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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/22/2011
In 15 years of living in NYC I have never had such a disappointing experience at a restaurant. The service was rude and and basically non-existent. There were huge gaps of time when no one came to our table only for someone to return to let us know they were out of something we ordered. Wine was corked and it took almost 20 minutes for them to return and pour from the same bottle. Managers were unapologetic and aggressive. Service has major problems and overshadows the food completely which is unfortunate. Don't spend a dime or waste a minute of your time at this restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/17/2011
I have a special affection for Spanish food and was excited to try Salinas, however, this place is a total fraud. It's perhaps the most overhyped restaurant I've ever been to and I was even more offended that this restaurant calls itself Spanish. The Crujiente Mahonés, described as flat bread, is in fact a cracker for $7. The Patatas Bravas were soggy. The Pollo Campero tasted like it an old shoe. Five stars? Try half a star. Save yourself the pain.
Posted by nyc on 09/24/2011
I didn't agree with the negative reviews here. My service was wonderful, drinks came on time, and my meal was well executed. I especially like the ceviche, really delicious. Would recommend for a nice evening out in Chelsea, although it's quite pricey if you order a few cocktails like we did.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2011
We spotted Salinas from the street and it appeared to be an inviting spot. The outside has nice plants and is protected by an iron fence. Upon walking in the front door, there was a nice-looking hostess and we were seated in the back in a comfortable area. (There weren't many other people there.) The name and menu are evocative of a complex Spain. The prices are high but hey what the heck. Unfortunately, that is where the party ended. The food is rather lifeless and poorly executed and the total bill was absurdly high. By the end of the meal, I had realized that this is one of those common new york restaurants that promises everything and in fact delivers very little except a large check. There are other restaurants on this street more deserving of your visit. I, for one, won't be coming back.