647 E. 11th St., New York, NY, 10009
at Ave. C
By jessicasschwartz on 4/22/2012
I wanted to try Matilda for years, so I convinced a couple friends to venture down to the east village on a rainy Sunday night for dinner. While the food was average and nothing to necessarily complain about, I felt compelled to write a bad review because I was never even served my main course. The four 4 people I was dining with were a 1/3rd of the way through their dishes (I insisted they eat their hot pastas and fish while I waited to for my SANDWICH) when the ENTIRE family of owners (young daughter included) approached the table to explain that my food would not be coming because the "bread" wasn't right that night. I didn't wind up ordering anything else since we didn't want to stay another hour to wait for a whole new dish that I'd wind up eating alone. NOT COOL. I loved the back story of this place and how the "fusion" cuisine is named after the owners' daughter, but honestly the "family" feel resulted in service that was way TOO casual given the prices (young Matilda was literally acting as a "server in training") and I'll never go back again.
By joco18 on 7/23/2010
We went here last night.. what a waste of a night out. It was uncomfortably hot from the summer heat, open doors and lack of ac. The place was nearly empty and the food was just decent. Not really a fun night now out. Its a shame because the concept sounded great.
By lorigassie on 7/20/2010
I came here with a friend for dinner on a Monday night. We each order one of their specialty mojitos, mine with strawberry, and hers was the original and both were absolutely delicious. Very refreshing and great for a hot summer day. While enjoying drinks, we had the gaucamole alla toscana to munch on while we waited. The gaucamole had a good flavor and held us over while we waited. For entrees, she had the GNOCCHETTI TOSC-MEX and I had the PAPPARDELLE AL RAGUâ€™ DI CODA. Both dishes were very good. The pesto sauce on hers had a great flavor. In mine, the sauce was nothing special, but the oxtail was very tender and was cooked really well. They also had live music with a guitarist and singer that perform in the front corner of the restaurant. They were fabulous to listen to and played all covers of songs that you certainly love. Overall, we really enjoyed our evening here. It was not mind-blowing in flavor, but was definitely worth the money and time. Plus, our server was great!
By jason429 on 3/6/2010
My beer tasted like a rotten tap. When the food arrives, I'm brought a greasy sandwich with what looks like chopped meat on it. I take a few bites, find it tastes like a bad sloppy joe, and tell the waiter I had ordered prosciutto. They realize they've messed up my order, and soon bring me the correct, "prosciutto" sandwich. This consists of grilled cheese with chopped up chunks of what looks like spam, and a side of ice berg lettuce. We tell the owners we're unhappy with the meal, and they proceed to argue with us. This place is downright bad. From the service, to the atmosphere, to the food, to the drinks. No redeeming qualities.
By peaches206 on 12/13/2008
A friend and I dined at Matilda last night after a recommendation from another friend. We were unsure about the long walk out to Ave C, but wow, was it worth it. To start, the decor is as cute as can be and the service is very attentive. We started with the guacamole (that came with chips & ciabatta) and it was soooo good. We also had a pitcher of sangria, which I really think is the best sangria Ive ever had- perfectly blended flavors. For the entree I had the spaghetti with prosciutto & calamari- tossed in a cream sauce that had a bite to it- it was a good size portion and I didnt leave anything in bowl- one of my top 5 pastas Ive had in the city...and thats Babbo, etc included. I will absolutely be back- next time hopefully with enough room for dessert.
By whateverchick on 10/25/2008
I went here for my birthday with my skeptical family. We were blown away! I never even conceived of the idea of Tusc-Mex, but from the home baked bread with jalapeno olive oil all the way to the lime cilantro sorbetto, everything was perfect and imaginative. The menu is an authentic blend of two very distinct cuisines, done with love and care by people who really know what they are doing. The decor is fabulous, the service is wonderful (the owner herself even came over to chat with us and recommend some food and wines). This restaurant deserves to be packed every night.
By Obryan on 9/25/2008
I love Matilda! The food, the drinks (Prosejitos, wow!), the Sangria (the best i've had in a long time), the service (nice, fun, yet professional), the owners and the music. The decor is so unique, modern but with rustic touches, gorgeous colors and cute little details. My favorite dishes on the menu: Taco alla Fiorentina, lamb shank (juicy and spicy!), their quesadillas are out of this world and the homemade seafood sausages. I tried also Brunch : unbeatable price for what you get and the freshness of the dishes. Check out the happy hour too!
By Stefano on 9/25/2008
When i went, the place was really crowded, still the food was amazing, the house signature drinks, kind of Mojitos made with Prosecco were out of this world and the sangria that i tasted from somebody else was delicious. The owners and the rest of the staff were so nice and fun! The music was also well chosen. I had one of the best restaurant experience ever! I have been there for Brunch and they have a great deal on a very interesting menu. Check out their happy hour too!
By grigagyal on 8/11/2008
I recently went to Matilda with a group of 5 friends. The chef offered to create a unique "tasting" for us and brought course after course of amazing food based on our preferences. I loved the nopalos and fish sausages. The chocolate jalapeno gelato at the end put us over the top. Everyone loved the inventive food and the great atmosphere. Matilda is now my favorite restaurant in New York for a special night out.
By jsevin on 8/10/2008
Matilda tried to serve half portions at full price, which is a pretty good scam at a cash-only restaurant. After decent appetizers, two of us asked the waitress how many scallops came in an order (she said 5) and if it was hearty (she said yes.) Our dinner arrived: my plate had 1 3/4 scallops, cut in half lengthwise to look like 3 1/2, and my friend's order had 2, cut to look like 4, over a skimpy salad at $23 per entree. The manager said there was a miscommunication with the kitchen & they had run out of scallops, which is why they cut them in half. They begrudgingly agreed to charge us for only one entree & bring the additional scallops, even though they claimed to be out. Though these were not cut in half & much bigger than what were on our plates, they were raw in the middle. Again, we had to ask for this to be taken off of our bill & neither the waitress nor the manager apologized. They instead seemed annoyed that we caught on to their scam & simply rolled their eyes. Needless to say, I will not be returning.