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I have to agree with Daniela. We dined there on 3/30/10 and although the service was very attentive, the basement was crowded and the food was not worth the $280 bill for 4 people. My daughters chilian sea bass was more expensive than my son's kobe steak.
I was shocked at how overpriced and underwhelming our meal was at Chimayo. We're from NYC and familiar with paying handsomely for a nice meal, but even at places like Gramercy Tavern and Il Buco youíre hard pressed to find a $45 entree, and when you do, you can count on it being an outstanding experience. The food at Chimayo was mediocre at best. Our $45 dollar Cod was "corn crusted", which tasted strikingly similar to shake ní bake. The cod was slightly overcooked, and sat atop a heaping mound of spaghetti squash. The spaghetti squash tasted like you would expect, that is to say, not unusual, and was oddly matched with asparagus tips and wild mushrooms in a heavy butter sauce that gave the whole meal a slick richness it did not need. The house margarita proved cloyingly sweet, pretty much an insult to the sense. We had stopped in for a quick meal, and managed with just two people in under 1 hour, with one shared appetizer (a tiny field-green salad), 2 entrees and 2 margaritas, to spend $140 dollars (not including tip). I donít recommend the experience.