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Anybody been to Gordon Ramsay in New York Yet?

Anybody been to Gordon Ramsay in New York Yet? If so, how is it?

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  1. A Hound has been to Ramsay's London Bar area: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/346167

    1. I just had a meal at the London Bar, and it was amazing! It's a very pleasant, if some what sterile, space, with a definite retro-60's feel to the design, but the staff is extremely helpful and pleasant (and knowledgeable. The headwaiter answered all our questions about the dishes without any condescension). The food was fantastic. We ate a la carte, and I can heartily recommend the pork belly, the divers scallops, lamb shoulder, risotto with wood mushrooms, the carpaccio of tuna, and the chocolate fondant dessert. My one critique would be a few of the dishes were a touch salt heavy, but that didn't distract from the brilliance of the preparation of most of the food. I was completely satisfied by my meal, and would definitely go back for more. Ramsay is a remarkable chef, and his ideas about food were obvious in the dishes. I was basking in the glow of the food days after. Ramsay is no mad scientist like Willy Dufresne, but someone who serves perfect versions of whatever foodstuffs he chooses. It's an older attitude towards the culinary arts, and one I believe in wholeheartedly.

      1. I had lunch at GR in December. Overall, it was disappointing. Mains just didn't come together well. I wouldn't go back with all the great restaurants in NY. Desserts, however, were quite good -- one was the apricot souffle.

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        1. re: emily

          I ate there about a month a go in the restaurant and found the food and sevice out of this world, it wasnt a meal it was an entire experience.

        2. Out of this world! We had the $90 set menu for lunch and the meal was absolutely amazing! I had the tuna, pork 3 ways and chocolate/ginger desert (and of course the bon bon trolley). The room and service were just as great as the food.

          1. I was blown away by my February experience at Gordon Ramsay NY. The highlight of the tasting, for me, was the marinated beetroot with ricotta and pine nut dressing ... simple, but just perfect. Beets and Ricotta is such a fantastic combination. The fromager comes from Gary Danko in San Fran and his passion and knowledge really made the final course special. He spent 15-20 minutes going through the cheeses with us in the most humble but informative way possible. I went with 2 other people ... between the 3 of us, we split over 15 cheeses. Really a wonderful experience.

            1. Thought the food was very good, but was shocked by the poor service (the service at his restaurant in London was impeccable). Forgot my after dinner drink, then brought the wrong one after reminding them. The bus boy did the cheese tasting - everything was too similar and he didn't tell us what anything was. Just dropped the cheese down and disappeared. I've been to the London bar and like the food quite a bit, even if it is drastically overpriced. Don't exactly think of it as tapas though, as I've seen it described...

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              1. Absolutely loved it!!!! and they have the most deliciouse cheese tray and wait til you see the amusing desset cart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                1. re: UES Mayor

                  What's the dessert/bon bon cart like there?

                2. Went this summer and it was clear that the lunatics had taken over the asylum. Ingredients, faciliites and cellar were top notch but service and preparation were not. In short, they were in a tough transition phase with front and back of house hiring and the meal suffered as a result. Comic highlights included being asked to pay our 1000-dollar tab in cash because the credit card machine was down and learning that "all the cheeses were interesting," even if the server couldn't recall their specific names (she did know that the blue cheese was "an American blue"). It'll take some real convincing to risk another meal at this price point when so many other good options dot the City.