Cru

★★★★☆
  • 24 5th Ave

    New York, NY 10011

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  • 212-529-1700

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I could not believe the review by an earlier patron who was charged $38 per glass for 2 glasses of wine. Four of us were there one night. We ordered Prosecco. Waiter said they were out, but he had a similar wine. He brought us 4

3
★★★★★

I could not believe the review by an earlier patron who was charged $38 per glass for 2 glasses of wine. Four of us were there one night. We ordered Prosecco. Waiter said they were out, but he had a similar wine. He brought us 4

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Service slow,to long a wait for each dish.small portionsv And way to expensive.

3
★★★★★

Service slow,to long a wait for each dish.small portionsv And way to expensive.

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I often stop into Cru for a drink because they have a vast wine selection. The bartender always selects the most delicious wine. It's a great place for a special night out or to have a night cap. The front bar is bright and has great views of 5th avenue pedestrians. The dining room is a bit more stiff and formal. While the food is good here, its very pricey and the wine can tally up as well. But if you are looking to impress, it's a great date place.

1
★★★☆☆

I often stop into Cru for a drink because they have a vast wine selection. The bartender always selects the most delicious wine. It's a great place for a special night out or to have a night cap. The front bar is bright and has great views of 5th avenue pedestrians. The dining room is a bit more stiff and formal. While the food is good here, its very pricey and the wine can tally up as well. But if you are looking to impress, it's a great date place.

Pros: Wine

Cons: Prices

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Great food for special occasions. The presentation is spectacular but the food is on the heavy side so do reserve it for special dates. Wine list is also impressive. My favorite was the appetizer and the dessert. Very creative.

1
★★★☆☆

Great food for special occasions. The presentation is spectacular but the food is on the heavy side so do reserve it for special dates. Wine list is also impressive. My favorite was the appetizer and the dessert. Very creative.

Pros: Rich Menu, Amazing Deserts, Atmosphere

Cons: Pricey

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Very class and very uppidy.
They are very attentive and above all the food was awesome. I felt like Jesus Christ went down from heaven and cooked the food for us. hahaha. but seriously, if it wasn't 200+ per head, I would go back here everyday!!!

2
★★★★☆

Very class and very uppidy.
They are very attentive and above all the food was awesome. I felt like Jesus Christ went down from heaven and cooked the food for us. hahaha. but seriously, if it wasn't 200+ per head, I would go back here everyday!!!

Pros: wine list,food,service

Cons: none

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There are many other restaurants I would recommend with food that is as good but with better ambiance and service. The room was boring and the atmosphere was staid. The sommelier was generally unfriendly and, when we asked for a recommendation for a glass of white, brought us two $38 glasses without telling us the price in advance and without offering us the wine list. The food was good but almost too pretentious - sous vide, foam, blah blah blah - I also never need to try white asparagus or curry ice cream. Not worth the price. Go to Union Square or Gramercy for a better experience on all levels.

1
★★☆☆☆

There are many other restaurants I would recommend with food that is as good but with better ambiance and service. The room was boring and the atmosphere was staid. The sommelier was generally unfriendly and, when we asked for a recommendation for a glass of white, brought us two $38 glasses without telling us the price in advance and without offering us the wine list. The food was good but almost too pretentious - sous vide, foam, blah blah blah - I also never need to try white asparagus or curry ice cream. Not worth the price. Go to Union Square or Gramercy for a better experience on all levels.

Pros: wine, food

Cons: service, ambiance, attitude

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So I went to Cru encouraged by the high rating on city-search and the "best wine list" promise. The latter didin't disappoint--their selection of wines is head-spinning, and the sommelier knew pretty much each one of them from the pricey chateauneuf-de-papes to the obscure galician wines. Their by-the-glass selection, too, was impressive. The wait-staff was great, too, though yes, a bit intrusive at times.

The food, on the other hand, left so much to be desired that I literally came home and had a midnight snack before heading to bed. For one, our excellent appetizers were followed by rather mediocre entrees, with an intermission of about one hour, during which our food was "being plated." The portions were laughably small, no larger than the appetizers. That I would have lived down had it been memorable food. My lobster-broccoli pyramid was bitter. My husband poullard tasted of... well... nothing and was luke-warm.

Will definitely go back there for a pre-dinner glass of wine but not dinner.

1
★★★☆☆

So I went to Cru encouraged by the high rating on city-search and the "best wine list" promise. The latter didin't disappoint--their selection of wines is head-spinning, and the sommelier knew pretty much each one of them from the pricey chateauneuf-de-papes to the obscure galician wines. Their by-the-glass selection, too, was impressive. The wait-staff was great, too, though yes, a bit intrusive at times.

The food, on the other hand, left so much to be desired that I literally came home and had a midnight snack before heading to bed. For one, our excellent appetizers were followed by rather mediocre entrees, with an intermission of about one hour, during which our food was "being plated." The portions were laughably small, no larger than the appetizers. That I would have lived down had it been memorable food. My lobster-broccoli pyramid was bitter. My husband poullard tasted of... well... nothing and was luke-warm.

Will definitely go back there for a pre-dinner glass of wine but not dinner.

