208 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023
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Their tartlets are delicious. I don't even like sweets and this tart was perfect. It was warm, perfectly crusted, melted in my mouth goodness. That's all I've got to say about that! realy come back Loi Restaurant again.Their tartlets are delicious. I don't even like sweets and this tart was perfect. It was warm, perfectly crusted, melted in my mouth goodness. That's all I've got to say about that! realy come back Loi Restaurant again.
We have dinned here for many years while it was Compass, particularly because the fish was superb! The only changes made for former Compass was the landscape wall art and appalling food. We are big foodies and were extremely excited for the grand opening! Mainly because, it’s just blocks away from Lincoln Center! We were so grateful for the reopening since we constantly go to viewings. My first time was the first week of opening, it was a bit disappointing when half their menu was not available but they presented the full menu anyway. I would rate my dinner that night at a star and a half. The second time around we decided to celebrate my mother’s birthday since she’s a huge fan of Greek food! We figured it’s been a few months since opening and they are up to speed, unfortunately were we wrong. We personally went in a week in advance and pointed out which table we wanted for this special evening, we even spoke with the chef and event coordinator who tried pushing us to rent a private dining room. We declined the private room as my mother has an issue with closed tight spaces and would rather be in the center of the room to enjoy the ambiance. We specifically requested (according to the chef) the only large round table for eight in the main dining room; we were told it will be reserved for us. Upon arrival the hostesses were very kind in taking our coats and gift bags. We were then told to wait in the lounge area till our table was ready (we waited 20 minutes before a staff member approached us to let us know our table was ready. We were all very annoyed being that we booked this a week in advance. My main concern was my mother, at her old age she could barely stand and there were no seats available in the very crowded and noisy lounge. The hostess then escorted us to the main dining; to our surprise our table was already being occupied! Ms. Loi being one of the occupants, we were in shock! The hostess led us to the back where a few small tables put together in a rectangular shape right next to the bathroom. We complained this isn’t what we were promised by the chef and event planner, the host informed Maria Loi and she came over to greet us reeking of liquor, had no recollection of meeting with me and my husband just a week ago, said she will take care of us next time and nothing else was done to fix the issue. At this point we were so deeply disturbed that we let it go. Our waiter had no knowledge of the menu or the English language! Everyone’s order was wrong another disappointment. Our third time here we were invited by a dear friends. We arrived 15 minutes late and were told our group has not arrived yet and to be seated in the lounge to wait for our whole party of five. After a long wait I decided to call one of the members of our party to see what was holding them up. Surprise, surprise all 3 members of our party were already seated and arrived on time! We explained to our friend we were told he wasn’t there yet by the host and were waiting in the lounge the whole time. Shocked he asked his waiter to send over the chef. Our friend seemed to have a superior affiliation with Maria Loi and told her of the inexcusable incident. She then apologized and stormed off furiously and we didn’t see her again till the end of our dinner. Sadly, Ms. Loi still did not remember us from the two previous times we dined there. We overlooked it in hopes to enjoy the rest of our evening. Surprisingly our dinner was fair compared to all the other dinners we didn’t enjoy so much on previous occasions. Upon leaving Ms. Loi escorted us to the exit and stated to our friend “Are they Jewish too?! I Love Jews! Bring all you Jewish friends here! “We were all deeply offended by her racist remarks we didn’t even say goodbye and walked out! My friends and I will definitely NEVER return to this chauvinistic, wretched quality food and service.
Never have I witnessed such a horrendous experience.
03/01/2012Provided by Citysearch -
Had a friend in town for the evening and decided to go to Loi for dinner, after waiting for 10 minutes we decided to wait at the rather extravagent looking bar and I see mouse droppings on bar. Bartender wipes away right away and I say nothing and we get our drink and buy this time our table is ready. Wait staff was friendly and courtious but food was less then mediocre and in my eyes a bit too pricey. None the less, I will not be going back anytime soon, sorry, nice try.
01/15/2012Provided by Citysearch -
The food was wonderful and the service was very good too. We had lobster salad, the bronzino, and special of the day was a Greek-style lasagna. Got 2 veggie sides too. All of it was delicious. They have a funky bar area offering some very different cocktails. Maria Loi comes around and asks about the food as well, which is a nice touch. I would eat here again as many items on the menu were appealing.
11/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Loi: We had a wonderful Thanksgving for 20 in a beautiful private party room, with views into the kitchen and restaurant. The food and the service were great and the staff could not have been more accomodating. We also had a great cocktail hour first with large succulent shrimp, yummy spanokopita, and excellent crabcakes (lots of crab, very little breading.) Maria Loi was a very gracious hostess. We had the option of traditional Thanksgiving fare as well as other options, that satisfied everybody. Our family and guests were all very happy with the experience, and I would definitely recommend Loi for a private event.
02/06/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We went in for dinner after reading about their ""lobster special"" in the NY Times - a grilled 3 lb lobster is $39.It was more than we expected. My friend had the prix-fixe menu for $35 which is an amazing deal, and I had an apple and endive salad and the lobster. Everything was delicious, we received our food in a timely fashion,our server was attentive and made sure we had everything we needed. It was great to see that the restaurant was full during such tenuous times...Good for them, I will be going back soon !
PS: They will be running the lobster special throughout February. Great deal !!!
