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Posted by uwsider on 10/09/2013
Have been a fan of Slightly Oliver since it came to the neighborhood, but went recently and learned that it is under new ownership. I was there with a friend and they made us move tables after ordering. We had to flag down the manager (or new owner?) so that our drinks, which we could see sitting at the end of the bar for more than 20 minutes would finally be delivered to our table. They had seemingly only one waitress working the whole restaurant, which does not work. Our food took forever to get delivered (more than forty minutes). We had to flag down waiters/managers to reorder drinks after they had been empty for some time. It was just kind of a mess service-wise. They have also redone the menu and have taken out some of my favorites, including the fried artichoke hearts (the manager said something about trying to source more locally... which... ok, fine, I guess). The food was actually really tasty but the seriously shaky management and lack of service made me less likely to return. I hope they figure things out.
Posted by Meme Sea on 09/15/2012
I bought a Groupon and came here with a couple of friends to try it out. The server was attentive, knowledgable about the menu, and friendly. We were seated in a private booth in back which was a nice perk when the place really started to fill up. We ordred a round of Punch to start, which was served in a very small glass and was not worth writing home about, so we ordered cocktails after that which were much better! The quality of the appetizers and main dishes was good (not OMG amazing), but indeed tasty and I felt worth the money. If you come in with a Groupon be sure to let you server know before you order so the manager can come over to greet you and push the redeem button on your phone.
Posted by Carol on 09/09/2012
A great addition to the brunch scene on the UWS. The menu was interesting (although it would be helpful to indicate that the "Scotch Egg" traditionally includes sausage for those of us who don't know that!) and the food was delicious (especially the polenta and the very intriguing salad of peach and heirloom tomatoes with some croutons and an excellent dressing.). When that Scotch Egg was declined the owner did not charge us and graciously offered another dish in its place. The service was also gracious and our puppy was welcome outside and offered water as well. Keep up the good work!!
Posted by baruch on 07/25/2012
i truly wanted to write a good review, no problem with the food or the waitress service, but alas, just another typical UWS restaurant/bar/hangout that apparently replaced Bar Luna, that apparently replaced blah, blah, blah; like the neighborhood needs another cookie-cutter? i don't understand the previous reviewer? we were the only couple in the back room, & the reggae music was blaring - why? asked the waitress to turn down, so we could just unwind & talk - i know - old-fashioned. she had to ask her manager who made a half-hearted attempt, but moments later it was back to same level! it was simply too exhausting to ask again. what is it with these types of places? the music "seems" more for the workers than the clientele. do these "managers" think they are creating atmosphere, or a 'buzz'? so when people (like us) try a new place, eat, then leave to never return, the owners have no clue! i expect this place to die a slow death & be be replaced by equally stupid owners/managers. one day, those who open on the UWS will figure out who their customers are & what they want, then they will be amply rewarded. i'm not optimistic. the UWS demographics are changing, but those opening new places still think they are catering to the 25+ bar crowd, who seem to enjoy loud music, loud voices with nothing to say, cell phone talkers who are bored with themselves, etc.......actually, its sad. maybe 1 day, the UWS will have a restaurant that is customer-friendly, decent food, decent service, & less boorish clientele, but i doubt it; & "caveat emptor", this is not THAT place!!!!
Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 03/21/2012
The older I get, the more difficult it is to eat at the popular restaurants around town, since the noise level at these restaurants is close to unbearable for me, and holding a conversation with my fellow diners is impossible. But of course, quiet for a restaurant sometimes means disaster for its owners. Whether or not they intended it, Slightly Oliver has found the solution: we entered through the outside seating area, which was filled with a boisterous young crowd. Same for the front room, through which we passed on our way to the back. There, booths are surrounded by lace curtains (!) and the room is mercifully quiet. The food is really excellent and perfect for sharing. We ordered, among other things, a Spanish "flat," more like a pizza, which had chorizos, olives and piquillo peppers. Our mac and cheese and brussels sprouts were also really tasty. Plus, the waiter was very nice. Highly recommended for all ages!
Posted by uwsgourmand on 03/07/2012
I'm a huge fan of Slightly Oliver. The food is delicious, the drinks are tasty, and when I was last there with a group of girlfriends we got a free dessert. Not enough can be said about the to-die-for truffle butter ravioli, or the delectable fried artichoke, or the various yummy flat breads. I wish they'd bring back the flat bread with figs, which seems to have mysteriously disappeared from the menu. And, the macaroni and cheese was a bit of a miss - could have been baked longer, and needed sharper cheese or some sort of kick. Otherwise - LOVE this place and will be going back regularly. Great addition to the neighborhood.
Posted by tiffizz on 02/24/2012
Great ambiance here -- this place has a surprising amount of space for a New York restaurant. The beers and cocktails are great (they have old speckled hen on tap) and the menu features a respectable amount of diversity. We had the mac and cheese, beet salad, and to-die-for spicy chicken sliders. Delicious!