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Posted by Anonymous on 02/27/2012
Was very disappointed with the extreme rudeness, prompting us to leave before ordering. We were comfortably seated outside on a warm day, and told to move for what appeared to be friends of the waiter. The table we were moved to had dripping water on it from the roof and was completely unacceptable. We complained to the manger on duty, who told us we could wait for another table. After complaining about the rude way in which the waiter essentially forced us to move, the manager said if we didn't like it, we could leave. We've never had such a poor experience, and would not recommend going to Tartine unless you want to be moved and berated by the rude staff!
Posted by Ana D. on 06/26/2011
Hi, I have been a regular at Tartine for over 2 years (for dinner) and there are def pros and cons to Tartine. If you go informed and have similar taste as mine, I think you can be happy and leave satisfied without breaking the bank. Things to take note of: -bring cash (its a cash only place) -bring a wine bottle (or two) as this place is BYOB with no corkage fee! (a hard find in NYC) -there will be lines in the evening when there is nice weather, esp on Fridays. I recommend going during the week or try arriving there as early as you can for the dinner menu to minimize waiting. This is more important if you want outside seating (I don't, but if you get hot really easily know that there is no AC inside just ceiling fans.) -this is a tiny venue so seating resembles the closeness felt in Parisian cafes, lol. When busy, which is most times, getting in and out of tables inside is tight but when you're sitting having your wine and good table talk you forget about how close the people next to you are. -perhaps they are too stressed with all the customers to take the time but don't expect waiters to make small talk nor be cheerful and outgoing. I admit, I believe a lot of their plates are overpriced, these are the plates I recommend (for price and taste): -the escargot (nice and garlicky) -french onion soup -grilled saucisson (more satisfying than it looks) -curry mussels (light coconut taste) ~Escabeche (when I am feeling a little less frugal because its tasty but small) I usually have one of the top three and then share the mussels with my bf, and with a shared bottle of wine I am satisfied. From the times that the person I was with ordered the steak, they didn't seem happy enough for the price so I def wouldn't recommend getting that. Dessert: I've gotten the fruit tart and a couple other stuff- It's good, nothing extraordinary so I usually don't think its worth getting dessert here (I love pastries etc in genereal and I think you can get something fresher and more delicious elsewhere). From everything I said, you can see- I don't go here when I want to be pretty and pampered and be on romantic date or anything but when I want to get some garlicky escargots and be out having wine w/o spending a lot of money. I know I wrote a lot but I wanted to be truthful. Hope this helps :)
Posted by anonymous on 01/04/2011
I am a regular and have brought many friends here over the years. The last time I ate here may be the last time. We, three adults, got there a 6pm and there were a few table available. We were seated at a tiny, uncomfortable, table for two. Shortly thereafter, before our food was served, two adults with a small child arrived and were given a comfortable table for four. When I asked our waitress about that she shruged and could not have been ruder. I understand the need in a small restaurant to be careful about assigning table but this was truly unreasonable. We could easily have moved to the larger table and had the family take our table. It was the outright rudeness that got me. I think even a popular restaurant should take care of its regulars.
Posted by Dan on 10/26/2010
What the negative reviewers seem to forget is that there are only a handful of restaurants in this great food town who are BYOB without a corkage fee. And in terms of reasonably priced good food that pairs well with wine, Tartine is easily the best bet.
Posted by Dan H. on 07/05/2010
The one great thing I have to say about Tartine is that it was open on July 5th, unlike most other restaurants in the West Village. I've had several bad experiences both about food and service, but was willing to give Tartine another try. Unfortunately, it seems like nothing has changed in this restaurant. The food is still mediocre at best, the services is plain poor. It was 97 degrees Fahrenheit and after our meal, the waiter left us sitting in the sun for 30 minutes without either getting us more water or the check. When trying to pay inside, he complained about not getting tipped more than 20%: rude! For fans of French food: Avoid this tourist trap and walk two streets down to Cafe Cluny. You'll get exquisite food, a great atmosphere and good service for the same price.
Posted by Cocorico on 06/21/2010
Very crowded, outside sitting is very uncomfortable, sitting near smelly trash... Food was of very poor quality. We had the beef mignonette which had was drowned in pepper sauce. The fries were FROZEN!!! I was shocked that they would serve these poor quality fries.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2010
We ate here with some hesitation, due to some of the negative reviews, but were very pleasantly surprised. The prix-fixe menu is a bargain, they have some of the best French onion soup I've ever had, the quiche and salad were very good, the chicken nicoise was outstanding, and the dessert - dacquoise - was one of the best things I've had in my life. The staff were polite and efficient without rushing the customers. The only creepy thing, which I've read in other reviews here, is how they sneak the 20 percent tip into the bill. It's illegal for restaurants to do this unless they notify you ahead of time in writing, and not only does this restaurant still do it, but they don't even itemize the tip on the check. They just add it to the bottom line, so unaware people probably won't know what's happening. So, a very good restaurant, with one very unfortunate habit.