Apparently the negative reviews of ADNY were correct. I ate there on Friday evening and was extremely disappointed. For that much money, I expect the food and service to be excellent and neither was. We ordered a la carte as not everything on the prix fix menu appealed. (it was just as expensive).
The amuse was a puree of cod, which was ok. Then my appetizer was a terrine of fois gras and squab, served chilled. It was nothing special. My friend ordered the spaghettini appetizer with truffel shavings and was also unimpressed, despite the fact that it was listed as a signature dish of AD. My appetizer was placed in front of my friend and vice versa, the first of many service lapses. Next the chef sent out scallops as another suprise. This would have been ok, but when ordering, I asked my waiter if something could be substituted for scallops on the tasting menu, should I order it, specifically mentioning that I don't eat scallops. I pointed out to the waiter that I mentioned that I don't eat scallops and he took my dish away and brought out an herb soup, which was much better than my appetizer.
As an entree I had the angus steak cooked in red wine sauce, which was very good. My friend had the fois gras entree, which was ok and small (my appetizer had been large). We also had to wait a long time to get more bread. Then when desserts came, my friend was given my chocolate dessert and I was given something neither of us had ordered, as we discovered after each taking a bite. This was frustrating and they took the desserts away and then brought us the correct desserts a few minutes later. After having a few bites, I felt ill and went to the bathroom and I vomited. I have never gotten sick in any restaurant in Manhattan, from a greasy spoon to Jean Georges, and so was quite unhappy. My friend told a waiter that the food had made me sick and he seemed offended and asked if we were questioning the freshness of the ingredients or wanted a tour of the kitchen. We declined. I just couldn't wait to leave. They brought out peach melba. i couldn't eat anything after being sick, but my friend said it was the best thing he ate all evening. It was not worth going to. The service was poor for a top-caliber restaurant and the food was nothing to run back to, on top of an almost $500 bill including tip (they comped us the desserts). It wasn't that there wasn't a lot of staff present, but that the staff that was there did not do a good job. Save your money and go to Bouley Bakery, where I've always had a great time and I think is worth every penny. Or save up and go to France, go anywhere but ADNY.
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