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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.
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.