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Sfoglia tonight and must haves or avoids

princeofpork Aug 20, 2011 03:43 PM

Sfoglia tonight and must haves or avoids

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Sfoglia
1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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  1. Toot RE: princeofpork Aug 20, 2011 06:04 PM

    Sorry, my feeling about Sfoglia nowadays is that you should avoid altogether. The host is really rude and the food went downhill. But do report back, hopefully they got better, the food was good when it opened, although the service was already bad....

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    Sfoglia
    1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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      princeofpork RE: Toot Aug 21, 2011 05:28 AM

      Started with the Anitpast which consisted of;
      pickled fennel salad with Procuttio and blackberry syrup. Excellent
      Crostini with ricotta, truffle oil, grilled asparagus. Excellent
      Radicchio Cesar salad. I dont love radicchio but this was excellent.
      Entrees were 2 pastas;
      Paparadelle with bolognese - outstanding. One of the best meat sauces I ever had.
      Orchiette with sausage anf sauteed spinach. This was just OK. It had some crunchy crumble on top with kind of overpowered the dish.
      All in all an excellent meal. Oh yeah, had a basil infused martini which was fantastic.
      The price point was a little high for me. The apps were all 17-20. The pastas were 27. Martini 14.

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      Sfoglia
      1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

      1. re: princeofpork
        Delucacheesemonger RE: princeofpork Aug 21, 2011 05:49 AM

        Glad to hear a good review. Used to live 100 feet away and their bread was almost daily on my home table.

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          princeofpork RE: Delucacheesemonger Aug 21, 2011 03:54 PM

          The bread was sick. SO light and airy with a crisp crust and great flavor.

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      bob96 RE: princeofpork Aug 21, 2011 05:56 PM

      $27 rustic pastas in a place with little comfort and mostly amateur service. The cheapest red is a $45 negociant =bottled nero d'avola that retails for $13. Sorry--I can do better at home.

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        gutsofsteel RE: bob96 Aug 21, 2011 06:01 PM

        Agreed. Way overpriced for what it is, not to mention the tiny pasta portions.

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          princeofpork RE: gutsofsteel Aug 22, 2011 01:51 PM

          The half orders of pasta were very small. The service was OK, nothing mentionable either way. However, I did inquire about the Chicken al Mattone. I was told this was the house special. Chicken, lemon......cooked under a brick. I said "Thanks, I have the paparadelle" her response was "after all that?" After all what?, describing the dish? That was a little off putting.

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            sockii RE: gutsofsteel Mar 6, 2012 04:48 PM

            Tiny pastas? Really? Did you have the half or the full order? I'm just curious...

            I dined here for the first time last week and was thoroughly impressed by not just the food but the portion sizes. I honestly could not even finish my full sized pasta after having a (large) salad to start. Maybe I'm used to Philly where the higher-end Italian restaurants serve pretty miniscule pasta plates for similar prices. I had the tagliatelle with bone marrow, artichokes, and gremolata and it was one of the best pasta dishes I've had outside of Italy - and a very generous plate well worth the $28 price-tag. Even better was the crab risotto my SO had (and I stole plenty off his plate). Hoping to get back there later this week for lunch to try them again, I was so impressed with the meal. I mean, I couldn't afford to eat there regularly but it was a wonderful experience dining at the bar with excellent service (including spot-on wine recs from the bartender) that made me homesick for my native land...

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            Sfoglia
            1402 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128

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              bob96 RE: sockii Mar 7, 2012 09:03 AM

              There's been a change in chefs, if not ownership, so that may account for what seems to be a healthier portion size. Still, the pricing is, in my opinion, way too high for a place with so relatively simple a menu, uncomfortable seating, and often amateurish service. The wine list is particularly overpriced.

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                princeofpork RE: bob96 Mar 8, 2012 09:12 AM

                Completely agree bob96. Its the price point that kills this place, the food was quite good.

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