Something about it being delicious.My girlfriend and I went for an anniversary. It was right around the corner from the 1 train at Chambers so the pouring rain hardly phased us. We were greeted with what seemed like the only corner table in the restaurant. =) The waitress was attentive and explained every course to us. There was plenty of space between the tables (I hate being too crowed and hearing everyone else's conversation) The noise was reasonable.
We ended up both doing the full tasting menu with wine. Everyone raves about the Chili Lobster Texas Toast, and while that certainly was delicious, there are definitely FAR tastier things on the menu. The halibut was cooked perfectly. We left full and satisfied.
Cocktails were... eh. Get wine instead (out of space to type)6/10/2013 12:00:00 AMMade Anniversary so special!Little did I realize when I casually mentioned to the hostess that it was my anniversary, that it would result in such special and unexpected treatment! Not only were we seated at the best corner table, but Marc Forgione sent us a personal note congratulating us on our special day. This was followed by champagne and a wonderfully thoughtful dessert. Its these small, personal touches that truly made our night and shows the true sign of an expertly run restaurant. Can't wait to return for that chicken for two.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Romantic Dinner for FoodiesDug this restaurant. Hip without being hipster; good for foodies without being pretentious; professional but not overbearing service.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMNormally I don't need largeNormally I don't need large plates of food to be satisfied , but the portions were extremely small. As a matter of fact, my wife who weighs 100 lbs, was hungry at the end of the meal.6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic evening!From the food to the drinks and the phenomenal service this was a really memorable meal. We were there on a warm night, and the front of the restaurant was open giving lots of fresh air. Really beautiful!6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent from start to finishMarc Forgione is an excellent experience from start to finish. The space if charming. The staff is friendly and attentive. The food has soul and is grounded, while being creative and adventuresome. The fresh bread baking adds so much. The dining experience and food preparation showed extreme attention to detail while retaining a sense of familiarity and approachability. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at the restaurant last night and the entire staff, including a note from the chef himself, made us feel special, and as if they were all happy to celebrate with us. In short, thank you. We'll be back and we'll send friends. p.s. The duck and the pink snapper were a home run.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMSome of the most creativeSome of the most creative and outstanding dishes you will ever see.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent restaurantAmazing food, great service, and meeting Marc forgione himself made it very special.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect Birthday DinnerLoved the food and loved our waiter. It was pretty pricey, but honestly, I can see why. (The OpenTable $50 dining check came in handy here.)
The chili lobster is to die for & the duck and steak entrees were pretty spectacular as well.
For the beer lovers out there, my boyfriend and I found a few selections on the list we've never heard of before...all we tried were excellent.5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic restaurantOur favorite restaurant in New York, nothing compares. Service and food is unrivaled.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat everything!Everything about our dining experience was amazing! Our waiter Brad was really attentive. We LOVED the chicken under the brick and the carrot cake bread pudding was the best dessert ever!5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesomness!The chicken...the chicken...the chicken...been dreaming about it ever since.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMSpecial Night at Marc ForgioneWe had special treatment from Chef Forgione himself on a recent visit to NYC. The food was exceptionally tasty, the wait staff knowledgeable yet friendly and congenial, and each dish was prepared with the exacting detail one expects of an Iron Chef. Our service exceeded our expectations that were high from the start.
Marc Forgione is tops on my list of events the next time we're in the city.
From 2 North Carolina Foodies
May 21, 20135/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAbove and BeyondI took my girlfriend to Forgione's for her birthday this week and not only was the food excellent as always but the staff went above and beyond. We showed up a little before five (our reservation was for 530) to a street that was closed off due to President Obama having a fund raiser across the street. The manager let us in and allowed us to have a couple drinks at the bar while we waited for dinner even though they weren't open yet. I can say that we had a wonderful dinner and the staff took very good care of us.
