We visited Artisanal for the first time on one of our regualr trips to NYC, accompanied by a New York based friend.
From the very start, our experience at Artisanal was fantastic. The service was wonderful - we were warmly welcomed and seated straight away, despite being 25 minutes early for our reservation. Our waiter was warm and friendly, and very knowledgable about both cocktails and cheese, and obviously had personal experience of the restaurants dishes and the sommalier was also helpful and prompt.
I had the oysters as a starter (delicious and sweet) and my partner had a butternut squash soup, which was good. Our friends salad was excellent. For the main course, we each opted for a steak - filet for them, hanger steak for me and my steak, which was marinaded in garlic and herbs was delicious, with my side order of mash being out of this world!
Make sure you leave room for cheese - the puddings are great, but with such a massive and well-prepared selection of good cheese (which I find to be unusual in America a lot of the time), you just have to try it. I haven't had a better cheese plate outside France.
We had a lovely time, didn't feel hurried from our seats as you often do in manhattan restaurants and would certainly recommend a visit. In fact, we liked Artisanal so much that my partner and I returned for brunch on the Sunday of our trip which was another delicious meal and the same lovely waiter. All in all, well worth a visit.
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