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Posted by uesider on 07/20/2007
I have passed Nice Matin almost every day on my commute, and finally wanted to give it a try. At first glance, indoors it looks a bit like an upscale coffee shop, so we were not expecting much. However, we had such an excellent meal at this restaurant!! We went during Restaurant Week, but only one person at our table (myself) ordered the 3 course special. The goat cheese salad was "the best salad" my friend has ever had. The short ribs ravioli dish has such interesting flavors blended together. The pork loin was very tender, and complemented by delicious apricots and risotto. The desserts were also wonderful! The blueberry crostata was like a piping hot pie crust (the best part of the pie!) with ice cream. Our service was very good and we were constantly checked on. The food was very comparable to food we've eaten in much more expensive restaurants. Overall, this was a very pleasant dining experience and I will definitely return!
Posted by etcmom on 05/17/2007
Visited NYC for a couple of days from VA. Selected Nice Matin from this site and so glad I did. Great food and super value for NYC. Had the cold sweet pea soup and moules frites. Was able to substitute asparagus for frites. Out of this world. Wanted bread to sop up the juices from the mussels, though; suggest including a nice soft roll with them. Traveling companion had the other hot soup special and the seafood salad. Also delicious. Service a bit slow and shouldn't have to ask for refill of H2O. Place very loud, but not there for a romantic dinner, so we didn't mind. Try the sour cherry sorbet for dessert.
Posted by Very Satisfied on 04/11/2007
We had guests visiting Easter weekend, so we took them to Nice Matin for Breakfast on Saturday Morning. It was an overall great experience. The greeting we received, the table, the overall atmosphere of the restaurant, the service, and ulitmately the food were all great. We had Croissants, Cafe Au Lait, Eggs Benedict, and French Toast with Bananas and Creme Fraiche. All were delicious and satisfying and served in a timely manner. It was a great experience for our guests, which made it a huge relief for us. We have had breakfast at Nice Matin many times, and were hoping that our out-of-town guests would like it as much as we do, which is what happened. I will continue to recommend this to restaurant to anyone looking for a great place for breakfast.
Posted by Downtown Mom on 03/18/2007
You can tell a lot about a restaurant in the first few seconds, and that is never more true when said restuarant is very crowded for Sunday brunch and you enter with a small child. Believe me, much can be assessed or judged on the guest's part in these awkward few seconds! (That being said, NEVER go to Elmo in Chelsea...) The hostesses greeted us warmly and said that they believed that they could seat us immediately and then helped store our stroller (and there were quite a few behind the desk). Having read about the "five napkin burger", we were pleased to have an opportunity to indulge ourselves (a wait would have meant another place having mentioned said small child). Our server allowed our daughter to order a grilled cheese off the menu - a generous gesture in my opinion - but one that goes a long way with parents of fussy children, mind you. The basket of bread, carrot muffins and jams was a really nice touch and the croissant in the basket - c'est bon! (Sorry, I just HAD to say thatt). The burgers were good and certainly hearty and I loved the presentation of mustard and ketchup in shallow bowls with a small serving spoon. The dijon had just the right heat. Next time, I will order one of the fabulous looking salads and split the burger with my husband; it was good but quite filling. And a girl does need her vegetables with her comfort food. Very "nice" (sorry, I had to do that, too) - but do go!
Posted by Kim on 03/03/2007
I walk by this place everyday on my way home from work, and I FINALLY went in to dinner last Monday. I can't believe I didn't go in sooner! We started at the bar, and had some beautiful starters... these spicy sausages, chick pea fries with a delicious aioli and beets with goat cheese (my favorite)! When we sat, the sommelier helped us pick out a beautiful Bordeaux (their wine list even has a table of contents)!! I had an amazing entree, short ribs (cooked perfectly) and my friend had the salmon, which was delicious. The portions were big enough to fill us up, but not so much, that I felt like a hefer. Haha. I definitley won't walk past this place anymore!
Posted by Jared M. on 02/23/2007
I recently had dinner here and they treated me and my guest like a couple of visiting royalty. From the great amuse and hor dourves and then a killer shrimp appetizer to unbelievable shortbreads...the whole experience was a culinary delight. Staff was attentive and warm and had no problem getting us what we wanted within 2 minutes of ordering it. They know how to please at this place.
Posted by WF on 01/08/2007
Had a delightful meal there. the chicken was very tasty, pleasantly presented and nicely served. BUT, when you order wine, make sure you know what you are getting. $12.00 for a glass of Merlot is a bit much, I mean....really! When the server suggested a Merlot to me, I said "Yes", but was sorry when the bill arrived. I should have had the person point to it on the menu, but I didn't. My fault. I learned my lesson.