All Reader Reviews of...
152 W. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Seventh Ave.
Less than impressed
By FatBastard on 4/5/2008
After several visits, my conclusion is that the restaurant is well-conceived but poorly managed. Atmosphere sets you up for a grand experience, and the food ultimately delivers. But transgressions include: bread well after drinks and only moments before appetizers; confusing service as a second server would occasionally clear plates, bring the check, or otherwise confuse us; and we aggressively protested to busboys that we had not finished each course as they repeatedly tried to clear the table but eventually succumbed to lightning-quick server number two as she swept away an unfinished dessert. Bar Americain is no longer a new restaurant and ought to have ironed out most kinks at this point in early 2008. The food is generally spot-on, though arguably overpriced for bistro fare. Last night's corn chowder was a particular highlight, crab cake merely average were it not for a basil sauce which should have been more generously applied, and entrees cooked as ordered with the right balance of spices (I do like the food!). In all, a tough pill to swallow for anyone well-versed in NYC but a decent last-minute choice for business or to "wow" out-of-towners.
By willyc on 1/13/2008
Wow - I've had better service and food at at TGIFridays. Mr. Flay needs to spend more time in the kitchen and less mugging for the TV camera. Based on this place, he wouldn't even be the Tin Foil Chef. There's no excuse for serving overcooked steak, frozen oysters, forgetting parts of the order, and long waits without even seeing a waiter.
By milktrey on 10/1/2007
This place was awesome! I was so disapointed because they told us Bobby was there the nightbefore :(. I was to see him really bad. To start off I ordered the Artisonal Ham Tasting which was a prosciutto presented three ways. 1. mozerella with basil and roasted peppers or something like that that was very good. 2. in the middle of a mini bun that came with honey mustard which was awesome. and 3. with like diced mango and something on top which was, awkward. my mother got the onion soup which she liked and my dad got the shrimp and grits which he said was good. for our entrees, my mother and i got the filet mignon that came with the bobby flay steak sauce. The sauce is SO GOOD! My father got like red snapper I think which he raved about. For our side dishes, we got the potato chips and blue cheese (great), the fries americain with roasted red pepper mayo i think it was (excellent), and the creamed corn (superb).
By Debulis on 11/13/2006
What a huge disappointment! A group of us went for dinner to celebrate a birthday. The service was lacking from the moment we sat down. Drinks took forever to order and to arrive at the table. Raw oysters were frozen to their shell. A steak ordered medium was delivered just as done as a rare filet. The service did not improve even after speaking with the manager several times. The last straw was the bill. For a pleasant experience the price would still seem steep - but for us, it was utterly atrocious. Shame on you, Bobby Flay! New York deserves better than this.
great overall restaurant
By jaymay on 10/18/2006
We have been to Bar Americain numerous times. The service is always amazing-the reception staff is always pleasant and accomodating, the bartenders are always friendly & attentive & helpful regarding questions about the specialty drinks (the dark & stormy is great), the table waitstaff is always friendly & attentive & helpful with any menu questions (lamb chops are amazing & the duck is superb). The food is always excellent and the atmosphere is fun & lively. Everyone from local friends to visiting out of towners that have dined with us loved it too. It may be pricier than some places but it is well worth it.
True dining experience
By Viclaw on 12/28/2005
Sorry, if you gave this place a bad review then you should stick to fast food places. A truly great dining experience. From entering the door to leaving everything was perfect. Classic food with truly top notch professional service in a striking decor. Great from appetizer to dessert including a wonderfully created vegetarian plate that is not on the menu. A must go for anyone that loves to eat and enjoy the whole dining experience.
By Fletch on 11/13/2005
Selected based on what we read in American Way (AA's) magazine (Nov 2005). Expensive coctails (average); Wonderful salads (try the Wild Mushroom w/ Quinea); entres of Smoked Chicken and Pork Chop (both were excellent tasting and well presented); Sides of Fries and Sweet Potato Hash (excellent); Fried Chocolate Pie and Apple Crepes for dessert (excellent). Chef Flay was in the kitchen and his wife (Stepahnie March of L&O SVU fame) was enjoying a meal.
STICK A FORK IN ME-I'M DONE WITH FLAY !!
By mreatalot on 10/17/2005
another case of the missing celebrity chef. i was on an expense account and felt ripped off ! a cavernous space where you can't hear yourself think, let alone carry on a conversation. nothing new or original on the menu
TAKE YOUR FRIENDS AND GO!
By Marcia on 9/10/2005
At Bar Americain a group of friends can enjoy and relax in the atmosphere! The ambiance was great! The food EXCELLENT! Dessert a MUST! TAKE YOU FRIENDS AND GO! THANKS BOBBY!
By gbug208 on 8/1/2005
I'm a little confused with some of the earlier reviews of Bar Americain citing bad service. I was there this past Saturday and was very happy with the attentiveness. While having a drink at the bar before we were seated, the bartender was nice enough to allow us sample a few types of gins after some friendly conversation. The service for dinner was equally impressive. The food of course doesn't disappoint! My guess, some of the earlier reviews may be more a reflection of ironing out the kinks of a new restaurant.
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