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Posted by UWS resident on 04/26/2009
Nice Matin had been my very favorite restaurant since its opening. My dinner there this week was extremely mediocre. The frisee salad was soggy and the candied walnuts were pitiful in the way they were prepared. The roasted chicken breast dish in no way compared to their past roasted chicken breast recipe. Is a new chef present? I was sorely disappointed . I always look forward to good weather to sit outside as the noise level inside is too high. On the other hand their "relative restaurant", I believe, Marseille has become much better and I would rate it a 5 on all counts.
Posted by Jeremy Lawrence on 02/28/2009
Friends always recommended this place to me, but somehow I never made it there. Finally the amber-hued interior beckoned me and I had the best duck I've had in a long time. Succeeding visits led me to short ribs or for comfort at the end of a long weekend a pricey hamburger with fabulous pommes frites. Who knows some morning I might make it for a real nice matin. I hear the breakfast is very good.
Posted by First Timer on 02/14/2009
At first i thought this place was going to be a little too stuck up but overall this restaurant was very good (as oppose to great); not taking anything away from it but it was only my first time. My wife had the chicken which appeared great but tasted a little bland, however still worth ordering. I had the Leg a lamb medium done, and it was JUST RIGHT. What also made it so special was how attentive the waitress was to us, and how nice she was. I had a 2006 Californian chardonnay and it had a very good fruity taste not too acidic of a taste, and just the right temp. Also, there wine list is AMAZING. I definitely would love to go again and see if my very good first experience was just a fluke.
Posted by anonymous on 02/07/2009
Beware of the $35 Prix Fixed dinner! I dined here this past week and both my dining companion and I ordered the 3 course Prix fixed. The service was good, as was the food... then we received the check... they had charged us for each of the desserts ordered, though it should have been included in the $35. (Neither of us would have ordered dessert otherwise.) We did not take note of this mistake until after the bill was paid. I was subsequently told that this 'mistake' is common for Nice Matin.... very disapointing for a UWS "staple" restaurant to take advantage of its patrons.
Posted by KP on 02/03/2009
Such a classy restaurant! The menu is exceptional! I really enjoyed my entire time at the restaurant, from stepping foot inside, to leaving! The service was very prompt and friendly! I would take anyone of my friends here for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! Go try it out! Youll be so happy you did!
Posted by maxo on 01/28/2009
this one of those places that no matter if this is your first or your twentieth time at the restaurant you always get a warm wellcome and a pleasant goodbye at the end of a very nice dinning experience., in this hard times it is good to have the option of having dinner with out having to spend a fortune, f.y.i. they have this thing of giving you a 10% dicount by just filling out a coment card, and I think that's great, I mean who doesn't like to get basicaly free stuff, you know , it's a win win situation. i go there every chance I have, it's worth trying if you haven't.
Posted by New York Foodie on 01/26/2009
Everything on the menu is so delicious that we usually end up making our own tasting menu. Instead of each ordering an appetizer and entree for ourselves, we pick four or five different things and order them as separate courses which we share. It is like having a customized fancy tasting menu, for half the price of a fixed tasting menu at most other restaurants. The wine selection is great, and beer selection even better. Some amazing, hard-to-find beers priced only a few dollars more than the beer store/deli on 78th street. For example, there is a great french beer called Triple Carmillet the size of a wine bottle that sells for $15 at the 78th street deli, but is only $20 at Nice Matin. I've never seen such a low-mark up for a restaurant. Not that I'm complaining though. Recommendation: make a late 10pm reservation. You'll get a huge table and excellent service! I've been eating here for more than 10 years and love his place. But I understand what some of the other reviewers say about the service when it is very crowded. We once booked a 7pm dinner on Christmas eve, and it was so crowded that the servers couldn't even get through to bring food to our table (of course, we were sitting by the bar near the entrance). So go late at night. But hey, isn't it a good sign that the restaurant is crowded because the food is so great? Bottom line: the food is outstanding, great wine and beer selection, and impeccable service!