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Posted by bonap on 10/26/2012
The six of us had a very satisfying lunch in this outpost on west 53rd Street. Don't let the location stop you from making the trek. We were seated promptly and comfortably in their large, tastefully decorated room at 1 PM. The noise level (from conversations, not music) was a bit intense at first, but as the afternoon played out, the reverberations abated. Apps, ranging from garlic sausage (two thick slices) over tasty lentils, to lobster bisque, and a medium sized thin pizza special for the table to share, accompanied by nice wines by the glass, portended well for the rest of the meal: perfectly grilled hangar steak on tender chard (?) in a pool of jus reduction, nicely presented char and the like, all served extremely competently. Desserts (brulee/deeply flavored ice cream/popcorn) and good coffee were followed by a very fair ($300 + tax + tip) bill. A quibble: strict vegetarians are limited to a couple of salads and a risotto. I look forward to introducing my family to this experience.
Posted by Sanger on 12/19/2011
the place was a bit classier than i had assumed given its location in Hell's Kitchen. at first, it came off just a tad snooty with the large number of well-clad service members, but the place itself was tastefully decorated and designed. the four of us had come for brunch and while the menu was a bit limited, we were all quite happy with the food. i had the duck, duck, baguette which was a decent sized sandwich of pate and duck confit. the mustard was slightly overdone and the accompanying salad was dry - but the duck and slaw on the sandwich were fantastic! two others ordered the duck leg crouquette which came with two eggs, a couple pieces of sausage, and a very small salad. the sausage and duck were delicious - perfectly cooked, and full of flavor. only problem was it was a relatively small plate and would have benefited from some starch (toast, home fries, etc). the last of us had the scrambled egg sandwich which had two big pieces of bacon, tons of eggs, and homemade biscuits. tons of food, all well done. overall - the food was not perfect, but it was pretty darn good, and the bill was entirely reasonable. service was great, especially considering that the kitchen was down stairs!
Posted by Longhorn on 11/20/2011
I went recently with 6 old friends visiting from out of town. I, being the only New Yorker was a little nervous to go to the restaurant based on the location. I thought it was going to be a total tourist trap. It was a little touristy, but that was fine, my girlfriends were tourists. The food was very good, but I feel a responsibility to tell you that the service was atrocious. The server was condescending and nasty. He never came by to check on us and when we asked him for anything he acted like he was annoyed and doing us a huge favor. I waited until the end of the meal to talk to the manager. He needed to know how the customers were being treated by this miserable jerk. When spending basically $75 a head on dinner one would expect the service to be somewhat accommodating. Nope. So if you are going to spend an evening out to dinner skip this place. Service is such a big part of the dining experience. Pass on La Silhoutte, there are so many other places great places in NY to eat.
Posted by irving on 08/18/2011
considering the generally favoralble reviews and the background of the chef-owners, had high hopes for this restaurant. Sadly although the amibience is comforting and the service was excellent and caring the food was not worth another visit. The so-called summer tomato salad consisited of winter type artifically ripened and tasteless plum tomatoes at a time when delicious vine ripend tomatoes were at all the local markets. This tasteless concoction went for $15. The halibut was nothing special but decent enough but for a 5'" square surrounced by corn kernals "succotash?" and a single cippolini onion, could easily be classified as a "rip-off'" at $32. The coffee was good but didn't care to hang around for dessert. Very dissappointing as I had hoped to make this a '"neighborhood restaurnant" for myself. As it is, I won't be returning.
Posted by Kathryn Birstein on 05/25/2011
This place just opened in Hell's Kitchen right around the corner from Eatery Restaurant. My husband and I couldn't believe it! A high class French restaurant in HELLS KITCHEN. Yes, you heard right, Hells Kitchen, the former bastion of rice and beans and now home to many cheap, just-OK restaurants. My husband and I were thrilled. No longer do we have to trek to Bar Boulud to get decent French food! And its very reasonably priced for the quality. I had a shrimp dish for brunch last weekend with huge butterfly shrimps with a delicious preparation for about $20 and they have a prix fixe lunch for $21. Check it out before it gets "discovered" and crowded.
Posted by True NYer on 04/10/2011
We (a party of 5) ate at La Silhoutte at the recommendation of menupages and open table - and they both were not wrong! It's easy to miss this restaurant and it seems small when you just walk in but it is deceptive - it is a big space. The front bar has a great selection of wine and champagne by the glass. The service was attentive from the moment we walked in giving us great recommendations. We went for the 5 course chef's menu which was accomodating for those with food restrictions. The food was modern Frech and was very good. We will be returning!
Posted by foodfan on 03/05/2011
This may be the best restaurant you've never heard of. Why has there been no press for this fabulous place? Yes, it's on a slightly funky block in Hell's Kitchen, but the food is as good as any in the city. It's French, with a twist--as French food is in Paris today. Try the snail risotto (I did say with a twist), the sauteed wild mushrooms, the roast chicken and blanquette de veau. And it's gorgeous. I can't wait to go back.