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Lucy of Gramercy

35 E. 18th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Broadway
212-475-5829

Avg. Rating

7
Food: 8
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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43% would go back.

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Chef left; bare bones menu

By MPetrosky on 4/5/2008

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: (NA)
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

With friends from out of town, we anticipated a great meal at what once was Lucy Latin Kitchen. Although we knew the name had changed, according to the menu on line, little else had. Well, not so. We arrived to a quieter, pared down dining room, with a very paltry menu that bore no resemblance to the previous one - and no resemblance to the menu online. We were angry and disappointed - and felt deceived by false advertising on the web. Do yourself a favor, and skip it altogether. Lucy has lost her groove.

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73 out of 144 people found this review helpful.

Sold-out

By elizabethnymag on 2/14/2008

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

I love the Appetizers here! remind me of what latin should be almost - the drinks are good to. BUT the NAME - Gramercy - they SOLD out to the hipe of NYC - what was Wrong with Lucys Latin Kitchen - I'm disappointed! The food was good but it was pricey and there was a long wait - they should recommend reservations.

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128 out of 252 people found this review helpful.

Awful experience

By Guscar78 on 10/29/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

We went on a Saturday evening before Halloween in conservative, but festive costumes. The restaurant was empty except for a few diners and an incredibly inebriated group at the bar. We were left waiting in the foyer for almost 30 mins while they were 'setting up our table'. After repeatedly telling the hostess we were late for a party (and being made to feel unwelcome by the staff) the manager came over to tell us that they had a dress code, one of our group needed to remove his hat, and made it clear that we were not wanted in the restaurant. We choose to leave. Our group was neither drunk nor exhibiting inappropriate behavior. I am giving this review as a frequent NY diner, I've been to Lucy's before and while I felt it was overpriced, I enjoyed the food. I felt the service was so rude on this visit that I will not return, nor will I be recommending the restaurant to my friends or co-workers.

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192 out of 394 people found this review helpful.

Better kneel on pebbles than sit on those chairs

By cateljo on 10/28/2006

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

The most uncomfortable chairs ever, at least at our table (on the back - the super-noisy ones near the bar seemed different). They project your body away from the table. Either you're 7-foot tall with a great belly, or you have to sit on the edge as in the Eighteenth century. The rest of the decor is nice, tables quite far apart and an acceptable noise level, which makes conversation possible, although not easy. But beware of where you're seated! Overpriced ($70), especially if you have "ceviche" (some form of marinated fish), that's not worth it at all, comes in minuscule portions, and inflates the check ($24). Taqueria Steak, definitely the best plate, have it as an entrée. Roasted duck was ok. Chocolate terrine is fine, but with the inevitable NY nuance of caramel, that they could have avoided at least as a tribute to their latin inspiration. Avoid pan-seared tuna: it's kind of the cheap stuff they now have all over the world, from the freezer to the pan.

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406 out of 763 people found this review helpful.

A prize beyond price

By ccseghers on 6/21/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

A dining experience to be long remembered. Having grown up celebrating special occasions at the Four Seasons or Cafe des Artistes, I am not a newcomer to fine dining. The staff, the ambience, the decor and the cuisine all combined to provide a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable dining experience. Latin fusion at its best, with live music and a Mojito that melt away your cares of the day.

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347 out of 691 people found this review helpful.

A Trendy Mexican Place

By ScorpioEL on 2/26/2004

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

I went to Lucy for my office holiday lunch. I think I would have rather gone there for dinner because their lunch menu was a bit limited. The cocktails were fantastic. For lunch I had the Carnitas de Puercos (pork tacos), which was a bit bland and the portions are kind of small – don’t expect to chow down. All three quesadillas (mushroom, chicken and chorizo) we got from the lunch menu were really tasty. Lucy is more of a restaurant to go to for the ambience rather than for the food. I think it would be a great place to go to after work to have some great drinks and order a bunch of appetizers.

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349 out of 684 people found this review helpful.

A new take on Mex and worth a try, amigos

By zeecee on 1/23/2004

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

We were at ABC and wandered into the restaurant (which was recommended by an ABC employee in the elevator). First, it doesn't feel Mexican - until you sit down and start drinking from the enormous pitcher of Sangria. Beware, two of shared it and could barely recover the next day. The tables are spaced nicely, giving you more privacy and quiet than most Manhattan restaurants. Doors to the store close when the store does and traffic goes through the street entrance. The menu was interesting and provided enough choices. They're hearty and well prepared. It's not your typical Mexican menu, but is more ambitious. Things are well seasoned and prepared. When you're up for something different, this is the place to go. Dinner for two with the pitcher came to around $100, I believe.

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