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259 W. 4th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Perry St.
Loved the old one; hates this one
By zeecee on 1/18/2004
When it was on Madison Avenue, nothing was more special than standing at the bar of Sant Ambroeus, sipping what had been the best cappucino I'd had, and, okay, tossing in a few of their buttery cookies. The ambiance was perfect with a real feel of Italy. I loved the one in South Hampton also. So I was excited to have one opening in our neighborhood. However, we went there for coffee and it had nothing to do with the coffee I remembered. Breakfast is expensive. The croissants were dry and flavorless. It's in the area of the West Village now becoming a bit gentrified (with Ralph Lauren and other designers opening shops), so it could fit in, but it's not as good as other local coffee houses and certainly not up to par with the other two with the same name.
great rissotto ever
By lifetimeaffairwithfo on 4/8/2004
I went to this darling restaurant on a beautiful Wednesday night. Came straight from work and barely ate lunch, I needed something hearty. The friendly bartender recommended Risotto. Sure enough, it was up to my expectation. The service is very attentive and the staffs are friendly and happy. Make sure you try the cookies and cake from the bakery on site. I will definetely come back , even if it breaks my rule of "never go to the same resaurant again in Manhattan."
good but extremely overpriced
By mistermcgoo on 6/29/2009
The service was exquisite, the decor was very comfortable, European and pleasant but I was amazed how overpriced the food and drink were. If you're charging $12, $14 or even $18 a glass for wine it needs to be better than the vintage you can pick up at your corner grocery. Same goes with the food, I had a simple chicken salad panini for a late lunch and while it was good, it wasn't $14 good. Perhaps the Italian dishes are wonderful enough to be worth the high price tag but I suspect not.
Were turn back because we wanted desert only!!!!!
By minayaluz on 7/20/2009
On Monday, July 20th, 2009, My best friend and I were out on a beautiful New York evening!!!!!! This is not the first time that we decide to visit this restaurant establishment at the spur of the moment to have dessert and PROSECCO!!!! We asked to be seated on the outside area because IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT!! the host asked us if we were having dinner!!! We said that no that we were only going to have wine and dessert. This is not the first time that we decide to visit this specific place because its just a couple of doors down to best friends' home!!! He then basically told us that he was not able to seat us because he wanted to hold a table for potential guests that may come because of the MOVIE. We are resident of this NEIGHBOR and this restaurant does not appreciate it's REGULAR clientale. Tomorrow the MOVIE CAST will clear out, Who are they going to serve then???!!!!
This is a terrific spot for a late breakfast!
By 65southsummerstreet on 10/29/2009
My last visit was at around 10 am, fresh off a plane ride and from a very early start. The cappucino was perfect and the assortment of breakfast and brunch fare was incredibly good. My guest and I enjoyed the food, the ambiance, and some leisure at our table while others came and went. This is a place I go out of my way to visit.
By PBNY on 2/4/2010
I have enjoyed three lunches there with clients and friends - a great spot - all ingredients are fresh and served exactly as should be - don't skip desert!
By selfmademan on 10/28/2010
ENZO the manager could not have done enough to please us. He is both professional and warm while making sure his staff treated us the same way. While making sure we were pleased he was also very attentive to the rest of the patrons. We frequent this restaurant weekly and the service as well as the food is always consistent. We eat out every night and there are alot of excellent food restaurants but not many that have it all like Enzo and his staff. Sincerely, john and janice tufo
A little overpriced
By mpowers55 on 4/21/2016
Food was ok, but not good enough to justify the price tag. I had the salmon, mushrooms were a little overdone and fish was on the well side of medium, but generally not bad. Definitely not good enough for the price though. Don't get wine by the glass, they do have a nice bottle selection, but again, too much money for what you get. My wife got a glass of wine, and it was corked. Waitress was very nice, brought an unopened bottle of the same wine, opened it in front of us, and it was great. Second glass was the same corked version however! My wine tasted a bit off as well.
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