2 Park Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.746246 -73.982456
Neighborhoods: Kips Bay, Midtown
Cheese is king at this large, brassy bistro, where it's not too much to have gougeres, a cheese plate AND fondue. A perfect spot for a fun Sunday brunch or loud, lively dinner. The cheese cave is the place to reserve for a special dinner, and don't forget about their ubercheese picnic baskets to go. A retail shop on the side of the restaurant allows you to supplement what's in the picnic baskets or pick out a perfect gift. The servers are professionals, and the sommelier will patiently pick out a bottle or glasses from the excellent wine list with each member of your party.
it was alright, not great but not terrible either – I went here last night with my sister from out of town. She loved it (but she lives in the midwest and the restaurant selection in her area is quite limited, so by comparison I can understand that she loved it), but I thought it was just OK and won't rush back. The service and atmosphere was good. Food was just OK, I'm not raving about it. I got the short ribs, and the menu said it came with parmesan polenta. I don't think there was more than 2 tablespoons of polenta with my dish. Meat was good though. There are better places to go, esp. for the price (about $160 for two after tip and 2 glasses wine each). Oh, the wine was excellent.
My worst dinner ever! Never Again! Beware! – This is the worst restaurant experience I have ever had in NYC. We enjoy fine dining and french cuisine and decided on a Valentine's dinner at Artisanal. We usually do Union Squire Cafe or similar places, but this year decided to do something different. We arrived at the restaurant and were seated in area which was overcrowded, to say the least, two sets of two rows of small round bistro tables were diagonally set along the restaurant, my elbows were touching those next to us and more tables just anywhere they could they fit them. It was already crowded and chaotic and they kept rearranging the tables as we sit, lifting them up and above everyone's heads (some serious lack of planning in terms of seating arrangements here). We were seated and it was 30 minutes or more before anyone came. 20 minutes later the waiter came and asked us again about our wine choices which he claimed he simply forgot. Then it was another 30 minutes for the wine to come. So, an hour on into our Valentines dinner we were sitting on an empty table with water only, no bread, hor douves or anything else. After more than an hour an half I had to motion the waiter and asked him if we are going to get anything we ordered, or at least some bread to go with our (near empty) water glasses. I had to really make the point to him. He was disappearing about 10-15 minutes at a time and more and nobody was getting anything. Then the wait station machines went down , which they covered with napkins and put a signs "do not touch". So we sat and waited, and waited, and waited. About two hours later we finally got wine and some bread which we had to remind everyone for. Finally, hor douves arrived cold and nothing memorable in terms of taste. Also, I ordered the pate with cornichons, one of which looked like it had been bitten off. Disgusting! Maybe it was just broken, but at a restaurant, let's at least try for a little something in terms of presentation. Our experience was now getting more than ridiculous. Dinner arrived with no appropriate cutlery and so we eventually had to start and a steak knife was delivered 10 minutes later. Again, at the end we had to ask for more water as there is nobody really attending to the tables. Wait staff was simply walking around completely out of it. The food was average and for the price we paid poor quality. Finally, the much waited dessert 'fondue for two' came which had 3 bits of an strawberry, not even a whole one, somewhat strange that for the price of 59 per couple they could not include a whole strawberry! Everyone around us experienced the same wait time and a family and a couple simply left before their meals arrive. I will never again go there, nor will recommend this place to others and will make sure that all NYC friends and their friends are fully aware of this experience. For a place that charges $150 and more for dinner for two this is simply unacceptable on any night. The level of service was never we had ever experience in any place on earth.
love it – They dinners are consistently spectacular and satisifying.
Really great experience! – My husband and I went for our anniversary because we LOVE cheese. I was a bit skeptical because of the bad reviews but we decided to go anyway. We started off with 2 stilton martinis(which were delicious) at the lounge/waiting area and then went to our table. We ordered 4 cheeses and the gougeres. The cheeses were ridiculously good (we asked for stinky) however, the gougeres were not as fantastic as everyone says! They were just like mini rolls that tasted like cheese - I thought there was going to be cheese melted inside of them but there wasn't ( I should have asked!) Then I had an app portion of the mussels and the mac and cheese (both were fantastic) and my husband had the lamb (he said it was good) Then we had the cheesecake and the waitress, Amy, was fantastic, she had written "Happy Anniversary" in chocolate on the side of our plate! The service was great !!! If I were to go back I would skip out on the entree and would probably just have a plate of 15 cheeses and extras(honey, walnuts, proscuitto, etc...) and a nice bottle of wine.
Terrific Service, Awesome CHEESE! – We went here for dinner before going to see a show. Since it's not super close to Times Square, we told the server and she made sure that we were out with plenty of time. We ordered these "cheese flights" that had wine pairings - little glasses that go with each piece of cheese. Not only were they delicious, but a really cool idea.
We then had 2 entrees - I had the skate "wing", my boyfriend had a steak. Our server described the skate exactly the way it came out - which was delicious. The fries were really tasty too.
I had profiteroles with pistactio ice cream in them. The guy drizzled chocolate on them right at the table. Tasty!
OH the wine! It was really good! We had a sommolier visit the table who really know pretty much everything I've ever wanted to know. Really tasty stuff. And you can get something like 100 different wines by the glass! (We didn't want a full bottle after the flights with the cheese!)
My honey and I can't wait to go back.
Steak Tough, Staff Dismal at Artisanal – I went to Artisanal for the prix-fixe menu, and while the price represents a very good value, the food leaves much to be desired. More specifically, the hanger steak was the toughest piece of meat I've ever attempted to eat. I say attempted because it proved literally impossible to chew at medium rare. Moreover, while the service was competent in its execution, the staff seemed altogether unhappy to be there. My friend commented to me that no one smiled, and the atmosphere seemed more appropriate for a funeral than a bustling bistro. I did get some cheese to go, and the counter staff helped in making delicious, appealing choices. Avoid unless you're in the mood for a real downer.
Prix-Fix absoulutely amazing value – with a lunch prix fix, you get three courses, amazing service, delicious bread, welcoming atmosphere, and much more, all for 25 bucks. Coming here without reservations is not a good idea, although our party got lucky and scored seats within 20 minutes. Yes, a long wait, but everybody walking out the door had a smile and nod telling us to hold in there, it would be well worth it. The creme brule was absoulutely terrific. I've been to Paris as a vacatioin, and the prix fix creme brule here was definitely better. Even with that, we couldn't help but get a chocolate fondue. Delicious. Cheese lovers would be happy with the cheese fondue, french is the best for them. Unlike more amatuer french restaurants, this one has flavors that can knock one and other out. Ask about which wines are best with what cheeses and the waiters will give you a definite, quick answer. They know everything in and out of the menu.You won't regret coming here
just remember to make reservations before you risk letting yourself be squashed!
This place is a rip off they charged my credit card 4 times not including the correct one and won't return my phone call to remove the charges.
Right Place for Soup and Meat.. – The few times that I've been to the Artisanal Fromagerie and Bistro, it's been with clients for work and only at lunch. I'd love to dine here in the evening but it always seems to be filled with suits at that hour. Meh, not really my type of French bistro especially after a long day at work. But the food is very good and the service is great. You can't go wrong with their meats or the soups.
The Art of Lunch – I patronized Artisanal to take advantage of a generous Restaurant Week menu. A cold "summer" pea soup was followed by sauteed skate in an orange grenobloise reduction with cauliflower, capped off by profiteroles (very good). All in all, a very solid bistro experience in a clean and airy dining room perfect for business lunch.
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