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“Not only do they refuse to honor reservations, they have coached their staff to lie to patrons in an effort to pacify frustratio”
Review of Commerce - CLOSED

Commerce
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: West Village
Cross street: Barrow Street
Transit: A, B, C, D, E & F trains to West 4th Street and 1 train to Christopher Street.
Description: The building at 50 Commerce pulses with history. Depression-era revelers snuck in it when it was a speakeasy. As the Blue Mill Tavern, it saw 50 years of change. And as Grange Hall, it captured the heart of Greenwich Village as a beloved gathering place.Now, as Commerce, a restaurant serving fine food prepared by chef Harold Moore, the building welcomes a slew of modern visitors seeking a warm place to share a meal and a sense of community. Owned by reputable restauranteur Tony Zazula and noted Chef Harold Moore, Commerce is homage to old New York, celebrating a city where history and contemporary sensibilities collide on every corner.
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“Not only do they refuse to honor reservations, they have coached their staff to lie to patrons in an effort to pacify frustratio”
Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

For years, I was a regular at Grange Hall, absolutely adoring to cozy neighborhood ambience. Since the plave became Commerce, they have appropriately summed up their new raison d'etre. They've compromised the old faithful clientele in favor of fitting in as many bodies in the course of an evening to yield a bigger return. In the 25 years I have lived in New York, establishments that adopt the stance o f Commerce rarely last long. As a result, the atmosphere is loud, crowded and the service is rushed. The food isnt even as nice as it had been in the old days. Therefore, the value of the experience is mot at all worth the hefty expense. We had a confirmed reservation for 8PM and were still waiting at 9PM with nothing but dishonest excuses from both manager and hostesses who continued to insist we wait at the bar (since alcohol is clearly a lot more expensive than food.) So to add insult to injury, my party of three happen to have come straight from an AA meeting which is in the neighborhood and which occur in tje West Village 7 days per week at multiple times of day. The insistence by management that we stand at the bar I mig jt consider a kind of discrimination, espescialy since the situation was explained to tje hostess who idiotically continued to insist that we stand at the bar. For many alcoholics and substance, a bar is a dangerous place to be, however we have every right to dine in any eating establishment. The insensitivity, the blatant disregard to our alcohol isues, and the repetatibe discomfort they made us feel while continuously misleading us, left us with a very nad feeling. I have every intention to spread the word among my myriad sober friends in the West Village to avoid the place like the plague. They are rude and dishonest and the food and atmosphere are not even close to being worth the expense.

  • Visited May 2013
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Sydney,NSW
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
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“Sunday Lunch”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

We arrived here on the advice of our hotel concierge. I'm so glad he recommended it to us. This is a small restaurant with good wholesome food, fantastic cocktails and friendly wait staff. A truly enjoyable experience.

Visited February 2013
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Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and ambience”
Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

On a beautiful street in the Village, this restaurant, although a little noisy at times, serves out of this world food in a typical New York ambience. I could find no downside to this beautiful little restaurant and I shall return again and again.

  • Visited April 2013
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London
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food, need to tighten the service”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

A party of five booked in for 9.30pm which eventually got seated at 10.15pm.......not the best of starts. No explanation, no apology, just directed to the bar which was rammed with many other diners similarly waiting for their tables (one couple over an hour). Judging by other reviews this is not uncommon - front of house clearly needs shaking up. In fact the greeters were next to useless and didn't really know what was going on.

If you want a quiet romantic meal, or catch up with a friend, this is not the place. It's very very noisy and difficult to hear somebody on the other side of the table!

The food however is EXCELLENT. None of us had a bad appetiser and none of us a bad entree. We'd selected across the menu so had a wide appreciation of the offer. Really inspired dishes, fresh, seasonal ingredients, expertly crafted.

So, why only 'Average'? I'm afraid whilst the food is superb, the ambience and indifferent service badly let down Commerce. Would I go again? Yes, probably midweek and probably earlier in the evening. But given that there is much competition in the neighbourhood, it may be some time before a repeat visit.....

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Debrett
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“The best chicken I have ever tasted!!”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

We were recommended Commerce by a friend and I'm so glad that we went. The atmosphere was buzzing as soon we walked in. The staff were very friendly and helpful, as for the menu....fantastic! We weren't going to have starters but after seeing what was on the next table, we couldn't resist! We ordered the Tortelloni, which tasted great but the petite croque-madame were absolutely amazing! We'd been told about the whole chicken to share between 2, so that was what we ordered. You have to wait about 45 minutes, and then the chef comes out to show you the whole cooked chicken in the pan before returning to the kitchen to plate it up. It was definitely worth the wait. It was the juiciest, most flavoursome chicken I have ever had! If we return to New York, this will definitely be on my to do list.......brilliant.

  • Visited March 2013
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