81 Restaurant

★★★★☆

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great place.

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★★★★★

great place.

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The price fix option makes this restaurant a lot more affordable. When I go, we usually mix it up with some people ordering off the regular menu. The ingredients are fresh and so well prepared you never feel like "why did they have to go and add that to it?!".
My favorites are the steak, mushroom soup and spring salad (love love the seafood in it). The service is top notch and the greeters at the door are sweet and friendly with no attitude. This can be a bit too expensive for an every week type of place unless you only order off the special menu. But you can get away with under $50 a head if you order carefully.

2
★★★★★

The price fix option makes this restaurant a lot more affordable. When I go, we usually mix it up with some people ordering off the regular menu. The ingredients are fresh and so well prepared you never feel like "why did they have to go and add that to it?!".
My favorites are the steak, mushroom soup and spring salad (love love the seafood in it). The service is top notch and the greeters at the door are sweet and friendly with no attitude. This can be a bit too expensive for an every week type of place unless you only order off the special menu. But you can get away with under $50 a head if you order carefully.

Pros: food, service

Cons: can be expensive

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Great dining experience and excellent service.
Check out the price frixe dinner. I had pumpkin risotto and
cod with black lentils - fabulous! Can't wait to go back.

2
★★★★☆

Great dining experience and excellent service.
Check out the price frixe dinner. I had pumpkin risotto and
cod with black lentils - fabulous! Can't wait to go back.

Pros: great service, ambience, food and wine

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a great experience. Overall extremely friendly staff, selection on menu decent although not expansive. great prix fixe, although we ate off the regular menu, we ordered from the "economy" wine list that was unbelievably priced. the chicken was great, the pork chop special was flavorful and tender, the peekytoe crab was good, but not great. While not a cheap experience, not over the top compared to similar restaurants of the caliber. The decor and atmosphere managed to be both fun and somewhat opulent. Will reccomend to friends.

2
★★★★★

a great experience. Overall extremely friendly staff, selection on menu decent although not expansive. great prix fixe, although we ate off the regular menu, we ordered from the "economy" wine list that was unbelievably priced. the chicken was great, the pork chop special was flavorful and tender, the peekytoe crab was good, but not great. While not a cheap experience, not over the top compared to similar restaurants of the caliber. The decor and atmosphere managed to be both fun and somewhat opulent. Will reccomend to friends.

Pros: decor, wine, entrees

Cons: no significant ones.

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This restauarant really knows it's stuff! The chef has mucho experience and it all shows in his food - I've been a few times and each time I am not let down in the least. I haven't had everything on the menu yet, but what I have had: risotto, mushroom soup, tuna tartare, peekytoe crab salad, duck pate, giononne chicken, beef tenderloin, seared tuna, chatham cod and the salmon. The pastry chef is on his game too... the little extras that he sends out are always wonderful (i heart oatmeal raisin cookies!). I adore his ice creams and sorbets - great flavors!
The wine list is awesome - perfect selection of wines between 40 and 70 bucks. The decor is gorgeous and the most amazing (which is why I saved it for last)... the staff. Everyone is so nice. I don't think I've ever heard them say the word "no". I always feel welcome here and I cannot wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

This restauarant really knows it's stuff! The chef has mucho experience and it all shows in his food - I've been a few times and each time I am not let down in the least. I haven't had everything on the menu yet, but what I have had: risotto, mushroom soup, tuna tartare, peekytoe crab salad, duck pate, giononne chicken, beef tenderloin, seared tuna, chatham cod and the salmon. The pastry chef is on his game too... the little extras that he sends out are always wonderful (i heart oatmeal raisin cookies!). I adore his ice creams and sorbets - great flavors!
The wine list is awesome - perfect selection of wines between 40 and 70 bucks. The decor is gorgeous and the most amazing (which is why I saved it for last)... the staff. Everyone is so nice. I don't think I've ever heard them say the word "no". I always feel welcome here and I cannot wait to go back!

