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Posted by anonymous NYC resident on 01/02/2010
Overall: We were quite excited to try this restaurant and what NY Magazine proclaimed was the "best lasagna" in the city. Our reservation was well in advance of the show (we arrived at 6:05 p.m. to dine before an 8 p.m. show), yet our entree arrived less than 30 minutes before curtain call. Given the prime location in the theater district, and the fact that we told them in advance we were attending an 8 p.m. show, this was simply unacceptable. This was compounded by the fact that the service was poor and the food quality was, at best, average. Service: The service was less than stellar from the start--when our waiter insisted on taking our dinner order before our drink order--to our repeated yet unsuccessful requests to turn up the heat (despite the fact that several other people also complained of the temperature inside the restaurant, nothing was done to address our requests). Our waiter was rather unattentive and scoffed at a request for a spoon to use with spaghetti--after honoring the same request from the table next to us. Despite the fact that he knew we had an 8 p.m. show, he proceeded to ask us (at least 2x) if we wanted dessert at 7:40 p.m. Quite frankly, after receiving our lackluster entrees at 7:30 p.m., all we wanted was the check and not to be late for our show. Food: The best part of the meal was the pear salad--certainly this should not be the apex of one's dining experience. The lasagna was mediocre at best--luke warm, lacking sauce and in no way deserving of the "best lasagna in NYC" endorsement. Although the spaghetti amitriciana was decent, the overall food experience does not warrant a follow-up visit to this restaurant, nor a recommendation for others to try it. Simply put--don't waste your time or your money on this restaurant--it's not worth it.
Posted by D-Rod on 04/22/2009
Went to this restaurant fully intending to try out their budget-conscious prix fixe, but after a glance at the a la carte menu I had a change of heart. Ordered the gnocchi and the lamb. I don't consider myself the foremost authority on either, but both were truly impressive--especially the lamb. Definitely worth the [relatively high] price. The service was also unpretentious and quite helpful. Not at all stuffy, which can be a real issue at Michelin-star restaurants. I especially appreciated the extensive and budget-friendly wine list. Ordered a very nice Languedoc-Roussilon for 45 dollars, which I would consider a 'deal' at a far lesser restaurant. All in all, I would definitely go back. If nothing else, for the lamb and the wine list.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/13/2009
Went there on 4/11/09. Once our whole party arrived, our waiter detailfully answered all our questions and, at our request, made suggestions, some that turned out to be on point, one other, not so much. He made it clear that they were very easygoing on making changes to the menu and offering plates from the tasting menu without having to order the entire tasting. We each ordered appetizers, I had the octopus carpaccio with capellini and it was excellent. Then we shared five pastas (Chitarra, Ravioli Gnudi, Tuna Carbonara, Spaghetti all Amatriciana, and Tortelloni de Testa). All 5 were excellent. Then came the Lesso Misto. That was a miss. It seems to be bolied (they say braised) in a bland broth. The tongue was tough and the flavors just missed, particularly after such savory first and second courses. At paying time, I asked about the Lesso Misto and whether it was ordered a lot, to which they surprisingly answered in the affirmative. I told the waiter that I had not particularly enjoyed it. The plate was expeditiously taken off the bill, without it being requested. I explained there was no need for that but he insisted. I strongly recommend this restaurant and will go back, even though the miss on the Lesso Misto.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/04/2008
Don't go. From waiting 15 mintues for our table, to a waiter who brusquely walked away when we asked a few questions about the menu ("Make up your mind what you want, and then I'll come back!"), to more than one oversalted and undersized pasta, to having our courses wisked away repeatedly only 2-3 minutes after being serving them, to exorbitant overpricing, this is a restaurant that in good conscience can be called an unsatisfying ripoff. Not sure what all the hoopla is about, but New York can and does much better for far less, and without the self-satisfied smugness from a waitstaff that acts is if they are doing you a favor by letting you eat there. It's one thing to pay high prices for a special evening of memorable food and attentive service. It's altogether another to be relieved of a considerable sum of money when one could pay far less for far better. And by the way, lose the offensive humor on the Insieme websitemaking a joke out of anti-Semitism is NOT accepable ("If you don't like our restaurant, then you're an anti-Insiemite") Well, I guess I am one, so maybe there IS some justice the horribly offensive and politically incorrect joke. From the website, to the onsite, this place fails. The best part of it was when the cab turned the corner as we left, rendering the place completely out of sight.
Posted by Sanibelle on 06/23/2008
I had been very anxious to try Insieme, based on NY Magazine's review and proclamation that it had the best lasagna in New York City. I use Marcella Hazan's recipe and think that there are few chefs that could beat me in a head to head competition. It was easy to get reservations and my husband was surprised that there were any good restaurants so close to the theater district. We got there earlier than expected and were promptly seated by the gracious hostess. Soon after we ordered our drinks, an amuse bouche arrived from the chef. It turned out to be tiny, tasty morsels, well presented and delicious. I ordered a green salad and the much publicized lasagna. My husband ordered grilled asparagus and a swordfish entree. We were given nice warm, crusty rolls and a little cup of a straciatella soup that was delicious. My salad was perfectly prepared as were the grilled asparagus but the second roll, which promptly appeared, was cold and hard. The lasagna arrived and I anticipated being transported to heaven with the first mouthful. While fairly well prepared, the bolognese sauce was one dimensional and lacking the complex flavors of a superior sauce. I felt that they had used liver in the sauce and it overpowered everything else. There were no signs of finely diced carrots accompanied by a hint of wine. Although the green noodles were fresh and well made, there was not enough white sauce or Parmesan to soften the Bolognese and to separate the many layers of pasta. My husband's swordfish was well presented but very dry. The only accompaniement was the finely diced potato and olive sauce which, although tasty, did not moisten the poorly prepared fish. Service was excellent throughout, except for the busboy who threw the fish on top of the lasagna when I asked to take it home. We did not have dessert because we were full and there was nothing on the $10-12 dessert menu which appealed to us. Insieme has a contemporary decor which is fairly stark but sophisticated and pleasant to the eye. The low background music provided just the right noise level to add to the appeal of the physical layout. Although we might return to Insieme because of its convenient location, it is not the best that NY has to offer.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/23/2007
amazing meal..go after the pre-theatre crowd and get the lesso misto and lasagna...and try the midtown manhattan.
Posted by annonymous on 10/29/2007
I called during the day to make a reservation for my boss for that night for a business meeting, but when he got there, he was told that the reservation was not made. Also, the food was a bit on a salty side. There are many other great restaurant (as far as food and service are concerned) in New York City, so I don't think I will use this restaurant again.