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Posted by Dave Armstrong on 02/27/2006
This restaurant was recomended to us. We were appropriately informed that is was a grotto like place in the basement with very tight seating. So we knew that going in. ie: do you homework and avoid disappointment. Despite having made a reservation we were forced to wait on the stairs (eventually making it to the bar). A table by the kitchen was offered to us, I declined the table, but did not have to wait long to be seated. For our inconvenience, we were served 2 appetizers on the house. The cheese ravioli was simple and quite expensive, however the red snapper special was outstanding served in a bisque with various shellfish. Nicely presented and certainly good value for the price. Note it could feed 2. We felt very much at home with the warm hospitality provided. If you don't mind the tight quarters, check this place out, you won't be disappointed. No need to loosen your belt buckle after a big meal here however... The inch you lose in your wallet should suffice, it is higher priced. But worth the experience. Enjoy!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/02/2006
On Nov. 26, 2005 our party of four arrived on time for a 8 p.m. reservation. We were kept waiting for over an hour with no place to stand, leaning over those at the small bar and those eating at tables. (We considered leaving since the room is seedy and a parody of an Italian restaurant, but it was pouring rain.) After being seated at a table clearly meant for 2 or 3 people, neither menus nor the wine list arrived. For the entire evening my husband was jostled by waiters rushing by. The waiter arrived and chanted the long list of specials, and finished by saying, "And that's it. Call when ya decide." No time for civility or, at least questions. Only afterwards did we have a chance to order drinks. The waiter did not return in a timely fashion. The food was poor -- the usual Italian offerings, without a single creative slant or nice presentation. It was only passable, and plates were shoved in front of us without even a modicum of politeness. Without dessert the bill was $150 per person. Perhaps the regulars (why would there be any?) receive prompt and polite service and exceptional food.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2005
WOW! This restaurant must be the best i've ever been to. I live in Montreal and we have some pretty good restaurant but this NY restaurant is the best. The food was amazing, I had the truffles pasta it was the best thing I've ever had. It is true that I couldn't understand completely what the server was saying when he recited the specials but he repeated when asked and didn't seemed annoyed by it. Don't miss this restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/08/2005
I went to this place with an out of town client and was embarrassed by the staff. We were shown to a teeny tiny table by the kitchen. When we refused the table, we were shown to another small table at the other end of the room. We were rushed from when we came in until a very rude waiter came over and told us we had to leave because they needed the table and we had taken to long to dine. "You've been sitting here since 630p (it was now 9P) and we need to turn over this table". It is $25 for 2 glasses of wine in this pretentious place and they had the nerve to tell us to leave. You have to squeeze past every table AND the kitchen (where they serve food outside the kitchen) and up the stairs to this narrow hallway to get to the toilets. This place is way too small for this type of restaurant. I don't know where they get off charging the prices that they do.
Posted by Marsh on 08/28/2005
Although this restaurant came highly recommended, we were disappointed. The written menu is very limited so the waiter recites the specials and between his garbled voice, the speed of his recitation and the incredible noise we had to ask him several time to repeat everything and of course he gives you no prices. The food was alright, but certainly not as great as the prices! We eat out in New York quite frequently , at some of the best restaurants, and I have to tell you that this isn't one of them. The prices are very high - even for New York. (Over $14.00 for a bowl of asparagus soup - It wasn't even very good! )
Posted by Lauren G. on 05/04/2005
This restaurant was recommended by a great friend, and I now consider them a better friend. This restaurant has GREAT service. The staff was so friendly and the food was excellent! The wine list was extensive and wonderful! Would recommend to anyone!
Posted by anonymous on 04/16/2005
I have lived in NYC for over 14 years and this restaurant is one of my very favorites. From the complimentary seafood and eggplant appetizers to the service, everything is always perfect. Even though the prices are high, the food is worth it. The special appetizers are always worth trying and I have never been disappointed. My favorite entree is the Dover Sole. One of the best in the city and I have had it at all of the top restaurants. The waiters are very friendly and extremely attentive. This is one place I don't mind the atmosphere being small and underground because the food makes up for it as well as the wondeful selection of wines. The truffle pasta is worth the price and if you haven't tried this restaurant you are missing out on one of NYC's finest.