Merchants NY Restaurant

★★★★☆
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  • 1125 1st Ave

    New York, NY 10021

    Cross street: 62nd Street

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  • 212-832-1551

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I can only list a few things here. We booked a party for 50. They set up for maybe 40 and it was miss matched tables, and chairs. It was crammed in a room designed for maybe 25 and they used deep lounge chairs for seating at the dinner tables. The servers were stupidly rude, food came out here and there and no one ate together at the same time. One time around for water and no refills, no clean utensils for the desert which we had to serve ourselves. No coffee offered, no nothing. It was the worst reserved group party I have ever seen. Nothing was good about it.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY HERE

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★☆☆☆☆

I can only list a few things here. We booked a party for 50. They set up for maybe 40 and it was miss matched tables, and chairs. It was crammed in a room designed for maybe 25 and they used deep lounge chairs for seating at the dinner tables. The servers were stupidly rude, food came out here and there and no one ate together at the same time. One time around for water and no refills, no clean utensils for the desert which we had to serve ourselves. No coffee offered, no nothing. It was the worst reserved group party I have ever seen. Nothing was good about it.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY HERE

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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I have really enjoyed the food at Merchant's. The environment is right for a group dining experience, or just to sit off to the side w. a friend or loved one! I especially loved their chicken w. avocado sandwich, only I can't think of the exact name right now! Highly recommended, and decent prices for where it is located!

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★★★★☆

I have really enjoyed the food at Merchant's. The environment is right for a group dining experience, or just to sit off to the side w. a friend or loved one! I especially loved their chicken w. avocado sandwich, only I can't think of the exact name right now! Highly recommended, and decent prices for where it is located!

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I went for dinner with a friend last night. We both had the tomato fennel soup and it was perfect! I also had the Chocolate Molten Cake.. yum! Even the presentation was fabulous. After dinner, we headed down to see what the cigar lounge was all about. It was really great! We listened to live Jazz and relaxed on their super comfortable chairs. Definitely coming back soon!

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★★★★★

I went for dinner with a friend last night. We both had the tomato fennel soup and it was perfect! I also had the Chocolate Molten Cake.. yum! Even the presentation was fabulous. After dinner, we headed down to see what the cigar lounge was all about. It was really great! We listened to live Jazz and relaxed on their super comfortable chairs. Definitely coming back soon!

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so after going to the bar/restaurant upstairs and decided to come back another time and smoke some cigars with some yummy wine. Since I quit smoking cigs, I smoke cigars here and there... and I love this place to do it... It's very posh and cozy...

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★★★★★

so after going to the bar/restaurant upstairs and decided to come back another time and smoke some cigars with some yummy wine. Since I quit smoking cigs, I smoke cigars here and there... and I love this place to do it... It's very posh and cozy...

Pros: COMFY COZY and Good Wine

Cons: you smell like smoke when you leave...obviously

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Everything here is delicious!
My goat cheese salad was wonderful - just the right amount of dressing and flavor ! For my main entree, I ordered the filet mignon. The meat was absolutely perfect and the sauce was incredible. And of course who can pass up dessert? I highly recommend the Tiramisu.

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★★★★☆

Everything here is delicious!
My goat cheese salad was wonderful - just the right amount of dressing and flavor ! For my main entree, I ordered the filet mignon. The meat was absolutely perfect and the sauce was incredible. And of course who can pass up dessert? I highly recommend the Tiramisu.

Pros: food,desert

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Merchants is a lot of hype. I love trying new foods and am open to a lot of new things, but I felt Merchants just tried too hard to be different with their menu. It seemed like the menu was selected to extract a reaction of "oooh, that's so weird and exotic".

Their lobster shooter were good, but not amazing. If you like lobster, most lobster you have is going to be good. My shrimp salad was well prepared, but it seemed to have a lot of weird ingredients added to it more than anything.

The wait staff was friendly, but overly attentive and not genuine. There was definitely a see and be seen vibe to the whole place. Would I try Merchants again? Sure. As long as someone else is paying the tab.

