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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.
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.