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Posted by Diane on 06/23/2012
I think the other reviewers and I went to different restaurants! I was there on a recent Wednesday night with a friend and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. First of all, the place is exceptionally beautiful from the entryway to the downstairs lounge to the bathroom. That alone may have sufficed except that I'm a sucker for great service. I was not disappointed there either. Service was as it should be--competent, attentive but not too attentive, friendly, and indulgent. And the food was truly innovative and--for the most part--delicious (exceptions were the goat cheese and walnut sushi and the squash accompanying the lamb). I'm not a huge fan of bold Japanese flavors and was pleased with the light hand taken with the yuzu, etc. Standouts were the Hommage cocktail, bok choy nigiri, heirloom tomato salad, and the lamb . I can't wait to go back and try more items!
Posted by lickin' the chops on 06/03/2012
We went to 21 grams last night, and I must say, it is truly a shame. The space is amazing, as beautiful as any new restaurant in NY. The service, was friendly and in unison as a luxury restaurant should be. Unfortunately. there were only 2 tables with people dining, which means, on a Saturday night, summer or not, they are in a lot of trouble. We ordered the Omakase, there was a misunderstanding, so instead we received the chef's tasting sushi plates. No fish! The meal included 2 plates, one was all vegetables, the second was Wagyu beef- how can a Japanese place have no fish on their chef's tasting? The food was good, the staff was terrific, the space was beautiful, but we left hungry, not a good sign. Next time, we'll stop by for a drink in the beautiful downstairs bar. We cancelled reservations at Bouley to come here, we expected it to be pricey, we just expected to avoid needing pizza when we were done.