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70 Prince St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Crosby St.
Cupid's Arrow Missed Savoy
By foodiegirl1963 on 2/15/2011
We had very high expections, being that a 24 rating from ZAGAT is considered "very good to excellent", unfortunately the food came in at a ZAGAT 10,"fair to good" and that's being generous. The wait staff was very attentive and professional. We started w/ an excellent cosmo at the bar, which was created w/ a delicious house made citrus vodka. Shortly, we proceeded to our table upstairs, and continued to have, prompt and courtious service. They offered a Valentine's Day prix fixe, the price , not on the menu, nor was it explained. (the tab was off the charts!) We started w/miniscule, but tasty, duck carpaccio, followed by a cassoulet for two. That's when the trouble started... Presented in a beautiful cast iron terrine, inside which was one small piece of duck, 2 large, pale sausages, under cooked beans and the topper...a large piece of lard. We could barely eat it. We heard the young, well meaning bus girl tell the table next to us that cassoulet was a" traditional, Italian dish", now come on...wouldn't the name alone tell you that it's French and not Italian? Disgusted from the main course, we opted not to have dessert and to be honest, there really was nothing that knocked our socks off. We enjoyed a can of Dean and Deluca chocolate covered raisins in our hotel room. Perhaps the chef took ill and had been replaced with the the local Sabrett stand proprietor.
By jena2nsu on 4/14/2010
I initially read about Savoy’s restaurant in Malcolm Gladwell’s “What the Dog Saw.” I found his description of Savoy to be spot-on. As per his suggestion, I chose the grain-fed beef burger with the house ketchup and fries. The entire meal was absolutely delicious. I have never eaten a more delicious hamburger. The house ketchup was also just as phenomenal. Their unique ketchup has a perfect flavor that lingers. The wait staff was receptive to my needs and even suggested I sit at Malcolm Gladwell’s table in the corner of the room to make the experience even better. Having traveled many hours by air to reach this city, with Savoy being the highlight of my trip, I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Stranded and thankful
By nuriselena on 6/16/2008
We were lucky to be caught off guard, late and hungry, near Savoy. We had a great meal, a delightful staff to wait on us and a very pleasant atmosphere. It was lovely to discover that, sometimes, when you don't have a reservation, you can have such a pleasant surprise.
Good food ruined by smugness
By emilyida on 5/9/2008
Going to dinner at Savoy last night with my mother and sister, I was struck by the physical beauty of the space and the deliciousness of the appetizers. The entrees had their problems but were still quite good. However, all of this was overshadowed by the blatent coldness, rudeness and smugness of our very pretentious waiter. He seemed to actually show disdain for us, on varying levels, throughout the meal. Although, I have been a fan of Back Forty (Savoy's sister resturant) and enjoyed the food at Savoy, I can not see returning to a place where my family and I were treated this way. I usually do not notice service one way or the other as I am focusing on the meal itself and my company, but this was, unfortunately, impossible to ignore.
What happened to Savoy?
By vosne on 1/14/2008
What happened to what used to be a charming destination restaurant? On my past two visits the food was at best fair. The menu continues to show creativity but the execution is lacking. I even found the quality of the ingredients to be poor. The stripped bass that they served me on Saturday was grey and inedible, not to mention overdone. Even more troubling, the staff has become complacent to the point of smugness. Our waitress could not control facial expressions that told us that our simple requests were an imposition. I would like to like this restaurant but I just can't any more.
A small, salty restaurant
By KaetleBugg on 5/19/2007
I had lunch here, and the menu was rather small. The food, that is, not the wine list. The food on the menu was delicious, especially the leek and potato soup. Yum! The Yucca fries were surprising. The falafel was scrumptious, but I had a weird of feeling of deja vu while eating; it had an uncanny resemblance to some Chinese food I have had. The service was great, and the decor was beautiful and very tasteful. It was beautiful stone.
By hitmankds on 11/15/2006
I took my wife there on her birthday and she had a wonderful time there. With its warm fireplace and a romantic glow, Savoy is definitely one of the best restaurants to take your lover. The food came out in small portions but the taste was heavenly. The price was within reason and the place was saturated with romance. The service was great. Only con about this place was its small dining area. The bottom line is: girls love it here!
Love the fireplace
By lkd on 3/7/2003
My husband and I got stranded at Savoy one cold, rainy Saturday afternoon. We sat by the fire, shared a bottle of Champagne and had a wonderful lunch while we watched the world go by. I couldn't imagine a more delightful way to pass the time. Service was friendly but unobtrusive. The chicken soup with hominy warmed my soul. This is a delightful place.
By crs5380 on 3/3/2003
For the price I expected more. The menu was not particularly original, nor was the service all that great. I will not go back here.
Wintry, firelit perfect meals as in a dream
By shamrock on 2/4/2003
Although I haven't been back since they remodeled the downstairs into a cold, art-world-ish hangout, the meal I had here when it was all cozy and Adirondacky was one of the best of my life. You can still have that upstairs. This is one of the few places in Manhattan where you feel like every single worker in the restaurant wants you to have a wonderful meal-- really cares -- instead of just cynically indulging your pretensions. I had a delicious duck breast and other goodies, and my beau had a delicious halibut. Go, go, go!
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