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Posted by Anonymous on 06/23/2005
We had a Restaurant Week menu. The appetizer, crab cake, was missing crab meat but had plenty of fish with unpleasant aftertaste. The size of main course was for people who are on a very strict weight loss diet. The service was poor. The choice of the wine (from the wine list) was not available. We were not given a table in the beautiful main dining room and missed on the ambiance. The only salvation was dessert.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/22/2005
Ambiance and service were great, but they run out of food and the portions were extremely small. The restaurant week menu is different to the normal one and it is not that great.
Posted by Upper East Siders on 06/05/2005
My husband and I adored this restaurant! We celebrated our anniversary in the upper level dining room, which though not as charming as the other rooms, was still quite lovely (if somewhat crowded). The service was excellent. The tart of seasonal mushrooms is easily the best appetizer I've had in the city, and the Beef Wellington was outstanding! The desserts were good but not as exceptional; the wine list offers a lot of variety (our selection of an Italian red was wonderful). This is the perfect spot for a romantic special occasion.
Posted by Pere on 05/30/2005
Good food? Sure. And a beautiful setting. But NYC's "most romantic" dinner? At a late (9:00) Sunday seating, the room was deafening, filled with young people in jeans and polos, featuring occasional choruses of Happy Birthday. It was more like an upscale student dining hall -- with service to match. Our waiter, overtaxed by other tables, never took a drink order (nor had anyone in the bar area before we were seated). He did point out that the Tasting Menu was unavailable -- "we're out" -- and that several items from the main menu were gone. (When I ordered the gnocchi, that also turned out to be finished, but the waiter assured me it hadn't been very good that night, anyway.) Most of the food was inventive and delicious, though the bread has to be commented on because it was the sort of tasteless white stuff most cooks wouldn't serve to guests in their homes. OIBL delivers good (if expensive) food in a casual ambience. It's just not the elegant experience we'd been led to expect.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/22/2005
After reading the mixed reviews here decided to give the place a try anyway--we were not disappointed! The atmosphere beautiful and romantic. The music classic for the most part and lovely. The food--delicious. So much so that it brought our conversation to a complete standstill more than once. The mussel ceviche amuse bouche--remarkable. The foie gras and duck terrine was rich and silken, the mushroom tart flavorful, the lobster and risotto--perfection. The chocolate souffl? and coconut pana cotta --heavenly. In spite of all the warnings of rushed service or inattentive service, we dined at a leisurely pace set by us as our waiter was attentive but never intrusive and always asked if we were ready to order or for our next course. This was a Saturday evening! My dining companion and I can't wait for a return visit!
Posted by AC on 05/09/2005
My boyfriend took me here for my birthday, I have always heard about this place but have never been. The food was great. I had seafood from many places here in NYC, but the mussels in my dish, were the best that I have EVER tasted. It was so fresh that I felt that the had just pulled it out if the sea. Now I am afraid the eat mussels anywhere else. The lobster was succulent and VERY tasty. Even down to my drink was done well, actually the best Cosmopolitian I have had to date. My boyfriend had the salmon, which he said was done to perfection. The service, could have been better, they were attentive, but slow. Wonderful and Romantic atmosphere, although a little drafty. Overall this one gets an A-
Posted by kate on 04/01/2005
My husband and I have been here many times. We love the food, wine and atmosphere. It is always busy and we seem to see many familiar faces. Repeat business is the best business. Can't wait to go again! Worth the money.