Has anyone been to Park Avenue Cafe recently?
I'm going to Park Avenue Cafe on Friday night with my boyfriend and his parents. I ate there twice when it first opened several years ago, but I haven't been back since (not for any reason). I remember it as being quite nice.
Is anything on the menu particularly good (or bad)? Or should we just go somewhere else?
The only parameters are: It would make it easier for his parents to stay on the east side (uptown or downtown), "american" food, steak or seafood. After reading about Scalinatella on this board, I wanted to go there, but my boyfriend's father is nuts and doesn't want Italian food.
I'm also contemplating Maloney & Porcelli or Oceana (if I can even get a reservation for Friday).
Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance and happy holidays.
Was there last month with 12 of my family. Although our waiter was not the best (messed up drink orders & not too attentive), the food was wonderful. Signature dishes include David Burke's own (with trademarks) Pastrami Salmon appetizer, Swordfish Chop entree, and whipped potatoes side dish. Also, killer chocolate desserts on the menu. A nice surprise that the food is just as good, 6 years after my last visit.
I tend to go a few times a year and my only criticism would be interpreted by some as a virtue; the menu changes little and the individual dishes although consistently very well prepared, in my opinion, are too conservatively spiced. Having said that, the swordfish is the signature dish and for those who like veggies, they do a vegetable torte that is extremely tasty.
I recently arranged for a business dinner for 20 in their private space and also had dinner with a co-worker not too long ago. Everyone loved it. I think it's probably one of the most underrated restaurants in NYC. I've also arranged business dinners at Oceana and you can never go wrong there either. I think I like it better than Le Bernadin. Enjoy!