The Four Seasons

★★★★☆
  • 99 East 52nd Street (between Park & Lexington Avenues)

    New York, NY 10022

    Cross street: nr. Park Ave.

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  • 212-754-9494

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Mon-Fri 12pm-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm Sat 5pm-11:30pm

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It's awkward to go for a few drinks when you are surrounded by hookers! Don't waste your time and money.

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It's awkward to go for a few drinks when you are surrounded by hookers! Don't waste your time and money.

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This is a twenty-something guy that doesn't mind laying down $300 for a fine and delicious meal for 2 on special occassions. But $500 for a dinner for two that didn't include Wine? Are you freaking kidding me?\r\n\r\nLook, the appetizers were really good. The entree was also very good. Can't argue about that, but they are clearly over priced. What you are paying for is the environment and the name. Yes, the place is classy and beautiful, but they most certainly target the uber whealthy. Not the common joe that wants to go all out every once in a while.\r\n\r\n$500 included:\r\n\r\nDrinks: 2 glasses of Dom Perignon at $35 each.\r\n\r\nStarters: Kobe Beef Sashimi. Which of course is not real Kobe but Wagyu beef. Surprised that a place of this caliber would advertise it as Kobe. A beef Consomme.\r\n\r\nEntrees: Vanison steak and Bison Steak. Vanison was good but not amazing. Bison was quite excellent however.\r\n\r\nDessert: pure disaster. Just not good at all. Some Pineapple covered in a glaze of some kind and some pear tart thing. Not impressive at all.\r\n\r\nI read reviews that called the restaurant too expensive and I thought to myself, but may be it is worth it. I was wrong.\r\n\r\nThe Four Seasons has history and it is a sort of landmark of New York City restaurants, but trust me, they will charge you through the nose just so that you can say ""I've been to the four seasons restaurant"". I wanted to go there to see if it was worth it and sadly, curiousity got the best of me and I paid dearly for it.\r\n\r\nAll in all, the food was great (except for the dessserts). The environment is very upscale and you will see a lot of rich guys with trophy wives or just highly paid escorts. If you are going for the food, it will not be worth it. Yes, it is good, but I've had better for cheaper.\r\n\r\nYou would think they would make up for it with service, sadly, no. Service was just ok, it is not what you'd expect for $500.

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★★★☆☆

This is a twenty-something guy that doesn't mind laying down $300 for a fine and delicious meal for 2 on special occassions. But $500 for a dinner for two that didn't include Wine? Are you freaking kidding me?\r\n\r\nLook, the appetizers were really good. The entree was also very good. Can't argue about that, but they are clearly over priced. What you are paying for is the environment and the name. Yes, the place is classy and beautiful, but they most certainly target the uber whealthy. Not the common joe that wants to go all out every once in a while.\r\n\r\n$500 included:\r\n\r\nDrinks: 2 glasses of Dom Perignon at $35 each.\r\n\r\nStarters: Kobe Beef Sashimi. Which of course is not real Kobe but Wagyu beef. Surprised that a place of this caliber would advertise it as Kobe. A beef Consomme.\r\n\r\nEntrees: Vanison steak and Bison Steak. Vanison was good but not amazing. Bison was quite excellent however.\r\n\r\nDessert: pure disaster. Just not good at all. Some Pineapple covered in a glaze of some kind and some pear tart thing. Not impressive at all.\r\n\r\nI read reviews that called the restaurant too expensive and I thought to myself, but may be it is worth it. I was wrong.\r\n\r\nThe Four Seasons has history and it is a sort of landmark of New York City restaurants, but trust me, they will charge you through the nose just so that you can say ""I've been to the four seasons restaurant"". I wanted to go there to see if it was worth it and sadly, curiousity got the best of me and I paid dearly for it.\r\n\r\nAll in all, the food was great (except for the dessserts). The environment is very upscale and you will see a lot of rich guys with trophy wives or just highly paid escorts. If you are going for the food, it will not be worth it. Yes, it is good, but I've had better for cheaper.\r\n\r\nYou would think they would make up for it with service, sadly, no. Service was just ok, it is not what you'd expect for $500.

