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“Great Food, Lively Atmosphere”
Review of Commerce - CLOSED

Commerce
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Had dinner here after a show on a Saturday night. The place was jam-packed and had a lively buzz. The service was very good and the food was excellent. The deviled egg starter was the best deviled egg I've ever had, very flavorful. The pork schnitzel and the veal meatballs were really as good as they looked when presented. The wine service was perfectly paced.

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Thank LowCountryIslander
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Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Set on a tiny corner (Barrow & Commerce) in the West Village this friendly bustling little place is a Mecca for locals, Manhattanites and out-of-towners. The bar is usually 3 deep, unique cocktails and spirits. Very eclectic menu and a varied moderately priced wine list. The Grignolino di Monferrato is superb. Don't miss the deviled eggs, fried oysters, tomato lettuce salad with blue cheese wedges and the incredible pork schnitzel. Two "heads up" items: it is usually quite noisy, and you cannot pay cash...credit card only.

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1  Thank StephanK128
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Made reservations here at the recommendation of a friend in the area. We arrived a few minutes before our 7:30 reservation and were seated promptly.
Our server started off very friendly, making some wise recommendations and was quick with drinks, etc.
First came the best basket of bread we've ever encountered served with butter than I would rob and steal in order to learn the recipe.
We started off with an amazing appetizer of heirloom tomatoes with housemade mozzarella cheese, bits of pork (belly?) and peppers glazed with a balsamic reduction. Wow. It was so, so good.
We chose the roasted chicken for two as our entree. The server warned us it would take a bit longer than other entrees, and it did. But it was very worth it. I have no idea how you can make chicken taste so good (honestly I probably don't want to) but this was one fine bird. The veggies that accompanied were great, too. We just kept looking at each other asking "how do they make chicken so good?" We had a very forgettable side of some corn dish that I would skip for sure next time.
The wine list was small but had plenty of nice selections at reasonable prices. Most were available by the glass.
The aforementioned server seemed to lose her way halfway through the meal. Her friendliness turned to what seemed like anger, and she was absent the latter half of the meal. The place got very busy, so maybe she was overwhelmed but it was frustrating. Also, we were seated in a small two top near the bar. Once the bar got busy, we had the butts of five loud dudes right in our faces. I'm sure they were plotting how to bring down the economy again, but whatever they were doing it was incredibly annoying and distracted from the meal.
Overall it was great, we'd go again, but would request to be seated in the main dining room and cross our fingers for better service.

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Thank 450MikeD
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

We had a delightful dinner at Commerce last Spring. It is located on a quiet street (yes that's possible) in lower Manhattan. The appetizers and food were great and the service was excellent. One of the better restaurants on this trip.

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1  Thank Hoffmnron
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Commerce is at the dogleg of Commerce Street and Cherry Lane, to block-long streets. This magnificent stretch of rowhouses is an island of calm tucked away off 7th Avenue. Commerce sits at the junction. It's a great space with murals andtables spaced far apart. Service was excellent, expecially when we noted that we had a curtain in 90 minutes. The Rosemary paparadelle with lamb ragu was outstanding as was the homemade mozzarella and tomato starter. Others raved about the duck breast. Medium-priced. Perfect pre-theater spot for Barrow Street or Cherry Lane theaters.

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Thank ChrisA861
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