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359 Bleecker St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Charles St.
By tdnyc on 3/29/2008
I've been really looking forward to going to this place for some time -- whenever I walk by, it always looks so inviting and cozy. We finally went and it was extremely disappointing. The interior is cozy but that's the only nice thing I have to say about it. We ordered appetizers and that night's special, which was a paella made with pasta instead of rice, which sounded interesting. It was $45 for 2, and when it showed up, I was shocked by how little seafood was in it -- 4 scrawny, shriveled-up pieces of shrimp, 6 or so mussels and a few burnt pieces of chorizo. It was super oily and flavorless. The appetizers were fair but I'm sure someone in the kitchen was quite satisfied with themselves for serving $6 worth of food for 45 bucks. Overpriced even by West Village standards!
Dark, sexy, textured appeal
By Laurie_Ellen1973 on 3/20/2008
August is the true rugged, artistic, dark, sexy, naughty, earthy embodiment of the Village experience. From the first sip of wine, you become hypnotized by both the enchanting tastes and the cave-like depth of the candle-lit shadowy room. August is where the restaurant is the aphrodisiac. We are an interracial couple, ages 35 and 55, academic, not rich, not slaves to fashion, and we felt comfortable. The blue-cheese whip cream was unforgettable.
August - Not so good
By nostalgiaparks on 2/27/2008
After reading a lot of positive reviews, we were shocked by how bad our experience here was. Primarily the food: The bread was stale, the duck was bland and tough, and my wife's salmon was actually raw in places. The mediocre wine was overpriced even by NYC standards. To top it off, our server's affected arrogance was incredibly annoying. If you're a foodie, or if you expect a decent meal for $100/person, this is not the place for you.
August in December is a pleasure
By Mexcellent on 12/13/2007
I was lucky enough to have been invited to eat here last night. My company was a talented server and a souz chef from Tao, so food was on our brains-- August definitely delivered. Chestnust appeared in more than one dish, adding that perfect crunch to braised Brussels sprouts and the creamy broth for a shrimp and apple bisque. Everything was prepared just perfectly (our steak was red in the middle and fish's polenta crust toasted just-so). Service was a bit spotty, but a visit from the chef afterward and a pomegranate molasses-topped pudding smoothed it over. A++
New York's Hidden Treasure
By gahnyc on 8/24/2007
My friends and I stumbled across this place one Saturday morning in the West Village. I can't say enough good things about this place. The food was outstanding, the ambiance was divine and the service was impeccable. My girlfriend and I opted for the Steak and Eggs which was heavenly, while my other friend selected the daily special, Toad in a Hole, which he could not stop raving about. We were so pleased, that we're ready to go back again. We've been telling all our friends about it. You really must try this place!!
Inept waitress, OBNOXIOUS SERVER BOY, poorly cooked food SHAME-SHAME
By NYCRESTAURANT on 8/8/2007
Saturday Brunch: the first in the door. After being seated, informed the waitress that we were in a hurry and had to be somewhere in less than an hour. We ordered items she said were quick to serve. A half hour later with no food, we noted that other tables around had been served. When we mentioned the time problem, to her, she checked and said it would take two minutes. The SERVER BOY brought out our food, overbaked eggs and on the steak dish, eggs sunnyside up. They were ordered over light, so I told the server it was not correct. He took it away and brought it back within 45 seconds WITH A SNIDE "YOUR WELCOME" Being suspicious, I turned the eggs over and found they had merely flipped the eggs upside down. When I protested to our waitress she wanted to know who did this, the manager came out, the SERVER CONTINUED TO MAKE INAPPROPRIATE REMARKS TO ME, THE KITCHEN HELP JUST LAUGHED. The manager did not charge us for the incorrect order. Bad bad experience. We will never go back. We also have told the 6 other people that we know in the West Village.
By anon7777 on 5/4/2007
came to this restaurant on a busy Fri. night, and I would have understood if our waiter had not able to give us 100%, but he was unbelievably rude. He first came to the table, poured water and barked at us "you want anything else to drink." We were shocked, but ordered a bottle of wine as we had planned. It only got worse. Another waiter poured our wine, without even doing a proper tasting. He then came back to the table and barked rudely at us "you want to order?" I snidely replied, "would you like us to order?" trying to let him know he was being obnoxious. He replied "What I should have said is do you want to eat?" We should have walked out right that minute, because it only got worse and worse. IT was the WORST service I have received in my entire life. I would not reccomend August to anyone as the management obviously does not have any control over their staff or hiring.
Romantic Village Spot With Excellent Food and Service
By WVfoodsnob on 12/26/2006
August finally takes reservations! I suggest you make one immediately. This was the perfect cozy, warm place for a winter meal. We had the root salad with an amazing horseradish dressing and a special game tart to start. Both were delicious. For entrees, we had fish and brisket, and both were mouth-watering. The staff was very attentive, I will return regularly. A perfect date spot.
relaxing and nice back patio
By deborah on 11/21/2006
Stopped by for lunch today and the wood-burning oven gives the place a rustic-type of warmth. I've eaten here when it was Cafe Picasso. The back patio is enclosed like a greenhouse. Gorgeous light and atmosphere although a little cold in the winter. I had a 1/2 chorizo sandwich and 1/2 soup which was Hungarian goulash. The sandwich was savory with the pork chorizo and a full-grain mustard, perfect except for the charred black bottom. The soup was full-flavored and had brussel sprouts and pasta. My friend had a crab and hearts of palm salad. The pear cider was refreshing.
By Jennabrite on 1/9/2006
Nice, Neighorhood-y kind of place. The food was a little pricey, but definitely top notch. Great place to take a first date!
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