Pros: Amazing wine list, good service, nice decor

Cons: quality and quantity of food

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This place is spectacular. Every single thing about the food was perfect. Fish and meat cooked to perfection, and amazingly delicious with fresh, delicate flavors. This is paired with attentive, well-informed servers, who make you feel comfortable and like real guests. The wine that was recommended was also excellent. I can't think of a single negative comment (aside from high prices, but that's par for the course). A friend who had been there about a year ago warned me about miniscule portions, but this has clearly changed for the better. We will go back again and again.

2
★★★★★

This place is spectacular. Every single thing about the food was perfect. Fish and meat cooked to perfection, and amazingly delicious with fresh, delicate flavors. This is paired with attentive, well-informed servers, who make you feel comfortable and like real guests. The wine that was recommended was also excellent. I can't think of a single negative comment (aside from high prices, but that's par for the course). A friend who had been there about a year ago warned me about miniscule portions, but this has clearly changed for the better. We will go back again and again.

Pros: Food, wine, service

Cons: None

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My wife and I had the chance to visit Cru this past saturday. After a long day shopping on 5th ave, we
were greeted by rocco at the front door at 6:30. We were promptly seated and began our adventure.
We generally enjoy stopping at the bar for a couple of pops, but ended up a at quaint table for two. The fun began. We orded the chef tasting menu- HOLY COW. Shea Gallante and the staff at CRU were the best we have ever dealt with.. the food, wine, service were second to none.. we ended up staying for 5 hours....
Shea Gallante is outstanding as are his staff. Thanks for probably the dinner experience we have ever had.

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★★★★★

My wife and I had the chance to visit Cru this past saturday. After a long day shopping on 5th ave, we
were greeted by rocco at the front door at 6:30. We were promptly seated and began our adventure.
We generally enjoy stopping at the bar for a couple of pops, but ended up a at quaint table for two. The fun began. We orded the chef tasting menu- HOLY COW. Shea Gallante and the staff at CRU were the best we have ever dealt with.. the food, wine, service were second to none.. we ended up staying for 5 hours....
Shea Gallante is outstanding as are his staff. Thanks for probably the dinner experience we have ever had.

Pros: food, service, wine, everything

Cons: the night had to end

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Great food and wine! Attentive, (but not overly,) staff! I would suggest the chef's menu option. You are suprised by every course. We had about seven courses, (it was har to keep track. It felt like to food just kept coming,) plus dessert and for dessert we each got something different, trying four desserts by the time we were done. We both loved and would reccomend the Gazpacho but we were split when picking a favorite dessert. I could eat a million passion fruit brulees and my date was crazy for the chocolate and pepermint "extravaganza" as he called it. The wines were paired perfectly. The only thing that could prove to be a flaw are the prices... Our bill was high! It is worth it though so save up your money and spend it all at Cru. It was a meal I will never forget!

1
★★★☆☆

Great food and wine! Attentive, (but not overly,) staff! I would suggest the chef's menu option. You are suprised by every course. We had about seven courses, (it was har to keep track. It felt like to food just kept coming,) plus dessert and for dessert we each got something different, trying four desserts by the time we were done. We both loved and would reccomend the Gazpacho but we were split when picking a favorite dessert. I could eat a million passion fruit brulees and my date was crazy for the chocolate and pepermint "extravaganza" as he called it. The wines were paired perfectly. The only thing that could prove to be a flaw are the prices... Our bill was high! It is worth it though so save up your money and spend it all at Cru. It was a meal I will never forget!

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I dined at Cru on a Saturday night, (not my idea since I hate dining with the masses,) and had an amazing experience. They did seat me a little late but the hospitality more than made up for it. It was a special occasion and they went the whole nine to make us feel special. The food was top notch, (especially noteable were the poularde and the apple beignet,) and the wine pairing was perfect. I would not hesitate to return and will certainly tell all my friends. Worth every penny!!!

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★★★★★

I dined at Cru on a Saturday night, (not my idea since I hate dining with the masses,) and had an amazing experience. They did seat me a little late but the hospitality more than made up for it. It was a special occasion and they went the whole nine to make us feel special. The food was top notch, (especially noteable were the poularde and the apple beignet,) and the wine pairing was perfect. I would not hesitate to return and will certainly tell all my friends. Worth every penny!!!

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My friend and I had dinner for the second time at Cru, last Saturday night. Things were going
very well until an univited, 3 inch long, 6 legged vision of ugliness was behind me on the
banquette and moving toward my head. My friend asked whether he should ?get it? or call the
waiter. I chose the former, for speed and expediency. The waiter, noticing some commotion,
came to the table and asked what was wrong. We asked him what he wanted us to do with
the contents of the napkin. He took it quite gingerly, stating that he was kind of queasy around
such creatures and, at arms length, carried the napkin off towards the kitchen. Not long after
that, the Rocco, the Maitre D?, dressed to the nines, with hands hips, came to the table and
stood in front of my friend and said ?If you think that what you did is a funny joke, our patrons
don?t appreciate that sort of thing. Perplexed, and despite our considerable combined education, all we said - and in unison was "HUH"? He said the napkin was empty and by implication accused us of
fabricating the incident. To what end? We weren?t angry. We weren't demanding a free meal.
We didn?t so much as ask for a drink! We came to Cru for a good meal, not a free ride. So
after spending $360.00 we walked out of there feeling abused, vowing never to go back with our friends or our business associates.

