For our first anniversary we wanted someplace quiet, dim, romantic, and of course delicious. Based on a few reviews on this website we chose The Place in the west village and I can't even begin to compliment this restaurant enough on all of the above....HOWEVER....
once the charming host handed us over to his staff, we realized that it didn't take much to put a damper on a special night. After we got comfortable at our table next to a fireplace (lit with big candles, very beautiful) we toasted and were exchanging gifts - and right in the middle (no kidding!) of what i'd consider a very special moment, we were approached and told that a party of four had just arrived a half hour late and they needed us to give them our table. Very diplomatically I would say, they offered to buy us our drinks if we would just move to the little table in the corner. Not a problem. Unfortunately, that table happened to be at the front of the subterrenean restaurant, where it extends a bit onto the street, the walls are made of brown canvas and the floors made of plywood. The table was uneven with the floor and kept shifting, and the waitress kept taking our dishes before we were done with them. In fact, she showed up and asked if we were finished - when we said we had a few bites left she said we were too far in the corner for her to go back, so she'd WAIT FOR US TO FINISH. she actually hovered over us, watching us rush to savor the last few bites of an incredibly delicious meal, which was most certainly meant to be enjoyed slowly. and due to the fabric nature of the wall, we kept hearing trucks barreling over a slab of metal on the street.
isn't that a shame! as a testimony, however to how positively delicious the food was (I had perfectly textured and savory salmon with asparagus in a light butter sauce, he had homemade fettucine bursting with flavor from tomatoes and zucchini), we will be returning to sample the rest of the menu. though we'll pass on on the calamari appetizer - it left some to be desired. next time will have had the butternut squash ravioli. oh and the carmelized pear dessert with heath bar ice cream was outrageously good, but ask for a knife because it's a bit tough.
incidentally, we also spotted a celeb on the way out, and though i won't say who, i must admit i did try and see if she was wearing her manolo blahniks :)
moral: The Place is a wonderful restaurant if you be sure to request not to sit near the street, and don't pay much mind to the sometimes inconsiderate waitstaff.