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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!
Posted by cesarny on 11/05/2007
After reading several reviews about the restaurant and hearing all the buzz about the new makeover for the fall season, I had reasonably high expectations for this place. Although the place itself is visually stunning, the food is less than stellar and does not justify the prices befitting of a fine restaurant. I agree with the other reviewer that the dishes sound wonderful on the menu but for some reason, they won’t overwhelm you at all. Seriously, anyone can throw a few apples in with some brussels sprouts. Our waiter was very attentive and professional, but the clubby music detracted from the overall experience. I would definitely wait to read the reviews before making a reservation for Park Avenue Winter later this month.
Posted by Ben on 11/05/2007
The food was great. The hostess was not. She wouldn't take coats, she sat us at a terrible table in a near empty restaurant, right by the service station. They were like a ship lost at sea, a deer in headlights, a chicken with its head cut off. The service needs alot of work, but go for the food.
Posted by jgourmet on 11/04/2007
By now, most people know of the restaurant’s concept of changing with the seasons – new menu, décor, even waitstaff uniforms every season. I was excited to step into this new realm of seasonal cuisine; however, I left completely disappointed and under-whelmed with the actual food served. The menu is impressive, complete with seemingly innovative twists on autumnal dishes; however, that impression does not translate off of the menu and onto the plate. Both appetizers and entrees seemed disjointed, as if the chef just threw random, disparate ingredients on the plate that don’t meld flavors well enough to be up to par as other restaurants such as Daniel or even Chubo on the LES. These other restaurants have perfected fine, innovative cuisine while Park Avenue Autumn merely dishes out upscale TV dinners such as agnolotti with a Poire William sauce, which was bland pasta with a watery pear slather, or the grilled quail glazed with quince, which was again bland poultry with yet another fruit sauce – most of the dishes we tried encompassed this same theme of having some sort of fruit playing an unwanted side role next to the main ingredient that was always under seasoned. The crowd was predominately groups of older, neighborhood residents who probably wouldn’t travel beyond a block to have truly innovative seasonal cuisine. Service needs more training for an upscale restaurant. The food wasn’t awful, just not worth the cost.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/20/2007
AS Park Avenue Cafe it looked stuffy, overpriced and boring. I passed it a million times but never wanted to try it Recently I read a review of the new incarnation "Park Avenue Autumn". The concept here is that the restaurant changes with the season. Apparently it had been open as "Park Avenue Summer" for some time. Having tried it last weekend I must say it was one of the absolute best restaurant experiences I have ever had. The food was incredible. It should be considered one of the leading restaurants in the city. It is certainly priced that way. The atmosphere was fantastic. They really captured the essence of fall. Very sophisticated and well appointed. The crowd was a mix between people you'd see at a hip LES or West Village restaurant and well to do older UESiders. Did I mention the food? Everything was delicately prepared. The portions were generous. I had the veal chop which was the best i've ever had. The deserts are also something worth noting. The service wasn't the absolute greatest, but nothing to complain about either. Be prepared to spend. It was $260 all in for 2 (that includes a $70 bottle of wine -one of the cheaper bottles on the list). I was shocked that a cup of tea was $6. When I walked out I felt it was worth it. A rare feeling for that kind of money. However, I bet you might feel that way too. Go for it.
Posted by bitya on 10/06/2007
Although my friend ate there and didn't care for it too much, I thought I would give Park Ave Autmun a try.. The maitre'd was so rude. She tried to make ridiculous jokes that were not comical at all. She was VERY loud and obnoxious. Then I got seated and the food was okay. My server was very nice and attentitive. When we were done, the maitre'd was rude as we walked out. I wanted to go back and talk to the manager, however, my boyfriend didn't want to stay. We wont be returning..
Posted by stephanie on 07/23/2007
I ate here last week with my daughter and absolutely loved it. Would highly recommend to all in search of a great meal, attentive service and a relaxing atmosphere. Although a bit pricey - but this is NYC afterall.