The Garden

★★★★☆
  • 57 E 57th St

    New York, NY 10022

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  • 212-350-6658

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Matthew C.

New York, NY

1 star rating
3/4/2010

I received a gift card to the L'Atelier for Christmas and was looking forward to having a lovely dinner. I did, had the frois gras and the Sea Bass. Unfortunately when I went home little did I know I would be waking up at 4am with food poisoning. I proceeded to be sick for 24 hours. I called the manager and they were extremely apologetic and told the kitchen immediately. I suggested they should let me return on them to try to actually have an enjoyable evening at L'Atelier.

However when I did return (after making the reservation with the manager I had been speaking with all along) he never came to me to say hello, the staff was unaware of the situation I had been in as well. When I did receive the bill it not only ruined my second evening, I told the waiter the manager was taking care of this and he returned still requesting a credit card per the managers request.

At this point I had completely given up and asked to speak to him. He came over and completely forgotten that I was coming in that evening and handled the situation horribly. I will never be returning to L'Atelier. Even when the food was free it wasn't something I would rave about.

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★☆☆☆☆

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Matthew C.

New York, NY

1 star rating
3/4/2010

I received a gift card to the L'Atelier for Christmas and was looking forward to having a lovely dinner. I did, had the frois gras and the Sea Bass. Unfortunately when I went home little did I know I would be waking up at 4am with food poisoning. I proceeded to be sick for 24 hours. I called the manager and they were extremely apologetic and told the kitchen immediately. I suggested they should let me return on them to try to actually have an enjoyable evening at L'Atelier.

However when I did return (after making the reservation with the manager I had been speaking with all along) he never came to me to say hello, the staff was unaware of the situation I had been in as well. When I did receive the bill it not only ruined my second evening, I told the waiter the manager was taking care of this and he returned still requesting a credit card per the managers request.

At this point I had completely given up and asked to speak to him. He came over and completely forgotten that I was coming in that evening and handled the situation horribly. I will never be returning to L'Atelier. Even when the food was free it wasn't something I would rave about.

Pros: There weren't many

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I went to Joel Roubuchon with my mother while on a recent business trip to NYC (from LA). It was a celebratory dinner of sorts, so we wanted to go big. We sat at the counter and had the best most attentive server, Katchie. This restaurant did not disappoint. The food was amazing, probably the best I've ever had. The service was impeccable, every detail timed with perfection. The counter was fun to watch the chefs "behind the scenes". I'm a big HELLS KITCHEN fan, so I appreciated their craft. One chef was placing the smallest bit of tarragon on the dish with surgical tweezers! The appetizers (day boat scallops), main course (hangar steak) and dessert (chocolate mousse!) was so tasty! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone - a bit pricey, so it's not your every day kind of place, but for special occasions for sure!

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★★★★★

I went to Joel Roubuchon with my mother while on a recent business trip to NYC (from LA). It was a celebratory dinner of sorts, so we wanted to go big. We sat at the counter and had the best most attentive server, Katchie. This restaurant did not disappoint. The food was amazing, probably the best I've ever had. The service was impeccable, every detail timed with perfection. The counter was fun to watch the chefs "behind the scenes". I'm a big HELLS KITCHEN fan, so I appreciated their craft. One chef was placing the smallest bit of tarragon on the dish with surgical tweezers! The appetizers (day boat scallops), main course (hangar steak) and dessert (chocolate mousse!) was so tasty! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone - a bit pricey, so it's not your every day kind of place, but for special occasions for sure!

Pros: The food! So gourmet, a true palette pleaser!

Cons: Harsh on the wallet

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We had 3 different appetizers and they're all very good, especially the foie gras. The wine selection is excellent, as well as the service. This place reminds me so much of Asiate in Mandarin hotel, less the view. The restaurant is next to the hotel bar which I thought was just ok. This is great for lunch but if you wish to have a romantic dinner, this might not be the place because the people sitting on the next table can hear everything that you say even if you're speaking in a normal tone of voice. But the food is exceptional!

