Brunch >Aurora Soho
510 Broome St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.723447 -74.003215
Daily 12pm-4pm, 5pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, SoHo
FALSE ADVERTISING – Due to a disability, I only frequent restaurants that are listed as accessible. Aurora lists that it is wheel chair accessible on Open Table. So, I made a reservation and also indicated that I can manage more than a couple of steps. When I arrived I saw that entry into that the restaurant has no ramp and can only be entered by climbing 5 or 6 steps, the first of which is about a foot high (standard step is about 7 inches).
So I couldnt enter the restaurant! We complained and were told that if I had a wheel chair they would carry me in ? The restaurant then told Open Table
that I cancelled the reservation. I did not- I couldnt enter the restaurant.
Authentic Experience – The atmosphere was wonderful. I went with my best friend for her birthday tonight and it was undeniably one of the best dinners we have ever had out. The intimate atmosphere is tastefully decorated and the lighting creates a very relaxing ambiance.
Atmosphere aside- the food was EXCEPTIONAlL. From the tuna tartare appetizer to the pistachio ice cream-topped tart we had for dessert our tastebuds were fulfilled to say the least..
To top it all off, the service was excellent. We were greeted by a host, our waiter, and even briefly spoke with a manager just to comment on what a wonderful experience we had.
Great place – This is a great place to go for the first time! The wine menu is legendary and the mussels were fresh. I had a great time entertaining a client here and its a great place to do business.
tasty, but somewhat regrettable, average high-end italian – Good location (although the Subway located one door west pulls focus almost entirely from aurora's low-key entrance), tasty food, appropriately "rustic" decor, and sufficiently romantic lighting have doubtless helped put aurora on the map of quality SoHo restaurants. However, many factors make this a place to neither recommend nor return to. The food is very good - there are inventive dishes here, all of them tasty. But the overall dining experience is not unique, as there are a dozen restaurants in Manhattan alone following this textbook equation, and the busy, banal trendiness of the place makes having a relaxing meal (even on a weeknight) a challenge. What detracts most from the romance and potential art of aurora is feeling simultaneously on a conveyor belt and stuck in a cattle car. The tables are too close together (The space is comparatively large; they could get rid of a table or two, especially at these prices - $25 for a cup of lobster risotto - to afford diners a slightly more pleasant experience), and the whole staff seem to hover and observe every movement of fork and glass. Our server was kind and genuine enough, but a little too attentive - At this supposed level of sophistication, one should have enough knowledge of body language to avoid interrupting intimate or lively conversations every fifteen minutes just to make sure that everything is all right. But I blame this last issue more on New York restaurant service philosophy than on the poor souls who have to follow it.
Wonderful food, so so services. – I went to Aurora last friday night, second time there. The food is delicious one of the best Italian restaurants in the city. The services must improve though, I had this bad attituted server who has a poor knowledge of Italian wines, management should tell them no to lie about the wines since there are people who actually know characteristics about them. and when my food arrived I asked this guy for some red pepper and had no clue what I was talking about, so I waited for 10 minutes with my food at my table for someone who understood English and brought it for me...
Great service, nice atomosphere. – This was my first time at Aurora Soho and I found it to be an overall pleasant experience. This rather small but well appointed restaurant was was lively, rustic yet very modern in many ways. A perfect environment for a small group of friends to enjoy dinner. The service was excellent and it was encouraging to see a waiter that actually knew about wine, the grapes from the various producing regions as well as how it compared with more of the French wines that I am more familar. I highly recommend the Pin, an Italian varietal and the Cecila, an Italian grown Syrah. Both went very well with my black olive pasta with rabbit and the grilled seabass with clams. I was disappointed, however, with the lack of razor clams that was supposed to accompany my seabass, even though it was on the menu. But the manager did come by after I commented on the littleneck substitute and apologized. I felt he was sincere. The pasta was a little too salty but the seabass was grilled well. The highlight of the meal was the panacotta with blueberries. This was the best dessert I've ever had in an Italian restaurant. My mouth waters just thinking about it. The latte was also quite good, strong and not so milky like wannabe lattes. The grilled octopus appetizer wasn't great. I don't think it's their fault, grilled octopus just has a weird texture. It also lacked acid so I had to ask for lemon wedges. I much prefer octopus in a ceviche or sashimi, which they didn't offer. One more thing. We had reservations for 9:30pm but didn't get seated until after 10pm. That sucked. I'll give them one more chance, they're worth it.
Overall, thumbs up and would definitely go back to try the other wines on their impressive list as well as the other interesting dishes. The bartender was awesome. Pour the largest single malts I've seen in Manhattan. Well worth the 12 bucks.
Quality Italian Food – I have been to Aurora several times, for dinner and for lunch, and will definitely return. The food is always fresh and well-prepared. It is definitely NOT your typical New York Italian, i.e. enormous portions of gloppy, cheesy, overcooked pasta. But for people who are looking for quality food and wine, I suggest this place.
For me, the waiters have been friendly and helpful, especially since I am not familiar with many of the wines on their list.
It is a little off the beaten path as far as SoHo goes, which I thinks contributes in a good way to its atmosphere -- less attitude than other places in the area. It does get rather noisy when the restaurant is full, however.
Pretty bad experience – I have never experienced worse service than this place. Food is good but the service is abysmal. Don't go on a friday coz they are "busy". If you want personalized service and food the way you like it go on Monday when its not busy (as per the waiter, European style, US style tip expected). Pls spare yourself the time and money and let other people waste their money here.
Amazing Italian eatery – We found this restaurant by chance, and what luck! The restaurant is warm and inviting, a real local nook. The staff are incredibly helpful with wine selection (fabulous true Italian wine selection) and the menu. The service was excellent and the portions were just right. The food is reasonably priced. The gnocchi were unbelievable and I highly recommend the cheese plate and their pannacotta for dessert. We are definitely adding this to our list of NYC favorites!
Loved the food but..... – There is not one bad thing I can say about the food and varied, tasty wine list but unfortunately our night was ruined by a horrible waitress. They need a little more work on getting the staff up to par with the food.
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