Pros: Beautiful Restaurant, environment is very upsale.

Cons: Unless you're a 40+ man that loves throwing money, this restaurant is not for you.

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Menu items were innovative. Service was top notch. The pool room was the most relaxing dining ambience that I've ever experienced in Manhattan. Our server even presented us with a great presentation of cookies and cotton candy with a candle at the end of our lunch. I'd love to come back soon, if I can only get a reservation at one of the few places where reservations are still hard to come by.

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★★★★★

Menu items were innovative. Service was top notch. The pool room was the most relaxing dining ambience that I've ever experienced in Manhattan. Our server even presented us with a great presentation of cookies and cotton candy with a candle at the end of our lunch. I'd love to come back soon, if I can only get a reservation at one of the few places where reservations are still hard to come by.

Pros: Ambience (Pool Room), Bread Basket, Service

Cons: Takes a while, if you're in a rush

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Very grateful for my parents who invite me to really nice dinners. And The Four Season was definitely good...but way overpriced for the portions. And a little too upscale for my liking. The grilled octopus appetizer was amazing. The steak was good. All in all, an intimate restaurant for special occasions .

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★★★★☆

Very grateful for my parents who invite me to really nice dinners. And The Four Season was definitely good...but way overpriced for the portions. And a little too upscale for my liking. The grilled octopus appetizer was amazing. The steak was good. All in all, an intimate restaurant for special occasions .

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Its what you would expect. Old world charm with new cuisine. Always elegant and great service a new york classic! I usually frequent more trendy dining establishment but visit the historic sites are just as good.

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★★★★☆

Its what you would expect. Old world charm with new cuisine. Always elegant and great service a new york classic! I usually frequent more trendy dining establishment but visit the historic sites are just as good.

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We went for dinner and it was the highlight of my trip to New York. The decor was awesome when you walk in there is a different set up for each season of the year and they also have sections for intimate and romantic settings. The food was excellent, but the portions were small and VERY expensive. The service was top class, but there is a strict dress code for both men and women.

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★★★★★

We went for dinner and it was the highlight of my trip to New York. The decor was awesome when you walk in there is a different set up for each season of the year and they also have sections for intimate and romantic settings. The food was excellent, but the portions were small and VERY expensive. The service was top class, but there is a strict dress code for both men and women.

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you are allowed to charge an arm and a leg for a romatic dinner. The food was excellent as well as service, however, I left The Four Seasons very dissappointed. I do not think dinner in Manhattan should cost $400.00 where I am not swept off my feet.

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★★★☆☆

you are allowed to charge an arm and a leg for a romatic dinner. The food was excellent as well as service, however, I left The Four Seasons very dissappointed. I do not think dinner in Manhattan should cost $400.00 where I am not swept off my feet.

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I've been visiting this restaurant a lot lately and I will most indeed keep going there. The menu has a little bit of everything, the presentation is brilliant and the food is simply amazingly cooked. They seem to have changed the manager recently and the new one seems to be making a difference. The service and customer attention has improved greatly. I feel almost at home when I'm there and the serving is fast and efficient. So has the cocktail menu, too. That is certainly the way to business growth.

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★★★★☆

I've been visiting this restaurant a lot lately and I will most indeed keep going there. The menu has a little bit of everything, the presentation is brilliant and the food is simply amazingly cooked. They seem to have changed the manager recently and the new one seems to be making a difference. The service and customer attention has improved greatly. I feel almost at home when I'm there and the serving is fast and efficient. So has the cocktail menu, too. That is certainly the way to business growth.

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A visit to "The Four Seasons" is a venture into elegance. The moment you are escorted in you become royalty. You will remember your visit as one of the special important event in your life. Savor it to it's fullest. No matter whom yo may be!

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★★★★★

A visit to "The Four Seasons" is a venture into elegance. The moment you are escorted in you become royalty. You will remember your visit as one of the special important event in your life. Savor it to it's fullest. No matter whom yo may be!

