Duo Restaurant & Lounge
72 Madison Ave,
New York, NY 10016
Telefon: +1 212-686-7272
After been reading loads of reviews about restaurants to visit not too fare away from our hotel on 42nd Street – loads of options, my eye fell on Duo Restaurant & Lounge. I liked the look of it and the reviews are great.
So after 20 min walk along Madison Ave in the pleasant warm evening we reached the restaurant without any problems. But it was totally empty inside except for two tables taken and some people hanging around the round bar.
I should have known better and looked for something else. An empty restaurant how ever trendy and chic its – not a good sign, but we carry on as booked.
There was no atmosphere what so ever and the staff very pretty and handsome, didn’t really make us feel welcome. There was no warmth to the place or the staff. Had a feeling that the staff didn’t feel comfortable within themselves.
We where handed some ipad type menus, never seen before, but it didn’t give me a kick.
Ordered drinks: Dry Martin and Pomegranate Mojito, which both was excellent.
We both jumped the starters and went for Braised Veal Osso Bucco Tortellini; spinach and ricotta cheese, hon shimeji mushrooms and port wine sauce.
When we got our main course in – it wasn’t bigger than a starter – and not even the half size of what the other guest’s dishes was.
Served in a massive big plate that only had a small hole in the middle, that made it totally impossible to use fork and knife. We got 5 tortellini each in total and because of the awkward plate one of mine escaped and it was swimming in sauce. The taste was fantastic and the pasta cooked to perfection. So the chefs knew their job.
We had a great white – Caimbrae Malborough 2010 from New Zealand, a sauvignon blanc that I can’t find any details about over the net.
I told the waiter that collected our plates about the awkwardness of eating out of those silly plates.
As dessert we both went for Tiramisu – that came very plain presented on and no flavour what so ever. At this time, we didn’t stay much longer, so we turned down the coffee and paid the damage, total $150 – but tip didn’t come to 20%, which is standard in NYC.
During the evening more very trendy people arrived … very chic men and ladies. One of the gentlemen had a black suit with red roses on and another man was carrying a Hermès Birkin bag. I got a feeling that they where both owners to the establishment. There was some private party going on in one of the back rooms.
The place was very lush in decoration and the food tasted great … but there was nothing else there, at least not for us. We felt like it was more of joke. That the back-lit menu didn’t do anything for the atmosphere and with staff that didn’t know how to make their guests feel welcomed or comfortable during the dinner … it all became a very awkward evening.
Maybe we order the wrong main course, but we didn’t feel for anything else what was on the menu. As you see from the photos I used for this post both food and drinks looks just fantastic – portions looks normal and beautiful presented – nothing like what we had. In my book as a chef all dishes on the menu should have a equal value and presentation, and if that is not possible because of the cost of dish – the dish shouldn’t go on the menu. Not a picky person, but our dish was close to a joke.
But something isn’t right and I should have known better – when a trendy and chic restaurant is being nearly empty in NYC, even if it was on Monday night. Walking back to our hotel other restaurants was a lot busier.
What a pity … for a beautiful decorated restaurant and talent chefs, to get things so wrong.
A beautiful place that tried too hard on the wrong details. And I will not give the place a second chance.
“The belly rules the mind. “
Photos provide by and thanks to:
duonewyork.com & their facebook page/examiner.com/ backpage.com/
zagat.com/ pursuitist.com/ plus.goole.com (mary jones)/ yipit.com/