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Dinner at Romera on Opening Night

Just came back from dinner at Romera - their first night - in the basement of the Dream Hotel.

Where to begin?

That the Dream is really a nightmare? That this was by far the worst (faux) gourmet meal I've ever had? That the service was a disaster? That with more than 10 courses, not a single one was even remotely worthwhile, let alone memorable? That the pretentiousness was off the charts?

The only open question is how long it will take for this misguided (and ridiculously overpriced) misadventure to go under.

Can't wait to see the NYT review - this is one flop that is truly of historic proportions.

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Romera
355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Uh oh... I have a reservation there next week and I am seriously thinking whether I should cancel it. Was it really that bad?

    1. It would be really helpful if you could provide more specific information about what you ate and the service. Just saying that out of 10 courses, nothing was memorable, or that it was pretentious, does't tell us anything. Ten courses sounds like a lot of food. Was it small plates or amuse, appetizers, fish, meats-what? And can you describe some of the dishes in detail.

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      1. I believe that hungrynewyorker would have dined at during the soft opening (and please correct me if I'm wrong).... so I'm wondering, has anyone experienced Romera since it's official opening on 9/21?

        1. for those who have asked about the menu at Romera, check this out: http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/09/...

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          Romera
          355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: hungrynewyorker

            If you read my post then you know I did not ask about the menu at Romera. Instead, I asked you to be more specific about what you ate - what was in the dishes. Why a dish didn't work. These kinds of negative reviews that don't get into the specifics, but instead are heavy on generic comments, like, the service was a disaster, not one course was memorable, faux gourmet, and that the place is a flop of historic propositions, are the kind of reviews that always makes me wonder if the writer really ate there and what their real agenda might be with these kinds of posts. Just saying.....

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            Romera
            355 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011

          2. Seems like this place is reeeeeeally rubbing people the wrong way. But the food looks so beautiful, and I love those menu cards.

            I'm dying to hear more about it from you, but I'll probably still want to go no matter how bad your review is!