I want to thank the staff for a wonderful dining experience.5/13/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible experienceThis is the perfect restaurant to indulge in dishes that will take you to your happy place. The menu changes occasionally, but you will never be disappointed with the flavors, portions, or combinations of ingredients. The service is terrific and the restaurant's casual and stylish atmosphere makes you want to stay as long as you can. My husband and I like to order our own starters, share one as a 2nd course, and then have the mains. And you must save room for dessert - the bread pudding is not to be missed!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic experienceWe went to celebrate my wife's birthday as part of a surprise trip to NY. The food and service were excellent and the experience was amplified even further by great attention to detail and complementary Cava.5/9/2013 12:00:00 AMForge does it againThe food is always a surprise and perfectly delicious. Marc serves real food with down to earth sensibility and exquisite taste. I seem to always come here when I'm downtown.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMMade my Fiance's Birthday greatWe always wanted to check out the place and though that a birthday was fit. The service was impeccable from the waiter to the front of the house. They had a letter on the table for the special occasion welcoming us, the food was amazing and they made the night very special. I can't say enough good things about a place. Glad it's right in our neighboorhood and will certainly go again!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous meal in a fabulous space!I have been an Open Table user for over 8 years and this is one of the only reviews I would take the time to write! I am from San Francisco but travel to NY frequently. This was my first visit to Marc's restaurant (I tried to go last year but the restaurant was booked for a private party on the only free night that I had). I am a casual foodie...meaning I really enjoy scoping out new places and indulging in various menus, but I do not enjoy dishes that are too over the top and fancy. I decided on the tasting menu (foie gras, lobster, lamb, etc) and it was one of my top 10 meals of all time. The food, service and attention to detail is exquisite and Marc came by our table a few times to check up on us! I can't WAIT to visit again!!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMGenerous & AttentiveGreat service, very romantic setting, attentive waitstaff providing several complimentary dishes. Would definitely go again.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it! Fun upscale casualLoved it! Fun upscale casual setting with bold, world class food. And the staff are wonderful! Even the one small slipup of the evening (we got an extra dish by mistake during our tasting menu, a bonus by any other measure!) was generously overcompensated for with complimentary wine. I can't say enough how friendly and sincere the staff were. I'll be back.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Night OutWe had a great night out. Food and service were both excellent, will definitely go back. If they have it on the menu, try the Raviollo, very unexpected and very delicious.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMI never come to NY withoutI never come to NY without having at least one meal at Marc Forgione's.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb and innovative foodSuperb and innovative food choices. Extensive wine list. Great service. What else would you want?4/25/2013 12:00:00 AM2:15 BRUNCH = RUSH CITY-A SHAMEPROBABLY WOULD HAVE LOVED IT HAD THEY TOLD US THE KITCHEN CLOSED @ 2:30 WHEN WE MADE THE 2:15 RESERVATION... RUSHED IN AND OUT IN 45 MINUTES WAS NOT THE PLAN4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMMy AnniversaryExcellence!!! My husband made reservations for our Anniversary on April 20th, let me start by saying that my experience was phenomenon! Starting from the hostesss to the manager they were great! They sat us by a romantic corner which was ready with a letter from Iron Chef Marc Forgione congratulating us on our Anniversary, then our awesome waiter Jason set us up with two glasses of the bubbly (tasty) as he told us about the menu....now we choose the tasting menu OH MAMMA MIA did he steer us right!! from the Frios Gras to the Lamb I wouldn't be able to choose which one tasted better then the next....the Chili Lobster with Texas toast was to DIE FOR!!!!...the Banana Jameson was so deliciousssss! as was the Strawberry sorbet, etc..Again this4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMBest anniversary dinner EVERMy husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and everything was amazing. I made a reservation here with the sole purpose of having the Thursday special: the crispy pig's face. It was the most fantastic dish we've ever had. The octopus appetizer was delicious, and the massive ribeye special was spectacular. My husband and I tried 4 different cocktails and they were all perfect. There's no way to find fault with this place. Even our waiter, Jason, was very knowledgeable and attentive and funny. We have to come back to try everything else on the menu. My only regret was not asking to meet the Iron Chef and get a photo with him, but I didn't want to be THAT person. haha4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMExtremely knowledgeable andExtremely knowledgeable and very high quality service. Interesting menu with nice touches. The prices are high, but not outrageous. I will return again for specuial dinners.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMI'm not normally one who writesI'm not normally one who writes reviews but I will gladly take the time to provide feedback on this gem. My wife and I were in NYC for my birthday and booked reservations ahead of time. Big fans of the cooking networks so quite familiar with Chef Forgione and his skills, so we were quite excited. The decor and setup was extremely inviting and relaxed. The service was spectacular. We asked our server for a lot of feedback on the dishes and he was completely honest with us in every aspect. Food was AWESOME to the point where my eyes rolled back in my head several times. Dessert was spectactular (Tiramisu rocks). To top is all off, Chef Forgione invited us to the kitchen to greet and chat for a bit. A truly specatular dining experience.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMWe went for brunch: very goodWe went for brunch: very good food and service in a great setting. We'd definitely go back for dinner.
