LauraR
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  • Review Count
    5
  • Helpfulness Votes
    0
  • First Review
    July 31, 2014
  • Last Review
    November 12, 2014
  • Featured Reviews
    0
  • Average Rating
    4.2
 
 
LauraR's Reviews
 
Bistro Chat Noir, is located in the heart of New York City's fashionable upper east side, melds the classic with contemporary elements of French styling, all fit snuggly into a sleek and elegant townhouse setting. Approachable but first class in every respect, Bistro Chat Noir offers the finest ingredients in a glamorous indoor and outdoor setting, where all the patrons will mingle like good friends at a garden party.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Old-fashioned Bistro
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/09/2014
 2005
Dined on 11/09/2014
 2005
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I'm not sure of its history, but this place feels as if it has been around forever, and that everyone there is a "regular." Which isn't a bad thing! The food isn't groundbreaking but it is solid bistro fare, nicely rich, warm, and inviting. (Forget cholesterol for one evening and enjoy the buttery fish selections, which come with a sublime potato cake.) This is comfort food, served in a comforting environment. It's perfect for after a day of tromping around the Met or Frick."
Dined on 11/09/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Opened by Keith McNally in 2007, Morandi is a rustic Italian trattoria located in the West Village. The restaurant is open from breakfast through dinner, as well as for brunch on weekends and for original cocktails or full meals at the bar. Acclaimed chef Tony Liu serves regional Italian dishes, which include the restaurant's classics as well as seasonal specials.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Simply My Favorite!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/16/2014
 2005
Dined on 9/16/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We New Yorkers can be fickle...running to each new "hotspot"--but we need our go-to places. For me, Morandi is just the best restaurant of its kind in the city and never disappoints. The food is sublime--best grilled artichokes outside of Rome, for starters. The service is as good on New Year's Eve as on a random Tuesday night. The ambience is warm and welcoming (if a bit "energetic"). And it happens to be situated on the most picturesque corner in the West Village. If I were skinny and rich, I'd go once a week. Whether you are visiting NYC for a few days or have lived here 35 years (like me), Morandi is a must."
Dined on 9/16/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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As one of the best kept secrets in New York City, Gigino at Wagner Park offers a spectacular view of Lady Liberty and the New York Harbor. Owners Bob Giraldi and Phil Suarez along with executive chef Luigi Celentano, have taken great pride in bringing Italian cuisine to Battery Park City for over five years. Nestled between the Ritz Carlton and the Statue of Liberty, Gigino can be found just a few steps south of The Jewish Heritage Museum. Open year round, Gigino at Wagner Park is a great place for a romantic evening or family get together.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Glorious view!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"If location is everything, this might be the best restaurant in lower Manhattan, with its picture-perfect setting overlooking New York Harbor. At sunset, it is nothing less than sublime. But sitting outside is everything here--nothing inside will do! A canopy overhead offers some protection from the elements but doesn't hamper the fresh experience of dining here. And PS, the food is very solid Italian fare, lots to choose from, and not too pricey. I highly recommend this place to locals and visitors alike."
Dined on 8/18/2014
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining
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The Fat Radish is a new restaurant in the Lower East Side from the Silkstone team inspired by seasonal, modern British cooking with an emphasis on farm-table practices and local sourcing. Like Silkstone's Catering and Events, the restaurant provides honest, fresh and healthy food to a stylish and contemporary table. The team sources the finest seasonal and heritage produce from specialist local farms and has created a communal setting that, like their food, is vibrant, approachable, and made by caring hands.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Fat Flavor
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2005
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The best thing about this little lower-east-side gem is the menu, which features fresh, farm-to-table ingredients in simple but innovative preparations. There was something tempting for everyone in our party, from the vegetarian to the died-in-the-wool meat eater. Nothing seemed perfunctory--the chef is clearly passionate about every dish. And the place was actually less noisy than I thought it would be, considering the decor and proximity of the tables. Very much worth a visit and I'd defend anyone's right to make it a regular hangout."
Dined on 8/16/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
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The Gander is Chef Jesse Schenker’s new American restaurant located in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. Schenker’s unique and imaginative style of cooking is reflected in his composed charcuteries, house-made pickles, fresh pastas and diverse selection of main dishes. The Gander boasts a deep, international wine program, in addition to a large assortment of spirits, all available at the expansive bar. Diners will enjoy innovative yet approachable cuisine tucked away in a warm and welcoming setting.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Definitely Take a Gander!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/29/2014
 2005
Dined on 7/29/2014
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The Gander is a fantastic addition to the dining scene in Chelsea: excellent food and wine well-served, an inventive menu, generous portions, and a lovely room that is expansive, rather than the typical "bowling alley" generally necessitated by NYC real estate realities. And even if none of that were true, the place would be worth a visit for the Brisket Tots, which I now dream about. Yes, yes, yes."
Dined on 7/29/2014
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies
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