Allen & Delancey

★★★☆☆
  • 115 Allen St

    New York, NY 10002

    Cross street: Delancey Street

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  • 212-253-5400

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Go to the website. Can't CS keep up with this stuff?

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★★★★★

Go to the website. Can't CS keep up with this stuff?

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This LES gem has a unique atmosphere: there several small rooms illuminated by flickering candles and creates the feeling of a fallen attic, or a hidden passageway. The menu, encompasses American specialties. Also, great cocktails. Check it out!

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★★★★☆

This LES gem has a unique atmosphere: there several small rooms illuminated by flickering candles and creates the feeling of a fallen attic, or a hidden passageway. The menu, encompasses American specialties. Also, great cocktails. Check it out!

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The service was lovely. The room had a great feel to it. When I called and asked if this was a nice place to bring my husband for a date. I was told yes but it surpassed my expectations. He loved it. We dined late so I could get a booth in the back room. The front room is a bit cramped so it is worth the wait. The girl that took my reservation said on a busy night eating after 10 pm was my only chance to get in there.
The food was delicious. Simple but very flavorful. We had a few raw fish items to start the meal which was nice. The bread was a standout as were the cocktails. Between the Halibut and the rabbit Pasta I think we both preferred the Halibut but it was all delicious. Our server recommended the sorbet plate for dessert which seemed odd until we got it. Very creative flavors
My only complaint was they seemed a bit understaffed but it also could have just been a busy Friday.
I can't wait for another reason to go back.

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★★★★★

The service was lovely. The room had a great feel to it. When I called and asked if this was a nice place to bring my husband for a date. I was told yes but it surpassed my expectations. He loved it. We dined late so I could get a booth in the back room. The front room is a bit cramped so it is worth the wait. The girl that took my reservation said on a busy night eating after 10 pm was my only chance to get in there.
The food was delicious. Simple but very flavorful. We had a few raw fish items to start the meal which was nice. The bread was a standout as were the cocktails. Between the Halibut and the rabbit Pasta I think we both preferred the Halibut but it was all delicious. Our server recommended the sorbet plate for dessert which seemed odd until we got it. Very creative flavors
My only complaint was they seemed a bit understaffed but it also could have just been a busy Friday.
I can't wait for another reason to go back.

Pros: Great bread, Great Candles, Cozy Feel

Cons: Tables for 2 are too close together. Not great on a date

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The decor was lush, warm and inviting, especially on the cold, rainy night that I visited. While waiting for my date I had one of the signature drinks at the bar. It was delicious... a very unusual blend of flavors which came together nicely. These drinks take a bit of time to prepare, and I waited quite a while for my turn keeping in mind that the restaurant was half empty and there were only four people at the bar. Once my date arrived he waited quite a while for his cocktail as well. The bartender was obviously flustered and unapologetic, and had that snooty air that cracks me up. The service once in the main dinning room was fine.

The oyster appetizer and rabbit entree were well done. I had the bass which was much too salty. For desert we split the french toast, the components of which were very tasty, but you had to compile the dish yourself and the caramel sauce was more in a solid then liquid state and impossible to drizzle over the other ingredients. I brought out the girl scout in me and warmed my spoon over the candle flame which I used to warm up the caramel sauce. This brought out it's bacon infusion as well, and it was yummy, but overall the food was a bit less exciting then expected, and therefore not really worth the cost.

Also worth noting... management needs to figure out the heating/cooling system. The temperature oscillated between too hot and too cold, so much so that I had keep putting on and removing my coat.

Allen & Delancey could be a gem of a place it just needs a few tweaks first of which would be hiring an additional bartender.

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★★★☆☆

The decor was lush, warm and inviting, especially on the cold, rainy night that I visited. While waiting for my date I had one of the signature drinks at the bar. It was delicious... a very unusual blend of flavors which came together nicely. These drinks take a bit of time to prepare, and I waited quite a while for my turn keeping in mind that the restaurant was half empty and there were only four people at the bar. Once my date arrived he waited quite a while for his cocktail as well. The bartender was obviously flustered and unapologetic, and had that snooty air that cracks me up. The service once in the main dinning room was fine.

The oyster appetizer and rabbit entree were well done. I had the bass which was much too salty. For desert we split the french toast, the components of which were very tasty, but you had to compile the dish yourself and the caramel sauce was more in a solid then liquid state and impossible to drizzle over the other ingredients. I brought out the girl scout in me and warmed my spoon over the candle flame which I used to warm up the caramel sauce. This brought out it's bacon infusion as well, and it was yummy, but overall the food was a bit less exciting then expected, and therefore not really worth the cost.

Also worth noting... management needs to figure out the heating/cooling system. The temperature oscillated between too hot and too cold, so much so that I had keep putting on and removing my coat.

Allen & Delancey could be a gem of a place it just needs a few tweaks first of which would be hiring an additional bartender.

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I wasn't sure what to expect based on some of the reviews of non attentive staff and mediocre food, but walking into this dark, cozy spot was simply impressive. I had taken the train to Grand Street and among the dingy stores and neighborhood, I was pleasantly surprised to walk into what felt like a whole other city.

John the bartender was really nice striking up conversation, after I was at the bar for a bit; my husband was arriving later than expected.

We both had the risotto and beef and were INCREDIBLY satisfied not only with our flavorful and delicious meal, but our attentive waiter. We didn't order dessert because I had a cake at home, but they brought out some ice cream with a candle (I had told the bartender that it was my husband's bday, SO NICE)!

I would go back in a heartbeat and my husband's bday was a complete success!

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★★★★★

I wasn't sure what to expect based on some of the reviews of non attentive staff and mediocre food, but walking into this dark, cozy spot was simply impressive. I had taken the train to Grand Street and among the dingy stores and neighborhood, I was pleasantly surprised to walk into what felt like a whole other city.

John the bartender was really nice striking up conversation, after I was at the bar for a bit; my husband was arriving later than expected.

We both had the risotto and beef and were INCREDIBLY satisfied not only with our flavorful and delicious meal, but our attentive waiter. We didn't order dessert because I had a cake at home, but they brought out some ice cream with a candle (I had told the bartender that it was my husband's bday, SO NICE)!

I would go back in a heartbeat and my husband's bday was a complete success!

