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21 W. 9th St., New York, NY, 10011
nr. Fifth Ave.
Platt is wrong
By opdinnerout on 11/28/2011
Clearly Mr. Platt's review is very outdated. We had a lovely evening with a large group this weekend. Not only were the cocktails and food excellent (table favorites included the grilled octopus and gnudi entrees and the suckling pig and small birds mains), but the service was impeccable and surprisingly not at all pretentious -- a very pleasant surprise at such a "trendy" restaurant.
By dimsome on 3/28/2011
Food is excellent. NY Mag is incorrect with their assessment. I suspect the review was written on mere whim or notion and not on fact. I think the food is on par with the Waverly Inn and the scene is much better. You have your hipsters and Ivy League square (now round) rimmed glasses crowd. But it is a cool scene. Service was attentive. Hey Mr. Platt, please go try again and get it right...thanks buddy.
Magical! Not to be missed!
By CharlotteA on 5/17/2010
I absolutely love Hotel Griffou! I agree with the reviewer who says that it reminds one of an ultra-exclusive private club, think Caribou Club in Aspen, and the atmosphere bespokes a bygone era of refinement and elegance. I would highly recommend this restaurant for: 1) Those who are like me, food connoisseurs who appreciate artistic presentations and haute cuisine; 2) Those who are seeking an incredibly romantic setting with a menu filled with great aphrodisiacs and 3) Those who are seeking to dine in an incredible atmosphere where the food, ambiance and the people are equally beautiful. I live primarily in Louisiana and spend a lot of time in both New Orleans and Lafayette, two places filled with restaurants containing arguably some of the best food in the country and I can wholeheartedly attest to the fact that Hotel Griffou's culinary delights were even better than the best cuisine one can find in the finest establishments in Louisiana. I can tell you that this restaurant is not to be missed! Do make reservations!
A pleasant surprise
By critique2010 on 3/28/2010
After all the negative reviews & write ups, we weren't expecting much. But, this Friday was a positive first-time experience. Menu was perfect. Plenty of options for those on diet & really fabulous cocktail menu. Even though we were relegated to Siberia (the dreaded back room for open table bookers), we still received good service & the atmosphere was pretty good. Definitely recommend it but go early to avoid being stuck with the pompous try-hard crew hovering around the bar basically looking annoying & too tall.
Excellent Food and Service
By calypso4u on 3/16/2010
I have had the pleasure to go to Hotel Griffou a couple of times now. Each time the service and the food have been excellent. A true gem of a spot in a city that has so much of the same. I recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a wonderful night out. The decor is other worldly. Each elegantly decorated room will transport you to another time and place. This is what a NYC restaurant experience should be. Go and enjoy~
Griffou goes from strength to strength
By rhinefield on 2/26/2010
Stepping into Hotel Griffou has always been like entering a private club. There's the moment of uncertainty as the host searches for your name, and then you're in--into a prototypically New York scene, glamorous, trendy, sophisticated. Decor is cutting edge, particularly in the studio, where plush banquettes have replaced the more stark tables. The menu has evolved with chef Jason Giordano and has become top-notch--the vegetarian Moroccan stew I had last week was excellent. Desserts are also good, although I regret the passing of the confection plate which had the kind of delicious little nibbles I relish at the end of a meal. You'll be rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous but it's oh, so discreet. No photos, please--this restaurant is for insiders, not for tourists.
Griffou the lovely
By lovetonosh on 2/19/2010
. We ordered several things off the menu... Fried chicken, a special for the evening, the cassoulet, and we started with oysters and the steak tartare. Everything was amazing, the chicken full of flavor and a spicy coleslaw, the cassoulet was warming and wonderful, the steak tartare as perfect as the classic could be and the oysters fresh and plump and a wonderful recommendation from our server. I left room at the end for some banana salted caramel thing that knocked my socks off. All in all I left so happy, my experience was a success!
Overall great experience
By E_the_Black on 2/19/2010
I'm not sure if the Hotel Griffou has ramped up their culinary skills and service since NY Mag's review, but our dinner last night was truly enjoyable. The décor in our room was a combo of Victorian banquettes/pictures and crazy modern photos - very cool. Our server was lovely and perfectly attentive the entire evening. The Griffou cocktail - organic vodka, elderflower liqueur, red pear & rosemary sprig - was fantastic. We ordered the spinach salad with escargot and the lobster fondue. My husband had the strip with frites and au poivre sauce and I had the lobster risotto – everything was extremely tasty and perfectly prepared. Our whole experience was terrific. I'm not into "sceney" places at all, but this was great. I've recommended it to friends and we will definitely be going back.
By maxie616 on 10/25/2009
I went there for a friends birthday and they made us wait at the bar for over half an hour because one person out of our 6-person party was not there. The table size would have been exactly the same, so there was no real reason to keep us waiting. The drinks and food were overpriced (the only good thing though about this place were the creative drinks and friendly bartenders - the waiters were awful). The food took a long time to come. The burger was ok, but I also shared chicken with a friend and it made me nauseous. When we wanted to take pictures at dinner - they told us no flash photography was allowed! (that's a first and I have been to even nicer places with this group of people). Then when the birthday dessert came out - we started singing happy birthday and they told us were were too loud and had to keep our voices down. Of course we could not leave them the meager tip as it was included in our exorbitant bill. Spare yourself - if you want a trendy place to go there are tons of other new places to check out.
Food Poisoning from Tuna Tartare
By uws4life on 10/9/2009
I was super excited to check out Hotel Griffou during it's early months, and I was sadly disappointed. While i do love the location and some rooms have a cozy decor, the food was not very impressive and I was the only person in my party who ate the Tuna Tartare which gave me food posioning. I called the restaurant numerous times to let them know of the bad tuna, god forbid someone else has to go through what i did, but they never responded or put me in touch with a manager or chef. I will never spend that much money to eat food that will make me sick again.
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