great but.Our waiter stopped by to take our order and deliver it. We didn't see him again until 45 minutes later. I wanted a second drink and couldn't order it until our check came.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMAll the pieces fit togetherSix of us, ranging in age from teens to middle age, had a great evening. When I saw the hard floors and the high ceilings, I expected the noise level to be deafening, but it wasn't a problem. And the high-end comfort food was creative and challenging, but still comforting. Even my daughter (a culinary school student) was impressed. The mac and cheese, the fried chicken, and the special soft shell crabs were particularly good. And the lamb chops were good enough to get a couple of non-lamb lovers chomping away at them. But best of all was the service. The server got the vibe of our group right away, suggested the right things at the right times, was attentive but not hovering. This place deserves to be a success.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMPlace is a hot spot. The foodPlace is a hot spot. The food could be better. Some dishes are hits, like the fired chicken and the artic char, while some are misses, like basically the side dishes and the grilled steak, which lacked in flavor. Desserts were OK, but not yummy. But service was excellent and the vibe is very good. It's pretty noisy, though.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved it!We were really looking forward to trying Willow Lane and I couldn't have been happier! Of the dishes we tried the mussels, skirt steak, lamb burgers and fried chicken were the stand out stars. I could have lived without the Kale Salad (needed more dressing) and the mac and cheese (this was a bummer I was looking forward to it but it tasted more like Italian bread sticks from a pizza joint that a yummy mac and cheese) . I'm excited to return to try more. Oh and the cocktail menu is fantastic!!!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMgenuine hospitalityI was here Saturday night with a few girlfriends for just a catch up sesh and we had made reservations for 9:45. When we got there our table wasn't ready, grant it, it was a super cute trendy and packed considering it was a Saturday night in the meatpacking. Nonetheless, we would have typically been super annoyed with the fact that we had to wait for a table w rezy BUT the hosts, managers, and even bartenders went out of their way to make sure we were taken care of in the interim. They were all beyond nice and hospitable, which is unfounded in the meatpacking generally. I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant based on service alone, not to mention the food was DELISH. (Try the fried chicken and mac n cheese) Cocktail of choice: Cool Cumber.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMA Repeat Pleasure!We were very delighted to enjoy another great time at Willow Road. This time we had a party of four and the food and service were excellent given what the restaurant is setting out to achieve, e.g. a fun and lively vibe with very good food. The menu is focused on fewer options that cover a good range of tastes and preferences. You must try the mussels that are served on the table in a fashion similar to "sizzling fajitas"! We scored the food as outstanding, given the value to price reward we experienced. The bar also serves up great cocktails and was busy even when we arrived before 7:00 for our reservations. Don't miss this place (literally) as its entrance door is underneath a "Bar" sign with no indication of Willow Road.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMIncredibleAmazing service and the food is absolutely delicious. Fun energetic. Highly recommended.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMBEST FRIED CHCIKEN IN NYC!!Best Fried chicken in the City, HANDS DOWN!! We had a wonderful time. Service was excellent, food was off the charts, and it was a fun environment without being invasive. Top 5 spots in the city...4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I have now been back three times, and each time it keeps getting better. This place is here to stay!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMManhattan Wants To Be Brooklyn...Better than expected food quality. Brooklyn cuisine in trendy Manhattan. What is this world coming to? Thought the place was going to be mediocre but it was actually very good.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMAbsolutely delicious and theAbsolutely delicious and the staff was fantastic and helped make our meal so wonderful4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, very friendlyGreat food, very friendly service. Will come again - for sure.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the best experiencesI can now say I'm a regular here. No joke, one of the best restaurants overall in the city. The food, service, energy, ambiance is all well put together. They also have a seasonal menu that changes and specials every night that are unique and appetizing to my foodie sensibility.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food / Hot spot / ShowyGreat food! If you're two or more get the whole fish. I also loved the mussels. However, despite the excellent food, I found the scene to be a little pretentious for my taste.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a fantastic dinner atHad a fantastic dinner at Willow Road - definitely enjoyed everything we ordered. Highlights: Artichoke Fregula Sarda and the Wild Mushroom Pumpkin, unforgettable dishes!! We found the service rather slow, but it was prime time on a Thursday evening and the restaurant was packed. Will definitely be back asap!!4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely DinnerMy friend Claire and I dined pre theatre on Monday. Our waiter served us delicious Riesling ad suggested the Spaetzel special. I wish I could remember our server's name because he was fantastic. Thanks for a lovely dinner.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is really really good!Food is really really good! I had the lamb burger, delicious.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWOW!!!!!!The fried chicken is amazing. What an incredible meal4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMdeserves repeating!The first time i at there -- it was truly a memorable meal -- everything we ordered was prepared to perfection and very tasteful! One of there specials was an oven roasted Branzino -- filletted and served whole -- the outside was crispy the inside tender, juicy and beautifully seasoned -- one of the best Branzino dishes i remember ever having. The plancha mussels were also excellent -- fresh, clean and tasty! my dining partners were equally enamored with theirs!
A week later i came again and everything was very good -- not quite as spectacular as the first time -- still very good, just not memorable! i plan to go again -- it has a "scene" buzz which can at times be too loud -- but keeps it energetic and interesting!4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMHandsome blond charismaticHandsome blond charismatic host makes you feel at home.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a great dinner. FoodHad a great dinner. Food and service was outstanding. Definitely going back and will reccommend tofriends3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMSmall plates were really good,Small plates were really good, but large plates weren't as good. We would recommend this restaurant for its small plates, reasonable wine list with good selections, and the ambience. Large plates were just average compared to the lamb sliders and artichoke salad. Overall, we had a really good time, and would definitely go back. Thanks !3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMFood and service was great!Food and service was great! Just remember to ask for a private tabble, unless you want communal seating.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a surprise! So refreshingWhat a surprise! So refreshing to have a real neighborhood spot on that block. A neighborhood spot that rivals any foodie experience... Fried Chicken was the best i have ever had no joke. The aesthetic of the place was funky but warm. ( photos do not do this justice )
I will be a regular!!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AM