Had dinner last night at Remi (53rd between 6th and 7th) for the first time in many years. It was a tolerably good dinner, but only because someone else was paying.
I ordered the "classic caesar salad," which was a fine specimen unless you consider anchovies to be fundamental to a classic caesar salad (there were none). I then had the spaghetti Remi, which is prepared with tomatoes, garlic and hot pepper. It was a good dish, if a little on the bland side, but tasted very similar to me to the preparation used for the spaghetti and meatballs at Le Zie (which I love). But unlike Le Zie, there were no delicious meatballs, and the price was double what Le Zie charges.
Service was fine but not particularly warm. I accidentally reserved a table for two instead of for three. There was no issue with their accommodating us, but the hostess was somewhat dour about it. The wine service was amateurish (when they opened the second bottle, they poured a taste into my existing wine glass rather than bringing a new one, and then refilled my glass before filling the others), which I wouldn't ordinarily care about at a casual restaurant, but found bothersome given Remi's pretensions.
I think Remi is an ok choice for a business dinner in the area, but I certainly won't be rushing back, and wouldn't consider it when on my own dime.
145 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Never been a fan of Remi. Room is attractive but the food is not on par with other high-end midtown Italian eateries like Casa Lever or San Pietro.
18 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022
390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022
Had lunch there last week and i have to say i had a fabulous plate of pasta with a bolognese sauce. In fact, I was thinking about that plate of pasta all week. Maybe it was just a fluke, but I would go back (for lunch anyway). A little overpriced, but typical for nyc . Nice room with a big crowd. Service lukewarm (and I'm being generous).
Several years ago I had dinner there with 5 other people. Several of us ordered a salmon special, which had a strong fishy odor. We all wanted to send it back and I recall that while they took it back they were not at all gracious about it. Real attitude. I would never go back.