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Posted by WallFly on 08/06/2010
Re Sette sits on one of my alternate walking routes to and from work. Passing by on a weeknight, with nothing better to do, I popped in. It's a clean, cozy spot doing "Nuovo Italiano," New York style. The menu is slightly schizoid, but in a good way. All sorts of options, although some assembly may be required. The wine list, while heavy on the Italian side and a bit pricey, hides some reasonable gems. The portobella appetizer was light on goat cheese, but not on mushroom - big chunks of meaty cap, looking and tasting like grilled steak. The apple ravioli in meat ragu was light, delicate, and subtle, a very nice way to get you to tune in while eating pasta, soft-braised chunks of beef floating suspended in a nice tomatoey base. The poached pear with vanilla gelato was complex and not too sweet, in perfect character with the rest of the meal. My "hidden gem" was a two-year-old bottle of Morellino di Scansano, its fruitiness harmonizing nicely with every part of the meal. So what's to kvetch about? Well, two things, really. First, the atmosphere. Partly my fault: having been offered choice of almost any table I went with a small one right next to the bar, and was then entertained by a crew of no less than four inebriated "professionals" all hitting on the same woman. Still, a slightly sour note, nevertheless. The other... the service is pleasant, polite, charming, etc. But when my meal ended I got to sit there for fifteen minutes plus, napkin on the table, empty wine glass, watching soccer while none of the passing servers took any interest. I began to wonder if they would even notice if I skipped. Clearly, service is often the toughest thing to get right, especially in a place as bursting with Type A's as Manhattan, and it's a fine line between letting a patron linger and putting them in a position where they have to request the privilege of paying for the meal. But still, it reduced my enthusiasm. All in all, good food and a nice enough place. I'll probably go back. I even think I know what I'll order next time. Just wish they'd address some of their shortcomings a bit better.
Posted by Mark P. on 12/14/2008
The concierge at our hotel recommended Resette and since it was only a couple block walk, we decided to give it a try. Everything was excellent. My wife had the Lobster Ravioli and I had the Baby Pork Loin. Delicious! Appetizers and dessert was very good also. Hope to go back real soon.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/19/2008
After reading about Re Sette in Zagat I decided to go there for lunch with a co-worker. It was about half full when we walked in around 1:30. After placing our order it took about 30 minutes for our food to come out. After patiently waiting we got our food and both of our orders were wrong. My grilled chicken sandwich did not match what was on the menu and my co-worker's salad was the wrong order. At this point we needed to get back to our office. We sent the food back and got up to leave when our waiter stopped us and handed us a bill. I was dumbfounded by this gesture I had no idea how to react. The bill had a bottle of Pellegrino on it and both of our entrees. After several minutes of arguing we paid for the bottle of Pellegrino and left. It is important to note that we did not order Pellegrino it was served to us when we sat down. I can't really comment on the food because I did not have an opportunity to taste it, but I can say this was some of the most disappointing service I have ever experienced in NYC. I have been to hundreds of restaurants throughout Manhattan and I have never experienced something like this.
Posted by RestaurantDiva on 12/03/2007
We found Re Sette after going to see the Tree at Rockefeller Center- what a true gem this place is. It was warm and cozy, and the food was amazing- the homemade pizza with figs and gorgonzola was to die for.. so was my filet mignon and the mussels appetizer. Service was pretty good... although we were charged for some appetizers we didn't order, but they quickly made the correction. It's a great place to eat after visiting the tree- especially on a cold winter night!
Posted by Joseph on 06/28/2007
Great Service, Excellent food , one of the best experience in dining.I went to Re Sette last wednesday night and the bar it was very busy , i had a lobster Ravioli that it was suprime and then the manager offer me to try it Sangria and it was excellente. They really make feel special that night ,very good atmosphere.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/22/2007
Good food is tough to find in the Times Square area - I know I work in the heart of it. Enter Re Sette with such glowing reviews... we thought we had found the exception to the rule - we were wrong. First the house specialty - Bocconcini came without the pesto or red peppers, the wrong tuna appetizer was served (and was fishy - not a good thing in tuna), and the wrong salad was served as well. The branzino was mushy (also not a good thing), the pappardelle was extremely salty and the sauce tasted like beef stew, & the risotto included lots of ingredients not on the menu (like apples and tomatoes - an odd combination.) Overall a disappointment - made worse by a freezing cold dining room, and at the end we were charged $450 for our mediocre bottle of $50 montipulciano. I never write reviews - but feel others should know - reconsider heading to this restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/22/2006
Tucked away 2 doors down from the Holiday Inn Express. Forget about cabs and a train, just a few steps and you can have your choice of anything you want to eat. Great food