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Thanksgiving dinner at The Red Cat?

pikawicca Oct 6, 2011 04:16 PM

Any thoughts? We're eating at La Grenouille the next night, so are not looking to spend a fortune for the Turkey Day meals, but would like something nice, and perhaps a bit different.

Red Cat
227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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    dyrewolf RE: pikawicca Oct 7, 2011 07:20 AM

    I would think it is a good choice. I have always liked their food and the decor is a little rustic so might be a good fit.

    Back in the spring I was at the sister restaurant, The Harrison. It was one of the first nice spring eves, place was slammed.. outside tables full.. etc. Mains took way too long... as I was getting cranky the waiter came by to acknowledge it, when the mains came out they came with some complimentary sides... they understand customer service there and how to make it right when things go a bit off the rails...

    The Harrison
    355 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

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      pork_buns RE: pikawicca Nov 17, 2011 07:11 AM

      I think it would be a great choice as the food is always awesome, if a little pricey.

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        pikawicca RE: pork_buns Nov 17, 2011 10:17 AM

        We have a reservation, and are really looking forward to it.

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          RGR RE: pork_buns Nov 17, 2011 01:00 PM

          We've been to Red Cat once. The very last word I'd ever use to describe the food is "awesome." It was decent. Definitely not anything to rave about.

          Now, if we were talking about La Grenouille....


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            pikawicca RE: RGR Nov 18, 2011 12:14 PM

            Well, they're completely booked for Thanksgiving. I'll report back.

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              pikawicca RE: RGR Nov 26, 2011 07:03 PM

              La Grenouille broke my heart -- what a let-down. Some dishes were great ( fois gras terrine, Grand Marnier souffle), others were pedestrian (just about everything else). Service started out fine, but tanked when a table of high-spending Japanese showed up. Our waiter disappeared, and the underlings who brought our food didn't know who got what. Major disappointment, since this place was on my restaurant "bucket list." We were also shocked that the menu was entirely prix fixe, no a la carte. (And the only way we knew that there were specials on offer was when we heard the waiter at a neighboring table describe them, after we had ordered.) We will not waste our time or money again here, instead will head to Daniel or Jean-Georges, where we know we will be treated well.
              ETA: The Pike Quenelles are to die for.
              ETA: Forgot to mention that we sat there for 15 minutes waiting for someone to clear our plates after we had clearly finished eating.

              The more I reflect on this experience, the unhappier I become.

              La Grenouille
              3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

          2. princeofpork RE: pikawicca Nov 18, 2011 12:00 PM

            We did not have a good meal at Red Cat. The service was slow and unattentive, non-apologetic when mains took so long and came out wrong. Would not return

            Red Cat
            227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

            1. pikawicca RE: pikawicca Nov 26, 2011 06:54 PM

              Our dinner was lovely. The place was packed, but the service was excellent. My husband's skate, in particular, was outstanding. The pistachio semifreddo was, perhaps, the best dessert I've ever been served.

              Red Cat
              227 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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