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Cru - New York, NY

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Best

This place is spectacular. Every single thing about the food was perfect. Fish and meat cooked to perfection, and amazingly delicious with fresh, delicate flavors. This is paired ...

Worst

Service slow,to long a wait for each dish.small portionsv And way to expensive.

SCAMMED 7/14/2011

I could not believe the review by an earlier patron who was charged $38 per glass for 2 glasses of wine. Four of us were there one night. We ordered Prosecco. Waiter said they were out, but he had a similar wine. He brought us 4 glasses. We asked jokingly if this were one of their $200 bottles. He replied that it was $38 which we assumed was per bottle. We were joined by 3 friends and waiter poured 3 more glasses without asking. We received a bill for $228 + tax. more

To much money 1/19/2011

Service slow,to long a wait for each dish.small portionsv And way to expensive. more

Amazing Wine Selections 5/26/2010

I often stop into Cru for a drink because they have a vast wine selection. The bartender always selects the most delicious wine. It's a great place for a special night out or to have a night cap. The front bar is bright and has great views of 5th avenue pedestrians. The dining room is a bit more stiff and formal. While the food is good here, its very pricey and the wine can tally up as well. But if you are looking to impress, it's a great date place. Pros: Wine Cons: Prices more

Great Wine List! Special Occasions. 3/28/2010

Great food for special occasions. The presentation is spectacular but the food is on the heavy side so do reserve it for special dates. Wine list is also impressive. My favorite was the appetizer and the dessert. Very creative. Pros: Rich Menu, Amazing Deserts, Atmosphere Cons: Pricey more

very class and uppidy 10/18/2008

Very class and very uppidy.\r They are very attentive and above all the food was awesome. I felt like Jesus Christ went down from heaven and cooked the food for us. hahaha. but seriously, if it wasn't 200+ per head, I would go back here everyday!!! Pros: wine list,food,service more

Disappointing 4/7/2008

There are many other restaurants I would recommend with food that is as good but with better ambiance and service. The room was boring and the atmosphere was staid. The sommelier was generally unfriendly and, when we asked for a recommendation for a glass of white, brought us two $38 glasses without telling us the price in advance and without offering us the wine list. The food was good but almost too pretentious - sous vide, foam, blah blah blah - I also never need to try white asparagus or curry ice cream. Not worth the price. Go to Union Square or Gramercy for a better experience on all levels. Pros: wine, food Cons: service, ambiance, attitude more

Should good things really come in such small doses? 1/20/2008

So I went to Cru encouraged by the high rating on city-search and the ""best wine list"" promise. The latter didin't disappoint--their selection of wines is head-spinning, and the sommelier knew pretty much each one of them from the pricey chateauneuf-de-papes to the obscure galician wines. Their by-the-glass selection, too, was impressive. The wait-staff was great, too, though yes, a bit intrusive at times. \r \r The food, on the other hand, left so much to be desired that I literally came home and had a midnight snack before heading to bed. For one, our excellent appetizers were followed by rather mediocre entrees, with an intermission of about one hour, during which our food was ""being plated."" The portions were laughably small, no larger than the appetizers. That I would have lived down had it been memorable food. My lobster-broccoli pyramid was bitter. My husband poullard tasted of... well... nothing and was luke-warm. \r \r Will definitely go back there for a pre-dinner glass of wine but not dinner. Pros: Amazing wine list, good service, nice decor Cons: quality and quantity of food more

This restaurant has the biggest wine list in... 9/4/2007

This restaurant has the biggest wine list in NYC. Seriously, it's twice the size of the Veritas wine list.... more

This restaurant has the biggest wine list in... 9/4/2007

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This restaurant has the biggest wine list in NYC. Seriously, it's twice the size of the Veritas wine list. Hanging out drinking Austrian wines (th... more

