Crown
Crown

Crown

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.crown81.com/
  • Phone: (646) 559-4880x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

    Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John DeLucie
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Madison Ave. and 5th Ave.
  • Public Transit:
    Subway:
    86th Street (4,5,6)
    77th Street (6)

    Bus:
    M79, M1, M2, M3 & M4
  • Parking: No
A word from Crown
John DeLucie is the Chef Proprietor of Crown, Bill's Food & Drink, and The Lion restaurants in New York City. DeLucie opened Crown in a 1930's mansion steps away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art on the Upper East Side. Bill's Food & Drink opened in November 2012 in Manhattan’s Midtown, and features hearty American cuisine. The Lion opened in May 2010 and is located in the West Village – it features a menu consistent with the Chef himself; classic American with undeniable Italian influences.
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Crown reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.8
    Service3.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (9)neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (5)special occasion (4)scenic view (3)good for groups (3)notable wine list (3)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • as good as first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    enjoyed the seasonal menu, good service, well-cooked food. will return in spring for clams w linguini.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MarkVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great music and a great collection of original prints. Different ambience between the lighter back room and the darker middle room. Service was friendly and efficient. Good bar with interesting and well made drinks at fair price points. Nice updated men's club décor and flattering lighting. Definitely worth multiple visits.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYCDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The space was lovely and the food was decent. The service was horrific. It took over an hour to get our appetizers. Then they forgot one of them and clearly didn't even remember what it was in the first place. (They asked three times to be reminded of what it it was.) It took another 45 minutes to get the entrees, and they forgot the entree of the same person whose appetizer they had forgotten previously. Apologies were not genuine, and they gave us free dessert and champagne. That was nice, but I would have preferred they just take something off the bill. By the time the dessert and champagne got there, all we wanted to do was go home.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bad all around aside from room
    Terrible
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This was literally the worst experience I have had in a long time. The restaurant is beautiful. Thats it. Today, the food was really BAD the service was horrific, non existent and the place was half empty!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • dddd
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very nice, but the evening lacked charm. Nothing specific although did have the feeling that we were being rushed a bit and the restaurant was not full.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very promising
    RNWIVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Lovely setting in a town house on East 81st. Comfortable setting and space between tables. Excellent food; wine list [chardonnays at least] a little top heavy on price. Service not up to its potential; waiter lacked polish; missed one aspect of the order; part of dessert failed to arrive. Crown has the potential to be a super-star upper Eastside spot. I sincerely hope it is successful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; lousy service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Crown is a lovely townhouse restaurant with two beautiful dining rooms and a long chic bar. The food is very good, and although a tad bit pricey, the price seems about par for the neighborhood. The only sour note is the service. There are few waiters, and then lots of runners. You almost never see the waiter, so if he doesn't execute well or timely, it's hard to find someone to correct the mistake. He took our drink and food orders, but then failed to tell the bartender to make a drink that we ordered and we couldn't find someone to complain to until our starters were on the table, at which point we no longer wanted a cocktail. A few more things like this happened. If they spruce up the service, I'd eat there most every night.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.6
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 316 reviews are from the Crown reviews archive.
  • Beautiful, gorgeous, sublime
    yoyobuzzcakesVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I had an early dinner here on Saturday solo and was instantly put at ease by the warm, professional, perfect welcome of the hostess. The wine list was excellent, the menu was a difficult choice but I got exactly what I came for - spaghetti alle vongole and a crisp, dry Sancerre (or 2!). The service was professional and efficient but also warm (not stuffy!). The music exemplified the tasteful, exquisite and ever so slightly libertine character of Crown through and through. The most sublime French rap that unless you listened carefully wouldn't have noticed, just enjoyed the subtle melodic rhythm. Truly worth every penny. Even the olive oil was top class. Gold star, Crown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jreatsVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    First time at their Jazz Brunch. The A/C was down on a very hot day. Even though we were one of only three tables there, the service was very spotty. The food was typically good and the room never disappoints. Pricey, but if you're drinking Bellinis or Bloody Marys, brunch is a better deal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We have gone to Crown over the years and the food has progressively gotten worse. I had to send my dinner back the last time we went, which was last week. Our friends, who we sent to Crown, said that they would not be back. Long on ambiance and short on attention in the kitchen.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic dinner for two
    masmith2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife and I enjoyed an anniversary dinner for two, as this sister restaurant to the West Village's Lion. The space is beautifully designed, with a narrow bar leading into two, larger seating areas. The latter, with a wonderful glass roof that's perfect for watching a summer thunderstorm crash down upon as my wife and I did. I recommend arriving a little early, so you can sit at the bar and enjoy some unique cocktails from a very knowledgeable and amiable bartender. The food itself is excellent, if a little on the pricey side, though the hand-made pastas are truly a different class and well worth trying. Service was attentive, without being intrusive, though the ambiance was a little on the quiet side. We'll be back - for food and drinks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Cool Ambience
    Whino
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Really love the ambience - back corner tables are great, Wonderful glass atrium on rainy night lends a lot! Wine list somewhat limited (lots of high end French, but little else that interests) and "featured Magnum champage glass pour" not available. (They suggested a half bottle instead). Service was uninspired, but they made up for it by sending out a dessert thoughtfully. Overall a great upper Eastside elegant dining spot.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lost it
