Bar Americain

★★★★☆
Bobby Flay's signature restaurant in Midtown West featuring brasserie-style American nouveau cuisine with a healthy dose of the bold flavors Flay is most known for. While the 200-seat restaurant retains the aesthetic of a traditional brasserie, Bar Americain also incorporates classic Hollywood style and a mezzanine that's perfect for people-watching.
  • 152 W 52nd St

    New York, NY 10019

    Cross street: nr. Seventh Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-265-9700

About Bar Americain

Hours
Mon, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5pm-10pm; Tue-Thu, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5pm-11pm; Fri, 11:45am-2:30pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sat, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm and 5pm-10pm

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I will give it a few positives, the service in impecable. The horseradish sauce for the Ribeye was excellent. My wife had the asparagus which was also good. After that it goes downhill. The ribeye was tough and not very flavorful, mashed

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★★★★★

I will give it a few positives, the service in impecable. The horseradish sauce for the Ribeye was excellent. My wife had the asparagus which was also good. After that it goes downhill. The ribeye was tough and not very flavorful, mashed

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The restaurant is clean and beautiful and the service was excellent.

Having said that, let me get to the real review. I ordered the hot brown and it was like an intense salt stick. The salt was so intense I couldn't even taste the other

3
★★★★★

The restaurant is clean and beautiful and the service was excellent.

Having said that, let me get to the real review. I ordered the hot brown and it was like an intense salt stick. The salt was so intense I couldn't even taste the other

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Great food, atmosphere, vibe, and service. Overall a great place but a little pricey

3
★★★★★

Great food, atmosphere, vibe, and service. Overall a great place but a little pricey

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Food Quality - Excellent\r
Service - Excellent \r
$39 Rib Eye Steak - very small, but good\r
But why do they charge me $9 for fancy french fries, and $9 for Asparagus with sauce and capers. They should be included as part of the entree.

3
★★★★★

Food Quality - Excellent\r
Service - Excellent \r
$39 Rib Eye Steak - very small, but good\r
But why do they charge me $9 for fancy french fries, and $9 for Asparagus with sauce and capers. They should be included as part of the entree.

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Excellent Food, Great atmosphere!!! Good for after work, with the wife....all together excellent

2
★★★★☆

Excellent Food, Great atmosphere!!! Good for after work, with the wife....all together excellent

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I recently planned a business dinner at this restaurant and I just can't say enough about the expert customer service I received. Everything from reservations for a large party, to the attitude of our waiter was simply superb. Oh, and the food wasn't too shabby either!!

2
★★★★☆

I recently planned a business dinner at this restaurant and I just can't say enough about the expert customer service I received. Everything from reservations for a large party, to the attitude of our waiter was simply superb. Oh, and the food wasn't too shabby either!!

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The restaurant is in the heart of bustling Manhattan, and I decided that a great splurge would be to try one of the restaurants owned and operated by "Master Chef" Bobby Flay.

I ordered a delicious but overpriced onion soup. My main entree was a lobster sandwich, as was the case of my guest. We both thought it was the worst $28 dollar sandwich we had ever eaten. The toast was burnt and the lobster meat was ruined with a dressing that made it almost more liquid than solid.

Bobby Flay needs to stop being a celebrity on television, and spend more time overseeing his restaurant. The meal made me sorry that Emeril Lagasse does not have a restaurant in Manhattan.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant is in the heart of bustling Manhattan, and I decided that a great splurge would be to try one of the restaurants owned and operated by "Master Chef" Bobby Flay.

I ordered a delicious but overpriced onion soup. My main entree was a lobster sandwich, as was the case of my guest. We both thought it was the worst $28 dollar sandwich we had ever eaten. The toast was burnt and the lobster meat was ruined with a dressing that made it almost more liquid than solid.

Bobby Flay needs to stop being a celebrity on television, and spend more time overseeing his restaurant. The meal made me sorry that Emeril Lagasse does not have a restaurant in Manhattan.

Pros: nice setting with ambience conducive to conversation

Cons: The food is terrible

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The problem with these review websites is that only the angry usually write. I am trying to change that. My wife and I are old time New Yorkers, having eaten in NYC restaurants for XXX years (I refuse to tell how old I am). However, this was our first at Bar Americain. We had an absolutely delightful time. For starters, they had my favorite draft beer, Capt. Lawrence, on tap. My appetizer, a chopped asparagus salad was to die for, and my main course, a horseradish crusted halibut was unusually fun and delicious! Our waiter made sure all our needs were met. Everyone was very friendly, which is not always the case for the pre-theatre restaurant row type establishment. Hats off to Bobby Flay. We will be back!

2
★★★★☆

The problem with these review websites is that only the angry usually write. I am trying to change that. My wife and I are old time New Yorkers, having eaten in NYC restaurants for XXX years (I refuse to tell how old I am). However, this was our first at Bar Americain. We had an absolutely delightful time. For starters, they had my favorite draft beer, Capt. Lawrence, on tap. My appetizer, a chopped asparagus salad was to die for, and my main course, a horseradish crusted halibut was unusually fun and delicious! Our waiter made sure all our needs were met. Everyone was very friendly, which is not always the case for the pre-theatre restaurant row type establishment. Hats off to Bobby Flay. We will be back!

Pros: Wait staff, food, creativity, nice room

Cons: none really

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Despite the rest of these reviews, I would recommend Bar Americain as a good find; however, don't expect world class dining.
The menu is broad enough to fit anyone's taste and some unique items are pulled from the Bobby Flay TV Shows & Challenges.
I would certainly order the prok chop again, the shrimp/grits were solid for a shop in the north, and the flank steak was prepped just as I like it.
The wine list fits most price ranges and I picked an outstanding Rioja in the 50-60 dollar range.
The dessert menu helps round out a good meal and the sides were complimentary.
Overall, the front staff & bar could be a little warmer; however, my wait service and bus staff gave good tips, were funny, and asked for my opinion on each item.
In 5 trips, I've never seen Flay there, but have heard he stops in every now and then.

2
★★★★☆

Despite the rest of these reviews, I would recommend Bar Americain as a good find; however, don't expect world class dining.
The menu is broad enough to fit anyone's taste and some unique items are pulled from the Bobby Flay TV Shows & Challenges.
I would certainly order the prok chop again, the shrimp/grits were solid for a shop in the north, and the flank steak was prepped just as I like it.
The wine list fits most price ranges and I picked an outstanding Rioja in the 50-60 dollar range.
The dessert menu helps round out a good meal and the sides were complimentary.
Overall, the front staff & bar could be a little warmer; however, my wait service and bus staff gave good tips, were funny, and asked for my opinion on each item.
In 5 trips, I've never seen Flay there, but have heard he stops in every now and then.

Pros: Unique Menu, Big Wine List, Unusual Experience

Cons: Not cheap, Feels a little sterile/impersonal

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We went with a party of five for New Year's Day 2010 dinner. We all love to watch Bobby Flay cooking on t.v., so we were expecting the best. I eat out for lunch every day and for dinner 3-4 times a week at very nice restaurants, so again, I know what to expect and pay for a place like this. When we arrived for our reservation(By the way, the gentlemen were dressed in suits and the ladies in cocktail dresses.), I was looking for the rest of my party at the bar area. The host became belligerent with me about checking in our coats. I said to hold on I'm looking for someone, and he was miffed. I finally gave "mister personality" my coat and met the rest of my party. At dinner after ordering a nice bottle of wine and 5 appetizers for the table, we asked the waiter for several small bowls to share the pumpkin soup appetizer with the rest of the table. The waiter seemed puzzled and had to go ask permission. Why does he need permission to bring out bowls!!! The waiter said no, so we called for the manager. The manager also gave us a hard time about stupid bowls. I've never seen such a thing. I go to a restaurant of this supposedly caliber for the food number one and the service number two. If I'm going to spend $800 on dinner, I want a damn bowl if I ask for one. This made the entire table angry, so we canceled our entrees and left. This place is ridiculous. I've never seem such a stuck-up staff of employees. Bobby Flay should be ashamed to have such a place with his name on it. Who cares if the food is any good, if you cannot enjoy your time there...

