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Bona Fides

60 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10003
nr. 3rd St.

Avg. Rating

Food: 7
Service: 4
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

33% would go back.

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I love it

By terrymoot on 12/15/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I hesitate to write a glowing review for fear of having a bunch of strangers show up and make noise while I'm trying to enjoy a quiet, relaxing dinner with friends. However, I love this place. I love the food, the atmosphere, the music and the family that owns and operates Bona Fides. I've been eating here regularly for the past 10 years or more and I've never been disappointed. The wine selection is good and affordable. I have to say that the filet is one of the best I've ever had. One of my personal favorites is the smoked asparagus ravioli in vodka sauce. I could sit and eat the crusty, aromatic and delicious bread all night long, except I always want to leave room for the main course. The fresh salmon is particularly tasty with a crusty grilled finish and a rare and succulent interior. Don't be fooled by the fact that the rooms aren't packed with diners as it's the last restaurant on the Avenue and most people have settled on a choice before they've walked down that far. Also there is a garden in the back. In New York, restuarants full of noise and clamor are a dime a dozen. This peaceful oasis of calm is truly a rare gem in our city's crown.

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Decent food, awful service

By medwards83 on 10/24/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to Bona Fides to celebrate my birthday with a party of about 14 ppl and the service there was attrocious. It took us almost an hour to get appetizers and the waitstaff buzzed past the table several times without asking if we needed anything. When they did ask, they brought it back 15 minutes later, but only after having to be reminded. The food was decent when we finally got it, but this could have been due to the fact that we were starving by the time we received it. I would definitely never go back to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone.

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