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The Mark Restaurant
Posted by Amani on 09/05/2014
The restaurant is incapable of maintaining a consistent level of culinary proficiency or fulfilling simple requests. For the past 2 days I have requested grilled halibut and have received instead steamed halibut with grill marks. An outrage since it is an attempt to deceive the client, and a poor representation of what is supposed to be a reputable restaurant. I have complained repeatedly to a manager and to one of the chefs only to learn that because meats are grilled at high temperatures they are unable (translation unwilling) to grill fish properly. The flavor & consistency of steamed fish is completely different than that of grilled fish . Perhaps there is too much complacency in the kitchen or perhaps the Mark Rest. should become a steak house! One point can not be denied grilled fish is something even a mediocre kitchen should be able to produce without difficulty. I am currently staying at the Mark Hotel and thus out of convenience have eaten on a number of occasion at the restaurant only to find out that about 80% of the time the food is amiss. It's hard to reconcile this restaurant belongs to the Jean George Vongerichteins organization, since his main restaurant is top notch providing marvelous food consistently.
Posted by franke potanko on 03/02/2013
Chicken, trust me, you want the chicken
Posted by susan on 10/13/2012
Two old friends came up from DC just to take me—birthday celebration—to The Mark. We all dine out regularly and have been to other Jean-Georges restaurants so expected to have a lovely experience. The food was good (as the celebrant, I was lucky enough to choose the most delicious of the appetizers and entrees), the restaurant lovely but the inattentive service marred the evening. We were directed to the table directly in front of the door leading to the lobby while there were several empty tables and, in fact, it didn’t seem as if that table was ever used. We asked to be moved, we were, and then, surprisingly and annoyingly, waited for about 10 minutes before we were asked if we wanted drinks. We did and quite frankly, one of my hosts is a heavy drinker and you lost out on a much higher bill because we had to flag down a server to order additional drinks over the course of the evening. We also had to flag down water and bread refills. Our server was lovely when we managed to get her and her food selections were good but the overall impression of service really almost ruined the evening and certainly did not stand up to the service at similar restaurants. And the meal ended when one of the desserts decorated with a pretty “Happy Birthday” greeting (mentioned at reservation) was given to my host, not me (with a later apology from the server). Overall, a surprisingly disappointing experience.
Posted by foodfan on 09/03/2012
I thought this would be Jean-Georges French-fusion, but instead the style is eclectic, with everything well executed. Great veal Milanese, excellent Russ & Daughters smoked salmon, terrific cold globe artichokes and desserts. Only the bread was disappointing. But oh my, was it noisy. If I went again I'd go for lunch or at 6 pm and save myself a sore throat from screaming. Too bad, because the place is good.
Posted by anonymous on 12/20/2011
I usually come home from the city to the suburbs and wonder why I went there. The Mark felt like a night in NY should feel. Wonderful food, beautiful decor, atmosphere and the Mark Hotel is so Beautiful. I will recommend it to all my friends, what a find.
Posted by Sarah Lechevalier on 12/05/2011
Was invited at the Mark by my boyfriend at my recommendation. I am a foody and always love to discover new places in the city. The service at the Mark was inattentive and impersonal & the waiters clueless . I was expected a fine dining experience and ended spending the night in a diner. Judging by the poor quality of food & the lack of service. Nothing really was innovative about the menu. Our fish was too cooked and the side dishes like the chewy, flavorless shitake mushrooms were unappetizing. Disappointing food, poor service although good sommelier & hostesses = still not enough for me to go back. There are plenty of great restaurants in the neighborhood that would offer a much better value for money.
Posted by My-cupoftea on 04/15/2011
I planned to stay one week in NY and The Mark was certainly the best restaurant in terms of food quality, taste and presentation i tried. I really suggest it both for a beautiful friends dinner or just for a romance dinner. excellent!