Hillstone, NYC- A Dark Dining Experience.

Pricey, Greasy, Salty and Dark as Satan’s Corridor:

  • Fresh Catch of the Day: Cod and it came with a good portion of sautéed spinach, $32 dollars.
  • Light 6-piece, Classic California roll, $14
  • Kale with Peanut Vinaigrette Side-Dish, $7
  • Steamed Green Beans Side-Dish, $7
  • Yellowtail Sashimi and Kale Salad, $23

The service was rushed and the waitress had this oozing insincerity, only matched by the quickness she cleared the table as soon as the last bite had been taken; getting to the table was an obscure, casino like maze. I was rather confused at the basket of warm, moist towels (rolls? no, rolls, towels.) we received when we sat down; wait, are we ordering ribs…what am I missing here, Hillstone?
The, ‘Very Fresh Catch of the Day’ was indeed fresh, and had great flavor and perfectly cooked, flakey and light as cod should be, however, the sautéed spinach was an imperfect pair. They both were heavy and rather greasy and did not compliment each other. The last bit of contention was the price- how could Salmon be more affordable than Cod?
However, let me get to the main source of my consternation: At our table of 4, we each requested individually, for our meals to be light on salt, and easy on the oil. Our request was flatly denied. Our meals were all heavily oiled and salty save the steamed green beans.

Hillstone, I can see the elegance and sophistication with the sharp, snap-to, front-house service, and I can understand the idea of ambiance, albeit a very dark ambience, and I appreciate the food, it all was fresh and well-prepared but the whole package just seems to extreme: too sharp, too dark, too rich.
If I were to return in the future, I would order the steak, ribs or Hamburger instead of the fish and vegetable based fare.


153 E 53rd St.
New York, NY
(212) 888-3828


About A Foreign Sojourn

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