SJR1
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    January 20, 2014
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    April 16, 2014
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Texas de Brazil is carving out a new experience in fine dining. The restaurant is an authentic Brazilian-American “Churrascaria” or steakhouse that combines the cuisines of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas. <br />Treat yourself to our 50-60 item gourmet salad area including appetizers, fresh vegetables, soups and salads. Turn your place card to green and prepare to be swarmed by a troop of carvers generously serving various cuts of seasoned beef, lamb, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage, all accompanied by traditional side items and house-baked Brazilian cheese bread. As your dining experience continues, let one of our in-house wine connoisseurs select the perfect pairing from our extensive, award-winning wine lists, or sip on a freshly-made signature cocktail-the Caipirinha. Complete your dining experience with one of our many decadent dessert selections, and then relax with an after-dinner drink or steaming espresso and enjoy the ambiance that is Texas de Brazil.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Super noisy
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Basically $60 for all you can eat. Food was terrific with a huge salad bar with noise being the main issue. It was unbearable and totally ruined the experience. I think they made a major design flaw with the ceilings as there is nothing to absorb sound. It wasn't helped by a completely obnoxious birthday party (probably 20-30 disrespectful people completely oblivious to everything around them) going on at one end of the restaurant. I could not hear my girlfriend sitting across from me and we couldn't hear the staff when they came by with the meat so we were left guessing for the most part. Maybe an off night but be forewarned."
Dined on 04/12/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups
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At Lincoln Ristorante, we offer our interpretation of modern Italian cuisine in New York at Lincoln Center. Our philosophy is simple: to source the best local ingredients and prepare them with authentic Italian methods and spirit. While our location beside Lincoln Center’s reflecting pool is exquisite, with panoramic views and a grass lawn roof, the heart of our restaurant is the central open kitchen.<br /><br />The menu offers our take on traditional preparations ranging from spaghetti al pomodoro to vitello tonnato and simply grilled branzino. Antipasti coax rustic ingredients into dishes with deep, savory flavors. Desserts are beautiful renditions of Italy’s classics: light, lush and irresistible.<br /><br />While reservations are recommended to ensure a table, walk-ins are welcome at our bar where the full menu is served. We are open seven days a week offering lunch, pre-theater, dinner and weekend brunch.<br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Interesting Brunch selections
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/13/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/13/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Went here for brunch on Sunday. Pricey but good options for the Prix Fixe offering. We had the Mare Salad, Burrata, Garganelli and Crepes and Eggs. All were excellent but the last two especially stood out. Restaurant was not busy at all--I assume it does most of it's business before shows. All glass walls give a great view outside and create a bright atmosphere. Service was attentive and various staff bring out samples of other items to you during your meal."
Dined on 04/13/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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Abraham Merchant, Richard Cohn and Andy Emmet, principals of Merchants Hospitality Inc., have partnered up with celebrated restaurateurs and stars of "Down Home with the Neelys", Gina and Pat Neely, to launch Neely's Barbecue Parlor, featuring the Neely's authentic barbecue cuisine, Southern fare and so much more!
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Excellent as always
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/08/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/08/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Enjoyed the Rib Platter and Pork Sampler on this visit. The food never disappoints and I enjoy the ambiance where each dining area has it's own theme. One area looks just like a dining room at home."
Dined on 04/08/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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Empire Steak House, conveniently located at 237 west 54 street near Broadway, showcases modern décor in a classy, but trendy atmosphere. The all-white marble bar and sprawling dining room provide an additional air of sophistication. While Empire's steaks are acclaimed for its famous dry-aged porterhouse for two, the rest of the vast menu is equally stellar, featuring a wide range of fresh seafood such as 4-to 5-lb lobsters, Chilean Sea Bass, Salmon, Yellow Fin Tuna, towering seafood platters, and much more. The eatery offers a highly selective wine list and features many of California's most sought after vintages. The Zagat rated restaurant is owned and operated by the Sinanaj family. The Sinanaj’s success dates back to their first restaurant opening of Empire Steak House in 2010. The space is 4,500 square feet and can accommodate 230 guests for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, private rooms available!
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great Prix Fixe deal
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"This location presents a different, more lively ambiance. Food is the same quality as 52nd St and I think we had a new server since the service was a little slow at times and I was charged for 3 Prix Fixe meals, instead of two. Easily forgiven as everything was corrected quickly and the manager checked in periodically. You can't really go wrong here as even things like the sauteed broccoli are cooked to perfection. I never had cooked broccoli that maintained such a fresh and crunchy texture. If I have to nitpick, the lobster in the lobster bisque could have been more plentiful and slightly less rubbery but it wasn't bad and they could have a bigger beer selection. Huge portions and I leave stuffed every time I'm at Empire."