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went with a party of five for New Year's Day 2010 dinner. We all love to watch Bobby Flay cooking on t.v., so we were expecting the best. I eat out for lunch every day and for dinner 3-4 times a week at very nice restaurants, so again, I know what to expect and pay for a place like this. When we arrived for our reservation(By the way, the gentlemen were dressed in suits and the ladies in cocktail dresses.), I was looking for the rest of my party at the bar area. The host became belligerent with me about checking in our coats. I said to hold on I'm looking for someone, and he was miffed. I finally gave "mister personality" my coat and met the rest of my party. At dinner after ordering a nice bottle of wine and 5 appetizers for the table, we asked the waiter for several small bowls to share the pumpkin soup appetizer with the rest of the table. The waiter seemed puzzled and had to go ask permission. Why does he need permission to bring out bowls!!! The waiter said no, so we called for the manager. The manager also gave us a hard time about stupid bowls. I've never seen such a thing. I go to a restaurant of this supposedly caliber for the food number one and the service number two. If I'm going to spend $800 on dinner, I want a damn bowl if I ask for one. This made the entire table angry, so we canceled our entrees and left. This place is ridiculous. I've never seem such a stuck-up staff of employees. Bobby Flay should be ashamed to have such a place with his name on it. Who cares if the food is any good, if you cannot enjoy your time there...

Pros: nice decor

Cons: inept, rude employees

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Poor service and food flunked." FLAY??!! FLUNKED FLANK!!!?? GET DA FLUNK OUTTA HERE!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Poor service and food flunked." FLAY??!! FLUNKED FLANK!!!?? GET DA FLUNK OUTTA HERE!!!

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I recently went to Bar Americain with my family on Sunday December 6th at 5. We were a party of 10. No one checked our coats upon arrival. So we carried all our winter coats scarves etc... to the table.

The waiter seemed bothered he had to serve our table and while trying to order - mid order he left our table several times.

Every time we needed a drink we had to flag the waiter or someone who could help us. Our waiter continually rolled his eyes at us and seemed bothered we had three girls age 5 and 6, who were very well behaved.

I had the asparagus salad that had way to much dressing and only three tiny pieces of asparagus.

For my entree I had the horseradish crusted Halibut and it was drenched in salt. My daughter had the skate with out the spicy sauce. Also way to much salt. When I asked the waiter to bring a little melted butter I was informed there was butter on the table for the bread and to use that! The food came out at different times as well.

There also seemed to be a lot of drama between the maitre d' and the staff and saw him yelling at people through out dinner. They need to keep it behind closed doors. Maybe the drama works on TV but when I am paying I would like a serene dinner.

Needless to say it was not a positive memorable dining experience. This was my first and my last time at a Bobby Flay restaurant.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I recently went to Bar Americain with my family on Sunday December 6th at 5. We were a party of 10. No one checked our coats upon arrival. So we carried all our winter coats scarves etc... to the table.

The waiter seemed bothered he had to serve our table and while trying to order - mid order he left our table several times.

Every time we needed a drink we had to flag the waiter or someone who could help us. Our waiter continually rolled his eyes at us and seemed bothered we had three girls age 5 and 6, who were very well behaved.

I had the asparagus salad that had way to much dressing and only three tiny pieces of asparagus.

For my entree I had the horseradish crusted Halibut and it was drenched in salt. My daughter had the skate with out the spicy sauce. Also way to much salt. When I asked the waiter to bring a little melted butter I was informed there was butter on the table for the bread and to use that! The food came out at different times as well.

There also seemed to be a lot of drama between the maitre d' and the staff and saw him yelling at people through out dinner. They need to keep it behind closed doors. Maybe the drama works on TV but when I am paying I would like a serene dinner.

Needless to say it was not a positive memorable dining experience. This was my first and my last time at a Bobby Flay restaurant.

Cons: Poor service food to salty

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Went to NYC for a short getaway by myself. One of the wishlist items was dining at Bar Americain. Sat at the bar, was treated warmly.with genuine interest and attention (and I'm not a runway model!). Had four courses, including the seafood cocktail sampler and was delighted with every bite. Staff let me take my time between courses and I never felt rushed. Good food is hard to find, innovative food is even rarer and true hospitality is like finding a diamond in the streets of New York. Thanks, Bobby!

2
★★★★★

Went to NYC for a short getaway by myself. One of the wishlist items was dining at Bar Americain. Sat at the bar, was treated warmly.with genuine interest and attention (and I'm not a runway model!). Had four courses, including the seafood cocktail sampler and was delighted with every bite. Staff let me take my time between courses and I never felt rushed. Good food is hard to find, innovative food is even rarer and true hospitality is like finding a diamond in the streets of New York. Thanks, Bobby!

Pros: Service was warm and food was hot!

Cons: Can't think of a thing

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3 or us went to B.A on Sept. 18th, the food was awful, we ordered the pork which was overcooked and so big if was nearly impossible to cut, we also ordered the spicey tuna which was full of veins and overcooked, also ordered was the shrimp and grits and when it arrived it was unedable it looked and tasted awful also ordered was a vidalia onion soup - usually onion soup is served with coutons, this one came with a hugh slice of burnt toast, the toast was so hard that I had to take it out of the soup and tried to cut it with a knife and even that was not possible - the only good item was the tuna tartare - we definitily will not return to bar americain

0
★☆☆☆☆

3 or us went to B.A on Sept. 18th, the food was awful, we ordered the pork which was overcooked and so big if was nearly impossible to cut, we also ordered the spicey tuna which was full of veins and overcooked, also ordered was the shrimp and grits and when it arrived it was unedable it looked and tasted awful also ordered was a vidalia onion soup - usually onion soup is served with coutons, this one came with a hugh slice of burnt toast, the toast was so hard that I had to take it out of the soup and tried to cut it with a knife and even that was not possible - the only good item was the tuna tartare - we definitily will not return to bar americain

Pros: food overpriced

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Went there with a party of six...I was expecting a pricey place, no problem...when you get what you pay for...
Started off with the tiered raw bar platter..generally good but the clams and oysters were saltier than usual.
Now the fun begins...plates were cleared, and it wasnt until 30mins later that I needed to inquire as to where the entrees were...servers are not attentative in providing updates or asking if there is anything they can do. After 40 min, when the entrees did finally arrive, presentation was tops along with flavors..temperature of my veal and my wifes pork chop was tepid..leading me to beleive out server had just forgetten about bringing us the food. Not what I expected from a place with an owner like Bobby....your service is a direct representation of your self..sorry but I'm done with visiting any more of his places..

1
★★☆☆☆

Went there with a party of six...I was expecting a pricey place, no problem...when you get what you pay for...
Started off with the tiered raw bar platter..generally good but the clams and oysters were saltier than usual.
Now the fun begins...plates were cleared, and it wasnt until 30mins later that I needed to inquire as to where the entrees were...servers are not attentative in providing updates or asking if there is anything they can do. After 40 min, when the entrees did finally arrive, presentation was tops along with flavors..temperature of my veal and my wifes pork chop was tepid..leading me to beleive out server had just forgetten about bringing us the food. Not what I expected from a place with an owner like Bobby....your service is a direct representation of your self..sorry but I'm done with visiting any more of his places..

