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777 Seventh Ave., New York, NY, 10019
nr. 51st St.
Falso (Italian for sham!)
By martin_chamois on 4/30/2007
Granted we went to Insieme during the first 10 days after opening, but having lived in Italy, this is far from being an authentic upscale Italian restaurant. First it does not have an authentic Italian environment. The front desk staff and wait staff would not know an Italian restaurant if they fell over it. After not honoring our seating request, as we sat in a box car like line of two seaters, we were served by a non-Italian knowledgeable waiter. The bread looked and tasted like a dry rotting potato. Then the chef tastes arrived; radishes stuffed with olive oil, which were impossible to eat, and some barely edible broth with pasta. The fish crudo appetizers were mediocre. But it was the pastas that were really bad. The linguine that was not al dente but rather mushy. Even the Ruth Reichl endorsed lasagna was mediocre (Ruth call me and I will tell you about a far better place). We could not bear going any further. To the credit of the management, they deducted the over cooked pasta from the check, but the damage was done. This is not an authentic Italian restaurant. It will not work in Manhattan.
Best restaurant in Midtown
By NYCThing on 5/17/2007
Easily the best restaurant in Midtown - finally a place that is interesting, sophisticated and well executed arrives in Midtown. Normally you have to go downtown for this kind of experience. The space is very elegant, the menu is interesting, the service casual but intelligent, the food is bursting with flavor and the wines perfectly match the food. What more can you ask for? I have been here twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times - this will be a regular stop for me. I went with my wife a couple weeks ago and with clients last night - this restaurant is perfect for both types of occasions.
Quiet, Very Good Food, Not too expensive
By mavo on 1/29/2010
I've eaten here several times at the worst time (7 p.m.) with the pre-theatre crowd and the atmosphere was still calm, which I appreciated. The food was very good, emphasis on very, especially for the cost (not excruciating) for a fine (and it is) restaurant in midtown. I've also brought children -- nine-year-old twins and they actually found something they would eat -- pasta -- on the menu, plus a cheerful, patient waiter.
Doesn't quite hit the mark.
By mikecgeorge on 4/26/2011
My girlfriend and I decided we wanted to go somewhere nice for breakfast. It was our first morning in NYC, so we thought doing a bit of research would ensure a decent meal. However, although the staff were friendly, the place lacks a bit of atmosphere. When the food came, although it looked nice enough, it wasn't really up to expectations. I had the Salmon Benedict which was so over seasoned it was difficult to eat, and the potatoes that came with it weren't crispy but a little cold and rubbery. All in all, for the money I'm not sure I could recommend this place given the quality of the food and the price.
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