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★★★★★

We had 3 different appetizers and they're all very good, especially the foie gras. The wine selection is excellent, as well as the service. This place reminds me so much of Asiate in Mandarin hotel, less the view. The restaurant is next to the hotel bar which I thought was just ok. This is great for lunch but if you wish to have a romantic dinner, this might not be the place because the people sitting on the next table can hear everything that you say even if you're speaking in a normal tone of voice. But the food is exceptional!

Pros: Great food and wine list!

Cons: A bit pricey and not a lot of privacy

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The best of the best.
Here are the dishes that make the meal what it is.

*** Menu ***
Amuse Bouche - Citrus Gelee with Foam Sauce

Appetizers :
Sauteed Sweatbreads with Veal Jus
Smoked Eel with Foie Gras
Lobster Salad with Pickled Daikon
Foie Gras Ravioli Soup

Entrees :
Seared Scallops
Lollipop Frog Legs
Pan Seared Foie Gras with Grapefruit Sauce
Quail and Foie Gras
Foie Gras Stuffed Roasted Squab with Cabbage and Bacon
Japanese Hanger Steak

Desserts :
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse
Baba Rum
Bitter Almond Souffle
Macarons

*** Highlights of the Meal ***
Foie Gras Ravioli Soup
Foie Gras Stuffed Squab wrapped in Cabbage and Bacon
Pan Seared Foie Gras with Grapefruit infused sauce
Bitter Almond Souffle

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★★★★★

The best of the best.
Here are the dishes that make the meal what it is.

*** Menu ***
Amuse Bouche - Citrus Gelee with Foam Sauce

Appetizers :
Sauteed Sweatbreads with Veal Jus
Smoked Eel with Foie Gras
Lobster Salad with Pickled Daikon
Foie Gras Ravioli Soup

Entrees :
Seared Scallops
Lollipop Frog Legs
Pan Seared Foie Gras with Grapefruit Sauce
Quail and Foie Gras
Foie Gras Stuffed Roasted Squab with Cabbage and Bacon
Japanese Hanger Steak

Desserts :
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse
Baba Rum
Bitter Almond Souffle
Macarons

*** Highlights of the Meal ***
Foie Gras Ravioli Soup
Foie Gras Stuffed Squab wrapped in Cabbage and Bacon
Pan Seared Foie Gras with Grapefruit infused sauce
Bitter Almond Souffle

Pros: Everything is Perfect

Cons: Can't think of one

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My boyfriend took me here for dinner once, and I was surprised to learn he paid $600 a person!!! It was very expensive, but I would say it was worth it. The food was exquisitely presented, the place was impeccable, the staff was corteous and respectful, and I was a few tables away from Cameron Diaz! The portions are small by American standards, but hey, it is a French restaurant after all. The dessert was my favorite part, I ordered this confection called "le sucre" that had a pearl-like ball of blown sugar. Reservations are best made way in advance (3-4 weeks) because this place is not very large and I guess their book fills up quickly. Brush up on your French before visiting (all dishes are named in French) and bring a credit card.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here for dinner once, and I was surprised to learn he paid $600 a person!!! It was very expensive, but I would say it was worth it. The food was exquisitely presented, the place was impeccable, the staff was corteous and respectful, and I was a few tables away from Cameron Diaz! The portions are small by American standards, but hey, it is a French restaurant after all. The dessert was my favorite part, I ordered this confection called "le sucre" that had a pearl-like ball of blown sugar. Reservations are best made way in advance (3-4 weeks) because this place is not very large and I guess their book fills up quickly. Brush up on your French before visiting (all dishes are named in French) and bring a credit card.

Pros: great selection of food and wine, desserts, service, celebrity clientele

Cons: a little pricey, small portions, reservations need to be made way in advance

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I love to eat and I especially love to eat great food. If you have the money, then you should definitely try L'Atelier. The foie gras ravioli is something that I still dream about and the free-range quail stuffed with foie gras still makes my mouth water. The La Sucre dessert is not only an amazing end, but also a work of art. I won't go into the details of every item that I ordered, but I can definitely say they were all worth it. I will definitely be back soon.

