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Posted by Nancy Martin on 05/01/2012
I have been to so many restaurants in NYC but I can't remember enjoying a meal as much as I did last night at Cipriani's. First of all, I loved the atmosphere and the friendliness of everyone there....including the other diners. I had the rigatoni which was cooked perfectly (al dente) and my friend had the eggplant parmigiana which she raved about. We topped it off with the most amazing crepes with ice cream for dessert. And I forgot to mention the drinks....they come in smaller glasses but quality trumps quantity here. The drinks were spectacular. Sorry I didn't have a Bellini though. I can't say enough about this dining experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2010
Cipriani is a joke. The only edible thing in the restaurant is the breadsticks. I asked the waiter if I could buy some to take home--he gave me a ton of them. That was great, but considering we spent $350 for terrible food and ok wine, I should get free breadsticks for a month. The hamburger is like a mini meatloaf--not a good one--the "steamed spinach" is defrosted chopped spinach, the food is oversalted, the tables are too low. Some of the waiters are charming, and the view on a snowy winter night is great. I'd rather eat a hotdog from the dirtiest cart in NYC and look at Central Park from the street -- even in this week's blizzard!
Posted by anonymous on 08/18/2010
Was here on a business dinner. Prices are unbelivebly high, but the real problem is the food/service just doesn't justify it - at all. The price you pay given the quality of the food/service was just insulting. The food overall demonstrated no real talent or imagination, and was very mediocre. Starter was merely a plate of proscuitto with a few fig quarters sitting on top - $35. I can source outstanding proscuitto from a specialty store and in-season figs and make this at home. No skill went into this. Entree was risotto with homemade sausage. Was a nondescript plate of saucy rice (not well seasoned) with small pieces of sausage - $50. I was hoping they would feature the homemade sausage, but small nibbles were just sort of in there. Others' food was equally unimpressive...small piece of fish with a few capers in a sauce, plain white rice. Now the service.... Would have been ok, other than a few inexcusable gaffes. I had ordered a glass of white wine, and the table had ordered a bottle of mineral water...both wine and water came in identical glasses. Having consumed half my wine, the waiter came by to refill my water, only he poured it in my wine glass instead. I had been talking and didn't notice, until I took a sip of watered down wine. Then later he did it a second time (!) and I pointed it out. He said "sorry" but I was not offered a replacement glass of wine, which he should have done. Bottom line: Very Mediocre food. Unsophisticated service. Outrageous prices.
Posted by Ryan on 11/09/2009
I had dinner here a few weeks ago. I was excited to go as I had heard nothing but good things from a friend of mine. Lets just say, I am glad that I was not paying. The prices here are ridiculous for what you are actually given. $18 for a bowl of chickpea soup is crazy no matter how good it is! (The soup did happen to be the best thing that I ate that night from there though. I also had the chicken spezzatino pizzaiola with rice pilaf for $42. The food was not bad but it was not amazing either and for that price the food should have been amazing. The server here seemed to be annoyed when I would ask for an explanation of a certain dish. I found that to be very rude. One thing that I can say about this place is they make an amazing bellini. I would suggest that whoever goes here order one. But at $19 for a VERY small glass, I would say enjoy that one and only.
Posted by Nitengale on 03/22/2009
The restaurant was just lovely, the idea is that you're on Harry's yacht. A bright saloon with more servers than needed for the many empty tables which is absolutely not reflective of the food. The ingredients were fresh and well executed. Highly recommend the Salmon with leek sauce. Tuna tartar seemed to be missing a citrus...or salt...or something was a bit plain, although the tuna was very fresh and tender. Cake. boy oh boy the cake was fantasmic napoleon, just a light sweetness in between slices of flaky heaven. Good food, exceptional service, rather pricey.
Posted by Minkovich on 10/08/2008
I will start with the food. Bread just fair butter as from a supermarket meat and vegetable soup edible but more like gravy pumpkin soup not quite edible with no discernable taste of pumpkin veal meatballs similar to those in a coffee shop risotto mushy and tasteless steak OK but not restaurant quality meat chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream cake both OK as from a supermarket petits fours: meringue inedible like cardboard and cookies not worth tasting. The service varied from a competent and professional waiter to someone who three times in a row tried to grab our plates away from us even though we were not finished. The tables are small and are spaced somewhat close together but not impossibly so. I would not object to the over the top prices if the food were very good, but it is generally poor and occasionally mediocre.