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71 Clinton Fresh Food

71 Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002
between Stanton and Rivington Sts.
212-614-6960

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

63% would go back.

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Just Okay

By sturbo5140 on 1/27/2006

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I had heard amazing things about this restaurant but left disapointed. Although the service and wine lists were both great the food was average at best. My friends and I ordered all three fish dishes to taste. We weren't impressed by any of them--especially the monkfish which was bordering on inedible.

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the bodega next door has

By superhero on 10/16/2005

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

spam which if sauteed is way better than the food served at this fishbowl. The many dirty people who have not showered in weeks talking about how cool this dump is makes you want to gag from their body stench alone not to mention the food. All you will hear are the complaints from the throngs of unshowered "cool people" complaining about the "upper east siders" or " investment bankers". An experience which immediately requires an hour long shower!

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339 out of 662 people found this review helpful.

What a nice surprise

By MarieMcGee on 1/21/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

It was such a treat to go to 71 Clinton Fresh food. It is unpretentious in atmosphere with excellent food. Only challenge is finding the place!

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299 out of 616 people found this review helpful.

Can't believe it's the Lower East Side

By beckycheck on 10/11/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

OK, so I ate at 71 for the first time this weekend. (I am jumping on the bandwagon a little late!) The decor is pretty simple but the food was simply amazing. Eat the sea urchin and egg appetizer(trust me) and the diver scallops.

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308 out of 620 people found this review helpful.

Trendy, cozy, and date-able

By bawler_nyc on 1/25/2004

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Located on the hip restaurant row of LES, Clinton Fresh serves up Hip Fresh tasty dishes at moderate prices. Appetizers and main courses can be skimpy, but never is the food bland -- always interesting and exciting to the senses. Clinton Fresh is definitely a cut above other restaurants on Clinton Row (aka Cafe, Punch and Judy's, etc.) Reservations are a must since there are only about 30 seats in the restaurant.

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265 out of 551 people found this review helpful.

This used to be my favorite restaurant!

By Voldar on 3/2/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

Used to love this restaurant. I have been 20+ times over the last couple of years. In the past known for innovative cuisine, ecletic wine list, great atmposhere. But the last two times I have been there it gas been very flat. They have hipper people working there, wine list is still decent but the food was flat. I think that Wiley DF is spending all of his considerable talent on the new WD-50 and it appears that much of the staff talent is heading over there. I would wait for that...

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324 out of 689 people found this review helpful.

Teeny, Tiny, but oh so Tasty!!

By anh40 on 2/11/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Super small, super cool space, where you are on top of your neighbors. But you might not mind because they are all "beautiful people". The food is fantastic and the wine list is excellent and not overblown. A great meal from start to finish.

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325 out of 693 people found this review helpful.

Cramped and rushed, but delectable as hell

By shamrock on 1/20/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went to 71 Clinton when it was still only a few months old. I'm poor and it was a big deal and a huge treat for me. Throngs of people had their faces smashed up against the glass while anxious Uptowners trolled their town cars around the block, wondering if they'd get mugged between the parking spot and the restaurant. My venison chop was slammin', but I found the staff a wee bit anxious about turnover. We were being rushed, and we weren't even eating slowly. Our special meal was marred by a disappointing twinge of stress. Soon the Dufresne/Ehrlich empire will own Clinton Street from Houston to Canal, so maybe the traffic will thin out a bit, if it hasn't already. In the meantime, show up LATE.

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