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Posted by Long Island Girl on 12/14/2005
Even though the menu card looks pretty boring and ordinary, the food that arrived for all seven of us at that table was anything but! Every dish was amazing, and the presentation was superb! I ordered the Evil Jungle Salad with Steak Bites - the BEST salad I've ever had. Had luscious avocados, fresh lime & cilantro, noodles, tomatoes, and HUGE chunks of wonderful, tender medium-rare beef. My friends ordered the Red Snapper with Crab (truly awesome), roast chicken (surprisingly good), burgers & salmon ... everyone kept praising their food throughout the meal! The sides were gems too. My waiter was very helpful & efficient - so honestly had no problems. Well worth the prices (which are moderate, NOT expensive).
Posted by CK on 11/27/2005
Ok, I would now like to respond to the previous review that commented on the previous, previous review. Houston's is not an upscale restaurant by New York City standards -- period. This is an indisputable fact. It may *seem* like one if you happen to be an out-of-town tourist whose idea of a great steakhouse is the local Sizzler. Houston's is your better-than-average chain restaurant, serving great burgers, salads, steaks and chops. It has a very pleasant, dimly-lit decor that is extremely comfortable for dining in. All of the waiters, waitresses and bus staff are at every table's disposal making for fast, good service all around. But all of that said -- Houston's has nerve to ask diners to remove their hats in the dining room. I mean, let's be serious -- there are far, far more upscale restaurants in the City where your attire is never scrutinized. This is one of the things that makes the majority of Manhattan restaurants feel very laid back and unpretentious. (Remember, this not L.A.) So definitely go check out Houston's, but feel free to challenge their hat policy. I too put mine back on every time the manager walks away and am proud to express how silly a policy it is so they feel stupid trying to enforce it. Oh yeah -- if you're a vegetarian, try their veggie burger. It's the best in the world. I might even take my hat off for one some day...
Posted by Anonymous on 10/26/2005
This is in response to the review posted before this one. First of all, Houston's restaurant is not a "sports bar." It is a 13 million dollar restaurant, within which, the company most likely feels it coustomany and appropriate for gentlemen to remove their hats in the dining room. It really should not be about what you were asked to do, sir; certain behavior should be compelled out of a person when dining at an upscale restaurant such as Houston's. Is it fine dining? No. There are no white linens or table side ceaser salad service, but in my humble opinion, it is, without a doubt, the type of place which justifies removing ones baseball hat. As a matter of fact, showing up for dinner at Houston's after "not showering" with a "messed and grease-laden dome," as you put it, was alone an oversight. How embarassing a manager had to come by and ask you twice like a child. New York City, sir, is ridden with every kind of dining experience...perhaps you should begin to search for restaurants more befitting to your personal attire, for Houston's Restaurant on Park Avenue in New York City's Manhattan Island...is not the place for you.
Posted by Annoyed on 10/17/2005
Went here with a couple friends Sunday 10/16. After the hostess seated us, she asked me to remove my baseball cap, as she said it was their policy in the dining room area. Having not showered that day, I thought it would be more inappropriate for me to expose my messed and grease-laden dome than to wear the hat, so I kept it on after she left. Soon after, the manager came up and told me to remove it "as a courtesy to the other diners," many of whom, incidentally, were wearing sweatpants, t-shirts and their outside coats. I couldn't believe a glorified sports bar chain has such an assinine policy, especially in New York City.
Posted by Austin Texas on 09/19/2005
I ate at Houston's this past Friday night at around 9pm. The food was good but I had subpar service. The drinks were slow to arrive and one of our bread plates was not clean. Our main courses were brought while we were still eating our appetizers. And our check was brought to us and then our waiter mumbled something about coffee . The total time on the check (it clocks when the tab is open and closes) was 30 minutes. Before we had time to put two cards down for the meal a waiter was already swooping in to take the check despite the fact there were open tables around us.
Posted by PrivateBanker on 07/28/2005
What an awesome experience. Just hit up Houston's on Park and what an amazing time. Was bringing out clients, and while the wait was typical for the City, we enjoyed some cocktails at the active bar. Once seated, we were immediately greeted by one of the top servers I have experienced in along time. He was very attentive to details, always had our glasses full, and explained questions we had without hesitation. The wait staff was all terrific, actually working together and seemed as in a well trained & experienced crew. Best of all, he made us laugh and feel at home. Food was outstanding for what I thought was a chain as well. Keep up the good work Houston's Park! I'll be back
Posted by Shauna on 07/27/2005
I avoided Houstons for a long time because I thought it was another chain restaurant kinda like an upscale TGI Fridays. I was pleasantly surprised by the hip yet sophisticated decor and outstanding service. I was greeted and had a drink in less than a minute, even though it was very crowded. But the best part of the experience was the food. They have the best french dip I have ever had. I also like the fact that you can substitute veggies instead of fries. I have been handful of times now and each dish I try is excellent and the service continues to be outstanding.