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12 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Fifth Ave.
you can do so much better
By dtulsa on 2/21/2003
ok, i only went once. but, the food was average and the service was beyond bad. paid up for bottled water--sparkling and still--and they would mix them. on our third bottle of wine, the wine steward tried to pull a fast one and intimate the orderer to get a more expensive bottle than we had on the first two, which weren't cheap. too many good restaurant choices at this price point to risk going here.
Not worth the Guide Michelin star
By Cleo on 3/13/2007
This isnt a bad restaurant, its just too haussed up and too expensive for the quite average experience it is. Some points of concern; the waiter was hardly a somelier but more than that, he was very uninterested in getting involved in the choosing of wine. His suggestions came down to "Chardonnay" or "Zinfandel" as opposite to knowing the wine, its dryness/sweetness, the vineyard etc. I think he was even stressed out about having to answer/discuss, this is something you expect and see at any American restaurant, perhaps at Gotham you expect more. The food is not bad but not something special either or at all I should say. Just because one has foie gras on the menu, it doesn't make the place special or recommendable, it perhaps impresses some people. There was hence no food experience in that sense, its just basic menu food which is presented that way. All in all too expensive and definetely not a guide Michelin star probably received due to lack of good restaurants in NY sadly but hopefully this can change!
By mrbulletproof on 9/28/2009
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary and were looking forward to this classic restaurant. She had the seafood salad and I had the baked smoked squid. Both were exceptional both in taste and presentation. However, the entree was where we had a bit of a rough sailing. I had the New York steak. It was expertly cooked to perfection with a charred & seared outside with juicy, tender, melt in your mouth inside. However, my wife ordered the 30 day aged N.Y. sirloin well done. (This was suggested by the waiter) My wife could not finish the meal due to the strange aftertaste. I took a sample and indeed it was a bit acrid. The taste was so overwhelming, that we could not even order the dessert and coffee afterwards. It kinda ruined our dinner. The service I must say was above average but not what you would expect from an establishment of this caliber. The maturity and the ettiquette of the waiting staff was a bit off the mark too. By no means is this a bad restaurant. It is just that you expect so much from their reputation that you are bound to be let down.
Gotham Bar & Grill Deserving of Revisit from NY Times
By goldeneats on 12/23/2009
Most chefs know: you can please all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot please all the people all the time; however, Alfred Portale, chef at Gotham Bar & Grill, has built a stellar reputation defying that adage. In fact, in a year that has brought about the demise of some of Manhattan’s most revered spots – immediately coming to mind are Café Des Artistes, Chanterelle, and the Rainbow Room (which, combined, operated for 205 years) – Gotham seems to be thriving, as it always has. Gotham has and will remain the refined, comfortable restaurant with the simple name that has won over the hearts and stomachs of so many visitors and regulars alike, to become one of New York’s most popular destinations. Full review here: http://tinyurl.com/yauulkq
Great room, energy, noise
By huntleysf on 9/25/2003
I went a while back, when Gotham's haning parachut lighting and "vertical presentation" were the rage, and I remember the room and the enregy more than the food. Big white cavern of a place...a lot more midtown in feelings than one expected then.
By roastbeef on 1/31/2003
After several so-so experiences at a few supertrendy whitehot foodie joints, my wife and I decided to remind ourselves what a three-star dining experience is supposed to be like. I may just be sentimental since I have been in love with Gotham since the 80's. It was my first serious date place, my first serious business dinner place and my place to show out of town friends what great NYC restaurants are like. Though it hasn't changed a ton over the years, I don't have a problem with that. These guys do what they do and they do it well. Food, service and that neo-industrial decor that will be back in style any moment just always deliver.
Still Stands Tall
By martin_chamois on 11/3/2003
GB&G remains the standard for fine American bar and grill dinning. The room always impresses as you walk in the front door. The staff is composed of real pros, no matter their ages. The menu continues to satisfy. And the kitchen continues to create towering dishes in both quality as well as in presentation. There are many newer places but GB&G remains the standard.
Semi-formal but friendly
By adamkarl on 12/6/2009
I arrived ahead of my friends who had booked the table for a 6.30 seating, I was waived ahead to the bar in a friendly manner by the lady behind the computer but without any idea of if I should order a drink or look for the friends. They arrived soon, and there was profuse attention to what we would like to order. Excellent effort from the staff. And the food was exquisite, too. My only question would be about the seating plans, is one expected to leave at a certain time? We lingered on with coffee and after dinner drinks beyond 9pm and the staff was clearly getting nervous. We got defensive but exited by 9.15, just feeling a little hurried. I would not even have noticed without the fact that the pre-ordering attention was so friendly, and then afterwards, a tad chilly...
By kabasan on 3/20/2003
This place has always been a favorite of mine & has never disappointed me whether for lunch or dinner. It is a big space & can get loud at certain times but the food is fabulous!
By marieviljoen on 4/24/2003
The food was perfection. Foie gras terrine with quail-meat;seared foie gras with kumquat syrup; citrus-dressed mackerel fillet; an impeccably tall tower of salad. Rabbit tenderloins and baby fennel; racks of lamb; delicious cod with spring ramps. Any dinner kicked off with pink champagne has the odds on its side. But what won me was the service. I've always eaten here at lunch (a ridiculously low $20.03 prix fix) and the service is good. But this time the restaurant was packed, our table of six demanding, and the young woman who waited on us more gracious, efficient, aware and professional than any other waiter I have encountered in this city. She was there when we needed her, but never hovered, knew what we wanted before we asked, and always smiled. Not sneered. SMILED. Service of this quality makes an enormous difference to an evening out. Blood orange sorbet, warm flourless chocolate cake, tartes tatin, and an exquisite dish of ge-noo-wine petit fours with coffee. One gripe: I KNOW there is a drinkable Bordeaux available under $350.
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