We realized that a celebrity chef does not necessarily guarantee tasteful dining, good
manners or a modicum of class.

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★★★☆☆

My friend and I had dinner for the second time at Cru, last Saturday night. Things were going
very well until an univited, 3 inch long, 6 legged vision of ugliness was behind me on the
banquette and moving toward my head. My friend asked whether he should ?get it? or call the
waiter. I chose the former, for speed and expediency. The waiter, noticing some commotion,
came to the table and asked what was wrong. We asked him what he wanted us to do with
the contents of the napkin. He took it quite gingerly, stating that he was kind of queasy around
such creatures and, at arms length, carried the napkin off towards the kitchen. Not long after
that, the Rocco, the Maitre D?, dressed to the nines, with hands hips, came to the table and
stood in front of my friend and said ?If you think that what you did is a funny joke, our patrons
don?t appreciate that sort of thing. Perplexed, and despite our considerable combined education, all we said - and in unison was "HUH"? He said the napkin was empty and by implication accused us of
fabricating the incident. To what end? We weren?t angry. We weren't demanding a free meal.
We didn?t so much as ask for a drink! We came to Cru for a good meal, not a free ride. So
after spending $360.00 we walked out of there feeling abused, vowing never to go back with our friends or our business associates.

We realized that a celebrity chef does not necessarily guarantee tasteful dining, good
manners or a modicum of class.

Pros: There is no "PRO" when the patron is accused of lying and/or cheating

Cons: No class among the staff. Potential for embarrassement in front of friends/clients

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We had 8:30 reservations but seated at 9:20. The wait-staff was nice but awkward, intrusive and one almost knocked over a few items on our table. Still, we enjoyed our delicious 3-course pre-fixe meals and wines by the glass.

When the bill came, it was much LOWER than expected until we realized they had forgotten to include an ENTIRE pre-fixe meal of $75. I also noticed an extra charge of $5, because I asked for fruit instead of the selections on the menu. I gave my card, wondering whether they had realized their clumsy service and decided to ?comp? one of the meals. When the waiter returned, I told him that there seemed to be something wrong with the bill and to re-check it. He was shocked, ran back to the computer and soon joined by three others. He finally returned and said ?We?re sorry but it seems we only charged you for one meal. Can we re-run your card for the correct amount?? So of course I said yes, it was one thing if it was intentionally omitted but I didn?t want to swindle them out of their money. So they redid the bill and brought it back but the $5 supplement was still on the bill.

A quality restaurant shouldn?t nickel and dime a customer who is already spending a decent amount to try to get another $5 out of you because you got a tiny plate of apples instead of the more elaborate desserts on the menu. I thought that was particularly disingenuous after I pointed out, with tip and tax, a $100 error. They could have at least knocked off a glass of wine or the $5 supplement. Not only were we not offered this gesture, the waiter stood over me nervously, then immediately asked if he could take the bill when I signed it, as if I?d change my mind. If I intended to run off I wouldn?t have brought it to their attention and if I cared about getting a few bucks off by way of a complimentary beverage, I wouldn?t have pointed out the error in the first place. Food was great but the wait-staff were total amateurs.

2
★★★★☆

We had 8:30 reservations but seated at 9:20. The wait-staff was nice but awkward, intrusive and one almost knocked over a few items on our table. Still, we enjoyed our delicious 3-course pre-fixe meals and wines by the glass.

When the bill came, it was much LOWER than expected until we realized they had forgotten to include an ENTIRE pre-fixe meal of $75. I also noticed an extra charge of $5, because I asked for fruit instead of the selections on the menu. I gave my card, wondering whether they had realized their clumsy service and decided to ?comp? one of the meals. When the waiter returned, I told him that there seemed to be something wrong with the bill and to re-check it. He was shocked, ran back to the computer and soon joined by three others. He finally returned and said ?We?re sorry but it seems we only charged you for one meal. Can we re-run your card for the correct amount?? So of course I said yes, it was one thing if it was intentionally omitted but I didn?t want to swindle them out of their money. So they redid the bill and brought it back but the $5 supplement was still on the bill.

A quality restaurant shouldn?t nickel and dime a customer who is already spending a decent amount to try to get another $5 out of you because you got a tiny plate of apples instead of the more elaborate desserts on the menu. I thought that was particularly disingenuous after I pointed out, with tip and tax, a $100 error. They could have at least knocked off a glass of wine or the $5 supplement. Not only were we not offered this gesture, the waiter stood over me nervously, then immediately asked if he could take the bill when I signed it, as if I?d change my mind. If I intended to run off I wouldn?t have brought it to their attention and if I cared about getting a few bucks off by way of a complimentary beverage, I wouldn?t have pointed out the error in the first place. Food was great but the wait-staff were total amateurs.