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During our trip to NYC, we made reservations to dine in the pool room of the Four Seasons for their pre-theater menu (offering a modified menu for $65 pp). The wine list was extensive - though the staff did not seem knowledgeable about wine pairings. The bread we received was horrible - rock hard and cold - and the ""free"" appetizer of olives was disappointing. However, our main course was wonderful. I had fish and my husband had the filet - both of which exceeded our expectations. The dessert (we had a pear torte) was good - but, once again, the staff was unable to provide appropriate drink suggestions. When we inquired about ports - the waitress listed off several but did not know taste variations or cost. Not what I would expect for the price and prestige of this location. All in all, I would return - as it was a beautiful restaurant - but I hope the staff pays more attention to the little details in the future.

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★★★★☆

During our trip to NYC, we made reservations to dine in the pool room of the Four Seasons for their pre-theater menu (offering a modified menu for $65 pp). The wine list was extensive - though the staff did not seem knowledgeable about wine pairings. The bread we received was horrible - rock hard and cold - and the ""free"" appetizer of olives was disappointing. However, our main course was wonderful. I had fish and my husband had the filet - both of which exceeded our expectations. The dessert (we had a pear torte) was good - but, once again, the staff was unable to provide appropriate drink suggestions. When we inquired about ports - the waitress listed off several but did not know taste variations or cost. Not what I would expect for the price and prestige of this location. All in all, I would return - as it was a beautiful restaurant - but I hope the staff pays more attention to the little details in the future.

Pros: Ambience, Main Course

Cons: Price, Unknowledgeable staff

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I was speechless by the horrible food. I attended a holiday dinner at the restaurant, and the food was majorly disappointing. Rather than eating the meat entree being offered, I requested a vegetarian dish. Rather than preparing vegetarian dish, the chef presented me with a plate of steamed vegetables (minus sauce, seasoning, or any form or aesthetic presentation). I was so stunned, and I left the dinner hungry and majorly disappointing. This place survives on reputation alone. I will NEVER return.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was speechless by the horrible food. I attended a holiday dinner at the restaurant, and the food was majorly disappointing. Rather than eating the meat entree being offered, I requested a vegetarian dish. Rather than preparing vegetarian dish, the chef presented me with a plate of steamed vegetables (minus sauce, seasoning, or any form or aesthetic presentation). I was so stunned, and I left the dinner hungry and majorly disappointing. This place survives on reputation alone. I will NEVER return.

Pros: The decor in the pool room is interesting, although the entire place should be updated.

Cons: HORRIBLE food

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I have been dining at the Four Seasons regularly since 1967. It has been one of my favorite restaurants. Therefore my recent experience was a surprise and disappointment. Our waiter was bored and indifferent and monosylabically answered inquiries. The food and plates arrived microwave hot. Most items were average at best and uninspired. One dessert was terrible. The room remains fantastic but considering the prices, a beautiful space isn't sufficient reason for me to return.

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★★☆☆☆

I have been dining at the Four Seasons regularly since 1967. It has been one of my favorite restaurants. Therefore my recent experience was a surprise and disappointment. Our waiter was bored and indifferent and monosylabically answered inquiries. The food and plates arrived microwave hot. Most items were average at best and uninspired. One dessert was terrible. The room remains fantastic but considering the prices, a beautiful space isn't sufficient reason for me to return.

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Went here for a treat a few weeks ago. While the service was one of the best I have seen, I felt the place to be extremley overrated. There are so many better places to go in the city! I don't consider the restaurant romantic at all (city search lists that as one of the restaurants ammenities). If you do decide to splurge 500 on the dinner, request to sit next to the pool.

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★★★☆☆

Went here for a treat a few weeks ago. While the service was one of the best I have seen, I felt the place to be extremley overrated. There are so many better places to go in the city! I don't consider the restaurant romantic at all (city search lists that as one of the restaurants ammenities). If you do decide to splurge 500 on the dinner, request to sit next to the pool.

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Quite simply the best restaurant in NYC I've been too. Service is impeccable. Personally however, decor does nothing for me.

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★★★★☆

Quite simply the best restaurant in NYC I've been too. Service is impeccable. Personally however, decor does nothing for me.

