All Reader Reviews of...
50 Commerce St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bedford St.
I LOVED it-- the sweet potato raviolli was amazing
By Cai45dowd on 2/23/2010
As was the sea bass and the scallop dish. And I saw Katie Couric there while dining! We loved our waitress and had an EXCELLENT dinner.
What a pleasant surprise!
By cathynyc on 2/11/2010
I think I was able to enjoy the ambiance of this restaurant a lot more because I wandered in during a snowstorm & it wasn't very crowded. The servers were very attentive and friendly, and the space was cozy and intimate. We got the roast chicken for two and I have to say that it completely took me by surprise - so so so good! What an amazing restaurant!
By Yoks on 10/2/2009
I went last night and had a really great meal. My server was friendly, helpful and reasonably attentive without bothering us. The Spring Vegetable Ap was really stellar. I shared the whole roasted chicken and it was amazing. Plan to have some time to eat as they space things out. It's a pretty loud space and a rather boisterous crowd, so it is better for a small group rather than a cozy intimate dinner. It was also pretty crowded, make a reservation.
What is all the hype about? This place is AWFUL!!
By obrienm811 on 4/5/2009
I have read several great reviews for this restaurant and, for the life of me, I cannot understand the hype! When we got there, we had to wait 20 minutes for our reservation. And when they finally sat us they stuck us in a tiny table right by the incredibly noisy bar. People were continuously using the other chair at our table as their coat rack and one woman nearly knocked over my wine glass with her behind! The food was mediocre at best, nothing special at all. And our server acted as if he was mad at us when we could not have been lower maintenance. Seriously, there are so many amazing restaurants in New York, I would not waste a second of your time (or money!) at this one.
Worth the Wait
By krobinsonnyc on 3/28/2009
Despite being seated 35 minutes past our 9:45pm reservation & having to ask for menus, we were pleased. The waitstaff made up for our initial aggravation; not with what I'd normally expect (a complimentary glass of wine/morsel from the chef), but with pleasant, timely (but not rushed) service & zero attitude. I didn't even notice that we weren't "compensated" until the next morning. The waiter was on-point, but "chill", despite the jammed-packed atmosphere, which would've put most staff/kitchens in the weeds. When we asked for more "whole grains", the runner came over 3 times with different breads (not that we needed it), but the way she went about it was cute & endearing. My friend loved the beef & the duck, the mushroom ravioli was delicious & the sommelier was spot on with his suggestion. Even their basic salad was well done - the manchego cheese wasn't just thrown on top of a heap of mesculin greens, but freshly shaved & tossed with care throughout in a light lemon & herb vinegarette. Simple & delicious. I'll be back - but I'll make my reservation 30 minutes before I want to sit.
Better than Excellent
By jedpro on 3/10/2009
Food was noteworthy. Breads were exceptional. Chicken for 2 also memorable. Breakfast t he Isralei Workman's breakfast was unusual and very tasty. I will go back, for sure.
By caracaracara on 2/27/2009
I went last night and the service was amazing and the food was delicious. I love incredibly refined food in restaurants that aren't overly formal and this is exactly what Commerce is. The restaurant gets very loud but I really enjoyed the entire experience because it reminded me of how the space was once a speakeasy. Its nice to go to a restaurant and have upscale, refined, excellent food and not have the stuffy environment. I had the steak tartar and the Pennsylvania chicken...both were outstanding! My friend had the 20 herbs & lettuces salad and the fettuccini with house made ricotta which was equally delicious. Will definitely be back!
Get ready to wait and wait....
By 646UWS on 2/26/2009
I've never written one of these reviews but felt obliged to comment on my experience this past saturday night. We had a reservation for 9:15 for 2. When we arrived at 9:10 the hostess said it shouldn't be very long. Quickly, however, we discovered there were many people at the bar who had 8:30 reservations and still had not been seated. Before we knew it we had waited almost 2 hours. finally around 11pm we were seated. while the wait staff was apologetic, the management was useless. And, we were not alone -- lots and lots of people were having the same experience. Clearly they can't figure out their reservation system. The food was fine (though there was a very long wait for that too) but not worthy of a night of waiting. Lots of better restaurants out there where you won't end up eatting at midnight notwithstanding a 9:15 reservation.
By ksimmons on 1/12/2009
I came here on a Friday night and the vibe was great. A really fun restaurant for someone looking for the real NYC experience. The cocktails at the bar were awesome and the food exceptional. The staff really knew what they were talking about. I will def be back.
By vertibert on 1/3/2009
Study the details: wine list items that offer rare excellence for about $50, the chocolate-bar walnut tables, the best house-made bread basket since Balthazar, the lighting like a thousand hidden candles (you will look gorgeous), and yes, the roast chicken is worth the wait. I love this place.
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