Pros: Great wine list, great food

Cons: Amateurish wait staff, unrefined service

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I brought my husband here to celebrate his 40th birthday over a very special meal.
We were impressed with the impeccable service & attention to detail at Cru.
The atmosphere is a bit more formal than I usually enjoy - something that might make some diners feel intimidated - however the staff is attentive, highly professional & will do their very best to make your experience at Cru a special one.
Having ordered the 3-course meal, we splurged & put our trust in the sommelier to provide us with wine tastings for each course & were thrilled by the unique experience.
My only regret is that we allowed our server to talk us into a 'pasta tasting' - something which put our stomachs (& the bill) over the edge.
Sadly, I believe it was his attempt to get us to spend more $.
The food was excellent for the most part but some dishes missed the mark, such as the
'Fish' Saltimbocca, which was dry & unimpressive.
The Amuse Bouche were fabulous.
We could have dined on those all evening with our wine!
Upon making our reservation, I had told the hostess that we would be celebrating my husband's birthday - a detail I did not need to repeat upon our arrival.
When dessert arrived, Happy Birthday was written across his plate & a single candle had been placed in his chocolate tart.
Our server came over & politely wished my husband a 'happy birthday'. Very discreet, very well-done.

In closing I must note that our bill was astronomically high - something I fully expected, but cannot reasonably do very often.

2
★★★★☆

I brought my husband here to celebrate his 40th birthday over a very special meal.
We were impressed with the impeccable service & attention to detail at Cru.
The atmosphere is a bit more formal than I usually enjoy - something that might make some diners feel intimidated - however the staff is attentive, highly professional & will do their very best to make your experience at Cru a special one.
Having ordered the 3-course meal, we splurged & put our trust in the sommelier to provide us with wine tastings for each course & were thrilled by the unique experience.
My only regret is that we allowed our server to talk us into a 'pasta tasting' - something which put our stomachs (& the bill) over the edge.
Sadly, I believe it was his attempt to get us to spend more $.
The food was excellent for the most part but some dishes missed the mark, such as the
'Fish' Saltimbocca, which was dry & unimpressive.
The Amuse Bouche were fabulous.
We could have dined on those all evening with our wine!
Upon making our reservation, I had told the hostess that we would be celebrating my husband's birthday - a detail I did not need to repeat upon our arrival.
When dessert arrived, Happy Birthday was written across his plate & a single candle had been placed in his chocolate tart.
Our server came over & politely wished my husband a 'happy birthday'. Very discreet, very well-done.

In closing I must note that our bill was astronomically high - something I fully expected, but cannot reasonably do very often.

Pros: excellent wine list & a sommelier to back it up, lovely ambiance

Cons: astronomical prices, some inconsistencies - dishes range from excellent to average or overdone

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I have dined at Cru several times and stop in for a glass of wine at their bar every now and again. I have always been impressed by their wonderful service. The attention to detail is phenomenal. The food does not disappoint. The staff is knowledgable and accomodating. Do not be intimidated by the impressive wine selection, it only enhances the experience here. By the way, I think it is a nice touch that they have your coat waiting for you when you are leaving the restaurant. I can't understand how someone in an earlier review took that to mean they wanted to rush you out of their restaurant. I think it is a sign of good service. The statff is always a step ahead, trying to make the experience perfect for you. Will continue to be a fan of Cru!

2
★★★★★

I have dined at Cru several times and stop in for a glass of wine at their bar every now and again. I have always been impressed by their wonderful service. The attention to detail is phenomenal. The food does not disappoint. The staff is knowledgable and accomodating. Do not be intimidated by the impressive wine selection, it only enhances the experience here. By the way, I think it is a nice touch that they have your coat waiting for you when you are leaving the restaurant. I can't understand how someone in an earlier review took that to mean they wanted to rush you out of their restaurant. I think it is a sign of good service. The statff is always a step ahead, trying to make the experience perfect for you. Will continue to be a fan of Cru!

Pros: Knowledgable staff, extensive wine list

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Food, service, attention, decor, everything was up to par, without being overbearing or obtrusive. The food is refined and pleasantly surprising at times. The knowledge and the attention of the staff is pleasing. The wine list is very extensive. The entire experience is well worth the price.

2
★★★★★

Food, service, attention, decor, everything was up to par, without being overbearing or obtrusive. The food is refined and pleasantly surprising at times. The knowledge and the attention of the staff is pleasing. The wine list is very extensive. The entire experience is well worth the price.

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Excellent wine, food, services. CRU address is here to stay for a long long time. :)
You just need to experience it, that's all.

1
★★★☆☆

Excellent wine, food, services. CRU address is here to stay for a long long time. :)
You just need to experience it, that's all.

Pros: The whole experience was super pleasant.

Cons: Nothing bad to say about it.

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Had one of the best meals of my life. Wine list can be daunting but great to look through if you know what you want.

1
★★★☆☆

Had one of the best meals of my life. Wine list can be daunting but great to look through if you know what you want.

