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379 Greenwich St., New York, NY, 10013
at N. Moore St.
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!
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.
$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
food is great, reservation policy - so 10 years ago....
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...
Chicken for two - Yummy!!!
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!
Thank God for Locanda Verde ...
By AlicedeSensi on 10/1/2009
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ... did I menetion, I LOVE the food ... and the service is amazing ! It's the only place in Tribeca/Battery Park to eat at !!!! Congrats on a beautiful place! I have a feeling ... You'll be around forever!!!
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
Comfort Food....there is no place like Home!
By texasmountaineer on 1/17/2010
The cozy atmosphere was a warm welcome on cold winters night. We sat in the library with nice crackling fire sipping on a good scotch while we waited on our party. Perfect way to start as nice experience. The service was great from the time we darkened the doorstep. The dinning experience was a pleasure from start to finish. The critics may say the food is just ok....but when the overall dinning experience tells you that you are 100% satisfied...this becomes a critics choice,
What a Hot Mess!!
By Abbey on 3/3/2010
This place is totally over hyped. Very crowded, uncomfortable seating (felt like I was eating in the middle of the bar). Service was terrible - we attempted to order some crostini while we waiting on the rest of our party and they WOULD NOT LET US! Said we had to order everthing at once - house rules. Okay, we let that go - afterall we heard such great things about this place - but the crostini were meh. Have had so much better elsewhere. The pasta was overcooked. And the special short ribs were such a salt bath it made them inedible. The only redeeming feature of this place (besides a decent decor) is the pastry chef who clearly know what they are doing - desserts were delicious.
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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