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The Pool Room is the best place to eat, especially if you're entertaining. The ""flowing"" curtains and the pool in the center of the room make the atmosphere unique and enjoyable. The hot fois gras is a must try and the specials are always worth the risk. And if you're daring, get the cotton candy for dessert!

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★★★☆☆

The Pool Room is the best place to eat, especially if you're entertaining. The ""flowing"" curtains and the pool in the center of the room make the atmosphere unique and enjoyable. The hot fois gras is a must try and the specials are always worth the risk. And if you're daring, get the cotton candy for dessert!

Pros: Service, food, atmosphere

Cons: pricy, usually have to wait for your table

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this is a resturant that lived too long on their rep.\r\n16 of us went for my parents 50th. the rest. is chock\r\nfilled with tourists, couples getting engaged, 25th and 50th\r\nwedding aniversary. it is quite sad how Four Seasons is so\r\npacked with jublious people, and they way the wait staff\r\ntreats everyone. four of us ordered lobster tail, all were undercooked.\r\nafter 20 minutes of wait time, it was the decision of the kitchen\r\nto recook the lobster. after explainly that lobster cannot be recooked,\r\nthere was no other offer for an alternate. yes, the four of us did not \r\neat dinner. however, we did pay for it. you cant make a scene if\r\nfront of your guests. the waiter from the other table was kind enough\r\nto get us a basket of bread.\r\n\r\nthere as sooooo many rest. in NYC. dont get trapped into going. this is a \r\ntourist trap. the captain does whisper to you that there are celebs. in the\r\nhouse. again, quite sad to see everyones head turning looking for the phantom\r\nceleb.

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★☆☆☆☆

this is a resturant that lived too long on their rep.\r\n16 of us went for my parents 50th. the rest. is chock\r\nfilled with tourists, couples getting engaged, 25th and 50th\r\nwedding aniversary. it is quite sad how Four Seasons is so\r\npacked with jublious people, and they way the wait staff\r\ntreats everyone. four of us ordered lobster tail, all were undercooked.\r\nafter 20 minutes of wait time, it was the decision of the kitchen\r\nto recook the lobster. after explainly that lobster cannot be recooked,\r\nthere was no other offer for an alternate. yes, the four of us did not \r\neat dinner. however, we did pay for it. you cant make a scene if\r\nfront of your guests. the waiter from the other table was kind enough\r\nto get us a basket of bread.\r\n\r\nthere as sooooo many rest. in NYC. dont get trapped into going. this is a \r\ntourist trap. the captain does whisper to you that there are celebs. in the\r\nhouse. again, quite sad to see everyones head turning looking for the phantom\r\nceleb.

Pros: my mother got to brag she went here

Cons: the food that was sent back

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Restaurant was nice. Atmosphere was not romantic. Do not go during the weekdays, since you will only see OLD people. Food was OK, but too expensive for the price. I would not recommend this to others.

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★★★☆☆

Restaurant was nice. Atmosphere was not romantic. Do not go during the weekdays, since you will only see OLD people. Food was OK, but too expensive for the price. I would not recommend this to others.

Cons: It is for 80 year olds, not for young people

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Exceptional Service. The food as well as presentation is well worth it. The pool room is a must. Request a table next to the pool. Try the Farmhouse Duck, it is unsurpassed as are the Crab Cakes, The Vichyssoise, delightful. Desserts were awesome. Fabulous selection. If the idea of the cost is frightening try a pre-theatre menu. You simply can not pass it up.

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★★★★★

Exceptional Service. The food as well as presentation is well worth it. The pool room is a must. Request a table next to the pool. Try the Farmhouse Duck, it is unsurpassed as are the Crab Cakes, The Vichyssoise, delightful. Desserts were awesome. Fabulous selection. If the idea of the cost is frightening try a pre-theatre menu. You simply can not pass it up.

