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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.
Posted by k long island on 12/23/2007
The food was very good, we went for brunch. Our waiter was rude and very unfriendly making the dining expirence uncomfortable. The decor was very nice. However, we had a $32.00 pre fix brunch and coffee and tea was not included, one little cup of coffee was $5.00 I think that is crazy even for nyc. Would't go again!
Posted by foodie baby on 12/21/2007
The food and atmosphere was wonderful, but it was spoiled by the service. We were very rushed to order and the waiter plopped the check down along with our dessert. And then he and the busboys continued to circle our table like hungry sharks. The waiter picked up the check before we even looked at it. There were other available tables so we didn't feel like we were depriving another party of their seat. Finally, we had to tell him that we didn't appreciate being rushed and he blamed the manager! So we told the manager and he murmured a week apology. It's a shame because we would return for the the food, but were so put off by the service we doubt we'll go back.
Posted by Keira on 11/10/2007
I really never get uptown anymore but I was invited to go to dinner at Park Avenue. I decided to make the trek because I remember a good review in the Times. I'm glad I went because we had a terrific time and the food was fantastic! We ordered a bunch of apps and shared. I loved the Autumn Haystack salad with shrimp and the Agnolotti pasta. We also shared the Procuitto and Figs which was amazing. My Veal Chop with Chanterelles was cooked perfectly. I didn't think I would finish it because it was huge but I did! I had some of my friends Quail and it was very tasty. I never had quail before but I definitely will be back for that. I didn't get to try my other friend's Chicken with Pumpkin, but I assume she loved it since she didn't leave anything on the plate. Oh I almost forgot, we also got the Fois Gras with apricot and tiny croutons, that was also very good. We did not expect the portions to be so generous so we didn't get any dessert but vowed to come back before it changed to Winter. The place is not cheap, but you get what you pay for. The place was quite packed but a very eclectic mix, serious Eastside money and Downtown foodies. I am more of a true food lover when it comes to eating out; I'm not so impressed by hype, decor, or how cool the crowd is, if the food is good, I'm there. And Park Avenue hit all the marks, so I'm definitely there.