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Cafe Gray (CLOSED) - 42 Reviews - 10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 823-6338

Cafe Gray (CLOSED)

10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-6338
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Cafe Gray (CLOSED) - New York, NY
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Being from Tx and enjoying our first night in NYC we met friends (who live in NYC) after a show for a late dinner at Cafe Gray. The restaurant is tucked away in the Time Warner b...


You are paying for the view and the location. Food was good, we had the risotto and braised ribs but was overpriced--the appetizer portion of the risotto was $27 (ala carte), and...

Good food but way overpriced 4/21/2008

You are paying for the view and the location. Food was good, we had the risotto and braised ribs but was overpriced--the appetizer portion of the risotto was $27 (ala carte), and the 3-course price fixe was $65. We passed on the drinks as we felt that $20 should buy a bottle of wine, not a glass. We had a good view of the kitchen and the trees in Columbus Circle. Service was so-so, it was hard to get a waiter's attention when we needed to. Restrooms lacked paper towels. more

Very Good 11/18/2007

Very good german/austrian influenced food with a very cool decor and good service. I have been there a couple of times and every time walk away completely satisfied. Pros: Food, ambience more

Elegant and Delightful 10/10/2007

Being from Tx and enjoying our first night in NYC we met friends (who live in NYC) after a show for a late dinner at Cafe Gray. The restaurant is tucked away in the Time Warner building as soon as you enter you forget that you passed numerous retail stores to find this place. It was very beautiful inside, relaxing and luxorious at the same time. We had no problems with Service, it was all timely and done with class. Our server's only fault was that he wasn't good about suggesting ""specific"" dishes, in fact he more or less would list every entree or dessert on the list when you asked him what was good. We all enjoyed our 1st and 2nd courses, I myself loved the Roasted corn ravioli, fabulous! I also had the short rib which was nice, the flavor was very fitting for fall. Our sommelier was attentive and we closed the place down. Enjoyed the ambiance as well as the fare. Pros: Ambience Cons: High Priced more

Overpriced. Cafe Gray is in my opinion one of... 9/12/2007

WillC Provided by Partner
Overpriced. Cafe Gray is in my opinion one of the worst dining options in Columbus Circle. Not only was the food mediocre, but the decor of the r... more

Don't ever underestimate Gray Kunz. I've... 8/31/2007

ScottS Provided by Partner
Don't ever underestimate Gray Kunz. I've eaten here about 20 times. I've had special chef tasting menus that remind me of the old Lespinasse days... more

Bad experience and worst manager 7/5/2007

It was my boyfriend birthday and I took him to Cafe Gray. I made reservation a month before but when we arrived we had to wait 20 minutes at the bar. We ordered food and were waiting for a very long time, one of the managers her name was Caron came and ask us if everything is ok. We asked her why it takes so long, she didnt answer our question, she said she needs to check, she was not polite to us, but we were waiting another 15 minutes and she never came back to us, although we saw her passing by our table couple of times. This place has the worst floor manager so as I think somebody needs to take care of that. more

real asian fusion... a bit pricey but worth it. 6/23/2007

CalvinLee Provided by Partner
real asian fusion... a bit pricey but worth it. more

Dispassionate service brings down very good food. 6/2/2007

Much has been said about Kunz's food, and it is often exciting and provocative as it was that evening. However, we don't go to restaurants for food alone, and were very disappointed by the detached service. Upon arriving, the host told us that our table was being set and suggested we wait in the bar. A hostess began to lead us down the hallway, halfway down my wife turned off to the restroom. The hostess then turned to me and said the bar ""is down the hallway on the left."" Pros: Interesting menu Cons: Service, Value more

This cruise ship should sink 5/22/2007

I took my wife here for her birthday off a friend's recommenation. It was horrible. First we expected the ""great view"" but the view is blocked by the kitchen. Why put the kitchen between the dining room and the windows? Next the food was bland, cold, all around horrible. It was like we were dining on a second-rate cruise ship. The steak tartare tasted like catsup, the short ribs were cold and overseasoned with nutmeg, the key lime pie was an oreo soaked in lime juice. Awful. The staff was courteous but hovered over us, making us feel unrelaxed. The diners were mostly retired, elderly people, so I guess if you're used to lime jello and want to waste $100 on dinner, this is the place for you. In a city with thousands of great restaurants don't waste one night on this place. AWFUL!!! Pros: Nothing. Cons: Everything. more

fantastic tasting menu 4/29/2007

Strongly recommended. I went with my boyfriend to celebrate my birthday and had the tasting menu, which was fantastic. Each course was like a piece of art, inspiring visually and with complex taste combinations. The wines that were picked to match each course were just spot on. The dessert was so impressive that I had to take a picture, which is something I never do. The service was friendly, professional and I felt very welcome. I also thought it was very novel to see the calm, coreagraphed action in the open kitchen. I can only remember this level of experience from Nobu London, Danielle and Jean Georges. My boyfriend and I had a great time. I will certainly come back to celebrate any special occasion I can think of, especially since the view beats the other high dining places that I've tried. Pros: inspiring food, warm service Cons: not keen on the brass details of the decor more

Not a Grayt experience 4/28/2007

I'll go backwards: Pros: Decent food Cons: Inferior services, cramped dinning room, horrendous decor more

Sophisticated food and atmosphere. Excellent night out! 4/15/2007

Had dinner with friends from out of town and impressed the heck out of them at Cafe Gray. Fun and sophisticated space. Great drinks at the bar (killer martinis). Dinner was outstanding. Risotto and Asparagus potage esp. great. Loved the Striped Bass and the Key Lime Pie . Friendly, upbeat service. Pros: Unique menu, friendly service, great drinks Cons: A little noisy more