Pros: Food, Service, Wine

Cons: expensive

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I had a reservation at this restaurant not too long ago and plans had changed the night of the reservation. I got stuck paying over $500.00 for a meal I didn't even get to eat. Why are these people not compasionate about circumstances that come up? I even spoke to a manager and he told me there was nothing he could do. After reading reviews apparently this restaurant doesn't care about the potential customers they could have, and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had a reservation at this restaurant not too long ago and plans had changed the night of the reservation. I got stuck paying over $500.00 for a meal I didn't even get to eat. Why are these people not compasionate about circumstances that come up? I even spoke to a manager and he told me there was nothing he could do. After reading reviews apparently this restaurant doesn't care about the potential customers they could have, and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

Pros: None

Cons: Horrible service

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Some of the other reviews label Cru as a waste of time due to rudeness or bad food. I did not find this ot be the case at all. Quite the opposite. Although we a sat down a bit later than expected the staff was very gracious. The sommeliers were very helpful and made a huge wine list less intimidating then we thought it would be. The food was wonderful and there was a lot of it. I particularly enjoyed the Lobster, (first time I have it cooked the right way,) and the chocolate dessert with a little pudding pop. We loved everything and suggest it highly!

2
★★★★☆

Some of the other reviews label Cru as a waste of time due to rudeness or bad food. I did not find this ot be the case at all. Quite the opposite. Although we a sat down a bit later than expected the staff was very gracious. The sommeliers were very helpful and made a huge wine list less intimidating then we thought it would be. The food was wonderful and there was a lot of it. I particularly enjoyed the Lobster, (first time I have it cooked the right way,) and the chocolate dessert with a little pudding pop. We loved everything and suggest it highly!

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The food and wine were fine, but the service was awful and rude throughout the whole night. The worst part came at the end of a full and expensive meal, when a friend stopped in to say hello as we were waiting for the bill to be processed. As soon as he sat, a waiter came over not once but twice, the first time to suggest he move to the bar b/c our large booth "didn't accomodate an extra person", the second time to insist he move. When we got up to leave, the hostess was holding our coats as if to usher us out as quickly as possible. Holding our coats, but not my scarf which they lost. In the end - I would never again waste my time or money at such an overpriced and pretentious (even by new york standards) establishment.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food and wine were fine, but the service was awful and rude throughout the whole night. The worst part came at the end of a full and expensive meal, when a friend stopped in to say hello as we were waiting for the bill to be processed. As soon as he sat, a waiter came over not once but twice, the first time to suggest he move to the bar b/c our large booth "didn't accomodate an extra person", the second time to insist he move. When we got up to leave, the hostess was holding our coats as if to usher us out as quickly as possible. Holding our coats, but not my scarf which they lost. In the end - I would never again waste my time or money at such an overpriced and pretentious (even by new york standards) establishment.

Pros: wine

Cons: service, price, menu

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We really enjoyed the food, our favorites being the stuffed artichoke appetizer and the turbot entree. Service was extremely attentive - our gracious server did a wonderful job of pairing wines for us - but the final course was truly the highlight of the meal. The pastry chef (her name is Tiffany MacIsaac - keep an eye on her!) makes desserts that are not only beautiful to look at but also intensely flavorful, and in unique combinations. The sticky toffee pudding is outstanding, as is her nut-encrusted cheesecake. The ice creams really shine, though: pistachio, cardamom, and even a surprising but delicious Pernod-flavored scoop hidden in a rootbeer float. Everything was perfectly balanced on each plate: temperature, texture, consistancy...if they'll let you, go to the bar just for dessert. Now. Trust me.

2
★★★★★

We really enjoyed the food, our favorites being the stuffed artichoke appetizer and the turbot entree. Service was extremely attentive - our gracious server did a wonderful job of pairing wines for us - but the final course was truly the highlight of the meal. The pastry chef (her name is Tiffany MacIsaac - keep an eye on her!) makes desserts that are not only beautiful to look at but also intensely flavorful, and in unique combinations. The sticky toffee pudding is outstanding, as is her nut-encrusted cheesecake. The ice creams really shine, though: pistachio, cardamom, and even a surprising but delicious Pernod-flavored scoop hidden in a rootbeer float. Everything was perfectly balanced on each plate: temperature, texture, consistancy...if they'll let you, go to the bar just for dessert. Now. Trust me.

Pros: dessert, wines by the glass

Cons: smallish portions, stuffy dining room

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And the service is as well--the sommeliers are helpful, patient and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is great (where else can you find Christofle flatware?!) and the food is as impressive as the wine list is heavy.

2
★★★★★

And the service is as well--the sommeliers are helpful, patient and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is great (where else can you find Christofle flatware?!) and the food is as impressive as the wine list is heavy.

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I have dined at Le Bernardin, Gotham and the like and the service here rivaled those establishments. We were seated at a table very close to the kitchen because we made reservations the same day. The staff could not have been more apologetic or concerned. They even gave us free champagne, hors d'oeuvres and glasses of wine on the house. PLUS, they moved our table to one further away from the kitchen as soon as they could. Our waiter was professional, knowledgeable, friendly, accomodating and hunky too! The food was inventive, fresh and delicious. I would certainly return.

2
★★★★★

I have dined at Le Bernardin, Gotham and the like and the service here rivaled those establishments. We were seated at a table very close to the kitchen because we made reservations the same day. The staff could not have been more apologetic or concerned. They even gave us free champagne, hors d'oeuvres and glasses of wine on the house. PLUS, they moved our table to one further away from the kitchen as soon as they could. Our waiter was professional, knowledgeable, friendly, accomodating and hunky too! The food was inventive, fresh and delicious. I would certainly return.

