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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