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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by MarkRW on 03/21/2013
Just discovered Salinas and glad I did. The space is beautifully designed, the food was excellent and the staff and owners couldn't be nicer. We didn't want to leave...and look forward to trying the garden once they start opening the roof.
Posted by Lawrence on 07/15/2012
How this place stays in business I have no idea. We ordered the tapas of gambas (shrimps) and also cauliflower. There were three tiny and tasteless shrimp -- we had to ask for salt. As for the cauliflower, also absolutely tasteless -- and expensive. They serve some kind of second rate sliced bread, but only if you ask. And no butter or olive oil. We also had the chacuterie plate. We should have told the waiter that we did not ask for the small. The room is pretty. But other than that, don't waste your money.
Posted by Mallorquin on 11/28/2011
Nice enough place, but for those thinking it has anything to do with food from Mallorca, or more generally, from the Balearic Islands, had perhaps better think again. There is nothing on this menu that is actually a dish specific to the islands, and given the culinary reputation of Mallorca across Spain (especially when it comes to desserts), that is a disappointment. Having said that, the food is ok, but nothing to write home about
Posted by Andulucia on 11/13/2011
Went to check out this place after reading about it in NY Mag and regretted it. The place is well designed but thats about it. After waiting 1 hr for our table (with reservations, even though they told us only a few minutes when we got there) we finally had a chance to sample the either bland or over salted food. I love spanish tapas and really wanted to like this place but it was overall extremely disappointing. The tables are crammed, the hostesses are arrogant and useless. I would not recommend this place to anyone.
Posted by Maria on 11/09/2011
Having spent a great part of last summer in the Balearic Islands, I was able to really appreciate Chef Luis' amazing traditional Spanish food. He does a brilliant job in bringing to the table all elements of Spanish cuisine. The restaurant itself is very beautiful, adorned with plants and lit by candles. A great atmosphere is definitely achieved. Service was excellent as well. Our server was very knowledgeable and offered us great recommendations. I don't hesitate in saying that my dining experience at Salinas was one the best in a long time and so I look forward to going back.
Posted by Joe on 11/01/2011
I went there with my wife on 10/27/11. We had reservation. The hostess was very rude and condescending. We froze our butts since there is no heating unit in the back room. She refused to accommodate us to a table near the fireplace, even thought there were many tables empty for up to 2 hours. We complained to the young and inexperience manager about our request, but nothing was done. When the bill arrived I noticed they charged us for two bottle of Albarino at $95 each when in fact we ordered the $54 bottle. Again we complained to the young manager and he refused to remove the over charges. We are reporting this to AX. About the food. I had the pork, $44.
Posted by Karen on 10/31/2011
After the glowing NY Times review last week, my husband and I were really looking forward to dinner at Salinas. Unfortunately, this is one of the most over-hyped places we have ever dined. From the initial encounter with the snobby hostess to the refusal to move us to a table in a warmer spot that sat vacant for 1.5 hours to being ripped off for two bottles of wine that were twice as expensive as what we ordered, the experience at Salinas was negative. In addition to being very overpriced ($44.00 for a plate of pork!) the food was average, at best. With a tab of nearly $300.00 for two we have dined much better at locations in the area (Del Posto, Manzo) that actually seem to appreciate the business. We were fans of Meijas, the chef's former restaurant, but fear Salinas is not going to last despite all the accolades if they can't raise their bar on the service issue. Soccarat is a fraction of the cost and much better food and service; do yourself and your wallet a favor and go someplace where you are not going to feel ripped off.