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260 Sixth Ave., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Bleecker St.
Tired and overrated!
By annahinnyc on 12/25/2004
Don't waste your time trying to spot celebrities at this much over-hyped Village Italian. The food came 1hr15min after we ordered. Service is deplorable. The veal wasn't cooked properly and when we asked to send it back to the kitchen, the waiter started to argue with us about it. Save your money for another Italian. There are too many good ones to bother with Da Silvano's nonsense.
WORST MEAL EVER
By prinessunicorn on 4/22/2012
ok AS IF WAITING 3 hours for your food to come isn't annoying enough, the food that my friends and i got was actually inedible. how is this still a restaurant?!?! i don't understand. the shimp appetizer i got was definitely frozen disgusting infected shrimp, and the grilled octopus special was also disgusting. i could only swallow it while simultaneously eating bread to mask the hideous flavor. oh and they blasted house music the entire time, which, if i wanted to hear i would have eaten at bagatelle, or even a mcdonalds. never again.
The Shrimp Nazi
By kwolford on 10/19/2003
I ordered the grilled prawns for lunch, and when they arrived, the stench was so overpowering it nearly knocked me out. The people at the table next to us were commenting on how surprised they were I would even be willing to try one bite. After one taste it was inedible- the smell was so fishy and offensive that the odor hung in the air. I discreetly explained to the server (who had the personality of a wet mop) that I was unable to eat them because of the smell and he wordlessly marched off in a huff with my plate. Two minutes later, a man arrived at our table with the offending prawns in hand, informed me loudly that there was nothing wrong with the prawns (he tasted them, he pointed out) and that I would still have to pay for them and disappeared immediately without even identifying himself or giving me a chance to speak. When the bill arrived, I asked to see the manager. The same combative man appeared back at the table and again argued with me and told me I had to pay for the meal even though I'd had no lunch.
By nicolek on 10/13/2005
The food was nothing special, below average, but the service was horrible. The lasagna tasted just like something from the frozen food section of your grocery store. The tiramisu was lousy. However, it is the extremely rude and arrogant behavior of Silvano himself that really makes one furious. It is quite disappointing to be insulted by the drunk owner especially after you have just paid a $400 bill. There are so many glorious NY restaurants...don't waste your time and money for food that tastes like a frozen Stoffer's entree and is served by someone that has no idea what real hospitality should be.
By Taxpayer on 11/23/2009
Went there last Friday with a few friends -some from Italy and some from Brazil - and the restaurant tried to cheat on me charging the "gratuity" twice. They were probably counting on the fact that we were tourists and had had two bottles of wine... did not work for them. Besides, the food is not really good and certainly not worth the price they charge for it. Another one of those places they treat you as if you were an imbecil and they are doing you a favor. Disgusting.
Chef Boy-ar-dee is alive and well
By my2cents on 3/15/2003
...and cooking up a storm at Da Silvano. Think thick gooey spaghetti (just like your Irish or German grandmother might boil to death) plopped atop some doctored Ragu. If that's not appetizing try a cold piece of fish bland enough to be served at a hospital. (And the service is about as caring as a weary nurse.) This place is resting on its laurels and the owners percieved status. Just another over-priced and over-rated NY Italian.
wine list for hedge funders who don't know any better
By supermangia on 7/2/2007
The moment we looked at the wine list I knew we'd be in for a ripoff: the cheapest white, a very simple Pinot Grigio I had seen for $10 in stores, was listed at $55 here. The food was disappointing also. The coniglio was dry and flavorless, the quail appetizer was below average, the only acceptable dish was the fried carciofi appetizer. Horrible service: they had switched to handhelds but came back twice to ask for our orders again because "something went wrong". In fact, everything went wrong at that restaurant. Ridiculously overpriced for what they offer.
By smark on 9/23/2008
I ate here with three foreign friends, invited in by the seemingly charming terrace. This place is anything but charming. Our server tried to take advantage of my foreign guests from the moment we walked in the door, bullying us to pay more and more. My pasta dish tasted like it had come out of the freezer, revived only by too much melted butter. Yuck! The wine list was over priced. When we received our bill, the server had considerably over-charged us for our bottle of wine and had the gall to argue with us when we asked him to credit us for the difference. This place is terrible!
Food is Mediocre at Best...
By Brandes on 10/18/2004
...and you can forget about the wine list. The steamed mussels appetizer came out 2 minutes after we ordered it (can you say "not fresh?"). The osso bucco was tender, but rather bland. It was not on top of rissotto - it was RICE. The lobster gnocchi was fishy. The wine list was small and WAY overpriced and very limited. Cross this one off of your list - it's nowhere near the hype it gets. Go to Lupa instead.
By deegeeme on 9/3/2007
The waitstaff is pretty brutal and the food isn't worth the money. I think people probably only go for the name recognition, and if that's what you want, go somewhere that has a name and will please your tummy.
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