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Petrossian

182 W. 58th St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Seventh Ave.
212-245-2214

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6
Food: 7
Service: 5
Décor: 8
"Mixed Reviews"

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55% would go back.

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Poor service

By LORIENYC on 9/1/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

We were regular patrons, but our last visit was from hell. About 20 minutes after we had placed our order, they came over and told us what we had ordered was not available, except in a larger portion for double the price. They took the order and waited until after we had gotten the appetizer to inform us. I found this rather rude and tasteless, and the manager was of no help. So we walked out. They had the nerve to tell us we owed them for the appetizer we didn't even touch, because they had only just brought it over when they told us of the price increase. Classless and will never go back. Instead we went to Trattoria Del Arte and had a wonderful meal, fast and prepared perfectly. We still made it in time for the Opera.

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36 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

Poor service

By LORIENYC on 9/1/2012

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

We were regular patrons, but our last visit was from hell. About 20 minutes after we had placed our order, they came over and told us what we had ordered was not available, except in a larger portion for double the price. They took the order and waited until after we had gotten the appetizer to inform us. I found this rather rude and tasteless, and the manager was of no help. So we walked out. They had the nerve to tell us we owed them for the appetizer we didn't even touch, because they had only just brought it over when they told us of the price increase. Classless and will never go back. Instead we went to Trattoria Del Arte and had a wonderful meal, fast and prepared perfectly. We still made it in time for the Opera.

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37 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

Much More than Caviar

By martin_chamois on 3/22/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

The word Petrossian is synonymous with the word caviar. And if you are one of the few that do not appreciate caviar you may erroneously dismiss the classic restaurant. In fact the menu is build upon both a caviar leg as well as a modern interpretation of classic French cuisine leg. So you can enjoy a wonderful meal without ever tasting one of those black morsels. While the food is very good to great, the service is spotty and the décor is so 1970’s you pinch yourself to awaken from some dream or kitsch movie. Nonetheless a fine dining experience can be had, but it is no guarantee.

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379 out of 755 people found this review helpful.

delicious and luxurious

By rinaface on 2/20/2007

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

Eat the sturgeon. Enjoy the Art Deco.

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339 out of 676 people found this review helpful.

beware

By CEHamilton on 2/1/2004

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

The caviar was mediocre. The waitstaff was condescending and rude. The decor was cold and refined in my grandmother's Washington D.C. WASP type of way. It serves its purpose: it provides the means to curb the caviar cravings we all have, but it does so in the most snobby, cold, and impersonal of ways. The food was adequate, it was the experience that was lacking. Just be aware of what you are and are not paying for.

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417 out of 838 people found this review helpful.

Petrossian is so much more than caviar!

By Evelyn on 12/29/2003

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

Last week we brought some friends to Petrossian for their first visit. The maitre d' greeted us by name and sat us at a pretty little table with fresh sweetheart roses. While sipping champagne, the server presented us with five different caviars in a beautiful 'presentoir' and explained the differences between the caviars to us. We decided to stay for dinner and ordered rich pan-seared foie gras and delicious seared wild sturgeon with caviar beurre blanc sauce accompanied by trumpet royale mushrooms and brussel sprouts...these were so good that we had to tell the chef in person. (He shared with us that Petrossian is the only restaurant in New York City to serve sturgeon and that they do a caviar tasting and cooking demonstration with it once a month.) The decor is upscale and elegant with the perfect ambiance for talking and laughing without interrupting or being interrupted by others. Petrossian is so much more than caviar!

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406 out of 796 people found this review helpful.

Sorry, it's deluxe deli food

By huntleysf on 9/25/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Despite the supposed elegance, this outdated, somewhat kitschy-looking dining room serves deli food in cramped quarters--and the quality has been matched many places elsewhere. The smae caviar, the same smsoked salmon, the same foie gras can be had in lovelier settings...not to mention that the food is not priced low enough to justify the long walk West. There are those who love it, but I think mostly for its past.

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397 out of 811 people found this review helpful.

"THOSE LITTLE BLACK EGGS ARE EXPENSIVE...BUT I LIKE 'EM"

By adsong on 6/23/2003

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

Located in one of New York's most beautiful buildings (The historic Alwyn Court...Step back and admire the architecture!)Petrossian encompasses what a beautiful restaurant is all about;style,class,beauty, and taste.Taste not only in its beautiful Art-Deco decor,but in its food as well. Designed by Ion Oroveanu, the restaurant features Lalique crystal wall sconces, bronze sculptures from the 1930's, etched Erté mirrors, Limoges china, Lanvin chandelier and pink Finnish granite, all harmonizing to create a visual ambiance that can be savored equally with the unsurpassed gourmet experience. With a French modern menu which features its fabulous caviar,smoked fish,Foie Gras with Truffles, and more.Not for the everyday diner.Its expensive,and who can eat caviar on a daily basis anyway!!!.

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426 out of 821 people found this review helpful.

Time-warp

By marieviljoen on 4/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

If one ignores the neon pink glow uplighting the bar, the marble angles that are reminiscent of, oh, nineteen eighty...four, I think? - then Petrossian is a good place to sip champagne, nibble on roast sturgeon, feed on meltingly delicious smoked salmon and dream over sauteed scallops with warm foie gras. The caviar we had, though, was odd. Mushy. No little poppings in the mouth at all. Just a whimper, really. I did not want to offend our host, so did not complain, but at those prices it wasn't OK. Caviar taken too early from the sturgeon can be mushy. Or else it had been sitting around for a while. Don't know. The caviar I've had at the cafe next door was much better. The background music is bizarre. Elevator, circa, say, nineteen eighty...five. Hard to say. The waitstaff are agreeably distant and efficient, with the exception of the French-accented doorman, who is astonishingly charming.

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337 out of 723 people found this review helpful.

A special outing for blinis, caviar, a light supper

By zeecee on 4/14/2003

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

There are times when only Petrossian will hit the spot, and we're delighted we can be accommodated. It's large, nicely lit, inviting and allows you to have borcht, blinis with caviar or nova, foie gras as well as hot main courses if that's what you'd like. But we prefer to go for a glass of champagne with one of the specialties mentioned above as that's what makes Petrossian special for us. They'll come around refilling coffee endlessly and the service is cordial and attentive. So, go for a real dinner or for a lighter supper or lunch

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