379 Greenwich St., New York, NY, 10013
at N. Moore St.
By lturn on 9/30/2009
Locanda Verde - Andrew Carmellini is a gem! Before Andrew left Avoce to pursue other things, Avoce was easily my all time favorite Italian restaurant. Well, I can't say that I wasn't worried, but Carmellini definitely found another stellar restaurant to call his masterpiece. I initially found this place through a rwebsite called eateryexpert.com. I was looking to stump the experts through requesting the best chicken in New York. Well, they responded with Locanda Verde at the top of the list. BTW. Must I mention - Please do not forget to order the roasted chicken for two. I loved everything about the meal and the wine (that our waiter recommended) was fantastic and not too pricy! While the food was amazingly delicious, the service was definitely not top notch. Asides from the wine recommendation, it was PAINFUL getting our server's attention. He was extremely rude when he did come over and definitely impacted our enjoyment of our gastronomic experience. THUMBS up to Carmellini and please get a nicer waiter!
By lavendargirl on 8/3/2009
I went to this restaurant for Chef Carmellini's food/reputation - love his style and approach to food and he didn't disappoint. The food was great... However, the reservation policy seems to be anyone that calls has the option of 5:45pm and 10:30pm. I have tried several times and always get the same option, no matter what time of day I request or day of the week, in a recession, in the middle of summer in downtown Manhattan? Yet when at the restaurant, there are always empty tables at 7:00 and 7:30 - even on a Saturday night. Hmmm, makes me think management is nervous and trying to create a fake buzz around this place. Let the chef take center stage, his food speaks for itself - stop the nonsense at the reservation desk...
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
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.
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!