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Posted by local on 03/21/2008
I have been to Tartine dozens of times, so right off the bat, you can quit reading. Just go. We love the place. Is it cramped, yes. Can it be pricey? yes. Is everything on the menu great, no. Are there long lines to get in? Yes. So why do we love it? (i) BYOB - tell me one decent restaurant in NYC. There isnt one. If you are a wine lover, this is your place because you pick the wine and bring with you. (ii) great dishes - spicy chicken, herbed goat cheese salad, frech onion soup, best french fries in NYC, ALL the deserts, particulary the dacquois (hazelnut cake) (iii) huge portions - take some home (iv) decent prices - okay so a $18 entree isnt cheap, but I challenge you to find another restaurant with superb food that is cheaper. (v) phenomenal breakfast pastries, and brunch menus. (vi) nice west village feel/ location. Yes, it's crowded, but there has to be some reason people endure long lines to go there: it's great.
Posted by Leah S on 01/07/2008
This BYOB place is tiny! if you don't liked being bumped on the back of your chair every time the waiter passes- go some where else. I ordered the escargot and Spicy chicken. The escargot was nice- but then again, anything covered in garlic and butter usually is. I wouldn't pay $18 for the escargot again though. The spicy chicken was fine- a little dry, but the sauce and guacamole made up for it. Again not worth the $18 bucks. Over all the food was fine- but over priced. The place is sooo small which is really annoying. I will not be going back again and would not recommend wasting your time in a city where you can get good food thats not over priced, and still be comfortable in your seat.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2007
I went here for brunch and it is now 6PM and I am STILL talking about how amazing my omelet was. Potatoes and vegetables on the side were unreal! My fellow dinner and I were thoroughly impressed by this food. They sit you down with a cup of OJ, which I thought was cute and different. Only complaint was that the OJ was not fresh squeezed. My fellow diner thought they should have had bread on the table. It is a french restaurant. It actually came out hot, which is a rare occurrence with restaurants today. This was one of the best meals I have had in a long time. It was a quant atmosphere, very french. Tiny restaurant with very little room to move, but that is what gives this place charm. I really want to go back for dinner. Highly recommended! I want to go back!
Posted by Victor's sister on 12/21/2007
I've seen people waiting outside, so last night, when there was no wait, I decided to pay Tartine a visit. My friend and I were squeezed into a corner table in this shoebox size restaurant, while those passing through inevitably jostled me and my chair as they moved about. The wait staff got frighteningly close to me with plates full of food and leftovers. My goat cheese salad appetizer was a generous portion, although it was mostly a big plate full of lettuce, with some goat cheese, walnuts, mushrooms and tomatoes. Maybe the chef was a bit too excessive with the dressing, although it had a nice flavor. Sadly, after enduring a cramped environment, my entree was not so good. I ordered chicken served in a puff pastry and it was so rich and cream- filled and utterly devoid of flavor. Why didn't the chef use some spices? Most importantly, I would like to state the following: I ordered an appetizer of a goat cheese salad. It comprised a full sized plate which could have actually been filling enough for me as a meal. Having been chatting with my friend while browsing the menu, paying little attention to the details describing the chicken dish, I was later astonished to find the server presenting me with yet another full sized plate of salad, alongside of my entree. So when I questioned the server why she didn't inform me when I ordered both the salad appetizer and the entree (that I later discovered comes with a full plate of salad), she lashed out at me telling me to read the details of the menu and it's there. Yes, it may be there, but wouldn't it be nice if the server said something when I ordered? "Madame, just know that you will have 2 full salads tonight" Would you expect to receive an entire full sized plate of salad when ordering an entree after you just ordered a salad appetizer? the waitress did not feel it was worthy of mention to a customer who was clearly not a regular and who wouldn't have been harmed by a reminder. To make matters worse, when questioned about her unusual tactic of keeping quiet while a person "misorders", said waitress offered to take a few dollars off of the bill. Except, a few minutes later, another waitress stated that they changed their mind and the full price should be paid. They also claimed that the restaurant had no manager, and then later told me to contact the manager the following day before dining hours.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/02/2007
Very rude service! I will not go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/27/2007
The restaurant was incredibly small and was packed in, with no effort by the staff to ensure customers where comfortable within the space. We were squished in next to our neighbors, having to shift back and forth our small, wobbly table several times while our OJ & coffee spilled all over in the process. We even had neighbors who squished in two of their party of three into a banquette for 1 per table...leaving my sister with hunched shoulders due to the cramped space. For a $14-something dollar brunch, definitely a HUGE let down. We were NEVER asked for coffee refills, not even once, or were ever asked if we needed anything, if our meal was okay, etc. etc. When ordering, we asked if we could substitute the bacon for something else, even maybe toast, and were told a firm NO, with no explanation. If you're vegetarian, you lose! Our neighbors proceeded to order the croque monsieur, substituting the potatoes for salad. Upon inquiry, we were told, only substitutes for potatoes were allowed, not the bacon. Thanks for the explanation...after the fact. The food was standard, to perhaps sub-standard. The french toast was dry..the potatoes tasted like they had been sitting around since the morning - tough and dry and covered in a hollandaise-type sauce to accommodate for the fact. Our experience was topped off with discovering hair in our meal, and spilled tabasco on me by our hurried waiter. In summary, I'm not really a picky eater, but I really wish we had spent our money and time somewhere else in the neighborhood - lots of other options to choose from with tons less attitude and with clean, good food.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2007
Been here a few times and everytime I've had a great meal. They have a BYOB policy that's great, and even greater there's no corkage fee. The service is good, the waitresses are friendly. Spicy chicken and frites are great, and the Bouchee a La Reine (chicken pot pie in puff pastry) is YUMMY. I definitely will be going back!