Pros: Good atmosphere

Cons: Bad service leads to bad food

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I met friends at Bobby Flay's Bar Americain yesterday for brunch. It was our first (and will be my only) time there. The server was pleasant and really encouraged my choice of brunch entrees. When the omelette I ordered arrived, however, it was the most bland and tasteless thing I had eaten in months! I waited for her to return so I could advise her that something had obviously been left out, but she never again came back while we sat there for almost an hour! Even when she brought the check, she never said 'how was the meal' (althought mine remained almost 90% untouched) - so I simply paid and left with the intention never to return. The only staff we saw between ordering and paying was the person who refilled the water and the always lukewarm coffee A real disappointment. When one orders an egg dish - in which the ingredients cost almost nothing, one expects their $17 will pay for some artistic and tasty treatment of the basics. Not so in this case. (by the way - no accomodation is made on their website for feedback - which I why I am writing this here. I strongly recommend you take your business elsewhere. Bryant Park Grill, for example, is far superior in every way. We ate there the day before (and my omelette there was excellent).

0
★☆☆☆☆

I met friends at Bobby Flay's Bar Americain yesterday for brunch. It was our first (and will be my only) time there. The server was pleasant and really encouraged my choice of brunch entrees. When the omelette I ordered arrived, however, it was the most bland and tasteless thing I had eaten in months! I waited for her to return so I could advise her that something had obviously been left out, but she never again came back while we sat there for almost an hour! Even when she brought the check, she never said 'how was the meal' (althought mine remained almost 90% untouched) - so I simply paid and left with the intention never to return. The only staff we saw between ordering and paying was the person who refilled the water and the always lukewarm coffee A real disappointment. When one orders an egg dish - in which the ingredients cost almost nothing, one expects their $17 will pay for some artistic and tasty treatment of the basics. Not so in this case. (by the way - no accomodation is made on their website for feedback - which I why I am writing this here. I strongly recommend you take your business elsewhere. Bryant Park Grill, for example, is far superior in every way. We ate there the day before (and my omelette there was excellent).

Pros: My friends seemed happy with their clams

Cons: tasteless brunch and poor service

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I picked Bar America tonight because of the rib special and I'm picky about my ribs. I have no complaints what so ever. Bobby Flay even stopped at our table to say hi and he was so nice. I can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

I picked Bar America tonight because of the rib special and I'm picky about my ribs. I have no complaints what so ever. Bobby Flay even stopped at our table to say hi and he was so nice. I can't wait to go back!

Pros: The food was amazing

Cons: None!

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First off, the place was pretty packed when we were there. Late afternoon/early PM before the theatre. The place was jammin', especially the bar. First kudos to this place? Even though were two deep at the bar, we got immediate service. Main reason: my wife Janine is smokin' hot and about 6' in heels. Yee Haw! But the bartenders here don't have that typical tunnel-vision so many do. Very cool. 'Cuz I despise waiting for a cocktail!

And even with the crowds & no resie, we got seated in under 30 minutes. Turn 'em and burn 'em Flay!

The menu here is eclectic and seems way bigger than it really is in sheer number of selections. Well played, Bobby. They have a raw bar, 10 appys including an awesome Vidalia Onion Soup w/ Vermont Cheddar, a tasty, filling bowl that could go toe-to-toe with most traditional French Onion Soups. Another killer is the Spicy Tuna Tartare. I know, I know, you're asking: "VdV, when the hell is this staple on all appy menus gonna wear itself out and swim away into the sunset?" Hey I hear ya. But ya want Bobby to keep this one on 4-ever. This Tartare is excellent sushi-grade tuna, cut into generous chunks and seasoned perfectly with jalapeno and smoke. Yes, smoke. Don't know how he got that smoky accent in there but it works....

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2
★★★★☆

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First off, the place was pretty packed when we were there. Late afternoon/early PM before the theatre. The place was jammin', especially the bar. First kudos to this place? Even though were two deep at the bar, we got immediate service. Main reason: my wife Janine is smokin' hot and about 6' in heels. Yee Haw! But the bartenders here don't have that typical tunnel-vision so many do. Very cool. 'Cuz I despise waiting for a cocktail!

And even with the crowds & no resie, we got seated in under 30 minutes. Turn 'em and burn 'em Flay!

The menu here is eclectic and seems way bigger than it really is in sheer number of selections. Well played, Bobby. They have a raw bar, 10 appys including an awesome Vidalia Onion Soup w/ Vermont Cheddar, a tasty, filling bowl that could go toe-to-toe with most traditional French Onion Soups. Another killer is the Spicy Tuna Tartare. I know, I know, you're asking: "VdV, when the hell is this staple on all appy menus gonna wear itself out and swim away into the sunset?" Hey I hear ya. But ya want Bobby to keep this one on 4-ever. This Tartare is excellent sushi-grade tuna, cut into generous chunks and seasoned perfectly with jalapeno and smoke. Yes, smoke. Don't know how he got that smoky accent in there but it works....

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Pros: great menu & food, solid service, nice Manhattan/city vibe

Cons: definitely not regular 'hang out' type of spot

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2
★★★★★

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Pros: none

Cons: none

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I've been here once for brunch. It's well-prepared and presented. The service was so-so, but I'd go back anytime.

1
★★★☆☆

I've been here once for brunch. It's well-prepared and presented. The service was so-so, but I'd go back anytime.

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We went to Bar Americain on many occasions and in every single visit the food was amazing!
Our severs were great and it was a very enjoyable place.

2
★★★★★

We went to Bar Americain on many occasions and in every single visit the food was amazing!
Our severs were great and it was a very enjoyable place.

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I went there during lunch with my coworkers the other day, and that was the phrase I couldn't stop saying. I loved the ambiance, but above all, I loved the food. Great flavors. Looking forward to going there again. Yummy!

2
★★★★★

I went there during lunch with my coworkers the other day, and that was the phrase I couldn't stop saying. I loved the ambiance, but above all, I loved the food. Great flavors. Looking forward to going there again. Yummy!

Pros: Food, ambiance, the salmon, the lobster and avocado salad...yumm!

Cons: none

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Hands down, wondeful experience here! Loved it! I had friends come into town and I had to make last minute reservations somewhere in the city for a birthday dinner.

I'm so glad I picked this place! The service, ambience, and food were excellent! It was perfect! It's hard to find a good mix of all these things. It was elegant, sophisticated, chic, and the food was amazing!

I highly recommend the smoked chicken.

2
★★★★☆

Hands down, wondeful experience here! Loved it! I had friends come into town and I had to make last minute reservations somewhere in the city for a birthday dinner.

I'm so glad I picked this place! The service, ambience, and food were excellent! It was perfect! It's hard to find a good mix of all these things. It was elegant, sophisticated, chic, and the food was amazing!

I highly recommend the smoked chicken.

Pros: service,ambiance,food

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Very disappointed in this restaurant the food was not what I thought Bobby Flay would have the turkey sandwich I had I saw him make on tv in Kentucky and it looked fantastic well its not. the service was not what I expected. Prices were ok and I would have paid more for better food.

1
★★☆☆☆

Very disappointed in this restaurant the food was not what I thought Bobby Flay would have the turkey sandwich I had I saw him make on tv in Kentucky and it looked fantastic well its not. the service was not what I expected. Prices were ok and I would have paid more for better food.

