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Posted by marc w on 12/23/2007
went here with a gf last night and we walked away very satisfied with the service and food. the wait staff was friendly--even gave us some free martinis b/c of a short delay in the kitchen. the decor may be a tad passe at this point--but overall inviting. had no problems waiting to be served or seated and our glasses were constatnly refilled--no hunting for the waiter or anything. the table was a little uneven--something some other reviewer noted--but the generous portions and balanced seasoning made this a minor annoyance. unlike places in Chelsea which seem more about trying to intimidate you into liking the food, HK doesn't have this problem as the meals stand on their own as food. i had the tofu/grilled veggies entree and my friend the swordfish. the tofu was cookd perfectly and had a wonderful glaze. the swordfish, as i was told, was cooked to perfection. we went around 7pm and there weren't many people, so can't say what it would be like with more dinners on a busier day. But my experience in any case was a good one, and the meal memorable. (and yes, the staff is cute too)
Posted by Anonymous on 12/16/2007
I like HK a lot, it's trendy and the food is great and well priced. Happy hour specials are awesome and drinks are strong. Chicken sandwhich is yum.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/09/2007
This restaurant tries to be posh. Unfortunately, the service is unforgivably miserable. The waitress never came, and when we had to ask the hostess for more water when no one else could be found, she went to go look for our waiter, instead of just pouring the water herself. The food was mediocre and took an unacceptable amount of time to arrive. I don't have the kind of time to go back there and hope that they've improved. Forget it.
Posted by Bob on 08/05/2007
I have walked passed HK on several occasions but have never had the time to go in till this Sunday. I must say that I have been to several restaurants in and around the theatre district but this was definitely one of my more memorable experiences. I was greeted at the door by an exceptionally beautiful hostess with a blonde streak who very promptly sat me in one of their posh booths in the corner. I got to watch the sunset while sipping on a blueberry beer that Red, the restaurant's bar manager recommended. It was delicious and I can't think of any other place that serves it. Our waitress, Kelly, was very competent; giving us a good insider's view of the specials and menu. Ricki, the manager on duty was very entertaining, delighting myself and my guests with stories of her childhood in Coney Island. The food was excellent. I can't think of a better tasting stuffed sirloin steak or peppered tuna with a pepper mango chutney (Both dinner specials)... But to be honest, it was the staff that made this night what it is... PERFECT. I will be returning and I hope others will be too. :)
Posted by anonymous 6/30/07 on 07/02/2007
After reading the rave reviews, i decided to check out this place with my bf. I was disappointed as I entered the restaurant as it looked starkly different from the decor I saw on the HK website. Not the "posh" and "jaw dropping" decor I heard and read about. (I did not appreciate the mahogany walls, or floor.. It looked like uneven, gray concrete that was sandpapered down unevenly on the inside). We took a table outside. A flea market was going on next to the sidewalk. Our table was unevenly tilted to one side (perhaps b/c the sidewalk was tilted? -- my martini almost spilled over if i didn't sip it right away). The tables looked beaten down, metallic, gray, that might've been once sleek/"shimmering" silver. There was a glass of water left on our table that noone picked up until we prompted one of the servers to remove. Then we felt "forgotten" about for a good 15 mins. We had no water to drink (it was hot outside), and no drink menu to look at. Finally I hailed down the other waitress from the other tables. She apologized. We immediately got drinks, and prompt service followed thereafter. We had a variety of excellent 1/2 priced martinis and cocktails (happy hour prices). Our appetizer (calamari) came right away before I even made it back from the bathroom, and it was excellent. My bf had the steak frittes which was also very good, and my burger was tasty, and the fries were great. Later on I found out that my bf and I must've arrived just as the waiters were changing shifts as I overheard another waiter apologizing to our next table explaining. "sorry, we were having a change of shifts." Interestingly, the restaurant was fairly empty for a Saturday night. I made reservations thinking it would be packed (as stated in prior reviews), but surprisingly, not. I'm not sure if this place used to be a hotspot, and then it died down. If they were renovating.. a sign saying "please pardon our appearance" might have been appropriate.
Posted by Barbara on 05/20/2007
Went today for brunch, early not to have to wait on the legendary long line, we had a table outside, great fast service, the HK eggs benedict were really good, so was the omelette with smoked salmon and tobiko caviar, overall a pleasant experience, the only weird note is the hostess at the entrance, such pretentious attitude should be reserved for really high scale restaurants, and even then... I will go back anyway because the food is good, value is good as well, and service always attentive.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/06/2007
I am in love with HK,the food is really good, and the place is spotless. But the new lounge in the back is freaking amazing. Everyone is good looking, I mean everyone. the drinks are delicious, reasonably priced, especially for the posh atmosphere. It really is gorgeous in there. You walk into this place and your mouth just drops. I especially love the benches in the front area with the japanese pond behind it with fish in it! You have to go just to check it out, you won't find a more impressive looking place.