Pros: Service, Wine List, Food

Cons: Small Bar

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Food was good, dining room was empty and ambiance was off. Service was not good. Our server was not knowledgable of liquors available, and when asked to descirbe food she simply told us if she liked it or not, not how it was prepared or how most people find it. For all the hype, there are TONS of other places that are not as expensive and trump the quality experience. Too bad.

1
★★☆☆☆

Food was good, dining room was empty and ambiance was off. Service was not good. Our server was not knowledgable of liquors available, and when asked to descirbe food she simply told us if she liked it or not, not how it was prepared or how most people find it. For all the hype, there are TONS of other places that are not as expensive and trump the quality experience. Too bad.

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Apparently like numerous others, we arrived at the restaurant on time at 9:30 and were told our table wasn't ready. Forty minutes later we were finally seated, and that the restaurant would be covering the bar tab while we waited. (Had I known that, I would've ordered more expensive drinks!) The rest of our dinner went quite well. The food was hit or miss -- I liked the crudo but was underwhelmed by the black sea bass and pasta -- but the service was polished and completely flawless. I didn't find the sommelier condescending in the slightest, and he recommended a wonderful bottle of Austrian wine. I had requested something under $100; he came back with a bottle priced at $72.

2
★★★★☆

Apparently like numerous others, we arrived at the restaurant on time at 9:30 and were told our table wasn't ready. Forty minutes later we were finally seated, and that the restaurant would be covering the bar tab while we waited. (Had I known that, I would've ordered more expensive drinks!) The rest of our dinner went quite well. The food was hit or miss -- I liked the crudo but was underwhelmed by the black sea bass and pasta -- but the service was polished and completely flawless. I didn't find the sommelier condescending in the slightest, and he recommended a wonderful bottle of Austrian wine. I had requested something under $100; he came back with a bottle priced at $72.

Pros: Wine list, service

Cons: Long wait for tables

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We turned up on time at 8:30 to be told they are just finishing up at your table and there will be a short wait. While waiting, we had a drink at the bar. At 9 oclock the hostess came to say it would be only a little longer. But at 9:15 she reappeared to say the delay would now be at least an hour; would we like to eat at the bar (at Crus expense). When we declined this offer, it became clear that there would not in fact be a table at all. It seems that the Maitred had given our table to some friends who appeared while we were waiting, and there was no other table available. When we left, the Maitred said only my position is indefensible. The moral seems to be: dont go to Cru unless you are a friend of the Maitred.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We turned up on time at 8:30 to be told they are just finishing up at your table and there will be a short wait. While waiting, we had a drink at the bar. At 9 oclock the hostess came to say it would be only a little longer. But at 9:15 she reappeared to say the delay would now be at least an hour; would we like to eat at the bar (at Crus expense). When we declined this offer, it became clear that there would not in fact be a table at all. It seems that the Maitred had given our table to some friends who appeared while we were waiting, and there was no other table available. When we left, the Maitred said only my position is indefensible. The moral seems to be: dont go to Cru unless you are a friend of the Maitred.

Cons: rude hostile arrogant

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The sommolier was extremely knowlegable and helpful. He was more than willing to recommend wines within a $50 price range (which is the low end at cru). Still, the wines were great, and they have a nice selection offered by the glass and half glass so that you can try several of them. The food was good, not exceptional, and the ambience was a bit stuffy and conservative. I was definitely the youngest person in the restaurant by a few decades. I would recommend Cru for the wine list alone, but not for the food/ambience.

2
★★★★☆

The sommolier was extremely knowlegable and helpful. He was more than willing to recommend wines within a $50 price range (which is the low end at cru). Still, the wines were great, and they have a nice selection offered by the glass and half glass so that you can try several of them. The food was good, not exceptional, and the ambience was a bit stuffy and conservative. I was definitely the youngest person in the restaurant by a few decades. I would recommend Cru for the wine list alone, but not for the food/ambience.

Pros: wine list, knowlegable servers

Cons: stuffy, overpriced food

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While reading a few reviews i read that some are unaccustomed to the concept that NYC restaurants turn tables. We live in a city where space is a premium and as new yorkers we usually recognize this fact and any restaurant that has a chance of not failing needs to feed as many people as possible. Do we really want every restaurant to be an extravagantly expensive one seating place where you "own" the table all night? I would rather have more restaurants like CRU where you can eat and drink well downtown. My experience was terrific from the snacks before dinner to the dessert and everything in between. The wine list is the best i have ever seen and if these things are important to you then i recommend this place highly.

2
★★★★★

While reading a few reviews i read that some are unaccustomed to the concept that NYC restaurants turn tables. We live in a city where space is a premium and as new yorkers we usually recognize this fact and any restaurant that has a chance of not failing needs to feed as many people as possible. Do we really want every restaurant to be an extravagantly expensive one seating place where you "own" the table all night? I would rather have more restaurants like CRU where you can eat and drink well downtown. My experience was terrific from the snacks before dinner to the dessert and everything in between. The wine list is the best i have ever seen and if these things are important to you then i recommend this place highly.