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took my parents there to celebrate their anniversary. i've been to all the major restaurants in town and they left me a little flat. 4 seasons had an exceptional decor with decent appetizers and deserts. the entres however were absolutely amazing and the tea was the best i ever had. the service was delightful and there were even a few celebrities sitting at the next table. the only con is its expensive but if you want to go someplace special with somone special, i can see it being worth it.

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★★★★☆

took my parents there to celebrate their anniversary. i've been to all the major restaurants in town and they left me a little flat. 4 seasons had an exceptional decor with decent appetizers and deserts. the entres however were absolutely amazing and the tea was the best i ever had. the service was delightful and there were even a few celebrities sitting at the next table. the only con is its expensive but if you want to go someplace special with somone special, i can see it being worth it.

Pros: decor, entr'ees, service

Cons: pricey

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This is a perfect place for couples. We had great food, wine, and service. The inside is cozy for winter dining too. I highly recommend this restaurant.\n\n

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★★★★★

This is a perfect place for couples. We had great food, wine, and service. The inside is cozy for winter dining too. I highly recommend this restaurant.\n\n

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The service was surly to say the best.\r\nthe ""pool"" was bubbly with whitish gray foam. Do they clean the water?\r\nthe food was good - but at those prices is it really exceptional and worth it- NO.\r\nAfter all - how much should you have to pay for relatively ordinary things like chicken or fish which are not prepared in any truly exceptional way.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was surly to say the best.\r\nthe ""pool"" was bubbly with whitish gray foam. Do they clean the water?\r\nthe food was good - but at those prices is it really exceptional and worth it- NO.\r\nAfter all - how much should you have to pay for relatively ordinary things like chicken or fish which are not prepared in any truly exceptional way.

Pros: 1950's architecture

Cons: bad service, worn out ambiance, unexceptional menu

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Having grown up dining at The Four Seasons (My first meal there was when I was 12 years old in 1967) I can say that I have a relationship with the place as a fan and many fond memories there. It is truly the best overall dining experience I have ever taken part in. What I love about the place is its elegance, its food and its lack of pretence. Years ago when some doctor tried to bump ahead of me and said I am Dr. so and so the Maitre D said,"" Your mother must be very proud,"" and escorted me and my guest to our table. My wife had her first meal there 2 years ago (She is a steely Hong Kong woman) and could only say in response to her meal: WOW! Do not miss the duck! -David Schneider, Hong Kong

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★★★★★

Having grown up dining at The Four Seasons (My first meal there was when I was 12 years old in 1967) I can say that I have a relationship with the place as a fan and many fond memories there. It is truly the best overall dining experience I have ever taken part in. What I love about the place is its elegance, its food and its lack of pretence. Years ago when some doctor tried to bump ahead of me and said I am Dr. so and so the Maitre D said,"" Your mother must be very proud,"" and escorted me and my guest to our table. My wife had her first meal there 2 years ago (She is a steely Hong Kong woman) and could only say in response to her meal: WOW! Do not miss the duck! -David Schneider, Hong Kong

Pros: The Best Food, The Best Service, No Attitude

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We spent a lovely evening of gracious dining in the pool room. The staff anticipated our every need with candor. The food was delicious with an elegant presentation. I had oysters for my appetizer and the Turbot with a delicate creamy lemon sauce with a hint of dill for dinner. The wines are excellent and they make a very good cocktail. It's a great atmosphere for a business deal or a place for a romantic dinner. It is expensive but you get what you pay for.

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★★★★★

We spent a lovely evening of gracious dining in the pool room. The staff anticipated our every need with candor. The food was delicious with an elegant presentation. I had oysters for my appetizer and the Turbot with a delicate creamy lemon sauce with a hint of dill for dinner. The wines are excellent and they make a very good cocktail. It's a great atmosphere for a business deal or a place for a romantic dinner. It is expensive but you get what you pay for.

Pros: Service, Food, Ambiance

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People like to say the Four Seasons Restaurant is all hype. Then again, those are probably mostly bitter, jealous individuals who couldn't get a reservation or a decent table. The Four Seasons continues to shine after all this time. Julian Nicolini is most certainly one of the finest restauranteurs in Manhattan. He deserves all the praise in the world for his ability to make everybody feel like somebody special. The Four Seasons is a fabulous precursor to a big night out at Bungalow, and even better for an important lunch. Try to count the number of business deals and 'friendly agreements' that have been struck around the pool...It's impossible. The list goes on and on. Cheers to the Four Seasons - a reliable, intimate, but also exciting dining experience. This is one place in Manhattan that is most definitely hard to beat.