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★★★★★

I love to eat and I especially love to eat great food. If you have the money, then you should definitely try L'Atelier. The foie gras ravioli is something that I still dream about and the free-range quail stuffed with foie gras still makes my mouth water. The La Sucre dessert is not only an amazing end, but also a work of art. I won't go into the details of every item that I ordered, but I can definitely say they were all worth it. I will definitely be back soon.

Pros: foie gras ravioli!

Cons: frog legs

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Strange space. If the grand foyer of the Four Seasons Hotel reminds you of a scene from THX 1138, then this may not be the place for you. The room is an almost perfect cube with ceilings that seemingly rival Grand Central Station in height. The decor is stark and, when combined with the architecture, not especially warm, or comfortable. While the food says "stay" the feng shui says "go." But, all of that having been said, the food is incredible. Imagine France does sushi, without the sushi, and you get the drift. Almost everything on the menu is worth trying. Little plates, however, are not so little and while it's tempting to order a host of "small" tastes, two or three will suffice. Not to be missed are the steak & fois gras hamburgers on brioche that may be the most incredible things I've ever tasted (though at the price one could eat similar sized burgers at White Castle for a week). I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic date, but serious foodies would be remiss not to pull up a seat at the sushi (err, high French cuisine) bar and watch the culinary masters at work.

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★★★★☆

Strange space. If the grand foyer of the Four Seasons Hotel reminds you of a scene from THX 1138, then this may not be the place for you. The room is an almost perfect cube with ceilings that seemingly rival Grand Central Station in height. The decor is stark and, when combined with the architecture, not especially warm, or comfortable. While the food says "stay" the feng shui says "go." But, all of that having been said, the food is incredible. Imagine France does sushi, without the sushi, and you get the drift. Almost everything on the menu is worth trying. Little plates, however, are not so little and while it's tempting to order a host of "small" tastes, two or three will suffice. Not to be missed are the steak & fois gras hamburgers on brioche that may be the most incredible things I've ever tasted (though at the price one could eat similar sized burgers at White Castle for a week). I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic date, but serious foodies would be remiss not to pull up a seat at the sushi (err, high French cuisine) bar and watch the culinary masters at work.

Pros: Creative, diverse cusine. Informed and delightful service.

Cons: Challenging room.

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Whoever writes the glowing, eye popping reviews of this restaurant is the biggest phony and is smitten by Joel's name.
While the food is good and the presentation is excellent it lacks one basic thing - the great taste, partially due to the fact that the produce they use can be found in the average NYC supermarket.
In one word the price does not justify the substance. Try the Paris or the London version.

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★★★☆☆

Whoever writes the glowing, eye popping reviews of this restaurant is the biggest phony and is smitten by Joel's name.
While the food is good and the presentation is excellent it lacks one basic thing - the great taste, partially due to the fact that the produce they use can be found in the average NYC supermarket.
In one word the price does not justify the substance. Try the Paris or the London version.

Pros: Food presentation

Cons: Average taste, unjustifiably expensive

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I went for lunch - party of one and sat at the bar. The starter given to everyone was probably one of the most amzing items of food ever created - it's a fois gras mousse with a red wine reduction and mozzarella foam served in a shot glass - WOW! The fried frog legs were also to die for, however you only get 3 and they are each the size of a cherry. The presentation is wonderful and the server was very attentive and helpful. After eating here on the first day, the rest of the restaurants I ate at during my New York stay paled in comparison.

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★★★★★

I went for lunch - party of one and sat at the bar. The starter given to everyone was probably one of the most amzing items of food ever created - it's a fois gras mousse with a red wine reduction and mozzarella foam served in a shot glass - WOW! The fried frog legs were also to die for, however you only get 3 and they are each the size of a cherry. The presentation is wonderful and the server was very attentive and helpful. After eating here on the first day, the rest of the restaurants I ate at during my New York stay paled in comparison.

Pros: The starter (fois gras mousse) and the frog legs

Cons: Yes, It's expensive - but sometimes you need to treat yourself

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This place is a joke and they know it. Change the word celestial to abyssmal in the editorial review and you will have a more accurate description.

My choice for best new restaurant in NYC in 2006 is Telepan.

