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Posted by SP on 05/27/2008
Valbella is a beautiful restaurant. I was taken here for my birthday and it was a great experience. The service was excellent from the minute we walked in the door. The waiter staff very attentive and the owner must have spoken to us a few times as well. We liked the pasta, but wasn't that crazy about the chicken. Their Tiramisu is a must try!
Posted by THE BETHELS on 05/25/2008
In imaginatively converted and decored Central Meatpacking District premises, Valbella tries very, very hard to make an impression on you. From the Greeter to the myriad of waiters, you are assailed with bonhomie and the 'feel good factor' - so much so that instead of acting as a relaxer it might have the opposite effect. The only time the 'smiling mask' slipped was when the bill was produced and the Captain realising we were English and perhaps unaware of the tipping expectations, delivered a well rehearsed strident master class on what we should add. Not quite in the tradition of the previous obsequiousness. However, the food was very good, and the surroundings admirable, so really guys if you loosened up a little you would a more relaxed dining experience.
Posted by REMOGUL on 06/13/2007
I thought the food and service was extraordinaire! My friend had the scallops for an appetizer which looked amazing. I had the lightly breaded veal scallopine for my entree with garden veggies. It melted in my mouth! Would absolutely go back. For dessert we had the Souffle with grand marnier. Also great. I mentioned everything should come with ice cream and the waiter brought me a small dish of vanilla ice cream! The maitre d' was very welcoming and the atmosphere albeit simple had wonderful lighting and made the dinner very relaxing.
Posted by SpecialLady on 03/06/2007
Although quite expensive, the food and service is outstanding. David, the manager, takes great care to see that everything is near perfect. The steaks and veal are the best I've had.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/03/2007
Way overpriced, bad atmosphere, and to boot they didn't have any of the wines on the winelist (3) that were under $100!!! Ridiculous. Food is good but not worth it - you wanna pay over $20 for a salad?
Posted by Anonymous on 02/02/2007
I had the good fortune of being invited to a group dinner in the chef's private diningroom upstairs where some of us had the opportunity to prepare the pasta with vodka sauce and help Dominick whip up a few amazing desserts (i recommend the lemon souffle). I had the Halibut (spicy, sorta Tuscany meets New Orleans); stole a piece of Pop's Tuscan T-bone (melted in my mouth); and begged my friend Mo for a taste of the chicken stuffed with fras gras (indescribable, in a good way)! The puree of cauliflower had everyone fooled. (thought they were mashed potatoes). Our waiter Daniel anticipated our every want before we even knew we wanted it. He knew everything there was to know about every wine on their list. All in all, it was a cullinary experience that we will not soon forget.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2007
Although the ambiance was really nice and the service was great, the food was dissapointing. I expected better. We got the scallops with foie gras to start, along with the beef tenderloin over polenta, and both were mediocre at best. The foie gras was too chewy and the beef tenderloin over polenta with parmesan cheese was just an odd combination. I got the veal saltimbocca which was again, too chewy and lukewarm. And my friend got the special, chilean sea bass in a "spicy" red pepper sauce which just tasted cheap and mild. I wouldn't recommend it at all- bill came to almost $200 and we weren't happy.