Friday, May 05, 2006

Nero D'Avola Restaurant

Italian. Above Average Prices. Tasty Food. Attentive and Courteous Service. Noisy Atmosphere but Warm Decor. Trendy Location. My wife and I took some friends there for dinner. We reserved in advance and where seated immediately. The waiter was attentive and was clear when reciting the specials. We ordered the calamari and carpaccio to start. Both where well prepared and presented. I ordered the Australian Sea Bass, called the Barramundi, and it was perfectly seasoned. Their desserts were the highlight though. I ordered the Creme Brulee and my wife the Tiramisu. However, neither were traditional. The Crème Brulee was prepared with berries and the Tiramisu was served in a glass. Both were exceptional. I recommend arriving before the crowds do for dinner. It can get a bit loud.

Located at:

46 Gansevoort Street (at Greenwich Street)
New York, NY 10014

Phone: 212-675-5224

Website: www.neronyc.com

Macelleria

Italian. Decent Prices. Badly Prepared Food. Uninterested Service. Relaxed Decor. My wife and I took a friend here for brunch and quickly regretted it. It began with the Maitre D' seating us then a waiter rushed by to say that we couldn't sit there. They argued for a minute and we were allowed to sit at the table. Our waiter didn't seem happy about losing his argument and was very gruff with us. When the meals arrived we were very unhappy. My burger which I had asked to be cooked medium came to me still alive. What makes that odd is that the name of the restaurant, Macelleria, means butcher shop in Italian. You would think they know how to make a burger. My wife ordered a dish called 'Sicilian Toast' or what my wife would call italian bread with grease. Dreadful. The decor was nice enough but not enough to placate the poor service and below average food.

Located at:

48 Gansevoort Street (at Greenwich Street)
New York, NY 10014

Phone: 212-741-2555

Website : macelleriarestaurant.com

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Masso (Long Island City, Queens)

Italian. Good Prices. Tasty Food. Slightly Tardy Service. Bar meets lounge meets cafe Decor with Fireplace. 3 Blocks from the 7 Train Location. My wife and I went there for Brunch. They had a good menu but not very imaginative. I chose panini which was very tasty but tiny. My wife and I shared an Olive Pizza (from the main menu). That was very good and light; to some the olives might be a bit salty. We had an apple tart a la mode for dessert which seemed to take ages to make but was still tasty. Great atmosphere will see us go back again this weekend.

Located at:

47-25 Vernon Boulevard (at 47th Road)
Long Island City, NY 11101

Phone: 718-482-8151

Website: www.lucaloungenyc.com/masso.html

Al Bustan

Lebanese. High End. Scrumptious Food. Indifferent Service. Unspectacular Decor. Busy Midtown Location. Went there for lunch with my boss. Good food though traditional Lebanese food shouldn't cost this much. Great Sausages. A little dark inside with uninspiring decor. Service aside from the host didn't particularly care about us.

Located at:

827 Third Avenue (Btwn E.50th & 51st Sts)
New York, NY 10022

Phone: 212-759-5933

Website: www.albustanny.com

Monday, March 13, 2006

The Place

New American. High End. Scrumptious Food. Brisk Service. Cozy Decor. Quiet NYC Location. Went there with my wife for Valentines Day and of course the prices were jacked up. However, there was a lot of bang for the buck. The Diver Scallops (appetizer) were perfect. The Leg o' Lamb (entree) was buttery and delicious. The dessert of Crème Brulee was perfectly french. Will definitely go back for another romantic interlude.

Located at:

310 West 4th Street (Btwn Bank & West 12th Sts)
New York, NY 10014

Phone: 212-924-2711

Website: www.theplaceny.com

En Japanese Brasserie

New Japanese. A bit on the pricey side. Interesting (if not experimental) food. Happy Service. Impressive Decor. A bit out-of-the-way Location. This place has an amazing space with what feels like 20 foot ceilings. The food wasn't as intoxicating. A friend ordered the vegetarian sashimi as an appetizer. Think clear gobs of silicone with green specks. The strangest thing was that if you dipped it in the miso sauce it all together tasted like strawberry jam. I had the salmon clay pot as an entree, which was pretty tasty, but it took 40 mins to prepare. The dessert I ordered was tea based but so small that I can't remember how it tasted.

Located at:

435 Hudson Street (at Leroy Street)
New York, NY 10014

Phone: 212-647-9196

Website: http://www.enjb.com/