390 Park Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.759570 -73.972358
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
Do not go to this place! – The bartenders are so rude!!! I can not believe how we were treated this evening. So we (my girlfriend and I) sat at the bar and had a couple drinks each. I then decided I was hungry and ordered the sliders. The bartender took the order and asked my friend if she wanted an order too. She said no that I was just ordering. They then proceeded to bring us 2 orders. When we explained there was a mistake, the bartender and the manager made us feel like we were criminals. It was so ridiculous. My friend and I both work in Midtown but will not come back to this place because of how they made us feel. They should be ashamed. Even more funny was rhe burgers were so raw that we could not even eat them. Avoid this place because of the terrible service!
Citysearch Editorial Review – The decor of this plush Park Avenue restaurant nods toward the swinging '60s, with blond wood-paneled walls, geometric architecture and colorful Warhol prints. The menu, however, is decidedly of the moment, featuring a selection of elegantly presented dishes like capesante (seared scallops with white asparagus puree) and perfectly prepared pasta, like pappardelle with wild boar ragout. And while the people-watching is second to none, it’s difficult to gossip when tables are placed so close together.
Food Uninspired and the Service was HORRIBLE! – I can't believe that I and two other friends just spent $400+ for dinner and drinks at the Lever House because it was far from worth it. I had the sea bass, which was so bad I choose not to eat it. When the wait staff picked up my plate they never asked, "was everything okay?" even though it was clear that I barely touched my dinner. The dining room was more than 50 percent empty, which meant that our waiter was far from busy, but he was still MIA for a good portion of the evening. I don't like when the wait staff hovers over a table, but clearly this staff wasn't interested in ensuring that their customers not only enjoyed a good meal, but the experience was an enjoyable one.
Bottom line - I could have forgiven the bad service after all you are there for the food, but the food was not good. With so many other amazing restaurants in the city I won't be heading back to the Lever House. Please don't make the same mistake.
NEVER AGAIN, HORRIBLE – I went for Thanksgiving Dinner with a friend and it was HORRIBLE. The service or shall I say what service. Even though the meal was prix fix, the waitress suggetsed that we share a side dish even though it was included in the meal, what is that all about? Then she suggested that we order our desert when we ordered our meal, there was no desert that would take that long to prepare. Makes you feel as though they want to get you in and out as fast as possible. Once our waitress took our order we never saw her again. My friend's meal was un edible, he could not even cut the meat. Then, finally when we were able to flag someone down to complain they tried to make us feel as though it was our fault that we did not say anything sooner. We would have if the waitress did not disappear for 45 minutes. When the manager came over he said he would make it up to us in desert we said no thanks and that they could take one meals off the bill since it could not be eaten. They were extremely unaccomodating and I WILL NEVER EAT THERE AGAIN OR RECCOMMEND IT!! In addition, they wanted $25 for a glass of wine. SHAMEFULL.
Cutting-edge decor and New American fare deserving of all the hype, in midtown's modern landmark. – A long, white tunnel transports A-listers and well-heeled wait-listers to midtown's highly buzzed-about scene. With honeycomb-patterned walls, cavernous booths and a white-glass bar, design-guru Marc Newsom evokes futurism and nostalgia all at once. The focal point is an elevated, trapezoidal cutout behind which not-so-private parties unfold. As far as the food, Bradford Thompson, in taking over from Dan Silverman, has given Lever House a robust, simpler, more simplified menu specializing in big proteins like 40-ounce dry-aged cote de boeuf (for two), a butter-roasted lobster, and a massive Berkshire pork chop. It's rugged but refined food from a chef famous for his gourmet tailgates, but executed by a hand trained in Daniel Boulud's kitchens.
great bar! – i wandered in last saturday evening at dinner hour with a friend, still dressed for lunch & shopping (shopping bags included), we really just wanted to get a quick look at the room, i'm a fan of marc newsom's work. instead, we were shown right in, seated in the bar, snacking away and sampling house cocktails. The host and the bartender/mixologist treated us as if we were regulars, we went in expecting a peek and a business card, not to be there an hour later warm, cozy & martini'd up in Barbarella's spaceship.. I love a good bar, especially when the restaurant has great design - you can enjoy it from a different perspective and try a few small bites when you arent doing the full dinner thing (or, when you have a late reservation somewhere else. why not do two great places in a night?).
