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Jul 9, 2008 10:37 AM

Madeo or il Grano

Friday night is date night...and the top 2 contenders are Madeo or il Grano. Where should we go?

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  1. Madeo is darker, quieter, more swank seeming. But I like the food better at il Grano.

    1. i've never been to madeo, but i'd go there.

      i went to il grano on a first date, and ordered the tasting menu.
      EVERY cooked fish dish was overcooked.
      the tab for the two of us came in at about $250.
      that's a lot of money to pay for overcooked fish, imho.

      3 Replies
      1. re: westsidegal

        Hard to imagine overcooked fish in a restaurant that specializes in crudo - in actuality, sushi!
        Sal's food is very, very good, yet the dark nature of Madeo might suit your needs. Never had a desire to try Madeo's food though!

        1. re: carter

          believe me, i was shocked that the cooked dishes were executed so poorly. the crudo was terrific. still, for that amount of money, the meal, as a whole, was not nearly good enough. it was heartbreaking to see such fresh, excellent-quality fish ruined like that.

          if someone were to take me there again, i'd stick to the raw dishes.

          1. re: carter

            Madeo's food is very good. Give it a try.

        2. Went to Madeo last year for a birthday dinner and was very disappointed. Menu and decor haven't been updated since the 80's. Most of the food was salty. And the prices are about 50% higher than they should be, all things considered.

          Haven't been to Il Grano.

          1. If you pick Madeo, the bottarga is really good.

            1. Thanks so much for all the repsonses! I was leaning towards iL Grano, but really want to do the tasting menu and that's not fitting into the budget right now. So, we actually decided on Melograno and will save Madeo for another date night. Any thoughts on my change of direction?