Pros: economy menu, the staff, the food

Cons: my boyfriend wont let me eat here every night

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The two of us, both decades-long Manhattan residents and experienced restaurant-goers, had dinner at Eighty-One last night. We loved the ambience, the service, the management. But the food was average at best. She had the peekytoe crab appetizer. She told me it had no taste at all. She has extremely sensitive taste and smell, so for her to say it had "no" taste surprised me. I said, "Really? But it's crab." I was loving the restaurant so much that I was highly skeptical. I took a bite. Omigod, she was right. It was like biting into nothing. She left half on her plate, saying it was pointless to eat it. I had the ravioli w/chicken liver appetizer and thought it was very good. For main courses, she had the lamb. She liked it. She said it had flavor. She also said it was very tender and tasted like it was from a "young lamb," so flavor, yes, but strong no, she said. She liked it; she's had much better elsewhere in NYC. I had the duck. This had no flavor. It was a very tender rectangle of meat. If someone had blindfolded me and asked me to guess what kind of meat it was, I would not have been certain. And I love duck and have had it hundreds of times in my life. I would have guessed veal, duck, beef. I would not have been sure. I would have said, "Wow, this is clearly meat, and it's nice and tender and juicy, but I cannot say for sure what it is." We then looked at each other, both of us hungry for dessert, and I said to her, "Should we give this place more of our business and order dessert?" As much as we really liked our table, the waiter, the room -- basically everything -- we were pretty ticked by the, at best, average food (average for a much less expensive restaurant doing business anywhere but New York). By the way, we were both in excellent moods before dinner and after. Just a case of chalk one up to experience. We decided that at some point, we'll have a drink and dessert at the lovely bar there.

1
★★★☆☆

The two of us, both decades-long Manhattan residents and experienced restaurant-goers, had dinner at Eighty-One last night. We loved the ambience, the service, the management. But the food was average at best. She had the peekytoe crab appetizer. She told me it had no taste at all. She has extremely sensitive taste and smell, so for her to say it had "no" taste surprised me. I said, "Really? But it's crab." I was loving the restaurant so much that I was highly skeptical. I took a bite. Omigod, she was right. It was like biting into nothing. She left half on her plate, saying it was pointless to eat it. I had the ravioli w/chicken liver appetizer and thought it was very good. For main courses, she had the lamb. She liked it. She said it had flavor. She also said it was very tender and tasted like it was from a "young lamb," so flavor, yes, but strong no, she said. She liked it; she's had much better elsewhere in NYC. I had the duck. This had no flavor. It was a very tender rectangle of meat. If someone had blindfolded me and asked me to guess what kind of meat it was, I would not have been certain. And I love duck and have had it hundreds of times in my life. I would have guessed veal, duck, beef. I would not have been sure. I would have said, "Wow, this is clearly meat, and it's nice and tender and juicy, but I cannot say for sure what it is." We then looked at each other, both of us hungry for dessert, and I said to her, "Should we give this place more of our business and order dessert?" As much as we really liked our table, the waiter, the room -- basically everything -- we were pretty ticked by the, at best, average food (average for a much less expensive restaurant doing business anywhere but New York). By the way, we were both in excellent moods before dinner and after. Just a case of chalk one up to experience. We decided that at some point, we'll have a drink and dessert at the lovely bar there.

Pros: Ambience, service

Cons: Food

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Really amazing food, everything was cooked perfectly. Diverse wine list. Classy and elegant ambience. The staff is very experienced and professional. I told the maitre d' that we were there for my girlfriends birthday and they brought out a special birthday dessert platter. Dress code is listed as 'formal' but I saw guys wearing khaki pants with jackets. No jeans at this place, though. Suit and tie for me, dress for my girlfriend.

2
★★★★★

Really amazing food, everything was cooked perfectly. Diverse wine list. Classy and elegant ambience. The staff is very experienced and professional. I told the maitre d' that we were there for my girlfriends birthday and they brought out a special birthday dessert platter. Dress code is listed as 'formal' but I saw guys wearing khaki pants with jackets. No jeans at this place, though. Suit and tie for me, dress for my girlfriend.