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★★★☆☆

Merchants is a lot of hype. I love trying new foods and am open to a lot of new things, but I felt Merchants just tried too hard to be different with their menu. It seemed like the menu was selected to extract a reaction of "oooh, that's so weird and exotic".

Their lobster shooter were good, but not amazing. If you like lobster, most lobster you have is going to be good. My shrimp salad was well prepared, but it seemed to have a lot of weird ingredients added to it more than anything.

The wait staff was friendly, but overly attentive and not genuine. There was definitely a see and be seen vibe to the whole place. Would I try Merchants again? Sure. As long as someone else is paying the tab.

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I love coming here late night, after working until 2AM, you really need somewhere to just relax. I come to Merchants and sit myself down in the super comfortable chairs and have a glass of wine. This is a great spot, a true nyc gem and one of the few great cigar spots left.

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★★★★★

I love coming here late night, after working until 2AM, you really need somewhere to just relax. I come to Merchants and sit myself down in the super comfortable chairs and have a glass of wine. This is a great spot, a true nyc gem and one of the few great cigar spots left.

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My boyfriend took me here two Fridays ago and I have to say everything was really good. We had the mussels as our appetizers, the broth is so delicious, we kept asking for more bread to dip in it! For dinner, I had the Lobster Club, which was amazing, he had the Sliders, loved all of them - especially the spicy one! Perfect place for a date!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here two Fridays ago and I have to say everything was really good. We had the mussels as our appetizers, the broth is so delicious, we kept asking for more bread to dip in it! For dinner, I had the Lobster Club, which was amazing, he had the Sliders, loved all of them - especially the spicy one! Perfect place for a date!

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Merchants is the most comfortable and relaxing lounge in town to have a few drinks and smoke a good cigar. The staff is attractive, attentive and professional, while they make you feel welcome. Although the food is good too, the real asset is the environment which is elegant and comfortable at the same time. They are open late so any time you get there is good.

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★★★★★

Merchants is the most comfortable and relaxing lounge in town to have a few drinks and smoke a good cigar. The staff is attractive, attentive and professional, while they make you feel welcome. Although the food is good too, the real asset is the environment which is elegant and comfortable at the same time. They are open late so any time you get there is good.

Pros: very relaxing

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I love everything here. After having dinner at the restaurant, I come down here, listen to the soothing jazz music and enjoy a glass of wine from the extensive wine list or a brandy. It is open late too, so it's the perfect night cap.

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★★★★★

I love everything here. After having dinner at the restaurant, I come down here, listen to the soothing jazz music and enjoy a glass of wine from the extensive wine list or a brandy. It is open late too, so it's the perfect night cap.

Pros: Open Late, Wine List

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With the few restaurants in this area, I consider myself extremely luck to have found Merchants. Even if I did not live in the area, I would still make the trek here. The food, service and atmosphere is always perfect. I love coming here for dinner, lunch, brunch or even just drinks! There is something for everyone. They truly go above and beyond here.

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★★★★★

With the few restaurants in this area, I consider myself extremely luck to have found Merchants. Even if I did not live in the area, I would still make the trek here. The food, service and atmosphere is always perfect. I love coming here for dinner, lunch, brunch or even just drinks! There is something for everyone. They truly go above and beyond here.

Pros: Staff, Bar

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Good spot in the city to enjoy a private intimate moment. The atmosphere was just right - lit for a cozy night. The food was great and if you're in the right company you'll want to linger and relax as long as you can.

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★★★★☆

Good spot in the city to enjoy a private intimate moment. The atmosphere was just right - lit for a cozy night. The food was great and if you're in the right company you'll want to linger and relax as long as you can.

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This place is great! The restaurant exudes class and the food is amazing. The prices are just right as well. I have been coming here for three years and will continue to come in the future. The drinks are reallllllllly great, lots of selection and the bartenders really know what they are doing. Come after work and stay for the night or come for the jazz brunch on Sunday. This restaurant really has something for everyone.