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★★★★★

People like to say the Four Seasons Restaurant is all hype. Then again, those are probably mostly bitter, jealous individuals who couldn't get a reservation or a decent table. The Four Seasons continues to shine after all this time. Julian Nicolini is most certainly one of the finest restauranteurs in Manhattan. He deserves all the praise in the world for his ability to make everybody feel like somebody special. The Four Seasons is a fabulous precursor to a big night out at Bungalow, and even better for an important lunch. Try to count the number of business deals and 'friendly agreements' that have been struck around the pool...It's impossible. The list goes on and on. Cheers to the Four Seasons - a reliable, intimate, but also exciting dining experience. This is one place in Manhattan that is most definitely hard to beat.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: Getting a Reservation

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I was thrilled to go and service was fine but we were shuffled past the pool room up into a loft area that was rather drab. The food, overall, was ok but nothing that would make me want to return. The beef wellington was uninspired but I remember the sides being quite good. Great martini's at the bar but overall a disappointment.

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★★★☆☆

I was thrilled to go and service was fine but we were shuffled past the pool room up into a loft area that was rather drab. The food, overall, was ok but nothing that would make me want to return. The beef wellington was uninspired but I remember the sides being quite good. Great martini's at the bar but overall a disappointment.

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I am european, for business and pleasure I eat at the best places in the world. The 4 Seasons is always on my mind when I am in New York. The pool room is classy and romantic, superb service, good food, unique ambience. I had one of the best dates in my life. I will keep coming back!

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★★★★★

I am european, for business and pleasure I eat at the best places in the world. The 4 Seasons is always on my mind when I am in New York. The pool room is classy and romantic, superb service, good food, unique ambience. I had one of the best dates in my life. I will keep coming back!

Pros: service, food, ambience

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when i first came to this place i was stunned by the beautiful decos. after i tasted the food i knew i was going to come here again. this place is one those places youre gonna want to come back over and over again.

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★★★★★

when i first came to this place i was stunned by the beautiful decos. after i tasted the food i knew i was going to come here again. this place is one those places youre gonna want to come back over and over again.

Pros: great food, beautiful decorations, pretty good service

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Other than the cocktail prices, everything was beyond what I expected. The cocktails weren't any different than the ones from Olive Garden, so I don't think they were worth the prices, but they were delicious nonetheless. The food and service were marvelous and the scene is quite uptown & sophisticated. It's a great indulgence if you can't regularly afford such prices (like myself), but worth the splurge at least once in your lifetime to see and experience how the more fortunates live regularly. :)

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★★★★★

Other than the cocktail prices, everything was beyond what I expected. The cocktails weren't any different than the ones from Olive Garden, so I don't think they were worth the prices, but they were delicious nonetheless. The food and service were marvelous and the scene is quite uptown & sophisticated. It's a great indulgence if you can't regularly afford such prices (like myself), but worth the splurge at least once in your lifetime to see and experience how the more fortunates live regularly. :)

Pros: Excellent Food, Exceptional Service, Beautiful Setting

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My wife and I were on our honeymoon recently and enjoyed our dinner at The Four Seasons. Now, I know this is New York and things are a little pricey however, it was worth the extra cash. My wife had the Salmon of which was tasteful and had onderful presentation. I had a wonderful fillet which was cooked quite well. It was not the best filet I have ever had, however it was very good. You could not beat the service and ambience.

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★★★★★

My wife and I were on our honeymoon recently and enjoyed our dinner at The Four Seasons. Now, I know this is New York and things are a little pricey however, it was worth the extra cash. My wife had the Salmon of which was tasteful and had onderful presentation. I had a wonderful fillet which was cooked quite well. It was not the best filet I have ever had, however it was very good. You could not beat the service and ambience.

