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Posted by Amanda on 05/19/2009
One of my girlfriends and I went to Park Avenu Spring for brunch this saturday, and the meal was so great, we had to make it in for dinner before the seasons changed. First off, the brunch was exceptional- I'm in love with the 'Upper East Sider' ( a cool take on eggs benedict) , and the pastry plate they send out beforehand is a nice touch. My husband and I went for dinner on sunday, and the meal and service were just as good. We're both crab lovers, so we got the peekytoe crabcakes and the softshell crab appitizers. Both were light and fresh, and a perfect start for our meal. I had the miso glazed lobster, and he had lamb chops- again, both cooked perfectly. We also had the crispy artichokes as a side, they were good, but kind of on the cold side when they arrived. Service was very good, (I don't like my server to be breathing down my neck the entire meal) and the recommdations he made were all spot on. I'm kind of upset they're changing seasons so soon, I was blown away by how nice the 'spring' room was, but will definately try yo make the time to make it back for the 'summer' incarnation...
Posted by ken on 02/24/2009
Beautiful, comfortable setting. Adequate service; unexceptional food given the fare. Left satisfied but not delighted.
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!