Pros: service, attentiveness

Cons: reservations only allowed a 6:45 table - but free tables

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Took my boyfriend there last night for his birthday dinner. Heard alot of great reviews about this place, and was not expecting the food to be so *yawn* boring and average. Had the risotto which was ok - just ok. My boyfriend had the foie gras terrine which was wholly unspectacular. I have tasted better foie gras from a can. The menu seemed tired and uninspired. Again, the veal loin was nothing to write home about. Gratin on the side was dry, and the meat itself was salty. The ribeye was pretty awful. The pureed potatoes were bland, steak was tasteless too. Was looking forward to the sticky toffee pudding but that was taken off the menu. Pineapple upside down cake was blah. Was hoping for a breathtaking dessert to at least salvage the previous monotonous dishes but this was not to be. It was just a cake soaked in syrup. Nothing interesting here. On the whole, a thoroughly forgettable meal. I do not see how this place will continue to thrive given its sub-par food and sky- high prices. When the only thing decent about the entire meal was the bread rolls, I think there might be a problem here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Took my boyfriend there last night for his birthday dinner. Heard alot of great reviews about this place, and was not expecting the food to be so *yawn* boring and average. Had the risotto which was ok - just ok. My boyfriend had the foie gras terrine which was wholly unspectacular. I have tasted better foie gras from a can. The menu seemed tired and uninspired. Again, the veal loin was nothing to write home about. Gratin on the side was dry, and the meat itself was salty. The ribeye was pretty awful. The pureed potatoes were bland, steak was tasteless too. Was looking forward to the sticky toffee pudding but that was taken off the menu. Pineapple upside down cake was blah. Was hoping for a breathtaking dessert to at least salvage the previous monotonous dishes but this was not to be. It was just a cake soaked in syrup. Nothing interesting here. On the whole, a thoroughly forgettable meal. I do not see how this place will continue to thrive given its sub-par food and sky- high prices. When the only thing decent about the entire meal was the bread rolls, I think there might be a problem here.

Pros: delicious bread rolls, attentive service

Cons: pricey, forgettable food, inconsistent air-conditioning

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The room is dark and lit with an orange glow, which I love. The polenta (yes, I ordered polenta), striped bass and pureed potatoes were excellent. The service was slightly amateur but in a way that is refreshingly unpretentious. The only nauseating aspect of our experience was the couple next to us who toasted in French (they were not French). C'est la vie...

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★★★★★

The room is dark and lit with an orange glow, which I love. The polenta (yes, I ordered polenta), striped bass and pureed potatoes were excellent. The service was slightly amateur but in a way that is refreshingly unpretentious. The only nauseating aspect of our experience was the couple next to us who toasted in French (they were not French). C'est la vie...

Pros: Food, ambience, decor, service

Cons: People

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The Restaurant is nicely decorated, maybe a bit on the dark side...but then it makes it feel more romantic.
Food is very good, but unfortunately the service is really terrible.

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★★★☆☆

The Restaurant is nicely decorated, maybe a bit on the dark side...but then it makes it feel more romantic.
Food is very good, but unfortunately the service is really terrible.

Pros: food, cocktails

Cons: service

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We went to Allen & Delancey Saturday, February 28. We had a 9:45 pm reservation. We arrived on time, but our table was not ready. We did not get seated until around 10:15 pm. The waiter came over, but disappeared before we could order drinks. He came back a few minutes later and took our order. But he disappeared again before we could order drinks. We would not see him again all night ? and never got a drink (yes, we could of went to the bar, or found somebody ? but we were just amazed about the lack of service).

Our salads arrived in about 25 minutes ? a delay, but not terrible. The salads were very good. Over an hour after we finished our salads (and two hours after our reservation), our entrees still had not yet arrived. In that hour, nobody ever stopped by our table.

Finally, we found our waiter and asked him to check on our orders. When he did not return after a few minutes (and we saw at the bar) we decided to leave. Hungry.

The service was just terrible.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Allen & Delancey Saturday, February 28. We had a 9:45 pm reservation. We arrived on time, but our table was not ready. We did not get seated until around 10:15 pm. The waiter came over, but disappeared before we could order drinks. He came back a few minutes later and took our order. But he disappeared again before we could order drinks. We would not see him again all night ? and never got a drink (yes, we could of went to the bar, or found somebody ? but we were just amazed about the lack of service).

Our salads arrived in about 25 minutes ? a delay, but not terrible. The salads were very good. Over an hour after we finished our salads (and two hours after our reservation), our entrees still had not yet arrived. In that hour, nobody ever stopped by our table.

Finally, we found our waiter and asked him to check on our orders. When he did not return after a few minutes (and we saw at the bar) we decided to leave. Hungry.

The service was just terrible.

Pros: None

Cons: Service

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This is not really a food review, as we never got our entrees. We had a 9:30 PM reservation on a Saturday night. We were not seated until after 10 PM. Nobody came over to take a drink order. Eventually a waiter stopped by to (quickly) take out order. Left before we got a chance to order some drinks. Last we saw him for the evening. Our salads came ?? a bit slow, but nothing major. We both enjoyed them. Then we just sat at our table until about 11:30 PM (more than an hour after we finished our salads, and two hours after our reservation). No food. No waiter. We eventually asked somebody to check on our orders. But they never came back (but we did see the person hanging out by the bar). Check please! The manager did not charge us for our salads. We had been looking forward to the dinner for a while. It is our anniversary.

We also heard the two tables nearest to us complaining about the service.

PS: Went to see Sleepwalk with Me, a comedy by Mike Birbiglia, before dinner. It was excellent.

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★☆☆☆☆

This is not really a food review, as we never got our entrees. We had a 9:30 PM reservation on a Saturday night. We were not seated until after 10 PM. Nobody came over to take a drink order. Eventually a waiter stopped by to (quickly) take out order. Left before we got a chance to order some drinks. Last we saw him for the evening. Our salads came ?? a bit slow, but nothing major. We both enjoyed them. Then we just sat at our table until about 11:30 PM (more than an hour after we finished our salads, and two hours after our reservation). No food. No waiter. We eventually asked somebody to check on our orders. But they never came back (but we did see the person hanging out by the bar). Check please! The manager did not charge us for our salads. We had been looking forward to the dinner for a while. It is our anniversary.

We also heard the two tables nearest to us complaining about the service.

PS: Went to see Sleepwalk with Me, a comedy by Mike Birbiglia, before dinner. It was excellent.

Pros: Salad

Cons: Everything else

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Very romantic, also ideal for quiet catchup conversation with an old friend. The drinks were delicious and food was better than ok but not great. The waitresses are very knowledgable, so ask lots of questions if you have them. The maitre de was a bit obnoxious but his attitude didnt hamper the evening. Reservations are a must as the space is small, the bar is a cool place to hang-out for a before din din cocktail.

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★★★★☆

Very romantic, also ideal for quiet catchup conversation with an old friend. The drinks were delicious and food was better than ok but not great. The waitresses are very knowledgable, so ask lots of questions if you have them. The maitre de was a bit obnoxious but his attitude didnt hamper the evening. Reservations are a must as the space is small, the bar is a cool place to hang-out for a before din din cocktail.

