Ducky
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    13
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  • First Review
    September 21, 2014
  • Last Review
    December 15, 2014
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Modeled after an Italian train station, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich's OTTO is located on 8th Street, in the historic One Fifth Avenue building. Serving classic Italian pizzas and pastas, a large selection of house-cured meats, Italian and local cheeses, Artisanal Gelato, and boasting a 750+ all-Italian wine list, OTTO has become a destination for New York diners as well as a neighborhood hot spot.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Mario Batali has great food ideas
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/13/2014
 2005
Dined on 12/13/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Otto reminded us of Tarry Lodge but in the city instead of Westchester. Italian wine list is huge and menu has similar iterations of Tarry Lodge entree choices. Space is very open roomy, so we did not feel rushed and could dine at a relaxing pace. The 3 of us shared a clam pizza and were surprised it came with full clams in the shell on the pie, which indicates how fresh the clams are instead of just clam meat on the pie, making you wonder if it is canned meat. The seafood sampler dishes were very tasty and a wonderful variety for all who love squid, calamari, anchovies and octopus. We also shared a pasta dish with eggplant which was very tasty and a peanut gelato in a chocolate shell which was nice for peanut butter fans. The wait staff was very attentive and unobtrusive and allowed us to relax and enjoy our lunch."
Dined on 12/13/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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From the same team that brought you Woo Lae Oak in Soho & Los Angeles, Bann is a unique, interactive dining experience featuring authentic Korean cuisine with a modern flair. <br /><br />Unleash your inner chef at Bann and add an element of sizzle to your next evening out! Choose from a variety of authentic Korean barbecues prepared in our signature marinade, including beef short rib and thinly sliced rib eye, all cooked to perfection at your own smokeless tabletop grill. Or dine on traditional favorites like the black cod simmered in a spicy garlic soy reduction. For the adventurous diner, Bann creates a sharing & tasting experience to take you and your companions on a culinary tour of Korea.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Explosion of flavors
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/09/2014
 2005
Dined on 12/09/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The apps of bul gogi buns and shrimp mousse with scallops were very flavorful and presented nicely. The bip bim bop in a hot stone dish which gives the rice a crispy texture was offered with veggies, beef or chicken. The bip bim bop with steak tartar and raw egg was very tasty also. Accompanied by some hot sauce and some little veggie apps of kim chee and cucumbers, there were layers of flavors, which were wonderful in the mouth. The kim chee wasn't overly spicy, but had just enough kick. The asian apple pear crumble and sorbet was a nice delicate finish. Will definitely come back to try some of the other dishes."
Dined on 12/09/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, fit for foodies
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Our menu is a mouthwatering compendium of some of the best recipes from Cuba. Many of these are family recipes that have traveled from one generation to another and which our family and friends have saved with great zeal and devotion. All of our meals are prepared daily using only the finest, freshest ingredients.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Nice latin flavors
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2005
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2005
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
"Always enjoyed the latin flavors in all the dishes we have tasted. Well seasoned and not too salty. Not sure if drinks are prepared consistently. Each time we order a margarita and sometimes it tastes great and potent, sometimes it tastes like a mix. Wait service is very attentive, even though it gets really crowded and noisy and hectic. If you enjoy latin food, this is a very good choice."
Dined on 12/07/2014
 2005
Special Features: great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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At last, a traditional Cuban Restaurant with the best mojitos, live music and hand rolled cigars. <br><br> Click For Our Recent Reviews by <a href="http://www.azucarnyc.com/media/reviews1.html">ZAGATSURVEY 2006</a> and <a href="http://www.azucarnyc.com/media/reviews2.html">TIMEOUT NEW YORK</a>
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Tasty Cuban
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/04/2014
 2005
Dined on 12/04/2014
 2005
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
"We have always enjoyed the flavors of all of the dishes we have eaten here. Favorites are the oxtail and ropa vieja. Drinks can pack a punch, depends on who is making it...sometimes stronger than other times, but still very good. Wait staff is very attentive and eager to please. We thought our drink needed a bit more orange liquor and our wait person took it back to the bar and adjusted the drink himself, brought it over to make sure we liked it before he left us."
Dined on 12/04/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
0points
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The Livanos family, owners of Oceana, Molyvos and Abboccato in Manhattan, are opening the Moderne Barn, American restaurant and an extensive wine cellar. Personal wines are welcome, corkage fee applies, $45.<br /><br />For your next special occasion, inquire about our specialty cakes. We would be happy to assist you with pricing and details. We do require one week advance notice. If you are interested in bringing your own cake, we do have a $3 plate fee per person.<br /><br />For dietary restrictions please call the restaurant directly.<br /><br /><br />Options<br /><br /><br />Moderne Barn<br /><br /> <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great Creative Food, Noisy place
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/13/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/13/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"The menu has a wonderful selection of creative dishes from farm to table. There are interesting combination of flavors and they work well. The food is prepared as requested and presented nicely. The place gets very noisy when busy, especially in the lower ceiling rooms upstairs. The main dining room downstairs has such a lofty ceiling and is so elegant looking that makes it a bit less noisy than upstairs. The wait staff is very attentive."
