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239 W. Broadway, New York, NY, 10013
nr. White St.
Bad! Bad! Bad!
By chipjimi on 10/6/2009
I don't understand how this place is highly rated. I ordered the rabbit and it tasted like it just had been taken out of the freezer. The service was horrible as well. I will never go back.
Disgusting, overpriced, a complete waste of money
By arose03 on 12/16/2009
Just went here for my wife's birthday, and we got the tasting menu. From the first bite to the last we were disgusted. The chef must have no palate because everything they put out there was either a horrible combination of flavors, too sweet or too bitter. On top of that it was $500. Total waste I wish there were zeroes to rate it on this review thing.
By asnyc on 10/31/2009
Well, service was horrible. Waitress checked in only to take an order. Presentation was more than lacking. Flies around the table all night. Words can not express how disappointed we were. Th host was rude and overall the experience was the most disappointing we have had in new york. Please don't waste your time or money.
By skybrina on 2/3/2010
We were able to get reservations just a couple days in advance (and that should have been a queue). We were horrified by the food! We went with the fixe menu and while there were different options, the portions were small…so we left leaving starved because of that and because the food tasted awful. The chef of this restaurant gets a lot of hype but I’m curious as to why? My palate was far fr pleased. After $300, I’m sorry that I wasted my time and money. The one good thing was the service. The staff was very attentive and we never had to wait to or ask for anything twice.
Overrated and over-priced place
By scg on 11/2/2010
Very disappointing evening at Corton. Out of the 7 dishes of the tasting menu we ordered, two or three were just OK, the rest was either too salty or too sweet, and the ingredients were just not working together. None elicited the kind of "whao" reaction one would expect in this kind of place. The wines we were told would go well with our food were wrong (could someone please figure out a decent wine pairing with the one tasting menu they are serving every night?), and the service awkward - the explanations as to what we were about to it when each dish was served were delivered in such an artificial way that the whole thing was laughable. We could not wait for the meal to be over, and the only memorable moment came with the check - $400 for two for this kind of a meal???? If you never had a decent meal new style French meal in your live, you may be impressed by this place, but otherwise, do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
Why Can't You Just Apologize?
By beyshan on 7/22/2009
This was by far the most expensive meal in my life that I didn't enjoy. The already aloof waiter was downright contemptuous because we did not order from the wine list. He also knocked over a glass of red wine that landed all over my shirt. We waited to see if the waiter would come back and offer a real apology or if the manager would acknowledge the accident. Nothing. Did they at least remove the red wine from the bill? Nope. Ah, Corton. We wanted to love you, were pre-conditioned to do so, but your service really really sucked. It felt like you took our $500+ and kicked us in the teeth for it. I didn't want the free dessert wine or for you to pick up the dry cleaning bill. All I wanted was someone to look me in the eye and offer an apology for ruining our night. You might be one of the hottest restaurants at the moment, but your inability to backpedal from a mistake with any grace or class is what will keep you from becoming one of the all-time greats. And in this economy, you can't afford that.
Do NOT go here if you want to be treated well
By jdc2130 on 11/8/2009
I celebrated my birthday here and was extremely disappointed with the service, notably the horribly rude maitre d'. I do not understand how a restaurant of this caliber (and price) could employ such an ill-informed and tactless individual. After explaining to the manager our issues with the host, we were left with an offer of more dessert (nice gesture, I guess) but no apology whatsoever. The food is interesting and high-quality, but if you're celebrating a special occasion, I certainly would not take the risk of receiving such poor service.
By Gene_Parmesan on 1/24/2012
This is the first time I'm writing a review, and mostly it's in response to reading the other reviews for this restaurant. It's interesting that the reviews are so polarizing, and even more surprising that this place was listed as #5 in the best restaurants issue. This should not be in the top 500, in my opinion. The food was interesting, although certainly not the best, the service was sloppy, but above ALL, the decor and atmosphere was reprehensible. I'm shocked that no one else commented on that. It's truly atrocious: bad lighting, dying/random flower arrangements, wrinkled table cloths, wall "art" circa 1988, etc., etc. Perhaps the ugliest restaurant I've eaten in EVER.
Not going to work
By sf001e on 3/24/2013
What a waste. Maybe I'm spoiled because my last meal was at Per Se but I was disappointed. First I had to wait 5 minutes for my cocktail at the bar, then when I was served flat champagne and asked for a glass from a fresh bottle I sat for another 5. The bar was virtually empty. The bartender just didn't try. The menu looked great and everything was pretty but every course was delivered by a mumbling bus-boy. I have no idea what I ate. Why organize the gesture of bringing the food out and describing it if you're sending the dishwasher out with it. I would have been much happier if they just left the menu on the table and didn't say a word. The food was good but far from amazing. Some low-lights: My pork belly was cold - much better at a $5 ramen spot, fish bones in cotton candy just didn't work, and everything seemed to be served in gel-strip form. That said, the service is the reason I will tell everyone I know not to waste their time. I cannot see this place surviving for very long.
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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