Cons: obnoxious host

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by far one of my favorite restaurants. the shaking is a tiny bit annoying near the wall bu if you asked to be moved on a non busy evening all is well. A LITTLE HIDDEN luxury in NY. Me and my man go here often

2
★★★★☆

by far one of my favorite restaurants. the shaking is a tiny bit annoying near the wall bu if you asked to be moved on a non busy evening all is well. A LITTLE HIDDEN luxury in NY. Me and my man go here often

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Fun, romantic little restaurant tucked away in the LES. Drinks menu was inspired - some really fun and delicious cocktails and a nice wine list. The food was good (not socks-off amazing, but good). Dishes were original (lots of pear that night) and while my risotto was undercooked, I appreciated the innovative tone. Am sort of surprised by other reviews here, thought the staff was friendly, attentive and helpful. Was a little noisy at times, but would recommend for a date place for sure, especially fun to come early and grab a drink before dinner. LES is never an easy destination, but A&D is absolutely a good spot for a fun date and/or group dinner.

2
★★★★☆

Fun, romantic little restaurant tucked away in the LES. Drinks menu was inspired - some really fun and delicious cocktails and a nice wine list. The food was good (not socks-off amazing, but good). Dishes were original (lots of pear that night) and while my risotto was undercooked, I appreciated the innovative tone. Am sort of surprised by other reviews here, thought the staff was friendly, attentive and helpful. Was a little noisy at times, but would recommend for a date place for sure, especially fun to come early and grab a drink before dinner. LES is never an easy destination, but A&D is absolutely a good spot for a fun date and/or group dinner.

Pros: Drink menu

Cons: LES

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We were sat on a table next to the wall, and the floor and table were shaking. It got pretty annoying so we asked for another table, which we thankfully got. You could tell everyone hates that table (they have some type of machinery on the other side of the wall), but they keep trying to shove people into it. Food servings were bordering on ridiculous for a place that can't claim to be nouvelle cuisine. Service was dismal - 45 minute wait between courses. Nice decor, yes, but don't waste your money. PD: what was Michelin thinking to award this place a star? Absurd

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★★☆☆☆

We were sat on a table next to the wall, and the floor and table were shaking. It got pretty annoying so we asked for another table, which we thankfully got. You could tell everyone hates that table (they have some type of machinery on the other side of the wall), but they keep trying to shove people into it. Food servings were bordering on ridiculous for a place that can't claim to be nouvelle cuisine. Service was dismal - 45 minute wait between courses. Nice decor, yes, but don't waste your money. PD: what was Michelin thinking to award this place a star? Absurd

Pros: Nice atmosphere, good people-watching

Cons: Terrible service, overpriced food

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The staff is inattentive and the house is poorly managed. And the attitude. Don't get me started. And for what? The place looks like nothing more than a rich guy's version of Bennigan's. "Oooh, look -- they have old books on their exposed-brick walls. Soooo cool."

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★☆☆☆☆

The staff is inattentive and the house is poorly managed. And the attitude. Don't get me started. And for what? The place looks like nothing more than a rich guy's version of Bennigan's. "Oooh, look -- they have old books on their exposed-brick walls. Soooo cool."

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I've been to this restaurant twice and enjoyed both the food and service. For appetizers: The signature bone marrow dish is surprisingly tasty. It is a rich dish but not knock yourself out with this one. I had the scallop dish during the summer and remember there seemed to be some kind of pickled carrot shavings (?) on it which was a nice contrast to the buttery taste of the scallops. For entrees: The beef filet for two was cooked perfectly and was delicious. I rarely order risotto in restaurants as it never seems to be cooked properly but their risotto dish with chanterelles was too die for. For dessert: The "snickers" dish and goat's milk cheese cake are highly recommended. The only con to the experience was being seated in the back of restaurant (during the summer) proved to be uncomfortably warm. They need to fix the air conditioning situation. But during the fall and winter it shouldn't present a problem.

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★★★★★

I've been to this restaurant twice and enjoyed both the food and service. For appetizers: The signature bone marrow dish is surprisingly tasty. It is a rich dish but not knock yourself out with this one. I had the scallop dish during the summer and remember there seemed to be some kind of pickled carrot shavings (?) on it which was a nice contrast to the buttery taste of the scallops. For entrees: The beef filet for two was cooked perfectly and was delicious. I rarely order risotto in restaurants as it never seems to be cooked properly but their risotto dish with chanterelles was too die for. For dessert: The "snickers" dish and goat's milk cheese cake are highly recommended. The only con to the experience was being seated in the back of restaurant (during the summer) proved to be uncomfortably warm. They need to fix the air conditioning situation. But during the fall and winter it shouldn't present a problem.

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Food was fine. Wait for our reservation was excessive (40 minutes, although they gave us free champagne (which no one drank) as compensation) and dinner service was fine. But the bartender was incredibly rude. I don't mind waiting for someone to take my drink order, but when there are only 15 people at the bar, and the bartender doesn't acknowledge your presence for a good 10 minutes, let alone take your drink order, that bothers me. She doesn't have to say anything, just a nod in our direction to indicate she knows we're there would be appropriate. If she didn't know we were there, she shouldn't be a bartender. The bar is usually your first impression of a restaurant. Allen & Delancey's bartender ought to try to make it a good one.

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★★☆☆☆

Food was fine. Wait for our reservation was excessive (40 minutes, although they gave us free champagne (which no one drank) as compensation) and dinner service was fine. But the bartender was incredibly rude. I don't mind waiting for someone to take my drink order, but when there are only 15 people at the bar, and the bartender doesn't acknowledge your presence for a good 10 minutes, let alone take your drink order, that bothers me. She doesn't have to say anything, just a nod in our direction to indicate she knows we're there would be appropriate. If she didn't know we were there, she shouldn't be a bartender. The bar is usually your first impression of a restaurant. Allen & Delancey's bartender ought to try to make it a good one.

Pros: Food was pretty good. Not spectacular.

Cons: Service. After waiting for table, we waited about 20 minutes btwn apps and main course

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With a plethora of great and affordable brunch options in the neighborhood, I have no idea why we thought to drop in on Allen and Delancey. We had enjoyed dinner here twice before, so we were at first excited to see the offerings for brunch. Food alone tops out at about $20 for a tiny "brunch" dish, and although you get some little muffins free of charge, drinks (about $15 each!) and coffee (about $5!) are all additional. Although our waiter brought some "complimentary" lemonade to the table, I'd have liked a complimentary bloody mary or two! Our two person brunch cost us about $100 with tip. Still great for a special night out, but definitely not for a casual brunch outing.

