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Kenmare

98 Kenmare St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Centre St.
212-274-9898

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4
Food: 5
Service: 3
Décor: 5
"Not Recommended"

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Total Fail.

By FashionDiva22 on 9/11/2011

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

This establishment is a waste of my time. A night out in the city, looking good, and expecting to have fun with friends, would obviously lead some to Kenmare. But, the problem is, this place is so shady!! Not to mention, hints of illegal activity and what not. I'm not one to be in an environment where an under cover cop could walk in at any point and tear the place down. That's very scary to me! The food is expensive for the quality. I was offered one single peice of chicken for almost $50. It was very good, but still, a total ripoff. Not recommended for tourists. You definitely want to go to a decent place with affordable eating. They tried on the trendy factor, but the beautiful people weren't worth the experience. There are SO many better places in the city. Glad these reviews are out there. The attitudes of the people working there are horrendous. I will admit, I was treated decent, but others around me were not. So many dirty looks, management treating waitresses like trash, it was very sad. I'm taking my business elsewhere. Looks like everyone else is on point with their reviews on here as well. So sad, looked like the place has potential.

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55 out of 114 people found this review helpful.

all hype and bad service and very sketchy

By phliteone on 6/2/2011

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

This place has horrible service, the employees are either under paid or too "cool" to care... In all reality they are not cool at all, ugly and superficial if you ask me. Dinner was like high end cafeteria food, are they under paying the talented Mr Camparo too? About the bar downstairs all I have to say is my girlfriend got her purse stolen. how is that for a night out?

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56 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

Don't bother after 11pm

By SEECR on 10/10/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Apparently the woman at the door thinks she's god and the so called "manager" can't do anything about it. On saturday night around 10pm, 7 of us arrived and were given a table downstairs for drinks and food. We had one late arrival which we advised before we were seated. She arrived around midnight and wasn't permitted to join us downstairs. After requesting to speak with the manager, he informed us that the downstairs is owned and opperated by a another comany which the door woman has total control. I can imagine that an establishment could opperate in such a disruptive manner. We ended up going to Gold Room... another establishment with a door man, but a warrarnted one. Be a club or be a restaurant that welcomes it's patrons to stay. You can't be both successfully. These kind of places need to check their attitudes.

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77 out of 137 people found this review helpful.

Kenamare nightmare

By MichaelEatsNYC on 9/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Horrible customer service. Nasty host woman out front. I never met a more rude door person in all of NYC. Once I finally went downstairs after waiting outside for 15 min and being treated like dirt, the service was even more horrible. Overly hyped downstairs. Terribly superficial. The staff need to work on their customer service skills and accuracy. I only went because my friend had a party there. I will never go back again. It's a shame because the upstairs decor gave the impression of a classy place but the people who run the establishment are far removed from practicing good manners!

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85 out of 149 people found this review helpful.

Solid but no Little Owl

By IsabellaV on 9/16/2010

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

Went there last Wednesday night and the dining room was half empty but they gave us seats at the cafe/bar area right away (which was fine since the dining room looked a tad formal). Overall, the vibe feels kind of club-like, dark and a little cheesy. It might have to do with the dark marble and a lot of heavy furniture. The food was very good, very Farmer's Market fresh / American. The fresh grilled peaches with goat cheese, clean and bright. The sliders, as delicious as Little Owl (although too much bread). The chicken - was good, although the beans and escarole it sat on was delish. The veal is a winner, the steak delicious and cooked perfectly. Overall, nothing inspiring - but solid. I suppose people go for the scene but to me the scene felt a little Wall Street. Maybe it gets a little more interesting later on (we were there from 8 -10pm). I'd take Little Owl anytime - cuter, more intimate and not trying to hard.

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46 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

Mixed

By kittycat1 on 6/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Liked the bar area and the general din of the place. But the crowd is really not a foodie crowd (I guess they don't claim to be). Definitely just a scene, and some of it isn't good. Of course it is heavily promoted. The food is ok but not as good as Joey's other places, as other commenters have mentioned. But perhaps it just tastes different in the setting. I had the sliders, and they just seem to taste better at Little Owl. The chicken was decent, but not out of this world. But then again, I did order chicken. Overall, it's not a bad place for above average food and a busy scene. But the scene is not great, and the food unfortunately doesn't do Joey justice. As for decor...I didn't really like the Miami art deco style or the downstairs igloo-like lounge.

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89 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

kenmare, nightmare

By NYCrobreview on 5/15/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

comptetently prepared but uninspiring food, truly negligent service, and the douchiest crowd ever.

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104 out of 179 people found this review helpful.

Amazing food

By zengay on 5/14/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was very wary after reading the two other reviews here, but we ate there Wednesday night anyway and it was amazing. The drinks were terrific and the appetizers of meatball sliders and risotto with ramps were both excellent. The scallops were among the best I've ever eaten, cooked perfectly and served with a wonderful balsamic sauce and strawberry and spinach salad. The chicken was juicy, crispy and perfectly salted. We shared the strawberry rhubarb cobbler, which was also outstanding. In short, there was not a bad (or even average) dish in the bunch. The service was good almost to the point of being overly attentive, and we managed to get a walk-in cozy table for two at 7pm. Before you ask: no, I don't work for Kenmare; I just had to post because these other two reviews trashed the place and I just had a wonderful experience there. I would definitely go back (and I'd get the scallops again).

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79 out of 168 people found this review helpful.

Rude Staff and Hair in my food

By ilovetoeatchick on 5/12/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

As if the long blond hair in my food wasn't enough to put us off. We were asked not once but twice to move tables and seats during our dinner to accommodate a three top. I'm sorry but I would have been done with my meal and already left if my dinner hadn't been returned to the kitchen. Unacceptable that matradee and the hostess, would think it appropriate to ask some one to move after being seated and served mid course. The dark corners can't hide a lack of class.

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83 out of 150 people found this review helpful.

Joey Campanaro did this?

By gaasterl on 4/18/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Really disappointing, I can't believe Joey Camapanaro is involved; I love *everything* he's done: The Harrison, Market Table, The Little Owl, even long-gone Pace. The service was crawlingly slow, appetizers were tasty enough, but the entrees were beyond defensible. The hailbut was dry and came on a hillock of bland green mashed potatoes (I thought those were banned in Manhattan unless they're amazing--and these were not amazing); the veal cutlet was overdone and greasy, the pickles were mushy. We couldn't get out of there fast enough, and stopped at La Esquina to get something good to eat.

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