All Reader Reviews of...
2 Park Ave., New York, NY, 10016
at 32nd St.
Delightful Experience...as always
By lovelytye87 on 11/29/2011
I was wisked away to a table hidden behind the host stand, a prime "people watching table."From the hostess to the food runner the staff was courtious and kind as they could be. Although it was 8PM and busy i didn't feel rushed or unattended to. The food was very yummy and i enjoyed the chocolate fondu as well as the mussels and the juicy steak. On my way out i bought a lovely cheese called epoisses which was so creamy and buttery. YUM!!! With a wonderful salutation from the host and matr'd i will as the said "visit again"... and again... and many times more
By sjbst17 on 7/2/2005
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.
Pricey and VERY GOOD!
By LindaIg on 12/13/2003
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!
By singer612 on 3/23/2012
I had brunch here over a year ago, but want to express my gratitude towards the staff. Not only did my friends and family enjoy all our meals, but the staff went above and beyond their duties to help us. One member of my family realized she felt unwell midway through the meal, and passed out as she stood from the table to go to the restroom. The manager and wait staff were there in an instant, cleared space for her to lie down, attended to people at the neighboring tables, brought a glass of juice and then, once she recovered, calmly put everything back in order so that we could finish. Everyone was very kind and attentive. I truly appreciated their help.
Say Cheese and Smile!
By skyblu on 6/11/2004
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.
What A Cheesy Brunch!!!
By ywwan on 11/26/2005
First of all, the food at is truly wonderful - from the lamb to the duck to yes, even the fish. It is one of the few places where I will break my rule of not eating fish in a non-Asian restaurant. Yes, I savor every heavenly bite of the olive cod and the skate. Time after time. And well, it goes without saying that the cheese is one of the highlights of the Artisanal experience - from the moment the pungent aroma assaults you as you walk in the door. Especially if like me, you like it soft and stinky and paired with just the perfect wine from the wide selection. Having said all that, I have found that the busy and noisy environment becomes overwhelming in the evenings and I much rather save this place for long, leisurely Sunday brunches with friends from out of town. I also have a special weakness for pastries on weekends... did I mention the wonderful selection of pastries, beginning with the beignets... And of course, you should make it a cheesy brunch!
OKAY. Good but nothing spectacular
By Gnewey on 5/20/2005
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.
A Top Brunch to Consider
By wudzee on 2/27/2004
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.
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.
Cheese, glorious cheese
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.
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