2 Park Ave., New York, NY, 10016
at 32nd St.
By roastbeef on 1/29/2003
I almost didn't stay long enough to survive the pungent smack in the face that greets you at the door of Artisanal. But I do love cheese and I'm glad I stuck it out. I've sat at the bar numerous times and enjoyed selected cheeses and wines, aided by knowledgeable "fromagiers"(in the age of water and tea sommeliers, and bar chefs, a fromagier seems quaintly old fashioned). My experience in the dining room was less successful. The waitstaff had all the enthusiasm of mill workers on an overnight shift. The food left no mark on my memory. Doesn't seem to stop the whole rest of the world, though, as the place is always crowded and lively.
By Exuparem on 1/28/2003
What makes Artisanal great is the whiff of cheese that you get the minute you are seated by your classically "French" waiter. It looks like a brasserie in Montparnasse while the food is the kind you would have in a Swiss chalet. I especially love the fondue of fontina cheese with truffle oil and beef tips. Those cheese puff appetizers are scrumptious, too. Artisanal is perfect during the winter, and it's perfect during the summer when you are missing the winter!
By elan on 1/19/2003
Perhaps some of the staff have been reading the reviews here as I did feeling very apprehensive with numerous negative reports about the service. It didnt stop me and I'm glad! While the Host being French didn't smile much, keep in mind the French dont smile if they dont know you! Yet everyone else on the staff did, so let's get some perspective! Plenty of attention and recommendations, about the only minor flaw was overeager busboys. The fondue was the only disappointment (admittedly one of the specials for the evening, I think if you select your own cheeses you won't be surprised). Otherwise an outstanding meal in every way.
By girlie on 1/14/2003
The brunch there is really the best meal. I have been there for both dinner and brunch and brunch is fabulous and dinner is just good. Get the fondue and don't be afraid to ask for help. The cheese expert spent lots of time hleping us decide what cheeses we should try for dessert and we were novices.
By Pudgy on 12/30/2002
Artisanal has a gargantuan (and daunting) collection of cheeses. The food is decent though expensive, but the drawback of the restaurant is the noise. When full, you can't hear yourself think.