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Posted by Anonymous on 06/22/2004
Went back for a second time and it shows that lightning does strike twice--unfortunately for the restaurant. You know it's going to be a rocky night when, as you're waiting, you notice a waitress grimacing constantly--only to have her as your waitress later. She turned out to be okay, but she sums up the service when she disclosed that it was her first night, and they just threw her into the chaos with no particular training. There is a lack of orchestration. It seems that everyone working the floor does his or her own thing; no coordination with anyone else. My steak was delicious, but as it was the first time I went there, my dessert beverage was lukewarm. The same applied to my friend's cappuccino, and she sent it back, but by this time, I just wanted to leave. If the restaurant can improve its service and manage to serve HOT beverages, it's worth a try. Otherwise, unless someone is treating me, I won't be going back--and even then, I'd try to steer the person to another place.
Posted by Anne on 06/21/2004
If you are looking for a completely unremarkable experience for your tastebuds, this is the place. From the unseasoned grilled seabass swimming in a bed of oil (for $22) to the unintentionally hysterical waiter, who spoke in an oh-so melodramatic whisper tone, the Nice Matin experience was extremely underwhelming. The good things about this place to this UWSider: location and the nice decor.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/23/2004
Had terrible service the night I went: it took forever for us to get our menus, trying to get some bread was a Herculean task, waitress, while nice, was flighty and neglected us for a long time, and the sommelier was very invovled in kissing and chatting with his (mostly female) customers. Food was okay; good value for the price, although the hot chocolate would be more accurately described as semi-hot chocolate. Am going back for a business function, and I hope that my first visit was an anomaly as I think the neighborhood can use a restaurant like this (once it gets its act together).
Posted by corncritic on 11/16/2003
Call me American, but when I visit french bistros I always order the same thing -- escargot, steak frittes, creme brulee, and lots of grape juice in between. I believe this consistency qualifies me to compare and contrast....I won't, but here's how I rate 'em in descending order: SQC, Nice Matin, Avenue, French Roast. Always looking for a little better...please let me know.
Posted by Eliza on 09/05/2003
NIce Matin is a really great place. The staff and the manager/owner make the customers feel welcome and happy to be there. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. Great value especially to an Upper West Sider.