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Posted by CLS on 04/17/2010
I don't personally understand the reviews that bash the food at this place. The food is actually pretty exceptional. Almost all of the pastas are terrific (try the sausage/broccoli rabe one), most of the meat/fish entrees are quite good, etc. If you only order a pasta/entree, you'll get away eating for quite cheap. If you order apps, wine, etc, then it'll come out to a lot more as that is where they make their money. The service, however, is pretty poor--they are beyond slow even when there aren't any customers. Also very cramped. Also cash only. Anyway, your mileage may vary. I personally think this place has by far the best pasta in the area and is quite cheap.
Posted by anonymous on 03/05/2010
Although the decor is lacking, the tables are crowded, and the hostess can be flaky, the food is worth it. The gnocchi are amazing! They are light and fluffy and simply some of the best I've had (I always order the gnocchi if it's on a restaurant's menu). The spaghetti with lamb ragu is also great. The portions are the right size for dinner, and the prices (especially for NYC) can't be beat for the quality. Some of the appetizers are misses (the calamari), but the soup of the day is often pretty good. Also note that not all of the pasta dishes are with homemade pasta, so be sure to choose the one with homemade pasta or ask for a substitution. The half carafe of wine is a good choice for 2 diners. It is cash only, though.
Posted by Dom Tor on 04/14/2009
I ate at this place and really thought that the servings would at least come close to a similar size. How disappointing that the portion servings were less than appropriate. This was not even a lunch time portion and I have received bigger portions on an airline. South African Airways and KLM for example give bigger portions of food than what i received for the amount of money i spent. I definitely did not order this food at lunch time nor from the lunch menu. My number 1 gripe is definitely the ridiculously small food portions. If this is their policy for deliveries, why bother. They do themselves a disservice as i now would not go there in person.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/24/2008
The food here is uniformly very heavy and not at all skillfully cooked, the space is ridiculously small and cramped, and the music is very loud don't even think of having a conversation with your dinner companions. Max Soha is emblematic of the mediocre offerings on the Upper West Side, where people flock to barely competent restaurants that have zero atmosphere because they don't want to venture lower than 72nd St. If you insist on staying in the UWS and want decent Italian, go to Pisticci on LaSalle or Gennaro or Celeste, Max Soha is an over-hyped, underwhelming establishment.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2008
Prices are good but indicative of the quality of the food. Gave it one more try but still don't understand what the fuss is about. Are there no good restaurants in Morningside Heights?
Posted by Anonymous on 09/03/2008
I love their food, esp the pastas and bread! The service could improve by hiring another wait-person. It gets really busy in there, and it seems like our waiter was doing 5 things at the same time and the hostess had to help with bringing us food. even though they don't take reservations, I called ahead to let them know I've a pretty big party coming for my birthday dinner . They were nice enough to remember my request! We had a table when we arrived.
Posted by RH on 07/06/2008
Max Cafe is decorated with old coaches,sofas and tables in a way that make it the most comfortable place to have a pleasant conversation. The ambient is close to what you would expect from the fictitious coffee place Central Perk, featured in the TV series Friends. Half-light makes it very relaxing but not suitable for reading after sunset, bring a portable book light if you plan to finish your book late. The free wireless access and place to plug your laptop makes it suitable for a less social but more productive time. Food is always fresh and tasty and service is very good. My choices in the menu: Tapas del Mare or Di Parma, Panini : Grilled chicken with roasted peppers , Red wine : Argentinian Malbec, to finish a nice Tiramisu and a double Espresso.