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99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Park Ave.
Only paying for the hype
By sigmachiny on 10/3/2005
If you are reading this, then you are just like me, thinking you are going to get the dining experience of a lifetime. Do yourself a favor and don't buy into the hype, as this place will not meet your expectations. The food was no better than places less than 1/2 the price, and you'll find better service at Starbucks. At The Four Seasons, you walk away saying you've been there, with a story to tell, but that's about all. The Dover Sole was "good" but nothing to brag about, neither was the Sirloin. Great place if you have money to burn, otherwise, better food to be found.
Paying for the
By edere on 8/24/2005
Price - high. 3 Lunches Monk fish - good but not inventive - served with beans. Halibut - very good with lobster risotto and chanterelles. Thoughtful creation. Lobster salad - lobster very tough, chewy but very good orange sauce and salad.(why did they offer red cocktail sauce?) Dessert - three chocolates - flan, ice cream, tarte. we shared - excellent. Service - somewhat surly by our waiter, plaisant by the head and by the assistant. Decor - historic - but, please, no artificial palms or Country Buffet style philodendron. The pool had scum bubbles in the center. Don't let them seat you against the wall! Deadly! Demand the pool. THINK - COST AGAINST RESULT: At home, monk fish and halibut run about $5 - $6 per lb. Whole small lobster about $12. Our bill - over $200. Was the menu really that inventive? Ive had far more creative - and substantive at much lower prices. You are paying for the perceived - the label - not for the actual product. But - convince yourself and youll be happy.
By jpe on 8/5/2005
Great time, good food and very special restaurant
A Real Classic
By samjones on 6/19/2004
Everything about this restaurant works. The decor is soothing modern that has stood the test of time. The staff are pros and don't make you feel as if you don't deserve to be there if you are not famous. The food is delicious without being clever, and yes, it is very expensive
By godsavethequeen on 3/19/2004
We hereby grant the Four Seasons our seal of approval for a splendid restaurant. Anyone who gives this place 10/10 for food alone is clearly mad, but it is a very welcome touch of class all-round, with a very nice bar alongside. GSTQ.
High expectations unfulfilled
By Jonathan on 2/21/2004
If its reputation was ever deserving of a high rung on the ladder of world class restaurants, it's now at best worthy of only a lower rung on such ladder. The food was good, but not exceptional. I've had more tender filet mignon at much less pricey restaurants. And with that cut in which the taste so heavily depends on the sauce, the sauce, which was good, should be better. My wife's scallops were well-prepared and worthy of an excellent assessment, but the waiter "forgot," or chose not to remember, a lemon in her water as she requested. I also had to remind him to bring my drink. One wonders, given other stellar reviews, if they're resting on laurels or there's much variance in quality of food and service and we were unlucky. In either case, absent luck or special treatment, for many going with high expectations and some dining experience at the truly best of what some restaurants offer, the Four Seasons may be something of a disappointment. If going, keep your fine-dining expectations moderate and possibly order the prix-fix package (at $55 per person) for dinner. Try to be close to the pool in the Pool Room.
WONDERFUL ANYTIME OF THE YEAR!
By adsong on 7/1/2003
From the time you enter this beautiful,elegant place,the feeling of "Special" envelops your being. This multi-room restaurant(From The Grill Room to The romantic Pool Room(Not as Billiards-As water Pool) has withstood the test of time,and retains its quality,elegance and class, while serving up terrific Continental fare .Last time I dined with my date, we heard a familiar voice saying "Ve Do Dis,And Ve Do Dat,And Ve Go Dere".. it was Henry Kissinger , so, you'll never know who "Vill" be next to you,however,you will know that you are in a special place.Splurge,or have your expense account pay,for it is expensive.
For All Seasons
By martin_chamois on 5/21/2003
Perfection. A classic that continues to exude all that makes Manhattan a dinning capital of the world. You enter a different world of 1960's, a "Dinner at Tiffany's" world were all the terrorist’s alerts and world tension are temporarily forgotten and the soothing sounds of the pool tranquilize the patrons. Relax and Enjoy.
By bxval on 4/14/2003
I loved everything, the food, the staff, and especially the environment. The Four Seasons is one of ny most favorite restaurants to eat at. Although the menu is pricey, the staff and the exceptional food is well worth it!!!
Still one of NYC's best
By michelle on 2/22/2003
After all these year's it's still one of the best restaurants in NYC. The 'mid-century' design is a bit dated but holds its own. The main room is still awesome. In our most recent visit we had the pre-theatre prixe-fixe dinner. The selection was good and the food was excellent. The service couldn't be better... attentive and friendly without being obsequious. The prices are a bit steep, but you get what you pay for.
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