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Posted by Food Critic on 04/18/2008
I have been to Riccardo's 3 times. The ambience is great, music is always good. Sometimes they cranked up the heat way to high, it was like a sauna, very uncomfortable. Food is outstanding, but the service is no good. All three times I sat there and it took 20 minutes for me to get a menu, another 15 for a drink, which came a few times without ICE! Tables beside me got bread, while I sat there and had to ask for it. Food took forever, but like I said was very yummy. One time I wanted to take my leftovers home, the waiter took it to wrap it up, 30 mins to get the bag back. I had to keep reminding him as he walked by and he kept walking back empty handed.Forget about the bill, that took another 20minutes to get. Waiters are not that attentive, I'm use to waiters coming back and asking if everything was ok, refills, ANYTHING? Always a line for the bathroom, one toilet and unisex...crazy. I feel the service should match the prices, if you are going to have city prices, you need to provide 5 star service. I won't go back, even though the food beckons me to.
Posted by Chikopoppi on 03/23/2008
My boyfriend and I had steak craving so instead of making a trip to Peter Lugers at 11 p.m. we decided to check out a new place. The decor was nice, the music was upbeat...but more family out with their kids and all. I was next to one toddler that was constantly crying :( Food review: 1. bread was grilled and buttery..very good start. 2. Sangria came in a big pitcher but was very very watered down and we stop drinking it towards the end. 3. dozen oysters was OK. I am not a huge fan of room temp oysters. They should really keep them on ice. 4. Steak. Huge disappointment! I ordered medium rare, the meat was close to well done. It was dry, unseasoned (thank god for the table side salt) overcooked and too lean. For the price, I expected it to be lot better. I can do better buying my own and cooking it myself. Maybe I had too high expectation but didn't I go to a "steak house"? 5. Sides: mash potato is mash potato, creamed spinach was way to cheese and saucy. asparagus was good but not a hard dish to mess up. 6. Flan: this was really good. Very tight space, lots of noise...there are too many places in NYC for me to go back here again for a second try.
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.