Oceana
Oceana

Oceana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oceanarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 212 759 5941x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Power Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:30-10 am

    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30-3 pm.

    Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5-10 pm. Pre-theater dining please allow 90 minutes.

    Cafe menu and Raw bar always available.

    Sunday's closed for Summer, Re-open Sunday 10/5/2014.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Ben Pollinger
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Extensive off-site catering menu available, please view our website.
    Please contact Lauren Sytsma at 212-759-5941 or LSytsma@oceanarestaurant.com.
  • Special Events: Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner 9/20/14 with All-Star Chef Line-up. Oceana Exec Chef Ben Pollinger and Pastry Chef Colleen Grapes, Dan Kluger from abc kitchen, Gunnar Karl Gislason from Dill Restaurant in Iceland & Esteban Villalpando from Lofoten Restaurant in Oslo, Norway, all here for one special night together! Rodney Strong Vineyards celebrating 25th Anniversary with proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation! This is a must dinner folks!
    Go to celebritycheftour.com to purchase tickets, or call us direct!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th and 7th
  • Public Transit: Public transit stops;
    B,D,D,V: 47th-50th/Rockefeller Center;
    N,R,W: 49th Street
    1: 50th Street
  • Parking: No
A word from Oceana
Under the guidance of the Livanos family and Co-Owner Paul McLaughlin, Oceana has provided New Yorkers with an exceptional seafood destination since 1992.

