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99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Park Ave.
By Tasneem_Imam on 6/2/2007
I recently dined at the four seasons for a special occasion. Once we were seated, my guest and I were virtually ignored the entire evening. To top it off, the food was absolutely awful. I went to the four seasons expecting a fabulous dining experience, replete with great service and amazing food, but instead was left disappointed. A restaurant I do recommend, however, is Le Bernardin - absolutely fabulous in every way!
If You Like to Be Ignored, this is the Place to Be.
By kasel on 6/24/2011
Okay, so if you're looking for good food, find a restaurant like Peter Lugers, or Carmine's. You want snooty waiters who go away and never come back, the the Four Seasons is for you. If you're not a party of 12 with hundred dollar bills dripping from your pockets, go somewhere else. You many actually get a good dinner, because you won't at the Four Seasons. If you do manage to get served, you'll find plates with little taste and less imagination. You're better off at the hot dog cart out in the street.
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.
the general drop off in the little things
By fogarty on 6/16/2009
Yes indeed the Four Seasons is a place to go to be seen, having said that, there are some Serious issues ,such as , when one orders Breast of Duck, MW, the Captain saying it's usually served RARE , then having it sent back to the kitchen ,for a Rush 0job, Poor. Theres the matter of the Busser's changing the table Cloth. and Exposint the Table -top, That would?should NEVER happen under Tom Morgatti, but still He was seated in the Pool Room. There's the matter of the Kitchen/swing /door, Sweaking ?? for want of a bit of oil etc. This should nNOT happen in the Four Seasons, Amen Seamus Fogarty, in the Free State of MD .
By owent on 11/27/2006
We made reservations for our 20th anniversary as we wanted something special. We dine out about once a month and we are fairly used to creative, fresh,well prepared food. So we thought this would be a cut above some of our favorites. Oh, the decor is great- how often do you walk past a Picasso to get to a dining room with a central pool surrounded by marble? But the food-so disappointing. I could have prepared the Tuna I was served and my husbands Chatham Cod was not bad but nothing spectacular. Save your money and go to Bouley or Union Square Cafe.
By meiling on 11/10/2007
i went to four seasons 7 years ago and remember having a good experience, i went back last weekend and found it very disappointing, aside from the good service, the food was ordinary.. the best part were the after dinner desserts. in fact, we called the same day for a reservation and were able to get in, that says it all....
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.
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 squid on 2/1/2003
This is a spectacular restaurant that puts it all together beautifully. The only criticism is that when it is busy the service is stretched too thin and can be inattentive and waits longer for food that I would like . It is also quite expensive but you do get a great meal, great choice. One of the top restaurants in NYC still. Enjoy.
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