Pros: Nice Host

Cons: food not good

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Just had dinner again at Bar Americain before theatre, we live in the city and this is our favorite before heading to Broadway. Typical midtown prices but they deliver more on service and quality food then allot of others. pretty good steaks but we usually stick with the Flay typical entrees..snapper with black bean sauce, plantain crusted and avocado relish...was delicious..staff is always professional and gracious

2
★★★★☆

Just had dinner again at Bar Americain before theatre, we live in the city and this is our favorite before heading to Broadway. Typical midtown prices but they deliver more on service and quality food then allot of others. pretty good steaks but we usually stick with the Flay typical entrees..snapper with black bean sauce, plantain crusted and avocado relish...was delicious..staff is always professional and gracious

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The ambiance and decor of the restaurant were extremely pleasing and the cocktails were very good, but waiting over an hour for food to arrive in an exclusive celebrity chef restaurant (with the prices to match) was just unacceptable. The management understood when after an hour we asked for the check, but it's not what I would come to expect from such a restaurant. I've eaten in celebrity chef restaurants before like Babbo - and have had excellent experiences, but I can't say that about Bobby Flay's midtown restaurant. For anyone looking for good food in the area, Le Bernardin is on the other side of the building, and I would highly recommend that instead. It will cost slightly more but it will be worth it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The ambiance and decor of the restaurant were extremely pleasing and the cocktails were very good, but waiting over an hour for food to arrive in an exclusive celebrity chef restaurant (with the prices to match) was just unacceptable. The management understood when after an hour we asked for the check, but it's not what I would come to expect from such a restaurant. I've eaten in celebrity chef restaurants before like Babbo - and have had excellent experiences, but I can't say that about Bobby Flay's midtown restaurant. For anyone looking for good food in the area, Le Bernardin is on the other side of the building, and I would highly recommend that instead. It will cost slightly more but it will be worth it.

Pros: decor & cocktails

Cons: food not delivered in a timely fashion

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My husband and I ate last evening at Bar Americain for our anniversary. We ordered the grilled pizza with bacon, carmelized onions and roasted garlic and the asparagus chopped salad with Vermont cheddar for appetizers. The pizza had amazing flavor, perfect crust and was surprisingly light. The asparagus salad had a tasteful dressing and a variety of textures that made it mmm so good. For the main course I ordered the Hanger steak and my husband the New York Strip. The hanger steak was perfectly cooked and had wonderful flavor. The New York Strip, which I also sampled came slightly over cooked and was in my opinion a bit too crispy and dry. Next time we'd order two hanger steaks. We ordered the chocolate cake for dessert and it was moist and flavorful. I didn't so much care for the banana sauce they put on top but it was still good. Overall I didn't want the experience to end it was a wonderful evening!

2
★★★★★

My husband and I ate last evening at Bar Americain for our anniversary. We ordered the grilled pizza with bacon, carmelized onions and roasted garlic and the asparagus chopped salad with Vermont cheddar for appetizers. The pizza had amazing flavor, perfect crust and was surprisingly light. The asparagus salad had a tasteful dressing and a variety of textures that made it mmm so good. For the main course I ordered the Hanger steak and my husband the New York Strip. The hanger steak was perfectly cooked and had wonderful flavor. The New York Strip, which I also sampled came slightly over cooked and was in my opinion a bit too crispy and dry. Next time we'd order two hanger steaks. We ordered the chocolate cake for dessert and it was moist and flavorful. I didn't so much care for the banana sauce they put on top but it was still good. Overall I didn't want the experience to end it was a wonderful evening!

Pros: Drinks, Appetizers, Hanger Steak

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Walking through the door, I was a little disappointed that the decor had not changed that much from the former steakhouse that use to be located at the site. The food, service, and price matches the targeted demographic...corporate cards, tourists, and NY residents with anticipation of great food and service from a renown chef, Bobby Flay. Wouldn't he want to be associated with something more than mediocre?

Food, service, and atmosphere was fine but unfortunately a forgettable experience.

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★★★☆☆

Walking through the door, I was a little disappointed that the decor had not changed that much from the former steakhouse that use to be located at the site. The food, service, and price matches the targeted demographic...corporate cards, tourists, and NY residents with anticipation of great food and service from a renown chef, Bobby Flay. Wouldn't he want to be associated with something more than mediocre?

Food, service, and atmosphere was fine but unfortunately a forgettable experience.

Pros: reliable food

Cons: reliable food...expected more

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I happen to be in the wine business and I dine out in Manhattan all the time...but recently I had the opportunity to dine at the Bar Americain with my wife and the food was just unbelivable...everything that we tried was a fantastic experience, just perfect!
Make sure you make reservations way prior to your date, the place is always busy ...and do yourself a favor don't go to Bobby Flay's restaurant to order pizza...Are you kidding me! You can go to any corner Joe's pizza for that! Treat yourself and experience what he does best...GO FOR THE FLAVOR!

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★★★★★

I happen to be in the wine business and I dine out in Manhattan all the time...but recently I had the opportunity to dine at the Bar Americain with my wife and the food was just unbelivable...everything that we tried was a fantastic experience, just perfect!
Make sure you make reservations way prior to your date, the place is always busy ...and do yourself a favor don't go to Bobby Flay's restaurant to order pizza...Are you kidding me! You can go to any corner Joe's pizza for that! Treat yourself and experience what he does best...GO FOR THE FLAVOR!

Pros: The food its so good it bring tears to your eyes...every bite makes you feel like hugging yourself !!!

Cons: A bit crowded, but hey...you're in Manhattan!

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Bar Americain is a great place to find simple dishes with a twist for the better. The service was awesome. We didn't wait long at all for anything and my table of 4 and I never felt rushed. I would highly recommend the pizza appetizer along with any of the raw bar selections. The rac of Pork and Lamb chops were cooked to perfection and tasted amazing for our entrees. Sides of mushroom and onions along with creamed onions are some of the sides that can't you must not miss. For dessert the whiskey eclairs are out of this world!!! The menu is simple, but like I said Bobby Flay adds his twists to make them outstanding...Overall everything was great. The wine list is extensive and high priced but with rare and unique selections, makes it one of the best wine lists in the city.

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★★★★★

Bar Americain is a great place to find simple dishes with a twist for the better. The service was awesome. We didn't wait long at all for anything and my table of 4 and I never felt rushed. I would highly recommend the pizza appetizer along with any of the raw bar selections. The rac of Pork and Lamb chops were cooked to perfection and tasted amazing for our entrees. Sides of mushroom and onions along with creamed onions are some of the sides that can't you must not miss. For dessert the whiskey eclairs are out of this world!!! The menu is simple, but like I said Bobby Flay adds his twists to make them outstanding...Overall everything was great. The wine list is extensive and high priced but with rare and unique selections, makes it one of the best wine lists in the city.

Pros: Food, service, wine list

Cons: crowded, busy

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My sisters, mom and I spent a week in New York City before Christmas and this restaurant was the worst experience of the whole week. I ordered an appetizer pizza that was worse than most frozen grocery store pizzas. The 4 dollar cup of coffee was nothing special and was never refilled. The desserts we ordered were flavorless and stale. The Creme Brulee was not even lukewarm when it got to the table and our waiter never even asked us if we were enjoying our food. I didn't come close to finishing mine and he never asked if there was a problem. I was too tired to send it back and wait for something else. I would not recommend this to anyone! Terrible experience.

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★☆☆☆☆

My sisters, mom and I spent a week in New York City before Christmas and this restaurant was the worst experience of the whole week. I ordered an appetizer pizza that was worse than most frozen grocery store pizzas. The 4 dollar cup of coffee was nothing special and was never refilled. The desserts we ordered were flavorless and stale. The Creme Brulee was not even lukewarm when it got to the table and our waiter never even asked us if we were enjoying our food. I didn't come close to finishing mine and he never asked if there was a problem. I was too tired to send it back and wait for something else. I would not recommend this to anyone! Terrible experience.

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I decided to stop by because I was in the area, and was able to get a reservation on short notice. I was a little apprehensive at first because there were a few bad reviews about the service here. But, I was pleasantly surpirsed to learn that the service was great (professional and prompt). The menu was small and simple, but everything we ordered was executed very well. I was very satisfied. The place was a little crowded and loud, but it was fine for the casual atmosphere of the place.

