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224 W. 51st St., New York, NY, 10019
By foodlover12 on 1/26/2012
This was some of the best Italian food I have ever had in the city. So fresh and simple. The atmosphere was great, a big dining room with wood panels and floor to ceiling windows. Make sure to get a reservation for Friday and Saturday night because It gets very busy. There is a great pre theater menu and nightly specials. I have been here many times and always leave satisfied and completely full. This is the place to go when you want great Italian food in the theater district.
Rude service ruins meal
By PortiaNJ on 4/2/2011
After a fairly good meal, our party of six ordered dessert. The check was presented at the same time as dessert arrived. An 18 percent tip had been added. My husband paid, and then, immediately, while we were eating and having coffee, a team of waiters began to clear the table, reaching over us, and repeatedly walking over to the table and scowling, obviously trying to rush us out. We were not dawdling. My adult son began rushing through his dessert and we were all made to feel uncomfortable as we drank our coffee. Then the head waiter told us that we had to leave because he needed the table. This restaurant is next to a theater and obviously wants to just turn over tables. They force a sizable tip, have no incentive to continue to provide good service, and then treat customers who have paid quite a bit very shabbily. We frequently eat in Midtown, but would not return here.
Great Atmosphere and great service
By emquad46 on 3/22/2011
We picked Azalea from previous reviews and location to our theatre. We were greeted by the owner Nino and even though we were 15 minutes early our reserved table was available. The service was excellent and the food was very good. The portions were modest (European size). We did not order from the prix theatre menu therefore everything was pricey. The Branzino was well prepared and boned, but it was only one side of the fish instead of two filets if I had the whole fish ($30). Drinks were expensive. A shot of Glenlivet on the rocks was $16 (a bit pricey), for that price it should have been a long pour! Again, great service and a nice atmosphere. $135 (included tax and 18% tip) for two with two drinks.
Azalea: Perfect Service and Delicious, Traditional Italian Cuisine.
By wicreager on 1/27/2011
Our group was looking for a restaurant near the Gershwin Theater that could handle our large group of 30 people. We found Azalea right next door. They helped us design a set menu that accommodated the Vegetarians in the group. When we arrived, Nino our host/manager greeted us and had his wait staff ready to serve us. They suggested the wine choices, number of bottles, red and white to serve our group. Saul our server for my table and seem to oversee the rest of the servers made sure everyone was satisfied, served promptly and this gave us enough time to relax over desserts and coffee before the we needed to walk next door to the show. Even when a few guests needed to tweak a few of the dinner and dessert choices it wasnâ€™t a problem at all. The food was great. It was traditional Italian flavor. It was not Americanized Italian flavor. I would definitely go back to Azaleaâ€™s when I am in the area. Thanks again to Nino and Saul for doing a great job!
Great location, bland food
By bkposts on 10/13/2010
We'll start with the good: For pre-theater, you can't get closer to the Circle in the Square or the theater where Wicked plays. Once the food comes, though, it's bland, bland, bland. Very little flavor in the rubbery Pollo Alla Boscaiola or the Filetto Di Maiale. The spinach salad promised baked goat cheese, but it was not baked and came atop a soggy round of bread. The only dish worth recommending is the Carpaccio Di Manzo. The dining room has soaring ceilings and full-length glass windows -- too bad the view is of an unremarkable building. Next time, we will sacrifice proximity to the theater for better food.
An unexpected gem
By pricefamdc on 2/23/2009
Didn't expect much for a last-minute pick of an Italian restaurant in in mid-town near B'way but was very pleased by quality of food, wine, and service. Got a $80 bottle of wine for $40 when we asked about wine specials.
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