Had dinner last night at Remi (53rd between 6th and 7th) for the first time in many years. It was a tolerably good dinner, but only because someone else was paying.
I ordered the "classic caesar salad," which was a fine specimen unless you consider anchovies to be fundamental to a classic caesar salad (there were none). I then had the spaghetti Remi, which is prepared with tomatoes, garlic and hot pepper. It was a good dish, if a little on the bland side, but tasted very similar to me to the preparation used for the spaghetti and meatballs at Le Zie (which I love). But unlike Le Zie, there were no delicious meatballs, and the price was double what Le Zie charges.
Service was fine but not particularly warm. I accidentally reserved a table for two instead of for three. There was no issue with their accommodating us, but the hostess was somewhat dour about it. The wine service was amateurish (when they opened the second bottle, they poured a taste into my existing wine glass rather than bringing a new one, and then refilled my glass before filling the others), which I wouldn't ordinarily care about at a casual restaurant, but found bothersome given Remi's pretensions.
I think Remi is an ok choice for a business dinner in the area, but I certainly won't be rushing back, and wouldn't consider it when on my own dime.
145 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
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