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Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2011
I've been here before and had a great experience. Then I call for a reservation and am told that they are too busy to take my reservation, to call back tomorrow. If their staff is this rude and unconcerned about business, they need a new staff.
Posted by Tony on 03/13/2011
The food is excellent. But, they charged us for bread after making us wait 25 minutes for a table when we had a reservation. Will not go back.
Posted by trish on 04/27/2010
This restaurant exceeded my expectations. We had the 5 course tasting menu and for the 3rd and 4th course they brought us each different selections for us to share thereby experiencing so much more of the menu. Highlight was the sunchoke soup. I had my sea urchin on the side as I was afraid I wouldnt like it...wrong, It as delicious. Make sure to order the brioche for dessert! Some people feel there is not enough food but I was full after the 5 courses
Posted by SKidwell on 02/10/2010
The food was exceptionally tasty and beautiful, the service was wonderful, and the experience of watching and interacting with the chefs was thoroughly enjoyable. I had the 5-course tasting menu and shared two additional plates. I'm not really into sea urchin, so by no fault of the chef I didn't really love that dish, although the sunchoke puree was very nice. However, the lamb dish (with heirloom cauliflower and pinenut puree) and the pork belly with mustard greens dish were excellent. The duck breast was outstanding, and the wagyu "cheesesteak" was just ridiculous. I highly recommend all of those dishes, in particular the latter two. The very best thing was the dessert - I think it was called torilla? It was like bread pudding dipped in heaven and I almost cried when I ate it. I also very much enjoyed the chocolate mousse, but the bread pudding was just amazing - next time I'm not sharing. When my husband took his half I very nearly stabbed his hand with my fork. Trust me, order two of those for yourself, and if your friends complain, that's their fault for not ordering. Oh, the menu is very meaty, but the waitress assured me that vegetarians who give them a few days warning will be served dishes just as spectacular. Enjoy!
Posted by robertwalker on 10/01/2009
The portions were bordering on ridiculous. We each got two small bites of each dish (and in some cases one small bite each!). I understand (and actually prefer) the small plates concept but other places offer you the same level of food and you can actually craft a meal out of it and still spend less. The food was mostly good, but never great. I had to come home and make popcorn.
Posted by anonymous on 03/02/2009
I went to Degustation with some friends and was very disappointed. The space is very trendy, the service was wonderful, and everyone was friendly. The food was interesting and tasty but the portions were so tiny and expensive that we all left hungry. The cheese platter for $15 while again tasty, was barely enough for one person. If you are looking to try several dishes, you can rack up the bill in a few minutes. In these difficult times when eating out is a rarity, I like to get my money's worth.
Posted by Rachel/ NYC on 01/17/2009
Degustation definitely lives up to all the great reviews and then some. The food was fresh, clean and prepared with great care. Herbs/spices are carefully used to enhance the natural flavors of the food--not overpower them. The tortilla was a mouthwatering treat--the quail yoke melted in your mouth with the first bite of the delectable potato morsel. The quail truly is one of the best things I have eaten in NY. Perfectly cooked and spiced--the sides of fresh figs and roasted pistachios pure delight. The red proteins are all wonderful--from the boar to the lamb, the meat is perfectly cooked and suprisingly light. The grand finale dessert--to die for!! brioche soaked in creme with a hint of citrus then grilled to perfection with a carmel coating. if you love to eat, run to this place...and on top of all the fabulous food, the atmosphere is relaxed and cozy--a real treat.