This is the first time I have ever written a bad review about any restaurant, any where in the world, I consider myself a savy traveler and some what of a food and wine critic.
My daughter & I had gone to Manhattan to celebrate her 30 th birthday one week before Christmas. Naturally we went to Rockafella Plaza, for the experience.
Around 9:45 p.m. we were guided to the Brassierie Ruhlmann by a local for a bite. We sat in the bar area. We decided to order a bottle of champagne to celebrate the birthday, along with an appetizer or 2.
I am going to type in exactly as the wine menu is written:
101 Perrier Jouet, Fleur de Champagne 98 305
I ordered this bottle, thinking it is 98 dollars (note there are no $ signs at all)
along with an plate of charcuterie & pate.
They bring the champagne and plate of food, then the manager comes over to us to say the chef is closing the kitchen for hot food, it is now about 10:15 p.m. Would we like something else. Yes , we ordered crispy camembert , which was lovely.
Then we were being rushed to pay our tab, before we were finished with our food and champagne.
The waiter brings the check and it is 361.98...I said there must be a mis-understading. The manager comes over and we proceed to discuss how I thought the bottle was 98$ instead of 305$ according to the way the menu was written.
There was nothing to suggesst that 98 was the vintage ( no vin wordage) and there were no $$ signs by the 305.
We then called by former son in law, who is in the bar business, to see how much he pays for this same bottle and vintage of champagne.
He said he gets it for $68. We told the manager that.
After much discussion he called one of the owners : Bernard Collin and his response was essentially too bad.
Not only was it a bad beginning to a much celebrated Mother, Daughter celebration.
The fact that they were rushing us out with a $305 bottle of bubbles is unacceptable.
Greed is a terrible thing. Buyer Beware!!!