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Posted by Anonymous on 09/30/2007
Their mediocre menu was too greatly outshined by their extensive wine list. Not the restaurant to go if you are looking to be fed. I would say that it would be more of a snacking with the wine of your choice. The atmosphere athough nicely themed is overpowered by noisy techno beats in the background. Good for a bottle of wine and perhaps some formaggio but I won't be returning soon.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/27/2007
Last evening I took a group of 11 people to Otto for a celebratory dinner for a business associate. The group was in a jolly mood and promptly ordered $450 worth of wine and starters. As we were eating our mediocre appetizers a senior executive at our company arrived unexpectedly. We pulled up a chair for them and then began reviewing the menu to order additional food and wine to accommodate our guest. The manager then came over and rudely demanded our guest leave as they have a policy where parties of 12 must order a prixe fix. In an ill fated attempt to reason with the manager we offered the following suggestions: Cancel the food that had been ordered and go with the prixe fix Order more food and or wine to ensure a minimum cost per person of $45 (the cost of the Pix Fix) Guarantee a minimum total bill for the table and supplemental tip for the waiter for the inconvenience The manager rudely denied all of these options because of "policy" and demanded that the executive sit in the bar area. Horribly embarrassed the executive went to the bar area only to be told that she could not order anything to eat unless they were actually seated at the bar and naturally there were no seats available. Completely frustrated with the rude and unaccommodating service we asked for the check without finishing our meal and decided to go somewhere else. To add insult to injury when the check arrived with an 18% gratuity the manager first refused to remove it (I have never stiffed a waiter but after receiving such rude and unaccommodating service felt 10% would be more appropriate - especially since we were leaving without eating our meal which we were paying for) and then when we insisted the waiter threw the check at us from across the room. Celebrity chef or not, such service combined with mediocre food I would definitely not recommend this restaurant to my worst enemy.
Posted by Bunny on 08/31/2007
Went for a birthday party with some friends on a Thursday night, it was a bit crowded and loud at the bar, but we ate up there anyway. The food was fantastic, I had the Prociuto Pizza wih Arugala wich was amazing, my friend had the Pecorino with egg pizza, which was also great. The wine selection was superb, and the bartender let us taste a few to see which we liked best. Would definitely go back, wonderful service.
Posted by Total Foodie on 08/20/2007
My sister and I tried Otto's this past Saturday afternoon. We walked in without a reservation and were seated right away. We shared all of the seafood appetizer dishes (it was one for $8 or all six for only $21). Each was fantastic! One was grilled calamari with celery, one was rock shrimp with chick peas, one was a kingfish stew with onions, currants, & pine nuts... It's too much to type, but they were all fantastic! We also shared the cucumber fennel salad and the roasted beets. Yum! The grand finale was the combo gelato desserts. Oh my goodness what incredible flavor combinations! We shared 2 because we couldn't choose just one! The first was sweet corn gelato with fresh blueberry compote, a small ball of apricot sorbet, and cut up cubes of polenta cake. The other was ricotta gelato with almond cookie crumble on top, sliced figs (in some kind of delicious sauce), lemon curd on the bottom, and a sort of savory fresh whipped cream on top. The ricotta gelato by itself tasted a bit like goats milk, but with the lemon curd and all the other flavors eaten together, it was truly fantastic! Nothing was too sweet. It was all light and delicious! I seriously can't wait to go back! I would order everything all over again! Although i'm really curious to try some of the other gelato combinations..! Our waitress was also very charming and attentive as were the busboys. 2 Thumbs up!
Posted by bad experience on 08/17/2007
We were a party of about 15-20 people. The service was poor especially the bartender. He was not very accomodating and obviously could not handle a large party. We ordered a lot of food and drinks throughout the night. The clam pizza and the prosciutto were great. We had asked the bartender for a Pilsners beer, and he told us that he was out. A few minutes later we saw him pouring it for other people at the bar. When we asked him again for a Pilsners, he said it was for takeout orders only. I didn't know that they pour your beer into a glass for takeout orders, seemed odd. Finally he decided an hour later to give us the "takeout Pilsners." The straw that broke the camels back was at the end of the night...he actually had the nerve to ask one of us to give up our seat for someone else to sit to to have dinner. When we spoke to the manager, she wasn't much of a help. Not recommended for a large party.
Posted by elliot and danielle on 08/03/2007
my girlfriend took me here for our 6 months anniversary .at first i was like hells no,but after a couple of drinks the place was pretty cool,the cheese souffle is a must the pasta lil heavy but dessert wine tops off the dinner ,the atmosphere is prettty noisy but were young (not recommended for old folks)but when your with your one true , anywhere you go on your 6 months would be special.....
Posted by nyc foodie on 08/01/2007
Just came in late one evening for some wine and gelatto at the bar! Not a huge fan of the olive oil gelatto, though some swear by it. The wine specials for the evening were lovely and the trio of gelatto I ordered very flavorful. I'll have to try Otto for dinner next time.