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Posted by NYNYer on 11/12/2008
I was disappointed with the quality of the food. I hadn't been here in several years, today I had lunch here for the first time in a long time and the food just didn't live up to my memories! The view and neighborhood are charming, but the food was forgettable, and average at best. The magic was gone. I expected my chicken sandwich's bread to be crisp and fresh, but it was soggy and flavorless, and the sandwich itself was disappointing. I could have made better at home! Something is definitely missing, I think the TLC and imagination are gone! My water glass looked old, worn and had scratch marks. The pastries looked good, but we didn't try them after the sub par lunch. The decor here could also use a facelift. Aside from the location and view, it was a very drab lunch. I don't think I'll go back. Sad to see it decline.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2008
I've been wanting to try this BOYB place for months now and finally had the opportunity while my parents were in town. While the service was ok and the atmosphere "quaint" though lacking, ALL of the four meals we experienced were bland and sub average. The fries were no different than McDonalds! The steak sauce had absolutely no flavor and the cut was nothing special. This neighborhood "gem" that has received rave reviews by repeat customers needs a new chef and an extreme makeover. If you're looking for a fantastic BYOB place, try THE NOOK in Hell's kitchen on a Thursday through Saturday - you won't be disappointed.
Posted by Paul on 07/15/2008
Sorry to see the quality of the food go down so much. I've gone to Tartine since 1992 and have always loved the place. In fact, and this is true, once while in the hospital at St. Vincents, the first day I could get out of bed, I walked to Tartine for lunch. Now though, the food is really bad from the pasteurized Tropicana orange juice to the really soggy (not moist but soggy) apple pancake. My wife's scrambled eggs were on the other end, dry and brown. I write because this is the second Sunday in two months that we've been dissapointed with the brunch. The coffee is still great, the pastries beautiful to look at in the case, and the view is wonderful. The service is what it is. Don't go for the food.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/21/2008
My review is for their dinner service and menu. A group of four of us recently went in there and were seated almost immediately in doors. the service was perfunctory and fine overall. The manager recommended a tuna dish, which I got, requesting that it be cooked rare. It arrived medium, dry and flavorless. The chicken dish was also not impressive, while the mussels and beef were slightly better. Their BYO policy is fantastic, which I suspect is the reason it remains popular. The last time I tried their brunch, it was delicious, but I've since stopped going because the wait can be ridiculous. Despite the BYO, I probably won't return. I'd rather pay the booze mark up and get a better-than-average meal.
Posted by Dean Diefendorf on 05/17/2008
Best brunch in NYC! Get there early as the place is the size of a postage stamp. This is one of the very few places I don't mind waiting in line for. I cannot recommend a dish as all are equally as good. Service can be spotty given the size of the place and how busy they are.
Posted by figure8 on 04/10/2008
i've been going to Tartine for over 10 years and can't say enough good things about the place. it's also the best place to get a warm croissant in the morning...a real croissant...even if you're not going in to sit down, just stop by & get one to go...you will be instantly transported to Paris. amazing.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/24/2008
Oh yes it's cramped and the service can be rude (Welcome to Manhattan folks, get over it) but personally I think it's a fine little gem to have a great meal. The first time I went I tried their escargot , goat cheese salad and was very happy. They don't charge a corking fee which is nice and the portions are a very good size. Whenever I go there for dinner I prepare myself not only for a wait but a longer wait because I won't sit inside because it's so tiny. And when you sit outside you don't have to worry about people bumping into you. I've been to quite a few French restaurants in the village and this is one of my favorites. Not to mention that you can't beat the BYO because you can bring a really nice bottle of wine and not worry about a huge 75% or so markup and your bill being ridiculous.