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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.
Posted by Texas Jules on 03/03/2008
This was quite good and I would come back! My sister got a cafe au lait....she says it was one of the best she has ever had and very authentic....made and served like how they do in Europe! I got their crab salad....exactly what I wanted since I wanted something light and refreshing! My sister got a pastry stuffed w/ spinach, egg and other things...presentation was interesting and pretty....it was good but a bit heavy. My brother got their omlette w/ lamb + spicy sausage....he really liked it. This was a great place for brunch and we didn't have to wait too long to be seated...I would def come back! :)
Posted by Patty from Philly on 02/26/2008
Just got back from a long weekend in NY and even though we stayed several blocks away, we ate at Nice Matin for breakfast both days. The fresh fruit is not the usual tired melon and citrus segments. Oh noit is lovely blackberries, raspberries, mango and pineapple. The egg white and one yolk scramble I had with leeks and peppers was excellent and tasty. It is not cheap, but it is well worth it . Service was good. Only minor thing is if you want half and half with your coffee you need to ask for it or you get milk. Coffee was strong and good.If you want a heftier breakfast, they have the waffle, pancake, bacon and all that stuff too!
Posted by Bill on 08/26/2007
Before going to Nice Matin, I thought that their menu was going to break the bank. I was wrong. Not only were the prices reasonable for the UWS, the food was amazing. The drinks were a bit pricy, and the lack of tobasco sauce was odd. The service was friendly and professional. I've been back many times in the last two years. Go for the fish.