208 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
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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)