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121 W. 10th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Greenwich Ave.
better than you'd expect AND what you pay for
By odenkirk on 4/30/2008
Kingswood is loud. It's not song selection or song volume, the room is just acoustically not friendly to quiet dinners. I hear they've plans to change the ceiling out for a more forgiving one. Goy for it boys. Worth it. Food is not loud. Speaks in subtle tones and displays certain maturity of taste you'd not expect from youngsters. There's passion and ambition in the dishes. Delicate flavoring and big, rough notes come together in ways that work well. Kitchen doesn't rely on fat for it's flavor. Hallelujah! Light dishes boast long finishes, persistent flavor. "Bland" is the repose of impatient diners. Service is downtown/casual/informed a la spotted pig or chang. Even for Â“nonregularsÂ” staff treats you to something special. Room is fun and youthful, well lit, not overwrought; just a place to come hangout. Thoughtful wine list. Good range. Something for everyone. Hard on novices, but gems strewn liberally. Floor staff guides decisions correctly. Best for smaller parties want to push the "dining out envelope". Maybe splurge on a nice bottle of white then go a little more pedestrian with mains. That burger loves it some Beaujolais.
Yes, you do need a reservation
By food_is_amazing on 4/2/2008
Rule of thumb: one needs a reservation everywhere, any day of the week, in New York City. Forty minutes at the bar later, we were seated in the back of the large room full of plank-wood tables and hints of forestry. I had the risotto (which was undercooked and slightly tasteless, despite the ice cream scoop of ricotta cheese on top); my partner-in-crime had the seafood linguine (which, while nothing too special, was very good). Said partner-in-crime had the chicken as an entree, which was perfectly cooked. I had the burger--which was huge--the best part was the sweet chilli sauce on top. Oh, and the fries (doused in a mayonnaise-based sauce) were skinny and successfully walked the fine line between being too soggy and too crispy. Foolishly, we ordered dessert--the special, an almond-flour cake-type-thing that was full of apple bits--good, but not great, not too sweet (definite plus), lacking in taste (obvious minus). The space is open and chic, and placing the bar in the middle was an inspired decision.
maybe the cook was sick?
By pancakes08 on 3/23/2008
I love Australia and really wanted to like this place -- but the food was nothing special (sadly, not at all like in Platt's review on the day we went) and service was slow. But the waiters were chatty, friendly; the crowd kind of Euro/Aussie/fashionista. I'd go again for a drink at the bar, then elsewhere to eat.
Over the top down under
By mchesler on 9/26/2007
Based on the rustic decor, I was prepared for a Home-like comfort experience, and so was blown away by the Michelin-like food in an unpretentious atmosphere. The crowd had that trendsetter quality of hipsters but with less of the attitude, and the host was the much friendlier twin of the host at Freemans!
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