    zak67VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Sad, liked this place very much, only good thing left is bar, service was very very bad! Would not got back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    TrustedreviewerVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Service, food and ambience were terrific! Definitely on my "A list"!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy sommelier
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Unfortunately, the night i've been there the female sommelier was kind of busy. She apologized twice for her mistakes... but the third one she didn't reconized: the wrong wine was served. Unfortunately, as it is a very dark ambiance and the label was wet and i could not realize till i saw the price at the check.... The manager came to the table to tell there was nothing they could do. Not very nice!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Second time there and would never go back. Food very mediocre, very small portions and poor service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a shame
    MATT1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Great food and ambience were overshadowed by pretty consistently rough service. Mother's Day was knocked down a couple of notches because it was impossible to ignore our server's garbled speech and inattentive service. One of my guest had to go to the bar multiple times after unfulfilled requests for silverware, milk and ice. I'm hoping this was just bad luck + new servers tend to work on Sundays and Mondays, but is that an excuse?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Such a disappointment
    stracquadanio1
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    My daughter and I were there for Mother's Day . The room is beautiful ,location is great .The table we were given was perfect . The food is fine. However the service was just awful. No attention whatsoever , had to ask for everything at least twice . When I complained to the manager his answer was that because they were busy the staff was "nervous" This has to be the lamest excuse I have ever heard . We had been looking forward to going there and will probably never go back . A restaurant of that class should change their staff is they get "nervous "on a busy day !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Skip the brunch - terrible service
    NYCDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Dined Mother's day. Enjoyed before & jazz brunch looked great. Incl alcohol, we asked if kid's menu as many kids there. Didn't have one but chef made son eggs @ a la carte price which was ONLY good service during 2 1/2 hrs. Overall service awful, 10 min to get water, 10 more for drinks. Drink service slow, maybe to avoid folks drinking. Good food,3 hours too long. Complained to maitre d who said was usually downtown & weren't able to keep up with bookings. Told him a good # of wait staff but didn't have a clue as to who they were waiting on. Waiter gave bill after we flagged him, said sorry for waits & would take care of us next time. Woman @ next table said waiter told her same. No idea what that means. For $200+ brunch, poor response.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Big Disappointment
    melcav
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Highly disappointed! The hostesses were not accommodating, the waiter was rude, and my mom's meal came out with RAW eggs floating in it! There was live "music" playing, which was very loud and really more like noise than music. We immediately asked to move to a different table, but were told the only other one that would accomodate our party was reserved. We were there for about 2 hours, and no one else sat there. Additionally, we asked for a booster seat and were told they didn't have any - on our way out we saw one sitting unused at an empty table. The food that was cooked was decent, but certainly nothing special. The building itself has great character, but it went mostly unnoticed due to all the other issues we encountered.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for a birthday
    Kipper
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had booked Cown for my father's 85th birthday. ON my booking I stated that I would like this event noted but not made a fuss of, which was exactly what I got. service was excellent and quick without being obtrusive, staff were happy to help whenever required and provided advice when asked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so good
    EaternycVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We went for Sunday brunch; the restaurant was empty except for a few tables in the back room. There was a jazz trio whose music was too loud for the space. The food was just okay -- I had a nicely prepared roasted salmon but it had virtually no flavor; my friend had a "pretty good" hamburger. The fries were okay, but battered, which you would expect to see in a chain restaurant. The most striking thing about the place was how deeply in disrepair it was. Nearly every chair had huge chips of paints missing from its back; the paneling on the walls and along the windows in the back room was scuffed or discolored. The place had the look of a nightclub that should never see the light of day. I won't return, and wouldn't recommend it to others.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Congrats to crown on their new chef, his menu updates and preparation of our dinner was delicious. Have the pistachio tart.....wow! Team always so attentive, and room one of the best in NY
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatereater
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Food was bad. period. feel like manager was genuinely trying/ some of staff was trying.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    PalatePleaser
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    From the ambiance to the exquisite food to the exceptional service, this restaurant is top notch. The staff is very friendly and attentive to detail. I would highly recommend this restaurant, especially when looking to celebrate a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely
    JustFolksVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    A lovely restaurant with excellent service. The food is very good, though not yet quite distinctive enough to be outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crown Jewel of the Neighborhood
    LillVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Fresh, consistently well executed dishes with a modern plating. The wine list/pricing is a bit out of sync with the menu. Otherwise Crown is the jewel of the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Confused and expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Expected higher prices due to location in the museum mile. But bill was $80 each for an appetizer, pasta and a glass of wine (certainly didn't expect to pay $20 for a glass of chardonnay). Food is very good, but the overall experience was not -- ended up being rushed because of wait-staff confusion. Wasted 20 minutes trying to figure out the menu (originally given two different ones).The contents of the "Sunday Supper" varied based on which waiter provided the information (one included dessert, the other didn't). Waiter insisted that the "organic chicken" in the supper was breast although menu said "thigh milanese" - she insisted that the "thigh milanese" was the sauce. She also had to check whether the bolognese sauce included meat.
