All Reader Reviews of...
379 Greenwich St., New York, NY, 10013
at N. Moore St.
Go for the food!
By Mercy on 6/20/2011
Let me begin by saying that the food is delicious. I had the Casarecce (pasta with shellfish in a garlic lemon sauce) and my boyfriend had the Fennel Glazed Duck paired with cherries (brilliant). Both were finger licking good (but don't do that in this restaurant or you'll be frowned upon). On another note, the service probably is as bad as people say. Talk about making you feel like you're not worthy of being there. The waiter offered very little help with choosing a wine and did not let us taste it first either. He seemed annoyed that we did not want an appetizer or salad. I ordered my pasta first and when my boyfriend ordered the duck after, the waiter expressed surprise. He said he assumed he'd also be ordering pasta. Perhaps he felt we could not afford a duck dish? I didn't feel rushed, but I did feel an air of self righteousness on his part. Quite pretentious, but if you can get past that, you'll enjoy an absolutely amazing meal. And the hostess really is lovely. Someone please train these people to be cordial or even (gasp) kind.
$5 for a coke - at least throw in the refills....
By thecalifornian on 7/31/2009
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
Service needs to improve
By hoipolloi on 7/29/2009
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.
Here's hoping that Locanda Verde develops patina.
By CityPixie on 7/16/2009
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!
noisy, salty and sullen
By TorontoFoody on 4/12/2012
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.
service just horrendous
By imelda45 on 5/10/2010
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.
Roasted Chicken Wizardry
By goldeneats on 11/10/2009
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
Really poor service
By CHACMOOL on 12/10/2013
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.
By boomeranian on 4/16/2011
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.
Service with a Middle Finger
By MrFelps88 on 4/6/2010
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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