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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!
Posted by ABP on 06/30/2008
Have loved the previous incarnations of "winter" and "spring" but i found "summer" a huge disaapointment. We took my mother-in-law there for her birthday and I don't know if it was the fact that she's old and not dressed in Chanel, but felt we got subpar service from the start. We were seated in back of the upstairs room which is literally by the kitchen and feels totally bland compared to the beautiful main room. We had a "trainee" waiter, though the trainer never told us or asked for our patience, but it his lack of knowldege about the menu and clumsiness was a huge distraction. THe menu descriptions here are always very vague (the list just a few ingredients and nothing about how they are prepared). So if you're a picky eater this can make the ordering experience maddening. I'll spare the details but both mine and my husbands' meals were extremely disappointing. I took no more than two bites of my main (but was still charged for it) and couldn't wait to leave. I would have complained but did not want to ruin the night for our guest, who actually enjoyed her food very much and was happy. All in all, besides the poor service and room it wasn't awful, just certainly not worth the $350 bill. Might be worth a try again as Autumn, but we'll see. There are so many amazing restaurants in the city its always a shame to waste a night!
Posted by Ann M. on 06/24/2008
Finding the perfect place in Manhattan for our daughter's bridal shower was a bit of a research project. Luckily we found it at the Townhouse Room at Park Avenue Summer. The room looked lovely, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. The atmosphere was elegant yet very private and comfortable. Many of our guests commented to us on the wonderful choice we had made in selecting this room. The private events manager as well as our captain were not only very professional but also courteous, accommodating, patient and attentive to detail. We will definitely recommend Park Avenue Summer to our friends and relatives. The staff as well as the great room made this shower a memorable event for my daughter and a wonderful experience for me as well. Ann M.