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Posted by topgoalscorer on 02/15/2013
Upon arrival, this place looks pretty unappealing from the outside, and the side entrance kind of confuses the appearance and impacts the charm of the place. Inside, they have done a relatively good job and it's appealing and stylish. We were seat at a table near the bar, very busy (as you might expect) and the table was also wobbly. Unfortunately, the food was tragic. I would have gone for the duck, but it had sold out (by 7:30pm!) I opted for a pate appetizer and decided to wait on ordering a main until after that - thankfully! The pate was gritty and too pungent. The toast was room temperature and burnt to a crisp. I sent it back....and received the same thing! The waitress didn't seem bothered and clearly was not going out of her way to try and improve the situation. There did seem to be very poor communications between management staff (lots of them!), waitresses and the kitchen. A lots of staff wandering around, looking pretty despondent and distracted. We complained in a polite manner and they seemed a little surprised. They were apologetic, but to be serving such poor food is just not acceptable....forget the fact it was Valentines evening too! Someone mentioned it's just what the UWS needed, and you're right, however it's so poorly executed that I don't think we'll ever go back. In short, this place wouldn't last a week in West Village or other more hip parts of town. Why should and do we accept such poor sub-standard on the UWS!
Posted by Julia on 02/15/2013
It was Valentines day and we were in a great mood before we came here. This was our first time trying this place. First off, the items we wanted to order on their limited menu that day were not available. Then, they offered to bring bread and didn't bring it. When we asked about it, they said they ran out of bread. They brought soup with no spoon. After asking several waiters for a soon, it finally arrived after 15 mins by the time the soup was cold. They poured tap water into my glass of sparkling water and when we asked for a new glass, they said they don't have an open bottle of sparkling water and asked if we wanted to BUY another! When the food arrived, it was not tasty. Never have we had this kind of poor service anywhere.
Posted by Musicgirl on 02/13/2013
I almost didn't try Café Talluah based on the reviews here. But I’m glad I didn't pay attention. Had the Steak Tartare and fries, Boeuf Bourguignon. My wife had Octopus and Veal. Food was amazing. We loved everything. Service was spectacular even though the place was packed. The drinks were superb. Pricey, yes. But worth it. We will be going back and often.
Posted by Serge Troyanovsky on 02/08/2013
I looked forward to going to Cafe Talullah. I live one block away. For several weeks it was hard to get a reservation. Tonight it is a snowstorm, so somehow we were able to get a table. The waiter was nice. Everything else was poor. It took forever to get appetizers and main dishes. We returned two soups. My steak au poivre was cold, cut and not tasty at all. Why people go to this place I have no idea. One of the servers forgot to put white chocolate in the dish. Out of 4 people in our party - not one liked the place. I will never go back there.
Posted by Ma on 02/07/2013
I can not understand why they open this restaurant in upper west. Other restaurants serve much greater food.
Posted by Wine lover on 02/05/2013
I came here to try this place out since I live in the neighborhood. The buzz between neighborhood people is that this place is not well run, foodwise & drink wise. When I visited the first time I thought that there was too many bosses and not enough workers. Service is very slow and food definitely needs improvement and adjustment. Also what we ate was cold and we got overcooked meat. Management came over to say sorry and basically blamed the mistakes on the kitchen and that is not cool. I tasted 3 different wines by the glass and so did my guests and none of us was impressed with selection. Commercial wines with astronomical prices.. When we left nobody really cared to say by and thanks and the manager was not to be seen.
Posted by Jsc on 02/02/2013
Hard to recount all the missteps of our dinner last night- I wasn't expecting danny Meyer service, but not this mess either. Burgers ordered medium, arrived raw - like cold in the center raw. Sent back. Returned - again, raw. Cold in center. Ordered a different meal. 45 minutes later, flag down our waitress who does not know a thing to check in kitchen. Wait another 15 minutes for cold gluey pappardelle with a strangely acidic sauce with no discernible veal. In the meantime, general manager came over to crack a joke and tell us that the kitchen was really small... Not my problem! Never saw him or the manager again- they never bothered to follow up or say sorry. Coat check downstairs closes so don't check your coat.