Oceana's a la carte menu, coupled with its convenient Midtown location, make it a perfect spot for a quick business lunch or pre-theater dinner. From the spectacular marble bar to the fresh lobsters and whole fish cooked to order, as well as a significant selection of prime meats, Executive Chef Ben Pollinger delivers a fresh, innovative and approachable menu.
Oceana has a 70 seat Cafe with a 18 seat marble bar. Great for lunch, after work cocktails & snacks, pre-theater dinner and post-theater desserts. An award winning international wine list with some 1000 selections. Spring and Summer bring a 75 seat outdoor dining area, private dining options include our Chef's table for 4, Wine Room for 18, and our Grand Salon for 80.
Please indicate in the Special Requests box if you will be attending Theater.
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Oceana reviews from OpenTable diners
275 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (133)fit for foodies (122)notable wine list (96)good for groups (75)romantic (67)great for lunch (66)vibrant bar scene (50)neighborhood gem (40)hot spot (36)great for outdoor dining (20)late-night find (14)great for brunch (13)scenic view (7)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • not worth the money
    foodie45
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I ordered the shrimp dish with a black bean pancake. The shrimp were very small and most were very mussy. The back bean pancake was more like a souffle. It was tasteless and had no texture . The sauce was vibrant but I must say I was disappointed. It was not a $35 dish. The dessert was O.K. for $12.95. I ordered a pistachio semifredo with a flourless brownie. The brownie was about the size of two pencil erasers- really??????
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Excellent venue, great food and service. I particularly appreciate a dedicated menu to under the sea. Waiter was able to explain ingredients and preparation to intrigue our appetite as well as the Chef's approach to creating new menu items - fascinating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Return
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Second visit to Oceana and was disappointed at food. Rolls were stale and hard, portions extremely modest and prices hefty. Service was good but probably will make another restaurant choice for pre-show dinner.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    went for lunch expecting to order prix fixe but other things more tempting and at reasonable prices. ample portions, quite imaginative work by chef. haven't been in years but was pleased and will consider it a lunch haven in midtown ny
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and friendly service
    TravelingEater
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Consistently good grilled fish. Loved the plantains and bacalao. Especially nice ambience this week with a great view at night at the outside tables.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pearl1
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We went before the theater. It was perfect. You can have something light or a pre theater menu. It is pretty and has anything from a cold half lobster to a dinner of seafood sausage and sauerkraut. I will definitely go back.
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  • Reviewer
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went on 9/23/14. Service slow and unresponsive. Monkfish very tough and rubbery. Sommalier snooty and not as helpful on the wine as the waiter. Nowhere as good in any category as the last two times we went over the past year. Not a good experience. Interestingly, the tables are big, which is nice, but actually makes it harder to hear in the noisy atmosphere than if closer together.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid all around-food,wine&service
    WineLover
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Very central location, Dignified (but not stuffy) ambiance. Full choices for the seafood lover (but would have loved to see an octopus appetizer!). All dishes were executed well. Service was smooth, friendly and complete. Wines list is great... and by the glass options are adequate... but could always be enhanced (more than one of each main varietal?)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Oyster selection is widespread and great. The menu offers a full selection of seafood, local and mediterranean options, or complete menu option or ala carte. Sommelier suggested very nice wines and stayed in our price range.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laurene
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was my third dinner a Oceana and once again it was a delicious and enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • joevVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Outstanding! The food was amazing. If you enjoy seafood, Oceana is the place to go when in NYC. The staff could not be more attentive. All combined for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Constance
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Two reasons: the two classic salads had a lot of lettuce. In particular the lobster salad had shredded and minimal lobster. The fruit soup was excellent as was the desert. The most irritating and unexpected problem was the incredible loud noise coming from the kitchen where the orders were yelled to others. Sitting at another open kitchen a week later found yelling not necessary to process orders.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was excellent
    John
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent result for business lunch and extra menu for vegatarian guest.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theater Dining
    Andrea
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Great for a pre-theater show. They work hard to get you to where you are going on time and with a full belly. This is my second time eating here before a show. We chose the pre fixe meal the first time and ordered off of the regular menu the second. We had no problems either time. I try to budget about two hours before the show is supposed to start and that seems to work. This restaurant is in a great location for this
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gotham seafood gem
    OldManDan62
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We really enjoyed our visit to Oceana. Food was excellent. The whole halibut was prepared tableside and the fish was delicious and perfectly cooked. Side vegetables were also well-prepared and the evening was finished by the sampler of cookies, one better than the next.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Fantastic meal
    Drew
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    What a find. Oceana blew us away. My wife and I went before theater and were good and hungry due to no lunch. We didn't really explore the wine menu,just ordering a glass of sparkling rose, which was great. I started with the gnocchetti seafood, which I loved. The pasta was cooked just right and the mix of seafood and crispy vegetables was just right. For entre we split the branzino, which was stuffed with spinach and olives. It was a huge portion of lick-the-plate delicious. One if the best fishes I have ever had. Our waitress was the perfect mix of helpful but not in your face. When i asked about the branzino she simply said that there is hardly a group where it doesn't get ordered and that it is great. Too full for dessert!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice
    Kris
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Really enjoyed the meal. Food was fresh. I have had better seafood on Long Island near my home though. Service was excellent except for the sommelier. He was stuck up and made me feel like I was beneath him. What a snob. I didn't ask for him to come to my table and make my husband and myself feel like we were not sophisticated enough for him.
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    good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    NCwineguy
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Oceana is my go-to place for seafood when I am visiting midtown. Food, wine, service, location are all creat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Oceana Galore
    Danny007
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food fantastic - Décor - Ambiance - Service impeccable. My wife has specific allergies (Gluten, Dairy & Nuts) and the staff was respectful and courteous to all her needs. When it came to desert which is a challenge with her allergies the establishment didn't need any selection from her behalf and presented her a perfectly executed desert that met her important allergenic needs. Hats off to this establishment and I highly recommend it to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Seafood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    excellent food and servicebut a bit pricey even for NYC