2
★★★★☆

I decided to stop by because I was in the area, and was able to get a reservation on short notice. I was a little apprehensive at first because there were a few bad reviews about the service here. But, I was pleasantly surpirsed to learn that the service was great (professional and prompt). The menu was small and simple, but everything we ordered was executed very well. I was very satisfied. The place was a little crowded and loud, but it was fine for the casual atmosphere of the place.

Pros: Dishes were executed very well

Cons: Crowded, loud

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I should be fair by warning that I was already biased before I even received my food because my friends and I had an 8:45pm reservation and weren't seated until shortly after 9:30pm. If it weren't for my friend really wanting to try this place, I would have left and gone elsewhere. That being said, due to my friends' complaining, we were given a complimentary round of drinks as well as free appetizers and desserts. That was a nice touch, but since I rarely order desserts or appetizers, it really didn't sway my opinion. It just gave me a chance to sample more food to determine whether my feeling about my main dish (adequate but not amazing) were accurate about other menu items (they were). Additionally, the wait staff wasn't very helpful. When trying to decide between two main courses, our waiter basically recited the information about the dish that was printed on the menu, I ended up ordering an adequate fish that had had been lightly sauteed (very unmemorable, clearly). The salad that came with it was quite nice, though. One bright spot was the pumpkin soup which was exceptional - creamy, but not heavy and savory with a bit of cinnamon/nutmeg sweetness. Of the desserts we ordered, the best was easily the blackberry souffle. The warm pear tart was a little too tart and the maple ice cream that topped it was made with too dark of a maple syrup - it completely overpowered any other taste. Finally, the acoustics do not lend themselves to conversation. Since this is in the middle of the theater/tourist district and doesn't have to rely as much on repeat business, I'm sure it will do fine, but for my money, I'd go elsewhere.

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★★★☆☆

I should be fair by warning that I was already biased before I even received my food because my friends and I had an 8:45pm reservation and weren't seated until shortly after 9:30pm. If it weren't for my friend really wanting to try this place, I would have left and gone elsewhere. That being said, due to my friends' complaining, we were given a complimentary round of drinks as well as free appetizers and desserts. That was a nice touch, but since I rarely order desserts or appetizers, it really didn't sway my opinion. It just gave me a chance to sample more food to determine whether my feeling about my main dish (adequate but not amazing) were accurate about other menu items (they were). Additionally, the wait staff wasn't very helpful. When trying to decide between two main courses, our waiter basically recited the information about the dish that was printed on the menu, I ended up ordering an adequate fish that had had been lightly sauteed (very unmemorable, clearly). The salad that came with it was quite nice, though. One bright spot was the pumpkin soup which was exceptional - creamy, but not heavy and savory with a bit of cinnamon/nutmeg sweetness. Of the desserts we ordered, the best was easily the blackberry souffle. The warm pear tart was a little too tart and the maple ice cream that topped it was made with too dark of a maple syrup - it completely overpowered any other taste. Finally, the acoustics do not lend themselves to conversation. Since this is in the middle of the theater/tourist district and doesn't have to rely as much on repeat business, I'm sure it will do fine, but for my money, I'd go elsewhere.

Pros: pumpkin soup, blackberry souffle, bar service is great

Cons: long wait, acoustics are terrible

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Went on a Tuesday night with my husband. The hostess was very nice, we were seated right away. Waitress showed up with an attitude abandoning us after taking our water order. Once she came back we figured we'd better order everything while we had her. The food was decent but took quite a while for the entree. Hadn't been visited by the waitress since she opened our bottle of wine, although she walked by our table at least twenty times to check on other tables. When we were finished and had our napkins on the table it took another twenty minutes to get our plates cleared. We had to flag her down to get our bill. She made a sarcastic comment when we didn't order dessert. Not worth the $200 we spent for the two of us.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went on a Tuesday night with my husband. The hostess was very nice, we were seated right away. Waitress showed up with an attitude abandoning us after taking our water order. Once she came back we figured we'd better order everything while we had her. The food was decent but took quite a while for the entree. Hadn't been visited by the waitress since she opened our bottle of wine, although she walked by our table at least twenty times to check on other tables. When we were finished and had our napkins on the table it took another twenty minutes to get our plates cleared. We had to flag her down to get our bill. She made a sarcastic comment when we didn't order dessert. Not worth the $200 we spent for the two of us.

Pros: Support staff was great. Hostess, busboy, food runners, etc.

Cons: Waitstaff needs attitude adjustment. Too used to tourists who will be leaving town soon.

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We love to try new resturants. We were so anxious to try Bar American..At Bar American the atmosphere is lovely..The food... the best flavor and presentation in any resturant we 've ever eaten. Everything we order is always fantastic..We've become Bobby Flay food groupies..He sure knows how to please all of your senses.

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★★★★★

We love to try new resturants. We were so anxious to try Bar American..At Bar American the atmosphere is lovely..The food... the best flavor and presentation in any resturant we 've ever eaten. Everything we order is always fantastic..We've become Bobby Flay food groupies..He sure knows how to please all of your senses.

Pros: Can't say enough about the menu.. The food is always fresh in ideas, taste and presentation

Cons: NONE

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I just ate at Bar Americain for the first time for lunch today. What a fabulous experience!! From the decor, to the service, to the fantastic meal and dessert, this place is top notch! I already love Mesa Grill, so now I can add this to my list of Bobby Flay Manhattan favorites! I had the grilled shrimp salad (nicoise style) and shared the spiced fries with adobo mayonnaise (yum!) and a side of sauteed wild mushrooms and onions (done in a balsamic vinaigrette). All was fantastic! For dessert I had the chocolate apricot sunday that had dark chocolate ice cream (the best possible!) with both fresh and dried apricots and cubes of some kind of plain cake all layered in a tall parfait glass. It all had a slight flavor of liquer to it with all the flavors blending wonderfully and the chocolate ice cream melting into everything. What a treat!! Not to sweet and truly wonderful. Mmmm... Can't wait to go back! :-)

2
★★★★★

I just ate at Bar Americain for the first time for lunch today. What a fabulous experience!! From the decor, to the service, to the fantastic meal and dessert, this place is top notch! I already love Mesa Grill, so now I can add this to my list of Bobby Flay Manhattan favorites! I had the grilled shrimp salad (nicoise style) and shared the spiced fries with adobo mayonnaise (yum!) and a side of sauteed wild mushrooms and onions (done in a balsamic vinaigrette). All was fantastic! For dessert I had the chocolate apricot sunday that had dark chocolate ice cream (the best possible!) with both fresh and dried apricots and cubes of some kind of plain cake all layered in a tall parfait glass. It all had a slight flavor of liquer to it with all the flavors blending wonderfully and the chocolate ice cream melting into everything. What a treat!! Not to sweet and truly wonderful. Mmmm... Can't wait to go back! :-)

Pros: Great menu selections, awesome food, perfect service, pretty and calm decor

Cons: None!

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I have been here a few times, but not recently. This is a professional restaurant. The waiters are trained. The telephone reservationist is trained. The reception at the entrance is welcoming. The three of us were not an easy to please crowd, but the waiter was so upbeat ( an early weekday lunch), he put us all at ease. He was eager to explain and suggest menu selections. The seafood is a must. Take a look at the display on your way to the rest room. It looks fresher than at the fish monger. The onion soup is textbook with a bit of pesto on top. The potato chips with bleu cheese are as advertised, and the Ketucky Brown is a glop of comfort food with bacon cheese and french toast combined. Save rrom for dessert..the chocolate cream pie is sort of upside down, homemade and we split it three ways and still left some on the plate. The wine list is solid as is the consistency of this restaurant experience. I don't mind the noise. It's supposed to be a brasserie. A handsome experience.

