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Riingo Restaurant (CLOSED) - 50 Reviews - 205 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017, New York, NY - Hotels & Lodging Reviews - Phone (212) 867-4200

Riingo Restaurant (CLOSED)

205 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017
New York, NY 10017
(212) 867-4200
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The caesar salad was a huge bowl of iceberg lettuce, a dressing that wasn't ceasar, 1 crouton and a few slices of thin chicken -- for $12.00 -- rip off. Don't order a mixed dr...

Great Htel BUT... 2/19/2011

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Great food and service 7/6/2008

We ate here last week and really enjoyed everything. Service was great; we never had to ask for anything, as the waiter and busboy were on top of evertyhing. The food was delicious; the waiter recommended the puffed rice crusted shrimp roll, which sounds weird but was great. He also recommended short ribs, which came already boned, so it was a cube of rich, dense meat which had been pan seared; and the chicken dumplings, which was pulled chicken meat in a wonton wrapper, steamed, with a sour soy sauce called Ponzu. All very good. The entrees were outstanding: a grilled red snapper with curry sauce and string beans, and my friend ordered duck breast, which came with dumplings whose skin was made from tapioca pearls! Interesting and unique. For dessert, we shared the signature dessert, green tea donuts. One thing, don't be scared by the menu. The chef is able to take odd sounding combinations and make them delicious. I've eaten in lots of hotel restaurants, and they're usually pretty mediocre, so Riingo was a wonderful surprise! Plus, everybody was very friendly, from the manager who stopped by to chat briefly with us, to the host, who remembered us on our way out. I highly recommend Riingo! The only down part is the bathrooms; they're unmarked and kind of hidden, so it was a little embarrassing to have to be led to them. But thats a small quibble!! Pros: food, service Cons: bathrooms difficult to find more

Disappointed 1/29/2008

I had heard good things, and I've been to Marcus's Aquavit, so we were expecting greatness. Pros: fun menu Cons: experience can vary depending on seating more

Good food and freindly service in midtown 12/18/2007

I ate here last week; what a great meal. Food was delicious--try the shortribs, it looks like a brownie! but the taste is rich and meaty. The donuts, which the manager Jamey recommended are the signature dish. I was hesitant, but they were great! The space is pretty; small, but comfortable. I liked the service, he knew what he was talking about and didn't bother me and my wife. Try some of the specialty cocktails too, the friendly bartender, Russell, made me a drink with tarragon and lemonade! Everybody, from the manager to the busboy, made us feel welcome and next time we come into the city we will definitely retrun! Pros: great food, freindly service more

A great place to try food from two worlds! 9/10/2007

Hey, if you ever find yourself in midtown or have a couple hours before your train back to CT, you should walk over to the restaurant next to the alex hotel, Riingo. We went there for the restaurant week menu and thought the food was really good, (salmon and steak) . the staff is engaging & very helpful. The hostesses could use a little help though, the girl we saw both times was way too young to be handling customers. The girl bartender (Gia?) is awesome. Our first visit we had a short asian server who was cool and patient who helped us choose our sushi and sashimi, we like that he stopped to talk to us. On our next visit our server was tall, with a beard, who was very knowledgeable, he got us to try sakes and the most amazing chicken dumplings, he knew his food and wine and was very polite. The desserts are ok and could be more varied. Oh and definitely try the signature cocktails. We will definitely come back! Pros: sushi and burgers in one menu! Cons: the small dining room, tables too close more

decor was superb. food was above average. wine list was... 8/24/2007

decor was superb. food was above average. wine list was decent. waiter was attentive and friendly. not a... more

decor was superb. food was above average. wine list was... 8/24/2007

JonLeung Provided by Partner
decor was superb. food was above average. wine list was decent. waiter was attentive and friendly. not a bad place to bring your friends for a ... more

a must go 10/21/2006

I work in the area.mMy collegues and I came here just for drinks, but stayed for a wonderful dinner. The lounge area is perfectly intimate and cozy. The specialty drink selection is wonderful, my favorite was the t-teanni. We were having such a wonderful time, that we opted to cancel our other reservations and stay here for dinner. We were not disappointed. We were easily accomodated. The service was great. The server quickly made a number of wonderful food recommendations and wine pairings. The short ribs, crabapple roll and chicken dumplings are the standout appertizers. For entrees do not miss out on the duck, lamb and salmon dish. I am very excited to have such a great quality restaurant in the area and look forward to coming back. Pros: ambience, service, food more

Great every time 10/21/2006

I discovered Riingo a while back, when friends of mine dragged me above 14th street. I have come here several times now and it never fails me. I had dinner here Saturday night, and there are some new menu items which are worth noting. The duck breast with tapioca dumpling is unique and extremely flavorful. And don't miss out on the crabapple roll. The staff is attentive as usual. And one should definately pop into the bar/lounge area if you're looking for great cocktails. The Sparkling Geisha is a must have. I will continue making Riingo a destination point. Pros: food, service, cocktail list more

Awful... 8/6/2006

Found ouselves in Midtown recently, figured we'd give this place a try-What a bad time! Empty restaurant, underdone food. Sushi was ok, but nothing special. Pros: easy to get a table Cons: everything else more

Riingo deserves 10 !!! 8/1/2006

Delicious food, excellent service, knowledgable staff, and charming space. Pros: Delicious food, great service, friendly staff. Generous amount of space between tables. Cons: Have not found one yet more

OVERPRICED 2/22/2006

The portions were extremely small, spent a fortune and left still HUNGRY!! Plenty of other places to go spend your money and get bigger and better meal. Cons: expensive, small portions more

