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Posted by Anonymous on 11/28/2011
The food was excellent. That said, the portions were very very small - good if you are on a diet - but in fairness, typical of nouvelle cuisine. While the service was attentive (as in you take a sip of water and someone rushes over annoyingly to fill your glass every 10 seconds), the one glaring problem that this place has is that the waiters are unintelligible - meaning that their Indian accents are so thick that you cant understand a word that they are saying - a big problem when you are trying to figure out what is on the plate in front of you - and this is not an Indian restaurant so this was particularly strange. This inability to communicate with the staff was troubling as one member of our party had a food allergy. The maitre'd spoke perfect English, however was no where to be seen after taking our order.
Posted by Food Maven on 11/06/2011
I have to admit the Upper West Side is finally establishing itself as a dining destination. Dovetail delivers a satisfying culinary experience in a relaxed atmosphere. Starters of foie gras, soup, lobster were all tastefully prepared. Entrees of a sublime halibut, duck were both delicious but could have been served a little warmer. My one big complaint other than the overpriced wine list is the service which while cordial was terribly slow. Chocolate souffle for dessert was also a winner. Give it a shot and while you might not make it your destination of choice will also not be disappointed.
Posted by teddy r. on 06/21/2011
For $37, with coffee and the miniscule portions, I expected more. How about a decent bread basket? I hate greasy overly sweetened assorted mini- muffins--cheap and not good at all. And these mini, mini trays with appies? There is only one restaurant who does that well, and it's a four-star powerhouse. Stop copying. Do avoid brunch at Dovetail.
Posted by anonymous on 05/20/2011
had a birthday dinner there last night. food was very good but tiny portions for big $. service was bigger issue. was first sat at back corner table although room was half empty. they gave me a better table. many of the secondary servers barely speak English- so i could not understand their descriptions of the dishes. i did not eat most of my lamb so is asked to take it home. when i got home i realized they never gave me the food. i called back. it turns out that a coat check ticket they gave me which i thought was a mistake,was in fact for my food. I was told by the wait person it for my "checked bag", which i told them i did not just check a bag. when i called back they said it was for my food. if they spoke english the wait staff could have told me this. when i called back i was told they already threw it out. wanted to find an elegant restaurant in my neighborhood on the uws, but won't be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/23/2011
Every aspect of our dinners have been excellent. The food and wine, attentive and unobtrusive service, decor, moderate sound levels and hospitable staff all make for a very satisfying dinner experience. Last night, my wife and I had the duck and rack of lamb, both of which were outstanding. A reasonably priced half bottle of wine only added to the pleasure. I highly recommend Dovetail without hesitation.
Posted by Paula150 on 01/17/2011
Treated to a lovely brunch
Posted by So So . . . Meh on 11/14/2010
Having dined at many restaurants I found the food at Dovetail to be average, not stupendous as some reviewers have indicated. I had the duck which was one of the signature dishes and quite frankly my daughter, who is not a trained chef prepares better duck. A very disappointing post opera dinner I should have returned to Brooklyn and eaten at the Grocery or Henry's End, or just simply returned home to a meal prepared by my daughter. Beside the wait staff there is an excess of help who seem at times to be milling around and not well informed.