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Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2007
First time out as a couple since the birth of our first child we were hoping for a great night out. Sadly we stumbled on this restaurant. The "minimum $20 charge person for food" forces you to order an overly priced starter because pasta dishes fall $4 short of the $20 minimum, or you need to order a meat dish. With only a limited time before having to get back to baby, we only really wanted one course, so we went for the steak and swordfish. Both were ordinary. The steak came with chipped potatoes and a chopped tomato. Gosh. The wines - pinot grigio and chianti - were OK. The really disappointing thing though was the service. We were rushed from the beginning by the waiters, had to ask for plates for our bread and I was asked (loudly) whether I knew about the 20% tipping in New York! When I didn't give the full 20% - the tip reflected how disappointed I was with everything - the waiter actually sniggered and came back to my table to tell me (very loudly indeed) how I should have tipped... I *know* this is an upper east side restaurant, so I know it's going to be on the pricey side. However, I've visited several other lovely restaurants in that area where I was very happy to spend much more on excellent, mouthwatering food, the full three courses, good wine and a good tip for waiters with a little discretion and manners. I'm not saying don't go to this place, I'm just saying don't expect much, and for goodness sake, tip *at least* 20%!!
Posted by Joaquim H on 01/18/2007
Mediterraneo is a very cozy restaurante!!! Try de Liguine with salmon and caviar!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2006
This restaurant is pretty much average in every aspect: Staff were nice but not very knowledgeable; food was OK but it’s also inexpensive; the atmosphere would benefit greatly if they had table clothes. In a nutshell, you won’t be disappointed but will soon forget about it.
Posted by SevereA on 11/12/2006
We went last Friday night before a comedy show at Fisher Hall, early, around 5pm. We were the only 2 in the place for dinner, although a couple and threesome with a baby in a stroller came into the bar. Service was friendly although slow, but maybe that's the way it goes in genuine French restaurants. While we were equally amused hearing the waiters and bartender speak French, the food delighted us entirely. I opted for the Prix Fixe dinner selection for $20 which included Tandoori Chicken appetizer, penne in vodka sauce, and white & dark chocolate mousse. All were excellent and the tandoori chicken was much better than what I expected. The texture was light and crispy with its dipping sauce creamy and smooth. The pasta with vodka sauce had a mild kick and was followed by an unbelievably good mousse for dessert. My date had an onion soup (don't call in French Onion in a French Restaurant) and a green salad in a vinaigrette. Both were satisfying and tasty. We also enjoyed their wheat and white dinner rolls. All said, we will be back for good food at reasonable prices with a nice atmosphere. Don't go here expecting quick service, however, they were very attentive.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/04/2006
We went on a friday night with a party of 8. The food was good, but not great. Most of the appetizers are over priced for the portion sizes and taste. The food didn't really stimulate my palate at all. Then again maybe I expected too much. But the atmosphere was great. The owner was very accommodating and friendly. However the wait staff could use a lesson in manners, after all they aren't doing us the favor.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/29/2006
I've never been a big sauce fan, but after visiting Italy several years ago, my pasta standards went waaay up, especially for something with vongole or a frutti di mare (or however that is spelled). I went last weekend with a friend. The waiter was professional and patient since it took us a while to order. I had the fedderelli alle vongole (once again my spelling isn't great) -- very tasty, nice clams, a few hunks of garlic, good balance. The portion size wasn't huge. Not oily like the equivalent dish at Fresco. My friend had a pasta dish that was good (creamy tomato papadella?), and the rack of lamb which he also said was good. The rack of lamb looked like it came with some diced roasted potatos and maybe something salady on the side (eg raw diced tomatos, etc)? Afterwards, I had a cappucino --- MMMM, very good. He said the tiramisu was good. If it makes a difference, my friend said there were tons of "hot girls" walking by on the street as we dined on a Saturday night. Me, I was too busy eating.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2006
The food was pretty good. My son had the lamb chops which were superb, my husband and I both had pasta which were ok. The wait staff is what ruins this place. While the busboys were quick and friendly, I can't say the same for the waiter. He was impatient with my menu questions, and was in general unfriendly during our entire meal. Also, I ordered another diet coke which never arrived, but that is forgivable. The tartufo dessert was delicious, better than others we've had before.