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Posted by WozCathTig on 10/21/2006
On a recent visit to New York, the Four Seasons was to be the highlight of our four day trip. Unfortunately it came somewhat short of our expectations for the price. Yes the service is very good (almost to the point that there are too many staff) and the pool room is a fantastic setting but the food is just not worth the money. We had the chefs sample menu (sample being the operative word) which our waiter suggested to us. It consists of six courses, all of which are on the very small side, and none of them were memorable or outstanding. It wasn’t a special occasion but we got the obligatory candyfloss cake, as did most of the restaurant that night. Now my wife and I have eaten in some very good and expensive restaurants over the years but this is the first time I had to pay $580 for dinner for two with one bottle of wine and two cocktails and then gone to a deli down the street for a sandwich as I was still hungry. If you’ve got money to waste the Four Seasons is for you but we won’t be bothering to go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2006
My parents took me here for my 21st birthday and I was absolutely stunned by the ambiance. I imagined The Four Seasons to be a classy place but it turned out to be far more than what my imagination thought up. We say in the pool room, near the window, and had an incredible meal. The service was phenominal. There was a special wine server to help us choose a bottle of red and a bottle of white. We didn't feel rushed - we sat for almost 3 hours. It was one of th emost special evenings. For birthdays, instead of cake, they give a plate of cotton candy with candles in it, and underneath the heap of cotton are 2 scoops of ice cream. It was so special and I couldn't have asked for anything more. I plan on trying to convince my parents to take me there again for college graduation in May!
Posted by BklynChef on 08/16/2006
Having just returned from our yearly pilgrimage, I have to say we're still in love with it. It is expensive--$150 a head for two not-big-drinkers, but I'd go every night if I could afford it. Yeah, sitting side by side is so old fashioned as to feel weird today, but if you don't care for it, simply ask for a different table. For architcture junkies, it's a must, not to mention the Picasso tapestry for all you art lovers. The service is impeccable--professional, efficient and considerate. Rarely do I feel that restaurants' wait staff genuinely care if you enjoy your experience, but at Four Seasons I always do. The food is exquisite. No, it's not cutting edge--fusion, inside-out, whatever-- but it is current and masterfully executed --delicious! I like the carts and tableside plating ("Russian Service.") We each had sole meuniere and watching the waiter brilliantly bone and plate the fish was enough to make you weep. Again, this service is rather old fashioned, but a beauty to behold. We have enough loud, busy restaurants where they slam the plates down at you; it's nice to have true temple of gastronomy where you can witness classical restaurant service. Save up your pennies, put on your fancy duds and go to one of the truly great , timeless restaurants--it's a wonderful experience. And go hungry--the porions are generous.
Posted by MoneyJoda on 12/19/2005
Different folks put different values on dining experiences. If you are one who can't imagine spending a significant amount on a meal, read no further. However, if you are celebrating a special occasion, or if you just have more money than you know what to do with it, then this is certainly a must. First, the atmosphere is fantastic. Don't sweat the pool room vs. the grill room, it's all virtually the same. Frankly the pool does little to add to an already beautiful room. It's the biggest vertical restaurant I've ever seen. I think they could stand to lower the lights just a bit, but really I'm being picky. Service was what you would expect. Polite and attentive, and they didn't rush us, something important to me when I'm having a dining "experience". Food was prepared tableside and desserts were thrown in. The food was AMAZING. No joke, I've eaten at a lot of great restaurants and this food was right there! My Foie Gras and my wife's seafood ceviche were fabulous appetizers. We shared a butternut salad that was outstanding, and the topper was the lamb chops, which we both agreed were the best we had ever had. Perfectly cooked and seasoned. The wine list was E2 - extensive and expensive. Great selection of awesome wines, but expect to pay for them. And don't think you're getting away with a $50 bottle, it's just not happening. The whole experience was fantastic, but food alone was $300, so again, be prepared to pay for it.
Posted by ChicagoVisitor on 11/20/2005
We went to the Four Seasons based on some other people's recommendations and from reading about it in a magazine. The best part of the evening was walking into the Pool Room, which was impressive and cozy. I immediately recognized the room from a few TV shows and movies. Our table was a side-by-side type, which was different but nice. . .until we noticed all the servers seemed to congregate, not just themselves but also their carts, around our table. For the length of our dinner, we were treated to one of these carts directly in front of us and the server's (who was working this cart) back end no more than 4 feet from our food. Our server did ask this young man to move his cart, which he did. . .until he returned to the same spot 10 minutes later. All my fiance and I could do was laugh, but it was more than that. The entire time I was thinking "you've got to be joking". At times I actually felt like someone was going to jump out and say "surprise, you're on the hidden video show". As I mentioned before, the entire wait staff was standing within 8 feet of our table talking very loudly. I'm not trying to rant too much, but I'm painting a picture of our surroundings. The tuna tartare was decent, as was the bread that accompanied the dinner. The dessert was definitely very very good. However, I was disappointed in the quality of cut in the filet. Maybe since i've lived in the Midwest my entire life and have been spoiled with being able to have great cuts of meat year-round at multiple levels of restaurants, I was more disappointed than most. But at the price of this dinner, I come to expect a great cut. Not so. Overall, the restaurant is beautiful but the service was simply subpar. I wish the rest of the staff was half as courteous as the hostess. The wait staff needs a designated corner or area to keep their carts and to converse at will. For the price of dinner, this restaurant was not worth it.
Posted by Ken on 08/21/2005
I took my girlfriend here for an anniversary last year and it was great. The service was excellent. There's a lounge for you to relax before you head upstairs for your meal. Our hostess was very friendly and gave us the best seat in the house. No matter who you are, they'll treat you like royalty. The staff was great except for one of the captains. He asked how I was doing and I told him I was good and I asked him how he was doing? He gave me a rude reply saying it doesn't matter and that he knows I don't care.. of course I showed him what I thought when it came time for the captain's tip. The foods are very delicate so it takes a very sensitive palate in order to taste the very fine ingredients. Our main waiter was extremely friendly and helpful. When we asked for 2 strawberry daquiris.. rather than just bringing them for us, he told us that they had strawberries weren't in season so they would taste too bitter. Later on my girlfriend was in the mood for a hot chocolate, the waiter said that they didn't serve hot chocolate but if she wanted, he can simply get some milk and chocolate, then make one especially for her. Our experience was great! Even though the price was extremely high, we plan on making another visit very soon hopefully.
Posted by coolhand on 02/28/2005
Back in the late 80's I worked right across the street from the Four Seasons, but had never gotten the chance to experience the 4 star restaurant. Well I finally got my chance this past Saturday evening when I was invited to my friend's 40th birthday dinner. First and foremost, for the better experience make sure your reservation is in the pool room and ask to be close to the pool, which is in the middle of the room. I will say that the service and attention at the Four Seasons is top notch. All the captains, waiters, etc. are very well trained and take care of all your needs. I was not overly impressed by the food. I started off with the Bison Carpaccio, which was covered with black truffles. Since I'm not a big mushroom fan I was hesitant...tried the black truffles and then decided just to take them off and eat the Bison, which was just ok. The Butternut Lettuce salad was very good, but we're just talking salad. I then ordered the Ahi Tuna for an entree. It was ok. Nothing really special, although I did like the grapefruit (Cara Cara orange) which accompanied the tuna. Nice touch. A special dessert was ordered for the birthday, so I did not get to make my own pick. I think we had the chocolate velvet, which was a little too rich for me. A very nice place to visit, overpriced compared to other good restaurants in NYC, but I think you're paying more for the service than the food.