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409 W. 14th St., New York , NY, 10014
nr. Ninth Ave.
Nice decor, good food, too dark to see my meal
By Nicholaskk on 2/5/2012
The place is very nice inside. We arrived on time for our reservation but they made us wait at the bar so we'd spend a ton on booze. Didn't work on us. We know this trick. The staff was just ok. Inattentive at times. The food was very good but it was so dark that we couldn't see our steaks to cut them. I had a mouthful of fat once or twice. Music was too loud to hear my date. We would go back if they gave us miners hats so we can see our table.
Abe and Ar-the-Gossip-Girl-cast here?
By monicawelsh on 1/28/2012
Hey NY Mag, as a New, New Yorker you have gotten me through finding an awesome doctor, dentist and loads of restaurants. But tonight I had a experience at Abe and Arthur's that I must tell you about. Please take this place off your critics choice list. We arrived on a Saturday night at 9:30ish for a 9:45 res Immediately we were hit with the sent of Paco Rabanne and a guy who cut us in line at the bar only to order dozens of drinks for his friends and then turn to us and say hey I'm a mixologist let me order something special for you. Many dollars later we were finally seated. Apparently Abe's over books regularly. The crowd was totally affected. I admit I'm not that into the whole celebrity thing in fact I've been known to trip on Dennis Hopper and not know it was him. The silly backwards baseball hats competing with dudes in v-neck sweaters and oxfords was too much to deal with. I mean I get it, the cast of Gossip Girl deserve a night of out too. Except I have no idea who you are, and honestly I don't care. Recently I had a 30 min conversation with David Byrne about iPads only to realize after who he was. Any how Abe's has great food but the crowd is more than any mere mortal NYer should have to take. Please protect those like me who don't know any better and just want a nice night out.
go for the food
By foodlover31 on 2/14/2011
I wanted to avoid the weekend crowds, so my boyfriend and I went on a Wednesday. We didnâ€™t have to wait for a table and the service was very attentive. I ordered the pork chop which was juicy and perfectly cooked. My boyfriends duck was also cooked to perfection and both preparations were delicious and inventive. We shared the carnival dessert for two and went home stuffed. The funnel cake was my favorite, but my boyfriend preferred the warm doughnuts, so it was a perfect match. It was exactly what we wanted, great food and a more relaxed vibe than a weekend night.
By avilinsky on 2/9/2011
Although the salad selection is limited, the appetizer and raw bar selection more than make up for it. The grilled octopus came highly recommended by our waiter, and Iâ€™m glad I listened. The octopus was flavorful and perfectly cooked. If youâ€™re into classics, go with the Caesar salad. My husband is a Caesar salad loyalist and said it was one of the best yet. The seared tuna was black and blue, like it should be, and delicious. I had just enough room to over indulge in the sinful Mac and cheese. It is a must.
Not a good experience , needs major improvement...
By maxrossi on 1/23/2011
Friday - 1/21/2011 - Had reservations and arrived on time. Coat check staffed w/ 4 women behind desk ignored us for 10 min. "Staff not paying attention". Great way to annoy a party of 8, we finally asked them to take our coats. We were seated @ half-moon booth on 2nd fl. ordered 2 bott. of Pellegrino for the table, and the table was tight as can be. Again, "Staff was not paying attention". Asked to move to larger table and it was a fiasco, waitress called 3 other women to help find us another table. 20 min later we are sitting at decent table, when 1 of the bus boys fills our glasses with tap water, never brings our untouched Pellegrino to table. Again "Staff was not paying attention". We ordered, and nothing was spectacular. We asked repeatedly for bread, 2 baskets of burnt popovers arrived our table. We ordered 3 tier seafood platter of raw and cooked seafood. Jumbo shrimp were great, raw clams and oysters were very small, the lump crabmeat was ok. The top tier had one small lobster claw deshelled and cut into 3 pieces for of 8 men. Ordered an $88 Porterhouse and it was extremely salty,to point where just could not be eaten. Mushroom risotto was ok as was broccoli rabe, field mushrooms. Field green salad they got right and good. When desserts arrived, felt we were scammed. Brought us a highly reccomended ferris wheel with what looked like 6 dunkin donut munchkins with small 4 ounce bottle of caramel to squirt in the donuts, $16 dollars? Come on creativity is one thing.
Don't waste your time
By pluge on 9/17/2010
My girlfriend and I had a reservation that we showed up for on time, and were told every time we asked that it would be "just a few minutes" for us to be seated. After an hour and fifteen minutes or so, we just left. There were TWO of us...what a joke. I'm sorry but I've lived here for nearly a decade, eating out all the time, and I've never had even close to as bad an experience with a reservation. The entire bar area was packed with people standing aroung waiting for tables. Not super attractive or famous people, mind you, just people. (The attractive/famous ones weren't dining there either, trust me). With the quality and variety of places to eat in New York (and the Meatpacking District), there is no reason to waste your night hoping to be seated at this place, especially given the mediocre reviews from others on this and other sites. Give the business to a restaurant that deserves it.
For Fashionista's NOT Foodies
By Foodie272 on 8/5/2010
Now I love a good scene and a little people watching. However that's all Abe & Arthur's has to offer! The food was horrible,from app to desert. I probably could have had a better steak at TGIFridays to be quite honest. The steak was cooked medium rare and was still extreamly tough. I had 2 bites and needed a cough drop to sooth my throat. The service was mediocre, not horrible. Except for the buss boy who dropped the used steak knife on my silk Manolo's. If you enjoy "fabulous" people over fabulous food than Abe's is for you. This foodie would rather enjoy a great meal, delicious wine and leave the gawking to the bridge and tunnel crowd!
If you can get over yourself, you'll have a good time.
By JasperJed on 8/5/2010
Platt left out "snotty Village poseurs" in his condescending roundup of "usual" patrons - possibly because it was a bit too self-inclusionary? Either way, the food is meant to be serviceable for the party here, and that's what you get. Amplified, different enough from the typical Manhattan restaurant flavors, yet familiar. It succeeds. Honestly, if you aren't looking for loud, self-congratulating environments, why would you even set foot NEAR the meatpacking district after 6pm? There are other Apple stores to book a Genius appointment at. You go there for the garishness - it's a bit like visiting Vegas. Get over yourself, and you'll have fun.
Abe and Arthurs
By JordanSmith on 6/16/2010
The restaurant was very busy and is great for people watching. The food was incredible, highly recommend the hamachi appetizer and the bread pudding dessert. We had heard it can sometimes be chaotic but were really impressed with the service and will definitely go back soon.
By FRH83 on 6/10/2010
This place is great. Always crowded with great looking people. The food is even better, highly recommend the burger and any/all sides. A MUST see.
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