The 3 of us had dinner at Gustavino's last week. Let's just say it: you dine there for the view. Conrad's inventive use of under the 59th street bridge is breathtaking and cavernous and it's a great place to impress out of towners but the food? average at best.
The cod was charred on top and spongy all the way through and when the kindly waiter offered not to charge us for it we readily agreed. I had the lamb which was fine, adequate, nothing to write back to England about. And our third party had the pork chop which he loved, but lets face it: he'd eat anything. The Warning of the evening is this: if you're thirsty, insist on tap water because if you don't, the water comes in smallish bottles, neatly packaged in the Conrad graphics at $6 a hit. Couple that with those well meaning but annoying women in the restroom who insist on opening the toilet door for you, handing you paper towels and turning on the faucet and it becomes quite a pricey night. (At $6 bucks a bottle for water dear Mr Conran, I'd like to at least pee for free!)