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Posted by cassie on 11/22/2008
I recently stopped in for an early dinner on a Friday evening in Manhattan. While the atmosphere was warm, cozy, elegant & inviting, the service made the experience less than desirable. Since I was eating alone I decided to sit at the counter bar to dine. The restaurant was mostly empty at that time, & the servers were all standing up by the bar chatting amongst themselves. This did not change once the restaurant got more crowded...It was difficult to get anyone's attention, let alone the indifferent woman bartender who was serving. After paying the bill, I was not acknowledged, thanked or given any common courtesy. So...overall great atmosphere, however, pricey menu deserves much better service!
Posted by foodfan on 11/07/2008
We all need restaurants like this. Basically a pub, it serves food that's straightforward and abundant and big pours of wines by the glass. You won't think you're in heaven, but you'll enjoy your meal. the service is excellent, and the bar is usually filled with singles eating alone and chatting. A perfect neighborhood restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/29/2008
I have eaten at Island many times and it is a favorite - the food is freshly prepared and honest. If you order chicken, it arrives piping hot bec it has been prepared moments before it is served. This is not a microwave place. Everything ordered is better than expected. I love the seafood tartare appetizer, the egg white omlette at lunch is the best, and their "ice cream sandwich," a dessert of their own design is too good it is toasted brioche with high quality cream and home made butterscotch sauce that is rare for its sweet/touch of salt flavor. Overall, the food is more sophisticated than it first looks the quality of the ingredients is high and the restaurant trys to please. It sounds like some may be turned off by the preppy neighborhood environment but preppies have to eat too and many of them are at Island bec it offers great food in a up beat relaxed setting.
Posted by Carnegie Hill Lady on 03/28/2008
I have been dining at Island a few times a month for almost a year now. The salmon is the standout dish since it is cooked perfectly and very fresh. Overall very pricey menu since you are paying for the atmosphere. I do enjoy having dinner at the bar to chat with the friendly locals. The staff is pleasant now that the surly bartender left. They also have a nice selection of wines by the glass.
Posted by tcon on 01/20/2008
The endearing atmosphere can't make up for the lamest brunch ever served. How can you screw up eggs? Burned coffee and runny eggs hardly warrant a $17 meal. I'd rather pay $2.50 at a bodega and get a much better meal. The service was indifferent, perhaps because they know how lame the food is. Yikes! If you want a decent brunch and can't afford both the price and the wait at Sarabeth's, Jackson Hole will feed you for $6.50 and you'll get a half-way decent meal.
Posted by islandgrl on 09/11/2007
I am over at my friends house quite a lot and they eat from Island every night and I happen to love the food!! I agree with a few of the reveiws. I am giving Island this review for its homey feeling and delicious food. The service is O.K. but I admit could be better. Island over-all is a great experience and for a is the place to go.night when you feel you need to have a relaxing experience, with good food Island is the place to go.
Posted by jcat on 08/15/2007
Island started its life as a clubby neighborhood place and has gone downhill ever since. Brunch, which should be able easily to pick off those unwilling to wait in the mystifyingly long lines at sarabeth's next door, is indifferent at best and just plain bad at worst. The service is spotty and sometimes snooty. It is, however,a fun place to meet for a drink on a nice day. Stick to alcohol and you'll eb fine.