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★★★★★

This place is great! The restaurant exudes class and the food is amazing. The prices are just right as well. I have been coming here for three years and will continue to come in the future. The drinks are reallllllllly great, lots of selection and the bartenders really know what they are doing. Come after work and stay for the night or come for the jazz brunch on Sunday. This restaurant really has something for everyone.

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Cigars and Jazz - can't beat that!

The managers are very friendly, always willing to go the extra mile for the customers.
Also, I could sit on those couches all night!

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★★★★★

Cigars and Jazz - can't beat that!

The managers are very friendly, always willing to go the extra mile for the customers.
Also, I could sit on those couches all night!

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Good Food, and service........Ravioli delicious........good drinks and friendly..........downstairs can feel romantic......good start for a first date lol

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★★★★☆

Good Food, and service........Ravioli delicious........good drinks and friendly..........downstairs can feel romantic......good start for a first date lol

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Merchants is a great place to a nice dinner....or just to sit at the bar and have a tasty drink. It's so relaxing and upbeat at the same time. The service was great- people were friendly....I love this place... I can't wait to go back...

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★★★★★

Merchants is a great place to a nice dinner....or just to sit at the bar and have a tasty drink. It's so relaxing and upbeat at the same time. The service was great- people were friendly....I love this place... I can't wait to go back...

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The extensive drink and appetizer menus make Merchants a great spot for meeting out late with friends. The weekend brunch is also fantastic and perfect for large groups. If you don't like a dark romantic atmosphere, I don't recommend it for dinner.

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★★★☆☆

The extensive drink and appetizer menus make Merchants a great spot for meeting out late with friends. The weekend brunch is also fantastic and perfect for large groups. If you don't like a dark romantic atmosphere, I don't recommend it for dinner.

Pros: Lots of room, fun atmosphere, great selection

Cons: A little pricy, doesn't get hoppin' until late

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I had dinner at Merchants on Saturday evening. I ordered the cod fish and got a plate full of potatoes. There was a small piece of fish sitting on a huge mound of potatoes. My friend order chicken in pesto spaghetti. Her spaghetti was drenched in too much sauce. The ambience and service was very good. I was very disappointed with the food. I would have told the wait staff if anyone had asked me if I enjoyed my meal, but no one asked. I would not go back to this restaurant again.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had dinner at Merchants on Saturday evening. I ordered the cod fish and got a plate full of potatoes. There was a small piece of fish sitting on a huge mound of potatoes. My friend order chicken in pesto spaghetti. Her spaghetti was drenched in too much sauce. The ambience and service was very good. I was very disappointed with the food. I would have told the wait staff if anyone had asked me if I enjoyed my meal, but no one asked. I would not go back to this restaurant again.

Pros: Service

Cons: The Food

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I've been to this place twice, once for dinner (had the recommended scallops which were so spectacular and a really tiny portion), and once for dessert (had the apple crumb cake pie and wine at the cigar bar downstairs, very delicious but was lukewarm in the middle). Honestly this place is me and my bf's little kept secret for a romantic late night rendezvous. There are small hidden rooms downstairs and during the weekdays, there's hardly anyone there, you can cuddle up with your Boo in one of the dark rooms and have dessert and wine under candlelight. The service downstairs is great.
Recommendation: skip dinner and head straight for the cigar bar.

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★★★★★

I've been to this place twice, once for dinner (had the recommended scallops which were so spectacular and a really tiny portion), and once for dessert (had the apple crumb cake pie and wine at the cigar bar downstairs, very delicious but was lukewarm in the middle). Honestly this place is me and my bf's little kept secret for a romantic late night rendezvous. There are small hidden rooms downstairs and during the weekdays, there's hardly anyone there, you can cuddle up with your Boo in one of the dark rooms and have dessert and wine under candlelight. The service downstairs is great.
Recommendation: skip dinner and head straight for the cigar bar.

Pros: Romantic, Quiet, private rooms

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My bf arrived a little early at the restaurant. He picked a seat in the back and specifically told the waiter that he was expecting me. He described how I looked and what I wore. He gave the waiter our names. He also told the waiter that my phone was dead and I did not know where he sat. When I got there, the waiter said "I don't think anybody is waiting for you. But would you like to sit at the bar or go downstairs to the cigar bar while you wait?" So the entire night my bf and I were in the same restaurant but different sections, because of the irresponsible staff. What were they thinking?

