130 Bowery, New York, NY, 10013
nr. Grand St.
By nancybee on 12/17/2003
The fact that Chef Fred Brightman's food can stand up to the absolutely amazing landmark room with its 30 foot ceilings, marble columns and tile floor says more about the dining experience than any review can. If you want a three star fine dining experience go Monday through Thursday and receive attentive service and great food. If you want to experience a "scene" go on the weekends when the place is packed with 20 and 30 somethings, the music is loud and extra tables have been squeezed in to handle the crowds. Whichever you choose, the food will be great. Brightman's flavors are subtle and complex. The Venison with Chocolate Oil is a must for meateaters, the perfectly cooked Porcini crusted Wild Salmon with Black Truffles and the Day Boat Cod with Buttered Scallions and White Truffles melt in your mouth. The wine list is extensive and well priced.
By cyntseng on 10/2/2003
Amazing space, food was excellent but portions were a bit small. Bison was particularly outstanding. We were there on a Monday night so the restaurant was nice and quiet, we got very attentive service. Great place for special occasions.
By Roejo on 8/4/2003
I thought the food was excellent except the portions were laughably small and the price was too high. The pastry chef, who I met, and who also makes all the bread, is a true artisan. His work is worth the trip!
By brette on 7/21/2003
This restaurant is beautiful. It is just a very exciting place to have dinner. Very luxurious. Problem is the food. The food is very good. But, you are paying for food that is incredible. At $42 a chop, the veal better be the best piece you have had in years. For over $30, the bison better be incomparable. This is not the case. The food just doesn't compare with the space. The service is very good. The wine list is off putting...It comes in a stupidly large book. The list itself is very nice however. It is just how it is presented. The party space is magnificent. We had a very nice time but we just felt the food should have been superb for the price.
By herbbette on 7/15/2003
Price isnt an issue when it comes to food because I never mind paying for good food, but I have had MUCH better food at less expensive restaurants. However, the Service was good and the Decor/Ambiance alone is worth the pricey tab.