Pros: food, wine, service

Cons: only dinner, closed on sunday, hard to reserve

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If you are looking for avg food for money, a lackluster dining room with extremely rude service.. this is the establishment for you. A celebratory business dinner took a turn for the worse when the management began pushing our server to an uncomfortable pace of food delivery.. after making several requests to let us breathe and finish our wine, we were told that they had "sold our table at 8:00".. it gets worse... they added that "they needed to turn the tables in order to let other New Yorker's experience their restaurant as the dining room is so small, and they are so popular". After a $1500 tab, the 4 of us were banished to the bar to finish our coffee and after dinner drinks...

0
★☆☆☆☆

If you are looking for avg food for money, a lackluster dining room with extremely rude service.. this is the establishment for you. A celebratory business dinner took a turn for the worse when the management began pushing our server to an uncomfortable pace of food delivery.. after making several requests to let us breathe and finish our wine, we were told that they had "sold our table at 8:00".. it gets worse... they added that "they needed to turn the tables in order to let other New Yorker's experience their restaurant as the dining room is so small, and they are so popular". After a $1500 tab, the 4 of us were banished to the bar to finish our coffee and after dinner drinks...

Cons: Arrogance, Rude Service

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The food, the service (especially the friendly hosts) and the techy bathroom are beyond par. However, upon my next visit I'll request that the sommelier simply leave me and my fellow guests alone. I could do without his attitude and patronizing in the future. In fact, I'd prefer to not even see him orbiting the restaurant during my meal.

1
★★★☆☆

The food, the service (especially the friendly hosts) and the techy bathroom are beyond par. However, upon my next visit I'll request that the sommelier simply leave me and my fellow guests alone. I could do without his attitude and patronizing in the future. In fact, I'd prefer to not even see him orbiting the restaurant during my meal.

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This was a true dining experience. The rood was a little dark, but warm nontheless. Food was sensational as well as the wine pairings and service. We had the new tasting menu and with all of its options it was a true value. Just Great!

2
★★★★★

This was a true dining experience. The rood was a little dark, but warm nontheless. Food was sensational as well as the wine pairings and service. We had the new tasting menu and with all of its options it was a true value. Just Great!

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My colleague and I were looking forward to holding a business dinner at Cru because we had heard about its extensive wine list. Our reservation was for 6, but our party increased to 7 after one additional physician arrived. We made space at the table, but the owner refused to bring an extra seat (even though many chairs were available). I'll be sure to go on every Web Site and tell everyone I know not to go to Cru!

0
★☆☆☆☆

My colleague and I were looking forward to holding a business dinner at Cru because we had heard about its extensive wine list. Our reservation was for 6, but our party increased to 7 after one additional physician arrived. We made space at the table, but the owner refused to bring an extra seat (even though many chairs were available). I'll be sure to go on every Web Site and tell everyone I know not to go to Cru!

Cons: Rude owner, arrogant

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Wonderful service as well as extremely knowledgeable and eager to please sommelier(s). They helped choose great wines under $100 that complemented the very creative and tasty food. The chef seems to have his kitchen in order as each dish was its own unique experience and flawlessly executed. Of the three I couldn't decide which was best the Food, Wine or Service. I will be back

2
★★★★★

Wonderful service as well as extremely knowledgeable and eager to please sommelier(s). They helped choose great wines under $100 that complemented the very creative and tasty food. The chef seems to have his kitchen in order as each dish was its own unique experience and flawlessly executed. Of the three I couldn't decide which was best the Food, Wine or Service. I will be back

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I love the transformation of Washington Park. The dining room is more elegant and less noisy than before and the food is 10 times better, in fact there is no comparison. The service is very warm and professional and made my parents (not sophisticated diners) feel at ease and welcome. The wine list is without question the best I've ever seen and the sommeliers are witty and helpful even with our less than expensive wine choice...you can spend a lot rather quickly there...but still many values to be had if you have time to look. I suggest viewing the winelist online before you go to save yourself and your dining companions the torture of reading 200+ pages at the table or just give the sommeliers your price range and preferences and let them choose. Either way the wine is great and I think the food is even better. Highly recommended

2
★★★★★

I love the transformation of Washington Park. The dining room is more elegant and less noisy than before and the food is 10 times better, in fact there is no comparison. The service is very warm and professional and made my parents (not sophisticated diners) feel at ease and welcome. The wine list is without question the best I've ever seen and the sommeliers are witty and helpful even with our less than expensive wine choice...you can spend a lot rather quickly there...but still many values to be had if you have time to look. I suggest viewing the winelist online before you go to save yourself and your dining companions the torture of reading 200+ pages at the table or just give the sommeliers your price range and preferences and let them choose. Either way the wine is great and I think the food is even better. Highly recommended

Pros: Great Food, Outstanding Wine List, Warm Service

Cons: hard to get table

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We had an amazing experience at Cru with fabulous,
creative dishes and wonderful service. The evening was
marred, however, by the sommelier who made numerous
condescending comments about how a $50 bottle of merlot
would not be a great bottle of wine and that we really
couldn't expect anything special in that price range. This was a huge disappointment and left a really bad taste in our mouths!

