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Park Avenue Winter
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2008
A beautiful place to dine. Went at 9PM on Saturday night and it was full of patrons from 25-65 years old and well dressed. The service was not very good as we had to wait 15 min. for our first drink to come and then when we ordered a glass of wine right before the main course, they "forgot about it" and brought one out when the course was finished. For the food, we had the fluke sashimi appetizer which was very nice and the main courses were the snapper (well prepared and flavorful) and the special halibut which was beyond awful. It was brought out in the shape of a round mold and then they poured over it a broth of butter, salt and some miso. I ate it since I was hungry, but do not order this. Desserts were the sorbet and the winter fruit. All in all a nice experience and I do look forward to what they will do for the spring menu in a few weeks.
Posted by DanikaNYC on 02/27/2008
Loved it! My friends and I went last Saturday and wondered why we didn't come sooner! We heard about the seasonal restaurant but thought it was just hype. Hands down the best Ceasar Salad with meyer lemon and a large thin crouton. We loved all our dishes especially the Filet Mignon with Short Ribs, meat on meat who would have guessed how amazing it tastes! the Fluke Sashimi, Little Potato Pancakes and the Scallop Sandwich! I could eat a Scallop sandwich everyday if I could afford it, waistline and wallet. Oh I can't forget the Chestnut risotto balls in the small paper bag, how clever and fun! We were impressed by the decor as well, very posh but not stuffy. It's nice to see a restaurant that not only looks good but has amazing food to back it up. The staff was pleasant and understanding when we wanted to change tables because we felt a draft at our first table. The sommelier was adorable and recommended some great wines. Definitely going back soon, can't wait to see what they do for Spring!
Posted by Mark on 02/16/2008
Our beautiful hosts sat us down at a table, everything in white, the whole decor was white and as soon as we sat down at the table, white leather, yes leather table cloth, white dishes, white walls, white decorations, waitres in white, white, white, white, blue tick mark, what? Blue pen on the beautiful leather tablecloth. I ask our waitress in a gorgeous white draped number, she was new, what the deal was with the blue pen on the leather. She said that people drew on the table coverings. They were just big enough to fit the table with tick marks, blue tick marks in ball point pen. Standards are slipping. The rough trade crowd visits Park Avenue Winter often? Abstract art? Stupidity run rampant in the populace? All I could see was blue. Our waitress said that they were changing over to table cloths because of the tick mark problem. Indeed, I saw not only a few leather covers with no tick marks, how I longed for a table without mean pen marks on it. We sat down and I order a sidecar, natch. The sidecar was perfect. Then I ordered the Prosciutto and Asian Pear, not bad, not great but not bad. Expensive for what it was. My mother order the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup. She loved it. I got the Lobster, Avocado and Fennel Salad on the recommendation of the waitress, who was starting to turn snippy at this point, and loved the roasted cold fennel, nice touch. Lots of lobster. My mother got an appeticer, the Porcini Ravioli and said she liked it very well. I asked our waitress to bring back some caramels to Richard Leach, who she didn't know, and I told her the pastry chef. I ordered another drink. I had to wait some time for my drinks and extra bread. The waitress got snippier and colder. She had better things to do than wait on us. We were the last out but then we were the last seated. Then I ordered dessert. I got The Chocolate Cube and Mr. Leach sent out the Coconut Angel Food Cake, Caramel Panacotta and Coconut-Curry Sorbet. They were both beautiful desserts. I loved the way he put little pieces of chocolate cake into the mousse or ganche that was inside the Cube. I think it was a mousse. It was a beautiful tempered chocolate cube filled with mousse and a lovely chocolate ice cream. The real star was the lemongrass sorbet that came with the Coconut Angel Food Cake. Lemongrass Curry and Coconut Angel Food Cake. The desserts were bigger than the main dishes we had.
Posted by No More on 02/14/2008
I'd been coming to this place for a while and I'd always being impress with the food and specially the service but a I went there over the weekend with a couple of friends and oh boy let me tell you... was not good. I don't know what happened to this place, are they making so much money perhaps that they don't care any more? from the minute we enter we noticed that the the people at the door were more interested on being chatting that greeting the guest. Our waitress was very sloppy we have to ask for everything, my friend need it another drink and it was impossible to find the waitress oh wait look towards the bar and there she was taking to a bunch of other waiters, then a very shaggy manager stop by to make the most ridicules comment "yeah we are the hottest place in town". Good lord. I'm so sad it seems like everyone doesn't care anymore. Too bad this used to be my favorite place. NO MORE.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/10/2008
went to park ave winter last night for the second time. Couldnt wait to go becasue the first time was so amazing. Last night was a whole different experience and it was really the fault of the wait staff.. Our waiter was not good. Started immediately when he came to the table to table to take drink and of course bottled water options. We started giving cocktail orders and he got alittle testy that first he needs to know what kind of water we want which by the way they kept bringing additional bottles although we did not request they brought the pelligino with boiling hot glasses from the dishwasher and when I questioned the bus boy he said" but i brought you ice" Waiter was just overall obnoxious- we wanted to order appetizers first and he said the chef would not allow it-then becasue we were not ready to order we had trouble finding him again had the john dory- very chewy couldn eat it shouldve returned it even my cocktail was poor- how can you screw up vodka? the potato latkes were soggy -brussel sprouts cold and had to be returned/ my friends ravioli was served cold. french fries were really good.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/23/2008
I went to Park Avenue Winter to find out what all the fuss was about. Having seen the pitcures of the previous season's I was astounded by the white 'wintery' interior. Everything from the uniform to the menu to the ice bar all have the winter white theme, you can tell this is a restaurant that knows what they are doing. Service was friendly and charming, in particular our server who was attentive throughout our dinner and was able to detect that we were celebrating an anniversary and surprised us with a special dessert. Our server also recommended some great dishes such as the venison tartar and the scallop sandwich. Being that we were celebrating our anniversary, every element of the dinner was truly memorable for us. The restaurant had a great vibe and the room had great energy. I can't wait for Spring!
Posted by LESider on 01/09/2008
I recenlty dined here with some hesitation beforehand given the poor comments concerning the service but decided to go ahead given the positive reviews for the food. I have to agree with the previous reviews on both accounts. The food is good (though not exceptional) and would warrant a second visit to the restaurant however, the service makes no apologies for catering almost exclusively to the older patrons of the UES. Younger diners are sequestered in their smaller, back room. That's the great divide of this place Young vs. Old Downtown vs. UES Good Food vs. Bad Service.