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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.
Posted by Maurice on 08/29/2007
Ricardo's Steakhouse is a little known gem located on 2nd Avenue between 110th and 111th Sts. The food is fantastic and the service is the best I've received in New York for the money. Harlem doesn't have a better dining establishment. I don't work there, and have no affiliation! I have lived around the corner from it for years and didn't know it was there until a neighbor told me about it. I went once, and that was all it took. At first I thought that they were just giving ME great service, until I noticed that they greeted everyone warmly; as if they had known them for years. The steaks are great, but try the Chicken Piccata.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/26/2007
Ricardo Steakhouse is a quaint establishment, offering a nice, quiet dining atmosphere. The wait staff was wonderful, attending to our party's every need. My dining partner and I ordered the porterhouse and the t-bone steaks medium rare. Both came back rather well done. When asking the chef to prepare the steaks medium, they came back brown on the surface and raw in the middle. Not wanting to push the issue, we asked for the steaks to be wrapped for home preperation, and we paid the bill and left. On our way out, I noticed the plates of the other diners, and their cuts looked to be cooked to order. Judging from the other reviews, maybe we caught the chef at a bad time, or the second preparation may have been out of spite. Nevertheless, Ricardo may suite other diners tastes well. However, I probably will not return.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/10/2007
I live in the neighborhood and have eaten here many many times. The food is always excellent and the service always very friendly.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/15/2007
Upon entering this unique gem in East Harlem, you realize that you are in for a night of not only a fantastic meal but great atmosphere and friendly service. The decor, open kitchen, and outside courtyard are a feast for the eyes and a treat for sharing a romantic dinner, business meeting, or casual night with friends. The energy displayed by the staff accompanied by the up-beat music ensures that your evening will be an unforgettable experience. Ricardo's invites you to relax and enjoy an upscale yet fun enviroment without the "stuffiness" that accompanies (patrons and staff) of comparable opulant restaurants. Everyone at Ricardo's be it staff, chefs, or customers seem to genuinely enjoy being part of this experience. We had an enjoyable conversation with our waitress who's personality reflected the energy and livliness of this wonderful place. There are few words other than incredible with which to describe the food. I had the avocado salad and chursaco. The freshness of the salad accompanied by the perfectly seasoned and cooked steak made my taste buds jump for joy ! My boyfriend had the empanadas as an appetizer - unlike empanadas we've had at other places, here, the meat was flavorful and the puff pastry was a perfect beginning for the meal. As an entree he had a platter that consisted of churasco steak and pork chop. Again, the meat was cooked to perfection and we both finished every morsel on our plates. Finally, we shared the flan for desert. I can say that I am a bit of a flan "connoisseur" - I try it everywhere I go - but the flan served at Ricardo's is by far the best, most authentic tasting I've had outside my grandmother's kitchen. I cant wait to go back !!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2007
This is more a fusion restaurant, rather a classic steakhouse with impressive surrounding, space, and elegance. That said, it’s a great little neighborhood restaurant in the exposed brick wall vain. Area? That’s one drawback for sure. Spanish Harlem is safe just like the rest of the city now days, but a scenic stroll after dinner isn’t happening in this neighborhood. The staff is unsophisticated, but they have a great attitude and truly seem to want you have a nice meal. Had a porterhouse and my wife had a NY Strip. Both were very good. Not the taste of aged beef one would expect at Morton’s or Ruth’s, but the culinary tricks of adding this and that, they were just fine. And again, this isn’t a classic steakhouse. One’s not charged for sides like a conventional high-end steakhouse. Drinks? No scotch menu, again, this really isn’t a classic steakhouse. But, they have some wonderful mojitos that my wife really enjoyed. Dress jeans, casual or business casual is fine.
Posted by Awesome on 02/26/2007
All my friends know one thing I know is beef, (Grade and quality, cuts, temperatures etc.) So, when they want to go to a good steakhouse they call me and ask me for recomendation. Since I found this gem in the upper east side I always recommend it to everyone. This is not your daddy Steakhouse (Snubby, overpriced and boring) Ricardo Steakhouse is a fun place. You will have the best cuts (they use angus beef, Prime grade) so you are guarantted a flavorful prefectly cooked steak but then the ambiance is what compliments this restaurant so well, young, outgoing, professional crowd with the best music playing all night. The service is outstanding and friendly. Now, for the people who do not want to eat steak (like my wife) they have some of the best seafood dishes I've tried. For example, my wife loves the Chilean Sea bass or Grilled Salmon. They are superb. And the best of all...All side dishes are included with your meal, unlike the other steakhouse where you have to pay for the mashes potatoes and vegetables etc...Just try it..and you will see what I'm saying.