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Years ago, Oceana was a luxury seafood restaurant with a world-class chef. No more. Today, the restaurant is upscale, with a modern, hard-edged decor, but it's not luxury, and the dishes are more hit-and-miss than in the good old days. Fortunately, more of the dishes are hits than misses, even if at Oceana's price-point, the odds of a hit should be higher. Still, overall, a recent dinner was good enough that I'd happily return.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    foodie225
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Good for business lunch and full of many men in suits. The food is solid, but nothing spectacular. Service was a little slow.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood!
    Marie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Attentive service and good food made for a nice dining experience. Vibrant bar scene after work.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovethisplace
    Lovethisplace
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I have eaten at the Oceana a few times and each time the experience is outstanding as the food is great & the service is outstanding. Everyone who works there makes you feel very welcome and special! I will keep coming back, nicely done!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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  • Never Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I have dined here on a number of occasions and have never been let down. On this visit, service staff weren't busy so spent too much time chatting amongst themselves too close to our table. I really don't need to know about their love lives. The food was perfect and wine reasonable in price.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dining experience
    Outnabout
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Visiting NJ from OK, we had only 2 nights in Manhattan and were a bit tired - however we immediately felt welcome and refreshed by the friendly and excellent service. And thoroughly enjoyed the food and drink. As I cannot have any significant amount of alcohol these days I was pleased to find you had an excellent non-alcoholic beer. The veggies as well as the seafood was very fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Seafood Rest in NYC
    eirpr
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The menu changes daily... freshness is the name of the game. The service as the food was outstanding. Definitely a must stop when in NYC ! Will recommend to our friends.
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    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Good Food - service not quite
    jipsVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I have brought clients here before, but this time service was first very slow and second they poured an additional bottle of water for us after we had ordered dessert. Being with clients, I did not say anything, but it made me think twice about booking here the next time.
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    great for lunch
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  • outstanding
    Triantafilia
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We came to Oceana to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary and the next day our daughter would have her 22nd birthday. We come from a restaurant family with professional chefs. We appreciate Good food, and that's what Oceana is all about.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful
    Outoftowners
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The service was fantastic. John was our waiter and he explained everything and could not have been more attentive. The food and wine the best I have had in a very long time, fresh and presented beautifully. The moment we arrived to the moment we left we were treated and waited on as if we were the only two people in the room.
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Spectacular Seafood!
    rlittle244
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There are very few equals in the city when it comes to impeccable service and a wonderfully executed menu. Fabulous and amazing, always!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth Every Penny
    BrandonH
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I'm certain there are better restaurants in Manhattan, but I will be hard pressed to pass this one over and give others a try. The service was incredible, with waitstaff being friendly, professional, and available. The food was as good as I've had, at a wonderful price point (my party of 5 spent about $350 with drinks and appetizers). I started with the calamari which was buttery and not at all chewy. I then ate a seared Yellow Tuna which melted in my mouth and was full of flavor. The wine selection was extensive and the beer selection was solid. To top it off, the restaurant is located nicely for a pre-show meal, slightly away from the craziness of Times Square and the Theatre District, but a short enough walk away.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent as always
    GMan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wife and I have always felt it was best sea food spot in NYC. Now our 19 year old daughter shares our opinion. Food was excellect as always. I had striped bass. Superb. Sea scallop ceviche should not be missed either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Lunch tasting menu was good to try out. Salmon sashimi was not that kind of sashimi. It was raw salmon meat without soy sauce. Grilled dorado was moist and tasty. Liked blood orange sorbet. Service was good as the restaurant is located in 1221 avenue of America.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LIVE2EAT
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    OCEANA HAS BEEN ONE OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS. THE FOOD AND AMBIANCE IS ONE OF THE BEST HAVE BEEN EATING HERE FOR MANY YEARS.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, mediocre wine & service
    Coldtower
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We were happy with our seafood tower (shared the for 4-6 person appetizer version between 2 people as our main dish). Nice variety of shell fish and seafood tartars. However the service and drink we received was not up to the 1-star standard. - Our waitress even warned us that the seafood tower 'is cold!' We asked for a dry and brisk Californian white and the sommelier recommended a Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc 2013 which had virtually no taste, less to compliment the seafood.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • fresh good seafood b4 theatre
    doctoraVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All the food is good w some of the dishes truly great. U will know a good meal is coming once u are served your bread-its excellent. Then choose from 6 or more E and W ice cold super fresh Oysters and you're still real happy. Choose your entrée correctly (use your common sense and go w a type of fish u KNOW u like, experiment another night) and u will LOVE Oceana. I cant help but miss the old smaller version where I had a meal that gave Le Bernardin a run for its money. Still the newer grander version has its advantages (we had 6 adults and 4 kids before theatre on a Sat evening) and I keep returning.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Fantastic Couisine
    Chef
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Beautiful appetizers with a plate presentation right out of this world. A Wine list that is one of the best in the World and they actually have all of these wines in House ! The raw oyster selection was the greatest I have ever seen with hints of the ocean screaming at you in every bite. The wait staff trio worked flawlessly. Chef Pollinger has a team any Restaurant in the World would die for. If you want the best of the best this is the place to go ! I am a C. I. A. Graduate and a Practicing Chef and I am very critical when going out to dinner, but I must say with the Chef on Vacation it was as if He was standing there in the Kitchen door way watching every plate go bye !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    CanadianQTVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a fabulous business dinner at Oceana this week. Great food, great amibance a very special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The following is my review:
    Julia
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Open Table had false advertising that Oceana was included in Restaurant week. Neverthless, we proceeding in dining in the restaurant and was quite surprised with the quality and pricing of the food. When I made reservations through OpenTable, I had specified RESTAURANT WEEK restaurants since it was the last week of the promotion in New York. I am quite DISAPPOINTMENT with OpenTable in this regards.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.