1
★★☆☆☆

With a plethora of great and affordable brunch options in the neighborhood, I have no idea why we thought to drop in on Allen and Delancey. We had enjoyed dinner here twice before, so we were at first excited to see the offerings for brunch. Food alone tops out at about $20 for a tiny "brunch" dish, and although you get some little muffins free of charge, drinks (about $15 each!) and coffee (about $5!) are all additional. Although our waiter brought some "complimentary" lemonade to the table, I'd have liked a complimentary bloody mary or two! Our two person brunch cost us about $100 with tip. Still great for a special night out, but definitely not for a casual brunch outing.

Pros: Friendly service, cocktails taste good.

Cons: Brunch is overpriced and seemingly out of place.

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I had to write after seeing these poor reviews on service. Our server really knew her food, and made some really great recommendations. The food was really outstanding and creative, you won't find the same things in another restaurant for sure. Not a ton of choices, but will definetely find a few things interesting. Save room for desserts, which are exquisite.

Drinks were pretty lame, we tried both the Allen and the Delancey, and both were lackluster. The Allen brought me back to 8th Grade, when I made my first Screwdriver. The hot bartender was flying solo and pouring drinks faster than the bionic woman, but even if she had taken her time, I don't think they would be that great anyways, save your $12, and instead get some great selections of wines and beers.

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★★★★☆

I had to write after seeing these poor reviews on service. Our server really knew her food, and made some really great recommendations. The food was really outstanding and creative, you won't find the same things in another restaurant for sure. Not a ton of choices, but will definetely find a few things interesting. Save room for desserts, which are exquisite.

Drinks were pretty lame, we tried both the Allen and the Delancey, and both were lackluster. The Allen brought me back to 8th Grade, when I made my first Screwdriver. The hot bartender was flying solo and pouring drinks faster than the bionic woman, but even if she had taken her time, I don't think they would be that great anyways, save your $12, and instead get some great selections of wines and beers.

Pros: FOod, Ambience, Scenery

Cons: Cocktails, busboys trying to clear our stuff every 5 minutes

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I loved the room!!
The food was excellent as well. Try the fish!
The place was a bit hot and stuffy and the servers did nothing when we asked, I thought we got a mean look actually but not sure.
Go there and try out, hope you have a better server than I.

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★★★☆☆

I loved the room!!
The food was excellent as well. Try the fish!
The place was a bit hot and stuffy and the servers did nothing when we asked, I thought we got a mean look actually but not sure.
Go there and try out, hope you have a better server than I.

Pros: Scene

Cons: hot and bothered service.

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TERRIBLE SERVICE at $40/entree. This much hyped restaurant is nearly all overhyped. At $40 entrees one expects very good service, but at allen & delancey much of the wait staff appears uninterested in their patrons and more in ongoing chitchat and silly "play" amongst themselves. Despite a wonderful interior and general ambience (a feeling of transport to a mid-century space in the recess of the unknown) and a menu and food execution that is fairly accomplished, i had a dissappointing evening at this restaurant. one cannot overlook the degree of AWEFULNESS OF THE SERVICE. i had wine spilled, wine served well after the order and after the delivery of the food. the waiter disappeared for much of the night. Food got cold as I awaited my folk and knife. The staff was generally of the actor/artist//waiter sort with an emphasis on the former two. Completely unprofessional staff. Like it's neighboring Reyuelo, this restaurant holds possibilities that are undermined by a lack of service. If downtown, I would recommend WD-50, Chanterelle, Wallseye in the West Village, for food just as and mostly more so accomplished and a wait staff that offer careful attention to those who want a lovely/ low-stress evening out. The battle should not be with the wait staff; they should be there to accommodate you. I love food (per se, babbo, chez pannise, bouley, daniel boloud), i will not return to this restaurant because everything that was possibly good about it is delivered by very uncaring people.

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★☆☆☆☆

TERRIBLE SERVICE at $40/entree. This much hyped restaurant is nearly all overhyped. At $40 entrees one expects very good service, but at allen & delancey much of the wait staff appears uninterested in their patrons and more in ongoing chitchat and silly "play" amongst themselves. Despite a wonderful interior and general ambience (a feeling of transport to a mid-century space in the recess of the unknown) and a menu and food execution that is fairly accomplished, i had a dissappointing evening at this restaurant. one cannot overlook the degree of AWEFULNESS OF THE SERVICE. i had wine spilled, wine served well after the order and after the delivery of the food. the waiter disappeared for much of the night. Food got cold as I awaited my folk and knife. The staff was generally of the actor/artist//waiter sort with an emphasis on the former two. Completely unprofessional staff. Like it's neighboring Reyuelo, this restaurant holds possibilities that are undermined by a lack of service. If downtown, I would recommend WD-50, Chanterelle, Wallseye in the West Village, for food just as and mostly more so accomplished and a wait staff that offer careful attention to those who want a lovely/ low-stress evening out. The battle should not be with the wait staff; they should be there to accommodate you. I love food (per se, babbo, chez pannise, bouley, daniel boloud), i will not return to this restaurant because everything that was possibly good about it is delivered by very uncaring people.

Pros: ambience, nice menu, nice food execution

Cons: BAD, TERRIBLE SERVICE

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Everything here was very, very well done. Loved the room, it's perfect for a romantic date. The service was friendly and helpful. The wine list is very good. The food was excellent. The Halibut was excellent and the lamb chops were also very nicely prepared. The all domestic cheesse plate was also delicious. The desserts were a nice conclusion to an excellent meal. For anyone who dines around town regularly, this is a must try.

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★★★★☆

Everything here was very, very well done. Loved the room, it's perfect for a romantic date. The service was friendly and helpful. The wine list is very good. The food was excellent. The Halibut was excellent and the lamb chops were also very nicely prepared. The all domestic cheesse plate was also delicious. The desserts were a nice conclusion to an excellent meal. For anyone who dines around town regularly, this is a must try.

Pros: Beautiful room, excellent food

Cons: some trouble regulating the room temp

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Went for my second time this weekend and it was very good, definitely hitting it's stride from a few months back. Our table enjoyed every dish--from Sweetbreads and Foie Gras to Tazmanian Sea Trout and Roasted Chicken and morels, the chef Neil Ferguson can certainly cook.
I like the menu--very English and understated, despite the bold flavors and unapologetic simplicity of the way the menu reads.

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★★★★★

Went for my second time this weekend and it was very good, definitely hitting it's stride from a few months back. Our table enjoyed every dish--from Sweetbreads and Foie Gras to Tazmanian Sea Trout and Roasted Chicken and morels, the chef Neil Ferguson can certainly cook.
I like the menu--very English and understated, despite the bold flavors and unapologetic simplicity of the way the menu reads.

Pros: food, vibe of the room

Cons: tough reservation

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i first tried this place in the winter, then last night. Each experience was awesome. The food is consistently delicious and inventive, from the bacon-sage bread, to the rabbit terrine, to the bone marrow, to the carrot cake with coconut flan. I love the decor, even though it may be a little too dark to read the menu properly, but who cares... everything on the menu is great. Service is genuinely friendly and knowledgeable. Bringing friends next time!

