EllenM
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    May 12, 2014
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    July 30, 2014
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Torrisi is a boutique tasting room located on Mulberry Street in Manhattan that specializes in Italian-American cuisine. Opening in 2010, Torrisi has matured into one of the city's most acclaimed restaurants. In 2012, Torrisi received a Michelin Star and was also named the #1 Italian Restaurant in the City by NY Magazine.<br /><br />Using exclusively domestic products, Torrisi has cultivated a dining experience that pays homage to the history and culture of New York City while remaining distinctly Italian-American in philosophy and technique. Torrisi offers a Nine Course Tasting Menu: available for lunch and dinner. This dynamic restaurant continues to grow and change. It continues to push the boundaries of what Italian-American cuisine means, and to redefine the traditional paradigms of fine dining.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Precious Plating with Attitude
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/29/2014
 2002
Dined on 7/29/2014
 2002
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My dining companion and I thought that there was an ala carte menu as well as the tasting menu. We are somewhat picky eaters, so tastings aren't for us. When we arrived, we were told that the only choice was a $100 per person tasting menu, and that if we didn't use our reservation, I would be charged $100 on the credit card I used to book the table through OpenTable. There was no negotiating with the staff and all they said is, "We'll try to work with you on food allergies." We were stuck and unhappy, and frankly, they didn't care one bit. Out paraded a series of tiny bites of food with massive attitude-- plating is king here, and you are spending a good deal of your money to pay for all the accessories. I'm never going back..."
Dined on 7/29/2014
 2002
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Located on the subterranean level of Dream Downtown, a crimson staircase leads to Cherry's warmly lit, romantic space replete with plush velvet seating evoking the feel of mid-century Paris. <br /><br />Cherry, created by co-owner of BONDST, Jonathan Morr, offers an innovative menu of French-inspired, Japanese fare complimented by a collection of more than 80 sake varietals and a list of hand-crafted cocktails. <br />
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Overpriced with lots of attitude
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/25/2014
 2002
Dined on 6/25/2014
 2002
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The staff is pretty sure they're working in a way cool place, but the problem is, the food runs from fair to terrible & you have to pay a lot for it. I ordered a grilled sardine special that was covered with so many things that it basically tasted like nothing. But worse, i also ordered a smoked trout & horseradish dish that was truly inedible, so of course I didn't eat it. The staff came to clear the plates & didn't ask a word about why it was all still there-- they just cleared it away and brought dessert menus without asking. We passed and went elsewhere. You should too..."
Dined on 6/25/2014
 2002
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 Kutsher's Tribeca
Kutsher's Tribeca
Kutsher's Tribeca is a uniquely modern Jewish-American bistro open 7 days a week with lunch, brunch and dinner. Kutsher's will give New Yorkers their very first chance to experience updated "Catskills cuisine" inspired by the iconic Kutsher's Country Club founded in 1907. With a new take on timeless classics, the restaurant will bring the spirit of the Catskills to Tribeca, creating a brand new dining experience never before seen in New York City. The menu, created by NY Times 2-star chef, Mark Spangenthal, takes a contemporary and playful approach to the canon of Jewish cooking from small bites to more substantial offerings. <br /> <br /><br /> <br />The 140 seat restaurant designed by architect Rafael de Cardenas presents a fresh take on the 1960's canteen, featuring a comfortable downtown aesthetic that channels the communal and family-friendly spirit of Kutsher's historic dining room. <br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2002
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2002
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 6/18/2014
 2002
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Zenkichi quietly entered the scene in late 2006 in a then up and coming Williamsburg food scene. The unique cuisine and dining experience have had restaurant goers and critics catching on ever since. The restaurant offers semi private tables for all of its customers and Tokyo-style Japanese cuisine. The focus is on small plates for sharing and tasting with sake. The menu emphasizes Omakase (chef's tasting menu) which changes every five weeks to incorporate the freshest ingredients of the season. The sake selection includes over 50 kinds of carefully chosen premium sake labels. Zenkichi continues to evolve with a recently added garden. The space is inspired by a Japanese mountain retreat with a glass ceiling that incorporates two 50 year old trees. Which expands the seating space and adds a new dynamic to the already unique décor. Michelin Guide:...a space that feels wonderfully cozy and intimate. A return to the outside world will have you planning your next trip.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/18/2014
 2002
Dined on 5/18/2014
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/18/2014
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Spina is a fresh Italian pasta house located in the East Village. Fresh pastas handmade by Blanca Rincon are decadently adorned with sauces and ragus. Small plates focus on Italy's love affair with seafood as well. General Manager Matthew Harrell's wine list goes international and local with some expert selections from traditional wine regions as well as the Finger Lakes located in upstate New York.<br /><br><br><br />Spina's brick walled, cozy dining room contains a fresh pasta bar where guests can watch Blanca prepare fresh pasta throughout their dining experience.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Delicious Pasta
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/10/2014
 2002
Dined on 5/10/2014
 2002
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I had a birthday dinner here with 5 friends. We each had different pasta dish and they were all fresh & delicious. The mussels were also a must-eat. It's a nice, unpretentious place with really good food."
Dined on 5/10/2014
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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