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Park Avenue Winter
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.
Posted by oscareats on 11/07/2007
When it comes to fine dining in the City, the autumn season is definitley my favorite, and this restaurant in all its seasonal glory is, well, good though far from great. There are so many better restaurants in the City that serve more oustanding dishes with creative touches with the added benefit of great service. This restaurant needs to overhaul its staff, especially the hosts as others have already commented. Park Avenue (Season) can't stand alone on its gimmick & eye-catching decor with good, not great, food when the service needs to be more courteous. If you're not over 50 yrs. old in a tweed blazer, beware of the front desk service.
Posted by tambourine on 11/06/2007
I decided to give it a try having gone to the old Park Avenue Cafe before it closed. As I stepped into the door, it was as if stepping into a brand new restaurant, from the food, atmosphere, service it was a restaurant makeover on every aspect. The menu is seasonal and creative with thoughful presentation. The service is attentive and efficient every time. (I've been there 3 times now!) Yes it is pricey but its well worth it for the quality of food and service that you get here. I can honestly say they are doing everything right, as the restaurant is always busy and everyone from the staff to the customers all seem to be excited to be there. I've been for Summer and Autumn and can't wait for Winter to come!