Good service, talented chef & nice place but 2/15/2006

We were 45 mins late but still seated promptly in the back dining room. Friday night at 9:45 it wasn't crowded. They have an upstairs dining room but didnt see it. Ambience is somewhat modern like the video projection of the an animated candle on the wall. Designed to excite and impress but felt short on my ratings. Young chef Samuelsson has an impressive resume. Food is influenced by chef's previous experience of working in different cuisines but you could see mainly Japanese inspired dishes. Seafood was good but I didnt think it was exceptional. I found the wine list to be pricy with somewhat limited selections. Overall dining experience was above average and I would recommend it but I wasn't very excited. I would probably go back to try other dishes but not in a hurry when there are so many new places to try. Pros: Innovative Chef Cons: Pricy more

Riingo Deserves a 10!!! 12/7/2005

I dined at riingo on friday dec. 2nd and i fell in love with the atmosphere, food and drinks. The restaurant was busy however not once did our server make us feel that he was too busy to make our night great. The winelist was great and the food was even better. Our server recomended the right wine with our sushi. We all enjoyed everything however what we enjoyed the most was the rice puff crusted shrimp roll. The location of the restaurant was a little out of our way, since most of us live downtown, which didnt matter once we got there. Overall we all left happy and was totally worth the cab ride to midtown. Pros: service, great crowd, food Cons: location more

jewel of midtown 12/6/2005

I never eat above 14th street, but friends of mine dragged me along anyway. I'm glad they did, because this restaurant is definately a find. The sushi is extremely fresh, and their king crab avocado roll is out of this world. My friends dined on the lobster tempura roll and the toro daikon, both are worth every penny. I also recommend the bass, and the ny strip was cooked to perfection. The atmosphere was perfect for my friends and I, but I think boys who want to impress their girls should definately check it out as well. Our waiter was well versed with the menu and provided us with great service, he didn't hover over the table as some servers tend to do in high end restaurants. Ask a host or a manager to show you the great wine room up in the mezzanine. Pros: great decor, service, drink selection more

What an experience!!!! 12/4/2005

A friend had told me about Riingo explaining how I had to go and try the Scallop roll which he said and I quote "" It is out of this world"". I went with a friend for dinner last week and I was blown away. The restaurant itself is beautiful , very clean and modern. The service was very good.We sat in the lounge before dinner and both had the baked apple martini which was delicious. Our server was so polite and knowledgable (on wine)a joy!!!We then sat for dinner.My friend was so right, scallop roll was so unbelievable and the tuna entree served on beef cheek dumplings could'nt have been better. The whole experience was amazing and I can't wait to go back and try other entree's on the menu ( a couple really caught my eye) . What a specail place !! more

if these guys can score 9.0, maybe you can too 11/26/2005

I'll begin at the beginning. The octopus appetiser was tired, overcooked, and seemed like the only reason it ended up on our plate was cause it was too inept to avoid capture in the first place. Salmon ceviche was nothing to write home about. In between courses, one of the servers (there were several as the night wore on, apparently confused as to their roles) removed our forks and placed them back on the table. I'm sorry, but for a buck sixty for two, I expect fresh silverware. Interestingly, they did take away the knives, perhaps because I was beginning to look peeved. The burger that the Village Voice loved so much was overcooked. Steak salad good, if overseasoned. The final insult came during dessert, when they turned the lights all the way up, perturbing the remaining customers. Then a lady came in and waved a remote at the ceiling. Pros: prompt seating, near empty, had functional wc Cons: bad food, bad service, bad ness more

Pleasant meal 11/20/2005

We came here in the evening without a reservation. The restaurant was completely booked, so they opened a private room for us. We had three waiters serve the table. They were a bit clumsy and dropped some things along the way. However, they really tried to accommodate. The bread was very good though the flat bread is very spicy. The spread was very good. Both the Cod and the Halibut were excellent. The food has definite Japanese influence. Overall, we left very pleased. Pros: Service, Seafood more

Loved it! 10/18/2005

My boyfriend and I LOVED it! The decor is amazing, the music wasn't too loud, and the video art is interesting, but not obtrusive. Try the the spring roll with foie gras and pickled watermelon. Fantastic. The lobster tempura roll was definitely the best sushi roll we have ever had. The lobster was still hot and juicy, and the other ingredients complemented it so well. Try the NY Strip steak with country bacon & french toast. I am not a big steak eater, but this one had so much flavor! All of the drinks that we tried were As for desserts, my favorite is the chocolate cake and my boyfriend really liked their pumpkin cheesecake. Notice the 4 x $ signs in the left column on this page. It isn't cheap, but you get great food. Not your run-of-the-mill Asian fusion. Pros: Great bathrooms, Drinks, Good vibe Cons: On the smallish side, Spacing b/ween tables more

Skip It 10/10/2005

The caesar salad was a huge bowl of iceberg lettuce, a dressing that wasn't ceasar, 1 crouton and a few slices of thin chicken -- for $12.00 -- rip off. Don't order a mixed drink -- 1 martini $14.00 Cons: price, food more
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  • The Scene
    Tucked inside David Rockwell's minimalist, sleek hotel, the restaurant is fittingly modern and dramatic, with a swooping staircase, bare lightbulbs hanging from lofty ceilings...

  • 7/1/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Wed 7-11 am, noon-2:30 pm, 5:30-10:30 pm, Thurs-Fri 7-11 am, noon-2:30 pm, 5:30-11 pm, Sat 7 am-3 pm, 5:30-11 pm, Sun 7 am-3 pm, 5:30-10:30 pm
  • Payments:

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

    Midtown, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East