New York City, aka Manhattan and the boroughs BYO

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#551 Post by Jay Miller » November 5th, 2018, 12:24 pm

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North Square corkage is now up to $20.

I’m there right now.
And the most recent reservation they said $25. Keeps going up...
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#552 Post by Jay Miller » December 11th, 2018, 8:26 am

Bluebird London is $65.
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#553 Post by A Rubin Stein » December 13th, 2018, 6:48 am

I met friends last night for some wine and dinner at North Square. To say that it was mediocre would be praising it too much. The food was unexciting and reminded me of banquet hall cuisine. The waitress counted our bottles for corkage purposes ($20/b) before we even ordered. The "cheese plate" looked like it was sourced from the bodega around the corner. Truly average at best.
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#554 Post by scamhi » December 13th, 2018, 7:44 am

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December 13th, 2018, 6:48 am
I met friends last night for some wine and dinner at North Square. To say that it was mediocre would be praising it too much. The food was unexciting and reminded me of banquet hall cuisine. The waitress counted our bottles for corkage purposes ($20/b) before we even ordered. The "cheese plate" looked like it was sourced from the bodega around the corner. Truly average at best.
that's how it left me feeling the one time I dined there. UGH.
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#555 Post by Paul Jaouen » December 13th, 2018, 8:46 am

Agree with both of you. I thought it sucked the one time I was there. I know one wine group is/was going there every month for their wine dinners. I guess low corkage was the attraction. It used to be $10.
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#556 Post by Dan Hammer » December 13th, 2018, 8:55 pm

North Square offers no corkage wine dinners formy Flyertalk wine dinners. A Berserker pal of mine also does his dinners at NS.
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#557 Post by Jay Miller » December 14th, 2018, 12:05 pm

I've been there 3x. The first two the rack of lamb was delicious and very wine friendly. The last time it was mediocre.
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#558 Post by mike pobega » December 15th, 2018, 11:27 am

North Square.
We've done over 40 dinners there and it has been usually a very nice evening. Our original price was $10 per person and we normally had 10-12 guests.
Everyone felt is was a hidden gem of a restaurant where the steaks were usualy spot on on the assorted chops done nicely. Always seasonal, always with an eye to quality.
My last time there felt different. I can't place my finger on why either. Some changes of the menu which seemed weird like no spicey mustard sauce on the steak and a few other items seems amiss. I was trying to put a dinner together about 8 weeks ago and they never got back to me. I think maybe there has been a change of both management and kitchen, but it's just a gut feel. BTW, we always had the private lounge and always tipped well above the norm. Well above. I can't figure this one out though.

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#559 Post by A Rubin Stein » December 19th, 2018, 9:49 am

Went to Sutton Inn this week with another couple, and we brought multiple bottles. This was my first time, and I'll be back, as will the other couple who live around the corner and enjoyed it with us. The food is not thrilling but it's solid, the staff aims to please, and the wine service was terrific. Also, it's a charming little place and it's quiet enough to actually have a conversation which seems to be rare these days.
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#560 Post by ArtF » December 19th, 2018, 10:03 am

how much was corkage? did you leave a tip? web site warns no tipping permitted.
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#561 Post by A Rubin Stein » December 19th, 2018, 10:22 am

No corkage on the night we went. The menu as well states no tipping accepted, so we did not leave a tip. I guess we should have slipped our waiter some money anyway, right? I got the impression that he would not be allowed to accept it, but maybe I am wrong.
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#562 Post by ArtF » December 19th, 2018, 10:31 am

That's a whole other topic. But if the menu says tipping is not permitted, I don't think you were wrong.
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#563 Post by Sh@n A » December 20th, 2018, 6:49 pm

I’ve been to Sutton Inn many times. I think the good is pretty darn good actually. Definitely a cozy neighborhood gem. The waived corkage on Mondays is only supposed to be one bottle per couple, but as you noted the staff can be friendly (I’ve had corkage waived on other days when we’ve tried a few wines by the glass... coincidence or not, I’m not sure). They also waive corkage If you buy your bottle from one of the neighborhood wine shops (ambassador I believe is one, I cannot recall the other). Corkage otherwise is a reasonable 35 I believe. Very wine friendly spot. Easy to get a reservation. Very local neighborhood spot.
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#564 Post by Ramon C » December 22nd, 2018, 5:57 am

If there's interest in Korean barbecue and other dishes, Bap a newish restaurant in Murray Hill charged me $20 per bottle corkage. Nice ambiance plenty of dark woods all around with some modern amenities.

https://www.bap516a.com/
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#565 Post by C Prince » December 29th, 2018, 7:44 am

Meeting friends at the Breslin for dinner on Sunday. Over the phone, they said corkage was $40 ($80 magnum). Will report back if different.

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#566 Post by ArtF » January 15th, 2019, 2:54 pm

"Hillstone the ...bustling, chain restaurant" with locations on 27th and Park, and 53rd and Lex, is now $15 per regular sized bottle.

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#567 Post by Ramon C » January 16th, 2019, 2:31 pm

Thanks Art, for the Hillstone info. I live close enough the area but never bothered much about the restaurant whenever I happen to walk by. What's the food like? Good, decent, offline worthy? Are they welcoming enough with byob?

Funny that I when I looked at their web site, there's a big note about the required dress code, which (perhaps, based on type of restaurants I go to) is rare to be noted upon in websites.
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#568 Post by Sh@n A » January 16th, 2019, 2:37 pm

Had dinner at River Park last night. No corkage Tuesdays on first three bottles. A wonky location in an office building (have your Uber drop you off at 440 east 29th street for easier access). But the place is done up well. And the food I had was pretty good. The squash with coddled egg was extremely good and my flat iron steak was cooked perfectly. Definitely a good summer spot with the water views. A bit desserted these days but service was good. I will be back on Tuesdays! Will try to negotiate them to waive 3 bottle limit for an offline.
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#569 Post by Paul Jaouen » January 17th, 2019, 7:23 am

We've done a lot of dinners at Riverpark on Tuesdays and there was never a limit but we haven't been in a while. Is Dusan still the beverage director? Speak to him about waiving the limit. And make sure you share with him. He loves to try good wines we bring in.
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#570 Post by ArtF » January 17th, 2019, 1:14 pm

Ramon C wrote:
January 16th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Thanks Art, for the Hillstone info. I live close enough the area but never bothered much about the restaurant whenever I happen to walk by. What's the food like? Good, decent, offline worthy? Are they welcoming enough with byob?

Funny that I when I looked at their web site, there's a big note about the required dress code, which (perhaps, based on type of restaurants I go to) is rare to be noted upon in websites.
I find Hillstone comfortable with large banquets, good service and not noisy. It is a cheaper Capital Grill, but not nearly as good. I will probably never return without free corkage. I have no idea why it's always jammed.
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