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210 Spring St., New York, NY, 10012
at Sixth Ave.
really disappointing for brunch
By doty81 on 10/25/2009
We went to Aquagrill for a weekend brunch, party of 4. We took a really good Grilled Rare Yellowfin Tuna sandwich, fresh fish well-cooked, a nice but not surprising Warm Grilled Chicken Salad, a disappointing too dry Aquagrill Big Burger and finally the Traditional Eggs Benedict which was really difficult to eat. The eggs were well cooked but the ham was elastic and absolutely not good (I had to remove it), the potatoes looked like old and totally burned and the overall plate had a strange taste. The waiters who bring or remove plates are really rude, grumpy and not attentive. This restaurant is probably of a nice value for fish but to avoid for a Â“classicÂ” brunch.
Don't believe the hype
By Marchie2003 on 9/24/2003
Complimentary apps were good, but all in all not impressed with the seafood. If you're getting oysters then this is the place to be, other wise, stay home and cook some fish. It'll taste better and cost a heck of a lot less. I've heard so much about this place, that maybe my expectations were too high, but I was not happy with my meal. The appitizer of 1 crab cake was too fishy tasting, not high quality meat. The salad with bits of seafood was rubbery and my main dish was smothered in sauce and still very bland. The bill was outrageous, you think my small party of 4 young ladies, was instead a table of linebackers. The atmosphere is what draws you in. With the doors open, the fresh breeze, and a view of the quite street in the village, you forget how much your paying for low grade cooking. Would not recomend, but maybe go back to see if they were having an "off night".
By marieviljoen on 4/10/2003
The periwinkle seems an unAmerican thing. You have to dig into it and lick your fingers and..it's a snail. At Aquagrill you get a bowl of them with a lemony aioli. It is one of the nicest things in town. The lobster salad is delicate and perfectly balanced. The vinaigrette is light but has enough kick to cut through the creaminess of the fan of avocado. The citrus segments are perfect counterpoint to the the sweet lobster. The grapefruit dessert is something approaching high art. So seldom do I find a dessert which really appeals to me. I don't go for desserts in general. Yes I like tender creme brulees and light fruit tartlets. But this caramelized grapefruit rind atop pink fruit segments, surrounding paler pink sorbet like a cold cloud...The only off-note is the silly chocolate spiral balanced on the sorbet.It ruins the simplicity. Take it off. Frisbee it across the room. Hopefully you'll hit a waiter. The service is awful. It is simpering, smarmy, sticky.
not worth the hype, but good bar
By yizyaz on 10/24/2008
We had great service and enjoyed the oysters and florida stone crab legs immensely. However, our bouillabaisse was sub-par and lacked the saffron promised in the menu. We ordered the red drum fish but after ordering, they said they ran out but could put the barramundi in the same sauce; we agreed. Upon arrival, they had mistakenly served the barramundi in the turbot sauce, not the red drum. The waiter realized and apologized. We decided to forgive because it was already so late in the evening. After declining a dessert, they brought a pumpkin dessert as an apology, but we were too full. We politely declined the dessert but thanked them for their generosity. We expected a little compensation for our efforts and their failed attempt, but nothing was removed from the bill. We left a 20% tip and our comments. The food was not as good as we expected, and in these economic times, not worth your dime. Good luck if you try it, but your best bet is getting some drinks and oysters at the bar. At least, that's all we'll ever do in the future.
By leighmainieri on 2/28/2003
The service was gracious and helpful . They treated people like they were kings & queens. I would go back again not only for the food but service.
food is great..service could be better..
By lxguessxl on 3/1/2003
I must say..the oysters were absolutely delish!~ the best I've ever had. I reccomend the salmon dish but the apple tart dessert could be worked upon...overall~ the food was great, however the wait staff was a bit slow and unattentive...
By MimiWasabi on 6/26/2003
For the oyster lovers amongst us, this place has over 20 selections of fresh pearl cultured friends, whom are either local or jet-setted from various oceans. The complimentary appetizer, salmon on a potato chip (in plain english), was delicate little teaser for what's to come, fish in cream with herbs and fried food with vegetable decorations. We opted for some Mesclun salads ($6.50), which came slightly over-dressed in a light vinaigrette. Our water of choice was San Pellegrino, but we were given some second rate sparkling water for $7. It was all they had. After an hour wait, after we finished the salad that is, our mermaid beauties arrived--Tuna in Asian Ginger Glaze ($24.50) and weekly special's Escolar from New Zealand ($23.50). The corn cream sauce was a nice touch to the light flaky white fish. The tuna, however, was a bit dry and over-cooked. The deep fried rice was tasty but a bit greasy. The vegetables that came with it--well, they were ok. We skipped dessert in fear of having to wait for them to mill the flour first.
By snappyaunt1 on 2/8/2004
Aquagrill is not for everybody, there is no lobster tank in the front nor fish and chips on the menu. But if you like fish, come. Order anything on the menu and you would be assured of a good meal. The raw fish platter was impressive. The bouillaise was very tasty and full of lots of inhabitants of the sea. The cod was silky. The desserts are terrific too. Be aware reservations are necessary but worth it.
Excellent Seafood Restaurant, Always Reliable, Consistently Fresh
By GothamFoodPorn on 3/14/2013
Uh...this place is now my officially favorite "go to" seafood restaurant. It's always reliable consistently serving fresh and excellent seafood. Their peppered tuna carpaccio is INCREDIBLE. And they have an excellent raw bar menu... I took lots of photos there: www.gothamfoodporn.com
SOHO seafood at its best!
By BarneyG on 1/28/2003
It won't just be oysters lovers raving about this exquisite seafood place at the corner of Spring at 6th Ave. Le Bernardin better be careful as Aguagrill seems to get better with each return visit. Try their Sunday lunch/brunch - few can top it.
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