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Posted by inboxdiva on 07/19/2011
Andrew Carmellini is one of the highest rated chefs in town and for good reason. Presentation is careful but not fussy, ingredients are excellent, and simply prepared so as to showcase (and not overwhelm) their flavors. Every dish I've ever had here has been at the very least delicious and often exquisite. Highly recommended! Service, however, has suffered of late. It used to be tight. These days, the bar is so sloppy I feel like I'm at a dive bar in the East Village. Bartenders are distracted and so insecure they feel the need to point out everything they're doing wrong (duh, I know what you did wrong - no need to keep bringing it up, just get your act together and make things right!) Not a big deal if you make my drink served on the rocks instead of up as I requested - easy fix - just don't keep saying "wow I'm really ruining your night." Not a big deal if my friend's dish comes out before mine, I can happily wait - just don't keep saying "the kitchen usually brings that dish out so much faster - you must hate me right now." Maybe because we were two gals out on the town, bartender felt the need to impress us, but oh my god it was annoying to the point of insanity. Still a fabulous restaurant with fabulous food. Just don't forget that service counts too...
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2011
Brunch asi asi nothing to write home about except for the pastries of course
Posted by Motley on 03/21/2011
The focaccia to start set the pace for a lovely dining experience. Ordered the grilled bread with ricotta which was so yummy I could have made a meal out of this and the focaccia. The scallops were a little tough, but the pasta dishes quite good. Asparagus salad was best I have had. Don't know if I would return as it was very noisy. Waitstaff very well trained.
Posted by Texas Jules on 03/18/2011
I came here with my friend for a tuesday night dinner. Appetizers were really good (we had the blue crab crostini, mozzerella crostini w/ proscuitto bread, and crispy pig salad...all recommended, they were so delicious!!). For our entrees, we got the branzino (good but not shockingly spectacular) and the Gigantone (dish the waitress said was a very popular dish, but it was just ehhhh, a very regular dish that was just average). Food was good but omg, the service was horrendous! They have 3-5 busboys manning each section of the restaurant...not only were they rude but they were rushing us and literally every 10-15 mins coming up to our table asking if they could clear our plates. Hello, we were still chewing the food, while they were asking us to clear our table and there were many empty seats behind us (reminder this is a Tuesday night so why do they keep pestering us). At one point one of the busboys asked us if we wanted to clear our plates, which we told him we're still eatting, and he went to talk to another of his busboy coworkers and literally 2 minutes the other busboy came to our table and asked the same thing. Finally at the end, another busboy came up to our table, interrupted my friend and I's conversation and rudely told us that we can just get our food packed up to take home. Very rude!! Overall, the food is good but the service is poor and rushing you doesn't even begin to describe the level of the way they treated us. Would not go back due to poor service!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2011
Too drunk to appreciate atmosphere. What I can remember was nice, though.
Posted by Disappointed Tribeca neighbor on 01/03/2011
We live a few blocks from Locada Verde and really wanted to love this place so we've given it half a dozen tries before writing this review. The food is average at best (and between ourselves and our guests, we've tried a lot of things in different seasons). The pork chop looked great but the peppers were cooked to the point of slimyness and the chop itself was charred and overcooked on the outside while nearly translucent and raw on the inside. The fritto misto was soggy and the Trenette alle Vongole flavorless. Don't waste your time on any dessert either. The service is not attentive and the place is packed and noisy. On our last visit, we were seated near the bar and had a pair of out-of-town businessmen practically spitting in our food. NY is s city full of great Italian, but Locanda Verde, busy as it is, is sadly not one of them.
Posted by BK Foodman on 01/01/2011
Hard to get a res, but if you can its highly recommended. Food is unique and made with local fresh ingredients, is consistently good and surprisingly inexpensive for the quality levels. Lamb Meatball Sliders and Ricotta spread are a must to start with...