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Locanda Verde

379 Greenwich St., New York, NY, 10013
at N. Moore St.
212-925-3797

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7
Food: 7
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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56% would go back.

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$5 for a coke - at least throw in the refills....

By thecalifornian on 7/31/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Not a fan of being charged for every single soda - especially at $5 - if you're going to charge that much and for each re-fill you should warn your guest that their affirmative to a refill is going to result in additional fees - finding out at the time of the bill sort of wipes away the mojo earned by the better than average food and excellent atmosphere

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130 out of 257 people found this review helpful.

Service needs to improve

By hoipolloi on 7/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food is as good as all the reviewers say - the crostini were amazing, especially the chicken liver and the ricotta. The chicken for two was juicy and flavorful, and the desserts had intense flavoring of seasonal fruit. However, the servers need more training. Even though 3 of us had ordered 10 -12 dishes, cocktails, 2 bottles of wine, as well as dessert and coffee, our waitress kept trying to upsell us, and our servers kept trying to take away our half-eaten plates in hopes of rushing us out the door. I will return, but it will be solely for the food, not the service.

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111 out of 225 people found this review helpful.

Here's hoping that Locanda Verde develops patina.

By CityPixie on 7/16/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Of the two meals I've eaten here (lunch and dinner) I much preferred the dinner. While the menu was very similar, if not identical, for both meals, I was treated like a tourist at lunch (the upsell by our soul-less waitress became insufferably annoying considering we ordered proseco, appetizers and dessert in addition to our mains), but thankfully, like a local for dinner. By-the-glass offerings are more than adequate -- the Italian rose' was a welcome surprise. Sitting outside on the North Moore side gave us a nearly unobstructed view of the sunset on the Hudson. Blue crab crostino was lovely, lamb meatball sliders were a fun lunch pick (would also be good to share as an appetizer) and the myriad of pasta specials keep the menu interesting and seasonal. Al fresco seating has a similar feel to Pastis -- I preferred sitting outside to the indoor seats as the benches were not nearly as comfortable (or stylish) as the raw steel Tolix cafe seats. Overall it was a good experience and we will return. Perhaps for breakfast tomorrow. The pastry selection is very tempting!

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137 out of 259 people found this review helpful.

noisy, salty and sullen

By TorontoFoody on 4/12/2012

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Trendy but noisy, hard to have a conversation without yelling. the promise of fine food was overshadowed by excessive amounts of salt. Our waitress was neither nice nor mean. She did us a favor serving us.

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94 out of 193 people found this review helpful.

service just horrendous

By imelda45 on 5/10/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

We had a 5:30 reservation. The hostesses at the door were gracious and very welcoming, all four of them. Since we had arrived 10 minutes before our scheduled reservation, we were asked to wait at the bar. No problem here. When we were finally seated, we barely had time to get settled that the menu was promptly placed infront of us and from that moment on both waiter and busboys were literally breathing on our back, no sooner had we consumed the last morsel that the plate was yanked away and the next course was right there. While enjoying my main course I literally had to hold on to my plate while telling the server that I was not done yet. The final insult was when we finished our dessert, the plate was removed when our forks reached for the final morsel and the check placed in front of us. Food was outstanding, service shameful. We were out of there in one hour. Also, the chairs must have been designed by a sadist.

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164 out of 295 people found this review helpful.

Roasted Chicken Wizardry

By goldeneats on 11/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I’m sure a number of chefs have overlooked including a roasted chicken on his or her menu due to a misguided sense of refinement, however, I owe a lot of that resistance – whether the chef will admit to it or not – to fear. I believe that the truest test of any cook’s might is not in the elaborate but in prevailing over this small yet potentially delicious poultry. Rather to excel at roasted chicken it is the ultimate victory, garnering with it both praise and envy. For all of these reasons, including roasted chicken on a menu is one of the cockiest moves any chef could make. Consequently, Andrew Carmellini, executive chef of the Robert DeNiro-owned Locanda Verde in TriBeCa, may just have the biggest ego in the city…and rightly so. Full Review Here: http://tinyurl.com/yjfmz45

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127 out of 266 people found this review helpful.

Really poor service

By CHACMOOL on 12/10/2013

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I used to love this place for the food but when I went there a few months ago for a weekday, I was treated horribly. I arrived solo and said I would like to sit in the cafe area for breakfast, they said that I could order at the counter and seat myself at the bar despite the fact that the place was empty. I had to flag down a disgruntled woman to place an order for coffee and a pastry and seat myself at the bar. The server sets down my order, does not offer any silverware, nothing, again had to flag her down. When I asked to order a drink, she said the bar was closed. I complained to the manager and he did not seem at all concerned. I could not believe the rude treatment to a repeat customer. I was too busy to write this review (warning) earlier but the service was just so appalling that I just had to.

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39 out of 68 people found this review helpful.

Sucky Suckison

By boomeranian on 4/16/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

I mistakenly thought I would be the first to give this place a bad review, but shame on me for not reading up on the real story from all of you who already wrote about how disappointing this place is. I hate that I wasted my night out with friends I don't see very often by being rushed to place my order, rushed to eat it and then ushered from my table to the drawing room (aka hotel lobby) where another bitchy person begrudgingly brought us a round of "we-just-kicked-you-out-of-your-table-because-the-next-party-is-way-more-important-than-you" drinks. Only 80% of our food was delicious, (mushroom crostini, wax beans, and dessert), and not being able to spend time enjoying it due to Miss Pushy coming around every 2 minutes, followed by Mr. Skinny Tie kicking us out of our table has made my decision not to go back a no-brainer.

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171 out of 309 people found this review helpful.

Service with a Middle Finger

By MrFelps88 on 4/6/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I expected a lot more from this place. The atmosphere was great, and we even spotted a celebrity (they're here all the time), but the service at the bar and during dinner was a joke. The bartender was super amateur - made our drinks but then set them down to tend to something else - and our waiter was even worse. He came to our table, took 2 out of 6 drink orders, then left. We practically had to hit him with a chair to get his attention. The food was good, but nothing mind-blowing and about what you'd expect from a place that has a better scene than it does food. I didn't have a terrible time, just expected more. Again great atmosphere, perfect for impressing a lady, but for someone looking for awesome food and perfect service, this place is out.

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154 out of 303 people found this review helpful.

LAUGHABLY SMALL PORTIONS

By ChefMiguelLaCosta on 4/24/2013

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

"We highly recommend getting your meals to share." The waiter tells us after hurriedly reciting the list of specials. When I say laughably small portions, I mean we literally laughed out loud when they arrived. It actually seemed like a joke that this guy recommended we share. Everything. From the appetizers to the pastas and secondis were Tapas sized portions. $15 for lamb meatball sliders... a tiny plate with 2 tiny meatballs on 2 tiny buns comes out. TINY! Not even normal sized meatballs, and certainly not the jumbo traditional Italian size you'd expect if you only get 2. Pappardelle was child size and over cooked. lamb chops were $32 and had 2 bites of meat on each (no exaggeration. 2 bites. like lollipops.) and an almost non-existant garnishing worth of veggies. This place is exactly what everyone says it is. Super snobbish and total robbery. How the hell do you have Chef Carmellini and Robert De Niro backing an italian style restaurant, yet serve up such small portions??? I would gladly pay $10 more for an adequate portion, rather than $10 less to be dissatisfied. Get with the program guys. And why is it so packed all the time? Is there something the rest of us are missing?

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