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Posted by jco on 08/07/2010
I had always wanted to enjoy a glass of wine at this neighborhood spot. Finally we went and were seated outside after receiving a bit of an attitude from the waitress despite the two empty tables. The wines by the glass are in the $15 range though you receive a glass and a half. My fiance only wanted one glass but it was fine. The waiter was rude and obviously did not know much about the wine list. I asked him if a wine was dry and he said yes and proceeded to bring me a deep yellow buttery chardonnay that was off. He took it back no problem but I could sense his frustration. The food is overpriced for what it is. We order the raw tuna appetizer which came with tangerine slices. The tuna was good quality but the dish lacked flavor and the tangerine was too overpowering. I will not be going back to this spot nor did I enjoy my one experience there.
Posted by butter b on 02/17/2010
I always liked the look of this place, so my husband took me to dinner here for a special occasion. We arrived rather late on a weeknight, so it was pretty empty, but on the plus side, the waitstaff was completely attentive to us. The restaurant itself is pretty small, so I wouldn't suggest it for a group, but it's a perfect place for a date. We sat near the bar and the fireplace on the ground floor and were perfectly cozy. I had the endive salad to start, which was much larger than I expected and dressed with a vinaigrette with a slight hint of ginger, so it wasn't overpowering at all. It came accompanied with a crostini spread with gorgonzola, which was an interesting combination but surprisingly pleasant. For entrees I had the black truffle macaroni and cheese, and he the cassoulet. Both were excellent, and the macaroni so delicious that it should have a more elegant name to describe it. It is torchio pasta with a light cheese sauce (with grana, I believe),topped with a slight sprinkling of bread crumbs and shaved black truffle. The taste is sublime, and it is far beyond a gussied-up macaroni and cheese. I didn't love the wine selection, but what we had was decent. The House is a remarkably unpretentious spot for the location and quality of the food. We were allowed to linger after our meal despite the fact that we were the last diners remaining. I'd definitely recommend it for a romantic dinner.
Posted by Anon on 02/04/2010
I took a client and my partner for dinner here. The atmosphere is very pleasant, a little squashed but cosy and service was good. But the food was appalling. I have never seen my partner spit something out, but one of the appetizer plates was awful The food was oversalted and tasteless. Was hugely disappointed and can't quite understand why it is so popular, but our impression was that many of the crowd are B&T and didn't seem bothered about quality. Or, perhaps we all chose the wrong plates or the chef was having a bad night??
Posted by Jen on 11/25/2009
Place was empty. Waiter deserted us before even taking drink orders. We tried to get the attention of the manager but he was too busy talking to the bartender to see us only 5 feet away. Portions were too small for the quality and money. Would only go for a drink for the atmosphere. It's a shame.
Posted by KB on 11/16/2009
I had dinner here last night and it was great. The waiter (John Paul) was one of the best waiters I've ever had, he made knew everything about the menu and made a great wine recommendation. The burrata appetizer (a huge ball of mozzarella) was phenomenal, along with the rest of the food, service and drinks. We were not rushed and attended to frequently. I can't wait to go back!
Posted by Mr V on 11/10/2009
Went here for lunch and ordered the steak sandwich. It was tiny...and it came with 4 half-inch long potato fries and maybe three tiny pieces of lettuce. Including a diet coke and the tip, my bill was $37! Will not go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2009
When you walk inside you almost forget that you are in NYC. The atmosphere is very quaint. We started w/ the cheese plate and wine. We were not rushed so we could enjoy the whole dining experience. All entrees ordered were perfectly plated and seasoned. Can't wait to return this winter to enjoy the fireplace.