2 Harrison St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.718801 -74.009001
I'd rather be at the dentist..... – My wife and I have recently decided to fly to New York for some weekends for dining and museums. In regards to the museums, they are world class. So far, our culinary experiences have been sub par. This place was the "crown jewel" of average food with poor service. I can quickly list 50 restaurants in Chicago that are far superior to Chanterelle for 50% of the price. The restaurants at the same price point are head and shoulders above and you will have a memorable meal. After paying the $500 for this meal, I would pay someone $500 more to make me forget I ever went here.
Look forward to being forgotten.Check the dates on anything greater than 2 stars – Food was decent. If there are more than 5 tables occupied get ready to be forgotten. My wife had a coffee cup put in front of her and we stared at it for 25 mins. Couldn?t get the attention of the staff and I?m not hunting one of them down when you?re paying $500 for a table of 2. Finally the Maitre?d was seating another table where I loudly had to get his attention. Asked for the check and told him why. It is unacceptable to not have anyone come by to check in on a table for nearly half an hour. I think you will have the same experience unless you have a table with a party of 5 or more. Even though the check for 2 is high, clearly a table of 5 will likely be higher so prepare to get ignored on a 2 top. The place isn?t much bigger than a living room, so this type of experience should never happen. Should have heeded the most recent reviews regarding the svs and not the ones of yore.
Disappointing.. – We are frequent diners at the many great restaurants of NYC and really enjoy a wonderful and innovative food. It had been years since we had gone to Chanterelle, so went their for my birthday tonight. The restaurant was half full and very somber, but the decor and flower arrangements were still beautiful as we remembered. We ordered a glass of champagne and then ordered a bottle of wine. The wine list had a few bottles at $40 and them jumped up significantly from there (which we know is common in many restaurants). We told our waitress we wanted a medium-body red around $60. We got a French pinot that was below average. The food came out. I had ordered the scallops and foie gras with chive oil--to my disappointment I was given what I could only call a scallop shumai with a foie gras mousse and chive oil squirted around the plate. For my main I had a poached chicken breast that was good, but not incredible. The dessert was actually quite good--a prune armagnac souffle. My boyfriend's meal was average: squash ravioli with ox ragout as the starter and lamb for the main. It was ok. The service was fine but when the bill came we were shocked to see that the 2 glasses of champagne were $50 and the bottle of pinot (2004, Louis Jadot) was $75. I feel as though there should have been some discussion about the prices of the wine. I know that at a $75 price point you can have an excellent bottle of wine at a top restaurant. SKIP this and go to Le Bernadin, Per Se or Bouley for a better dining experience at this price range.
Indifferent Service, Mediocre Food – I concur with the two most recent reviews. I was truly disappointed by Chanterelle. My fiancee and I were there yesterday evening for my birthday. We got the 3-course menu and an unremarkable (yet overpriced) bottle of Rioja. My appetizer of scallop and foie gras dumplings & my partner's entree of sturgeon were both quite good; his appetizer of beef cheeks and my entree of sirloin and marrow were awful -- both dry and tasteless, my sirloin dish in a soupy, flavorless red wine sauce. He had a rhubarb tart for dessert, which was tasty; I had the Valrhona chocolate dessert which was terrible, inedible in fact (wonderful dark chocolate in a fried pastry concoction that completely masked the flavor of the chocolate -- what was the pastry chef thinking??). The service, however, was the WORST part of the meal. We easily waited 40 minutes between courses, the waiters were gruff and indifferent (hastily mumbled the descriptions of the food and kept us sitting at a dirty, crumb-covered table for 10 minutes), and no one checked to see if we needed anything once our food was served. We felt abandoned by the wait staff. I was so disappointed that I actually said something to the manager -- and it made absolutely no difference. What an unfortunate experience. Skip this place and go to Jean Georges, Bouley or Gramercy Tavern -- where the food AND the service are spectacular.
Truly a Disappointment – Don?t waste your time or money at this restaurant. It does not live up to expectations. The service was almost non-existent. My husband and I remarked that we have never eaten at a restaurant so highly rated where the service was so poor. No wait staff spoke to us for nearly forty-five minutes as we waited for our main course to arrive. We were virtually ignored. The food was average, but nothing extraordinary. The room is pretty, but less impressive than many other top restaurants. I would save your money for a restaurant that lives up to its reputation such as Daniel, Bouley or Le Bernardin. Chanterelle does not even come to any of these restaurants. I don?t know how it has been able to retain its high rating ? especially in service.
Mediocre food, indifferent service, overrated – It seems as if once a restaurant gets a good name, it can't ever do wrong in anybody's eyes. The tasting menu might have been a better choice but at least three of the dishes looked unappealing so we opted for the $110
three-course menu. The food did not make my mouth water or sing. My companion's scallops were interesting but not fantastic. My bluefin was under a piece of toast giving it the feeling of an expensive sandwich. The desserts are the usual, some ordinary ice cream, mousse but some very nice chocolates.
The kicker was the service. The waiter was sarcastic and once they saw we weren't having the tasting menu or having wine, we became invisible. No one looked at us or talked to us again. (Well, one nice fellow wrapped up the leftover chocolate). They could not have cared less. I was grateful they brought us the meager three courses.
When all was said and done, I commented to the maitre'd and he remarked that the two tables surrounding us had been complicated since they were having flights of wine. I didn't realize that made me dispensable.
Skip it and try Jean Georges or Bouley next time.
great food, mediocre service – My husband and I went for our first anniversary and very much enjoyed the food and the experience. However, we were disappointed with the service. The staff attempted to serve us somebody else's drinks and then a course from somebody else's meal (this even though we both got the tasting menu so it shouldn't have been that hard to follow). Also, we had ordered a bottle of wine, but nobody came to refill our glasses even after they were entirely empty until we asked somebody.
However, the staff that interacted with us were personable but not clingy, as I remember from last time at Chanterelle.
The food was excellent, and I would recommend the restaurant. However, for the amount of money we spent, I would have liked somebody to refill my glass without asking.
Great service – Once you get past the grumpy hostess, the dining experience was fantastic. The food was good, but the service was superb. He was attentive, professional, non-invasive and made us feel rather comfortable in the awkward space.
excellent dinner --poor management – I tried making reservations for two weeks. When I asked for a specifc time on two nights I was told that only a 5:30 or 9:30 was available. While dining there this week at 5:30 I noticed that the restaurant was empty. I spoke to the hostess and she looked it up on the computer and noticed that indeed there were empty tables at 6pm and 7pm etc. This really disappoints me since I assume they are trying to save tables or give the impression that it is difficult to get a reservation. We left the restaurant at 7:30 and there were 6 empty tables. The owners might be interested to know that we would have dined with others but were told that they were booked. I thought restaurants are in the business of booking reservations -- not turning away customers!! I might add that the food was superb, but doubt I would try to make another reservation under those circumstances. This incident really bothered me.
Good at one time, but that time has past – This one time great place has gone way down hill as far as I'm concerned.
It has rested on it name for too long.
Now I find it to be an over-priced place thats just pretty good but nothing more.
Sorry folks, you did it not me
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