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Posted by Anonymous on 11/28/2012
I'm small, eat lightly, and enjoy fine dining, but Manzo's portion sizes are ridiculous. I ordered the New York strip steak, without potatoes. The waiter asked whether I didn't like potatoes or was allergic. I replied, "Neither, I just don't eat them." My steak arrived, five small slices, luke warm, on two oyster mushrooms with four leaves of something green, and in a pool of cold sauce. This is not my idea of a New York Strip Steak or even a good restaurant, which would have substituted something for the potatoes and served the steak hot. The waitstaff is excellent and looks well-fed (is that where the rest of my steak went?). The noise factor made conversation with the rest of my party near impossible. I would go elsewhere.
Posted by rosedahlia on 09/27/2011
My friend & I opted to sit at the bar for an impromptu lunch around 2 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon. Service was excellent; the waitress couldn't have been nicer! We both had pasta dishes which would have been excellent if the portions were had been reasonable vis-a-vis the prices (over $21 a relatively small serving), but, most importantly, if the chef didn't have such a heavy hand with the salt. My dish was tolerable, but my friend couldn't even finish her pasta dish since the grated cheese took her salt tolerance over the top. I took a bite of hers and had to agree. Also, we felt that the price of wine by the glass was much too high. My glass was, as I recall, $14. I liked it so much that we went into Eataly's wine store where it was selling for $26 a bottle.
Posted by Jake the Snake on 02/03/2011
Not sure about the negative reviews, as I ate dinner at Manzo last night, and had a fantastic meal!! Portions are generous, service was fine, and no one rushed us!! I had the veal chop and it was really great. Pasta was on par with Babbo, and an overall pleasant experience. Can't wait to go back!
Posted by anonymous on 01/16/2011
My two guests and I went to Manzo on Saturday for lunch as we were looking to have a conversation (impossible in all-open food halls. Because of the pricey menu, we ordered two appetizers and two main courses for the three of us, thinking we were getting regular-size portions. But what a surprise ! We got baby portions! Definitely not worth the high prices!
Posted by M Marks The Spot on 01/05/2011
Despite the hype, I couldn’t help but be turned off by Mario Batali’s (also partly owned by Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio) new monstrous food hall – Eataly. In theory, the idea of having all things Italian in one central location seemed brilliant… however, as much as I tried to embrace 50,000 square feet of Italian-ness, I still felt like it was one giant cluster %$*# that ultimately forfeited the essence of culture, tradition and cuisine. Manzo, Eataly’s more formal dining experience that celebrates meat from the US, finally helped me to turn a more positive leaf during a relaxing New Year’s Eve dinner. Here, we escaped the noise and bustle of gawking tourists thanks to attractive partitions that separated us from the rest of the massive space. Starting off the night with impeccable service and some delicious blood orange infused cocktails, we immediately felt like we were transported to the foothills of Italy. Chef Michael Toscano, formerly of Babbo Ristorante (also an incredible spot), merged ‘butcher’ with ’5-star’ to create innovative, modern and sophisticated dishes using just about every part of the animal. My favorite Antipasti choices were the Crispy Sweetbreads with Funghi Trifolati and the Proscuitto di San Daniele with Apple and Horseradish. The Warm Calf’s Tongue with Barbaresco Vinaigrette as well as the Lamb Heart with Yogurt & Blood Orange Citronette were unexpectedly delicious as well. For my Secondi I ordered the Sturgeon but had serious food envy for my boyfriend’s Venison with Farro, Cavalo Nero, Gaeta Olives and Amarone (uh-ma-zing). I now realize that Eataly may be best judged in parcels rather than as one whole food hall – Manzo’s superb ingredients and first-rate culinary skills were all thoughtfully wrapped with friendly and accommodating service, making this the ultimate New Year’s Eve meal for four adventurous food enthusiasts.
Posted by Larry Gardner on 12/23/2010
The 5 of us had a good meal at Manzo Tues night, but we will never go back. The food was well-prepared and the service was lavish. The hostess sat us at 5:30. Before we even reached the table, she told me there was another seating at 8:00 and we needed to be finishing with our meal and out of the restaurant by then. The waiter attentively came over to the table and pronounced that we had 2.5 hours to eat and needed to be gone by 8:00. The manager was begrudgingly apologetic. Mario Batali has created a good restaurant, but his table manners need work.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2010
I was SO excited about eating at Manzo. My mother came into town to treat us there for my 40th birthday. First, they brought us bread with no olive oil. We had to ask twice. They brought us our appetizers...and they were really good. But then...an HOUR and a HALF later from when we had sat down...nothing. My husband finally got up and informed the hostess, "I think our waitress has disappeared!" Then suddenly there was movement...and our Primi course appeared...with the manager (?) saying, "Oh, some people like to dine leisurely and take their time." Making feel like WE were doing Manzo all wrong! We'd had nothing but a salad and dry bread in a hour and a half...is this true, Italian-leisurely dining? I seriously doubt it. Then it came out that they had a "private party" going on. And THAT'S why our food was taking so long. So we're supposed to suffer? Two of the Primi's were very good...mine was disappointing. I was shocked. It was like limp, over-cooked, sitting-there-forgotten pasta. I've made better pasta with a college dorm hot-plate. Secondi were really good. The food was overall good. But NO apologizes! No, "Sorry Here's a complimentary something." Nothing taken of the bill. We left angry. I'm still angry...I've never posted a negative review before. That's how poopy the experience was for me and my family.