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★★★★★

i first tried this place in the winter, then last night. Each experience was awesome. The food is consistently delicious and inventive, from the bacon-sage bread, to the rabbit terrine, to the bone marrow, to the carrot cake with coconut flan. I love the decor, even though it may be a little too dark to read the menu properly, but who cares... everything on the menu is great. Service is genuinely friendly and knowledgeable. Bringing friends next time!

Pros: Food and ambience blend harmoniously

Cons: Might be a little pricey for some.

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It was busy. We were seated 15 minutes late. The room was dark and cacaphonous. Then the good stuff-
the maitre'd couldn't have been warmer, bringing over champagne in apology for our crowded bar wait. The food was tremendous. Best scallops in years. The veal was good. I don't eat sweetbreads and there was a side of them with the veal. I didn't know what they were until I had finished and asked the server. Now I eat sweetbreads. They were fantastic. The evening was really wonderful, very romantic, my girlfriends birthday was very special. I'll return.

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★★★★★

It was busy. We were seated 15 minutes late. The room was dark and cacaphonous. Then the good stuff-
the maitre'd couldn't have been warmer, bringing over champagne in apology for our crowded bar wait. The food was tremendous. Best scallops in years. The veal was good. I don't eat sweetbreads and there was a side of them with the veal. I didn't know what they were until I had finished and asked the server. Now I eat sweetbreads. They were fantastic. The evening was really wonderful, very romantic, my girlfriends birthday was very special. I'll return.

Pros: Great food and atmosphere

Cons: Dark and loud

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My friend and I decided to meet for at the bar after hearing good things about the cocktails. The drinks were good and as soon as we started enjoying them, the bartender came over and said "whenever you two are ready, that'll be $25." My friend and I just looked at each other - was she serious? I've been a bartender for many years and I like the "would you like to open a tab?" approach. My friend put down his card, thinking that then she would at least say "would you like to keep it open?" She, of course, said no such thing and instead ran his card, pretty much guaranteeing that we would stay only for that drink.

It gets better...some guys were sitting at the one table in the bar and they came to her to order food. She asked how many of them there were. They said 3 and she asked "is it going to stay that way?" They seemed confused by her question and said yes and she replied "I just need to know how much silverware to bring you."

Ok, ok, maybe this is just one oddly rude employee...but wait there's more...

I went to the ladies room. On my way out, I touched my nose (I'd had a slight cold) and a waiter said "Ah, coke." I'm no sheltered goody-two-shoes, but I didn't get what he was saying. Then he looked at me and said "tastes good, goes great with everything." His tone was somewhere between an accusation and a come-on. I was baffled. Did he want some? Did he have some to share? If we'd worked together or been friends, it might have been funny, but saying it to a customer was completely inappropriate.

It's too bad, because the place is stylish and cozy. And the cocktails were good. But there's no shortage of good cocktails on the LES these days...

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★☆☆☆☆

My friend and I decided to meet for at the bar after hearing good things about the cocktails. The drinks were good and as soon as we started enjoying them, the bartender came over and said "whenever you two are ready, that'll be $25." My friend and I just looked at each other - was she serious? I've been a bartender for many years and I like the "would you like to open a tab?" approach. My friend put down his card, thinking that then she would at least say "would you like to keep it open?" She, of course, said no such thing and instead ran his card, pretty much guaranteeing that we would stay only for that drink.

It gets better...some guys were sitting at the one table in the bar and they came to her to order food. She asked how many of them there were. They said 3 and she asked "is it going to stay that way?" They seemed confused by her question and said yes and she replied "I just need to know how much silverware to bring you."

Ok, ok, maybe this is just one oddly rude employee...but wait there's more...

I went to the ladies room. On my way out, I touched my nose (I'd had a slight cold) and a waiter said "Ah, coke." I'm no sheltered goody-two-shoes, but I didn't get what he was saying. Then he looked at me and said "tastes good, goes great with everything." His tone was somewhere between an accusation and a come-on. I was baffled. Did he want some? Did he have some to share? If we'd worked together or been friends, it might have been funny, but saying it to a customer was completely inappropriate.

It's too bad, because the place is stylish and cozy. And the cocktails were good. But there's no shortage of good cocktails on the LES these days...

Pros: nice decor, good lighting

Cons: rude and inappropriate service

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So you want to pay $12 for a piece of "French Toast" That is one inch by one inch? (I AM NOT KIDDING!) Or $12 for a piece of carrot cake that was 2" tall and 1" wide? I mean Allen and Delancey is a beautiful room and the designers put a lot of thought into making a stunning room. However when the line for the bathroom is ALWAYS 3 people deep, you begin to think that perhaps the thinking that goes into this place is very shallow.

The maitre D', with his dramatic eye liner clearly thinks that charm and warmth aren't necessary. We were 12 minutes late for our reservation, and they refused to seat us till all 4 of us were there...despite the fact the restaurant was basically empty. (It was 6:40pm) Then, when the rest of our party arrived about 8 minutes later, we were told we had to finish dinner by no later than 8:30.

Nice start.

While the food was all very tasty, the prices are fabulously high. You get two scallops for around $20 as an appetizer. And for $27 you get less than a cup of risotto. Generous they are not, and everyone at the table agreed they were surprised the prices were so high for the food they were enjoying.

Dessert was a joke...despite the fact the waiter SWORE the pastry chef was a wiz! The sorbets were exceptional, but again the portions were ridiculous.

At some point without asking if we wanted the bill, it was dumped on the table. Nice. $327 later we left. Ahh, new york. She's grand.

1
★★☆☆☆

So you want to pay $12 for a piece of "French Toast" That is one inch by one inch? (I AM NOT KIDDING!) Or $12 for a piece of carrot cake that was 2" tall and 1" wide? I mean Allen and Delancey is a beautiful room and the designers put a lot of thought into making a stunning room. However when the line for the bathroom is ALWAYS 3 people deep, you begin to think that perhaps the thinking that goes into this place is very shallow.

The maitre D', with his dramatic eye liner clearly thinks that charm and warmth aren't necessary. We were 12 minutes late for our reservation, and they refused to seat us till all 4 of us were there...despite the fact the restaurant was basically empty. (It was 6:40pm) Then, when the rest of our party arrived about 8 minutes later, we were told we had to finish dinner by no later than 8:30.

Nice start.

While the food was all very tasty, the prices are fabulously high. You get two scallops for around $20 as an appetizer. And for $27 you get less than a cup of risotto. Generous they are not, and everyone at the table agreed they were surprised the prices were so high for the food they were enjoying.

Dessert was a joke...despite the fact the waiter SWORE the pastry chef was a wiz! The sorbets were exceptional, but again the portions were ridiculous.

