100 E 63rd St, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.765170 -73.967642
Mon-Thurs 11:30 am-3 pm, 5:30-10 pm, Fri 11:30 am-3 pm, 5:30-11 pm, Sat 11 am-3 pm, 5:30-11 pm, Sun 11 am-3 pm, 5:30-9 pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side, Lenox Hill
Unmemorable Food, Poor Service, Big Disappointment – I live in Manhattan and eat out all the time and consider myself a real foodie. I had wanted to try Park Avenue Seasonal for a while and looked forward to my meal there. We were given a poor table by stairs and a waiter station but decided not to make a fuss. The place was crowded and noisy, but the menu looked great so we decided to focus on and enjoy the food. My companion and I each ordered several items so we could taste a lot. The appetizers I have to admit were wonderful, but each of us had a fish entree that was bland and mediocre (and $33 and $39 on top of it). Honestly, I've had tastier food at weddings. Worse to me, though, was how thoroughly ungracious the service was. Menus were dropped on the table as the waiter ran off. Each time we wanted something (ie to place a drink order; to ask for the wine list) we had to stop someone racing by our table. Requests we made were ignored. We also were rushed through our meal (3 courses and we were in and out in less than an hour) -- they clearly wanted to turn the table over as fast as possible. Wtih so many other outstanding places to eat for the same price or even less, I'm baffled why anyone would go there. I certainly won't again.
great place to be pampered – I recently visted Park Avenue Winter.I was kinda impressed with the decor. But when it comes to the food, it was under cooked,cold,nothing to brag about. But i must say, the desert was out of this world. I believe your pastry chef Richard has been doing a great job. Thats the only reason, i go back most of the time with my clients and my family.When it comes to the service and the two different occasions, i was very impressed with a Morrocan server. He was very knowledgable and well informed. Him and his collegues Mike made our visit something to talk about, But all good.But again, guys keep up the good work.We'll be back.
Great Lunch – My husband and I had lunch here for Restaurant Week on a Friday afternoon. Our waiter was wonderful, giving us enough time to make our decisions, but paying attention to when we were ready to order. We had a nice bottle of wine from the interesting seasonal (and affordable) wine list. The food was quite good, especially the salmon tartare and the goat cheese mousse. We were quite pleased with our experience here.
Summer comes early - Thankfully – I have eaten at all the Park Avenue seasons - Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer - and am happy that is summer is back. The menu has changed not only from spring but from last summer as well though keeping a few dishes that need not be changed (soft shell crab with strawberries in particular). I frequented the restaurant with a few friends, all of which dine out regularly in the city, and we all agreed that this was one of the best experiences we have had in recent memory. Simply put, the food was outstanding; light and festive and full of flavor. Babyback ribs smothered in a dr. pepper glaze hits the spot, as the meat falls right off the bone, along with the bouillabaisse, dover sole, and halibut are dishes that need not be missed. The food was on point as was our server who came prepared answering our questions about the menu. The two people who took care of our table were attentive and did not miss a beat seemingly on top of us at all times despite the restaurant being full. The only knocks on the restaurant that we encountered was having to wait for our drinks from the bar and the fact that we felt somewhat packed in at the table - it seemed like we were on top of everyone else around us but kind of fun when you also get to hear every other table's conversations. But once the food comes out, you suddenly forget about anything else.
Supposedly, Autumn does not begin until after labor day and this is great news since i plan on coming back to summer again and again.
Lack of Service – Last night was my first experience at Park Avenue Spring. Unfortunately, I left disappointed. After the two of us sat down, we waited approximately twenty minutes for our waiter to return, so that I could finally ask for a wine list. As we ordered the wine and our food, the waiter was impatient and rude. We also had to ask for water several times. While the service was mediocre, at best, the atmosphere and decor were lovely. Spring flowers were everywhere and soft reggae type music was in the background. And, overall, the food was very good. The sides I would recommend: potato latkes and the asparagus with fontina. The chicken was tasty itself, although I didn't enjoy any of the vegetables it came with. If you do not like anchovies, do not get the caesar salad. I do not plan on revisiting this restaurant.
worst ever in NYC – Barman was the only good thing. Wine was out of stock. Our first 2 choices on the menu were ordered, then the waitress informed us they were also off the menu, we made a joke about nothing being available, and the waitress complained to the maitre'D, who then took over and said the restaurant was very busy and it was a sunday night!! Well I am sorry but every table was not full, and if your open on a sunday then you should have the same food as any other night, basically the service was the worst ever experienced, I constantly had to ask for water refills. We were entertaining Londoners, and they certainly did not get a good impression, not worth the $700+ dollars for 4.
