American Bounty at The Culinary Institute of America
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We are big AB fans and have been here several times. We've had problems with inconsistency of both cooking and service before, but these problems were less severe this visit than earlier. The service was very capable and attentive. Cocktails, rolls and appetizers were very good, although the butter was hard. The fritters, in particular, were excellent--crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and not oily at all. The duck breast was also very well done. The only glaring exception was the smoked lamb with black hummus. The lamb was both oversmoked and overcooked to the point that it was almost flavorless, and the hummus was not successful--not much flavor and not appealing visually. Not good. Neither one of us are big dessert fans, but we did everything but lick the plates clean.
Wonderful experience, my second visit. food delicious, service outstanding, an absolutely beautiful setting and atmosphere. If there is one place I would suggest to improve it would be the restroom. It can use an update. I would also recommend as a first time visitor to go in the late spring thru the fall.
Fantastic food, the bread is especially amazing. Glad we planned on doing appetizers and desserts because the main course was very small.
Incredible experience. Everything was perfect.
Did not keep my wife's food grain and gluten free as we said at both making reservations and before we ordered. Corn starch must have been used in her gravy causing stomach problems for the rest of her birthday. Last time they made gluten/ grain free rolls. This time I had to beg for bread which came 3/4 through the meal. My lamb was a burnt hockey puck. My wife's brisket was nice except the gravy. The service was poor and a large loud group sat behind us. We've had much better meals at the Reb Brick Inn but alass they closed down.
It was an awesome experience! Our waiter Frank was very pleasant and friendly! The food was out of this world.. taste .. presentation ..portions.. overall exceptional! I wish all the students the best and hope their education carries them on a life long journey fulfilling their dreams !
We expected better service and better quality of food. Wait staff was ambitious but it was so obvious how new and inexperienced they were. There was such a flurry of activity from all the waitstaff following each other around.
The food was just OK, nothing extraordinary or worth the $115 bill for a lunch. The pork belly was stringy and chewy and 1/3 was fat. The duck was not very tender.
We do not mind spending money for a quality dining experience but this was not one of them.
We also went to the American Pie Cafe on Monday and were also unpleasantly surprised at the freneticism of the staff. The food was so-so overall. The bacon in the grilled cheese sandwich was tasteless but the soup was good.
Thank you. Joe Carey
I was very disappointed with our lunch. While the food was tasty, the service was poor. SLOW, SLOW, SLOW. The waitress didn’t get my order correct. Had a soup, but no meal. An apology was given, but that was it. Bread and Food took forever to come out. NOT IMPRESSED!
Food was Decent at best- definitely not worth the ride or the money
My friends and I loved the relaxed atmosphere. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable. We could not get enough of the charcuterie board and our main courses were plated beautifully. The side dish of roasted carrots were a favorite among all of us. Each dessert was simply amazing but I loved the banana split. There was a great twist on an old fashioned favorite. I cannot wait to go back and try some more dishes.
The whole dining experience at American Bounty is absolutely fantastic. From the time one arrives at the entrance to the time one exists the restaurant everything flows like a smooth engine. They have amazing Parker house rolls, a wonderful selection of appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks. Wish American Bounty was closer to NYC so I can go more often. Keep up the amazing job.
Friends and family gathering. Superb food and service. A memorable day for all.
We had a terrific lunch. The food was amazing - we really enjoyed the pork belly app and the duck main course. The service was attentive with more bread (delicious) being brought, water glasses kept filled and we'll paced delivery of food. Value for your money was excellent.
We love going here for dinner. Always a great time
We arrived a little early and were able to enjoy a cocktail at the bar. The bartender was superb! This was probably the highlight of the evening. We were seated exactly on time. Then after waiting almost 20 minutes one of our party had to seek out the server. This was a very poor beginning. Once our orders were placed, the service was very timely and professional but it appeared that our table fell through the cracks at the outset and the server seemed to be confused and inexperienced. The food was very good but not stellar. Overall we enjoyed our visit and look forward to going back again and trying the other CIA restaurants.
Our group of four had the perfect reunion experience at American Bounty. The atmosphere was serene and the service excellent. The foie gras was a perfect starter, light and airy, the country salad was exquisite and the roast duck cooked to perfection. We each ordered a different dish and rave reviews for all: Wild Salmon, New Jersey Corn Risotto and Roasted Chicken. Wonderful food, service and setting.
Fantastic from start to finish!
We have been enjoying dining at the American Bounty for decades. This time we were introducing friends new to the area who can’t wait until we return.
Never disappointed! Excellent service & food. Atmosphere is wonderful.
We went during restaurant week. We was very disappointed with the food. It was cold when it arrived and we had to send it back several times. When it came back, it was missing some of the sides. The head teacher tried to make things right, but it did not come back warm and they ran out of some of the items.
An outstanding experience, as always. Exceptional food, service, and a treat to watch students prepare the food.
CIA’s American Bounty is a great value during Restaurant Week. Delicious and creative food, beautifully presented at a very reasonable price. We will definitely come again.
Main meals were disappointing.Appetizers and deserts great
My appetizer was so small I could barely see it. It wasn’t that tasty My main dish was okay
Even during restaurant week, it was overpriced
Meal and service were excellent. The downside was we were seated at a table for two abutting a wall and service station was right behind us, not a great view. When asked if we could move to the empty table for two by the window we were told it was requested Ambience was spoiled.
Also we arrived ten minutes early and were told we could not be seated until 12:45 If tables are available patrons should be seated upon arrival
The food and service was outstanding. Our son graduated from the CIA and we had not been back to American Bounty since he was a student here. Glad to say that the quality of the food and service has held up splendidly over the years.
A great place. We love supporting the students and we were so pleased that they honoured veterans with special pricing on veteran's day. A must do...
You are dining at an educational institution - interact with the staff as they prepare for graduation. It will enjance your dining experience there. Dinner at the American Bounty is typically very good, and was so again.
I’ve dined at American Bounty a few times before, and have had great experiences. Although it was still good and the experience was enjoyable, we both felt that our meals were lacking in flavor. Too much salt, not enough other flavors. I would still recommend going, and we’ll return again at some point, but I hope next time will be even better.
Our Bridge group made its Fall holiday outing to American Bounty this week during Restaurant week. FABULOUS! We were a group of 5 foodies and we all thought everything was superb. The exact opposite of Bocuse which we do not plan on revisiting at all. We will all come back to American Bounty and pay full price in the future. The difference is perfect service, edible food and reasonable portions. You go to Bocuse and you leave hungry. The only problem we had was that one person's duck came rare when they ordered it medium well. It was taken care of immediately.
Another outstanding lunch at the American Bounty! Food fantastic, serve wonderful! Highly recommend!
The food was very good. The whole experience was unpleasant because of the temperature in the dining room. It was my mother's 75th birthday dinner and we ate wearing our winter coats. We complained and was told it's an ongoing issue. Really bad
Delightful and delicious
Not suprising that a facility known for amazing food and some of the most prestigious chefs in the country.. was Amazing. Just as you would hope for, from start to finish. Food, servers, quality all A+. Would strongly reccomend visiting, especially during restaurant week where you can have a more affordable option.
Very enjoyable lunch!
Good food and friendly service
Food as usual was excellent. Service which is usually excellent was mediocre but there were a few large parties there so understandable that service to smaller groups was compromised.
A bit of a wait but worth it. The service was just right and always available Server checked up on us just enough and at appropriate times. The food was excellent and as explained by our helpful waiter.
Food was excellent and the students work so hard! My only feedback for them is to slow down! Three separate times food was brought to our table that was not meant for us. Additionally, they forgot silverware for dessert. I always recommend coming here!