Solo

★★★★☆

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Solo is one of those special places hidden and tucked away inside of the Sony building at 55th and Madison. The restaurant has been open to my understanding for a number of years and has had multiple top chef guest chefs at the restaurant.

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Solo is one of those special places hidden and tucked away inside of the Sony building at 55th and Madison. The restaurant has been open to my understanding for a number of years and has had multiple top chef guest chefs at the restaurant.

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I ate at Solo last night and do NOT understand the recent negative reviews. The food was excellent and imaginative (try the chicken in a pot or the lamb). The ambience was VERY pleasant, with widely spaced tables and nice modern (but not

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I ate at Solo last night and do NOT understand the recent negative reviews. The food was excellent and imaginative (try the chicken in a pot or the lamb). The ambience was VERY pleasant, with widely spaced tables and nice modern (but not

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The food was good. However, it was ridiculously, embarrassingly expensive. I am a kosher person who eats fish at some of the finest NYC non-kosher restaurants (Jean Georges, Aquavit, etc.). The entrees here are ALOT more expensive than at those places. The desserts are also insanely expensive. For that level of pricing, the waiters should have been much more professional. We were constantly interrupted to ask if we were ready to order even though we said we'd let them know when we were. Then they kept trying to clear our plates during the meal even though we were clearly not done and still working. We asked for tap water and while deep in conversation noticed they were pouring us bottled water. Was frustrating and not worth it. I'd rather eat a great fish at a top NYC restaurant with ambience and respectful waiters.

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★★★☆☆

The food was good. However, it was ridiculously, embarrassingly expensive. I am a kosher person who eats fish at some of the finest NYC non-kosher restaurants (Jean Georges, Aquavit, etc.). The entrees here are ALOT more expensive than at those places. The desserts are also insanely expensive. For that level of pricing, the waiters should have been much more professional. We were constantly interrupted to ask if we were ready to order even though we said we'd let them know when we were. Then they kept trying to clear our plates during the meal even though we were clearly not done and still working. We asked for tap water and while deep in conversation noticed they were pouring us bottled water. Was frustrating and not worth it. I'd rather eat a great fish at a top NYC restaurant with ambience and respectful waiters.

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Solo is a prime example of a restaurant that caters to people with dietary restrictions and uses these restrictions to take advantage of their patrons. I don't even know where to begin in describing our recent dismal culinary experience at this restaurant. I could tell you about how our waiter brought two bowls of soup to our table and told us that one was a soup and the other one raw kampachi. I could tell you that we had to send back our appetizers because they were cold and one or our three meat entrees because it was undercooked, or how we had to ask for everything from water to bread to "where is our food?" after an entree disappeared for 25 minutes after sending it back. While the three meat entrees we ordered were decent enough, they did not warrant the $45-$61 price tag. There are several other kosher establishments in the city that serve better quality fare at far less a price tag with just as much ambiance, better service and far better consideration for their clientele. Both the management and the wait staff were nonchalant - they either wrongly assumed that the members of our party eat only in Kosher establishments and don't know any better, or, since our party was large enough to warrant the required 20% gratuity, they didn't care whether we were pleased. A restaurant should pride itself on its food and its customer service. It appears that Solo sees their kosher clientele as gourmet ignoramuses with deep wallets and low dining and culinary standards upon which they can take prey.

And just in case you were thinking of visiting the restaurant to enjoy Top Chef Hung' cooking - don't bother. Even though we called to confirm that he would be cooking in the restaurant twice the day of our reservation, we arrived to find out he was "not in the kitchen" and that "Chefs don't cook. They walk around the restaurant or look at the food before it goes out to the customers." This is straight from the management.

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★★☆☆☆

Solo is a prime example of a restaurant that caters to people with dietary restrictions and uses these restrictions to take advantage of their patrons. I don't even know where to begin in describing our recent dismal culinary experience at this restaurant. I could tell you about how our waiter brought two bowls of soup to our table and told us that one was a soup and the other one raw kampachi. I could tell you that we had to send back our appetizers because they were cold and one or our three meat entrees because it was undercooked, or how we had to ask for everything from water to bread to "where is our food?" after an entree disappeared for 25 minutes after sending it back. While the three meat entrees we ordered were decent enough, they did not warrant the $45-$61 price tag. There are several other kosher establishments in the city that serve better quality fare at far less a price tag with just as much ambiance, better service and far better consideration for their clientele. Both the management and the wait staff were nonchalant - they either wrongly assumed that the members of our party eat only in Kosher establishments and don't know any better, or, since our party was large enough to warrant the required 20% gratuity, they didn't care whether we were pleased. A restaurant should pride itself on its food and its customer service. It appears that Solo sees their kosher clientele as gourmet ignoramuses with deep wallets and low dining and culinary standards upon which they can take prey.

And just in case you were thinking of visiting the restaurant to enjoy Top Chef Hung' cooking - don't bother. Even though we called to confirm that he would be cooking in the restaurant twice the day of our reservation, we arrived to find out he was "not in the kitchen" and that "Chefs don't cook. They walk around the restaurant or look at the food before it goes out to the customers." This is straight from the management.

Editorial from

Breeze by the public tables and the lingerers inside the Sony Atrium and you'll find yourself in an unexpected culinary oasis. Welcome to Solo, which serves up kosher fare in an elevated manner. Thanks go to Top Chef alum Eli Kirshstein,…

 

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