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Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2008
A one of a kind experience! I have been fortunate enough to go through all the seasons and I have to admit that I am quite enamored with this restaurant. Autumn may be my favorite. I was there this past Thursday with my girlfriend and were greeted by a very hospitable and accomodating maitre d' at the door. She recognized me somehow and said that she had a lovely table for us. We walked through the full dining room to a lovely corner table and were able to sit side by side. Super sexy is all i can say - the table, the restaurant and the ambiance. The food was divine and the service could not have been sharper. Our waitress knew when we needed her and knew when to leave us alone. I really love this place and it just keeps getting better and better every time. Thank you!
I recently ventured over to Park Avenue Autumn on a Monday evening with some friends. Walking in at 7:00pm you would never have realized that it was a monday - to my surprise the dining room was packed with an energetically vibrant crowd and buzzing with chatter...something that is always nice to see in a restaurant. We were greeted nicely by our server who brought to our attention the featured seasonal menu showcasing mushrooms, how autumnal! The evening was a delight. Timing, something a restaurant generally struggles with, seemed a work of perfection at Autumn as our server came to take our food and drink orders promptly, bread arrived with our server's departure, and drinks appeared a moment later. Menu questions were answered elegantly and we were all left salivating before the food even arrived. Scallops, Himachi, and Butternut Squash with a Lobster Crouton were our starters. After inhaling the food, we all seemed to agree there was no way the entrees could deliver the same level of satifaction as our starters - boy, were we wrong! Venison chops, Dover Sole, and John Dory with black truffles came up next....to put it simply, there weren't any scraps left to take home. WOW! We weren't interested in side dishes but our server sold us on the Brocolli and Cheetos, Miso Glazed Brussel Sprouts, and French Fries. Hats off to the chef for putting out the delectable food and a special thanks to our server for the recommendations...couldn't have imagined a better Monday evening. Can't wait to go back for "Winter"
Posted by Anonymous on 11/16/2008
Went here for brunch. Nice food and atmosphere but overall experience was just ok, bordering on poor. To begin, as I sat at the bar waiting for the rest of my party to arrive I heard the bartender and a waiter referring to a customer as "grandma" as in "1 bloody mary - and grandma likes it spicy". They laughed and rolled their eyes. I was sitting 1 foot away. Was happy we did not get this waiter but quickly learned that our waitress was "really tired" since she said this to another waiter while standing at our table. Food and cocktails were both very good but 2 of our dishes were not as we ordered them. Waitress was hard to find and acted annoyed to even be there. Way too expensive for this poor of an experience, mainly due to the service. Waitstaff acted like they work at a chain restaurant in a strip mall.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/19/2008
We passed Park Avenue Summer and on a whim decided to have dessert there. We were both in jeans and, despite the fact that all other guests were much more "prepared" for a formal environment, we were greeted with a smile and sat at a good table. Dessert was very good - I had the chocolate/mint and my friend had the blueberry plate: both plates were returned to the kitchen practically clean. Service was very friendly and attentive, our waitress recommended a good dessert wine and didn't rush us although we were only there for one course. I will definitely be back, this time for a full meal!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2008
Just went here during Summer restaurant week with my girlfriend. As a young couple, we expect discourteous waiters who don't expect much of a tip and subpar service. But the waiter was really friendly and helpful. The service was quick. The waiter took a little long to bring out the sparkling water we ordered, but apologized when he came with it. The atmosphere was very open and airy. The food was pretty good. A solid lineup of food. The salmon tartare was amazing. Pretty standard options that you'd expect from a traditional American restaurant, but all done really well. Enjoyed it overall.
Posted by Thoroughly Awesome on 07/22/2008
During Restaurant Week I don't expect much from the food and the service. I figure it's an opportunity to go to snooty places and still be an average JoAnn. Much to my surprise, Park Ave Summer exceeded my expectations and beyond. My experience at Park Avenue Summer for lunch was enjoyable the whole way through- from the telephone reservation confirmation, greeting, hostess, bussers, wait staff to the ambiance and just amazing food. There wasn't one thing they missed. This is hospitality at its best. I especially appreciated my server who was attentive and seemed like a small town girl with very good manners. I hope management doesn't change anything.
Posted by Isabelle H. on 07/09/2008
My husband and I recently vacationed in NYC, and were refered to Park Avenue Summer by our concierge. I can't tell you how greatful we were for the referal! We are both foodies- being from San Fransico, the bar is set very high... but of all of the amazing meals we had while in NY( and we had some great ones), Park Avenue was by far our favorite. To say that the food was great would be a gross understatement, both our main plates were fantastic, and i applaud the chef for presenting an appropriate portion- I can't tell you how tired I am of recieving portions of food so huge there's NO chance of finishing them without getting sick! The refined nature of the food presented lends itself beautifully to the portion size- perfect for 1 person, not an entire family. Furthermore, the service was absolutly seemless. Our server was warm without losing any of the professionalism you'd expect from an employee of a restaurant of this caliber. She was knowledgable not only about the menu, but was also able to make a brilliant reccomendation for wine to pair with our meals. Needless to say, we were blown away by our experience with this wonderful restaurant. It was definately one of our more expensive meals, but worth every penny! We travel back and forth from California to NY quite often, and can't wait to try every season. The staff has set a high standard, and we can't wait to see what they bring to the table next!