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Falai

68 Clinton St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Rivington St.
212-253-1960

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

71% would go back.

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Great Nouveau Italian in an Interesting Locale

By goldeneats on 11/5/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

NYT Prediction: In the spring of 2005, the Times’ restaurant critic awarded the then-months old Falai two stars, a noble enough feat for so young a venture. However, I desperately believe it deserves a return visit. The older, wiser and more adept Falai, and its namesake chef, have grown a great deal in those four years. The space is beautifully adorned, the service excellent, and the food a wonderful celebration of where Falai has been and is going. I don’t see any reason for Falai not to rank among some of the city’s best restaurants – it may not have the locale or space as some of the midtown heavy hitters, but it certainly has the taste. Mr. Sifton, you owe it three stars. Full Review Here: http://tinyurl.com/yjbdazc

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wonderful

By tomjester23 on 7/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Everyone at falai went out of their way to be overly accommodating. We brought some clients for dinner. They let us pick the table, take our time, they provided suggestions and even gave us parting gifts - made everyone feel special. It was treat!

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142 out of 255 people found this review helpful.

Amazing experience

By SamanthaGin on 4/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Amazing food, amazing night, amazing experience. I will be back again.

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What experience...

By Murray70 on 4/20/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I heard about Falai several time and finally I've been there: what experience. The food is amazing, the service is ready to attend a wonderful night and for sure, I will be back again. The gnudi are wonderful, I loved the coniglio. Great wine paring.

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From Vogue to Falai

By JBro74 on 2/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

It was an incredible experience. I found this place on Vogue and I have to say the best Italian meal in town. Simply amazing.

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Fake Creativity is Not Real Creativity

By jamespherman on 2/6/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

The decor is okay. The bar is the most beautiful part, but nobody gets to eat at it, it's just there for show. The food visually appears creative, but this seems to be an effort to mask the serious flaws in flavor combinations. Curry cream on octopus w/squid ink risotto? TERRIBLE. The beautifully prepared octopus was ruined by an overwhelming mountain of curry cream. Yuck. The rabbit was butchered expertly, with the ribs proudly standing up on the dish, but the flavors were bland. Far too expensive for just decor and service. I would never advise anybody to go here.

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108 out of 215 people found this review helpful.

What a price!

By BigG on 1/14/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I recently be back at Falai and I really got impress by the price and the quality of the food. The service was nice and I found everything perfect. It's for sure one of my best pick.

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still recovering from the food....

By merrilllyons on 12/22/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to Falai last night on a special date and was extremely disappointed. I have had tremendously positive experiences eating at their lafayette location for brunch so i gave dinner a shot. I currently am recovering from being very sick after eating the rabbit on the menu. Not only am i sick from eating there, i was very disappointed with the food. I ordered a salad as an appetizer that was way too salty (and i like a lot of salt - i'm pretty sure i've never not finished something for being too salty) and the rabbit was prepared (besides undercooked) with a sauce that I would compare to a chicken entree at a mediocre wedding hall. The amuse-bouche's were the best part of the food there, so maybe skip ordering and get the free stuff cause that's all that's worth eating. Aside from the food, the service was extremely slow (especially considering it wasn't packed) and i was stuck sitting next to the cold door even though i had made reservations they gave preference to others.

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Pretty trendy place, pretty mediocre service, interesting food

By Dimitri on 3/20/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

We went for dinner with my wife after having a really nice breakfast at Cafe Falai a few weeks earlier. The place was small, which is fine, but the service was pretty awful, with the waiter not once coming over to ask how the food was. Overall the dining experience was below average, which is a shame, given that the food is interesting. The prices do not merit the size of the portions. Oh, and did I mention that the service was awful? I do not plan on going back, although I am sure that others will, given that it is such a trendy place.

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124 out of 234 people found this review helpful.

One birthday night

By Fab on 2/8/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I heard about this place couple of time in the past and last Friday I decided to spend my birthday: it was very nice. The food was excellent, the risotto with red beets and lobster was amazing. It comes after the "crudo of Nairaghi", a fish from Hawaii prepared as a sashimi: wonderful. My Italian husband after tasting the "pappardelle" pasta wants absolutely to come back. I really appreciate the service: they reserved me a nice table closed to the kitchen and the idea to serve bread during the course it's great. The breads is amazing. I'm sure I will come back soon. I think this is a nice place for special dinner but also for casual dining.

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