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★☆☆☆☆

My bf arrived a little early at the restaurant. He picked a seat in the back and specifically told the waiter that he was expecting me. He described how I looked and what I wore. He gave the waiter our names. He also told the waiter that my phone was dead and I did not know where he sat. When I got there, the waiter said "I don't think anybody is waiting for you. But would you like to sit at the bar or go downstairs to the cigar bar while you wait?" So the entire night my bf and I were in the same restaurant but different sections, because of the irresponsible staff. What were they thinking?

Pros: always half empty

Cons: low-IQ staff, terrible service

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I was just there this past weekend for a girlfriend's birthday! I've been there about 5-6 times in the past, and all I can say is that I love it! I've been there with my boyfriend, and groups as well. Overall the food is an 8-9! Menu is limited but with a variety! It's not 4 star, its not meant to be, but a truly great place to drink and eat. Awesome atmosphere! Great place for happy hour as well. Eat at a table by the windows and overlook 1st avenue, or sit in the back in a dark, dim-lit lounge in cushy couches and chairs. VERY TRENDY! Great fro a girl's night out! Everytime I bring someone new there...they LOVE IT!

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★★★★★

I was just there this past weekend for a girlfriend's birthday! I've been there about 5-6 times in the past, and all I can say is that I love it! I've been there with my boyfriend, and groups as well. Overall the food is an 8-9! Menu is limited but with a variety! It's not 4 star, its not meant to be, but a truly great place to drink and eat. Awesome atmosphere! Great place for happy hour as well. Eat at a table by the windows and overlook 1st avenue, or sit in the back in a dark, dim-lit lounge in cushy couches and chairs. VERY TRENDY! Great fro a girl's night out! Everytime I bring someone new there...they LOVE IT!

Pros: GREQAT VALUE, FUN ATMOSPHERE, GOOD SERVICE

Cons: SO DARK IN BACK, CANT, READ THE MENU

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Went on a Friday night when things should have been happening. Nope, not crowded at all. Place was tastefully furnished and has all the makings of a "hotspot" but I don't thiink that's what they are going for. Cigar bar downstairs, great for smokers. Nice place to catch a few drinks with friends. If you're looking for something a little more energetic, this is not the place.

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★★★★☆

Went on a Friday night when things should have been happening. Nope, not crowded at all. Place was tastefully furnished and has all the makings of a "hotspot" but I don't thiink that's what they are going for. Cigar bar downstairs, great for smokers. Nice place to catch a few drinks with friends. If you're looking for something a little more energetic, this is not the place.

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I used to work here and it's a great place. It's one of the only places in NYC that will still allow smoking so if you hate smoke, DON'T COME HERE. It's common sense. As for no bill splitting, suck it up and do the math yourself. The waiters here have enough to do and they do it well. Maybe some people are just too cheap to pay for more than what they ate.

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★★★★★

I used to work here and it's a great place. It's one of the only places in NYC that will still allow smoking so if you hate smoke, DON'T COME HERE. It's common sense. As for no bill splitting, suck it up and do the math yourself. The waiters here have enough to do and they do it well. Maybe some people are just too cheap to pay for more than what they ate.

Pros: waitstaff, management, food

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Every since the smoking law went into affect I have enjoyed the clean smell of places. Since this is one of the "cigar bars" every smoker in the world is there. It just makes the place stink. Also if you show up in a group, they will NOT let you have separate bills. So there is always the hassle of trying to settle up at the end (and since there are people always coming and going, someone has to take charge. That person ALWAYS gets stiffed). You would think that they would let you have separate bills as long as the were all tabs. I guess the Wait Staff doesn't have the brain cells to handle it.

