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Posted by Anonymous on 08/21/2012
I have eaten here dozens of times since Swifty's opened over 10 years ago. I have always enjoyed everything about the place. I recently became a vegetarian and have had my share of vegetable burgers. Wellllll, let me tell you they have a special burger menu on Friday nights (please please put the veggie burger on the regular menu) and the veggie burger is insanely good. It has a nice crunch because of the walnuts and sunflower seeds (I asked how they make it) and the onion ketchup and sweet potato fries are awesome.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2012
I've only eaten brunch here, and it's one of my favorites. I have never had anything more delicious than the poached eggs vol au vent with tomato hollandaise. Simply a 10/10. And the fried onions are a great side. It's expensive but truly gourmet.
Posted by RajBajaj on 01/03/2012
My buddy is from a classic old world UES family (he moved out of NYC 3 yrs back) so when he was in town we had a pre-Christmas brunch with a bunch of old friends (his dad, who is about 70, recommended the place). Given that we had good company, you should adjust my review for the fact that i was in a pretty jolly mood through most of the meal. That said, the food was pretty unappetizing, ridiculously overpriced and the portions extremely tiny. On the small portions - You ripped off more than usual since some of the sides (such as the creamed spinach that comes with the crab cakes) are simply inedible and should have no place in such a pricey menu. We got almost one of everything, and most of it was simply disappointing. Jumbo crabcakes were puny, the cheese souffle was insipid, the salmon was disappointing, and the soup d jour was so mediocre i didnt even finish it. Service was not bad though, infact that was probably the only thing that was decent. We went on a weekday and the restaurant was mostly empty, so even though the tables are really crammed in, we didnt feel too crowded out. Given that the per person cost for brunch was nearly $70, I d say you should go to any of the million other places in the UES (or anywhere else in manhattan). Its an old school restaurant that has forgotten how to make a solid meal.
Posted by kenNYC on 08/09/2011
I got a coupon on Glit for 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, and 2 glasses of wine for $65.00 (including tax). Not a bad deal but the food was just average and without the coupon the meal would have cost $150.00 (inc. tax). If had eaten there w/o the coupon I would have been shocked at the total. A $27 burger--come on--it wasn't all that good and it was served on a cheap bun(but the fries were good). I was a little put off when we were seated--directly next to the only other table in the restaurant. I should have asked to move but I was too tired to ask--and they should know better. After about 5 minutes we had to ask for menus--clearly we were content just looking around drinking water. Over all I would say if you are looking to over spend on mediocre food Swifty's is your place.
Posted by ramona on 11/09/2009
if you want a piece of monkfish that is covered in a layer of thick fat then this is the place for you. If you love sitting practically on top of each table, then again, this is the place for you. You want $28 tiny tasteless hamburgers? go to swifty's. Or maybe you'd rather stale bread with frozen butter? The wine selection seems like a 4th grader picked it and the gentleman who hosts there leaves A LOT to be desired. Very pompous and arrogant. The atmosphere is filled with corpses and old ladies in sunglasses(at night) There were more walkers and canes in the coat check than there were coats. And every waiter has a heavy accent that is barely understandable.
Posted by Lois S on 08/25/2009
The food was less than mediocre; the service and attitude of the waiters couldn't have been worse. I called and complained and he wanted me to come back gratis, but I turned it down. Don't waste your time or money.
Posted by alison on 09/06/2007
Some of the best 'classic cooking' around - roast chicken out of this world, superb corn fritters, and souffles to dream about. Atmosphere is very cozy and friendly. Never had anything other than a superb meal here. Because of its size you do need to reserve ahead of time - as it's usually packed but we have occasionally dropped in and gotten a table. Two thumbs up.