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Posted by JDM on 03/21/2008
Yes, the music is far too loud. That, however is the only negative regarding Ricardo's. Warm staff, a friendly, chic crowd and very good food. The wine list is well thought out with most botlles under $40.00. We had the avocado salad and the rib steak and both were perfect. A must go in East Harlem.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/03/2008
Steak was perfect, as expected, beans were unseasoned, which was unexpected for Spanish Harlem. Maybe I was expecting too much, but stick to the meat and potatoes leave the rice and beans to the cuchifrito professionals!
Posted by ramengirl on 03/03/2008
Finally was able to make it on saturday night at 7 p.m .We had reservations as a friend who has been before said it fills up very fast and also need reservation even on weekends.The service was friendly and yes music is loud .We were still able to have conversations.The bread basket impressed me ,it was sliced bread panini style so it was warm just enought for our group to fill up .I ordered the skirt steak had it medium it was good .My friend had the same cooked med.rare. it was much better.Other people had salmon also tasty.I definitly will be going there again
Posted by a neighbour on 02/12/2008
I went to the restaurant a lot of times and always enjoyed the food there. Naturally, this is the only place to hang out in the area because there are only junk food joints around. Staff is lovely but the musis is so loud that you can not really talk. Do not expect elegance, expect loud customers and Latin atmosphere. However if you ask a waiter to turn the music down, they'll do it.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/26/2007
I don't understand comments about the staff being "unsophisticated." Were they telling knock-knock jokes at your table? Were they performing circus acts? We found the staff to be warm, welcoming, inviting and attentive to our needs. Is this the kind of steakhouse that makes steak sauce at your table? No. But is that really necessary? If you want good food in a comfortable, casual yet "sophisticated" environment, then you'll enjoy Ricardo. I love the lighting of the place.
Posted by Italiano on 11/01/2007
At the opening of this page at the top a Reviewer referenced Ricardo's as a great place but the Servers nor the Music were sophisticated enough for there taste. they then went on to say that its not a quiet date place. an chances are you will run into a person similar to Shakira or John Paul. Oh I forgot they said they have only been living in the neighborhood for two years. Sounds to me that those statements in the review are clearly Ignorant. Prejudice, an Racist. You should of stayed down in Tribeca, or maybe your parents stopped paying your rent? the people at Ricardo's are fantastic. Im sure you cant dance either ! maybe the Latin music offended you as well.
Posted by EM on 09/05/2007
I had been living in Spanish Harlem for almost 2 years before I went into Ricardos for a random drink one evening. Now I am practically a regular; trying to treat myself once a week to their fantastic Chicken in Vodka sauce with Linguini. The bar is a great place to have a drink (their Mojitos are amazing) and some starter courses (the Oysters on the half shell are a real treat). The bar tenders are friendly and fun to talk to. Everyone is personable and will speak to you as if they were your friend. Then menu is suprisingly sophisticated and the portions you are getting are enormous for what you are paying. I am a huge steak fan. The creme spinach is a must try as is the Tartufo. I can be seen at this restaraunt rather frequently, and for good reason. I am a giant foody and critic of all, and this place definitely ranks high in my roster of places to enjoy a great evening. Things I would change about this restaraunt? The staff is, as mentioned before, slightly unsophisticated, but that is masked by their genuine interest in youre having a wonderful experience. The music selection at this place, although modern, is also quite unsophisticated. Ricardo's is a great date place, but not if you want a quite glass tinkling dinner -- you may be interrupted by Shakira or Jean Paul. With that said, I must say, this is as close to fine dining as you can get in the up and coming Upper East Village of 110th street and 2nd avenue. In summary - excellent food, friendly people, and beautiful cozy New York ambiance.