Pros: food, staff, quiet, romantic, classy, good lighting, looks like it can accomodate large groups

Cons: pricey but worth it

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I've been looking for this place for 35 years dining on the UWS!!! Thank you Chef Brown for finally coming to my neighborhood. Food is great, service is always fast, and the gentleman at the front was an absolute charmer!! I've eaten at the bar and in both beautiful dining rooms,. Don't change a thing! This place is here to stay!

2
★★★★★

I've been looking for this place for 35 years dining on the UWS!!! Thank you Chef Brown for finally coming to my neighborhood. Food is great, service is always fast, and the gentleman at the front was an absolute charmer!! I've eaten at the bar and in both beautiful dining rooms,. Don't change a thing! This place is here to stay!

Pros: Food, Service, and Wine

Cons: No lunch! But I hear the Sunday brunch is fantastic.

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My friends and I had heard about this restaurant months ago, but only made the trip up from Brooklyn last night, and I'm so glad we did. The service was excellent, our server was knowledgeable and attentive, but not overly so- I tend to resent interuption while dining out and our server had it just right.
As for the food- wow! The potato gnocchi was AMAZING, I could write a whole review just on this dish. My husband's favorite was the zucchini ravioli, perfect for a late summer supper. Delicious and made fresh every day! Our friends had the tomato salad which looked amazing and they loved it, and the corn and lobster soup, which I tried and loved, again, perfect seasonal timing.
As for the entrees, I had the duck which was cooked perfectly! I loved the corn garnish too. My husband loved his grilled hamachi with tomato sofrito(?) light and bright, he says.
Our friends loved their entrees as well, baby lamb with crispy potato fabulousness and bass with a fantastic bean garnish. I really can't remember loving beans as much in my whole life!!
Dessert was wonderful too, I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but everyone said their's were wonderful.
All in all it was terrific. Why does it have to be so far away from Brooklyn? But maybe it's time uptown gets a truly tasty and elegant restaurant.

2
★★★★★

My friends and I had heard about this restaurant months ago, but only made the trip up from Brooklyn last night, and I'm so glad we did. The service was excellent, our server was knowledgeable and attentive, but not overly so- I tend to resent interuption while dining out and our server had it just right.
As for the food- wow! The potato gnocchi was AMAZING, I could write a whole review just on this dish. My husband's favorite was the zucchini ravioli, perfect for a late summer supper. Delicious and made fresh every day! Our friends had the tomato salad which looked amazing and they loved it, and the corn and lobster soup, which I tried and loved, again, perfect seasonal timing.
As for the entrees, I had the duck which was cooked perfectly! I loved the corn garnish too. My husband loved his grilled hamachi with tomato sofrito(?) light and bright, he says.
Our friends loved their entrees as well, baby lamb with crispy potato fabulousness and bass with a fantastic bean garnish. I really can't remember loving beans as much in my whole life!!
Dessert was wonderful too, I don't have much of a sweet tooth, but everyone said their's were wonderful.
All in all it was terrific. Why does it have to be so far away from Brooklyn? But maybe it's time uptown gets a truly tasty and elegant restaurant.

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Our friends had been telling us to try this new addition to our neighborhood and I can tell you that we were just blown away. After a drink at the bar, we were seated in an elegant corner booth by a charming and warm young man. The food was wonderful but what impressed me the most was the service. Our lovely waiter went well beyond our already high expectations. My wife has a shellfish allergy (which didn't stop me from getting the AMAZING Foie Gras and Scallop Ravioli) and the server was very knowledgeable of all the dishes and able to answer all her questions. She had the tomato salad which she described as "eye-rolling good". For our main course, I had Striped Bass and my wife had Grilled Short Rib. We couldn't get over how good it was. Perfect from start to finish, we even got free cookies/chocolates with out check. Do not miss this new gem on the Upper West Side.

2
★★★★★

Our friends had been telling us to try this new addition to our neighborhood and I can tell you that we were just blown away. After a drink at the bar, we were seated in an elegant corner booth by a charming and warm young man. The food was wonderful but what impressed me the most was the service. Our lovely waiter went well beyond our already high expectations. My wife has a shellfish allergy (which didn't stop me from getting the AMAZING Foie Gras and Scallop Ravioli) and the server was very knowledgeable of all the dishes and able to answer all her questions. She had the tomato salad which she described as "eye-rolling good". For our main course, I had Striped Bass and my wife had Grilled Short Rib. We couldn't get over how good it was. Perfect from start to finish, we even got free cookies/chocolates with out check. Do not miss this new gem on the Upper West Side.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: Leaving. This place is great!

