All Reader Reviews of...
10 Downing St., New York, NY, 10014
at Sixth Ave.
no service no food. no wonder
By ckats on 4/11/2013
well i wouldn't know if the food was good. I popped in early with my husband and two children. and before you think UGH children. they have eaten everywhere including places like le bernardin. We were told the wait would be 45 min. and because we didn't have a reservation we waited at the bar. I now realized they told us that long to prompt us to leave. after waiting 45 min and a few drinks in... we were told sorry you'll have to wait again. children just sat quietly waiting... as they aren't young but tweens. .. and we were all starving. i have to tell you i have never experienced that in nyc.. and this place definitely does not deserve to have a place in nyc. Vincent, who i assume is the poor manager is going to run the place into the ground. YOU ARE IN THE SERVICE INDUSTRY.... bad service will kill you...enough said.
By NUITBERT on 5/13/2012
We went last night after a couple of years of looking for an opportunity to go (we live in a different part of town). We were a party of 4 plus a toddler. I'll give that we were late and arrived at 7:25 for a 7pm reservation. But our dinner took 2 hours and we asked for our food to be expedited a number of times. The waiter was apologetic and the bartender is just a sweetheart, but they couldn't rush the kitchen. About the food... we had the tasting menu and were largely disappointed. The beet tart was 'deconstructed' into a pool of goat cheese and 4-5 raw mini-beets. With some flat bread stuck into the pile. Really? The tartar (both tuna and beef) were good, fresh and well spiced. The filet was tender and juicy. However the gnocchi so recommended by NYMAG tasted at best bland and covered in butter. The sweet shrimp and asparagus didn't feel 'connected' to the dish. just thrown around. To make up for our tired toddler and major delays with food, we got treated to coffee and some deserts as well. Thank you, we reflected our appreciation in our tip, but we won't be coming back.
By rjmwi1060 on 10/8/2011
We were very disappointed with our experience this evening. Our wait person was not well prepared and not once ever placed a drink or plate in front of the correct person. Strangely when I tried to order from the prix fixe menu I was told that unless everyone ordered prix fixe I could not. When I asked why the wait person said it keeps people from ordering and then sharing one meal among others. Only after protesting that two other people at the table were going to order the lobster special and starters that the other person was ordering a full dinner did she say that she would make an exception. ...Never heard of this one before nor do I believe meal sharing is a staple at this restaurant. At least the food was good but hardly made up for the poor service.
By mudd on 3/26/2010
My best friend and I went in February 2010 despite the mixed reviews. I'm sorry to say we should have listened to the bad reviews. It was expensive and the portions were really small. I got the scallop appetizer which was really just one scallop cut into thirds to look like 3 scallops, and was not even seared properly. There was no flavor, and the sauce it came with was too sweet. For main course I got the pork shoulder. It was one of the fattiest pieces of meat (and not in a good way) I have been served in a long time,. The actual meat was not tender, had barely any flavor and may as well have been just a piece of thick cut (fatty) ham. Not enjoyable at all. Luckily we had a great waiter who kept us entertained. But the service won’t be enough to make us go back.
pleasent dining experience
By alexsurtmp on 3/21/2010
walked in at the right time. got packed really quick but we secured a seat at the bar. Female bartender was great, made excellent suggestions. get the carafe of wine, 2 are cheaper than a bottle. had a burger each, one the special lamb burger and one from the regular menu. Fries were excellent and both burgers were too much to eat. would definitely go back, had a great meal.
Silver cutlery with Eggs = oxidation + bad taste !
By antonybcn on 2/4/2010
Our eggs during Sunday brunch were served with silver cutlery leaving a horrible taste... Are we the first customers to notice this? Maybe it is because we are from Europe, but over there it is a generally known concept to never use a silver fork with eggs. A pity because the food would have been delicious. And the service was enjoyably slow to allow all the time needed for a chatty brunch.
Great food, very friendly service
By bagelgirl on 11/24/2009
Was keen to try the new chef's menu and it was very good indeed, if not quite as fantastic as last year...I had an amazing prawn risotto with delicious brussel sprouts on the side - the chocolate souffle was fine, but I would have preferred it to be a bit more liquid in the middle. My friend had an excellent value Prix Fixe 3 courses for $25, which she really enjoyed. The waiter was super-helpful and advised on the wine for my friend and even coped with my endless dessert questions... I will definitely be going again.
By monibri on 11/24/2009
I have to say the best thing about 10 Downing is the name. I really wanted to love this place..but the food was bland and nothing special. The wine was just as mediocre. Save yourself the trip.
10 Downing is a Downer.
By jdjilani on 10/31/2009
I never write these reviews but my terrible experience last night merits one. We waited over an hour for a 10 pm reservation and then was not even seated at the table that was promised to us; the menu was sparse, and they ran out of the pork belly - the only dish that actually looked interesting. We waited over an hour to get our food, due to a "large party" of 6 slowing down the kitchen, and when the food finally came, it was bland and unsatisfying. The desert menu looked good but we were so pissed we didn't bother to stay and find out. Spend your money elsewhere.
By aaxxx777 on 9/16/2009
excellent service, excellent wine/beer list, excellnt atmosphere. food, not so excellent. every single one of our dishes had a strange aftertaste, or was obscenely bland with no flavor, particularly the parmesan crisps on the tomato salad, and the patatas bravas with aÃ¯oli, also which was undercooked. someone needs to taste the food before it goes out. maybe the kitchen was having a bad night. either way, 120+ was way too much for two people when most of the meal was inedible and we were contemplating a second dinner.
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