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Posted by John on 02/25/2008
I went with a group of 4 on Saturday night for a 9:30pm reservation and were seated promptly at a great table in the Garden area. Our waiter was friendly and very helpful with some questions we had on the menu. The appetizers we chose (tuna tartare artichokes) and entrees (waverly burger, pork chop with NY roasted apple, and free range chicken) were cooked to our liking and were very tasty. The Banana Fosters dessert was excellent. A Must Have is the Sweet Potato Puree. Delicious!
Posted by Expat on 12/31/2007
Went on a Thursday evening to get the mac & cheese and it was very good. The price, however, was $90 a plate, but I guess white truffles are very dear. The crab cakes were excellent, as were the biscuits. Since we were there at 6pm, the restaurant was fairly empty. Regardless, they seated us right next to the only other couple in the room. Upon leaving, never having been there before, I mistakenly headed for a big red exit sign. I checked the door before opening it to make sure it didn’t say “emergency exit” anywhere or have one of those alarms. Nada. So, I proceeded to open the door and had just stepped out when some guy (manager?) came running up and told me that it was an emergency exit. Well, I was already halfway out the door, so I exited, turned and apologized. He gave me a scathing look and slammed the door in my face! Gee, if you don’t want patrons to exit thru a door marked exit, then put a sign on the door to indicate it is emergency only
Posted by Hungry Mike on 09/19/2007
The food was very good. I took clients to dinner and everyone enjoyed their meal, from fish to meat, to the tuna and salmon tartar. However, the staff was rushing us from the moment we sat down. They tried to clear an appetizer when the person was not done. They actually had to put the plate back down. They were constantly asking if we were ready to order, despite the fact we had just gotten the menus. We arrived on time for our reservation and were not slow in ordering or eating. The final insult was when ordering an after dinner drink we were told by the manager "We need the table, I'd be happy to buy your drinks at the bar". Can you imagine a place asking a table to move and not even apologizing? Needless to say I will not be returning, poor service by the management team, even the waiters were embarrassed.
Posted by anonymous on 08/18/2007
We came here on a Saturday night at 8pm. Definitely a scene and many celebrity sightings. For appetizers we had a salad and the toro special which were very good but a little salty. Our entrees were the vegetarian risotto, salmon and the truffle burger and dessert was sorbet. We each enjoyed our meals but they weren't excellent dishes. The food is good, but definitely go for the scene. Great place for a group of friends to dine out together and a good selection of wine.
Posted by Ljepotica on 08/17/2007
Definitely a place to go people watching. My boyfriend got stuck at work so we missed our 7 pm reservation and had to wait until almost 9:30 to get seated. The hostess was quite rude but the wait was well worth it. The mac n cheese is phenomenal...the dover sole perfect...as were many of the other dishes we had. If you can get a table, its well worth the wait!
Posted by missegee on 04/16/2007
I must admit I just felt grateful to be given a table, granted it was 6pm on a Wednesday, but non-the-less, this is apparently the place to be. The seared tuna was drenched in oil, and I have found it very hard to kill seared tuna other then at Cipriani. however, the biscuits were phenomenal.
Posted by FooDee on 02/28/2007
I love the space. I like the decor (trying to name the characitures can stand in for the evening's entertainment). The room is cozy and buzzy (if a tad too warm). That said, the ambiance is exponentially more interesting than the food. This is one of the most boring menus I've recently encountered, and not flawlessly executed. The organic chicken was great (as organic chicken is), and the mushrooms below were definitely the best part of the meal. Spinach as a side did not boast such an exemplary showing; it was overcooked and sort of mealy.. more boiled than sauteed. The cedar planked trout, along with being rife with tongue-skewering little bones, was just completely unexciting, and with no sauce or spice to kinda amp up a rather bland fish. Maybe we didn't order correctly? Maybe there are other dishes that fork over a more satisfying eating experience? But what we had didn't bode well for the rest of the menu, although nothing was terrible. Oh, and the apple crisp was good. Not ethereal, but good.