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239 W. Broadway, New York, NY, 10013
nr. White St.
By batteryparkcity on 7/31/2011
Manhattan has amazing chefs with great restaurants ones that's cost your life saving and ones that don't..Chef Paul Liebrandts Corton is an experience and an event of culinary adventure. The ambiance the service and timing of food in the tasting menu was perfect. I understand the disappointment of people of not liking his food. People if you want mountains of meat veggies and mashed potatoes then stay away from Corton. But if you want an experience in food done to perfection, by a Man who can create magic with morsels of food, that opens your taste buds in your pallet that you thought you ever had..make your way to Corton...for me its an absolute repeat. Bravo Chef Liebrandt!!!
A feel-good expense
By epicure4u on 7/10/2009
Corton is delectable, mind blowing, exciting, delicate, and humble. With the recession, it is undoubtedly harder to not factor in cost when summing up the quality of a dining experience. While Corton may not be exactly neighborhood bistro prices, it is still infinitely better priced than the recently opened Marea and other hard hitting, fine dining establishments of a past or current era. Inventiveness yet restraint is pervasive across all dishes. There is foie gras highlighting a crayfish dish, and a foam bubbling in your mouth as you let perfectly cooked scallops melt in your mouth. The amount of food is perfect if not deceiving; what looks like a paltry amount, actually is so rich in flavor and ingredient that you need not more than what is in front of you. The wine list is reasonable, the wait staff is friendly and on top of of it, and the setting inspires the enjoyment of food. There is no snobbery here. The chef even comes out in an undershirt. Thank god for Corton. I have been waiting for you.
By kiwi33 on 3/25/2009
I've gone to Corton twice in the past 2 months, and both times have had an absolutely incredible experience. To begin with, the service is impeccable: warm, friendly, and professional without being stuffy. The sommelier in particular is amazingly helpful. The food is simply outstanding, and very difficult to describe unless you've experienced it. The flavors and textures in each dish are so complementary and so unexpected that you find yourself amazed at the artfulness of the dish, at how unexpected it all is. This is a truly special dining experience.
By wburgbob on 9/28/2012
I took my girlfriend here for her birthday on a wednesday night and it was incredibly close to a perfect dining experience. The interior was simple and clean, certainly not "ugly" as some have outrageously described it. If your not offended by stark modernism, you'll be fine. The decor is not meant to be the star of the show. The service was impeccable. Professional, warm, and just the right amount of attentive. Plates of amuse bouches were brought over almost immediately after being seated. We had a bottle of sparkling rose on ice at the bar, and not once were our glasses empty. The service was never spare or interruptive. I could go on and on about the food. Its a place that doesn't just serve you a great meal, it immerses you in a wonderful experience. Yes, the presentation and the size of some of the dishes were a bit comical (a 1/4 inch cube of tomato gelatin topped with a drop of cream and a dainty leaf, served on tiny a porcelain pedestal). At times we couldn't suppress a chuckle at the spectacle of it all. But behind this preciousness is a chef that is truly obsessive about his craft. You get a palpable sense of that, and the experience is more rewarding for it. Regardless of your feelings on culinary art direction, there is no arguing that the food is fantastic. Within each sculptural collection of morsels are rich, satisfying, and surprising flavors. At $115 for the seasonal tasting menu, it was worth every penny. We left full and elated. What more can one ask.
One of the best dining experiences in recent years, Incredible Flavors....
By scurrie541 on 1/22/2011
I'm puzzled by the bad reviews on Corton. My husband and I went to Corton last night. We eat out 5 nights a week and regularly eat at other top restaurants and are very rarely blown away- especially my husband- Corton blew us away. The unique flavor combinations were delicious and even exciting! My husband who's a picky eater said that each bite is like a new surprise for your mouth. I had the "Sea" starter which came with 5 different small plates of creative seafood tastings, he had the "Winter Vegetables" which was one of the most unique colorful pairings of vegetables we've ever seen. For dinner we had the lobster and monkfish- both were succulent and the monkfish was some of the best I've ever had. Dessert was no different the "Gold Bar" and "Brioche" were to die for...the Brioche was like the best french toast you've ever had times 10 with banana, passion fruit and caramel- unreal!! On top of it all the service was excellent. The place was only 3/4 full at prime time on a Friday night...we plan on going back soon, probably next week!
I get the hype, but...
By rolsto on 3/1/2009
Food, and in particular, service were outstanding. A very nice evening. If I had a gripe, and it is real, it is that the portions are woefully small. To spend the money I did, and to walk out hungry, is suboptimal. What amounted to 2 pieces of Hamachi for my appetizer, and several bites of lobster for my main course truly left me wanting. Tough times I know, but supplement with a bit more of the non-proteins.
By Jesster on 4/26/2010
I am surprised this restaurant received such negative reviews of late - I had a meal there last Friday night that was simply wonderful. The ambiance is peaceful and unique, the food delicious, and the service was amazing. The wine list is varied and fantastically priced - great half bottle selection. On top of that, the additional courses beyond the prix-fixe were wonderful, and customized around my order. Will definitely go back for another special occasion.
A big disappointment
By eec on 6/4/2009
Pleasant surroundings and great service don't make up for the so-so food in general (some dishes were indeed quite good) served in ridiculously small portions with astronomical prices. The now $79 three course pre-fixe (raising prices since the recent review in a recession; nice) which is just appetizer, main and dessert is served with portion sizes that would be small for a 10 course tasting menu. My beef main could easily have been consumed in two bites. I'm not a huge eater, but I left hungry.
Once in a lifetime mistake
By Ajhess on 2/21/2012
$600 for maybe 16 bites of food...purred, gelatins, sous vide meat, one leaf. Not worth it. Everyone does this now for A Lot less.
Almost there, but....
By jennileigh on 1/3/2012
I consider myself a foodie. I have eaten the best, and chose this place as an alternative to Jean Georges. Obviously, there is no comparison. However, they did have some qualities that I have never seen before. Corton has the most amazing chef presentation I have ever seen. They are immaculate with the amuse bush, having received several. I had 3 amuse busheses before the first course. However, I think they lack in good management. When one pays such a great price, you expect that the service is proper and prompt. This is where they lacked, besides a small portion size. I ordered an espresso, yet it took 20 minutes to arrive. Overall, what they lacked was made up for in creativity. However, I wouldn't pay the prices again unless I knew that changes had been made. I will try again, in time (lower prices or new management). I left hungry, not something one should feel after a $600.00 meal. On the other hand, I would pay that if it were worth it.
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