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35 Downing St., New York, NY, 10014
at Bedford St.
Management was rude
By quietpup on 5/29/2011
Our family came into town and we decided to pop over to try this place because we had heard the food was good. When we got there, we were shocked by the egregiously rude behavior of the management. They wanted to seat us in the basement and after we politely asked to be seated upstairs, they made sarcastic comments and scolded us for not having made a reservation, even though there were tables available. One person from our party arrived 10 minutes late and, in the meantime, a manager came by to make a snide comment about having an empty seat. We spent $130 there and the management seemed to go out of their way to make us feel unwlecome. The food was ok (certainly not worth raving about), the waitstaff did a good job. This city has way too many other decent restaurants for anyone to need to put up with terrible customer service. We won't be going back.
Consistently good overall
By mmstandard45 on 11/30/2010
I like this place more for the atmosphere and energy not to mention service. I come here usually to catch up with friends over dinner so we are more about the talking and drinks than the food. That's not to say that the food is not good because it is an interesting mix of small plates. Never feel rushed in this busy dinner spot.
One of the Best
By Alli_nyc on 9/6/2009
One of my favorite restaurants in the city. A memorable meal and experience, and perfect for celebrating something with a party of two or four. An intimate, warm setting with incredible food. I haven't been anywhere like it.
By foodielover on 7/15/2009
I always love this place. I have been here about a dozen times, and I always love it-- for dessert, for dinner, or for a snack. The service is great, the food is delicious, and I always enjoy my experience there. The restaurant is a bit expensive for what you get, but the quality of the food is great, it's prepared deliciously, and it's a comfy and airy location. LOVE IT!
STILL GREAT, AFTER ALL OF T HESE YEARS
By foodielover on 2/3/2009
It is not overrated-- this is a great restaurant w/ fabulous food, fresh ingredients, an interesting menu, and comfortable atmosphere. It is expensive, but it is also delicious. I have been to this spot at least a half-dozen times over the years, and I'm always very pleased and excited about going back!
Overall, it's worth the wait
By linrtt on 3/25/2008
Like the other BR's in the city, this one doesn't take reservations. For weekend brunch, the best thing to do is to show up ~11:20am and you're pretty much gaurenteed seating when they open at 11:30. For dinner, the best thing to do is be prepared to wait although there's a BR wine bar right across the street to kill the time. Onto the food... the appetizer menu is very very extensive and arguably, most of it is worth sampling. Two of my favorites are the garlic shrimp with chorizo and mushroom ravioli. The market salad is super fresh and almost a perfect blend of veggies. The service can be rushed at times, but who can fault them given the standing crowd that is usually gathered by the door.
Overrated and Overpriced
By jrg57 on 12/26/2007
I don't get the fuss. Aside from its ambience -- which really is charming -- the experience was forgettable. Or I'm trying to, anyway. The waiter was uninformed (the salmon ravioli he told us we were eating turned out to be lobster), the service was slow, and the food was uninspired, heavy-handed, and overpriced. My pregnant friend literally got a plate of undressed greens from a bag for $12. I had a lump of sea bass over a flood of cheese sauce. 4 asparagus went for $15. The bread is delish, and the bakery, a delight, but it took forever to arrive (it wasn't a busy night). I'm happy to shell out -- Jean-George and Mas Farmhouse deserve it -- but not this place. The desserts are fun, but about as inventive as Baskin Robbins. Go there instead.
To die for...
By Water1 on 4/5/2007
My favorite place to eat in NYC! EVERYTHING I've had is delicious. I highly recommend the steak sandwich, which is offered on the lunch menu, soooo gooood. The Foie Gras Terrine is a delight. Somehow, whenever we order I think to myself that a cheese plate every time in not necessary, but as it turns out, in fact it is necessary. The quality of the cheeses is apparent every time and oh that honey... Never a difficulty finding a nice bottle of wine to pair with the meal. Overall this establishment has hit the nail on the head. Professional, friendly, and courteous all describe the wait staff. I prefer this location to the other I visited in Soho. Food at Soho lcoation was good, staff in Soho a tad bit lacking, but it could have just been the day. I just can't say enough good about Blue Ribbon.
Warm & Inviting
By savvylady on 10/23/2005
Very good menu, french but with more interesting americian flair than typical french bistro dishes, the lobster was amazing. It is a very cozy and relaxing place.
Consistently good food
By superhero on 10/16/2005
and consistently good service. just a good restaurant with a staff that cares!
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