I was planning on going to Union Pacific for Valentine's Day, until I called to confirm my reservations and they informed me that they would charge my credit card if I cancelled after Thursday (is that legal?). Then they told me that they were only offering a limited selection prix-fix menu. The reason we wanted to go there in the first place is because we read about a wonderful sounding entree in a review, and sure enough this entree, or anything even remotely similar, was not offered on their "special Valentine's Day menu." In addition, the prix fix meal was in excess of $70, not incuding tax, tip or drink. I am not cheap, and will gladly pay whatever it costs for a great meal, but this place has not proven itself or have a reputation warranting such steep prices.
Now to the point of this post:
I cancelled my reservation at Union Pacific, and made a last minute reservation at Molyvos. This place has a great P.R. machine, I read about it in every conceivable magazine. But I would like to know from any fellow Chowhounds who have been there what they think, and any recommended dishes. Thanks.
I have only been to Molyvos once and wasn't bowled over. It was hit and miss. But what I liked least about the place was the tendency for dishes that would seem to have little in common to taste alike -- a pet peeve.
You could do worse, but don't expect transcendence and you'll be likely to be satisfied.
I ate there in November and it was horrible. It's too
bad as there is a dearth of good places to eat in
Midtown and based on the reviews, I was hoping that
this was going to be good. After dinner one of my
guests confessed that she had been there for lunch a
few days earlier and it was equally dreadful. She
didn't want to say anything before dinner hoping that
her prior experience wasn't a good representation of
the place. So goes it. There's too little time in life
to waste it on what is at best, mediocre Greek food.
re: Steve Plotnicki
Wow, that is disheartening! Most of the reviews I have read (both from professionals and layperson) have been positive, but I have heard others express sentiments similar to yours.
It is too late for me to back out now (considering that I won't be able to get a reservation anywhere else on such short notice). Were there any dishes that you would recommend, or alternatively, dishes that I should avoid?
I would definitely check it out. I went there when it first opened and
although I felt they let us order too much food, everything we ate was
fantastic. We went with mostly standard fare. What better way to test a
restaurant. It is a pretty place with attentive service. Though, I repeat it has been a little while.
re: John Knoesel
My in-laws are in love with this place -- they've been
there several times already, and they don't even live
in New York -- but I was pretty unimpressed. I found
the food to be a bit bland, and had nothing
particularly memorable. I'm trying to get them to try
Delphini -- from what I've read, it sounds better. Any
thoughts on that?