Pros: Food, Staff, Ambience

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I have spent my life traveling the world, sampling the finest foods and wines and The Four Seasons is by far the best restaurant I have ever visited.\n\nFrom the moment you walk up the stairs into the Grill Room you know you're in for a treat. This restaurant delivers it all: romance, impeccable surroundings, delicious food, rare and exotic wines and the kind of service you rarely find anywhere.\n\nWhile I have visited The Four Seasons on dozens of occasions for lunch, I was blown away by a dinner I had in the Pool Room recently. My date was so impressed as we were seated poolside for the best romantic meal I have ever experienced. The dashing owner, a charming Italian man, suggested we start with chilled oysters and Taittinger champagne. Wow is all I can say. This restaurant is a must visit for anyone who loves great restaurants\n

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★★★★★

I have spent my life traveling the world, sampling the finest foods and wines and The Four Seasons is by far the best restaurant I have ever visited.\n\nFrom the moment you walk up the stairs into the Grill Room you know you're in for a treat. This restaurant delivers it all: romance, impeccable surroundings, delicious food, rare and exotic wines and the kind of service you rarely find anywhere.\n\nWhile I have visited The Four Seasons on dozens of occasions for lunch, I was blown away by a dinner I had in the Pool Room recently. My date was so impressed as we were seated poolside for the best romantic meal I have ever experienced. The dashing owner, a charming Italian man, suggested we start with chilled oysters and Taittinger champagne. Wow is all I can say. This restaurant is a must visit for anyone who loves great restaurants\n

Pros: fantastic food, rare boutique wines, perfect service

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Beyond a prompt if perfunctory seating, there isn't much to good to say. It took much time for anyone to ackowledge our presence. Once drinks were ordered we experienced one of the evening's many long service pauses, the whopper of which occurred between appetizer and main course- 20 min; about the same wait for someone- anyone-to clear plates before desert. As for the wine service, no sommelier to give a hand with the eye-poppingly priced list and noone to pour after the first glassful. \n\nThe food was workmanlike but singularly uninspired. The cold foie gras appetizer was too cold to allow the dish's flavor to appear. The sauted foie gras' accompaniment- a very pleasant warm pineapple base- was the highlight of the evening. The Chateaubriand was cooked as requested but its bearnaise sauce was bland and the gratin's potatoes underdone. The chocolate souffle was adequate but far from the best.\n

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★★☆☆☆

Beyond a prompt if perfunctory seating, there isn't much to good to say. It took much time for anyone to ackowledge our presence. Once drinks were ordered we experienced one of the evening's many long service pauses, the whopper of which occurred between appetizer and main course- 20 min; about the same wait for someone- anyone-to clear plates before desert. As for the wine service, no sommelier to give a hand with the eye-poppingly priced list and noone to pour after the first glassful. \n\nThe food was workmanlike but singularly uninspired. The cold foie gras appetizer was too cold to allow the dish's flavor to appear. The sauted foie gras' accompaniment- a very pleasant warm pineapple base- was the highlight of the evening. The Chateaubriand was cooked as requested but its bearnaise sauce was bland and the gratin's potatoes underdone. The chocolate souffle was adequate but far from the best.\n

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Order the grand marnier souffle. Appetizers and entrees were merely adequate, but you can't beat the pool room for atmosphere. The service was exceptional. Waiters were attentive, charming and never once condescending, even though both my dining companion and I made what we felt to be minor gaffes. Wine list comprehensive but seriously overpriced. Come for a drink and dessert and soak up the atmosphere - the food is nothing much, at least not the crab cakes or the asparagus soup.

2
★★★★☆

Order the grand marnier souffle. Appetizers and entrees were merely adequate, but you can't beat the pool room for atmosphere. The service was exceptional. Waiters were attentive, charming and never once condescending, even though both my dining companion and I made what we felt to be minor gaffes. Wine list comprehensive but seriously overpriced. Come for a drink and dessert and soak up the atmosphere - the food is nothing much, at least not the crab cakes or the asparagus soup.