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★☆☆☆☆

This place is a joke and they know it. Change the word celestial to abyssmal in the editorial review and you will have a more accurate description.

My choice for best new restaurant in NYC in 2006 is Telepan.

Pros: None really

Cons: Very mediocre French cuisine at high prices - first-rate ripoff

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I expected it to be good - it was great. Ate at the counter and had 5 appetizers, drinks etc still didn't break the bank. Wish I could remember it all but was enjoying myself too much, and I'm far more likely to remember the bad than the good. I'd avoid the sea urchin creation and recommend the eggplant/egg dish and the quail. Great for a light, long meal.

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★★★★★

I expected it to be good - it was great. Ate at the counter and had 5 appetizers, drinks etc still didn't break the bank. Wish I could remember it all but was enjoying myself too much, and I'm far more likely to remember the bad than the good. I'd avoid the sea urchin creation and recommend the eggplant/egg dish and the quail. Great for a light, long meal.

Pros: food, service, bar/counter seating

Cons: strict reservation policy

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Considering all the hype - and scare over prices & sizes - Robuchon delivers the goods. The food was exquisite and sometimes surprising. The best langoustine I ever had. Portions were better than I expected too. Sure it's expensive and the wine by the glass frightfully so if you want anything interesting, but the service was solid and we were well looked after. Higly recommend sitting at the bar.

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★★★★☆

Considering all the hype - and scare over prices & sizes - Robuchon delivers the goods. The food was exquisite and sometimes surprising. The best langoustine I ever had. Portions were better than I expected too. Sure it's expensive and the wine by the glass frightfully so if you want anything interesting, but the service was solid and we were well looked after. Higly recommend sitting at the bar.

Pros: Service, Innovative Food

Cons: Expensive, Smallish Portions

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It's just amazing that critics from the NY Times, etc., buy into the hype of these so-called "great French chefs" when all they're really after is a bunch of quick bucks out of the Americans they hate so much. Well, Joel Robuchan must hate us a lot because, once he got his stars, he fled the country and left us with a mediocre (at best) dining experience. After trying at least 10 "signature" dishes, not one can be considered "great". Most were just barely edible. Flavorless scallop and lobster "soup", crab and avocado that I've had a thousand times better at countless NY eateries, fried frogs legs that I sent back after one bite, some kind of fois gras concoction (and I love fois gras) that was criminal, tasteless course after tasteless course. I couldn't wait to get out of there. Only the wine and cheese were worth eating, not having been prepared at the restaurant. This is French hype cuisine at its worst. And all the while we're sitting uncomfortably at the bar. Robuchon's "concept" would've been better if he had ordered chairs for humans. There are, conservatively, 1000 restaurants in New York with better food and ambiance, more likely 10,000, even taking price out of the equation. Dollar for dollar, though, L'Atalier is the worst value in New York. Save your money and go to two or three great New York City restaurants instead. (By the way, I'm not unaware of the fact that this place will be around for many years to come. Hype trumps taste every time.)

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★★☆☆☆

It's just amazing that critics from the NY Times, etc., buy into the hype of these so-called "great French chefs" when all they're really after is a bunch of quick bucks out of the Americans they hate so much. Well, Joel Robuchan must hate us a lot because, once he got his stars, he fled the country and left us with a mediocre (at best) dining experience. After trying at least 10 "signature" dishes, not one can be considered "great". Most were just barely edible. Flavorless scallop and lobster "soup", crab and avocado that I've had a thousand times better at countless NY eateries, fried frogs legs that I sent back after one bite, some kind of fois gras concoction (and I love fois gras) that was criminal, tasteless course after tasteless course. I couldn't wait to get out of there. Only the wine and cheese were worth eating, not having been prepared at the restaurant. This is French hype cuisine at its worst. And all the while we're sitting uncomfortably at the bar. Robuchon's "concept" would've been better if he had ordered chairs for humans. There are, conservatively, 1000 restaurants in New York with better food and ambiance, more likely 10,000, even taking price out of the equation. Dollar for dollar, though, L'Atalier is the worst value in New York. Save your money and go to two or three great New York City restaurants instead. (By the way, I'm not unaware of the fact that this place will be around for many years to come. Hype trumps taste every time.)

