50 Commerce St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.731395 -74.005562
Sun 11am-4pm, 5:30-11pm
Neighborhoods: West Village, Downtown
Pretty the much the perfect New York neighborhood restaurant. It's hidden away on a curving sidestreet in the west village; it has a perfectly preserved art deco decor; a great drink program; and, most important, one of the best chefs in New York, if not the country, in the criminally underrated Harold Moore. It can get noisy though, so come for an early dinner.
pretty good experience – We dined on a very crowded Saturday night. We arrived and the entire restaurant and bar were completely packed. Despite a 9 PM reservation, we had to wait over 45 minutes for our table. But, the hostess was very sweet, very nice, apologetic about the wait, accommodated us with a round of drinks, and kept on checking in with us to let us know the status of our table which we appreciated very much. Once we sat down, it took forever for us to get our menus and the cocktails, but the food completely won us over. The most perfectly cooked steak and the chicken to share was divine. We will definitely return as we had a really fun time and enjoyed the food very much.
Doesn't live up to the hype – I was required to give a credit card for a party of 6 which is fairly standard. We were crammed into a small booth for 4 behind the hostess stand. We complained but were told it was the only table. We waited 20 minutes for our drink order to be taken and even longer for our food. It took over 30 mins for our green salads to arrive and then another 40 for some of the saltiest food i have ever tasted. Our waiter never even asked us for a second glass of wine. Nor did they clear our plates between our long waits between courses. We were there for 3 1/2 and couldn't even squeeze in dessert.
everything is perfect, MINUS THE HOSTESS – after having had an amazing dining experience at Commerce last New Year's Eve, I came back with a few co-workers. I was unlucky in that I picked a night where a b***** hostess I've heard about from friends' experiences before. They were right - the skinny Asian hostess was shockingly rude, impolite and inattentive. Although our interaction lasted a total of 10 minutes, those 10 minutes left a horrible taste in my mouth for the rest of my dining experience. Fortunately, the food and waiter made up for it - but I'm still appalled that they would keep someone at the door with so much attitude. I wouldn't be surprised if she ruins the tone of the evening for all the diners who arrive there. If anyone from the restaurant is reading this, I hope you know that she is spreading quite a negative vibe (and the ONLY negative vibe) about Commerce - in this economy, I'm sure finding a courteous, charismatic, attractive and organized hostess to replace her would NOT be a problem. And if you, the hostess, are reading this: KICK THE ATTITUDE.
Fantastic Food & Service! – Our waiter was so nice and attentive! My husband and a friend had the lamb and said it was out of this world. I had the halibut which was lovely. Cheese and dessert were delish! We will certainly return.
An haute eatery on a quaint West Village corner – Classic New York tavern bonhomie reverberates between the art deco Brunswick bar (circa 1941) and restored English chestnut booths. Capable waiters navigate the tightly packed space, while a consistently tony crowd enjoys dishes that are hearty, but never too heavy or too large. The plump tortelloni (filled with creamy sweet potato dotted with pomegranate and hazelnuts) is the perfect prelude to an entree like bacon-crusted halibut. For those inclined to share an entree, there are several dishes that can be ordered for two, including rack of lamb, porterhouse steak, chicken and duck. Other than the high prices, there’s not much to dislike about Commerce.
great food, friendly staff, fantastic atmosphere and reasonable. was sat next to a food critic at the next table and he was raving about it as well..
Horrendous wait time and treatment – On a recent Saturday evening we joined a couple to try out the new Commerce restaurant as we heard great things about it. We had a 7:45 reservation for 4. We got to the overly crowded restaurant and were told our table was "almost ready," so we happily waited at the bar and ordered a few cocktails. An hour had passed and still we had not been seated. We were then told we were next in line and there were 3 tables opening up in a matter of minutes. Another 30 minutes passed and still no table. During the next 30 minutes we continued to question our table and what was happening. The hostess half aplogized and then stated, "I would have left by now" (not the comment you think you would hear in a recession). When we were finally seated almost 2 hours after our initial reservation we were told the highly recommended porterhouse for two and a certain appetizer were no longer available. I am sure if we were seated at our proper reservation time, this would have not been the case. What we ended up ordering was good, but by no means worth the hype (my husband and his friend did thoroughly enjoy the lamb). Our waiter was very good and aplogetic. However, the pathetic generosity of one round of drinks bought by the restaurant did not ease our dissatisfaction with this establishment. No manager even came over to apologize, which told us that 1. they did not care that they made a party of 4 wait two hours for a table and 2. that they do not care about our return business. I know that our party will never return to Commerce and you should take a serious wait time into account if you decide to dine here. Hope your experience is a lot better than ours.
Great Atmosphere, Food and Service! – Went to dinner here last night with a friend, and had such a great experience. The place is tucked away on a quiet street, calming and welcoming atmosphere. No pretension. Our waitress was fabulous! So sweet and made lots of great suggestions on the food and the wines. We chose to split a couple appetizers and an entree, and they went out of the way to separate each course on two plates for us. 20 herb salad=awesome. Roasted sweet potato tortelloni= Amazing! Filet was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth! And don't even get me started on the Beniets! We will definitely be back!
Great food, wonderful and knowledgable staff ... – I have been to Commerce twice and what a find! Sunday afternoon I wandered in to get out of the heat while exploring the village. The bartender was fabulous and gave me plenty of attention since I came in alone. Then I brought business colleagues on a Tuesday night, they are big foodies and were as impressed as I was. Great wine and even greater food. You must try it out!
Pathetic – This place should be a wonderful spot. However, for the price the dining experience should be far more well rounded. The food was good, but was not great. The service was disgraceful and the behavior of the other patrons was unwashed.
To the establishment's credit, we were seated quickly even though it was crowded. However, we then waited (not kidding) 20 minutes to be offered water, drinks, or a chance to review the wine list. We were also seated next to a table of drunken soon-to-be-fired Wall Street wannabes who behaved as if they were watching the Super Bowl in their favorite dive bar. They subjected us to no less than (yes, I counted) 43 flash photos of eachother thoughout the meal. Yes.The staff thought that behavior in a pricey dining room was just fine.
For those who wish to have a mature meal, to get what they pay for, and not to be subjected to flash-bulbs going off in your face by faux soccer hooligans, I suggest you look elsewhere. If you actually enjoy the hellish scene that results when a so-so restaurant winds up on Daily Candy (if this one even did) then I would highly recommend 50 Commerce. Bring your Louis Vuitton bag, gigantic metal watch, overly logoed sunglasses, and your eye brow plucking boyfriend with gelled hair. You'll fit right in.
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