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zack Jul 15, 2006 07:04 PM

really disappointing meal at aoc last night. it was my 1st experience and probably last. here's what i had:

arroz negro with squid and saffron aioli
cauliflower, curry and red vinegar
lomo and two chorizo
braised pork cheeks with horseradish cream, cornmeal grits
seabass
chanterelles
bittersweet chocolate cake with dulce de leche, toasted cashews

while nothing was bad, i didn't find any single item particularly great. almost all dishes were overseasoned. maybe my expectations were too high? service was spotty, waitress was few and far between. i will not return.

the wine factor at aoc is definitely top notch. i had 2 glasses of red, a lobo then la mancha, while gf had flight of rose. there was also a flight of sparkling available that looked interesting.

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    compucook Jul 15, 2006 07:19 PM

    I have to say that there is nothing on that list that appeals to me in the least. Maybe they've gone too far out?

    I've never been to AOC, but it's on my list of places I wanted to try. Sorry to read your review.

    1. Will Owen Jul 15, 2006 07:52 PM

      Unlike compucook, I see nothing on that list that DOESN'T appeal, even given the hinges-of-hell weather we've been suffering. I might want to revisit this menu in, say, February however...

      So AOC is still on my wanna-do list, waiting only for an adequate bank balance.

      1. mintleaves Jul 15, 2006 08:56 PM

        Aww...that's disappointing to hear. I've heard goo things about it and wanted to go for a while but never call early enough for reservations.

        1. ipsedixit Jul 16, 2006 04:50 AM

          I've never really understood the love that AOC gets on this board. I've been 3 times, and nothing has every blown me over, and the service sometimes can be erratic and harried. If I want the Suzanne Goin experience, I'll happily "settle" for Lucques.

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            hlwd_marko Jul 16, 2006 05:06 AM

            I've been there twice. In general, the whole experience was better than "good," but I wouldn't say that, if focusing only on what I ate, that the food was outstanding. To me and my friend it was just a great place to have wine and eat without having a serious, big meal. Both times we chose to sit at the counter, and we received good, attentive service. I'll go back anytime when I feel like having some wine, and maybe something to eat too.

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              pkpk Jul 16, 2006 05:18 AM

              It seems to be hit and miss with this place. Have gone mutiple times and always love the idea of it, the reality never quite lives up. Overseasoning is a possibilty. Although I do have to say just from reading your order it sounds devine! Definatly would agree with above about the "Luques" experience especially Sun. night farmers market menu. They have never been wrong about the wine pairing at AOC when I've asked for advice. But even the cheese plate falls flat. Get a better one down the street at Joan's on Third. I still love the bar and the NYC feel of AOC though and it pays to try it a couple times, usually there is one thing that is tremendous.

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