A friend took me tonight to Pazo (on E. 57th Street) which has been awarded two stars by the New York Times and a fair amount of critical acclaim elsewhere. Well, in my opinion, you can toss this one into the already-far-too-large "overpriced, underseasoned, and undersized portions" category.
My $16 appetizer was two tiny pieces of grilled octopus atop a tiny mound of chopped vegetables. While the octupus was quite tender, that could simply be because the pieces weren't actually just small, they were "pre-macerated". My friend's ravioli appetizer ($14 ???) was, she tells me, quite good, though personally, I think she may have been influenced by the hearty appetite she worked up trying to find the tiny pieces on their oversized plate.
My entree ($30+) was three sushi roll-sized pieces of bland, overcooked sole, wrapped in some kind of very thin prosciutto-like (I forget the exact name) ham. This was a theoretically interesting combination that, in its execution, was bland beyond belief. My friend had the $29 "chicken cooked under a brick" and, well, let's just say it couldn't hold a candle to the 8x larger Murray's rotisserie available for $6.99 at Fairway.
On the bright side, the service was quite good, as was the small tray of petit fours served in place of the desserts we didn't bother to order. And, oh yeah, most of the women working there were serious babes. But then, if THAT were our interest, we would've been better off all around with the buffet at Scores.