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“"Wow" atmostphere; bland food”
Review of Carlyle Restaurant

Carlyle Restaurant
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Ranked #2,093 of 14,032 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Cross street: Madison and 76th Street
Transit: Madison Avenue Bus and the 6 Subway to 77th Street
Description: Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner this gracious elegant room furnished with pillow-sprinkled banquets, Fortuny fabric covered walls is the perfect setting for delightful French cuisine and discreet service. PLEASE NOTE JACKETS ARE REQUIRED IN THE DINING ROOM FOR DINNER.
Reviewed August 26, 2012

The Carlyle has one of those "wow" old New York atmospheres that is great for a visting guest to New York. However, the restaurant caters to an elderly Upper East Side clientele and food is oh so bland. It's apparent that seasoning has been banned so as not to offend geriatric palates. The table captain was in love with hearing himself talk and repeatedly kept interrupting our dinner conversation.(I really don't want to hear about "brain surgery" or the "spoiled tuna tartar in Provincetown that made people sick" while I'm eating...tuna tartar). I was stunned to get the bill and find there were charges for 5 Pellegrino waters (when I only been asked to open two bottles) at a whopping $13.00 a piece ($52.00 total). Not wanting to ruin the birthday celebration we were having, I did not complain to the restaurant until the next day. They said someone would get back to me. Noone ever did. Probably won't go back.

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1  Thank haydenny
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

Attention to detail was great and the coffee, water was always kept full. They offered a reasonably priced buffet and that would be my choice in the future. Decor was over the top. While the egg omlette was somewhat bland, the turkey bacon was perfect, coffee tasty and the overall experience was very good,

1  Thank boatbuddy2007_12
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

We've found the music here is always tops. Whether it's Elaine Stritch, John Pizzerelli, or Woody Allen playing on Monday nights, don't miss the Cafe. The food rates as well.

Thank Karen M
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Reviewed July 24, 2012

You'll just have to go and find out for yourself. It can be anything you want! Ladies and Gentlemen please.

Thank LoveVegasBaby
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Reviewed July 15, 2012

If you ever want to experience the high society life, go to the Cafe Carlyle. Even if they don't know your name or face, they treat you with the respect unlike those other snobbish chic places. That's what we call the class act! Perfect to watch where ladies do lunch.

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1  Thank Kathy H
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