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.
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 allikaat on 3/11/2009
If you've been to any of the countless Modern American restaurants (Perilla, Little Owl, The Harrison, etc) in NYC, the menu at 10 Downing doesn't offer anything new. As for the service, it was embarrassingly bad. My boyfriend and I waited around an hour for our appetizers. To top it off, before we ordered dessert we were asked to switch tables, so that a larger group could take our table. Our waiter neither apologized for the switch nor comped our dessert. On our way out we complained to the manager who apologized and told me to get in contact with her so that "she could take care of us". My boyfriend called her the next week on the cell # she provided and never heard back. Needless to say, I suggest you skip 10 Downing.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Anything worse than mediocrity?
By MrsS on 5/28/2009
I wanted to write a fair and balanced review but I can't seem to get under this ridiculous word limit. 10 Downing is a no go. Average space, average staff, average food. Went in with no expectations walked out with lighter pockets and vows to never again eat somewhere that turns out results less impressive than my kitchen at home. $300 bucks for one bottle of wine, one shared app for the table, three entrees, and three COMPED deserts. I thinks not.
dinner time staff need better training... food is good
By ddodo on 8/8/2009
this was our second time at the restaurant but 1st dinner. we waited over an hour to be seated outside but the bartender and the maitre d' were v good about it and service was great. that was the end of the good service. the waiter took our orders and didnt show up once to check on us. we ordered over four bottles of wine and he barely showed up to pour it, we had to call over for him when our glasses ran dry. disappointed in that poor service at our table but the food and bartender made up for it. we will be back but not for dinner, probably for brunch with different staff waiting on us.
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