At some point without asking if we wanted the bill, it was dumped on the table. Nice. $327 later we left. Ahh, new york. She's grand.

Pros: Lovely decor - the food was great

Cons: One bathroom, snotty service, and ridiculous portions/prices!

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I picked this restaurant from Zagat and made a reservation via Open Table. After making the reservation, I was concerned about some of the comments that I read in this and other sites - I have to say, I do not agree with most given my own experience.

The good: It is a great setting, and decor/ambiance are excellent. The service was great, and we did not have to wait at all. Our reservations were confirmed in advanced, which is customary for NYC. Portions were generous (the Lamb was delicious), more food would have gone to waste. In addition, pricing may be higher than average for the location, but it is lower than a NY restaurant with these attributes.

What could be better: The music was a bit loud and did not match the setting... I would have preferred more of a "loungy"/chill-out sound as most of the customers are couples engaged in conversations.

Definitely will return.

2
★★★★☆

I picked this restaurant from Zagat and made a reservation via Open Table. After making the reservation, I was concerned about some of the comments that I read in this and other sites - I have to say, I do not agree with most given my own experience.

The good: It is a great setting, and decor/ambiance are excellent. The service was great, and we did not have to wait at all. Our reservations were confirmed in advanced, which is customary for NYC. Portions were generous (the Lamb was delicious), more food would have gone to waste. In addition, pricing may be higher than average for the location, but it is lower than a NY restaurant with these attributes.

What could be better: The music was a bit loud and did not match the setting... I would have preferred more of a "loungy"/chill-out sound as most of the customers are couples engaged in conversations.

Definitely will return.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: Music too loud

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Made a reservation for 4 people a month in advance knowing it was a tough restaurant to get a reservation at. We were all pretty excited to try it because we had heard great reviews.
I was called on Wednesday night to confirm a reservation for Saturday for "2 people", not the 4 people I had originally made the reservation for. "Since when do restaurants call you that far in advance to confirm a dinner reservation?", I asked. "It's our new policy" replied Casey the lovely confirmation man. Not surprisingly, Casey would not honor my reservation for 4 (he had no tables available). Then had had the audacity to not give into my request for a new reservation 5 weeks out because they don't take reservations that far in advance. So basically they first sabotaged my reservation and Saturday night plans and then would not accommodate me in any way whatsoever.

The tactic this restaurant used on me to get me to cancel my reservation with them so they could fit in someone more important is abominable and exemplary of a restaurant with zero class.

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★★☆☆☆

Made a reservation for 4 people a month in advance knowing it was a tough restaurant to get a reservation at. We were all pretty excited to try it because we had heard great reviews.
I was called on Wednesday night to confirm a reservation for Saturday for "2 people", not the 4 people I had originally made the reservation for. "Since when do restaurants call you that far in advance to confirm a dinner reservation?", I asked. "It's our new policy" replied Casey the lovely confirmation man. Not surprisingly, Casey would not honor my reservation for 4 (he had no tables available). Then had had the audacity to not give into my request for a new reservation 5 weeks out because they don't take reservations that far in advance. So basically they first sabotaged my reservation and Saturday night plans and then would not accommodate me in any way whatsoever.

The tactic this restaurant used on me to get me to cancel my reservation with them so they could fit in someone more important is abominable and exemplary of a restaurant with zero class.

Pros: The pictures look great

Cons: Didn't honor reservation

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I took my friend here for dinner and we had a great time. The place is a bit off track, but once you're in the restaurant, it's very warm and welcoming. The food was great, although they can improve their wine list. The waitress we had was very charming and helpful, she really made our evening pleasant. I will come back again!

2
★★★★★

I took my friend here for dinner and we had a great time. The place is a bit off track, but once you're in the restaurant, it's very warm and welcoming. The food was great, although they can improve their wine list. The waitress we had was very charming and helpful, she really made our evening pleasant. I will come back again!

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Location

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Love this place. I've been twice already and just made another reservation. Food is phenomenal and service is some of the best I've experienced in NYC.

Definitely recommend it. Oh, and very romantic for 2!

2
★★★★★

Love this place. I've been twice already and just made another reservation. Food is phenomenal and service is some of the best I've experienced in NYC.

Definitely recommend it. Oh, and very romantic for 2!

Pros: Ambience, tables are not on top of each other, service, food

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Allen and Delancey has gotten a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. Chef Neil Ferguson had previously shouldered the wighty task of opening the notoriously tempermental Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in the London Hotel. After a smackdown review in the Times, Ferguson was summarily fired and went on to open this incedibly different, incredibly charming little eatery on the Lower East Side. The space is remarkably hip - very dark and lit with what must be more than a hundred votive candles. Although some of the tables are somewhat tightly squeezed together (the restaurant is quite small), it exerts an air of cool romance. The food is New American, rustic, and almost universally excellent. Three plump sea scallops have their sweetness amplified by an accompanying celery root cream and braised Cipollini onions in one apatizer. The caramelized bone marrow with caviar definitely stands out, served with toast points to serve as a vehicle for this rich, decadent "meat jelly." I found the terrine of guinea hen, smoked ham knuckle and fois gras to be a little disappointing. It could have used some kind of unifying component to bring out the flavor of the meats. Pretty much all the entres are a safe bet - especially the seafood. I'm a big fan of the braised fluke with cauliflower cream, parsely roots and trompettes. The "cabbage, beef and onions" is a play on the traditional english dish, but this dressed-up version includes dry-aged beef tenderloin and a single roasted onion stuffed with braised shortribs. Ferguson's version is rich and excellent, as is the wonderfully intense Colorado lambchop persillade, served with braised middleneck and potato puree. Now that I think about it, a lot of the food here is quite rich, so be aware. That goes for the desserts too, which are top-notch across the board (try the hot chocolate). Now that some of the buzz has died down, it's not terribly difficult to get a table. Also, don't hesitate to dine at the bar.

2
★★★★★

Allen and Delancey has gotten a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. Chef Neil Ferguson had previously shouldered the wighty task of opening the notoriously tempermental Gordon Ramsay's restaurant in the London Hotel. After a smackdown review in the Times, Ferguson was summarily fired and went on to open this incedibly different, incredibly charming little eatery on the Lower East Side. The space is remarkably hip - very dark and lit with what must be more than a hundred votive candles. Although some of the tables are somewhat tightly squeezed together (the restaurant is quite small), it exerts an air of cool romance. The food is New American, rustic, and almost universally excellent. Three plump sea scallops have their sweetness amplified by an accompanying celery root cream and braised Cipollini onions in one apatizer. The caramelized bone marrow with caviar definitely stands out, served with toast points to serve as a vehicle for this rich, decadent "meat jelly." I found the terrine of guinea hen, smoked ham knuckle and fois gras to be a little disappointing. It could have used some kind of unifying component to bring out the flavor of the meats. Pretty much all the entres are a safe bet - especially the seafood. I'm a big fan of the braised fluke with cauliflower cream, parsely roots and trompettes. The "cabbage, beef and onions" is a play on the traditional english dish, but this dressed-up version includes dry-aged beef tenderloin and a single roasted onion stuffed with braised shortribs. Ferguson's version is rich and excellent, as is the wonderfully intense Colorado lambchop persillade, served with braised middleneck and potato puree. Now that I think about it, a lot of the food here is quite rich, so be aware. That goes for the desserts too, which are top-notch across the board (try the hot chocolate). Now that some of the buzz has died down, it's not terribly difficult to get a table. Also, don't hesitate to dine at the bar.