Fantastic place to celebrate the start of spring – Last Wednesday night I had the pleasure of dining at Park Avenue Spring. We had a reservation for 4 at 8:30 and they were graciously able to seat us 20 minutes early. While waiting for another couple my boyfriend and I relaxed at the main bar and enjoyed a martini. The bartender was fantastic - he made a great drink and was very friendly and knowledgable. Once seated we were given plenty of time (but not too much) to review the seasonal menu. I had a difficult time choosing as there were so many great options. I finally decided upon the squid ink parpardelle with shellfish as my appetizer. For my entree I enjoyed the lamb chop with mint and apricot. Both items were delicious. My only little complaint was that my food was a bit salty. However, it was not so overbearing as to ruin my meal. I managed to clear my plate just fine! The chocolate cube was amazing for dessert. The staff was very attentive without being cloying. We had two servers catering to us and were asked once by management how our experience was going. Overall, it was a great evening. I would jump at the chance to return and highly recommend this stylish establishment.
Fantastic experience with one slip – Our party arrived half an hour late but even though it was Saturday night our table was still waiting for us. Maitre'D was nice if a bit too eager to please and in no time we were seating in the beautiful dining room with shades of white all over the place. Our server appeared out of nowhere to take a good care of us. We ordered a bottle of West Coast Cabernet and then moved on to the food. Our server recommended us filet mignon, john Dory and veal chop and we decided to heed his suggestions. It proved to be a wise choice.
The food was amazing and it is no wonder that NY Times deems their chef to be one of the TOP 10 chefs in the city. Not only dishes tasted great, they were fairly-sized and presented with elegance.
The room was packed as it is to be expected in a hot spot like this one but it didn't affect the service. We were pampered and felt almost like royalty (e.g. our dish modifications).
Altogether it would have been an amazing night if it wasn't for one thing. One of their managers (he introduced himself as GM of the restaurant, I think his name was Jordan or Jonatan) kept coming back to our table (he even interrupted the waiter when he was describing the dishes to us), "checking that the service wasn't lacking". The only thing that he was really checking out were breasts of my girlfriend. He practically had his red nose down in her bra. I felt like smacking the guy on the face. He didn't even try to hide his oggling. I was considering contacting the owners to let them know what I think of such behavior but my girlfriend convinced me otherwise.
Besides that shameful incident with manager's wandering eyes, everything else was great. Food, service, decor and ambience - all praise worthy. i just hope next time we come back that lustful manager of theirs will be more respectful.
Pros: great food, fantastic service and amazing decor.
Cons: manager who can't control his arousal around a beautiful female patron
Nice decor, food was very creative and unique – I went to park avenue during restaurant week and was amazed at the crowd. I highly recommend reservations because it was overcrowded with people. The appetizer was delicious. The entree I choose was a roasted chicken which was a little dry and need a little gravy or sauce, the entree was not very impressive. The desert I had was a coconut caramel dish with macaroons which was delicous. It was very unique nothing like anything that I have ever had. The atmosphere was a little stuck up. It was more of a mature crowd which didn't want to be seated next to us even though we were all dressed up . The atmosphere is a little pretentious but the decor was lovely. I would go there again just don't under the chicken for an entree.
With each new season, the former Park Avenue Cafe redecorates and revamps its menu. – In Short
Like the Upper East Side matrons who pack the place, this restaurant accessorizes for every season. In summer, fresh foliage and shells set a beachy scene, while winter finds the space looking like Jack Frosts' dining room, draped in white cloth and bedecked with snowball shaped lights. Hinged tables allow a round or square shape, depending on that season's layout. The menu morphs as well, following the seasons from light summer salads to truffle-adorned John Dory to cold-weather fuel like Chateaubriand.
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