1
★★★☆☆

We had an amazing experience at Cru with fabulous,
creative dishes and wonderful service. The evening was
marred, however, by the sommelier who made numerous
condescending comments about how a $50 bottle of merlot
would not be a great bottle of wine and that we really
couldn't expect anything special in that price range. This was a huge disappointment and left a really bad taste in our mouths!

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It's hard to believe, but the space formerly known as Washington Park has gone upscale! Chef Shea Gallante takes up residence in the former kitchen of Waxman, now walled off from the diners but visible through glass service doors. The broad menu is delicious, from a selection of seven crudo, to entrees including duck, lamb, venison, bass and soft shell lobster. I suggest the veal sous vide with black truffle mayonnaise. The dining room has been reconfigured, with the bar moved up front inside the entrance. The space has been carpeted, with excellent acoustic effect, and adorned with beautifully crafted cocobolo cabinetry. The seating is spacious. Wide table spacing provides a relaxed dining experience. But this restaurant is still about wine. The impressively well organized two-volume leather-bound list is unparalleled in depth in Burgundy and well represented in other regions. And the staff has enough wine knowledge for three restaurants.

2
★★★★★

It's hard to believe, but the space formerly known as Washington Park has gone upscale! Chef Shea Gallante takes up residence in the former kitchen of Waxman, now walled off from the diners but visible through glass service doors. The broad menu is delicious, from a selection of seven crudo, to entrees including duck, lamb, venison, bass and soft shell lobster. I suggest the veal sous vide with black truffle mayonnaise. The dining room has been reconfigured, with the bar moved up front inside the entrance. The space has been carpeted, with excellent acoustic effect, and adorned with beautifully crafted cocobolo cabinetry. The seating is spacious. Wide table spacing provides a relaxed dining experience. But this restaurant is still about wine. The impressively well organized two-volume leather-bound list is unparalleled in depth in Burgundy and well represented in other regions. And the staff has enough wine knowledge for three restaurants.

Pros: Outstanding wines, Low wine markup, Innovative cuisine

Cons: Not open Sunday, Make reservations

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I thought that Cru would be the perfect place to take some colleagues with a passion for wine. I couldn't have been more wrong. While the food was exquisite our overall experience was terrible. One bottle of wine we ordered was corked - it smelled / tasted disgusting; cork actually fell to pieces in my colleague's hand. Unbelievably, the wine waiter refused to take it back and was very aggressive towards us saying things like, "This is not a 'grand vin', what do you expect?". This for a $160 bottle of wine. To top it off, on the way out when we told the Maitre d' that the food was good but the wine was not, he replied that this had "absolutely nothing to do with me". I'm generally not too bothered about service but this was a truly unpleasant experience and I was embarassed to have taken people there.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I thought that Cru would be the perfect place to take some colleagues with a passion for wine. I couldn't have been more wrong. While the food was exquisite our overall experience was terrible. One bottle of wine we ordered was corked - it smelled / tasted disgusting; cork actually fell to pieces in my colleague's hand. Unbelievably, the wine waiter refused to take it back and was very aggressive towards us saying things like, "This is not a 'grand vin', what do you expect?". This for a $160 bottle of wine. To top it off, on the way out when we told the Maitre d' that the food was good but the wine was not, he replied that this had "absolutely nothing to do with me". I'm generally not too bothered about service but this was a truly unpleasant experience and I was embarassed to have taken people there.

Pros: Great food

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there are much better places to spend your money eating and enjoying excellent wine. the service leaves a lot to be desired. your money buys you better food, service, setting, and wine at many other venues. owner/manager is neither gracious nor client oriented.

0
★☆☆☆☆

there are much better places to spend your money eating and enjoying excellent wine. the service leaves a lot to be desired. your money buys you better food, service, setting, and wine at many other venues. owner/manager is neither gracious nor client oriented.

Pros: decor

Cons: , attitude

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The food, wine selection, and service at this place are outstanding. The interior and look of the place are the only things lacking--it's just a bit dull, but frankly it doesn't really matter. The food and wine make up for it. Everyone should aim for this place the next time you want an amazing dining experience.

2
★★★★★

The food, wine selection, and service at this place are outstanding. The interior and look of the place are the only things lacking--it's just a bit dull, but frankly it doesn't really matter. The food and wine make up for it. Everyone should aim for this place the next time you want an amazing dining experience.

Pros: Food, Wine, Service

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A real treat for wine lovers
Wine bar informality with gourmet tasting dishes and extraordinary wines by the glass
Service was richly informative without attitude
Tasing plates @ $6 & $12 - duck worth killing for
Top end wines by the glass - Brunellos, Cote Roties etc
The high point of a recent visit to NYC
Don't tell anyone

2
★★★★★

A real treat for wine lovers
Wine bar informality with gourmet tasting dishes and extraordinary wines by the glass
Service was richly informative without attitude
Tasing plates @ $6 & $12 - duck worth killing for
Top end wines by the glass - Brunellos, Cote Roties etc
The high point of a recent visit to NYC
Don't tell anyone

 

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