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My husband and I had a very bad meal at Ed Brown's 81. The service was incredibly slow and the waiter kept telling us the "kitchen was not having a good night"
Maybe Ed Brown should focus on managing this disaster instead of hanging out at the bar.
His behavior is absolutely arrogant. 86 this dump already.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I had a very bad meal at Ed Brown's 81. The service was incredibly slow and the waiter kept telling us the "kitchen was not having a good night"
Maybe Ed Brown should focus on managing this disaster instead of hanging out at the bar.
His behavior is absolutely arrogant. 86 this dump already.

Pros: We NEVER have to go back again

Cons: other unsuspecting customers may be subjected to this disaster

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81 must be having a VERY hard time during this crappy economy. Ed has created a cheezy promotion...$30.81
for a 2 course dinner (hanger steak, etc...real low end stuff)

What's next...an all u can eat salad bar? Coupons?
Oh brother, I hope the staff has their resumes ready to go....bye, bye 81!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

81 must be having a VERY hard time during this crappy economy. Ed has created a cheezy promotion...$30.81
for a 2 course dinner (hanger steak, etc...real low end stuff)

What's next...an all u can eat salad bar? Coupons?
Oh brother, I hope the staff has their resumes ready to go....bye, bye 81!!

Pros: you can always get a table

Cons: you can always get a table

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Do not hesitate to visit Eighty-One if you are looking for a thuroughly enjoyable dining experience. It is about time a quality restaurant has located on the very pretty north side of 81st across from the museum. We had dinner there last night and were first impressed by the beautiful decor upon entry at the roomy bar area. The restaurant proper extends into a large room past the bar with ample seating incuding banquets along the walls, dressed smartly in reds and oranges. The mood is elegant without being stuffy. Unlike some of the other reviewers here, we found the service to be excellent. The staff was prompt and very informed on the menu. The food itself was very good with at least one standout in the foie gras and scallop ravioli which was absolutely superb. I'd compare Eighty-One favorably to the other newcomer on 77th street Dovetail, as the space is more generous, service a bit better, and menu a lot more accessible. The only surprise was the fact the restaurant was not more crowded.

2
★★★★★

Do not hesitate to visit Eighty-One if you are looking for a thuroughly enjoyable dining experience. It is about time a quality restaurant has located on the very pretty north side of 81st across from the museum. We had dinner there last night and were first impressed by the beautiful decor upon entry at the roomy bar area. The restaurant proper extends into a large room past the bar with ample seating incuding banquets along the walls, dressed smartly in reds and oranges. The mood is elegant without being stuffy. Unlike some of the other reviewers here, we found the service to be excellent. The staff was prompt and very informed on the menu. The food itself was very good with at least one standout in the foie gras and scallop ravioli which was absolutely superb. I'd compare Eighty-One favorably to the other newcomer on 77th street Dovetail, as the space is more generous, service a bit better, and menu a lot more accessible. The only surprise was the fact the restaurant was not more crowded.

Pros: decor, service, food

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Service was terrible. it took over 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive. While waiting, the wine we ordered for dinner was brought over. The foie gras served was the worst foie gras I've ever had - anywhere. Risotto and asparagus appetizers were good, as were the cod and sea bass entrees. However, the entrees took forever to come. Overall, overpriced and not worth the hype, which is a shame since there is such a dearth of good restaurants in the neighborhood.

1
★★☆☆☆

Service was terrible. it took over 30 minutes for our drinks to arrive. While waiting, the wine we ordered for dinner was brought over. The foie gras served was the worst foie gras I've ever had - anywhere. Risotto and asparagus appetizers were good, as were the cod and sea bass entrees. However, the entrees took forever to come. Overall, overpriced and not worth the hype, which is a shame since there is such a dearth of good restaurants in the neighborhood.