Pros: Excellent food, very cool space

Cons: A touch pricy, getting a reservation can be tough

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While the decor was fantastic, this was my worst dining experience in New York. I was seated 40 minutes late for a Monday 9:30pm reservation (with no apologies) and had to transfer wine from the bar to the table myself. After all this, the food was mediocre at best and despite our attempts to complain to anyone who would listen (including the pompous maitre-d??who we later learned was the owner), nobody cared. The early buzz has gone to the head of the owner and wait staff and I highly recommend skipping this NYT ?Top Newcomer of 2007?--there are far too many other great restaurants who merit your business.

0
★☆☆☆☆

While the decor was fantastic, this was my worst dining experience in New York. I was seated 40 minutes late for a Monday 9:30pm reservation (with no apologies) and had to transfer wine from the bar to the table myself. After all this, the food was mediocre at best and despite our attempts to complain to anyone who would listen (including the pompous maitre-d??who we later learned was the owner), nobody cared. The early buzz has gone to the head of the owner and wait staff and I highly recommend skipping this NYT ?Top Newcomer of 2007?--there are far too many other great restaurants who merit your business.

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Nice atmosphere, good food and solid staff. Good place to try out for a date or intimate gathering. Menu is small but all very tasty. It wouldn't be a place I would go once a month but nice to go go for a special occasion.

2
★★★★☆

Nice atmosphere, good food and solid staff. Good place to try out for a date or intimate gathering. Menu is small but all very tasty. It wouldn't be a place I would go once a month but nice to go go for a special occasion.

Pros: atmosphere

Cons: pricey

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The food at this restaurant is phenomenal. We had the bone marrow and scallops for our appetizers - both were incredibly flavorful (don't believe the reviews that say the bone marrow is too intense - if bone marrow is something you like, you will love this dish). For our entrees, we had the lamb and the beef, onions, and cabbage (trust me, its way more exciting than the name!). We had great service in a romantic space - I highly, highly reccomend this restaurant.

2
★★★★★

The food at this restaurant is phenomenal. We had the bone marrow and scallops for our appetizers - both were incredibly flavorful (don't believe the reviews that say the bone marrow is too intense - if bone marrow is something you like, you will love this dish). For our entrees, we had the lamb and the beef, onions, and cabbage (trust me, its way more exciting than the name!). We had great service in a romantic space - I highly, highly reccomend this restaurant.

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why all the hype? tiny portions - major attitude - hioblem?gh prices - only plus is ambience - should not last for more than 6 months - oh - th hostess should have been fired on day 1 - what is her pr

0
★☆☆☆☆

why all the hype? tiny portions - major attitude - hioblem?gh prices - only plus is ambience - should not last for more than 6 months - oh - th hostess should have been fired on day 1 - what is her pr

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Don't believe the hype!

The Good:
The Service - as in the waiter the food took a while to reach us
The Cocktails

The Bad - or at least not good:
The Food - had 2 starters & 2 mains and 1 dessert. It was all very bland and non special.

The Ugly:
Struggling here - but I'd say the painting in the bathroom...

1
★★★☆☆

Don't believe the hype!

The Good:
The Service - as in the waiter the food took a while to reach us
The Cocktails

The Bad - or at least not good:
The Food - had 2 starters & 2 mains and 1 dessert. It was all very bland and non special.

The Ugly:
Struggling here - but I'd say the painting in the bathroom...

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Let me just start out by saying, this is one of the best designed NYC places I have been too. We only had a few cocktails at the bar, but the were really tasty and the bartender was super attentive. Would love to go back for dinner, but getting a reservation is pretty difficult.

2
★★★★★

Let me just start out by saying, this is one of the best designed NYC places I have been too. We only had a few cocktails at the bar, but the were really tasty and the bartender was super attentive. Would love to go back for dinner, but getting a reservation is pretty difficult.

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We were seated late, the hostess was unfriendly, and the food was just good.
The room is beautiful, but the place is not worth returning to because of the high the prices and large attitudes.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We were seated late, the hostess was unfriendly, and the food was just good.
The room is beautiful, but the place is not worth returning to because of the high the prices and large attitudes.

Pros: Beautiful room, cozy and romantic, small

Cons: terrible service, attitude, small portions, expensive

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I was there recently on a Monday to have a drink/snack at the bar.

I ordered the Aviator which was supposed to have Limonata in it. Instead the bartender cracked open a can of Sprite and was about to use that, but luckily i caught her. I don't do soda pop, especially not in my cocktails! (Limonata has a much better flavor.)

Then she got an order and started to open and slam the fridge doors, drop bottles into the well, making lots of noise - basically acting like it was a nightclub and people were 4 deep at the bar. It really ruined the mood as there were only 3 people sitting at the bar (including myself), and it was pretty quiet. The best part was when she took a sip of something then spat it into the sink in full view of us. Totally disgusting and unprofessional! Where did they find this one?? This place has such homey, comfortable, peaceful decor, a great vibe and to have a person like that working behind the bar did not compute at all.

Another point, the music didn't suit the space either. I love alt rock, but it just didn't work in this environment. They got their 2 stars, they're on the LES, they don't have to try so hard to be hip.

That said, the appetizer i had was good. I'd probably to back, but i definitely wouldn't sit at the bar and risk having my appetite ruined, and i'd probably just drink wine.

1
★★★☆☆

I was there recently on a Monday to have a drink/snack at the bar.

I ordered the Aviator which was supposed to have Limonata in it. Instead the bartender cracked open a can of Sprite and was about to use that, but luckily i caught her. I don't do soda pop, especially not in my cocktails! (Limonata has a much better flavor.)

Then she got an order and started to open and slam the fridge doors, drop bottles into the well, making lots of noise - basically acting like it was a nightclub and people were 4 deep at the bar. It really ruined the mood as there were only 3 people sitting at the bar (including myself), and it was pretty quiet. The best part was when she took a sip of something then spat it into the sink in full view of us. Totally disgusting and unprofessional! Where did they find this one?? This place has such homey, comfortable, peaceful decor, a great vibe and to have a person like that working behind the bar did not compute at all.

