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Posted by JASON D on 06/21/2013
Was strolling around the neighborhood and decided to stop in for lunch. I came here before for drinks at night but didnt even know the place was open during lunch.. Pleasantly surprised as I went into the back. The retractable roof was open and the garden was absolutely stunning. Although I was here before, the night I came it was raining and I guess the roof was closed..so I didnt even realize the darn thing opened....It really is a monstrous glass roof and opens to expose the entire back half of the restaurant. So you end up sitting in an outdoor garden with a tree in the middle, flowers blooming and an exposed brick wall as the backdrop. A rare find in the middle of the meatpacking..really gave it a different vibe than the typical outdoor space found on the rooftops...It was cozy, romantic and really a great place to eat a nice lunch. The staff was superb, friendly and attentive (so unlike many of the other spots in the area). The manager had zero attitude, was extremely helpful (I asked to change my table twice as I called some friends to come by and meet me, then they called 2 more friends to come meet us for drinks. so what started out as a quick lunch for one with an open laptop, changed to 4 than to 6 for drinks). We kept the table(s) for lunch and then drinks and the staff had no issue at all with it. The waitstaff was very friendly as well, attentive and attitude-free. The food was very good. I had the Milanese Panini, which was excellent, It was a chicken cutlet with avocado and arugula. I had it with fries but I think it also could come with salad. no complaints on the panini, it was fresh, enough to fill me up and the bread was excellent. When my friends arrived, two shared an order of the mushroom ravioli and a Panini with fresh Mozzarella / Roasted Peppers / Prosciutto. They raved about the ravioli and wouldnt even give me a taste when I asked because they ate the entire portion. My other friend had a salad with strawberries and spinach it came with blue cheese on it. She said it was very refreshing and summery (if thats even a word)... We ended up staying well after lunch ended to enjoy the garden and have drinks with our other 2 friends who came later. All in all it was a very enjoyable afternoon. really felt like I was outside in a european garden somewhere in Italy or Spain...not at all in the middle of the MPD. I will definitely be back for lunch
Posted by Anonymous on 10/16/2012
Love this place! The food is fantastic and the drinks are strong... Plus, the $5 Happy Hour makes it one of the best deals in the Meatpacking District! The crowd is always friendly and fun, and the same goes for the staff. If you haven't been to Revel yet, I highly recommend you try it.
Posted by NY Eater on 09/02/2010
Went to Revel the other night. First of all it was way too hot - uncomfortably so. The food is okay, but lacks imagination. Amongst other things we had the Branzino which is served on a hot stone. Nice idea in principle, but the problem is that it keeps cooking the fish until it's completely dried out. Shame for an otherwise good fish. All in all I say skip Revel. There are too many other good places in the immediate area that are much better.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2010
The food was just okay and way too much money! It was very loud and soooo HOT in the restaurant. They don't have AC, just fans blowing. I would say skip this place and go somewhere better around the corner....even a diner is better than this place!
Posted by anonymous on 05/27/2010
First of all, this place has one of the coolest and most original atmospheres in town, with a retractable glass roof over the brick-wall garden in the back, a long bar, and still a comfortable, cozy feel. I went with a group of friends, and our waitress was so friendly and attentive of our needs throughout the entirety of the evening. The food is not cheap, but still on the cheaper end, compared to the other spots in this neighborhood, and considering that the portions are all generous, and in some cases even abundant. And did I mention DELICIOUS?!?!? Everything was fresh and satisfying, and the menu itself is fun and inspiring-- with an incredible wine-list to boot! The meats and fishes we tried were awesome, as well as the side dishes, and the pastas were homemade and yummy as well. All around, we had a great evening, and by the time we wrapped up dinner, the place was fully packed, and a whole new, wild part of the night seemed to be just beginning.. Will have to go back for a late night of drinking and dancing soon, but will certainly return for dinner as well.
Posted by Alex M on 05/26/2010
Wasn't sure what to expect from the mixed reviews. We loved it. We had an 8pm reservation and was sat in the garden by 8.15. The server was really friendly and on top of everything, the food was excellent. The steak on the hot rock was too much with the warm weather so we asked for a plate and they took the rock away. Had a couple of cocktails and a bottle of wine and soaked up the atmosphere. Fun crowd and we had a lot of fun. Don't go here for a romantic dinner on the weekend cause the place is rocking! When we told the server we were surprised at how good the food was, he informed us that a new Chef took over a month ago. We will definitely go back. Highly recommended.
Posted by Brunch Munch on 03/14/2010
Went here for Sunday brunch with some friends. Arrived at 11 AM and the place was empty and remained that way until we left at 12:45 PM. Interestingly enough, the service was awful with us being the only people there and about 10 plus waitstaff. Our food took forever and the staff forgot everything. When we asked about it they took forever again bringing it out. The prefix is overpriced - I can name 30 other restaurants with better brunch/cocktail specials. The food was sub-par, especially for this part of town. The waitstaff simply does not care and the food is so-so.