All Reviews by mhorns

  • Magnolia Bakery 401 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014 (212) 462-2572

    1 stars Posted on 11/04/2011 05:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    WTF happened to this place. Granted I was unimpressed the first time I visited Magnolia, but something has definitely happened to the quality of what they define as ""cupcakes"" at this place. My friend brought me some red velvet cupcakes and I am convinced that they were no more than some basic cake batter mix with food coloring and butter cream frosting. ""Butter Cream!!!"" Someone please send them a recipe, or for you folks at the bakery, if you run out of true ingredients, don't try to pass them of as red velvet. Those of us who have had good ones before know what to expect. Magnolia is riding on reputation and that ride is bumpy, slowing down, and heading for a cliff. I say good riddance! Your distain for your customers is sure to be reciprocated.
  • Esca Restaurant 402 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 (212) 564-7272

    4 stars Posted on 02/16/2010 04:00pm

    Provided by Citysearch

    A friend and I went to ESCA (without reservations) and sat at the bar where we were greeted by an amiable tender named Victor who promptly presented us with a wonderful and complementary white bean bruschetta. My friend and I shared the tuna carpaccio (which was delicious) and I ordered the gnocchi ricotta while she got the lobster spaghetti. The menu said it was a one-pounder but it looked kind of small to me. I ordered the gnocchi because I saw it on one of the Food Network shows and I was not at all disappointed. Our evening was topped off by a visit from the chef who shared stories of his growing up in New York as well as other fun stories of this wonderful city. We had a great time, good food and great company. I would definitely recommend ESCA for anyone wanting an enjoyable experience.
  • B Smith's Restaurant 320 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036 (212) 315-1100

    3 stars Posted on 11/22/2006 04:00pm

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    Just got back from B. Smith?s Thanksgiving offering. The place was buzzing and all the 6:00 reservations seemed to arrive at the same time. My niece & I were seated promptly enough, and as neither of us are fans of turkey, we opted for other selections from the Thanksgiving menu. I asked for a sparkling wine and she, one of the non-alcoholic punches. I received a very sweet white wine and she got something poured out of a Tropicana carton. We both had a good laugh about it. \r However, when I pointed out to our waiter that I asked for a sparkling wine, he announced that what they had was not sold ?by the glass.? From there, things got progressively worse. When my niece ordered the black eyed pea soup, the waiter felt he had to mention that it was indeed a soup, to which she replied ?I know.? I ordered the lamb, but received a cut of beef covered in the advertised sauce (but no mint jelly) and with the listed sides. I pointed this out to our waiter as well, and he very politely apologized and explained that things were pretty hectic in the kitchen. There was no effort made to rectify the situation as I just had them take the plates away. \r It strikes me as a place that cuts a lot of corners?from the drinks, to the entrees, to the desserts. Even though this was the prix fix menu, with everything probably pre-made in the back, I couldn?t help but feel like I was being patronized. B. Smith?s husband, Mr. Gasby was charming enough, even stopping by to engage us in light conversation, but the staff really made us feel like we were just taking up table space. The bussing staff began changing the linens before we were ready to leave. And it wasn?t like there was a line outside the door. This place leaves a lot to be desired when things are ?hectic,? which I?m not surprised, is not very often. My advice is to go with your pals (or alone at those prices) before inviting out-of-towners, and see if you would recommend it. \r