Dined on 11/13/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
0points
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X2O Xaviars on the Hudson is Peter X Kelly’s latest addition to the Xaviars Restaurant Group. It sits in the water on the only turn of the century Victorian pier still in use on the Hudson River. X2O’s Main Dining Salon's 25 foot vaulted ceiling and 3 walls of glass frame offers views of the George Washington and Tappan Zee Bridges, as well as sunsets over the Palisades. Guests encounter dishes incorporating classic French technique with Italian and Spanish influences, and Asian embellishments which create a wholly original cuisine unique to the Hudson Valley. The Dylan Lounge is a vibrant, up-tempo space with a sophisticated and playful bent that offers guests more dining options. Guests are invited to sample a variety of small plates and sushi, while dining at the Communal Table, sushi bar, or at traditional banquette and table seating.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Everything Perfect
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/12/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/12/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The ambiance in a well lit pier is spacious. The views from anywhere in the room is beautiful. The menu choices are always welcoming. The food is gourmet and prepared to perfection, always moist and flavorful. A place for any occasion. Everything is consistenly done well. The wait staff is very attentive and unobtrusive."
Dined on 11/12/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Our menu is a mouthwatering compendium of some of the best recipes from Cuba. Many of these are family recipes that have traveled from one generation to another and which our family and friends have saved with great zeal and devotion. All of our meals are prepared daily using only the finest, freshest ingredients.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great flavors and portions
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2005
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2005
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
"All the dishes we tasted, apps and entrees had great flavors and not overpowered with salt at all. Drinks were nice and potent. Service was very nice, efficient and friendly. My only regret was that the hostess forgot to check us in for Open Table and we had to go through the process of proving we dined there to receive our points."
Dined on 10/25/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
0points
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Owner Jacques Loupiac presents a taste of Provence at La Panetiere. The cuisine is contemporary french, and the dishes change with the season reflecting upon products purchased from market-gardeners, fishermen, free-range poultry farmers, and other purveyors who deserve the respect of their authentic products.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Comforting and Pleasing
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/07/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/07/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"La Panetiere has always been so consistently wonderful, the ambiance, food, service, comfort of the place. We can dine and relax and take our time. The dishes are paced nicely so you can enjoy a nice conversation with your guests and not feel rushed. All the dishes are well seasoned perfectly with just the right balance of flavors. Nothing overwhelms or is bland. The wait staff is wonderful, friendly, attentive, and unobtrusive.
This is a wonderful place for any special occasion. We just love it here.
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Dined on 11/07/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Frankie and Johnnie's Steakhouse has a look that is sleek and uncluttered, with a warmth that is inviting to all of its guests. The menu is distinguished with its exceptional quality of USDA certified prime dry-aged beef and a secret trend of spices that seasons every steak before it hits the grill. Also known for the freshest of seafood. Lobster, Chilean Sea Bass and Dover Sole.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Consistently Pleasing
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/03/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/03/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We have dined at different times of the day and have always been pleased with the menu selection, even during restaurant week. The selections are indicative of their quality of food and presentation. The selections of wines have a varied price range for the different budgets. The ambiance is open and spacious, yet casual dressy. The large windows and stained glass are beautiful. Waitstaff is very friendly and attentive. You can't go wrong here for any occasion."
Dined on 11/03/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
0points
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Kellari Taverna is located in the heart of New York City, three blocks from Grand Central Station, Times Square and the Theater District. The dining room decor evokes a subterranean wine cellar designed with contemporary elegance. Kellari features the traditional Greek taverna specialties, such as grilled whole fish, prime chops and meats, and an eclectic selection of contemporary Hellenic savory appetizers ("mezedes") created by our Corporate Executive Chef, Gregory Zapantis. Our menu also features a variety of Greek cheeses, baked or flamed 'Saganaki' style, as well as a selection of Raw and Marinated seafood. The Kellari dessert menu includes innovative specialties such mastiha pudding and warm sokolata with halva ice cream as as well as traditional favorites such as Baklava and Galaktoboureko. Kellari Taverna offers an extensive international wine list featuring the largest selection of Greek wines available in any U.S. restaurant. About 24 wines are available by-the-glass.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
So consistently Good
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/29/2014
 2005
Dined on 10/29/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We have never been disappointed at Kellari. It is a great place for pre/post theatre dining. The pre-fixe menu offers a wonderful selection of their menu items and they are all prepared with wonderful flavors and beautiful presentation. The wait staff wis very attentive and friendly."
Dined on 10/29/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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