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