12/10/2008Provided by Citysearch -
we only came here for dinner, we had a wonderful dining experience. both my friend and i ordered the prix fixe dinner. not only was the food amazing, but the service was outstanding. we will definitely need to come back for other dinners. can't wait
10/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The Compass is wonderful :). I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience. And it was very good for the price. There's a $35 pre-fix that is a very good deal.
Out of 10:
Roasted Heirloom Beet Salad: 10 (amazing)
Chefs Selection of Soup: Cauliflower Puree: 8.5 (I'm personally not much of a fan
Crispy Skate Wing: 10 (amazing)
Vanilla Panna Cotta: 100000 (omg this is wonderful)
Pistachio Parfait: 7 (not really a fan)
06/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I was there yesterday with my boss and we could not believe such a poor service with such a good food. It's easy: the manager have more attitude than a French Union representative during his 14 of July speech!!!
However, their way a threating staff doesn't seams better as we heard them insulting a boss boy in a very rude and disrespectful way.
Too bad the food is lovely, I can not support and promote such an attitude and poor service!!!
03/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I recently moved to the upper west side and had my parents visiting on a monday night. I'm not totally familiar with many of the restaurants in the area but had seen Compass simply from walking around. Please don't let the simple exterior fool you, this place is fantastic. Everything we ate was incredible, the service was fantastic. I had tuna carpaccio to start and had venison as my main course with macaroni and gourmet cheese as a side. Everything was made perfectly. They also gave us a salmon tartare taster. Just an great experience and I can't wait to come back.
02/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Really enjoyed the variety of offerings. Loved the First Course Spice Crusted Tuna Carpaccio w/ Green Papaya Relish and Ponzo Vinaigrette and the Pan Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras. The Main Course selections of Maine Diver Sea Scallops and Crescent Hills Farm Pan Seared Duck were exceptional. The waitstaff was attentive without being overbearing. The only complaint was that I never received a requested refill of my coffee with dessert, and the Key Lime tart was too delicious not to need a second cup. Definitely deserves a return visit.
09/19/2007Provided by Citysearch -
My friends and I visited Compass for the first time and I can't wait to go back. The decor of the restaurant is both chic and relaxing and the table arrangements allow for a great deal of privacy - particularly if you're in a booth or one of the many private dining rooms.
The service was great; our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and provided excellent recommendations. We all enjoyed our meals. My friends ordered from the $35 Prix Fixe menu and I went A La Carte.
I devoured my Tempura Soft Shell Crab appetizer (delish!) and enjoyed the Pan Seared Scallops I had for my entree. My friends' dishes were quite nice as well - the hanger steak was perfectly seasoned and the monkfish was absolutely delicious. If you closed your eyes you would have thought it tasted like a lobster tail.
We shared two desserts (from the Prix Fixe menu) amongst the three of us. I'm a chocolate lover so I was disappointed in the chocolate cake (as was one of my friends), but we loved the Panna Cotta with mango sauce (yum!). And much to our surprise we were treated to a lovely amuse-bouche and received a delicious muffin to take home and enjoy the next day - which I did!
I have a friend coming into town next week from Dallas and I think I may have to go take her there for dinner. If not I'll definitely return in the coming weeks.
02/11/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've lived on the UWS for 10 years and I work downtown in a restaurant myself. It is rare to find a good place to dine in this neighborhood. I'm not sure where the other negative reviewers have eaten before, but my experiences here have been quite wonderful. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is extremely good. It is rare to see an NYC restaurant so accomodating with special needs- they really go out of their way to show you a good meal. The food is very good and I'm glad they've held on to this new chef. He is a keeper. I highly recommend Compass for a romantic date, business dinner or out for a celebration- I've done all and they have come through again and again. Their staff is so friendly and want to make sure you are pleased. Brunch is also quite good- can't beat their $26 prix fixe- you will leave full and satisfied! If you truly want an enjoyable meal, you should try Compass. Start with a drink or glass of wine (they offer many) in their cozy lounge area first- they also have a nice lounge style menu that's great!
01/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Think of Compass as Abstract Food - ingredients thrown together on a plate that generally look better than they taste. I have visited most of the top restaurants in NY and this is not one of them. The ambience is modern and sophisticated and we were seated promptly. We opted for the restaurant week selections and asked for recommendations from our waiter. He suggeted the fluke served with a small salad. The fluke was rubbery and contained a mishmosh of tastes that were far from good. The shrimp entree was overcooked. Dessert was mildly palatable until we were served white chocolate covered pork rinds. Medium prices for NY, decent service. But the food... I would rather eat a painting than the food served here.
11/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
In the UWS where many restaurant are bland or overpriced, Compass has original cooking, a nice decor, good service and it is quiet. I like it a lot for that, I will stop by when in the neighborhood. as far as the food is concerned, it's OK, it's better to precise, with any food they make, ""not too greasy, not overcooked"" ... unless you like greasy and overcooked of course!
09/06/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Although I'm not too crazy about the food, the restaurant was quite impressive. Dim lighting, looked very clean, and can be romantic. The grilled sword fish didn't have much flavor. Desserts are nicely presented but not that big on taste. Oh, the girl at the front was extremely rude and obnoxious. We made reservations and was asked to follow a waiter to be seated and she had the nerves to say,""Hey- where the hell are you going""? Can you believe that!? I totally ignored her and walked right past, but my friend was nice enough to explain to her that we were being led to our table by our waiter. She didn't even apologize, all she said was ""Oh"". I'm not sure if she's still there or she got fired or she quit on her own. But she definitely gives the restaurant a bad name.