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Posted by Nightingale on 10/21/2013
I agree with the last reviewer. This restaurant was in celebration of a good friend's birthday. The prices were ridiculously high for the quality of food. The mushroom dish was delicious, but that was it for my pre-fix of $90, which was the cheapest on the menu. The fish was dry and the winter vegetables were hard with a strange red/mayonnaise sauce, the dessert was a red velvet cake-- small, dry and tasteless. For that amount of money, there are thousands of other restaurants to choose from.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/01/2013
Beautiful setting and great atmosphere. Service was adequate but stuffy. Strongly advise winter attire; temperature in dining was at least ten degress below comfortable level. Fixed price menu ($90, 125 and 135). Grossly overpriced for what you got. Had the foie gras first course - horrible. Pate in a can from grocery store would have been tastier. Pork second course was OK and companion had beef wellington which was excellent. Dessert menu was very uninteresting. We took ours to go and later after a small taste pitched them. Overall very expensive and disappointing.
Posted by anonymous on 08/08/2012
Went with my boyfriend last night- it was a wonderful experience! All of the staff was very friendly, attentive while not overbearing. The beef wellington was delicious. Surprisingly diverse menu options, as well. Of course it was a decently pricey meal, but for a special occasion OIBL is the place to go!
Posted by anonymous on 01/07/2012
Went there with a group of friends yesterday. Was disappointed. Reasons: i) Service; all the wait staff was surly. There were no welcoming smiles and tones of attitude. The waiters need to be trained on how to place plates in front of patrons...rather than pushing past them without an 'excuse me'. They kept on asking us if we were ready to pay and hovering by the table as we sorted out the bill. ii) Food was unappetizing. My risotto was just thrown on to the plate, with a green sauce on the edges. Beef wellington my friend had was disappointing and the short ribs too powerfully flavoured With an average of of $140 per person, most disappointing meal I have had in NYC.
Posted by Mizmooz on 12/05/2011
We sat at the bar, while waiting for a table. It was so pleasant, we ate at the bar and had the finest young bartender at our service. She made us feel so welcomed, that we stayed for an extra cocktail. Go there and have a few appetizers at the bar and you might just stay there!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/09/2011
I probably would have never made it to this restaurant if ScoutMob had not had a coupon for it. Not because I don't spend money on eating out, far from it, but because over the years the reviews have decreased and I'd rather spend my money elsewhere. The restaurant is still attractive and cute, especially the bar area. In fact, I'd say the bar area is the most romantic area of the restaurant. We were seated promptly on the upper level. Our waiter was surly to say the least, which was not at all what I expected from this restaurant. I have to say the food was better than what I expected. However, for such a "fancy" restaurant the women's bathroom was subpar. I think for a romantic meal or special occasion there are much better places in the city.
Posted by jim Earleyh on 02/02/2011
Lived in the area for many years and was not excited by the food or service, mind you, at least ten years have passed. Dinner last week was one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I've had for some time--the food was timely, hot and delicious. The service was professional but not pretentious or stiff. Our server made the evening special. Enjoy