OUTSTANDING meal and service 8/7/2007

This place is spectacular. Every single thing about the food was perfect. Fish and meat cooked to perfection, and amazingly delicious with fresh, delicate flavors. This is paired with attentive, well-informed servers, who make you feel comfortable and like real guests. The wine that was recommended was also excellent. I can't think of a single negative comment (aside from high prices, but that's par for the course). A friend who had been there about a year ago warned me about miniscule portions, but this has clearly changed for the better. We will go back again and again. Pros: Food, wine, service more

i would go on this CRUise again.... 5/29/2007

My wife and I had the chance to visit Cru this past saturday. After a long day shopping on 5th ave, we\r were greeted by rocco at the front door at 6:30. We were promptly seated and began our adventure.\r We generally enjoy stopping at the bar for a couple of pops, but ended up a at quaint table for two. The fun began. We orded the chef tasting menu- HOLY COW. Shea Gallante and the staff at CRU were the best we have ever dealt with.. the food, wine, service were second to none.. we ended up staying for 5 hours.... \r Shea Gallante is outstanding as are his staff. Thanks for probably the dinner experience we have ever had.\r Pros: food, service, wine, everything Cons: the night had to end more

Loved it!!! 5/5/2007

Great food and wine! Attentive, (but not overly,) staff! I would suggest the chef's menu option. You are suprised by every course. We had about seven courses, (it was har to keep track. It felt like to food just kept coming,) plus dessert and for dessert we each got something different, trying four desserts by the time we were done. We both loved and would reccomend the Gazpacho but we were split when picking a favorite dessert. I could eat a million passion fruit brulees and my date was crazy for the chocolate and pepermint ""extravaganza"" as he called it. The wines were paired perfectly. The only thing that could prove to be a flaw are the prices... Our bill was high! It is worth it though so save up your money and spend it all at Cru. It was a meal I will never forget! more

Can't wait to send all my friends there!!! 4/6/2007

I dined at Cru on a Saturday night, (not my idea since I hate dining with the masses,) and had an amazing experience. They did seat me a little late but the hospitality more than made up for it. It was a special occasion and they went the whole nine to make us feel special. The food was top notch, (especially noteable were the poularde and the apple beignet,) and the wine pairing was perfect. I would not hesitate to return and will certainly tell all my friends. Worth every penny!!! more

Shame on You! 4/1/2007

My friend and I had dinner for the second time at Cru, last Saturday night. Things were going\r very well until an univited, 3 inch long, 6 legged vision of ugliness was behind me on the\r banquette and moving toward my head. My friend asked whether he should ?get it? or call the\r waiter. I chose the former, for speed and expediency. The waiter, noticing some commotion,\r came to the table and asked what was wrong. We asked him what he wanted us to do with\r the contents of the napkin. He took it quite gingerly, stating that he was kind of queasy around\r such creatures and, at arms length, carried the napkin off towards the kitchen. Not long after\r that, the Rocco, the Maitre D?, dressed to the nines, with hands hips, came to the table and\r stood in front of my friend and said ?If you think that what you did is a funny joke, our patrons\r don?t appreciate that sort of thing. Perplexed, and despite our considerable combined education, all we said - and in unison was ""HUH""? He said the napkin was empty and by implication accused us of\r fabricating the incident. To what end? We weren?t angry. We weren't demanding a free meal. \r We didn?t so much as ask for a drink! We came to Cru for a good meal, not a free ride. So\r after spending $360.00 we walked out of there feeling abused, vowing never to go back with our friends or our business associates. \r \r We realized that a celebrity chef does not necessarily guarantee tasteful dining, good\r manners or a modicum of class. Pros: There is no ""PRO"" when the patron is accused of lying and/or cheating Cons: No class among the staff. Potential for embarrassement in front of friends/clients more

