Bonnie
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    17
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  • First Review
    January 7, 2014
  • Last Review
    April 20, 2014
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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 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/18/2014
 2009
Dined on 4/18/2014
 2009
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"A lovely room and more staff (wait, bus, suits and kitchen) than we have ever seen in any restaurant--and that's where the praise ends. Don't think of going for the food--except for the chocolate torte: the gambas and chickpea appetizers were mediocre at best, the scallops were too salty to eat and the special chitarra had almost no shrimp in it. Lincoln Center has so few restaurants worth eating in that we were hopeful about Boulud Sud since we are often at Lincoln Center, but we won't return."
Dined on 4/18/2014
 2009
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The Smith is a casual American Brasserie with three upbeat locations in New York City: The Smith East Village, The Smith Midtown and The Smith Lincoln Center. Utilizing local products and purveyors, the breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature a selection of familiar bistro dishes. The Smith attracts colleagues for a drink after work, business dinners, a quick bite before a movie, late night revelers, families for Sunday brunch and more. Offering private rooms at all locations, guests can stop by for all occasions. <br />
 
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/11/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/11/2014
 2010
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"The Smith is really nothing more than a glorified bar--with an extensive menu. Lots of choices on the menu and a waiter that was appropriately helpful and attentive. The problem really was the food; the best that can be said was that it was okay: the lobster roll was okay, the trout was okay, the dinner size salad with tuna was okay. Be aware that as a "bar," it gets very loud very quickly. Too many other choices in the neighborhood to choose from...."
Dined on 04/11/2014
 2010
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A centuries-old pink townhouse in the heart of TriBeCa is the setting for Tiny’s & The Bar Upstairs, a restaurant from Matt Abramcyk (Smith & Mills, Warren 77). Abramcyk sought to maintain the character of the 200-year-old space by restoring found materials and overlaying them with Americana finishes, creating the look and feel of a dinner club from a bygone era. The second level, known as "The Bar Upstairs," recalls a classic tavern one might stumble upon during their travels, with custom-made banquettes and antique appointments such as English country wallpaper and reclaimed tin ceilings. Chef John Martinez, who joined Abramcyk after 8 years with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, uses the finest local ingredients to prepare modern American dishes. Tiny's features an extensive list of wine, beer and refreshing cocktails. With its warm atmosphere and artistic spirit, Tiny's & The Bar Upstairs is perfect for a leisurely midday meal, a dinner date or catching up over cocktails.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/11/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/11/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Tiny's has just started serving breakfast and we decided to give it a try--and we were not disappointed--but if you have a big appetite you'll have a problem unless you order the entire menu. We had coffees and scrambled eggs with a piece of toast each.
The young waiter did everything he could to please us. We would go again.
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Dined on 04/11/2014
 2010
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Provencal cuisine in an intimate, cozy setting. A zinc bar, banquettes, flowers, and an attentive staff ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Seasonal ingredients and simplicity of preparation distinguish our food.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Le Gigot continues to please. The highly praised crab cake is a must-order and the steak is as good if not better than many steak houses. The menu plus a few specials is limited but adequate; the wine list is limited and inadequate. It's understandable that such a small restaurant would have limited wine choices, but we have tried most of the well priced bottles and not one has been as good as it should be for the price. Still, if you haven't been, you should. Make a reservation; many drop-ins are turned away."
Dined on 04/05/2014
 2010
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General Assembly is a casually sophisticated market-driven grill located at 360 Park Avenue South, one block east of Madison Square Park by partners Craig Koketsu (Park Avenue, Quality Meats) and Michael Stillman. The 170-seat restaurant features a European-inspired menu utilizing local and seasonal ingredients.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/28/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/28/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"General Assembly is a beautiful restaurant, though they are going to wish the bar area was larger. Our cocktails were fine, the bottle of wine pricey for its quality. Good Caesar but squid app too too chewy. My main was not cooked as ordered; it was redone to perfection and taken off the tab, a generous and appreciated but unnecessary gesture. We would return: they're new and still have a few kinks to work out."