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My husband and I had a great night at 81. We really enjoyed the service, the decoration is really stimulant. We usually dine out and we expect for "fine cuisine" a good food, so you expect food not the price, this is the case. Ed Brown is a great business guy and he knows how to treat his customers. We can see the art in the food. They have a great sommelier. About the dessert , we almost ask for a second piece of Banana Bread Pudding. I can only complain about the time, sometimes you need to wait between course and course, but they were a litlle late, I hope they take care about it. I like the bottle of water. Finally we have a fine restaurant in the UWS .
Best wishes

2
★★★★★

My husband and I had a great night at 81. We really enjoyed the service, the decoration is really stimulant. We usually dine out and we expect for "fine cuisine" a good food, so you expect food not the price, this is the case. Ed Brown is a great business guy and he knows how to treat his customers. We can see the art in the food. They have a great sommelier. About the dessert , we almost ask for a second piece of Banana Bread Pudding. I can only complain about the time, sometimes you need to wait between course and course, but they were a litlle late, I hope they take care about it. I like the bottle of water. Finally we have a fine restaurant in the UWS .
Best wishes

Pros: service, food

Cons: time to recieve the food

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We live right around the corner from the new Eighty-One, so when my husband mentioned its opening, we eagerly went for a Saturday night cocktial. An extensive drink menu was offered to us, from which we chose a fresh fruit and vodka concotion, very nice, and a simple glass of white wine. We admired the decor at the bar- the dark wood, creating a warm atmosphere, the mirrored wall opposite the bar,and the simply elegant floral arrangements in each corner. As is usually the case, our appetites kicked in, so we decided to have a couple of appetizers at the bar.
I am not a vegetarian, nor am I an animal rights advocate, but I was disturbed and annoyed to witness 2 dishes on this new establishment's menu that contained foie gras. Maybe it's me, but I do not care for gratuitous foods, served aside the main dish, which are blatanlty inhumane in their derivaiton. Nor was I salivating at the offering of veal sweet-breads as an appetizer. My husband stated his excitement that there was a new 'classy' place to go to on the upper west side, but after perusing the menu, we were left scratching our heads. We ordered salad, and roasted vegetables, the latter being tasty, but both overpriced and too small of a poriton. (served on large plates, no less). My husband ordered tuna tartare, which was good.
We have dined at some of the finest restaruants in the world. I would problably go back to Eighty One for a cocktail, maybe. I will certainly not dine there unless the owner/chef changes the menu from what he may consider chic and popular to a bit, and I mean a BIT more responsible.... We left Eigthy One agreeing that our favorite upper west side haunt is still Cesca.

1
★★☆☆☆

We live right around the corner from the new Eighty-One, so when my husband mentioned its opening, we eagerly went for a Saturday night cocktial. An extensive drink menu was offered to us, from which we chose a fresh fruit and vodka concotion, very nice, and a simple glass of white wine. We admired the decor at the bar- the dark wood, creating a warm atmosphere, the mirrored wall opposite the bar,and the simply elegant floral arrangements in each corner. As is usually the case, our appetites kicked in, so we decided to have a couple of appetizers at the bar.
I am not a vegetarian, nor am I an animal rights advocate, but I was disturbed and annoyed to witness 2 dishes on this new establishment's menu that contained foie gras. Maybe it's me, but I do not care for gratuitous foods, served aside the main dish, which are blatanlty inhumane in their derivaiton. Nor was I salivating at the offering of veal sweet-breads as an appetizer. My husband stated his excitement that there was a new 'classy' place to go to on the upper west side, but after perusing the menu, we were left scratching our heads. We ordered salad, and roasted vegetables, the latter being tasty, but both overpriced and too small of a poriton. (served on large plates, no less). My husband ordered tuna tartare, which was good.
We have dined at some of the finest restaruants in the world. I would problably go back to Eighty One for a cocktail, maybe. I will certainly not dine there unless the owner/chef changes the menu from what he may consider chic and popular to a bit, and I mean a BIT more responsible.... We left Eigthy One agreeing that our favorite upper west side haunt is still Cesca.

 

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