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Restaurant Week Reviews (Radius)

taylor_blair Aug 15, 2006 12:15 PM

Had lunch at Radius a couple of days ago for Restaurant Week. It was my first time at Radius and I have to say that it was a good meal but not absolutely fabulous. I'm not even sure I'll return. In comparison to the other super-hyped restaurants, I'd rather spend my money at Lumiere or Mistral if I want good French food. The service, however, was amazing.

Here's what I had - chilled gazpacho soup, poached chicken w/ mushrooms, and watermelon sorbet.

Any other people had a less-than-stellar experience at Radius too? Or want to share their restaurant week reviews?

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  1. Infomaniac RE: taylor_blair Aug 15, 2006 12:37 PM

    I just don't think it's fair to judge a fine restaurant for lunch during Restaurant Week. My experience with Radius has been for dinner, not during Restaurant Week, and has always been stellar. I'd rather spend my money not during Restaurant Week.

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      Karl S RE: Infomaniac Aug 15, 2006 12:43 PM


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        DoubleMan RE: Karl S Aug 15, 2006 12:54 PM

        Same experience for me.

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        Gabatta RE: Infomaniac Aug 15, 2006 07:04 PM

        I can't wait until RW is over.

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        katzzz RE: taylor_blair Aug 15, 2006 12:53 PM

        My one and only meal was at Radius during Restaurant Week two years ago. I left unimpressed by the food and the service, both of which were OK, no more. The experience left me with no desire to return. I understand that Restaurant Week is unrepresentative of the full monty, but isn't the goal of Restaurant Week to win return business? Otherwise, what's the point? I left Radius with the impression that the joint was an overrated, overpriced dud (with drinks and tip the tab for two came out to more than $100, so this wasn't exactly cheap eats territory, not that I was expecting to pay less). A restaurant doesn't get a pass for participating in Restaurant Week and not delivering a memorable occasion.

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          Karl S RE: katzzz Aug 15, 2006 01:27 PM

          Radius was in a lull a couple of years ago; it has since bounced back considerably from what I've observed and what others report.

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            chuck s RE: katzzz Aug 15, 2006 01:52 PM

            I had a very nice non-restaurant week lunch at Radius in June but had a very dissappointing restaurant week dinner at Via Matta, another Michael Schlow restaurant. So Michael if you are reading, why not make restaurant week meals memorable. It could be good for your business.

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            Patricia RE: taylor_blair Aug 15, 2006 01:48 PM

            Katzzz writes: "A restaurant doesn't get a pass for participating in Restaurant Week and not delivering a memorable occasion." Right on, sistah or brother. If RW is such a bad idea, why do restaurants keep participating every year, and why did they extend it to two weeks this year? I return to restaurants who give good service and a good food (a good bang for the buck is always a plus in my book). While I don't expect to get the regular menu, I do expect something delicious and inspired. I do not return to restaurants who give bad service no matter what the price. Lucca, for example, does not participate in RW but I have returned there based on the overall experience I had during the one year that they did. Ditto on Stanhope Grille and Davios.

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              Zabelle RE: taylor_blair Aug 15, 2006 03:15 PM

              Just wanted to add that RW are usually held during very slow months; August this year and mid September last year.
              For ilustration purposes only, I recently received an email from a restaurant mailing (it has been in business for more than 10 years and that everytime I go seems pretty full to me) which openly stated that since August is a very slow month they were offering a dinner entree for free for anyone that would buy a bottle of wine.
              I feel RW is a quantitative rather than a qualitative attempt/alternative to pay the bills of opeating costs for these months.

              1. BobB RE: taylor_blair Aug 15, 2006 04:31 PM

                Getting back to the original topic - yes, I had a mixed reaction to Radius the first (and only) time I ate there, non-RW. I wrote it up at the time - see http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                1. MC Slim JB RE: taylor_blair Aug 15, 2006 06:04 PM

                  If you're curious, the mods moved the non-Radius-specific RW week discussion in this thread to Not About Food: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                    blackcoffee RE: taylor_blair Aug 16, 2006 06:40 AM

                    Radius has always been exceptional -- I've been there for lunch 2-3x and dinner 3-4x.

                    Sometimes I swear that Restaurant Week is solely an excuse for people to bitch about places they wouldn't normally go to.

                    1. mangorita RE: taylor_blair Aug 16, 2006 03:37 PM

                      I had an enjoyable RW lunch at Radius this year.

                      I started off with beef tataki. My entree selection was the spice-crusted swordfish and for dessert I had the german chocolate cake. All of the courses were good, but my favorite of the 3 courses was the fish. It was so flavorful.

                      Service was excellent. And they gave everyone in our party a $20.06 gift certificate that can be used for dinner at Radius in September.

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                        carrot RE: taylor_blair Aug 23, 2006 07:01 AM

                        Via Matta is not doing restaurant week for dinner. Just lunch. And everyone should go just for the daily (freshly made) lemonade!!

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