Another point, the music didn't suit the space either. I love alt rock, but it just didn't work in this environment. They got their 2 stars, they're on the LES, they don't have to try so hard to be hip.

That said, the appetizer i had was good. I'd probably to back, but i definitely wouldn't sit at the bar and risk having my appetite ruined, and i'd probably just drink wine.

Pros: Lighting, Bruni likes it.

Cons: BARTENDER, Sodie Pop Cocktail, Bruni likes it.

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I came here on a Monday night with a friend on a recommendation from a co-worker since our original plans to go to Freemans fell through (they were having a private party). First off, this space is amazing. The candles, the wood ... absolutely gorgeous. We were seated within a reasonable time, even without a reservation. Upon looking at the menu, it was clear this establishment was high brow to the max. That's okay, I'll try anything once ... but my friend could not in good faith order bone marrow or shortbreads. In the end we ate the yummy bread, had a few glasses of wine and had one appetizer that was very fishy. We felt bad for not ordering but honestly, there were not a lot of choices on the menu that didn't have crazy animal insides in them. Totally worth checking out the bar and seeing the space, but trust me, the menu is ambitious, even for a foodie.

1
★★★☆☆

I came here on a Monday night with a friend on a recommendation from a co-worker since our original plans to go to Freemans fell through (they were having a private party). First off, this space is amazing. The candles, the wood ... absolutely gorgeous. We were seated within a reasonable time, even without a reservation. Upon looking at the menu, it was clear this establishment was high brow to the max. That's okay, I'll try anything once ... but my friend could not in good faith order bone marrow or shortbreads. In the end we ate the yummy bread, had a few glasses of wine and had one appetizer that was very fishy. We felt bad for not ordering but honestly, there were not a lot of choices on the menu that didn't have crazy animal insides in them. Totally worth checking out the bar and seeing the space, but trust me, the menu is ambitious, even for a foodie.

Pros: Unreal setting

Cons: Crazy, small menu

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I read a bunch of things before I went to the restaurant so I knew what to expect but I wanted to see it for myself. I had a 9pm reservation and didnt get seated until after 9:30. Then the service was incredibly slow waiting a while just to take our order and for our food. The food was good, nothing amazing and the decor/atmosphere was really nice and very romantic.

1
★★★☆☆

I read a bunch of things before I went to the restaurant so I knew what to expect but I wanted to see it for myself. I had a 9pm reservation and didnt get seated until after 9:30. Then the service was incredibly slow waiting a while just to take our order and for our food. The food was good, nothing amazing and the decor/atmosphere was really nice and very romantic.

Pros: Atmosphere

Cons: Service, expensive

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We went here last night.....for the first and last time.

The scallops appetizer was pretty good, but a little confused why they included celery and shallots. It wasn't a good combination. My girlfriend had the lamb chop, notice I said "chop." There was only one dainty little chop. I ordered the beef, maybe I only received a quarter of my order. Literally, it was one little slice of beef (not even filet), probably about 3 oz. The quality of the food was very average and seriously lacking flavor.

Don't waste your time or money (about $150 for 3 drinks, 1 appetizer, 2 entrees).

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!

1
★★☆☆☆

We went here last night.....for the first and last time.

The scallops appetizer was pretty good, but a little confused why they included celery and shallots. It wasn't a good combination. My girlfriend had the lamb chop, notice I said "chop." There was only one dainty little chop. I ordered the beef, maybe I only received a quarter of my order. Literally, it was one little slice of beef (not even filet), probably about 3 oz. The quality of the food was very average and seriously lacking flavor.

Don't waste your time or money (about $150 for 3 drinks, 1 appetizer, 2 entrees).

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!

Pros: Nice Atmosphere

Cons: Below average food (quantity & quality); Poor value

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BRA-VO. I have been a regular of the LES for the past few years watching it change and evolve and sampling the new restaurants as they've arrived and I have to say A&D is definitely the best place that has opened in the LES in a long time. Ambiance is fantastic - candle lit, dark and romantic decor, with red-hued walls and charming paintings hanging throughout the restaurant lends itself to feeling like you discovered an amazing private bistro off a side street in Paris. The service was friendly and knowledgeable if a little slow (they've open been open for 2 weeks so I'll give them a little latitude) and the food was perfectly flavored with unique and interestingly paired dishes. I had the sea scallops to start (amazing) and the cod for dinner. The cod was flavored to perfection, but was unfortunately very small and not filling so would recommend larger portions or more sides w/ the dishes. The pineapple (can't remember actual name) was one of the best I've had in the city, while the chocolate mousse paired w/ cake was just ok. Bad news? Only 1 unisex bathroom in the entire place. I will definitely be back again - well worth the wait to open.

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★★★★★

BRA-VO. I have been a regular of the LES for the past few years watching it change and evolve and sampling the new restaurants as they've arrived and I have to say A&D is definitely the best place that has opened in the LES in a long time. Ambiance is fantastic - candle lit, dark and romantic decor, with red-hued walls and charming paintings hanging throughout the restaurant lends itself to feeling like you discovered an amazing private bistro off a side street in Paris. The service was friendly and knowledgeable if a little slow (they've open been open for 2 weeks so I'll give them a little latitude) and the food was perfectly flavored with unique and interestingly paired dishes. I had the sea scallops to start (amazing) and the cod for dinner. The cod was flavored to perfection, but was unfortunately very small and not filling so would recommend larger portions or more sides w/ the dishes. The pineapple (can't remember actual name) was one of the best I've had in the city, while the chocolate mousse paired w/ cake was just ok. Bad news? Only 1 unisex bathroom in the entire place. I will definitely be back again - well worth the wait to open.

Pros: Fantastic Decor, Friendly Service, Perfectly Flavored Seafood

Cons: Only one bathroom, Slow Service

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We had a reservation and still waited over an hour for a table. You had to beg for bread and then when it came the waiter failed to tell us that the bread had tiny bacon pieces in it and my friend has not eaten pig in her entire life and ate accidentally and was distraught. The scallops were $18 and there were only 3 of them and they were tiny and chewy. The duck was mediocre. For comparable lighting and decor but a much better experience go to Freemans or Gemma or go to WD-50 for much more inventive and tasty food.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We had a reservation and still waited over an hour for a table. You had to beg for bread and then when it came the waiter failed to tell us that the bread had tiny bacon pieces in it and my friend has not eaten pig in her entire life and ate accidentally and was distraught. The scallops were $18 and there were only 3 of them and they were tiny and chewy. The duck was mediocre. For comparable lighting and decor but a much better experience go to Freemans or Gemma or go to WD-50 for much more inventive and tasty food.

 

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