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Posted by Anonymous on 03/25/2009
The food and ambiance was great. The portions were rather small, so don't go here if you're hungry. Even though we made reservations, they gave us a small table by the wall upstairs. The waitress was really friendly, but the manager was rather unfriendly and downright rude. Overall, I won't be back. I can find better places to spend money than this.
Posted by Loved it on 03/02/2009
I ate here on a Saturday night and because we didn't have reservations they seated us downstairs which has the same menu as the upstairs dining room. I cannot name one thing that was bad about the food or the service. The truffle mac & cheese was incredible, the lamb, steak and skate were amazing. No complaints! Great atmosphere and delicious food.
Posted by Uptown Girl on 02/04/2009
After seeing a bway show, we arrived early for our reservation and were seated promptly and graciously. The place is narrow and cozy, hostess seated us upstairs with a view of E. 17th st. The area is adorable so to see the snow tree lined street sipping a glass of red was relaxing. Service was decent but no one made any suggestions to the menu, speaking of which, it is a very very simple menu. Don't come here for a fantastic meal. We had the black olive hummus trio with little bread sticks which was good but i felt it was something i could serve myself at home. We also had the crostini trio, not great. I ordered the skate and he ordered the short ribs. Ribs were tasty and fatty but that's what short ribs are. Fatty. Skate was salty, wasn't digging the whole flavor. I left the whole thing on the plate and the server didn't even ask about it. At least you would think she would notice and ask if i wanted something else. It was late and time to go so on to dessert. We ordered this crepe hazlenut dish covered in powdered sugar which was the best dish of the night. Fresh and refreshing. I would go here for wine and a small bite with your guy or friends but not for a great meal. Cute place though.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/16/2008
We got to the restaurant late at night without a reservation and was promptly seated...attentive and knowledgeable wait staff...delicious menu, especially the appetizers!! Will return again for the great dining experience and recommend to friends.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/07/2008
We walked in The House last night and were told that we would have to wait about 20-30 minutes. We chose to sit at the bar where we finally ended up staying the whole evening. (I was really tired and didn't feel that I wanted to spend my whole dinner time on a chair without a back but when I asked the hostess whether they could arrange a regular chair for me at bar, I got it in 2 minutes.)The bartender was essentially our waiter and he took very good care of us. He was also knowledgeable about the menu and after giving him some hints about what kind of wine we like, he offered one of the cheapest one ... it was right on target. The duck 3 way appetizer was a great combination (the pate basically disolved in my mouth, the shredded duck salad had a nice unusual flavor ...), the arugula-blue-cheese-pear salad was truly refreshing, the lamb was tender and succulent, the rice pudding (which came as a recommendation of the bartender) was heavenly, the crepe with chesnut filling was truly delicate. The waiters and the hostess were courteous and friendly, not only with guests but also with each other ... they made a great team and it added to the athmosphere of the place, too. It's true that the portions are not too big as others say, too, but I don't think they need to be bigger. (At the end, this is not a home-style Italian in suburban NJ where one expects to take home half of the meal.) All in all, we had a great time and we surely we'll be back soon!
Posted by novicefoodie on 08/27/2008
Having passed by this restaurant numerous times and always having seen crowds of people inside, I decided to take the plunge and try out the restaurant. My boyfriend and I headed over at around 9:45 and were told by the hostess that there were no seats downstairs and that we would have to be seated upstairs. If anyone's been to this restaurant and seen the long staircase, it's a slightly daunting prospect, but we were determined to try out the restaurant and decided to try the upstair's space. Unfortunately, as soon as we got upstairs, we were told that we could only have a table that was flush to the wall, although practically the entire 2nd floor was empty. Apparently, the rest of the tables were "reserved". The hostess promised that she would let us know if one of the tables were free. We spent roughly an hour at the restaurant with no sign of anyone coming to eat at the other tables and no sign either of the hostess coming to reseat us. Admittedly the food was adequate (although way too pricey given the quality-I felt like I could have bought similar-quality rotisserie chicken from Food Emporium), the space amazingly laid out and the waiter super-attentive. However, the treatment from the hostess was inexcusable, especially given the price point of the restaurant. We won't ever be going back.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/22/2008
Lovely setting but lets itself down. With some more attention on service this could be a gem. I took out of town friends and they had an order mix up that they later blamed on us. I will not be back