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Artisanal

2 Park Ave., New York, NY, 10016
at 32nd St.
212-725-8585

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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64% would go back.

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Loved

By sjbst17 on 7/2/2005

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

Extensive selection of wines all available by the glass and commendable cheese selection. Wine and cheese are sexy. Romantic...and, fun! The prix fixe restaurant week was boring and uninspired - salmon or hanger steak/frites. My husband and I shared a stilton with Sauternes fondue appetizer. He had glass of chablis and I had a sweeter riesling to start. We took our time and savoured each bite. Then my husband had skate wing and I had the terrific, flavorful bouillabaisse or fish stew. It may have been the best I've ever had. Their rouille definitely is. The rouille is truly the key to the best bouillabaisse. The presentation was very neat. No bones, no skin. Some shrimp and a few mussels. Just the way I happen to like it. My husband's skate wing was so light and fluffy - delicious. Our waiter was knowledgeable. Service was professional, prompt, efficient and friendly. In terms of value since I started with fondue which is very filling I was more than full after my entree, with sadly no room for dessert.

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345 out of 755 people found this review helpful.

OKAY. Good but nothing spectacular

By Gnewey on 5/20/2005

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have no complaints. Everything was good. Nothing bad, nothing stood out neither. I had the Artisanal Blend Cheese fondue, crepes appetizer, mesclun, hanger steak frites and chocolate fondue. Very satisfying, good portions. Server seems knowledgeable... overall good, would go back, but won't go out of my way there.

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420 out of 831 people found this review helpful.

Say Cheese and Smile!

By skyblu on 6/11/2004

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

Just went to Artisanal with a large group. We were very happy. We started out with Artisanal's famous gougeres and a fondue that was perfectly prepared and presented. We then had entrees, again..happy! Although we were stuffed, we went for broke and had chocolate fondue for dessert. Fantastic! Service was impeccable and we'll definitely go back.

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363 out of 802 people found this review helpful.

A Top Brunch to Consider

By wudzee on 2/27/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Sunday noontime brunch proved to be the perfect time to finally give it a try. The Balthazar bread was impeccable and the cheeses by and large the cream of the crop. (!) The $18 three cheese salad plate made the perfect shared app to the perfect Croques, both the smoked salmon and the apple smoked bacon. The cheese shop however was no better than Murrays - and most choices were higher priced.

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337 out of 685 people found this review helpful.

Unexpected Disappointment

By nightbird on 2/5/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

If this wanna-be french bistro thinks it's going to get by on its impressive list of cheese, the out-of-touch owners are going to be sorely disappointed. To start, the service was disgraceful; if you're going to charge top prices, your staff should at least know not to clear one patron's plate before the rest are through. The tables were so close together that my companion enjoyed at least one elbow to the head and enough derriere in the face to last a lifetime. And to add insult to injury, the prix fixe dinner looked liked yesterday's leftovers; a sort of "punishment" for merely taking advantage of what the establishment proudly boasts on tacky cards lying on your plate. Oh and the dessert? It basically looked and tasted like a repackaged muffin. Thanks, but no.

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331 out of 725 people found this review helpful.

Worse than Denny's

By vtavgjoe on 2/5/2004

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Despite our reservation, we waited 20 minutes in an impossibly crowded entrance area, and the service only went down from there. Our waiter never told us about the specials, we were brought bread halfway through the meal, and only after asking repeatedly, did we get butter with it.....after the last course. The food was average, definitely not worth the $70 per person we paid.

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315 out of 665 people found this review helpful.

Pricey and VERY GOOD!

By LindaIg on 12/13/2003

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

This Terrance Brennan offshoot beats Picholine for my bucks and palate. The food is beautifully prepared with no pretense and everything is delicious from the omelettes to the main courses--fish, poultry or meat--and the cheese preparations are to die for. Best fondue on the planet. Splurge and Enjoy!

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288 out of 560 people found this review helpful.

Needs work

By Lizzybee on 10/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Excellent wine list, even if they usually are out of what you want! Service is still spotty and unneccesarily snobby. Waiter turned up fondue fire so hot my dish burned and I had to flag him down to save it. I've heard others have had the same problem. Dessert list is quite good: mix of delicious standards and even more delicious unconventional sweets. Overall, though: a disappointment. However, the menu is different enough to impress a business lunch associate (if they're not in the culinary business, that is!) and the bright lights and subtle decor make it a good choice for business entertaining.

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271 out of 561 people found this review helpful.

disorganized

By squid on 2/3/2003

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

Disorganized and expensive for melted cheese. Many of the wines are not available , at least the three times I tried this restaurant. Each time there were serious service lapses, missed orders etc... Forget it.

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263 out of 517 people found this review helpful.

Balthazar-lite plus Fondue

By trick on 1/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

A lively bistro with a cheesy theme. The many fondues are excellent and always fun, if not completely authentic (where's the scraper for those last bits of crispy cheese?) Bistro fare is very good, a notch below Balthazar but that's not too shabby. Quality hanger steak, tasty frites, cassoulet special is outstanding. Totally international, well selected wine list at typical mark-ups. Not a value play, everything is fully priced but not outrageous. Why don't they just can the smelly cheese retail shop in the restaurant which turns off a lot of people who otherwise would love the place?

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