134 Reade St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.716528 -74.009557
Neighborhoods: Tribeca, Downtown
I'm very,very sad... – ...because "Forge" is exactly the kind of restaurant that I love - great atmosphere, good service, good food (albeit pricey). I am a bit of a foodie, and love to explore restaurants like Forge with other friends who also don't mind dropping $$$ on a good food experience. But Forge makes the fatal flaw so many other restaurants make - and I don't think they quite get how simple it is to avoid and just how angry it makes many patrons. I ordered a glass of red wine - at $15.00 a glass - and when the waitress poured the glass at our table and then walked away, my dinner companion and I looked at the glass and said - "Did she go to get a new bottle? Did she run out of wine? Surely, she's coming back to fill up the rest of my glass." But sadly, that was not the case. She was a lovely girl, and when I explained that I am not cheap and do not mind dropping money in a good restaurant, but that the portion they pour is ridiculous, she went into a monologue about how it just looked small because the size of the glass is bigger because they love those glasses which give the drinker a better wine experience, blah,blah,blah. So - before I even got to order my food, I was already pissed off and knew that this would be my last visit to Forge. My meal came and both appetizer and main course were very good - not exceptional - but very good. Would I have come back and brought other friends? Yes. Would I have recommended this place to other people? Yes. But being stingy with wine lost them my patronage and recommendation. So, here is the lesson to the Managers of Forge and other such restaurants: 1. Filling up a glass of wine goes a long way and cost you very little (and I spent many years working in restaurants, so you and I both know this to be true). 2. Don't have the nerve to charge $15.00 for a glass of wine and have to explain to a patron that the splash in their glass just looks small - respect my intelligence. 3. I am more likely to order a second glass if the wine were priced in the $10.00 range - making your sale $20.00 as opposed to only $15.00 for one glass. 4. If your fabulous glasses make it look like you've filled my glass under the quarter mark, get rid of those glasses.
5. This review should be more about the yummy sauce under the scallops, etc. but I am so turned off by my experience with the wine that I really don't feel like writing about it now.
Finally - if this wine thing doesn't bother you as a consumer, then definitely try Forge - everything else was very good. As for me - there are too many other restaurants in this city I love who know how to fill a glass - and that's where I'll be dropping my $$$.
Horrible Horrible Horrible – I live in Tribeca and pass by this restaurant on my way to the gym all the time. I have always been curious about it. Today was such a beautiful day outside that me and my boyfriend, who eat out all the time, decided to try it. We ordered the ravioli as an appetizer, and I had the lamb chop and he had the strip steak. Tell me how it took 1 hour for the food to come out. The ravioli looked like a chef literally just slapped on few chunks of beef on a plate and called it a day ($14). THen our main course came out and the strip was literally 3 pices of small meat and carrots ($34). My lamb ($36) was horrible and salty!!! two small pieces. I went home starving and now cooking a home cooked meal :(
VERY Disappointed! – I live in Tribeca, and have wanted to eat at Marc Forgione (Forge) for a while, now that its truffle season, I figured I would give it try.....WHAT A DISAPOINTMENT. The Sous Chef dropped the $400+ truffle on the ground...and then went back to 'get me a new one'....he shaved the truffle on my egg concoction in a jar...it essentially was tasteless. No essence of truffle, nothing....not even a slight truffle finish. Perhaps it was old...dried out... The wine pour was minimal, not very impressed. Won't go back not really worthy.....
Consistently Great Food! – This is my second time here and I love it even more! As always, the hot bread brushed with clarified butter was an appetizer teaser. The waiter bought out an amuse bouche, which we were pleasantly surprised with. It was a refreshing spoon of shrimp ceviche and a creamy foam starter. We ordered the oxtail mac and cheese yet again because it was so good it didn't even taste like m+c!! Our fish entrees were outstanding. Even though the waiter recommended the sea bass over the salmon, I thought the latter won over the crispy sea bass, which was equally delicious. The salmon was enveloped in a tasty soft polenta while the sea bass was delightful and perfectly balanced by the sauce. The highly anticipated Banana Souffle in Peanut Butter Sauce dessert (15-min wait) was a little disappointing though; I could still taste the crystallized sugar although I liked that the souffle was light and fluffy. It could have been way better though. Overall, it was a memorable experience and I would highly recommend it for any occasion!
LOVE IT – I recently went to Marc Forgione and was truly impressed. The ambiance is cozy and warm. It's a perfect place to impress. The entire experience from the service, to the wine to the food was excellent. I definitely recommend.
AWESOME! – This was my 3rd time at Forge (now called Marc Forgione) as it is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. The atmosphere is calming, the staff from host to server is both attentive and pleasant and the food is outstanding! I am looking forward to a return trip...perhaps brunch next time. PS, the Sunday night dinner price fix is a huge bargain.
Don't bother unless you have no choice – After reading all the rave reviews, I was certain this would be a great place. Every other review goes on and on about the service and food. This is NOT TRUE! Upon arrival, we were made to wait as clearly our reservation was not kept, we were then sat at a small table cramped in the back...all the tables seemed cramped. After asking to move (which they allowed with little issue) the waitress gave us the cold shoulder for the next 30 minutes. Finally she warmed up after the entrees came out. The food was poor to average, certainly not what you would expect at these prices. The kampahi tartare was soaked in a salty broth and heaped on top of chunks of avocado. It did not taste fresh and the pretentious presentation and explanation of how to eat this dish made it that much more disappointing. While my husbands "baked potato" looked nothing like the description, it was actually pretty good (hard to mess that up). My entree was the crusted skate, which was again swimming in a salty citrus soup that must have been there to mask the taste.
Wow factor! – I was totally impressed by the staff, the appertives right before the first course was interesting. I had the kampachi tartar to start and the flavors were amazing. The portions are misleading, they seem small but the flavors are huge. My friends ordered the roasted chicken to share and the potatoes underneath tasted like butter/herbs/completely delicious. The austrian riesling (bottle) and prosecco (by the glass) paired perfectly with the skate and chicken dishes we ordered. My glass was never empty and the waitress checked on us just enough. It was such a great dining experience I'm thinking about going again just writing this review! Wow!
A must try! – I took my girlfriend here last night for her birthday on a recommendation from a friend. This was one of the better meals I've had in the 2 plus years I've lived in NYC. We had a yellowtail tartare appetizer which was delicious, then moved on to a roasted chicken dish for two that was quite simply the best chicken I've ever tasted. We had some great wines and finished with a sorbet combination dessert. Our server was incredibly friendly and attentive and to top the night off, Marc Forgione came to visit us at our table to make sure that we enjoyed our dining experience. Very cool! Check this place out, you will not be disappointed!
Amazing Amazing Amazing – Walking by, my husband and I always peeked in and thought the candle lit interior was both inviting and romantic. We've been to almost every restaurant in Tribeca and Forge has won the prize for best meal hands down. We were greeted with a large warm smile from the hostess and the evening just got better as our waitress Miriam took us through a culinary journey which tickled our taste buds. Must try the Boar appetizer and Skate entre. We will definitely be back again... seconds please?
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