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Posted by Slk on 06/03/2012
Not sure how many times they planned to turn our table, but our appetizers were served within 3 minutes of our order being placed and the entrees served with similar speed as our 1st course was cleared. Our waiter failed to refill our wine glasses without being asked and cleared our glasses when our bottle was half filled. My appetizer was tasty though there were too many whole herb leaves in the soup. The halibut was tasteless. Too bad, it's a beautiful spot but I won't be back.
Posted by Just married NYC 30s on 05/25/2012
We were so excited to get into The lion last minute and assumed it was because we were the only couple left in NYC for mem wknd. Walked in with smiles, ordered a very nice bottle and were pressured into the more expensive one - ok no biggie. We're having a night! Ordered an $85 seafood platter which was such a disappoint! Any credible NYC restaurant would never serve that. So we missed our cue to leave and got presaured to order from the second we got there and they rushed us. They insisted we ordered entrees immediately even though there wre only 2 other tables there. We didn't want to be there all night but made it clear we wanted to enjoy a our rare romantic night together. Didn't care about throwing apps, entrees ad drinks in top of each other.
Posted by Olympian on 01/05/2012
From a place of some style with good food, The Lion has descended into an unsupervised abyss of just plain poor food. A beet salad was so microscopic that it looked like what was left after a diner had eaten it. The sea bass was a leathery slab of tasteless fish accompanied by wilted vegetables. The side of brussel sprouts was burned flakes of what was once a vegetable immersed in sugared grease. The only way service was accorded was to grab a supervisor or a busboy to make a request since the assigned waiter appeared to be otherwise engaged. And all this at luxury prices. Astonishing, disappointing and appalling.
Posted by west village rez on 01/02/2012
While everything we ate was well executed, perfectly satisfactory upscale american food, there is no question that this place cooks well enough solely to maintain a reputation as a 'dining hot spot.' The roasted snapper with fried artichokes and roasted carrots was cooked to the proper temperature and texture, seasoning was lacking, the same issue that plagued the pumpkin bread pudding. cocktails and chilled giant prawns were delicious (and overpriced). Put on your hiking boots if you need to visit the restroom, which is about 3 flights of stairs above the dining room.
Posted by Bambi Ambrosino on 11/21/2011
Glossed, flossed, scented and stiletto'd I marched up. It was packed, but since I am a woman over 50 (54 thank you) I was given a berth at the bar. Had a great time people watching and flirting, but the night was nearly spoiled when I spotted a glop of mustard on my poncho. The bar was packed so it could have happened at any time. Oh well! I'll be back for the food with a fella!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2011
I recently dined at the Lion and had a surprisingly satisfying evening considering the reviews I've been reading. Though we weren't immediately accommodated for our reservation, we were taken upstairs to a private dining room off of the lounge with about 5 tables. The room was decorated beautifully with gigantic, plush chairs a large fireplace housing over-sized candles. Each table had plenty of space and there was no worry about unnecessarily overhearing neighbors' conversations. As the downstairs appeared to be very loud and packed, it was a pleasant relief to be able to enjoy our dinner somewhere more private and refined. I started with the tuna tartare prepared with mint and lemon. This tasted absolutely fresh and delicious and the unique way of preparing the fish was simply refreshing. This was followed by the hand-cut cauliflower and garlic pasta, which was out of this world. The pasta was also clearly very fresh, and the additionally componets' flavors stood out tremendously. For dessert, the waitress was more than happy to accommodate us and requested something made-to-order from the chef. Though sometimes we appeared to be slightly forgotten during our courses, service was generally good and consistent. Overally, The Lion was an absolutely pleasant surprise. I'm eager to visit again soon!
Posted by Jenn on 07/31/2011
I ate at The Lion for my friend’s birthday, and I just have to say everything was so worth it. I started with a watermelon salad that was very refreshing and creative. Next I had the chicken that was perfectly seasoned, and not to leave out the amazing spinach casserole. For dessert we all shared a few items on the menu. I love peanut butter and the chocolate peanut butter dessert was outstanding!! All and all I would come back...we were all impressed from the food to the service a real good time!