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  • Food is average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The decor and setting at this restaurant is exquisite. Unfortunately the food doesn't match up to the price or the decor. The wine list I outrageously expensive and not all at extensive. Get a new chef !
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service. Great rear view.
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great service. Great rear view behind the buildings. Romantic and classy. Check out the private party room. This place is a secret upper east side find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I used to adore Crown. What
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I used to adore Crown. What on earh has happened? So disappointed. And empty for a Friday night. Such a shame. Ther service was terrible. Food just ok. Soufflés was not cooked right. Did not receive my full order and then had to cancel sides. Weighters not paying attention at all. Really bad. Fix it please.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    kbnyVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Made reservation here only because it was close to an event I was taking a friend to for her birthday, knowing nothing about restaurant, and I was richly rewarded. What a surprisingly beautiful place with the back room covered by a high ceiling of glass, and windows making up the entire side wall. The service & food were excellent. I had a beet salad followed by grilled octopus, my friend the tuna tartare and seared scallops. We shared roared brussel sprouts with bacon. For dessert the chocolate soufflé came out with a candle for my friend, I had the honey lavender panna cotta with citrus which was amazing. I would love to go back, and plan to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very high prices. Food poorly
    joiseychowhoundVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Very high prices. Food poorly executed and of dubiously fresh ingredients. Staff pleasant but largely clueless. Intrusive music provided by one of the least talented musicians in Manhattan. Very disappointing brunch.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded my expectations!
    Laff
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Went to Crown with my wife for our anniversary. Early seating (6pm). Great place. Obviously not crowded at this hour, the staff was great from the moment we walked in. Loved the photography along the bar area and the drawings and paintings in the atrium style dining room were really interesting. loved this. The food was great. Fish and Pasta both from the "specials" menu were divine. A couple of glasses of wine and we were finished..or were we? i mentioned on my open table reservation that it was a special occasion and the restaurant did not disappoint. Choc souffle. Perfect. The value for what we spent was great. Would and WILL go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique find with great food
    Bella
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    The food was great, the service was great and the live music was wonderful - the harp player was such a unique treat! Unfortunately, the kitchen's exhaust was broken so the ambiance was ruined by the smoke. Other patrons were too chilly with the windows open so the smoke kept accumulating - the worst was the downstairs restroom area where I felt like I was in a cigar lounge. I will definitely try Crown again & I hope I can take my time instead or rushing to get out to get relief from the smoke.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere but...
    GlobalFoodie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    ...food somewhat mediocre for the price point. Oysters described as "very large, intense oysters" arrived and were in fact tiny and not the freshest I've had. Main course of scallops was a dish achievable at home. The cheese plate was quite a bit sub-par, with the "daily" selection that the waiter had no clue about arriving with three hard cheeses, omitting the blue that was promised and without any bread or crackers.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • it has become one of our favorites:
    samanthaVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    it has become one of our favorites: expensive but worth it!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JAZZ AND BRUNCH
    NETHCIL
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Went for Sunday brunch and to see some jazz. Very impressed and would definitely return
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date-night!
    FoodieNYCCoupleVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    I went to Crown with my boyfriend for an early dinner and it was delicious! It was so beautiful inside and perfect for a quiet, date-night. The manager and staff were all very welcoming and recommended the red snapper which was wonderful. I rarely visit this part of the city but it made me want to go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz Brunch at Crown
    Kiki
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Ideal Sunday. You can see an exhibit at The Met and walk a block to Crown for a lively Jazz Brunch. Love the decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.