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★☆☆☆☆

Every since the smoking law went into affect I have enjoyed the clean smell of places. Since this is one of the "cigar bars" every smoker in the world is there. It just makes the place stink. Also if you show up in a group, they will NOT let you have separate bills. So there is always the hassle of trying to settle up at the end (and since there are people always coming and going, someone has to take charge. That person ALWAYS gets stiffed). You would think that they would let you have separate bills as long as the were all tabs. I guess the Wait Staff doesn't have the brain cells to handle it.

Pros: music

Cons: smell, no separate bills, smokey

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nice port menu cozy lounge dowstairs live jazz and house great for large groups because of confined side rooms the late night menu is good but the menu overall belongs in fridays not a place that is as nice as this

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★★★★☆

nice port menu cozy lounge dowstairs live jazz and house great for large groups because of confined side rooms the late night menu is good but the menu overall belongs in fridays not a place that is as nice as this

Pros: side rooms, nice couches, great music

Cons: yupies, overcrouded, service

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Merchants was a very nice restaurant/bar/dance hall. The inside was very well furnished and would definitely get the grouchest person in a good mood. The food is good and reasonable priced. After you are full you can dance the night away.

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★★★★★

Merchants was a very nice restaurant/bar/dance hall. The inside was very well furnished and would definitely get the grouchest person in a good mood. The food is good and reasonable priced. After you are full you can dance the night away.

Pros: service, ambience, food

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The downstairs lounge: the jazz musicians were great as were the drinks, especially the watermelon martini, and the seats were quite comfortable (always a welcoming addition to a bar). It was fairly smoke filled, which could cause a problem for some people, but my biggest complaint was that the service was particularly slow. The restaurant: the salmon and the lobster ravioli were quite delicious and the service was polite friendly.

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★★★★☆

The downstairs lounge: the jazz musicians were great as were the drinks, especially the watermelon martini, and the seats were quite comfortable (always a welcoming addition to a bar). It was fairly smoke filled, which could cause a problem for some people, but my biggest complaint was that the service was particularly slow. The restaurant: the salmon and the lobster ravioli were quite delicious and the service was polite friendly.

Pros: good music, good drinks, nice atmosphere

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This place could never qualify as a neigborhood hangout. Its overpriced the food is mediocre and it just plain reeks of corporate management

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★★☆☆☆

This place could never qualify as a neigborhood hangout. Its overpriced the food is mediocre and it just plain reeks of corporate management

Pros: good location

Cons: phoney decor, big staff turnover, mediocre food

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I HAVE BEEN COMING HERE FOR OVER 2 YRS. I HAVE BEEN A PROUD PATRON OF MERCHANTS FOR OVER 5 YRS (I HAVE BEEN TO ALL OF THEIR LOCATIONS AND NOT ONCE HAVE I BEEN DISAPPOINTED).

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE PREVIOUS REVIEW MEANT...THIS PLACE IS WONDERFUL SERVICE (FRIENDLY AND NOT RUDE), FANTASTIC AND DELICOUS FOOD, GREAT PRICES AND PERFECT SETTING TO FIT ANYONE'S MOOD.

THIS IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO HANG OUT IN NY...ESPECIALLY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.

I WOULD SUGGEST THIS TO EVERYONE, EXCEPT THOSE WHO HAVE NO TASTE, CLASS OR STYLE.

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★★★★★

I HAVE BEEN COMING HERE FOR OVER 2 YRS. I HAVE BEEN A PROUD PATRON OF MERCHANTS FOR OVER 5 YRS (I HAVE BEEN TO ALL OF THEIR LOCATIONS AND NOT ONCE HAVE I BEEN DISAPPOINTED).

I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE PREVIOUS REVIEW MEANT...THIS PLACE IS WONDERFUL SERVICE (FRIENDLY AND NOT RUDE), FANTASTIC AND DELICOUS FOOD, GREAT PRICES AND PERFECT SETTING TO FIT ANYONE'S MOOD.

THIS IS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES TO HANG OUT IN NY...ESPECIALLY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.

I WOULD SUGGEST THIS TO EVERYONE, EXCEPT THOSE WHO HAVE NO TASTE, CLASS OR STYLE.

Pros: PLEASANT SERVICE, DELICIOUS FOOD

Cons: CAN GET CROWDED

 

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