that really make this restaurant worth it. The bathrooms are an experience in and of themselves. And that's all I'll say!
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 02/08/2007
It is understandable, when a well-known chef opens a new and expensive restaurant, that critics (e.g., Frank Bruni of the NYT), will be fairly ready to find fault. And find fault they have, including a mediocre review in New York magazine and Bruni's two stars which, for a restaurant at this level, is a slap in the face. And they are totally wrong. In comparison to L'Atelier Joel Robuchon (see my review), this place is faultless. We ate at the bar -- a misnomer, since it is quite large and comprises two rooms -- which may have turned out to be somewhat more expensive than the main dining room, but the atmosphere was really quite nice (unlike the noisy, somewhat tacky L'Atelier). The service was impeccable, combining just the right amount of friendliness with professionalism. And there is absolutely no comparison when it comes to the food. We ordered 8 small plates between the two of us and each dish was (1) more innovative, (2) tastier, and (3) more generous than anything offered by M. Robuchon. It is certainly not cheap (small plates in the range of $14-18 each), but definitely worth a try for an expense account meal or a special occasion.
Posted by Tim Booth on 01/16/2007
I was lucky enough to get a table for two (pre-theatre) on Sunday 14th Jan. What can I say - service is impeccable, the food was divine (my lobster ravioli was anything but 'leathery' as one critic described it). The sommelier knows his stuff (Greek wine?!?! - I turned my nose up - but only until I tried it). The only let-downs were the lighting - too subdued and the atmosphere - stuffy and austere when it could be so much more fun.