25 E 77TH St, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.775194 -73.963537
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Upper East Side
Jean Georges Vongerichten's restaurant at The Mark hotel is extraordinary in every regard: the chef has stretched himself beyond his familiar flavors and the result is surprisingly forceful -- especially for a staid upscale hotel like The Mark.
What a Disappointment! – Had dinner here the evening of December 25, 2006 and was sorely disappointed. My primary complaint was that the service was "off". Our waiter was rude and inefficient........qualified for work at a TGI Friday's or a Ruby Tuesday's, but not at a restaurant of this caliber. I could list his "infractions" here, but will spare you the lurid details. Suffice it to say, he performed way below acceptable standards.
The prime rib I had for dinner was so salty it was almost inedible. The final disappointment came with the bill- $285 (with a bottle of wine and a bottle of Pelegrino water). I had dinner the evening before at Le Perigord, one of the finest French restaurants in NYC, for about $5 more (though without the mineral water) and the ambience, food, and service was incomparable.......making my dining experience at Mark's all the more miserable.
Great Food, Atmosphere Not Up-to-Par – If only Mark's could get it together! The service is impeccable, but the lighting is horrific. The hotel is gorgeous, but the restaurant is empty (we went during restaurant week). The appetizers were delightful, the entree only okay. At 8:30pm on a Thursday night we were one of three tables occupied in the restaurant. The winter roll and crispy egg were unforgettable, the pinot noir beef entree too salty and a bit rough. Hazelnut nougat and grapefruit dessert were yummy but forgettable. Hopefully, the establishment will re-think their lighting as well as get a crowd. Until then, I doubt I will return.
Impressive, delicious, went back again – Steakhouse with your traditional menu of lobster, mashed potatoes and steaks but everything is really good. The wine list is notable and great California reds. I was inspired to go from a review on chefschoiceny.com and I brought a date here and he returned with with cowokers, and I returned with friends. The fried calamari is out of sight, crispy, and fresh. The male waiters are experienced and treat you like a king. Off the beaten path, but worth it, in Historic area with cobblestone streets and parking.
enjoyable evening – The setting is warm and romantic. The tables are not too close together. The Mark is a beautiful hotel.
The food was excellent, but portions (especially appetizers) are very small.
Service was very gracious.
Where is everyone? – It's a really nice bar, but for being on of the "best hotel bars in the city", it was lacking... people specifically! Saturday night my friend and I were one of 5 in the entire bar.
A treat for the taste buds – My husband and I have really enjoyed dinner at Mark's Restaurtant. The food is exellent, and the atmosphere is quiet and relaxed. Very enjoyable!
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