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Posted by UWS foodie on 07/12/2009
I rarely feel compelled to comment, but really feel this place needs a good and honest review. Passed by the place and thought it looked adorable, so thought we would give it a try. Unfortunately, was met by a very pretentious front of the house. The place was full, so we agreed to sit at the bar. After picking up vino, at the equally pretentious and low quality suggested wine store, we ordered apps. Very strange presentation. Mussels were cleaned very well and would have been wonderful if there were any broth in the dish or grilled bread to dunk. When we asked for some extra broth, we were met with a very put out staff response and given the wrong broth! Weird. Anyway, the bar tender obviously hates his job and has no interest in customers while there is no liquor license. Wine glasses sat empty for an obnoxious amount of time. Entrees were met with a mixed response. I very much liked by Dorade, but the others were not impressed. The mac and cheese was a weird consistency that failed to melt. I think this place has a ton of potential. A few food tweaks and a new staff and it would be a great UWS addition.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2009
Sure, the food is delicious, but considering the tiny portions, the obnoxious service, and the pretentiousness, I don't think Recipe is all that it's cracked up to be! I wonder how long they will be able to keep up their image without going bankrupt.
Posted by VictoiseC on 06/18/2009
I hate to spoil the party. But. Come on. It was our first visit and maybe the dinners are more plentiful than at lunch. They gotcha when you read Appetizer and Entree for $14. But the appetizers? You better not blink because it's gone with the 3rd spoonful. My "calamari/bean salad" was about 10 white beans out of a can and I swear not even 1/10th of a calamari. 4 tiny tiny little pieces of calamari and I mean tiny. My husband asked where's the soup? because it barely bothered the bowl. More like an amuse bouche he decided. The hamburger was big, & pretty good. The mac/cheese ok. But it's not the best deal at lunch after all. Esp if you are hungry. And everything's served in those hip square bowls including the cheeseburger. I'm afraid I've got much better deals (& food) elsewhere in the hood.
Posted by ztr on 06/17/2009
Had a great lunch there - such a nice atmosphere with top quality food for an amazing price. I've been long searching for a lunch place in this 'hood with modern ingredients and i have finally found it.
Posted by Jason on 06/13/2009
First of all let me start by saying , is this restaurant making money ? Local ingredients at these prices is unheard of I'm NYC . But wow is all I can say about the food, tops my top 3 best meals so farI had the dorade and my wife had the steak and both were delicious , and that chocolate tart with the caramel amazing .The mango cheesecake was also very good . Looking foward to going back and trying some more dishes .
Posted by blake on 06/11/2009
I am almost tempted not to write a review because I know this place is so good and such a needed type of spot on the UWS that its going to be crazy busy (and being so small - could be problematic). But I just have to give them a shout out becuase it was literally one of the tastiest meals ever. Everything was so fresh and healthy. I was there for lunch - the best cooked salmon I have ever had - literally. The lunch prices and portions are actually normal!! The servers were so friendly and helpful - this is my new favorite spot on the UWS. I hope they keep the quality and friendliness going!
Posted by SLR on 06/05/2009
My wife and I had the soft shell crab BLTs that were tasty and satisfying. Also had a cheese and tomato tart that looked like it could be obnoxious and instead was light and flaky and flavorful. Also got a chilled pea soup with crabmeat that hit the spot. We'll be back!