Our one criticism was portion size. One small popover with a dollop of scrambled egg and one strip of bacon doesn't really constitute a full brunch.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMHey, what can I say? BananaHey, what can I say? Banana infused Jameson. Done. And my pork belly & eggs were exellent too!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe have dined her many times.We have dined her many times. Every time we return I forget how good it is. The food was excellant, service great.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for my wife's birthdayWent for my wife's birthday and had a great night. Staff was on point and the food was excellent.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThis place blew my wife andThis place blew my wife and me away. We had the tasting menu and everything was amazing. It's a true food experience.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMMay be my favorite restaurantMay be my favorite restaurant in NYC at the moment. Kampachi tartare was theatrical and fabulous, arctic char (which I never order) was out of this world, my son's fois gras and duck breast were delicious. Food is inventive without being contrived or pretentious. And everything tasted wonderful. They left plenty of space between appetizer and entree, friendly service, short-ish wine list but sommelier recommended a "cool" Greek red that surprisingly good and off the beaten path. I can't wait to go back.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall experience was greatOverall experience was great but we thought the "duck duck egg" and the waffle with quail dish were salted on heavier side - had I been drinking, it would've tasted better. That being said, I think that food should be prepared with less salt to accommodate non-drinker. The wait staff were kind and friendly, it was a good experience.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMWarm and yummy brunch!Warm, inviting room with a coziness even at 11 a.m. Brunch menu was varied enough without being over the top or too expensive. We liked it enough to ask for a dinner menu to review and plan to go for dinner the next time we are in NYC.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMOur fifth time at Marc Forgione'sOur fifth time at Marc Forgione's was as wonderful as our first. We take friends from out of town as well as local friends, and everyone is as impressed with the imaginative gastronomic creations of Forgione as we are. A outstanding place.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredible!!We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The food was absolutely incredible. The halibut was the best fish I've ever had. The complexity of flavors and textures were such a treat. From great drinks, to excellent creative food and tremendous service, it was a memorable experience. We got to see Mark Forgione in the kitchen carefully inspecting every dish that left his kitchen - and you could tell - because it was perfection. We will definitely be making another reservation when we return to New York.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful and warm interior,Beautiful and warm interior, good food prepared in a very tasty American fusion way. Attentive and knowledgeable staff.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThe chili lobster appetizerThe chili lobster appetizer was decadent. The food was perfectly prepared and well seasoned. The service was attentive and thoughtful. I’d eat here again in a second.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my third time hereThis was my third time here and as always the experience was delightful. The food is amazing and there are always some little surprises that make the evening fun. The ambiance is warm and inviting, the service was friendly and efficient. We had a great evening. I highly recommend.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMHad the roast chicken forHad the roast chicken for two which I would highly recommend, it was outstanding. Loved our meal and experience here. Be warned, all of us at the table noticed how much butter there was on everything, so if you're extremely healthy and don't love how delicious buttery things taste, this might not be the place for you!3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMif you cannot get the reservation dSomebody screwed up. 3/24 was our reservation date yet when we arrived at the restaurant we were told that our reservation was for 3/31. Please explain how this happens. We were told by the hostess, who had a very cold and snippy attitude that "they have nothing to do with the dates in the web system". And basically too bad because no tables were available and come back on 3/31. We explained that this was a birthday celebration so waiting a week puts a damper on the celebration. We were offered the last 4 seats in the bar area which we accepted3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always the food was fabulous!As always the food was fabulous! But especially the Pig Face. When do you ever see that on a menu? We devoured it and the oysters and ended up not having much of our steaks, which were also great, but I ended up taking everything else home since my friends, who were also very impressed, were traveling the next day. So it was win-win all around. Where else would you find Pig Face as a special? Crispy skin and the most tender, juicy, flavorful meat. This place is something I always recommend to friends and will always be my top of my list. And the Chili Lobster - heavenly!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMVery enjoyable restaurant.Very enjoyable restaurant. The food was great, the service was awesome and friendly. I had the venison with the rye gnocchi, my best girl had the duck. We also had the Kampachi Tartare, and Scallops (as a pre-dessert rather than an appetizer) both also outstanding. The banana bread pudding was a great way to end the evening. And then got a great recommendation on an excellent bar 323 feet away.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love Marc Forgione! HadWe love Marc Forgione! Had the Hamachi appetizer, heaven. Then shared duck and artic char, both amazing.
Wines are lovely and not crazy prices.
Good brunch on Sundays- sit outside.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMI love how comfortable theI love how comfortable the people and the place make you feel as soon as you walk in the door. From the very friendly girls at the door to our server Jason, they make it a great experience. For starters I got the Kampachi and my gf had the Chili Lobster ( one of us always gets this it is that good). The Kampachi was awesome. My gf went with her favorite in the Halibut for her main course and I went with the duck breast. Both were were great. Jason our server was prompt, friendly, and knowledgeable. It all made for a great birthday meal.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGood honest tucker!A very good experience . In from Sydney Australia. Their food was outstanding and service attentive. If I were a resident of NYC I'd definitely be back.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMHad the ribeye tomahawk steakHad the ribeye tomahawk steak for two, an off-menu special, whice was spectacular. Really, one of the best steaks I've had. Service was warm, knowledgeable, and not at all snooty. Would happily return to explore more of the menu.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AM