I love my chowhounds but where did it go wrong for this place? I'm in NYC for the week and after much study of all you great hounds I made my reservations. For my third night it was to be Artisanal. I am so glad I have two more days. I need to re-invigorate my palate and try and brush off one of the worst meals (for the money) I have ever had!
You told me it was about cheese, so I ordered Cheese. And all I got was "we are out of that and out of this" and when they brought me what they had it was five small lonley pieces of oddly cut cheeses. Worst of all...nothing to stimulate the flavors of the cheese. No honey, fruits or homemade jams.
You told me to get the gougures. I did and they were very well made but cold!
You told me the wine list was superb. It was but I never received my selected glass when the cheese arrived. I waited and waited hoping I would have wine with cheese. But No...at Artisanal, its here is the cheese........"are you finished?"...."here is your wine"
Finally I must comment on the dining room. I will leave you with this. I feel sorry for the young couple who had just received their overpriced bottle of wine only to have it end up in the lap of the lady caused by the buttocks of the other lady trying to squeeze into her sardine can like seat.
I'm affraid Zagat got it right. Zagat rated it a 23. If you know Zagat a 23 to me equals crappola!
Artisinal recieved a 23!
By the way, Sfoglia, Lupa, OTTO, Aburiya are all fantastic! Thanks for the great ones.