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Gordon Ramsay At The London Restaurant (New York)
Member Name: l500589
Gordon Ramsay At The London Restaurant (New York)
Date: 13/02/10, updated on 12/07/12 (217 review reads)
Advantages: Decent food
Disadvantages: A little on the expensive side!!!
Just prior to my visit to New york in december 2009, I remember well that the 6 of us that were going, were really excited, and determined to save hard for the trip, and cram as much site seeing, and one off experiences into the trip as was possible in the 5 days that we would be there for.
One of our group of 6 was very keen for us to have an evening meal in Gordon Ramsey's restuarant in New York, called 'The London' during our vsit to NYC. Now I wouldn't say I was desperate to go myself, the main reason being that I quite dislike the foul mouthed, and self obsessed Gordon Ramsey.
We were warned at the time that 'The London' would be expensive, but all agreed that whilst we were on this trip, we would love to try the dining experience at Gordon Ramseys restuarant, and proceeded to have a quick look at prices, and menus, and book a table, (and start saving!)
$$$$$$ Menus and prices $$$$$$
The cost of the prestige menu is an astounding $150 per head for seven courses, or for those with less pennies, a reduced price of $95 for 3 courses.
Now don't get me wrong, I love my food, and I am prepared to pay a decent price, for very good food, but $150 for your dinner is way too extreme!! $95 is bad enough, and totally out of my league normally, but for a one-off, we decided to go for the $95 deal.
This included a starter, a main, and a desert, from a fairly varied menu, although as is custom with these types of places, there were a few choices on the menu, (mainly the ones that everyone really wants to order), that carried a further supplement in the range of $10-$25!!!!
Anyway, a few months later, we arrived in New York, and were having a great time. Eventually the night of our booking to 'The London' arrived, and so we all got dressed up, and headed off to the restaurant.
The dress code is:
Smart, with jackets preferred for gentlemen, but not required.
The London Restaurant is located at:
51 West 54th Street
The restaurant is part of The London NYC Hotel, situated on the ground floor, which is a luxurious and expensive hotel, (containing suites which start at a bargain price of $279 per night!).
As we arrived at the restaurant, and had our coats taken from us, and were taken to our table, we felt like VIP's!
The retaurant was very chiq, and modern, with large round spacious tables, set out in a huge, modern 'art deco' style room, filled with the smell of delicious food, and relaxing music.
The service was very good, and the menus were explained clearly to us, which was a good a job, as most of the content from the menu was completely new to us all.
The waiter then bought us some water to the table, and we chose our food, and were given the wine menu.
The wine, was not cheap, so we selected 2 bottles of the cheapest wine, which was approx $45 a bottle, and were determined to make the 2 bottles last all 6 of us throughout the evening, which it did thanks to the water that we were supplied with over the course of the meal.
The food was very good, each course was tiny though, and was basically a couple of mouthfulls, but this was pretty much what we expected. We were treated to 2 appetizers at no cost throughout our meal which was an unexpected surprise.
So all was going very well, until we asked for the bill....
Being quite a money concious person, I was well aware that the meal was $95, and so for the six of us, with the wine, I was expecting a bill somewhere in the region of $700.... But boy was I wrong!!
1st mistake - It is common in America to add taxes to the total of the bill, and so this was something I had forgotten about, and came to approx a further $70.
2nd mistake - All the water they had been shoving down our throats throughout our visit, we were being charged for. I was really annoyed by this, as A: there was no mention of a charge anywhere, and B: the waiter kept filling our glasses up, thoughout the meal, without even asking if we wanted any more!!! This resulted in a further $80 for water!!! (Not amused). This was the same story for the bread rolls which we had been offered, and gratefully accepted with the first 2 courses!!
3rd mistake - As if that wasn't enough they added an 18% gratuity fee!!
All in all our bill came to just shy of $1200, almost double what I had been expecting, and at $200 per person for 1 meal, is completely ridiculous.
Boy was I thanking my lucky stars that we had not gone for the 7 courses!!
So $400 for tea for me and the missus....................
(godness knows how many dooyoo miles that is!!!! )
We paid up, and left, with a distinct taste of 'being ripped off' left in our mouths!
$$ Conclusion $$
OK, so I will start with the positives:
The food was nice, not very filling, but tasty.
The service was good.
The restaurant was very nicely set out, and felt lavish.
Now for the negatives:
Its really expensive! I have had some delicious meals back in the UK, many of which have cost approx a tenna, and all of which have been a lot more filling than the crumbs we got in 'The London'.
Hidden charges - don't forget to add the gratuity fee, and taxes to the initial figure you are quoted on the menu!
$80 for a few glasses of water!!
Apart from the ridiculous cost, this was a nice place to eat. I will not be visiting it again EVER, but for a 'one off' I suppose I have experienced the whole 'Ramsey experience' thing.
Go with a full wallet, and a quite full stomach!
© l500589 2010
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