2
★★★★☆

I have been here a few times, but not recently. This is a professional restaurant. The waiters are trained. The telephone reservationist is trained. The reception at the entrance is welcoming. The three of us were not an easy to please crowd, but the waiter was so upbeat ( an early weekday lunch), he put us all at ease. He was eager to explain and suggest menu selections. The seafood is a must. Take a look at the display on your way to the rest room. It looks fresher than at the fish monger. The onion soup is textbook with a bit of pesto on top. The potato chips with bleu cheese are as advertised, and the Ketucky Brown is a glop of comfort food with bacon cheese and french toast combined. Save rrom for dessert..the chocolate cream pie is sort of upside down, homemade and we split it three ways and still left some on the plate. The wine list is solid as is the consistency of this restaurant experience. I don't mind the noise. It's supposed to be a brasserie. A handsome experience.

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I've been a foodie for many years and eagerly anticipated dining at Bar American, a restaurant owned by world famous chef - Bobby Flay. Like so many restaurants owned by chefs who probably dont frequent them as often as they should, the dishes were prepared and served without the flair or care that less talented kitchen staff simply cant deliver. To begin, I had the potato chips with bleu cheese dip. This appetizer didnt work simply because the chips were either too thin or the dip was too thick. Everytime i tried to dunk the chip, the chip broke in half. Very frustrating!! For an additional appetizer, I tried the spicy tuna tartar. This dish didnt work because it had absolutely no spice to the dish. The fish was certainly fresh and had some added flavers (chopped egg, spices) as a dusting on the plate, but other than the raw fish presented just out of a ring mold, the dish was uninspired and almost tasteless. For an entree, I chose the Thursday special, soft shell crabs. The crabs were expertly prepared. Fried to a dark golden crisp.. The problem was the sauce that accompanied the crabs. It was a sweet cloying mango sauce whose sweetness overpowered any taste in the subtle crab. The menu described the sauce as including pickled jalepenos which were non-existant. This dish really could have benefited from BF's trademark use of chilis and peppers. Lastly, I tried the deep dish chocolate cream pie for dessert. The dish certainly was prepared in an unique manner. The bottom of a shallow bowl was layered with chocolate pudding. A layer of whipped cream was on top on the pudding. Then a thin crispy chocolate cookie was placed on top. For an upscale place, this dessert was closer to an IHOP dessert. For a chef known for his bold flavors and spicy concotions, I was very bored by the blandness of the meal. For a chef with multiple restaurants, BF needs to realize that his sous chefs are not delivering food that is up to the standard BF has set.

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★★★☆☆

I've been a foodie for many years and eagerly anticipated dining at Bar American, a restaurant owned by world famous chef - Bobby Flay. Like so many restaurants owned by chefs who probably dont frequent them as often as they should, the dishes were prepared and served without the flair or care that less talented kitchen staff simply cant deliver. To begin, I had the potato chips with bleu cheese dip. This appetizer didnt work simply because the chips were either too thin or the dip was too thick. Everytime i tried to dunk the chip, the chip broke in half. Very frustrating!! For an additional appetizer, I tried the spicy tuna tartar. This dish didnt work because it had absolutely no spice to the dish. The fish was certainly fresh and had some added flavers (chopped egg, spices) as a dusting on the plate, but other than the raw fish presented just out of a ring mold, the dish was uninspired and almost tasteless. For an entree, I chose the Thursday special, soft shell crabs. The crabs were expertly prepared. Fried to a dark golden crisp.. The problem was the sauce that accompanied the crabs. It was a sweet cloying mango sauce whose sweetness overpowered any taste in the subtle crab. The menu described the sauce as including pickled jalepenos which were non-existant. This dish really could have benefited from BF's trademark use of chilis and peppers. Lastly, I tried the deep dish chocolate cream pie for dessert. The dish certainly was prepared in an unique manner. The bottom of a shallow bowl was layered with chocolate pudding. A layer of whipped cream was on top on the pudding. Then a thin crispy chocolate cookie was placed on top. For an upscale place, this dessert was closer to an IHOP dessert. For a chef known for his bold flavors and spicy concotions, I was very bored by the blandness of the meal. For a chef with multiple restaurants, BF needs to realize that his sous chefs are not delivering food that is up to the standard BF has set.

Pros: service, the drinks were generously poured

Cons: boring, all the food was lacking in taste and flavor

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Sat up in the balcony which I enjoyed. Appetizers and entrees were all tasty and cooked to just right "doneness" (we had rib eye, lamb chops, salmon, tuna tartare, bbq duck, johnny cakes, fries & cauliflower mash). After taking our drink orders we had to wait an extremely long time to place our food order. Guess our server didn't want to face us after realizing we had been abandoned and they pulled the ol' waiter switch-a-roo. The new waiter was prompt but not friendly to the point of hurriedly throwing our bread plates onto the table. The deserts were horrible (we had sticky pudding sundae and strawberry creme brulee). When I got the brulee I tapped my spoon on it, but instead of hearing a cracking sound I heard "plop" as it sank right through. Deserts are obviously preprepared and had been sitting in the fridge for at least a day. Another serving snafu - I ordered coffee with desert and it took a very long time. I enjoy bitter coffee to balance the sweetness of desert but I couldn't wait any longer and had to have sweets sans java.
Mr. Flay - if you read this, please address the service issues and for god's sake either do desert right or don't do it at all!

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★★★☆☆

Sat up in the balcony which I enjoyed. Appetizers and entrees were all tasty and cooked to just right "doneness" (we had rib eye, lamb chops, salmon, tuna tartare, bbq duck, johnny cakes, fries & cauliflower mash). After taking our drink orders we had to wait an extremely long time to place our food order. Guess our server didn't want to face us after realizing we had been abandoned and they pulled the ol' waiter switch-a-roo. The new waiter was prompt but not friendly to the point of hurriedly throwing our bread plates onto the table. The deserts were horrible (we had sticky pudding sundae and strawberry creme brulee). When I got the brulee I tapped my spoon on it, but instead of hearing a cracking sound I heard "plop" as it sank right through. Deserts are obviously preprepared and had been sitting in the fridge for at least a day. Another serving snafu - I ordered coffee with desert and it took a very long time. I enjoy bitter coffee to balance the sweetness of desert but I couldn't wait any longer and had to have sweets sans java.
Mr. Flay - if you read this, please address the service issues and for god's sake either do desert right or don't do it at all!

Pros: appetizers, entrees

Cons: deserts, service

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I had a very interesting time at this swanky new Booby Flay joint. I would recommend it to friends. We sat upstairs on the balcony overlooking the entire restaurant. Very romantic up there, compared to downstairs where there was more of a bumbling crowd. The food was excellent, I delved into the seafood tasting medley, while he had the hot potato chips with the blue cheese dip and a tuna salad. I had the Florida style grouper special and it was tasty although the combination of flavors was slightly overwhelming. Overall I had a great time, however, for the price the entrees could have been more well thought out.

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★★★★★

I had a very interesting time at this swanky new Booby Flay joint. I would recommend it to friends. We sat upstairs on the balcony overlooking the entire restaurant. Very romantic up there, compared to downstairs where there was more of a bumbling crowd. The food was excellent, I delved into the seafood tasting medley, while he had the hot potato chips with the blue cheese dip and a tuna salad. I had the Florida style grouper special and it was tasty although the combination of flavors was slightly overwhelming. Overall I had a great time, however, for the price the entrees could have been more well thought out.

Pros: Ambience/Beautiful Restaurant

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went here for lunch yesterday and I didn't like it at all. being a loyal customer of Mesa I thought Bar Americain would be just as good but I was wrong. I started off w/ the Vidalia Onion Soup which I thought was way too overpowering and greasy. my boyfriend had the New England Clam & Sweet Potato Chowder which he liked but was very rich but still tasty. I was close to ordering the Cobb Salad w/ Rotisserie Chicken and Buttermilk Dressing but on the waiters suggestion I chose the Grilled Shrimp Salad, Nicoise Style which I didn't like at all. the shrimp tasted fishy and the dressing was awful. my boyfriend opted for the Burger Americain w/ cheddar which was actually pretty good - but how can you go wrong w/ a burger? *sigh, back to Mesa...