Pros: You can say you ate there.

Cons: Bad food, high price, complete waste of time, money and calories

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Uncomfortable seating (especially at the bar), transient hotel atmosphere, meager portions that despite the colorful descriptions were exceptionally bland - all this is just not worth the price tag.

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★★★★☆

Uncomfortable seating (especially at the bar), transient hotel atmosphere, meager portions that despite the colorful descriptions were exceptionally bland - all this is just not worth the price tag.

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Some might be concerned about the excess lighting, the somewhat 'cool' greeting at the host station, but get over it. The food is imaginative, well-prepared, incredibly delectable. 3 dishes stand out: the eel/foie gras terrine - a mixture of the best of France & the best of Japan. French high end ingredients with Japanese simplicity. The quail stuffed w/ foie gras accompanied by Robuchon's celebrated mashed potatoes topped by slices of truffle: so tasty I wanted to lick the plate. Sauteed sea bass w/ carmelized leeks: the essence of modern French cuisine. Pricey? For sure. I found the wines by the glass - a lovely Meursault and a great Haut Batailly from 98 I think, to be completely acceptable.

I found the bread very fresh, crisp & crunchy; the service to be friendly but not patronizing.

I've been twice: the first time during its 2nd week open, early August; the last about a month ago. I noticed the greeting the last time to be a little less inviting - a bit snooty, but that might have just been the host. The hostesses at my first visit were much more friendly.

Well worth the detour.

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★★★★★

Some might be concerned about the excess lighting, the somewhat 'cool' greeting at the host station, but get over it. The food is imaginative, well-prepared, incredibly delectable. 3 dishes stand out: the eel/foie gras terrine - a mixture of the best of France & the best of Japan. French high end ingredients with Japanese simplicity. The quail stuffed w/ foie gras accompanied by Robuchon's celebrated mashed potatoes topped by slices of truffle: so tasty I wanted to lick the plate. Sauteed sea bass w/ carmelized leeks: the essence of modern French cuisine. Pricey? For sure. I found the wines by the glass - a lovely Meursault and a great Haut Batailly from 98 I think, to be completely acceptable.

I found the bread very fresh, crisp & crunchy; the service to be friendly but not patronizing.

I've been twice: the first time during its 2nd week open, early August; the last about a month ago. I noticed the greeting the last time to be a little less inviting - a bit snooty, but that might have just been the host. The hostesses at my first visit were much more friendly.

Well worth the detour.

Pros: great food choices; good wines by the glass; cool space

Cons: high prices; difficult to get reservations

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Had a reservation for a few weeks, was really excited to go. The food was good, but it did not live up to my expectations. The menu is confusing, tapas style small plates, an appetizer section and then entrees. There was also a tasting menu which was made up of items on the menu, but different desserts. The room was very strange, same wall and ceiling fit-out as 5757 but then Asian inspired banquettes and chairs. The lighting was way too bright, almost clinical. Strange mix of people, jackets are not required (at least there were people there not wearing them).

That said, the food was exactingly prepared. Beautiful, but not worth the expense. The shapes of the plates and the presentation were unexpected and well done.

You should try it, just because it is what it is, but for a repeat plce to go (like Daniel, Four Seasons, Le Bernardin) there are much better and "sanely" priced outlets.

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★★★★☆

Had a reservation for a few weeks, was really excited to go. The food was good, but it did not live up to my expectations. The menu is confusing, tapas style small plates, an appetizer section and then entrees. There was also a tasting menu which was made up of items on the menu, but different desserts. The room was very strange, same wall and ceiling fit-out as 5757 but then Asian inspired banquettes and chairs. The lighting was way too bright, almost clinical. Strange mix of people, jackets are not required (at least there were people there not wearing them).

That said, the food was exactingly prepared. Beautiful, but not worth the expense. The shapes of the plates and the presentation were unexpected and well done.

You should try it, just because it is what it is, but for a repeat plce to go (like Daniel, Four Seasons, Le Bernardin) there are much better and "sanely" priced outlets.

Pros: Good food

Cons: bad room

 

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