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Posted by Disappointed on 08/18/2011
The fish (halibut) was spoiled:the chef tried crispy broiling but it still stunk. Then, without my request for, the waiter produced the skimpy tail of a Branzino. Shame on all of you involved in this caper. The waiter should be grateful that he got a 20% tip.
Posted by NYC_eats on 07/28/2011
Sloppy, distracted service and shockingly overcooked pasta (both my black tagliolini and my dining companion's spaghetti). Given the prices and this place's reputation—particularly in terms of the pastas—the whole experience was surprisingly disappointing. The spacey service and mushy pasta would have been a let-down even in a lesser restaurant, but here those issues are especially egregious. Scott Conant is all over TV cooking shows talking about high standards for pasta; he needs to keep an eye on this disappointing, overrated kitchen.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/18/2011
The room is sophisticated - lighting is great. Sommelier knowledgeable, helpful and not judgmental! Waiter and staff unobtrusive and terrific for being that way! Most of all - loved the menu - enjoyed everything we ordered -- shared and tasted among ourselves. I would definitely go back but would love it if they opened uptown!!!
Posted by hazel1 on 05/12/2011
We were lucky enought to have a reservation for the first day of Scarpetta's 3rd anniversary special - 4 courses for $50 including a complimentary wine flight. What an incredible deal for an incredible meal. The polenta with truffled mushrooms is to die for - I've never had a smoother, creamier polenta. The spaghetti everyone raves about was very good, just not extraordinary, but I loved the short rib with marrow agnolotti, although it's very rich. The black cod is wonderful, as is the spiced duck, and the chocolate cake that we had for dessert was divine. Service was superb, and the only thing I could possibly find fault with is the noise level - it's so loud that I had trouble hearing my dinner companion at a small two-top table. Four people trying to converse would be vey difficult.
Posted by Nina on 05/04/2011
Had reservation at 8pm on a Tuesday night; however, 48 minutes later, we were still waiting with no hopes of getting a table. Both hostesses were unapologetic and unsympathetic to the fact that they were clearly unable to manage the reservations list. Not to mention the fact that a place this upscale, and with this kind of hype, the hostesses should not only be interested in catering to the customer, but should also be presentable. One of the hostesses looked unkept and the other hostess was extremely snooty (which only added to my irritation since it was quite evident that she had no idea how to handle the front of the house). When we told the snooty hostess that we were leaving, she had no response and offered no apologies for their mistreatment. Sadly, no matter how great the food might have been, it is not enough of a draw for me to make a second attempt at returning.
Posted by mitchk on 03/16/2011
I ate at Scarpetta a few years ago, around when it first opened, and it was one of the best meals I ever had. The chef is now everywhere, books/tv/new restaurants, etc., and the effects are obvious. Forgetting the bad service (nothing for a toddler to eat, refusal to make smaller portion, and refusal to put the sauce on side of the dessert had to be "on it, or not at all"), most importantly, the food has suffered. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't anywhere close to what it used to be. The prices, formerly worth the occasional splurge, are now simply expensive for food that is average. Please return to your restaurant and remind us how good simple Italian food can be.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/27/2011
High priced but really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I recommend and would go back. Get the spaghetti trust me but the only issue is it would ruin spaghetti anywhere you get it!