Total Amateur Hour 2/25/2007

We had 8:30 reservations but seated at 9:20. The wait-staff was nice but awkward, intrusive and one almost knocked over a few items on our table. Still, we enjoyed our delicious 3-course pre-fixe meals and wines by the glass. \r \r When the bill came, it was much LOWER than expected until we realized they had forgotten to include an ENTIRE pre-fixe meal of $75. I also noticed an extra charge of $5, because I asked for fruit instead of the selections on the menu. I gave my card, wondering whether they had realized their clumsy service and decided to ?comp? one of the meals. When the waiter returned, I told him that there seemed to be something wrong with the bill and to re-check it. He was shocked, ran back to the computer and soon joined by three others. He finally returned and said ?We?re sorry but it seems we only charged you for one meal. Can we re-run your card for the correct amount?? So of course I said yes, it was one thing if it was intentionally omitted but I didn?t want to swindle them out of their money. So they redid the bill and brought it back but the $5 supplement was still on the bill. \r \r A quality restaurant shouldn?t nickel and dime a customer who is already spending a decent amount to try to get another $5 out of you because you got a tiny plate of apples instead of the more elaborate desserts on the menu. I thought that was particularly disingenuous after I pointed out, with tip and tax, a $100 error. They could have at least knocked off a glass of wine or the $5 supplement. Not only were we not offered this gesture, the waiter stood over me nervously, then immediately asked if he could take the bill when I signed it, as if I?d change my mind. If I intended to run off I wouldn?t have brought it to their attention and if I cared about getting a few bucks off by way of a complimentary beverage, I wouldn?t have pointed out the error in the first place. Food was great but the wait-staff were total amateurs. Pros: Great wine list, great food Cons: Amateurish wait staff, unrefined service more

Flawless 12/29/2006

I brought my husband here to celebrate his 40th birthday over a very special meal.\r We were impressed with the impeccable service & attention to detail at Cru.\r The atmosphere is a bit more formal than I usually enjoy - something that might make some diners feel intimidated - however the staff is attentive, highly professional & will do their very best to make your experience at Cru a special one.\r Having ordered the 3-course meal, we splurged & put our trust in the sommelier to provide us with wine tastings for each course & were thrilled by the unique experience.\r My only regret is that we allowed our server to talk us into a 'pasta tasting' - something which put our stomachs (& the bill) over the edge.\r Sadly, I believe it was his attempt to get us to spend more $. \r The food was excellent for the most part but some dishes missed the mark, such as the \r 'Fish' Saltimbocca, which was dry & unimpressive. \r The Amuse Bouche were fabulous. \r We could have dined on those all evening with our wine!\r Upon making our reservation, I had told the hostess that we would be celebrating my husband's birthday - a detail I did not need to repeat upon our arrival.\r When dessert arrived, Happy Birthday was written across his plate & a single candle had been placed in his chocolate tart.\r Our server came over & politely wished my husband a 'happy birthday'. Very discreet, very well-done.\r \r In closing I must note that our bill was astronomically high - something I fully expected, but cannot reasonably do very often. Pros: excellent wine list & a sommelier to back it up, lovely ambiance Cons: astronomical prices, some inconsistencies - dishes range from excellent to average or overdone more

Wonderful every single time 12/24/2006

I have dined at Cru several times and stop in for a glass of wine at their bar every now and again. I have always been impressed by their wonderful service. The attention to detail is phenomenal. The food does not disappoint. The staff is knowledgable and accomodating. Do not be intimidated by the impressive wine selection, it only enhances the experience here. By the way, I think it is a nice touch that they have your coat waiting for you when you are leaving the restaurant. I can't understand how someone in an earlier review took that to mean they wanted to rush you out of their restaurant. I think it is a sign of good service. The statff is always a step ahead, trying to make the experience perfect for you. Will continue to be a fan of Cru! Pros: Knowledgable staff, extensive wine list more

One of the best restaurant I have ever eaten at 12/22/2006

Food, service, attention, decor, everything was up to par, without being overbearing or obtrusive. The food is refined and pleasantly surprising at times. The knowledge and the attention of the staff is pleasing. The wine list is very extensive. The entire experience is well worth the price. more

One of my favorite places to eat in NYC 12/8/2006

Excellent wine, food, services. CRU address is here to stay for a long long time. :)\r You just need to experience it, that's all. Pros: The whole experience was super pleasant. Cons: Nothing bad to say about it. more

Incredible! 11/20/2006

Had one of the best meals of my life. Wine list can be daunting but great to look through if you know what you want. Pros: Food, Service, Wine Cons: expensive more
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  • The windowed bar and front waiting area seems bright and airy compared to the dark but well-appointed main room, in which jacketed servers glide across carpeted floors, whisking jewel-like amuse...

  • 6/16/2005 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Monday To Sunday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM
  • Payments:

    American Express, Discover, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Greenwich Village, Downtown
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