1
★★☆☆☆

went here for lunch yesterday and I didn't like it at all. being a loyal customer of Mesa I thought Bar Americain would be just as good but I was wrong. I started off w/ the Vidalia Onion Soup which I thought was way too overpowering and greasy. my boyfriend had the New England Clam & Sweet Potato Chowder which he liked but was very rich but still tasty. I was close to ordering the Cobb Salad w/ Rotisserie Chicken and Buttermilk Dressing but on the waiters suggestion I chose the Grilled Shrimp Salad, Nicoise Style which I didn't like at all. the shrimp tasted fishy and the dressing was awful. my boyfriend opted for the Burger Americain w/ cheddar which was actually pretty good - but how can you go wrong w/ a burger? *sigh, back to Mesa...

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Went there with a party of five. The decor is some kind of nouveau art deco, which is interesting. The restaurant, on a Friday night, was buzzing. And the bartender and hostesses were very good. The waiter we had was a wet mop. He basically dropped off the menus and went away. One member of my party asked for a kind of wine and he responded "We don't have that" and then didn't give an option. My wife asked a question about one of the entrees and he gave her a short, snippy answer that didn't make much sense.

Then our food comes. We get four entrees and the woman who had the problem with the wine doesn't get hers. A couple minutes is OK, but it was more like 10 minutes. When her fish did come out the waiter said it was because the chef didn't think a first piece of fish was up to standard. BS. If that's the case then you don't bring any of the other plates out and just keep them warm. Maybe the guy was new, but he didn't fit in with the rest of the quality of the place.

The food was really good. I had a hangar steak that was tremendous. And the fries were good too. It's midtown, so expect to drop $50 a head. Just hope you don't get the waiter we got.

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★★★★☆

Went there with a party of five. The decor is some kind of nouveau art deco, which is interesting. The restaurant, on a Friday night, was buzzing. And the bartender and hostesses were very good. The waiter we had was a wet mop. He basically dropped off the menus and went away. One member of my party asked for a kind of wine and he responded "We don't have that" and then didn't give an option. My wife asked a question about one of the entrees and he gave her a short, snippy answer that didn't make much sense.

Then our food comes. We get four entrees and the woman who had the problem with the wine doesn't get hers. A couple minutes is OK, but it was more like 10 minutes. When her fish did come out the waiter said it was because the chef didn't think a first piece of fish was up to standard. BS. If that's the case then you don't bring any of the other plates out and just keep them warm. Maybe the guy was new, but he didn't fit in with the rest of the quality of the place.

The food was really good. I had a hangar steak that was tremendous. And the fries were good too. It's midtown, so expect to drop $50 a head. Just hope you don't get the waiter we got.

Pros: food

Cons: service, vodka martinis were weak

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I went here on a Saturday night, before going to see a show. The waiter was very attentive and even asked if we were going to a show so they could get us out on time. The cocktails, while pricey, were good. The hot potato chips with blue cheese sauce and the grilled pizza appetizer were excellent. I had the smoked chicken which was kind of dry, but my girlfriend had the filet and it was killer (the house steak sauce is great too). The desserts were ok, but forgettable. I've been to Mesa Grill a few times and this was just plain better. Overall, it was a great experience and I will definitely be back.

2
★★★★★

I went here on a Saturday night, before going to see a show. The waiter was very attentive and even asked if we were going to a show so they could get us out on time. The cocktails, while pricey, were good. The hot potato chips with blue cheese sauce and the grilled pizza appetizer were excellent. I had the smoked chicken which was kind of dry, but my girlfriend had the filet and it was killer (the house steak sauce is great too). The desserts were ok, but forgettable. I've been to Mesa Grill a few times and this was just plain better. Overall, it was a great experience and I will definitely be back.

Pros: good service, great food...the grilled pizza appetizer

Cons: expensive (in my case it was the drinks that did it)

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I had originally planned to take my girlfriend to Bobby's other restaurant, Bollo. Unfortunately it was booked solid a month before valentines day. So instead, i decided to book dinner here after reading the reviews here on citysearch. The restaurant had a special pre-fix ($90 per person) for a 3 course dinner for valentines day. i had the new england clam chowder with sweet potato and a fillet mignon. My gf had the grab cake with crawfish and the porkchop. All were delicious. The staff were very nice and attentive to us throughout the night. We were even lucky enough to see the man himself, bobby flay in the kitchen. Amazing.

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★★★★★

I had originally planned to take my girlfriend to Bobby's other restaurant, Bollo. Unfortunately it was booked solid a month before valentines day. So instead, i decided to book dinner here after reading the reviews here on citysearch. The restaurant had a special pre-fix ($90 per person) for a 3 course dinner for valentines day. i had the new england clam chowder with sweet potato and a fillet mignon. My gf had the grab cake with crawfish and the porkchop. All were delicious. The staff were very nice and attentive to us throughout the night. We were even lucky enough to see the man himself, bobby flay in the kitchen. Amazing.

Pros: FANTASTIC all around

Cons: just a bit pricey, but worth it.

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I rarely write reviews but wanted to do so for Bar Americain because I was here 2 times recently and had such positive experiences each time. The first time, I came here with my clients for a business lunch and it was perfect. The food was delicious (I especially liked the shellfish tasting and Red Snapper Tacos) but it was the service and atmosphere that contributed to the successful meeting. It's just a prime place for a business lunch.

I decided to take my parents and my in-laws here as well for brunch. This time, I was more impressed with the food. We enjoyed a lot of it: hot chips and blue cheese sauce, grilled pizza appetizer, Kentucky hotbrown (you need a nap after this one), mussels, and blue corn fried eggs. Delicious.

This place definitely lived up to my HIGH expectations.

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★★★★★

I rarely write reviews but wanted to do so for Bar Americain because I was here 2 times recently and had such positive experiences each time. The first time, I came here with my clients for a business lunch and it was perfect. The food was delicious (I especially liked the shellfish tasting and Red Snapper Tacos) but it was the service and atmosphere that contributed to the successful meeting. It's just a prime place for a business lunch.

I decided to take my parents and my in-laws here as well for brunch. This time, I was more impressed with the food. We enjoyed a lot of it: hot chips and blue cheese sauce, grilled pizza appetizer, Kentucky hotbrown (you need a nap after this one), mussels, and blue corn fried eggs. Delicious.

This place definitely lived up to my HIGH expectations.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

Cons: A little loud.

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We had seven in our party. The bad experience began as soon as our waiter opened his mouth. He first offered us sparkling, bottled or "tap," turning his nose up on ?tap,? as if it was below him. I ordered a couple of bottles of sparking water for the table, after all, I wanted everyone to be comfortable. The waiter then disappeared for a while. When he left, everyone in our group commented at his obnoxious tone, so it wasn't just me.

When he took our order, there was discussion among us about which sides to share. I originally ordered two of each, but then, seeing that we ordered more sides than there were people, I asked for one of each, explaining that we may order seconds if they run out. The waiter rolled his eyes! Then, two people requested to share an entree. He rolled his eyes as if we weren't spending enough and making us feel like we couldn't afford to be there.

After the meal came, he disappeared, so I asked our bus boy to bring an extra order of potatoes. A minute later the waiter showed up, and after butting into the table conversation, asked if we needed anything. I told him about my order, to which he replied, "let me remind you" (no I am not exaggerating) that you originally ordered two, then one and are now asking for two. He then added, the bus boy "failed his SATs" and ?I will make sure? you get the side dish.

