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  • Review Count
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  • First Review
    March 8, 2015
  • Last Review
    March 13, 2015
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  • Average Rating
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voldar's Reviews
 
Almanac is the flagship restaurant of James Beard Award Winning Chef Galen Zamarra and serves a three course tasting menu for $75, a five course for $95, and an eight course for $145. Almanac welcomes substitutions, and all dishes may be ordered individually as an appetizer for $20 or as an entrée for $40.<br /><br />The name Almanac is derived from a seasonal journal that Chef Zamarra began to create nearly fifteen years ago when he noticed that certain ingredients were only available for brief moments each year. Thus, he would transcribe his ideas for dishes in a daily journal based upon his conversations with farmers, local fishermen, producers, and wild foragers and depending upon what was then in season. His journal was divided by micro season and became a personal almanac that has grown over the years. Accordingly, the name of our restaurant is called Almanac.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good food but still trying to find its footing
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2009
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2009
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I understand how the reviews are kind of all over the place on this one. This partly reflects that the restaurant is relatively new and trying to find its footing. Most importantly the food was very good and the pre fixe selections were highly flexible. The service was un-even with the waitress being generally good but disappearing for too long on occasion despite the restaurant being 30 percent full. No one seemed to have to have an idea about any wine on the wine list as the sommelier was out. The manager recommended an awful bottle of wine that was undrinkable. The decor/atmosphere was nice and interesting and it was romantic. The location was a little odd (on seventh avenue south on the street with cars headed to the tunnel). We both agreed the restaurant needs a couple more months of seasoning and that while we we were glad we tried it, and both liked the food I doubt we will go back. There are way too many good restaurants in NYC to try."
Dined on 3/11/2015
 2009
Special Features: romantic, fit for foodies
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Minetta Tavern was opened in Greenwich Village in 1937. The Tavern was named after the Minetta Brook, which ran southwest from 23rd Street to the Hudson River. <br /><br />Over the course of its long history, the Tavern was frequented by various layabouts and hangers-on including Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, Eugene O'Neill, E. E. Cummings, Dylan Thomas, and Joe Gould, as well as by various writers, poets, and pugilists. <br /><br />Since its renovation, Minetta Tavern has best been described as "Parisian steakhouse meets classic New York City tavern." <br /><br />We hope — and believe — that's a somewhat accurate description of the place. <br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Best burger on the planet
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2009
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Their special burger is clearly the best in nyc if not the U.S. Aged beef 29 days.. Fun atmosphere. Wine list is very good of a bit over priced."
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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