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Gusto Ristorante e Bar Americano
Posted by aldor11 on 05/19/2009
The portions are smallish, not bad tasting but nothing special. The tiramasu was very small and coffee is $4.50 which is ridiculous. To order two cups of coffee and the bill is increased $9.00 is asburd. The waitress we had was very sweet buy very inexperienced. She pronounced minestrone as mine stron. No kidding. The have olives at the bar to munch on but no place to put the pits. They serve bread but no butter or oil. We had to ask. I asked for some red pepper which the waitress brought but nothing to put it on with unless you used your fingers. Nice restaurant but but needs better professional oversight.
Posted by madeinitaly on 11/02/2008
i went to gusto for the first time last month for brunch and went back again last night for dinner. both times everyone i was with had a great meal and no complaints. the grilled octopus is delicious and so are the entrees. the restaurant has a nice feel to it, although the music did get a bit loud towards the end of our meal. i will definitely be going back soon
Posted by Visitor on 09/22/2008
Was so disappointed with the meal we had there. The fish dish I ordered was tasty but miniscule. Served with about 4 tiny potatoes and virtually no veg. Ended up eating bread and ordering more, just to feel I had a meal. Restaurant only has 1 toilet - which males and females all que up for, right beside an area where staff cut bread to serve to guests. If the que is long, your miniscule dinner goes cold.
Posted by nyc1gwm on 06/11/2008
I've eaten here twice. I have no complaints about the food. But the plastic people, pretentious staff, and general snotty attitude are things to keep in mind. If you like that scene - enjoy.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/07/2008
the artichokes here are worth the trip alone. Order the asparagus salad to start and the linguine with shrimp. yum
Posted by markznyc on 04/01/2008
Although we waited almost 45 minutes for our table (we had a reservation) the staff couldn't have been more accomodating and friendly. There was definitely a "scene" going on (locals, euro, and sex-in-the-city wannabees all mashed together), but the host/managers had zero attitude and were very sorry about the wait, even comping us an app. The food was excellent (the octopus was exceptional as were the sardines and homemade pasta) and table service (once we were seated) was prompt and friendly. The biggest complaint was the cheesy euro-dance music that blared from about 9-10:30 - it brought the whole volume level in the place up. It was a Friday so all the amateurs were out, so I guess that could be excused. They need a better DJ to mellow the place out a bit the beauty of the room and quality of the food is demeaned by the bad tunes. This is a great place for a "couples" dinner with friends, but a bit noisy for a romantic getaway. Foodies may want to go earlier or during the week to get a real sense of the great food, but if you are looking to have a good time with great food, this is it . ..
Posted by Alan Howard on 03/14/2008
I first experienced this restaurant at a James Beard House Italian luncheon and was impressed. Went there today for a late lunch and noted that they were offering a Prix Fixe Lunch special @$24.07 Restaurant Week prices! Excellent, if not extensive choices. First they sent out come nice radish slices with an anchovy dressing. I had a stuffed cabbage appetizer my wife had a salad with root vegtables, grilled mushrooms and arugula. Main courses were an excellent cod with pumpkin puree (my wife's) and a duck leg confit on polenta with pomegranate seeds and roasted radicchio (there was also a fancy ravioli choice). Both were excellent. The bread was very fine also. The dessert was a knockout milk chocolate tart with orange slices and a citrus sorbet all quite generous. Service was quite good (many water refills) until our waiter went off duty his replacement was a bit lackadasical but OK. Coffee was $4.50 but refills were generous. Downside: Wines a bit expensive by the glass mostly about $10 (I guess that's become usual now). The regular menu with dishes I had at the Beard House is up there in price but a good value if the quality is anything like I experienced. Would I go back? Yes, especially for the bargain lunch <g>!