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Jul 1, 2010 09:59 AM

HELP!! Is dinner @ CAFE CARLYLE overpriced and bad??!!

Hi Everyone,

I'm planning on attending Woody Allen's jazz performance at Cafe Carlyle in the fall, but I'm wondering if I should skip their dinner.

I've heard it's mediocre and overpriced.

BUT... if we don't do the dinner, I'm worried about being stuck in a terrible spot (can't see stage).

If anyone has eaten there or attended the concert, please let me know about your experience.


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    1. Food overpriced and mediocre, same for Woody's performance, which is mediocre and boring.

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        gutsofsteel: Really? You're the first person whom I've talked to that went and didn't enjoy it...

        1. re: Liquid Sky

          Ya know...he's not a great musician or a great clarinet player. I didn't really get a thrill out of seeing him play...he just sits there and plays, doesn't talk....and the music isn't that good. I love his films but I see no point in seeing him play music. It's not what he does best, and there are many better ways to see/hear live music.

          Are you going because you want to hear great music, or because you want to sit in a room with Woody Allen?

          And as for the Carlyle...I love having drinks in the bar, but the venue is SO overpriced and the food not worth eating.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            Thanks! I appreciate that. guts. It's a combination of Woody Allen and the aura of Old New York that I'm seeking out. Never been to the Carlyle before either. (Plus, I love Dixieland jazz!) I'm a big fan of his older films, and I always kicked myself for not going to his performances @ Michael's Pub when I was younger.

            I think I will go anyway and just go for the bar. The woman selling tickets told me to show up around 6:30pm the night of the performance to get a good spot. Cheers!

            1. re: Liquid Sky

              I'm a fan of his films too, but that has nothing to do with his musicianship (or lack thereof).

              If you must go, stick to the bar. And still it's going to be expensive.

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                Do you have any recommendations for restaurants not TOO far from the Carlyle for an early dinner? Thanks!

                1. re: Liquid Sky

                  Cafe Boulud is lovely and very close, but it's also pretty expensive, just so you know. Look at the menu on their website...

                  Cafe Boulud
                  20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

              2. re: Liquid Sky

                Oh, go for the dinner. It keeps Woody going and you'll have a wonderful time. I love Dixieland too and how often do you hear it in New York? It'll be a memorable night.

                1. re: bronwen

                  Going for an insanely overpriced lousy dinner "keeps Woody going?"

                  Eat a good dinner elsewhere and sit at the bar for the music. It's not a big place.

                  1. re: bronwen

                    bronwen: Thanks for weighing in, but yeah... I doubt Woody would even eat @ Carlyle given the inflated prices and food quality. He's more into Chinatown... like me!

                2. re: gutsofsteel

                  P.S. Can you recommend a decent place to have an early dinner (near the Carlyle)?

                  1. re: Liquid Sky

                    Way more than decent, Cafe Boulud, a longtime favorite, is right there, on 76th, b/t Madison & 5th (actually, just off the corner of Madison). It may be 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud's second-tier restaurant, but everything about it is first-rate! Executive Chef Gavin Kaysen is cooking some of the most superb cuisine that can be found in NYC these days. Service is polished, and the refreshed space is quite attractive. It is pricey (though not as high as the flagship), but totally worth it!

                    Photos of a sensational dinner we had recently at Cafe Boulud taken by our dining companion with skills far superior to mine:

            2. Yes, definetely overpriced and average. I went for the Jessica Molalskey show a couple of years ago and with the money we spent we could have eaten at Daniel (and would have been much better!). Definetely skip the dinner. Go to Cafe Bouloud nearby it will be cheaper and better.

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