45 Tudor City Pl., New York, NY, 10017
nr. 42nd St.
By Alan Katz (NY MAG) on 1/14/2003
nestled in the out of the way but easy to reach tudor city you feel like you're someplace else. from the moment you enter through the velvet covered entrance till you hit the romantic lighting you know you have arrived. the food overall was terrific. the prix fixe tasting menu was spot on. it gives you the opportunity to sample from all areas of the menu and you'll be glad you did. from the salads to the pastas to the fish and game everything our table ordered was perfect (the angoletti, the lobster salad, the venison, the branzino). i wish i could say the same for the service...a little slow and inattentive. not terrible, just could have been better. overall--a winner!
By bambola on 3/7/2003
I should have known I was in for trouble when I asked the waiter for my pasta 'al dente' and he looked at me quizically and said 'well, i'll see if I can get to it fast enough'... Or, perhaps it should have dawned on me when a busboy came by with a breadbasket loaded with wholeweat and french and I asked him for the brown one and he said 'We don't have any brown bread anymore, it has too much fiber, but we have wheat or french'. Or, it could have been when the sommelier came back 3 times telling us our selection was 'not available at this hour'. I think it finally hit me when I saw my plate arrive, skate, all dried and shriveled up (probably sat waiting too long for the al dente pasta) on a bed of lentils that had turned into a mini block of concrete... I happened to be dining with a very fussy eater, and the arrival of his plate, after a 30 minute delay, a wrong order, made us get up and leave.. something I haven't done in this city in years... A restaurant in tudor city: YAY, L'Impero: NO WAY!
By suef on 3/10/2003
Impeccable service, inventive food and atmosphere to boot. I can't wait to sip an aperitif on the little outdoor terrace. Kids under 18 should not be invited!
By uptowngirl on 3/11/2003
I wish I could eat here every night! It was a wonderful experience and I was very pleased. I took family guests from out of town and they were very impressed. The staff is very accomodating and very friendly, but also professional. Chef Scott Conant has done an amazing job and it was nice to be able to compliment him at the door!
By mushcat on 3/12/2003
I just love this restaurant. Every taste is bursting with flavor. Scott Conant does everything right. The only criticism I have is that the banquettes are low -- so I always request a table with chairs instead of banquettes. And I've always been accommodated. I can't wait to go back again.
By KenJamo on 5/9/2003
While its architecture and interior design provides a simple but wonderful backdrop to this new and exciting restaurant, it is the cuisine that makes this restaurant shine, My hat goes off to Scott Conant (Chef) and I truly believe Scott will define and set the bench mark for new and old chefs that want to create Italian American cooking in the future. My experince was nothing short of an extraordinary sense of privilege.
By loremar on 5/19/2003
Service and decor certainly add to a restaurant. However, to become worthy of high marks, food should also be fresh and prepared well. On the night we ate at L'Impero the steak was dry and tasteless and the branzino had a fishy aura. On the whole, it was a very uninspiring meal.
By bear on 7/17/2003
Literally one of the best restaurants in the city... I haven't experienced such amazing service in a long time. Food was prepared perfectly and came out at the exact time. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in great food, great service and a fabulous evening out.
By NYCPrincess on 2/16/2004
From one NYC Princess to the rest...you MUST go to this absolutely wonderful restaurant. From the moment you enter this beautifully decorated space everything is perfect. It is simply elegant without being stuffy. You would feel comfortable in an evening gown or jeans. The staff is friendly, knowledgable and very professional without being pretenious, (which they have every right to be). The food, in a word, sublime. I started with the Sweet Breads, then the Duck Foie Gras Agnolotti, and for a main dish I had the Orata. Each dish was flawlessly executed. Go for the prix fixe and save room for dessert. I love this place and intend to go back again and again.
By CLI on 4/16/2004
We were anticipating a really good evening based upon reviews. We already started to worry as we approached the restaurant's dark, poorly lit entrance on a cold, blowy night. The patio in front is all broken; high heels are tricky. The front door was backed up with a plastic sheet! to keep the cold out. The bathrooms were terrible. The tables are on top of each other and the host could offer nothing larger for two people; just a tiny table on top of everyone else. The food was barely passable and NOT as some reviewers raved. Small portions, and nothing memorable. The waiter had an attitude and had little input regarding wine list. The busboy was very good. It is NOT an elegant spot nor a place to linger over a nice cognac.We departed for the Ritz-Carlton Central Park South where they know how to treat a customer and KEEP a customer!