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Posted by Disappointed on 10/20/2008
We thought we would try Revival based on reviews and recommendations we had heard. The Good: Nice atmosphere, good music, friendly employees The Bad: The food was not good. I ordered a house salad but was served a chicken ceasar salad. Not one to turn food away I ate the ceasar salad that was drenched in mayonnaise and had dry chicken. I ordered the lamb patties (only to be told 5 minutes later they were out of them). I then ordered the egg plant (only to be told 5 minutes later that they were out of egg plant). I finally deceided to split the ribs with my dining partner. They were not good. Very bitter tasting with side vegetables that were over buttered and over salted. The waitstaff was very friendly but not attentive. We got up at the end of the meal (after sitting for 30 minutes with plates still in front of us) and paid at the bar b/c we couldn't sit any longer. Finally - This location in Harlem is not exactly the easiest place to find a taxi at night. We walked several blocks before finding a taxi.
Posted by E&J Harlem on 05/29/2008
I have to echo a number of sentiments I've read here: 1) Mashed sweet and regular potatoes don't necessarily go with everything, but that's pretty much what you get with everything here. They're OK, don't get me wrong, but would love to see the expand. 2) The server (Wife and I have been approximately 6 or 7 times, and we've always had the same server) can be a bit scatterbrained in terms of who ordered what. Understandable when its packed and you're busier than the proverbial one-legged man in a butt-kickin' contest, but....its never that busy! 3) That's one of the cooler aspects of this place: the atmosphere - We've never been when its crazy loud or obnoxious - Always sedate, and the decor is lovely. The good: Shrimp risotto - You have to try it. The portion is big enough it could certainly serve as a meal. Any of the fish dishes are decent, and the seafood bake is great (but, like with the mashed 'taters, someone should inform the chef that chili beans don't go with everything, either...) Nice refuge to come to and be served a decent meal in a great atmosphere - Always hoping it picks up so that the staff will be motivated to try new things, but at the same time you don't want to lose that sedate feeling...But, you also don't want it to go out of business! So, stop by one evening - I doubt if it will become your favorite, but I bet it will become something to remember in a pinch....
Posted by Digusted, Disappointed and Disrespected on 02/11/2008
Our annual holiday celebration became a holiday disaster! The private room on the lower level we rented was unappealing and constantly chilly and drafty. The bartender was less than knowledgable about how to prepare our drink orders. The wait staff was unable to remember which guests ordered which drinks.The food was unappetizing, not kept heated and featured a limited variety of dishes of the least healthy food choices. Finally, the music was dreadful. There were frequent interruptions and the music skipped so badly that the event was basically unsuitable for dancing. Despite our efforts, we were unable to negotigate an amicable reolution of our concerns. We were offered a gift certificate for food!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2008
Thought we'd give this place a try. The menu looked good until we realized that everything came with the same side dishes. I ordered salmon, and my dining date ordered steak. When the plates arrived, they both had the same sauce/gravy (a little heavy on the worcestershire) and the same mounds of mashed potatoes and mashed sweet potatoes. Maybe we'll go back for brunch, but not for dinner.
Posted by whatsaname on 07/22/2007
Colleague mentioned this restaurant in passing. Went a few days later with a friend and am still shocked as to why I never knew it existed. Had a few drinks and dinner. We were the only ones in the restaurant at first (which kinda scared us). Then, another group arrived and from their convo we could tell they'd been before ... which made us feel better. Tried a couple of appetizers. Did not like the lamb patties at all (smelled & tasted a bit "funky" ... and I'm a huge fan of lamb). Spicy butter shrimp was better, and certainly lived up to its name as I had to consume bread to soothe my tongue. Entrees were verrrry good and made up for the lamb patties. Salmon with twin potatoes and the lobster tail & scallop dishes were very good and had us dipping off each other's plates. Final bill was a little more costly than a night out at comparable restaurants, but nothing that would cause us not to revisit (we'll know what not to order the next time). Heard they have after-work events & may give it a try. Have since recommended to friends & family for their general knowledge.
Posted by One of Harlem's Gem on 08/01/2006
The Ambiance is nice. The food was exceptional. I had the yellow and white mashed potato with salmon. Got to go back for seconds. My date had the pesto linguine with snapper, it was awesome. The food seem to be somewhat fusion, which I love. The server was friendly and helpful. I definitely recommend this restaurant. It's was worth the trip to Harlem.
Posted by Lisa B on 06/09/2006
This restaurant is to die for! The rack of lamb is absolute heaven! The decor is fabulous, the staff is wonderful and the food is magnificent! Oh and don't forget the desserts, oh my god! Forget all youv'e heard about Harlem, it is a whole new era!