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50 Commerce St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bedford St.
Commerce, neighborhood feel !
By yellowbird41 on 12/31/2008
My wife and I have gone to Commerce twice since they opened. We both have found Commerce to be a comfortable,neighborhood place, similiar to the theme of "Cheers". We are both Bostonians who visit NYC several times a year and have found Commerce to be a welcoming restaurant, even if we are Red Sox fans! The staff are all pleasant and accomodating. We tend to eat a little earlier than most New Yorkers thus we have not encountered any wait problems. We have found the menu to be varied and cater to many different tastes. In our opinion, it is a must dine experience. We will definately return again.
LOOKS like a "movie-set"; loved my food and champagne
By mary7thomas on 12/29/2008
I have eaten at Commerce three times, and each time, the chef has improved and the wine/champagne list has gotten better. Order the lobster, and you won't regret it. A true gem, and the prices are quite reasonable.
Definitely the best restaurant in New York City
By NYrestaurantlover on 12/29/2008
This is an amazing place. Commerce has a great energy and is filled with fun people seeming to be hanging out. It reminds me of how Odean used to be, but the food here is amazing. In such a relaxed and casual setting, one would not expect to find such high end food. They have great dishes to share (a great date place ... where I've taken some dates!) like chicken and beef. They also have delicious bread (with many different kinds) and some desserts that feel like comfort food but are a cut above. I highly recommend this place; I've eaten there over 20 times this year.
By clements88 on 6/14/2008
The atmosphere at Commerce is nice and the food is better than average, but the service is so horrendous that it ruins your experience. The staff has good intentions, but it's complete amateur hour over there. We've gone twice because we live in the neighborhood and both times we felt like the people who work at Commerce have never worked in a restaurant before. We had to wait an hour for our reservation so ordered drinks at the bar. After waiting 20 minutes, the same bartender approached us again and asked if we would like to order drinks. The same thing happened with our food order! When we sat down, the waitress took our order and then came back 45 minutes later to apologize that she'd forgotten what we'd ordered!! Well, I could go on and on, but we won't go back.
Poorly thought out, obnoxious crowd
By theslopeisdope on 6/6/2008
How many tables can you stuff in a restaurant...I don't know, but the owner here seems to thinks it's the same as the amount of angels that can dance on the head of a pin. Our bottle of white wine wasn't served to us until after our appetizers and after we demanded it. They told us it had to chill first! No pre-chilled bottles? Then when the hell we're we going to get it, after dessert? It didn't help that it took the server over five minutes to open it up because the space is so tight he had to move away from our table literally every ten seconds to accommodate a passing server, busboy, etc. The food is unremarkable, as is the famed bread basket. The crowd is obnoxious.
Hair in my food and unremarkable....
By eca on 5/18/2008
We had a 9:30 reservation and waited until 10:15 to be seated. Which wasn't really so bad- it is NY after all and these things do happen. The food was very good as we expected but the portions were very tiny: 7 small tortellini (sweet potato) in a $16 appetizer. I am used to spending between $150-200 for dinner for two but usually there is a little more to the food at a restaurant in this range. My husband and I had the lobster and halibut for dinner and I found a hair that did not belong to either my husband or myself in the halibut. We got an apology and and offer for a complimentary dessert which we had already turned down- I had lost my appetite. I didn't finish the halibut because of the hair yet we were still charged full price for the entree. I was disappointed by the overall experience. It wasn't anything special besides the location and the atmosphere and honestly, I didn't think we should have had to pay for the halibut since I couldn't finish it and there was a hair in it.
Why is this a critic's pick?
By 21dana on 5/3/2008
I thought I was lucky when I snagged a last minute reservation for 9:15 on a Friday night due to a cancellation. As it turns out, the lucky one was the guy who cancelled. Everything about this place is just OK. My friends and I enjoy a cocktail at the bar before dinner so it was no big deal when our table wasn't ready by 9:15. It became annoying at 10:00 and we finally sat at 10:15. The food was OK. Portions are pretty small. I am not looking for a Friday's size portion- just a normal amount of food. I am a girl and I was rummaging through the bread basket after dinner so I can only imagine how the men were feeling. I can't comment on dessert because we decided to cut our losses and save what time we had left of the night. It was almost midnight and we were mostly drunk from drinking during all the waiting periods. I guess I should have read the user reviews instead of the magazine review. If I had done hat, I probably would have been dining somewhere else.
Good place, shame about the pasta
By r_f on 4/29/2008
What started out with such hope and possibility (fresh bread basket, delicious, varied herb salad) turned into an exercise in supreme disappointment. As a vegetarian, I was left with one real entree choice - the fettucini with tomato sauce and ricotta, on the menu for $24 (which is more than many other entree items, incidentally). What a complete joke. Out came a midget-sized bowl of completely average pasta slathered in extraordinarily plain tomatoes and tasteless ricotta. It was, quite frankly, an affront to the faith that we put into an establishment when placing an order. I felt like Commerce had indeed soaked me for quite a profit that night (must have been the cheapest item on their menu and the highest profit margin), which I wouldn't have minded if I had experienced flavors that showed the least bit of creativity. It was offensive. I'm sure many other menu items would be satisfying, but I won't return.
Why all the negativity?
By quarterwhip on 4/27/2008
personally, i found each of my three experiences at Commerce to be quite wonderful. the food was consistently exceptional and i really appreciated the change in traditional high end dining. there is no tasting menu, sure, but i found that to be a nice alternative to the usual. the prices were totally reasonable and the beautiful space was a complete bonus. i had some issues with service, sure, but by the third visit, everything was rock solid. i dont know what everyone is expecting, but maybe sometimes its nice to just be in a place that feels comfortable and serves the finest comfort food around.
Dont go to Commerce if youre hungry or in a hurry.
By emo55555 on 4/11/2008
While the decor is lovely and the crowd is attractive, thats all youll remember because you had 3 hours to look at it. Yes, it took them 3 hours to serve our table of 4 people 2 courses! The portions were extremely small and while savory, not worth the wait. Its a good thing they have an amazing bread basket because youll need to ask for 3 of them to sustain your hunger between courses. And be careful, there is a good chance youll have a hangover the next day, due to the fact that you consume little food and MUCH alcohol while waiting for your dishes to be delivered. There are too many great new restaurants in the City to waste 3 hours of your life at this one.
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