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Isle of Capri
Posted by Chris on 12/29/2007
Due to close proximity to Bloomingdale's this is a good spot for lunch or dinner after shopping. Just make sure you try to get a table near a window otherwise if you are in the tiny main dining room it can be chaotic with waiters zipping through, people waiting for a table, people waiting for their coats etc. Make sure if you take a special of the day that you ask what the price of it is. Most things on the menu were reasonably priced so we were a little shocked by a $45.00 price tag for their special - Dover sole. It was good but not worth $45.00. Have been here many times but we find the service inconsistent. I never did get a glass of wine I ordered.
Posted by Lord on 10/12/2006
Great veal piccatta. I was dining with a lady who was not up to high spirits. The young lady who owns the place was a friend of hers. The owner showed a lot of compassion for my friend, which I found went, happily, beyond the necessary caring limits....Congrats...that sympathy came in handy. The meal was excellent and I'll always return for one more try until I've scoured the menu in its entirety.
Posted by Bert on 07/23/2006
The staff was attentive and efficient; the decor and atmosphere very pleasing. The food; however, was of just a little above average quality, and so as a result, a bit overpriced. The gratuitous cookies that came with the coffee were a nice touch.
Posted by Sim on 06/23/2006
The restaurant looks very old fashioned and sitting tends to be very tight, but cozy and can offer some privacy if you get a booth window seating. The service is not the best, but it depends on the waiter you have. The water that was served had bits of something in them. We asked for fresh water, and the waiter gave us dirty look. New water was brought out, but we noticed the same dark substance was still in the water. Food was good, although pricing is a bit high. Expect to pay $17 or more per plate. After finish eating and the waiter had taken our plates, we had to wait some 10 minutes before the waiter came by again. He finally brought our bill only after asking. The bill was about $150, which is about $100 more than our group spent. Turns out the bill was wrong. After leaving a low tip and leaving the restaurant, the waiter came out and stopped me and was appalled that I had left a low tip. When asked why, I said poor service and the man became angry. Overall, not the best experience. Food was tasty. The atmosphere was very old style with a musky true out-of-this-country flavor, with poor service.
Posted by PhishyEel on 06/19/2006
The place was empty, but the host seemed annoyed that our party of two hadn't made reservations. Our waiter was more than a little stand-offish while he was very warm and friendly to an obvious neighborhood regular. Cheese was spilled by the waiter all over my arm and table and no one offered to clean it up. But the food negated the lackluster service. The portions are HUGE and the food was absolutely delicious. Decor is sweet and the atmosphere is cozy.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/10/2006
I went to this restaurant three times already even though I don't live in this neighborhood. Great place. The food is unbeleivable and makes you forget the service that is not always in its finest.
Posted by Kurt and Kim on 10/18/2005
We eat at "The Isle" about once a week as close neighbors and have never had a bad meal. The special touch that the staff provides truly give an "Old World " feel, from the wonderful fresh vegetables to the delightful sauces, both red and white. Our favorites are the Oso Bucco, Chicken Scarpariello, Veal Milanese, Dover Sole, and Caprese Salad- the variety a certain testament to the breadth of the menu. You could go every day and never be tired of the cuisine. Aand it's all topped off with the complimentary shot of Limoncello or fruit schnapps that are a perfect finish to the meal. A truly "Old World" special place that has stood the test of time and will likely continue to do so for some time to come.