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Address: 55-61 Gansevoort St (9th Ave)
City: New York, NY
Zip: 10014
Phone: (212) 989-1920
Fax: (212) 989-1940
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Map: Map
Cuisine: American
2nd Cuisine: Bakery
Area: Meatpacking District
Entree Price: >$30



The Gansevoort Room at Sascha may not have the culinary excitement or design eclat of some of its Meatpacking District neighbors, but it has one strong virtue that many of its glitzier and more glamorous colleagues lack: a commitment to the needs to the customer. At least that was my experience on a recent spur-of-the-moment Wednesday night visit. The first surprise was discovering that somewhat more upscale menu served at Sascha’s ornate upstairs dining room is also available downstairs at the Gansevoort Room, the clean-lined, tavern-like casual ground floor component of the restaurant. Between both menus, you’re sure to find something you’re craving – and at various price points – from breakfast items and burgers to prime rib. The second surprise was the good-natured demeanor of our waiter after my dining companion sent back two martinis in a row; the first, he said, was too heavy on vermouth, while the replacement had been made “dirty,” which the waiter admitted was his mistake. (After my friend gave detailed instructions on how to make his martini, the third time proved the charm.) Our waiter was equally helpful in describing some of the menu’s offerings, since the many appealing-sounding options made us unusually indecisive. In the end, our dinner was satisfying, if far from remarkable. The house salad was made with considerable care, using very fresh vegetables, and dressed with a delicious balsamic vinaigrette, while a slab of nicely seared, pepper-crusted tuna, accompanied by a small salad, was a fine (if somewhat pricier) starter. We were tempted by the sight of a luscious-looking and enormous chicken-fried chicken cutlet at a nearby table, but having resolved to eat a little healthier, my friend and I both opted for the popular grilled plate – mine was hanger steak, his was salmon – which came with a yummy potato cake and a lovely assortment of grilled vegetables. Of course, my dietary resolve went out the window the second I saw the homemade strawberry shortcake being delivered to another diner, and Sascha’s rendition of my all-time favorite dessert was quite good, though the shortcake could have used a little moistening. And while my pal insisted he didn’t want a single bite, the waiter brought an extra fork to the table anyway – which was duly used. Sometimes, the customer isn’t always right!

Review By: Brian Scott Lipton