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Posted by anonymous on 05/22/2010
loved it...stuffed squid app, ny strip steak, a chocolate souffle...just awesome!
Posted by Mr. Picky on 04/16/2010
I had the $26 burger because, well, I HAD to give it a try what with all the hype. The burger was good, it was very good, but was it three times as better as the Corner Bistro burger or the Burger Joint burger? No way. I would've preferred fewer caramelized onions on it so I could've tasted the meat more, but, damn, the onions were good too. The squid appetizer was wonderful and juicy and cost a lot less than $26. I'd go back again but next time will try the steak.
Posted by jeep on 02/20/2010
Somebody should sue for copyright infringement: Like many of the other reviewers here I just loved the "quaint interior" and "old school" vibe that Keith McNally has "single handedly" created in his fabulously decorated new palace of cool, but unlike many of those I have been enjoying this place since I was a young kid and my grandmother would take us here on the weekends. What you folks probably don't realize is that not only did this restauranteur steal the name of the old place, it pretty much looks exactly the same inside, save for some minor alterations in upholstery and tiling. He basically closed the place down, changed the menu, and voila, bring on the yuppies! Of course the cuisine is completely new, but better?, hmm , not too sure about that. I'll take a plate of homemade pasta and meatballs anyday. Mama mia!
Posted by Paul on 02/16/2010
The food was good and the cocktails excellent. The place is nice and warm and as someone said previously "When you walk in off the street you are transported to a New York we would all love to live in but can only dream about". The pbm is that a place that tells you they don't have a table for dinner even 3 weeks in advance at another time than 5.30 or 10.30....really?!?! Went there 3 times and had to have a friend helping me to get a table at a decent time and guess what, they had one available the next day. So yes, it's worth the experience but not the hassle
Posted by Ramses is de best on 02/12/2010
I hate to admit it, but I was actually astounded as to how good this burger was. After my first bite, I was taken back by the perfection that was it's warm, juicy, pink to red core. From appearance, it was a beautiful transition from the lightly charred outer layer, to the pink, and finally to a nice, red center. It was overflowing with juices, so much that it absolutely soaks the bottom layer of the bun by the time you pick it up. After working your way into the middle, the juices of the beef form a perfect marriage with the grilled onions, making you think that for a second you're actually soaking up some delicious french onion soup.....but wait....no....it's a burger. I pretty much blacked out from the sensory overload and ignored everything else that was going on...and it was packed, so there was (from what people tell me) a lot going on. The fries were great, and plentiful. My only complaint is that they were ever-so-slightly over salted. So by the time I got to fry 45, I had had enough. The bartenders were great, drinks were superb (suggest the rhubarb sophia), and the app that we had, the stuffed squid, was perfectly prepared. Nothing, however, tops the black label burger.
Posted by Djlk on 02/03/2010
It's loud, it's cramped, it's too trendy for it's own good, but damn the meat dishes are delicious. Split the black label burger for an app and then go for the full beef OD with the cote d' boef for an entré.
Posted by coco on 11/12/2009
I waited sometime before writing about Minetta Tavern. It was seven visits actually. And each time it got better and better and better. I was not surprised though. But to read all those unfortunate reviews from the tragically and constantly disappointed who seem to think otherwise left me very empty. These must be the people that wear sweat suits when they take a flight; or more accurately complain about just about everything when they get into a restaurant that is popular. Keith McNally is the greatest restaurant owner in this city because of his impeccable consistency. Unlike most of the horrible owners in the restaurant business, McNally seems to be not only a super business man but a decent and respected boss who takes care of the loyal and hard working. Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson, his CO Owners in Minetta Tavern are two of Gothams greatest and most consistent, and they cook, night after night, and they work and they dont have branches in Vegas, Miami, Nassau, or Moscow. They made Balthazar the greatest neighborhood restaruant on planet earth. Here! Here! Most restaurants in this city look to take advantage of you, Minetta Tavern certainly does not. The food is excellent. When you walk in off the street you are transported to a New York we would all love to live in but can only dream about. Its a special place and thats why the high bar. Make me feel special, not ripped off, and let me leave feeling I really had a special night. Thats Minetta Tavern. The design is sublime, the staff professional and attentive, and the food is outstanding. There is a reason that Balthazar, Pastis, Morandi, and Schillers are so good. They are always consistent and one feels good after leaving, unlike numerous high profile restaurants in this city.. Go McNally, I'm ready to run you for Congress. COCO