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Posted by trustme on 10/30/2010
If you are starving and haven't eaten in days and the noise of your stomach grumbling is the only thing occupying your attention and then you accidentally stumble on this "cafe," I would still suggest you keep walking. I am not sure what I enjoyed more: The wait staff's rude demeanor and obnoxious glares or the mess thrown onto a plate that is called your meal. While the options look plentiful, the truth is that no matter what you order, you will feel dissatisfied; I suggest you bring Tums for your own piece of mind. My friends and I all ordered very different foods: a chicken dish, hummus and pita, and soup. All of us left with the same though, "I can't believe I paid money for that..."
Posted by Upper West Side 4 Life on 08/25/2010
Viand places itself as the elite diner on the UWS -- far from it. My kids, 6 & 8, like Viand and that's the only reason we ever go. Produce is disappointing, the place is massively over-priced on something as basic as pancakes (they charge $2 more)
Posted by Anonymous on 08/02/2010
We go to Viande all the time. The owner and staff are always very friendly. Very child friendly. Food very good and consistent.
Posted by janice and peter fowkes on 04/17/2010
We loved the Viand Cafe, staying at the Beacon last year and going to return this year, will definitely be going there for breakfast again, the strawberry pancakes were to die for, staff so nice and the service was brill, such a cosy place and the atmosphere so comfortable.
Posted by Sophia on 03/20/2010
After a day of wedding planning things to do, my daughter and I stumbled upon Viand for a relaxing pause. It wasn't a busy time for them, so we weren't rushed at all. The staff was nice as can be. Nice environment for a diner and clean too. Had a great chocolate ice cream soda (I specified chocolate ice cream, chocolate soda) and the waitress made it perfectly, just the way I like it. My daughter had a delicious egg cream. And we shared a huge, real NY bagel...even at this time, late afternoon, it was fresh, toasted just right & served with plenty of cream cheese. Pleasant experience. Would definitely go back!
Posted by Scratchie on 03/04/2010
Stopped at Viand for a light dinner; ordered matzo ball soup, country Greek salad and a slice of carrot cake. The broth in the soup tasted like Campbell's. The feta cheese in the salad was tasteless -- I actually added salt, it was so bland! The carrot cake was also very bland. The waitress was friendly but didn't even bother to bring me a clean fork with my dessert. Not a great experience. I know this place has its fans and I might try it again if I'm in the neighborhood, but this meal was one big "meh".
Posted by dinerlover on 09/03/2009
I love Viand. The food and service are consistently great, and the atmosphere is exactly what I want from an UWS diner. I have never been disappointed by a meal and I eat here pretty much once a week. That said, it's a diner! If you want a quality italian meal, go to a restaurant. If you want great sandwiches, omelets, greek salads, burgers, etc, then Viand is an excellent choice. There are certain rules to diner eating -- just because it's on the menu does NOT mean you should order it. That's true for diners everywhere, no matter how high the quality. If you insist on ordering the shrimp scampi or broiled swordfish, well, you're on your own.