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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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Amazing food, so-so atmosphere

By mminuskin on 1/28/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

This was the most perfect meal I have had in a very long time. I went during summer, and my meal started off with a summer-vegetable salad, which was so beautifully presented with the freshest ingredients I've had in New York. The pasta dishes are wonderful, and I had a Rose wine that was exactly what I was looking for on a hot summer's day. The meal was fairly pricey for the amount of food and the plastic chairs did not give anything to the atmosphere, but the quality and presentation of the food, in my opinion, made up for any of these weak points.

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120 out of 231 people found this review helpful.

Poor service and underwhelming food

By Allpare on 12/20/2007

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I was so looking forward to checking out Falai - I had heard great things. The staff was inept at best, unable to seat me at the time of my reservation and actually asked me to come back in 15 minutes, and ushered me out onto the street. When we did get in and sit down, they put us in the most unfortunate table in the joint - the one with the chair that blocks the door to the bathroom and you can see the toilet from your seat if you look to your left...then we didn't see food until 45 minutes after we had been seated. And the food was the most disappointing of all - very limited menu and the gnudi looked like green sponges with soap bubbles on top - and tasted like it, too. I can deal with crappy service if the food is going to be great, but it just wasn't. Do yourself a favor and don't buy the hype about Falai.

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101 out of 209 people found this review helpful.

surprising tastes, elegant atmosphere

By shawly on 8/4/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Had a WONDERFUL meal here. Went with three serious food fans, and all of us were surprised at how well put-together each dish was. Service was not spectacularly attentive, but the food, style, and lack of stuffy-ness more than made up for it.

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257 out of 482 people found this review helpful.

i wish i could say excellent

By crosbystreet on 7/26/2007

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I like the food at Falai, (in both places, soho and clinton) the baked eggs are amazing, the coffee is very good and the desserts and the breads are real fresh. I also like the decor (the chairs can be better). Although all the people are very nice the service at Falai is not that great...You may want to go there when you have time and you are not in a hurry. The owner loves food, and must be a nice person. So nice that he can not manage few slow employees. They do not have attitude, actually they are friendly and that is part of the charm of the place. But you can find yourself waiting for a long time just for a coffee... The food or the coffee can be cold... the bill will come once you are already late to a meeting.... It takes away from the friendly and cozy atmosphere... Some people do not come back. Too bad, it can be an excellent place, it has all the ingredients so please make sure the service is better and everyone is more alert and precise :)

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249 out of 478 people found this review helpful.

Everything was great until the

By bondgirl726 on 6/21/2007

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

the butter noodles with truffle came out. There had to be at least a stick of butter in the pasta that ruined the $26 dish. Everything else was great and very cute interior--so skip that dish and you will be fine!

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196 out of 383 people found this review helpful.

Disaster

By sturbo5140 on 1/27/2006

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

What a mess. Had a reservation for 4 at 9:00 on a Thursday. All members of our party were on time yet we still were not seated at 10:00. The staff was completely unhospitable--we were not offered water, a glass of wine, an appetizer, or an apology while we waited. In fact, when we asked when we would be seated we were met by a shrug. The terrible service and unfriendly staff forced us to leave and eat accross the street.

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288 out of 572 people found this review helpful.

Expext to Wait, Don't figure on sitting at the time of your reservation,

By psdesignc5 on 11/21/2005

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Don't figure on sitting at the time of your reservation, we had a 10:30 res, waited pass 11:PM before sitting without much of am sorry for the delay or over booking. By the time we sat, kitchen wanted to go home, too bad for them. Perhaps there won't be a next time

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