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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!
Posted by Grace on 01/12/2009
I came here with a friend Sunday for brunch. I've walked by this resto. many times, and have always wanted to try it out. Our waitress was great, always coming by to fill up our coffees and water, and made sure that we were happy with our meal. We got a little basket of breakfast breads, which was really nice - most places don't do that in the city. I got the eggs benedict, which came w/potatos and greens. My friend got the poached eggs in puff pastry - which she loved. The atmosphere was very bright and cheery. My only complaint - and this is b/c of personal pref. - is that the potatos were kinda tomatoey. I don't like tomoatos, so, there you go. I will definatly go back!
Posted by Total Foodie on 09/03/2008
I'm really surprised at some of these bad reviews! Granted our server was a bit discombobulated (sp?), but she was very sweet, so it wasn't a problem. Besides, the wonderful(!) food and beautiful, sunny decor more than made up for it! I had their roasted leek frittata (delicious! and really big!). My friend had the orange scented buttermilk french toast (or something like that.. i forget the description), and it was wonderful! I had the apple tart for dessert served with cinnamon ice cream, and it had crunchy praline things.. it was heavenly! My friend had their dark chocolate pistachio dessert, and she loved it! Anyway, the food and ambience were wonderful, so i can't wait to go back!
Posted by What a Disappointment on 07/15/2008
Like other reviewer, so WANTED to like the place. Heard great things. Planned a Saturday brunch around it. I got there first and waiter was great - coming by 3 times in less than 10 minutes to see if I wanted/needed anything while I waited. Once my other party arrived, we only saw the waiter three more times - to take the order, for us to ask for the bill, and for him to bring the "change" from the cash we paid with. Except - as waiter pointed out himself - the change was about 80 cents short because he "rounded up...if you want the 80 cents i'll get it for you". The food was OK, but not worth the price, and we could never get what we needed - more sugar for coffee, more bottled water, let alone more tap water, clean silverware. Oh, right, and the bill, after we asked for it twice. All told, four people made up for this waiter's lacking - two busboys, another waiter, and a woman not in uniform who appeared to be a manager-type. All were friendly - but at the point they served us, we were frustrated and Over It. Too bad, too, as it could have been a nicer experience. What the Hell!!!????
Posted by treshold75 on 05/27/2008
Was very excited about the prospect of having brunch in the Upper West Side but upon being seated, the charm simply disappeared. There was a lot of difficulty trying to ascertain which server was serving which section and I supposed we had the audacity to ask the wrong one when we were met with a grimace and what looked like a grunt of displeasure. Our actual waiter seemed to be taking a holiday between serving us and whatever tables he was in charge of. The food itself was pleasant but was nothing special and that made the service more of a kick in the teeth. I would not recommend this place to anyone!
Posted by WestsideNewlywed on 05/19/2008
We so WANT to love Nice Matin...It is in our neighborhood and the atmosphere is charming. However, the food & service are often very hit-or-miss. We most recently dined there this Saturday with another couple. All 4 of us ordered salads & entrees and the waiter who was barely present only brought 3 entrees. How could any sane person do such a thing? It was just bizarre. I sense that the restaurant perhaps tries to serve too many people and has sacrificed quality control in the process.
Posted by Explorer on 04/12/2008
We had a very good grilled vegetable panini of eggplant, cheese & olive tapenade served with a small salad and Moules (mussels) Provencal served with small bowl of fries. Both were excellent. Service was a bit slow at first, getting my first cup of coffee, but thereafter was fine. The variety of breads served with the lunch were great - chewy sour dough, nutty whole wheat and some other kind as well. Finished off with wonderful bowls of creamy cafe au lait. The dark chocolate of Pot au Creme served with whipped mascarpone chantilly was great - especially if one is a chocoholic! Great place if one is in the neighborhood of the American Natural History Museum or Upper West Side.