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Londo Feb 24, 1999 10:50 AM

So, what do people think of this place now???

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    scottreiner Feb 24, 1999 01:40 PM

    Everyone seems to love it, but for me its always
    disappointing.

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    1. re: scottreiner
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      Nyker Feb 24, 1999 03:02 PM

      I agree. It's is ALWAYS disappointing considering the
      hype it gets. I don't understand it considering I love
      Gramercy Tavern both the cheap tables in the bar and
      the splurge in the restaurant.

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      steve d. Feb 24, 1999 01:20 PM

      It was still wonderful as of last year; I'll soon be taking someone for a birthday dinner and will be able to give an update. Over the past decade it's definitely been one of the most reliable pleasures of NYC eating.

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      1. re: steve d.
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        phyllis Feb 25, 1999 09:55 AM

        Union Square remains a consistent source of pleasure
        for me and my friends. The food and service are hard
        to beat. Maybe disappointment is all you can have when
        something is hyped as much as this one--but it has
        never disappointed us. The tuna medallion is one of
        the great meals of my life. Maybe you should try to
        stick to some basic great items. I think Gramercy is
        just a fine by the way. There's something wonderful
        about restaurants in NYC that are so special but when
        you arrive as a guest you are welcome and treated
        very well even if you are just there once in a while.
        That's not true of other four star restaurants and it
        is something to appreciate.

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          john Feb 26, 1999 01:41 PM

          It's POSSIBLE to have a humdrum meal at USC, but you
          kind of have to work at it -- and even when you do,
          you're always treated so well it's hard to get
          seriously annoyed about it. At lunchtime eat at the bar
          and get to know one of the bartenders. They'll make
          sure you get a sample of a glass of wine before you
          order it, and if you ask them they'll let you know if
          your entree selection isn't brilliant that day. The
          staff is seriously nice, knows all about every item on
          the menu and the wine list. Yes, it's hyped, but it
          couldn't happen to a more deserving restaurant.

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            rebecca Mar 3, 1999 12:06 PM

            We went there twice in the last 2 weeks--once was
            divine, the other disappointing. We had to wait 45
            minutes for our reservation the first (divine) time,
            but they gave us a $50 bottle of wine and free apps.
            The service was bad the 2nd time and the food just so-
            so. This illustrates the varying responses here...
            still love that smoked steak thou!

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