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Posted by anonymous on 04/02/2008
There aren't too many great restaurants on the UWS so when I walked into Ouest I was impressed but that's where it ended not once but twice. I sat up front in the booth both times and had the same waitress both times. The service was hurried and surly both times. You can let a bad night go once but the second seating was early in the evening. The food was way below standard for the price. I ordered a striped bass special which was burnt on one side and uncooked in the middle. The drinks were sent back because the bartender/waitress mistook white wine for scotch. The desert was a $10 microwaved rhubarb tart served in a cold dish which was sent back once and came back exactly the same. At the end of the evening the surly waitress offered to hand in our coat check ticket and then promptly forgot to give it to the coatcheck. As she saw us standing waiting with the coat check girls in confusion she turned her back and walked away. This restaurant only has location and decor going for it. The food and service is way off.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2008
I know this place has a great reputation, we live in the neighborhood and have eaten here a few times, with mixed results. The last meal we had here (and it will be our last) was terrible. I had the salmon which was highly recommended by our waiter, and it was so rich and over sauced and tortured that I could not eat it. My companions fared better, their meals were good, tho' far from outstanding. The service was excellent, the setting is wonderful, but the meal was a huge disappointment.
Posted by LV on 08/12/2007
A Brother & Sister dinner. It was the first time I had dined at Ouest. The seating layout is unique, open and quite comfortable for what were treasured moments spent with my Brother. The food, oh my...the food. I love to cook and that's good and it's bad. I am a huge critic of restaurants trying to overdo dishes. Ouest approaches food with the skill and art of combining fresh ingredients, perfectly seasoned fresh herbs and a plate presentation that has you eager to dive in! I ordered the range roasted chicken and my Brother insisted upon having me share the polenta with him. I must admit I thought what could be so wonderful about the polenta, I've tasted polenta before. I tasted the silky smooth potatoes that came with my dinner and then proceeded to fall in love with the polenta. What is the Chef's secret? The potatoes did not go to waste. I had enough food to enjoy the next day for my lunch and not a morsel was wasted. I live on the Upper Eastside but Ouest, in an instant, became a new favorite spot and I will be coming across Central Park more often now to enjoy this jewel. What's this I hear that the owner is from Syracuse? ... I'm from Manlius!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/07/2007
I've traveled far and wide, dined in over 60 countries, and have had some of the greatest cuisine on earth. I came to New York for a three day business trip-- planned a visit to the highly acclaimed Ouest on my first night and subsequently went to Ouest the last two nights of my trip. The food was clear, fresh, simple, elegant, and amazing. I could eat at Ouest every night-- too bad I live in San Fransisco. Thank you Chef Valenti.
Posted by myfood on 05/16/2007
Went to this lovely place for the first time to celebrate an early mother's day with my daughter. The place is very cozy and inviting. We had a great time, very attentive service, I have some food related problems, they made a special dish for me. The food was so good, my daughter had the rack of lamb, it was out of this world. We really enjoyed ourselves. I would come back to this place anytime.
Posted by Jeepster on 03/25/2007
We went for brunch and ordered from the prix-fixe menu (which I believe is all they offer at brunch.) I had the tomato bisque and ham/cheese sandwhich which was a substantial amount of food. Very happy with the space, service, and the food. It's a bit pricey but I'm starting to accept that as a fact of life in NYC. The place has a happy vibe to it and I look forward to trying dinner there.
Posted by DAF on 02/19/2007
The cooking last night was really pretty spectacular. Oyster chowder was rich and inventive, Salmon main was also creatively prepared. Both dishes arrived in proper cadence and at correct termperatures. Had a banquette for only two people, romantic and spacious (more difficult to achieve on a Fri/Sat night I imagine). Relatively reasonable corkage at $20. Professional service start to finish. This is the best place on the UWS for a modern restaurant experience, IMHO.