The waiter again disappeared and we didn't see him until it was desert/bill time. We got the bill. I was going to complain to the manager and leave a small tip, but my mother-in-law insisted we give at least 15% on the $400 bill (not include our bar tab). I want to keep the mood up, so I obliged. In the midst of the discussion I forgot to sign the credit card receipt. We got up and went to get our coats and there he was behind us, not a thank you or an excuse me sir, but "who is ###, you have to sign the receipt you know!"

On the way out we complained to the host. Certainly hope our experience was out of the ordinary.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had seven in our party. The bad experience began as soon as our waiter opened his mouth. He first offered us sparkling, bottled or "tap," turning his nose up on ?tap,? as if it was below him. I ordered a couple of bottles of sparking water for the table, after all, I wanted everyone to be comfortable. The waiter then disappeared for a while. When he left, everyone in our group commented at his obnoxious tone, so it wasn't just me.

When he took our order, there was discussion among us about which sides to share. I originally ordered two of each, but then, seeing that we ordered more sides than there were people, I asked for one of each, explaining that we may order seconds if they run out. The waiter rolled his eyes! Then, two people requested to share an entree. He rolled his eyes as if we weren't spending enough and making us feel like we couldn't afford to be there.

After the meal came, he disappeared, so I asked our bus boy to bring an extra order of potatoes. A minute later the waiter showed up, and after butting into the table conversation, asked if we needed anything. I told him about my order, to which he replied, "let me remind you" (no I am not exaggerating) that you originally ordered two, then one and are now asking for two. He then added, the bus boy "failed his SATs" and ?I will make sure? you get the side dish.

The waiter again disappeared and we didn't see him until it was desert/bill time. We got the bill. I was going to complain to the manager and leave a small tip, but my mother-in-law insisted we give at least 15% on the $400 bill (not include our bar tab). I want to keep the mood up, so I obliged. In the midst of the discussion I forgot to sign the credit card receipt. We got up and went to get our coats and there he was behind us, not a thank you or an excuse me sir, but "who is ###, you have to sign the receipt you know!"

On the way out we complained to the host. Certainly hope our experience was out of the ordinary.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Service was extremely rude

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I had an excellent experience here. The food, service, and ambiance was all on point. The space is gorgeous and stately, but vibrant. The waitstaff was exceptionally professional, helpful, and attentive. The meal enjoyed by members of my party was outstanding. The combination of flavors were spectacular, with great depth as one would expect from Bobby Flay. Yes, the experience is costly, but certainly on par with other restaurants in the area.

2
★★★★★

I had an excellent experience here. The food, service, and ambiance was all on point. The space is gorgeous and stately, but vibrant. The waitstaff was exceptionally professional, helpful, and attentive. The meal enjoyed by members of my party was outstanding. The combination of flavors were spectacular, with great depth as one would expect from Bobby Flay. Yes, the experience is costly, but certainly on par with other restaurants in the area.

Pros: Great Food, Service, Ambiance

Cons: Expensive

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Arrived early on a Thursday evening with several coworkers and there was already quite a crowd with a mix of after-work crowd as well as touristy crowd. We were seated immediately (w/ reservations). Atmosphere was very nice, really liked the decor. We ordered the deluxe seafood platter which was huge. There was only 6 of us, and we could barely finish it all. Nice mix of raw clams/shells, seafood salads/ceviches, and mussels, shrimp cocktail, and crab. All very fresh and well presented. We ordered a mix of entrees including the pork, steaks, the snapper, and the lamb. All the entrees were great. And the variety of sides were all delicious too. (Did not think the potato chips lived up to the hype though..) Service was good from everyone except our waiter who was very cold and not very helpful. I wanted to change my side of goat cheese mashed potatoes to something else (don't like goat cheese) and he just flat out said "No." with a stern face and all! No explanation, just "No, nope." I thought that was very rude, and even if he could not accomodate me, he should have answered much more politely. Desserts were pretty disappointing considering everything else was quite delicious. And we had a variety of desserts from the fruit crepes, to the apple tart, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate cake, and chocolate pie. Nothing was outstanding. I think I would return, but hopefully will not get the same waiter! He was really the one downfall of the entire evening.

2
★★★★☆

Arrived early on a Thursday evening with several coworkers and there was already quite a crowd with a mix of after-work crowd as well as touristy crowd. We were seated immediately (w/ reservations). Atmosphere was very nice, really liked the decor. We ordered the deluxe seafood platter which was huge. There was only 6 of us, and we could barely finish it all. Nice mix of raw clams/shells, seafood salads/ceviches, and mussels, shrimp cocktail, and crab. All very fresh and well presented. We ordered a mix of entrees including the pork, steaks, the snapper, and the lamb. All the entrees were great. And the variety of sides were all delicious too. (Did not think the potato chips lived up to the hype though..) Service was good from everyone except our waiter who was very cold and not very helpful. I wanted to change my side of goat cheese mashed potatoes to something else (don't like goat cheese) and he just flat out said "No." with a stern face and all! No explanation, just "No, nope." I thought that was very rude, and even if he could not accomodate me, he should have answered much more politely. Desserts were pretty disappointing considering everything else was quite delicious. And we had a variety of desserts from the fruit crepes, to the apple tart, sticky toffee pudding, chocolate cake, and chocolate pie. Nothing was outstanding. I think I would return, but hopefully will not get the same waiter! He was really the one downfall of the entire evening.

Pros: Seafood, pork, and steak! Nice ambience

Cons: Bad waiter, mediocre desserts

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Ignore any bad reviews you might read here...our experience was top-notch from the very beginning to the end. We arrived early for our reservation, and the bar was very crowded. We ordered drinks, and the hostess seated us at our table to enjoy our cocktails (we were a group of 8). There was no pressure or rush to hurry up and order. The food was incredible, from the corn bread to the crab/coconut appetizer (one of the best appetizers I ever had) to the steaks, lamb and delicious sides. If you like different types of sides, particularly potatoes, you've come to the right place. The Brooklyn hash browns were great, as were the potato chips with blue cheese dip. The service was excellent, the decor is impressive, really don't have anything negative to say about our experience. I'll go back again real soon!

2
★★★★★

Ignore any bad reviews you might read here...our experience was top-notch from the very beginning to the end. We arrived early for our reservation, and the bar was very crowded. We ordered drinks, and the hostess seated us at our table to enjoy our cocktails (we were a group of 8). There was no pressure or rush to hurry up and order. The food was incredible, from the corn bread to the crab/coconut appetizer (one of the best appetizers I ever had) to the steaks, lamb and delicious sides. If you like different types of sides, particularly potatoes, you've come to the right place. The Brooklyn hash browns were great, as were the potato chips with blue cheese dip. The service was excellent, the decor is impressive, really don't have anything negative to say about our experience. I'll go back again real soon!

Pros: Service, food, creative cocktails

Cons: None at all.

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We love the brunch here. The menu is unique and everything I've tried has been delicious. The Kentucky Hot Brown, the seafood tasting, the shrimp with cheese grits... Each item has Bobby Flay's signature "big flavors." The cocktails are great, too. It isn't cheap, but it is well worth it. The room is nice - good for a festive brunch party. Service has been uneven over the several times we have visited, but mostly good. Be sure to get the hot potato chips with blue cheese dipping sauce for the whole table!

2
★★★★☆

We love the brunch here. The menu is unique and everything I've tried has been delicious. The Kentucky Hot Brown, the seafood tasting, the shrimp with cheese grits... Each item has Bobby Flay's signature "big flavors." The cocktails are great, too. It isn't cheap, but it is well worth it. The room is nice - good for a festive brunch party. Service has been uneven over the several times we have visited, but mostly good. Be sure to get the hot potato chips with blue cheese dipping sauce for the whole table!

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