Pros: name, service, atmosphere

Cons: overpriced, food mediocre

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After spending well over $1500, all 10 attendees from our retirement dinner party left extremely disappointed with their meals. Our fish was dry and overcooked, the souflee was hard and cakey, and at dessert time, a ridiculous mound of cotton candy was dropped unceremoniously on our table's center, effectively blocking visual contact with guests sitting across. Furthermore, had it not been for an astute wine afficionado in attendence, an inferior bottle of wine would have been uncorked, consistent with a disturbing and increasingly prevalent scam occuring in New York's fine restaurants. Patrons beware. Don't be suckered. However, if you're just paying for ambience, this is the place.

1
★★☆☆☆

After spending well over $1500, all 10 attendees from our retirement dinner party left extremely disappointed with their meals. Our fish was dry and overcooked, the souflee was hard and cakey, and at dessert time, a ridiculous mound of cotton candy was dropped unceremoniously on our table's center, effectively blocking visual contact with guests sitting across. Furthermore, had it not been for an astute wine afficionado in attendence, an inferior bottle of wine would have been uncorked, consistent with a disturbing and increasingly prevalent scam occuring in New York's fine restaurants. Patrons beware. Don't be suckered. However, if you're just paying for ambience, this is the place.

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We had the pre-theater dinner at $55 and it was great. Appetiser, entree, dessert & coffee. Excellent menu selection. Everything was prepared and served perfectly. Good portions. Very professional staff. I thought the mid-century decor (around 1960) would be ""dated"" but it was not. The rooms are spacious and lovely. You do not feel crowded and they don't rush you. You're there for a first rate dinner experience, and that's what you get.

2
★★★★★

We had the pre-theater dinner at $55 and it was great. Appetiser, entree, dessert & coffee. Excellent menu selection. Everything was prepared and served perfectly. Good portions. Very professional staff. I thought the mid-century decor (around 1960) would be ""dated"" but it was not. The rooms are spacious and lovely. You do not feel crowded and they don't rush you. You're there for a first rate dinner experience, and that's what you get.

Pros: ambience, excellent food, professional staff

Cons: pricey

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We just couldnt be happier. The food was wonderful. I especially love the crispy duck I ordered. Our waiter, Patrick, was the nicest waiter I have ever met. He was very friendly and told us if we werent happy with the food, he can take it back and give us something else. Since my cousin who is 7, also came with us, Patrick asked the kitchen to cut the lamb into bit-size so it would be easier for my cousin to eat. After the dinner, I asked for the chocolate velvet for dessert and Patrick suggested the Chocolate Souffle but gave us both so we could try them all. Plus, we got a plate of dessert samples full of great-decorated tiny cakes & chocolate. Patrick also surprised my cousins with two cotton cadies. It was so cute/sweet considering this is a fancy restaurant. The whole dinning experience was just fantastic.

2
★★★★★

We just couldnt be happier. The food was wonderful. I especially love the crispy duck I ordered. Our waiter, Patrick, was the nicest waiter I have ever met. He was very friendly and told us if we werent happy with the food, he can take it back and give us something else. Since my cousin who is 7, also came with us, Patrick asked the kitchen to cut the lamb into bit-size so it would be easier for my cousin to eat. After the dinner, I asked for the chocolate velvet for dessert and Patrick suggested the Chocolate Souffle but gave us both so we could try them all. Plus, we got a plate of dessert samples full of great-decorated tiny cakes & chocolate. Patrick also surprised my cousins with two cotton cadies. It was so cute/sweet considering this is a fancy restaurant. The whole dinning experience was just fantastic.

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Beautiful setting, with elaborate and attentive service - at times. Very expensive, some arrogance in getting reservations. This place caters to some long-term 'important' customers, the other guests are simply accepted. Too expensive for medium quality food.

2
★★★★☆

Beautiful setting, with elaborate and attentive service - at times. Very expensive, some arrogance in getting reservations. This place caters to some long-term 'important' customers, the other guests are simply accepted. Too expensive for medium quality food.

Pros: setting, setting, setting

Cons: too expensive, fluctuant service

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