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups
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Santa Fe has been an Upper West-side staple for over 25 years. Featuring Southwestern Classics, Contemporary Mexican Cuisine and the best Margaritas in town, we strive to provide every one of our guests with a comfortable, delicious and friendly dining experience.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Good basic southwestern food
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/02/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/02/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Food was OK, service was polite but slow at times. Good place to go for a basic meal but nothing that knocks your socks off. We had the Guacamole, Tortilla Soup, Chimichangas and Banana pudding. Crowd seems to be a bunch of regulars that have gone there for a long time. There weren't many people in there below 65. My girlfriend left her phone on the table and realized it was missing about 30-45 mins after we left. Surprisingly, it wasn't stolen. The staff located it and held it for me at the front until I could get there to pick it up. Kudos to them."
Dined on 04/02/2014
 2010
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Conveniently located across from Lincoln Center and a startling revelation in shiny black lacquer, Shun Lee exudes Asian chic with grand authority.<br>For haute Chinese cuisine, it’s among New York City’s best. Regional offerings include crispy Grand Marnier prawns with honey walnuts (Canton), braised sea bass in hot bean sauce (Hunan) and shredded beef with leeks and hot peppers (Szechwan). Specialties include beggar’s chicken baked in lotus leaves and clay (requires one day’s notice), Hunan tripe, sweetbreads with black mushrooms and of course, Beijing Duck.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Lunch on a Saturday
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/29/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/29/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I opted for the Prix Fixe option and it was quite filling. I would skip the BBQ ribs as an appetizer as they weren't very good. My friend got them to make a special order of Dim Sum for her (not on the Prix Fixe menu) that was very good. The Prawns with garlic and scallions were to die for. The Eggplant Szechuan was good but paled in comparison to the shrimp. For dessert we choose ice cream which is not really something that can be messed up. I like the booths here. Very tall and private. You cannot see/hear neighboring diners and it creates a nice ambiance. Our server also happened to be the manager and he was quite entertaining. Will definitely be back."
Dined on 03/29/2014
 2010
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch
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Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Chef Ronald Wingwee Hsu serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Nice lounge upstairs
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/26/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/26/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Second time here and dined in the lounge this time. Very nice ambiance, wasn't too crowded and we were able to talk without being on top of other diners. Shared the Trio entree and a Banana Tarte which were excellent, just as they were the first time I was here. Service was good, attentive but we were never rushed and had an enjoyable evening. Overall, really nice place that you should try."
Dined on 03/26/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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Giorgio's of Gramercy is one of Zagat's top rated restaurants in the Gramercy Park neighborhood.<br><br>Our eclectic American menu will not disappoint. Our philosophy at Giorgio’s of Gramercy is to serve quality food using only the freshest of ingredients at great value. We offer menus that are creative, yet simple and earthy.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Another great meal
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I am here frequently and once again the experience was top notch. This time they did an off-menu item (Seafood Risotto) for my date. I opted for the Prix Fixe dinner option consisting of the Escarole Salad, Espresso Rubbed Ribeye and S'More Bread pudding. This is what I usually get since it is sooo good. They also accommodated my table request once again. Wonderful restaurant that seems to be getting more and more popular as time goes by."
Dined on 03/24/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Chef Daniel Boulud’s vibrant Mediterranean menu offers flavors from France, Spain, Italy, Greece, North Africa and Turkey. There is an emphasis on grilled fish and meats as well as an abundance of fresh vegetables. With an entrance on West 64th Street, Boulud Sud is just steps from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center and is adjacent to Bar Boulud and Épicerie Boulud. <br /><br />Monday through Friday Boulud Sud offers a $29.00 three-course lunch in addition to our a la carte menu. Sunday brunch is served from 11:00am-3:00pm with a $32 two-course prix-fixe supplementing the regular menu. At dinner, Boulud Sud offers our full a la carte menu as well as a $60 three course prix fixe menu featuring Boulud Sud classics and a 7 course tasting menu showcasing all of the flavors of the Mediterranean at Boulud Sud for $115. For lighter fare, join us in our bar and lounge open from noon daily.<br /><br />Three private wine themed dining rooms are available for private events. <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Delicious Brunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"First time here and I tried out their Prix Fixe Brunch. I recommend The Cocotte as it was an out of this world sausage and egg combination. The Hummus was tasty, too. The Blood Orange Dessert and Ice Cream were a perfect way to end the meal. I really like the creativity here and how well it's done. I've been to many places that try to be creative only to ruin dishes. Not the case here. It is pricey and I'll never understand why a glass of Mimosa is $16 but I guess that is par for the course considering the area. Service was a little slow at times but very polite, friendly and professional."
Dined on 03/23/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
0points
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Giorgio's of Gramercy is one of Zagat's top rated restaurants in the Gramercy Park neighborhood.<br><br>Our eclectic American menu will not disappoint. Our philosophy at Giorgio’s of Gramercy is to serve quality food using only the freshest of ingredients at great value. We offer menus that are creative, yet simple and earthy.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Always a great experience
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I dine here frequently and love the non pretentious atmosphere and superb service and food. There is not one thing I've tried on the menu that wasn't excellent. There are 2 tables I generally sit at and they accommodate my request every time. Wish I remembered the host's name since he is very gracious and accommodating. Even checks in to make sure the meal is fine. If you like beer, try the Jai Alai IPA. Very unique and hard to find."
Dined on 03/15/2014
 2010
Special Features: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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