Dined on 03/28/2014
 2010
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Lafayette is an everyday French restaurant conducting the spirit of French dining anew in downtown Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood. Open morning, noon and night, this grand café and bakery is dedicated to Chef Andrew Carmellini's market-driven bistro cooking in a timeless hallmark setting. Our light-flushed dining room features soaring arched windows overlooking the NoHo streetscapes and a lively rotisserie bar. Our corner boulangerie-patisserie is open all hours offering artisanal breads, croissants, Stumptown coffee drinks, a light breakfast or lunch and a host of confections. In warm weather months, our sidewalk cafe opens daily for open air lunch, brunch and dinner service.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/07/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/07/2014
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Having had cocktails twice and breakfast numerous times at Lafayette, it was time to try dinner--and we were not disappointed.
The tables are close but not crowded and the seats comfortable; the lighting is flattering but adequate for reading the menu; the service is a bit distracted but efficient; a shared appetizer was divided in the kitchen, always a plus; most appreciated was that after a cocktail, I only wanted a few sips of wine and Lafayette offers half a glass: how clever and friendly. We would order our entrees--spaghetti and short ribs--again. Obviously we will return.
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Dined on 03/07/2014
 2010
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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 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 03/06/2014
 2010
Dined on 03/06/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"There are mostly good things to say about Minetta Tavern: excellent cocktails, glasses of wine poured out of the bottle at the table, outstanding service. The crush of people waiting at the door can't be helped but it is a mess and uncomfortable for everyone. The food was uneven: good special salad and a regular trout dish. The major problem was the special pheasant, highly recommended by the waitress, costly and so dry it could not be swallowed--and tasteless to boot. Once could say that meat is the only thing to order here; if so, then no other choices should be offered."
Dined on 03/06/2014
 2010
0points
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Cookshop presents the ideal combination of great American food, prepared by Chef Marc Meyer, warm hospitality and meaningful design to west Chelsea. At the heart and soul of Cookshop lies the owners’ commitment to bringing an honest seasonal dining option to New York City coupled with an exceptional beverage program.<br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2010
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Cookshop is very popular though it is nothing special. You won't go wrong by eating there, just expect the average."
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2010
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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 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2010
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2010
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"First, the tablecloth had an enormous grease spot on it and though I pointed it out, nothing was done--except I was thanked for saying something. Next, the lobster spaghetti was served with a big plop of spaghetti topped with a sprawled lobster in its shell; there was no way to eat it without making a mess; we asked for it to be taken out of the shell; it was. Finally, I asked for a glass of red wine and chose an Amarone without knowing the price: $34.95 FOR A GLASS. Yes, $34.95! At least we should have been told the price: we weren't. Think twice before going. We won't return."
Dined on 02/28/2014
 2010
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In 1983, Café Luxembourg opened its doors to become the quintessential neighborhood bistro of the Upper West Side. The dining room of this charming 90 seat restaurant glows in the warm light of the Jean Perzel fixtures and antique mirrors. <br /><br />Located on 70th Street just west of Broadway, Café Luxembourg entertains New Yorkers and celebrities alike. The full service bar is home to many regulars. The lively buzz of the dining room is inviting and intimate. The frequency of dining customers is testament to the sincere efforts by the entire Café Luxembourg staff.<br /><br />The menu changes seasonally as well as offering daily specials. The classic menu dishes maintain a level of cooking on par with the city’s best restaurants. Café Luxembourg offers beautifully prepared food with professional, yet unpretentious service at reasonable prices. <br />
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 02/26/2014
 2010
Dined on 02/26/2014
 2010
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We love Café Lux--except for the food. The country salad used to be wonderful, not any more. About a third of the mussels remained closed and the broth had no flavor at all. The cocktail was good, the glass of wine not, but a generous pour. And the staff is terrific. I'll probably go again because from one time to the next I forget about the food. Why can't the kitchen return to what it was once upon a time?"
Dined on 02/26/2014
 2010
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