The bartender, i didnt get his name but if they are all as welcoming and professional as he is, i might sit at the bar for dinner next time i go there, the reviews here dont say much for the waitstaff. I didnt get a chance to see them in action so i dont know..
recommendation: the heirloom tomato & basil martini. there are no words for this cocktail. i want one now.
Excellent but a bit pricey – Great food and I love the ambiance but the prices were off the charts, Park Avenue or not!! I love the bar and the drinks there. Great bar staff too.
Disappointing, is this Micheline establishment going downhill? – A few months ago, I had a good dinner at Lever House. The place was busy and vibrant, the stuff friendly and the ambience charming. I went back last week, to find the place half empty (on a Friday night) and the service very disappointing. The menu was featuring fresh pasta with freshly shaved truffle. Its a simple and glorious dish, religiously executed in italy and celebrated by chef such Gualtiero Marchesi. Unfortunatly, the pasta was not al dante, lacking salt and , worst of all the truffle wasnt shaved at the table but just served on top. I sent it back to the kitchen only to receive another mediocre portion of it. Just to put things in prospective, the day after I have a similar dish (risotto di castelmagno and truffle) at perse and not only was delicious but costed half of the price i have been presented at Lever house. I have found the stuff too young and not passionate about food enough. The overall experience was disappointing and I will bring my comments to the michelin site as well.
Probably worth going there if you are interested in decor, but ny has got better places if you are interested in real food.
A possible contender in crowded NYC – We had wanted to go here awhile & tonight seemed to be as good as any. We arrived & my wife was impressed by the decor-kind of reminded me of some old-fashioned post-modern situation, if that makes sense. We were given a nice booth in the back w/ a view of the entire place. After much debate, due to many delicious sounding choices on the menu (I wanted to try the veal) we went w/ the autumn tasting menu w/ wine pairings. I was hesitant about the TM because it seemed pricy & not enough offerings to justify-turned out to be plenty. She started w/ blackbery limeade cocktail & couldnt stop raving about it. 1st course was vitello tonnato & bresaola w/ avocado relish-the flavors were clean & meaty, just as I wanted them to be. 2nd-cod & braised brisket w/ mushrooms & carrots. Doubts faded as I savored the crispy, well-seasoned skin of the juicy cod mixed w/ the tender meatiness of the brisket. My wife thought the dry red w/ the cod/brisket (2003 piedmont cascina ca'rossa) was wonderful. 3rd-beef tenderloin w/ grilled foie gras & black truffle sauce. I thought the tenderloin was a bit chewy & we agreed that the meat overpowered the FG. She enjoyed it separate from the meat & didnt finish the dish. I was feeling full by time I ate my last bite. 4th-a plate of pear, quince & concord grape sorbets-all very nice & refreshing. The quince was especially creamy. Finally, dessert was a caramel almond cake w/ roasted apples & vanilla ice cream. I enjoyed the caramel dots around the dish & thought the cake was moist & wonderful like toffee. It was very good w/ the ice cream. The other wine pairings were very good, but due to lack of space here I cant go on. Total bill was $410 w/ tax & tip. Service was friendly but the staff was young, a bit sloppy & unpolished. Overall, I think the food is pretty good but could get lost in the competitive food world of NYC especially considering the high prices.
so great! – I went to Lever House restaurant tonight expecting it to be packed and loud (as it had been the last time I went). Surprisingly it was quiet. It didn't have the hustle and bustle of the last time I had been, but the food and service was impeccable. The staff was relaxed without being overly so and very knowledgable. The food is simply outstanding and the desserts are some of the best I've ever had. I've been during the week and it's noisy and crowded, the weekend is a much more mellow and relaxing vibe.
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