Visited Gemma at the Bowery Hotel on Sunday for dinner for the first time. They don't take reservations, but the place was pretty dead at 6 p.m. anyway. Things started poorly when I had to stand at the host stand for roughly 10 minutes with no one there at all. Finally, a bartender noticed I was still standing there, so he hunted down a host. We sat at an outdoor table.
After a fairly long wait, a waiter showed up and took drink orders. I ordered the burrata, olive and cheese pizza and he ordered an artichoke/truffle oil salad with the ny strip steak. The salad was OK. The pizza was good and I'm told the steak was good. But nothing fancy at all. Just a slab of meat on a dish and a small side plate with roasted potatoes. They brought me out a stand for my pizza, then removed it when the pizza arrived. What?
The worst part was that as we waited for dinner, we overheard our waiter telling the next table over about specials.. What specials? No one told us.
For dessert, we split the nutella calzone (the reason we ventured here in the first place). It was a huge doughy calzone with powdered sugar on top. When we cut into it, all of the nutella poured out. Inside there was some ricotta cheese. I loved the nutella with the sweet dough (then again I love anythign with nutella) but I wasn't in love with the ricotta with it. And the ricotta was cold, which made the nutella cold. Maybe if it was warm, it would have been better.
Overall, I wouldn't return. The service was poor, and it just simply wasn't worth the money. There was zero creativity in these dishes and the place just seemed like a lost ship with no captain.