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Posted by kate on 04/30/2008
Went here for the first time a couple weeks ago. Heard wonderful things, but was sort of underwhelmed. the decor is beautiful and the service was excellent. My appetizer was great, i had the mussles in sake. i had the lamb chop for dinner - it was good, but not great (and not worth the $41). i would go back to try another "season" but for now i would say it wasn't worth the money.
Posted by midtowner on 04/28/2008
Though all my trips to Park Avenue were incredibly enjoyable, my trip for Spring was the best. We were not seated in the main room this time, which I actually preferred as it is much more romantic and warm in the smaller room. It is less a place to see and be seen than the main room. The food is gorgeous and delicious. The steaks were outstanding, along with the gourmet takes on simple dishes such as a gorgonzola tart and potato sides. The Chocolate Cube is a must! The service was very attentive throughout.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2008
We were seated in a side room and the decor was hideous. Make sure to ask for the main room when you book. The service was poor; a diner is better. Unfriendly waitress and it took half an hour to clean the table before coffee. The food was good though small portions and most of the menu are pasta dishes. I ordered lamb as main course. At $41 for lamp chops I expected more than 3 tiny chops that must have belonged to an anorexic lamb! I can think of better places in Midtown.
Posted by maven on 04/14/2008
Sunday night was ideal, full but not overly crowded, and we were able to talk softly. We started with a selection of appetizers, particularly smitten with the pasta with smoked salmon and sashimi salad. We'd been presented with an amuse bouche that looked like jello but was a surprisingly tasty composition with some avocado and who knows what else. Don't miss the artichokes, french fries, pea puree. I also liked the risotto, which we ordered from the tiny menu, and what they call a baked potato, which is actually the inside of a potato done up with ingredients to make it even more delicious. The veal chop, which I understand remains on the menu despite seasonal changes, is lightly breaded and is garlic-flavored, enough for two people and really tasty, served with mushrooms. Sole was nicely done. The least interesting main dish was the chicken. The setting could not be more attractive and the service was professional and cordial. We enjoyed the desserts also though after several bottles of wine, I'm not sure how to describe them other than to say the presentation is extraordinary and they're all delicious. The espresso, too, was great and they don't skimp. Portions are generous so it may be possible to share things and not have the meal be as expensive as it otherwise would be. It was a truly enjoyable evening, special enough for an occasion or visitors to New York who want originality but not at the expense of taste or quality. There's also a chef's table, where a large group can eat and watch kitchen activitity through a window.
Posted by nybuny on 03/31/2008
Went to Park Ave. Spring for their first Sunday brunch since the seasonal change. We were very pleasantly surprised. Food was great as was the service. Started w/incredible Thai minestrone and then Breakfast Risotto. Assorted pastries started and everything was great. Beautiful brunch spot and not too pricey. Table was entirely happy!
Posted by A disgruntled customer on 03/15/2008
We had dinner at Park Avenue Winter and yes, the decor with the seasonal themes and the cutesy touches are a novelty, however let's talk about the rest of the atmosphere. Mostly loud and crass clientelle (jeans and wrinkled workman's shirts) rubbing elbowsno choice, tables are very close-plus the type and volume of the music have done away with any semblance of elegance the place once had. Service uneven. Food is very good. But you can get that in many other places without enduring the vulgarity.
Posted by Ralph Innis on 03/12/2008
My wife and I experienced Park Avenue Winter for brunch and it was exceptional. We were started off with a selection of house made sweet rolls OUTSTANDING! Next we had the fluke sashimi and a melon and prosciutto. For entrees I had the filet mignon and my wife had the crepes. All were first rate and at thirty two dollars prix fixed it was a great value.