37 W 17th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001140.738910 -73.994017
Neighborhoods: Flatiron District, Midtown
Blah food, bad service. – We had made reservations for 9:30pm, went earlier cause we were in the neighborhood around 8:30pm. They couldn't accommodate us earlier, although it was obvious there were empty tables. But we were easy going so we just ate at the bar. I agree with the other reviews, the food was nice, but nothing special. You can't order wine by the glass, you have to buy a bottle. We weren't paid any special attention until we started spending money, and after spending $100 on just two people, we finally got a goodbye from staff as we were leaving. While eating, I saw the bartender hound a patron cause he was gonna leave after drinking one Heineken from the bottle without leaving a tip. The bartender actually made the patron leave a tip. Poor form! Doesn't matter if you're Japanese trying to play fusion, but failing miserably and just making overrated Italian food, show some common decency and humanity. They act like they are a One and Only, so they can afford to be snooty, expensive, and exclusive. Too bad I can think of 20 other restaurants just like them.
Bad Service – I rarelly write review for restaurants. Either it's fantastic or either it's really not worth trying. Plus I usually give it a second chance. However, this particular restaurant just make ppl disappointed. The service is really bad, even though food is not bad. Agree with previous review writers, the owner/maneger is rude and make ppl feel uncomfortable. Really a shame.
Great service, great food – I went with my wife during the week, we were really early and could get a table, the place was full within 1 hour. The food was excellent, Service was one of the best i had in NYC yet. I can recommend the Spaghetti Parmegiana with Procioutto, you will see :)
Above average food at reasonable prices, but service isn't great. – We came here for dinner. We had a large group and had made a reservation. We were seated quickly. I have to say that the service at this restaurant is odd at best, and perhaps just a step above incompetent. They are extremely careful about their menus and kept warning us not to break them and not to get them dirty. Whenever they wanted to get our attention, they would come up behind us and tap us on our shoulders. It was odd. The wine list is miserable and quite overpriced. All that said, the food is fairly good. The mushroom, mussel, duck and squid appetizers were tasty, as was the pasta made at the tableside. The spaghetti with flying fish roe and the spaghetti with shrimp were not remarkable, and I am told the steak wasn't memorable either. However, the lamb chops were quite good. Overall, I would not come back here, but I might recommend it for an interesting experience, particularly as the pastas are reasonably priced.
Owner/Manager ruined the evening – Went with my brothers for a rare get together meal. The food was excellent and the service was attentive and polite. But the evening was ruined by the owner/manager who asked us to leave because there were people waiting for tables. I'm sorry, my brothers and I dropped over $300 to dine there for the rare occassion for us to get together and enjoy each others company. This is more important than anything. We didn't need to be told to leave just because we were spending an extra 1/2 hour after the meal talking at the table. This is enough for me to never return there. My brothers shared my sentiment as well. Left a very bad taste. What sort of people run this restaurant? This is the sort that looks at the almighty dollar before everything else. Not a place I would want to patronize. Goes to show you that great food is never enough. Good relationships with customers is very important.
good combination – What a wonderful combination of Italian food and Japanese service. Though at one point I had to hold back extreme laughter, I enjoyed my food and my experience. Apparently this place was inspired by Iron Chef - the entire kitchen is open and visible, except a small area in the back where they get the bread from. And speaking of bread, the service here is absolutely excellent. My bread basket and water glass were never empty, and I ate alot of bread and drank alot of water, so that's saying something. I ordered the lunch special: minestrone soup, spaghetti with fish eggs, tea, and some unknown dessert (it changes from day-to-day and no one there spoke enough English for me to understand what it was... from what I could tell it was some small cakelike thing with small pieces of fruit in it, served with cream), all for $18. I don't know why people are complaining about the portion sizes, I was sufficiently full by the time my meal was over (maybe from all the bread). I would definitely go here again.
Favorite place... – I love this quirky restaurant. The food is TERRIFIC. The ambiance is for all ages, types and yet feels hip and lively. From the art on the walls to the large cheese wheel that gets rolled around on a cart. I've had many birthday parties here, many dates, dining with friends and it's really my "go to" place.
Finally Good Italian Food in NYC! – I love this place! Great service, fabulous food and great art work! Open over a decade and just as good today as the first time I eat there. Highly recommend it for lunch or dinner but you may want to make a reservation as they seem to be busy and full almost every night and if that is not a good sign then what is!?
Below average. – First of all, the lighting in this place is ridiculous. It is bright and not flattering at all. Crowd was unattractive and extremely loud even though they were sitting half an inch from each other. As if that wasn't enough to ruin my appetite when I first got seated, the waiters and waitresses were unprofessional and had no personalities whatsoever. They were so weird. I don't think they believe in smiling or even talking. Seriously, they don't talk! I had the "Asparagus al dente" as the appetizer and it was very disappointing. Anyone can boil some asparagus and melt some cheese on top. The salmon pasta dish I got wasn't great either. Every dish my dining partner and I tried tasted like it was prepared by a 7 yr old. I really want to be fair and say something positive about this place but I just can't think of any! I'm sorry. Please train your staff, your chefs, and create a whole new menu. Don't forget to dim the lights!
Not Japanese Italian – This was way below anything you have in Japan as Italian food; I don't even know what kind of flavor they are trying to create. You may say the food is "delicate", in other words, it's "weak" and "uninspiring".
The manager and the waiers were all rude. I would look pass it if the food was goof but it was below average in both Japanese and Italian standard. Sad to see if people think this is what Japanese Italian is all about because IT IS NOT!!I hope they would retrain the waiters and the chefs in Japan. Their little success here seems to ruin the attitude and the food. Will not recommend.
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