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Posted by Food in my Belly on 02/12/2009
Recently went here for the winter menu. Arrived on time for 8pm reservation. Still waited 15 minutes while host chatted with coat check girl. When seated, we were offered menus and water promptly. But getting attention to order seemed harder. I had venison tartare, john dory, and flourless chocolate cake. He had scallop sandwich, veal chop, and chocolate cube. Total w/o drinks $200 (includes tax & tip). The apps were the best part of the meal. My venison was prepared tableside. Impressive and I like special service. But while being prepared, the hostess comes over to seat the table next to us. But she only achieves this by bumping into my server several times even after he says to wait. There was so little space for the next patrons to get into the table. It was awkward for everyone but the hostess. Next, the entrees were just okay. The john dory was cooked well with the black truffle sauce. I didn't really care for the brioche crusted egg. His veal chop was cooked to medium (chef's recommendation). It would've been better as medium rare. It's recommended that way at all the other restaurants we've been to. He really like the mushrooms though. But the veal should have been the star. Finally, dessert was forgettable. I didn't think either desserts were decadent enough. And the portions were too big. I ordered a coffee too. But it didn't arrive until halfway through dessert. Service was also forgettable. Cutlery was placed sloppily. Chairs weren't pulled out for seating. Bread basket and butter and weirdly placed where one patron could reach but the other couldn't. It was a two-top table. All in all, it wasn't particularly bad or good. Just okay. But for the price, not worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/30/2009
Went there for lunch during restaurant week with a couple of my friends. the ravioli and salmon tartare appetizer were delicious as were our entrees (filet minion sandwhich and calamari salad). Our desserts were great too! overrall a little pricey but very good and a fantastic decor.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2009
Went in for brunch this past Sunday, and was pleasantly surprised. The crowd was definitely not my type, but what can you expect on the UES? I started with a bloody mary--really good, really spicy, although somebody should teach the bar tender how to peel a stalk of celery. The cranberry muffin and the scone I think it was pistachio were to die for. I started with the Salmon tartare, really delicious although it tasted more like summer than winter, then had the smoked salmon and caviar. the eggs were perfect, and the potato thingy was like the best hashbrown ever. And how can you go wrong with sorbet for dessert? Although its a little pricey, Park ave winter was definitely worth the try, creative food and in a winter wonderland dining room that felt very busy, even if I did have celery in my teeth all day. Can't wait to try the dinner menu.
Posted by Kristin on 01/19/2009
I had dinner this past Friday night and aside from it being a major disappointment, Park Ave Winter is not at all what they claim to be. So much for seasonal menu....there was absolutely nothing seasonal about it. Avoid the snow peas and beets at all costs, it seriously tastes like it was prepared by the Jolly Green Giant. The French onion soup had a chewy toast topped with rubbery cold cheese in it. The veal chop with chantrelle and trumpet mushrooms is really a veal chop with criminis.....the former costs roughly $30/lb., the latter $1/lb. We complained and the staff totally ignored us. If it 's your birthday don't count on a candle in your cake if you complain at all. Overpriced and not at all good.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/29/2008
Just ate at Winter last weekend. I've heard great things but I remember Park Avenue Cafe and how stuffy and old it once was. To my surprise, the restaurant was beautifully set - relatively dark with nice music in the background - with what seemed to be a younger energetic crowd seated in the dining room. Our food was great and full of unexpected flavors. The wait staff was attentive and helped us plow through our plethora of questions pertaining to the menu. We had a great experience and we were happy to see such a vibrant dining room on the upper east side...who would have thought!
Posted by HB on 12/22/2008
On a very recent visit to Park Avenue Cafe with my good friend, we were looking forward to eating good food in a relaxed atmosphere with top customer service. We both had a tough week and decided to 'splash out'. For starter we ordered the butternut squash soup which was warm and creamy and also the scallops which arrived cold but were supposed to be warm...so we pushed them aside. For the main meal we ordered the chicken dish but it was quite dry and tough so she munched through her sprouts and snow peas instead. The snow peas had an unexpected tasteless sauce at the bottom of the dish as so they were also pushed to the side but the sprouts were really good. I ordered lobster and had been looking forward to it for a very long time. It had been grilled and was really chewy. Very disappointing for 39$'s. My veg was creamed parsnip&spinach but they did not state that there would be loads of cheese on top so that dish was also pushed to the side. It had been such a bad week that we did not have the patience to complain. Sometimes it is better to erase bad memories rather than thinking what the best solution is! As for dessert, we both ordered the sorbet which you get 3 scoops of any flavor. My friend also ordered the Butter Cake and I ordered the Chocolate Cube. Everything was so good except my friends Coconut&Curry sorbet which we had to nickname 'smelly feet'...it was so bad! I had orange, raspberry and grapefruit which were really nice. Our overall experience was mediocre. Customer service was okay as our waiter was from central america and didn't quite understand english. Anyway, when the bill came we challenged them about the scallops which they took off. We decided that the chicken could be a treat for the cat and decided not to complain any further. We left a 15% tip which was more than enough for the bad food. The decor gave a relaxed atmosphere except the 'real fur walls' which i am totally against! If you are an animal lover and fur activist this restaurant is not for you. We also ordered a mint tea and earl grey, both of which were really good. We would consider going back for soup, tea and dessert but would not waste my money on the rest!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/07/2008
Was just there for winter. I think if you pick carefully, you can do well but it's quite pricey for trial and error. Highlights were butternut squash soup, brussel sprouts, tuna. Salmon tartare was delicious but the preparation could have been better. Veal chop was ordinary and desserts were nicely presented but cloying. Long/short, I would be interested in giving it another shot but, for that amount of money, you expect something in the excellent-sublime category and, for me, it missed the mark.