775 Washington St., New York, NY, 10014
at 12th St.
By Rahema on 7/11/2004
Jonathan, what happened to you? The food here, to put it not-so-delicately, sucks. But we love Mary behind the bar, who makes a mean custom cocktail and entertains us with her sardonic wit. She is the only reason (that and the occasional sight of James Gandolfini walking by with his kid) we go back.
By samjones on 6/19/2004
The food has some originality to it, but overall it is not a special place. Jonathan Waxman has done much better in the past.
By ekb on 6/14/2004
My husband and I went one night because we thought a)it must be full every night for a reason and b)because we live practically across the street. Don't be fooled! The first time we went the food was simply not very good and certainly overpriced. We also ran into some friends there that had waited over 1/2 hour for their reservation and were then seated at an inside, uncomfortable table. OK, maybe an off night. Then my dad came to town and he and his girlfriend were very impressed with the open air feel and so we went for a drink. They insisted on trying dinner there so we sat down. Veal was tasteless and seemingly doused with chili powder, the risotto was bland, bland and more bland and the fish and quail were average at best. We sent the veal back and we should have sent the risotto back. I will never go back there and furthermore, every time I walk by I will continue to giggle at the New Yorkers who are eating there thinking they are so 'in' because someone told them it was hip to eat there. What a waste of money.
By mmasi on 4/12/2004
Don't waste your money and time. I went with 4 people and all four of us thought the food was simply bad. I had the lamb and could only eat 2 bites of it (the rest was fat). I had to send it back and get the chicken which was mediocre at best. I would definitely not recommend this rest to anybody!!
By brekstar on 4/8/2004
A service, seating and eye-burning nightmare. I ran out to Barbuto after reading Adam Platt's rave review online. Our table was in the middle of the overcrowded main dining room, and we all spent most of our evening scooching ever closer to the table while waiters and runners bumped into and slid by us all evening. We waited 15 minutes for our drinks and 45 for our food, which was fine quality, but not anything special. The asaparagus appetizer and the duck were tasty. The polenta was blander than bland. The lamb and risotto were fine, but eh. The wood burning oven kept filling the room with smoke, which made everyone in our party's eyes burn. Our waiter was clueless and put the wrong amount on our credit cards (we split the check), and I felt like I'd been taken by the time we left. Maybe our experience was an anomoly, an off night for a new restaurant is not uncommon. And certainly Mr. Waxman's repuation and past successes are worth noting. But I don't want to risk another unpleasent evening—even if the chef has Alice Water's phone number.
By docpark on 4/7/2004
Relaxed atmosphere, excellent bar, service a tad slow with crowding, did not need a reservation (~8pm), roasted mussels well prepared, monkfish excellent, ribeye/chili pepper excellent, pork ribs okay. Three people, two bottles of pinot grigio, three entrees, an appetizer, two sides, and a Manhattan -$172 -what's not to like