12 E 12th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.734373 -73.993987
Mon-Thu 12pm-2:15pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Fri 12pm-2:15pm, 5:30pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Alfred Portale helped transform food into show business at this immensely influential restaurant, where food rose up into towers and new flavors knocked out diners in the 90s. He, and it, are still around and still producing great food day in and day out. So why haven't you gone there?
1 of the best meals I have ever had – I was in New York on a trip and we ate here for lunch, I had the black cod it was amazing the presentation the taste the textures just truly great. It was really busy for lunch and the service was still top notch. Everything was timed perfectly, the server was able to answer every question we had. If your ever in the area stop and eat you wont be disapointed.
Most Memorable Dining Experience – My boyfriend and I are huge fans of the TV show ?Top Chef? on Bravo, which is where we learned of the chef of Gotham: Portale. We try to spend one romantic night at a ?top? restaurant in New York every time I am able to visit. On my most recent visit to the city for our anniversary, he took me to Gotham. We were seated immediately and greeted promptly by our server. Our first impression of the restaurant was disappointing: the wine list was unimpressive - especially considering those at other top restaurants in the city - so we ordered an entire bottle of something familiar and reasonably priced. However, when it came to ordering an appetizer, entrees, and dessert, our waiter?s recommendations were right on: the octopus appetizer was delicious even for those unadventurous with their tastes. For dinner my boyfriend ordered a steak which seemed to melt in your mouth, while I ordered the grilled halibut which was not even on the menu. *It is the single most delicious dish I have ever tasted.* And for dessert we ordered the S?more, which staid true to it?s name. We even recommended it to the pair sitting at a nearby table who noticed it when it arrived. Despite the wine list, this was the single most romantic and delicious meal I have ever shared, and I look forward to returning to Gotham for future celebrations.
Very good for lunch – Food
I had the mushroom pasta and the black miso cod. The Pasta was delicious, very rich and earthy like i expected (and the bread we were served was very handy in mopping up the sauce) and the pasta was well cooked. The Miso Black cod was extremely tasty, the fish was perfectly cooked as was the veggies and rice. My only regret was that i didn't order something more 'unique' to the restaurant as this seemes to be a common dish.
My wife ordered a warm mushroom salad and the free range chicken, She enjoyed the mushrooms and other stuff in the salad but was overwhelmed by the greenery on it (which was almost comical in how over the top it was stacked). As for the chicken it was perfectly cooked and she enjoyed it. personally I'm not a fan of chicken, esp chicken breast so i found the sample i had disappointing (but it's not something i would have ordered in the first place). The root veggies that came with the chicken were really well done.
About the only disappointment with the food was the lack of options at lunch, the menu was really heavy on seafood, it would have been nice to have more non seafood options as an appetizer or an entree. Also the soup selection was disappointing, Both of us really wanted soup but the one they had (celery and pear) just sounded blah.
We had the chocolate cake for desert and it was very good, it came with gingerbread ice cream which i didn't care for (but then I'm not a ginger fan) but she loved.
Service was friendly, we were early for our reservation but were seated immediately coat and bag check was very nice and the hostess was as friendly as you'll find in a place like this in NYC. Service was a bit stuffy but again that is to be expected in a place like this and it wasn't as bad as you'll find in other places. The lack of a dress code was also very nice
It was great for a 'special lunch' not sure if I'd come back for a dinner as I'm not sure if the same value would be there.
Delicious soups – Recently went to Gotham for lunch and it was delicious! I never knew where it was, but was familiar with the restaurant from seeing the chef on bravo. I stopped in for a quick bit...their soups are fantastic and the atmosphere is excellent. I found them to be very hospitable. I look forward to an opportunity when I can try the lunch prix fixe.
good drinks...pompous staff – They can make a good martini once you get then bar tenders attention...but the staff is so pompous. I wouldn't take any important clients here because it's embarrasing.
Perfectly Done – Having tried to get reservations here for several months now since Alfred Portale's recent "Most Outstanding Chef" award from the JBF, I finally lucked out and snagged a Sunday 9pm table for four. The space is simple, but striking at the same time. Hostess, servers, bussers--all staff were very attentive and pleasant. Other guests seemed fairly stuffy and we did wait several minutes longer than usual to be given menus, but no negatives other than that. A perfectly lemony Lobster & Black Truffel Risotto was phenomenal, gezpacho was made very tasty by the inclusion of roasted peppers and avocado, Barbecue Spiced Muscovy Duck done exactly medium-rare and was as spicy and savory as I had hoped for. Miso Cod was much more brightly flavored than, yes, even Nobu's. Plum Souflee was nice, though paled in comparison to a well-contructed version of a S'more served as a graham cracker crust based tart. Presentation on all platings were extremely impressive as well. This was a truly fine dining experience all around.
Not good – Wow..what was all the hype about? What a disappointment. Much, Much better meals in Manhattan than this. Nothing i had was good except the roll. Will not waste my time again. Wine was good tho.
Exquisite dining – Lovely ambiance coupled with a delicious and well-prepared meal make for a perfect dining experience.
Service was lovely. Totally unpretentious too!
Comfortable setting and delicious food – Went with a small group, had great service and truly enjoyed our meals. Nice selection of wines as well. Would recommend for casual dining, as well as a "date place".
A perfectly sublime experience. – Gotham has set a standard of excellence which is tough to match in NYC. First impression is reminiscent of the Powerbroker eighties with its high arching doorway, and open well lit airy room. An atmosphere which says "Look at me"...(good tip. You will be noticed, so be comfortable with how you look). The arwork is a fabulous mix of old and new photography, sometimes subtle, sometimes bold, with a theme which is uniquely NYC. The Maitre d' is helpful, warm and professional. I have gone in when there has been a wait for a table longer than expected, and they are always quick to bring to your attention they have not forgotten you. If one has to wait a bit for a table, the bar is huge and perfect for pre-dinner conversation as it is never too loud. The "90 foot" ceilings help keep the chatter to a soft hum. The food is excellent. Upon last visit I had the Tuna tartare which was excellent. A bit of an Asian flair with hints of sesame and ginger worked perfectly. My second course was the Porcini mushroom soup which is ladled at the table, and so wonderful that I do not have the words to describe. It is served with goat cheese and pancetta and is a meal in itself. For the main course I had the steak served with a stack of Crispy thick onion rings and hearty bordelaise sauce. The steak was a perfect medium rare and served warm. For dessert order the chocolate cake. The only thing which was even a slight problem to an otherwise perfect experience was they didn't have the wine we ordered. But that was made up for immediately when the Sommelier apologized personally, and picked out a perfect substitute. Lynch-Bages. Upon re-presenting the wine list, I noticed that the wine we ordered was ALREADY taken off. Impressive. You will not be disappointed. Always perfect attentive service. If looking to impress a client or date, this is as close as it gets to a sure thing. I will certainly be back.
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