A great view and service alone just don't a great restaurant make 4/11/2007

I took my husband here for his birthday dinner. There was a good crowd for a Monday night. We arrived early and were seated immediately, so we got a view of Central Park before it got dark. I must say that I like the concept of kitchen in front of view. It's like being at the theater - all eyes forward at the chefs or view. Asides from our captain (who looked bored if not snotty), the service was amazing. Attentive but not over-bearing. The appetizers we had were great (steak tartare for me, mushroom risotto for my husband). After that, it was a little downhill. My husband had the ribs which I thought were good and I had the striped bass. My dish wasn't bad, per se, but it was just uninspired. The sweet, fruity sauce and salty fish just didn't mesh well for me. For dessert, we asked one of the servers for recommendations. My husband had the key lime pie and I had the rum toast. The server went out of his way to have it prepared without raisins, and I truly appreciated his kindness, but again I just wasn't impressed. I love chocolate, but everything on the menu paired chocolate with fruit - not very creative. I might just go back for lunch one time because I truly enjoyed the service and the scene. The food just wasn't up to par. Pros: Pomegranate Margarita's, Service, View Cons: Unfortunately, the food more

So we decided to try this restaurant for Valentine's day. It was the most disgusting experience of eating out in NYC, arrogant service, confused kitchen, a complete mess. don't waste your money. 2/15/2007

At over $600 a couple, we thought this would be the place for us on Valentine's day. Wrong! They seated us late, the confused our meals and the order of them. People who were seated after us were having their second course and we still did not even have our bread. The service is arrogant, distant, and simply very very poor. The meal was so so. The service was sooooooooooooo bad that we left in the middle of our meal. they seated as at 9 00 pm for an 8 30 reservation and the band left at 10 00. On Valentine's day. This is simply careless and poor planning. Pros: can't think of any Cons: confused service, slow, arrogant, mediocre food, all in all a disaster more

Impeccable service cannot compensate for poor design and unsubtle flavors 1/9/2007

Exceptional service distinguishes Cafe Gray, and unfortunately, nothing else. Although acoustically successful (if you prefer spaces on the quieter side), David Rockwell's overwrought, rather suburban design is irredeemably problematic: why ever would diners choose to be seated away from the windows, when just beyond is one of the most stunning views in New York? Surely an open kitchen is not reason enough. The joints on my chair were loose, and I replaced it with another that was also loose. The fish I ordered, described as akin to sea bass, was a rather modest portion more akin to bluefish. Although original, the fruit-based sauce was over-salted, as was the risotto that another diner ordered. The messy-looking cobbler for dessert was unremarkable. The service staff, however, was the most attentive I have every experienced. Still, at these prices, I'd like a view, higher quality furnishings, more subtle flavors, and tablecloths. Pros: Service, location, quiet atmosphere Cons: Unsubtle flavors, absence of view and tablecloths, cost more

Serious , rich food with no attitude 1/2/2007

I sometimes shy away from fine dining restaurants because I want to be somewhere lively and fun. Cafe Gray is both. The food is complicated in the very best sense, rich and flavorful. The staff is warm and welcoming, even on the phone (I am always surprised how some top restaurants have surly reservationists). I love the menu, hard to define cuisine and every dish bursting with surprise flavors. Nice to see a real celeb chef actually in the kitchen, not just in name only. Chef Kunz has been there every time I have visited. I will be back again!!!!!!!!! Pros: Interesting, complicated, unique food in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere Cons: not too many light options, so leave the diet at home more

Good food, but expensive 11/13/2006

I thought the food was quite good. The deserts (other than the creme brulee) were a little lackluster. The lamb roulade and the rabbit/foie gras stew were quite good (though the lamb was a little salty--ok for me, but it may bother others). The wine list is a little expensive The space is more elegant than I expected and brought down a notch by the huge open kitchen. The waiter was fine, but all the supporting actors were very attentive. . Overall, the meal is quite expensive, but the food is worthy of it. I would return. Pros: Food, room, staff Cons: Wine list, price more

Outstanding Dinner Experience 11/1/2006

My boyfriend and i went here for a romantic dinner out. We still talk about how great the food was, months later. The atmosphere is sophisticated and gorgeous. I loved the view of Central Park. We can't wait to go back. Pros: amazing food, gorgeous view, romantic Cons: none! more

Very good 10/31/2006

The food here was great, but it was a little pricey, and the atmosphere wasn't as warm and inviting as it could have been. Still, if you're looking for a pleasant fine dining experience, this isn't a bad place to start. Pros: Good food, good service Cons: Somewhat sterile ambience, food is a little overpriced more

Extremely salty entree... 10/21/2006

After reading all the good reviews, I decided to bring my visiting friends to Cafe Gray this past Saturday night. Drinks at the bar were good and we were seated right away after the whole party arrived. For appetizers we ordered mushroom risotto, steak tartare and chestnut soup, all very good and started the evening well. With equal expectation for the entree, we were gravely disappointed by the extremely salty dishes. Both the baby ribs and rabbit stew were almost not edible and seemed like the chef put 4-5 times usual amt of salt to season the dish. We returned the entrees and saw the couple at the next table complaining about exactly the same thing! For almost $40 for entree, I would expect much better.... the waiter took the entree away and then without asking us, complimentary deserts appeared at the table (but we were still hungry since we did not eat the entree)....Surprise came at the end when we saw the bill, with all 3 entrees almost untouched, we were being charged anyway..... although they did try to make up for it from giving out complimentary desserts, you can't really substitute sweets for real entree, and charge your customer the full price? Cons: Very salty entree, so-so service more
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  • The Scene
    A long, dim hallway transports diners to the bar, where beveled mirrors and embossed leather banquettes provide a dash of retro glam. But it's in the dining room, where...

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Clinton, Midtown