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Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar
Posted by Anonymous on 05/29/2007
I had the lunch buffet on a beautiful Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend. We were walking around to scope out the neighborhood after a mid-morning arrival for a visit from out of town. I was hungry but wasn't overly impressed with the menu. Being a "pre-diabetic" I keep my blood sugar normal by assiduously avoiding carbs -- and this means bread, fries, and pasta. However the outside menu did list a buffet for $14.95 so I thought we'd give it a try even though I am very picky about buffets. I thought there must be some things that would be good for me. Well it was great variety and excellent quality. I filled two of their extra large plates and had to stop even though I had barely sampled only those items most appealing and low carb. Sometimes its easy not to be too much of a pig when what you've had has been so great. My life partner was jealous when he saw what I was eating. I said, well you should have check out the buffet before ordering your $15 BLT/Club Sandwich -- a very tasty, nice large one. But the buffet was such a better deal price-wise in addition to having such a great variety of out-of-the-ordinary, well-prepared food. This is part of Eli Zabar's food domain. It is carved out of the ground floor of Eli's Manhattan -- that is an ultra upscale food emporium that matches the ultra upscale tastes and means of most of those in his neighborhood. The cold food takeout buffet in the emporium was priced at $9.99/pound. Maybe not to outrageous when my local Whole Foods charges $7.99 for some lesser quality takeout. Anyhow, by this comparision, I really got my money's worth. The restaurant was only a quarter full so it was really relaxed. I'm sure it's a bit more noisey when it's full. Its on 3rd Ave just above 80th so it's only a few blocks from the 77th Street Stop on the #6 Lexinton Avenue subway. It's worth the trip and if you live in the city you can peruse Eli's Food Emporium and buy something special to take something special
Posted by Blakey on 05/18/2007
We were recently invited to a dinner at Taste by some friends who live in the neighborhood. What struck me at once was how nice the staff is. They greeted our friends as if they were members of the family, and we were kindly introduced as well. My wife enjoyed the Roasted Duck(our waiter told us it was not to be missed and held one for us because he said they woud soon run out) and I loved the Soft Shell Crab. We preceded that with Roasted Artichokes which were delicious. Another treat was being introduced to wine varietals that I had never heard of before such as the Torrantes which paired beautifully with the first course. We will definitely go back. The food and wine were great, and staff made us feel special! I'm puzzled by the preceding review. Some New Yorkers are terribly jaded!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/25/2007
We have eaten here 2x. Like so many of the reviewers on this site, we found the food overpriced and mediocre. The service was poor. We brought our own wine and they opened it for us to start. The server didnt return until we drank one entire bottle, about 25 minutes later, and asked him to take our order. Without wine, our bill was over $225 for 4. However, Taste is one of the very few places in NYC that allows BYOW and that alone makes it remarkable. Further, they dont charge a corkage. Again, remarkable. I'm sure we will be back, simply because there are so few places to bring a special or expensive bottle of wine. We will simply know to set our expectations for food and service well below what the menu prices suggest. PS Some of the positive reviews posted here seem odd to us.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/05/2006
I recently dined at Taste and was extremely disappointed by the food which was bland and un-inspiring. There were a few good wines but overall the list was overpriced and the fact that you can buy the same wines on the retail side for 3 times less the price? Go figure that one out.
Posted by A neighborhood foodie on 11/18/2005
I live a block away, and Taste in an anchor eatery in my culinary circle. I've dined there 15-20 times, and I have NEVER had a meal that even modestly disappointed me. Everyone we have taken there has been enthusiastic, and has returned on their own. The menu is varied, seasonal and always interesting - small plates matched to wines, or a full menu. The oysters are always fresh and taste of the sea. The wine program is extraordinary, with a range of prices on unusual and diverse selections. The service is friendly and efficient, and the ambience is cool and calm. As for price, I have certainly paid a lot more all over New York for food I would feed my dopey dogs! Give it a try; you'll have a really good time. I'm going there tonight, with friends we introduced to Taste last summer. It was their suggestion for tonight. Bon Appetit!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2005
The food is terrific here. Dinner is delicious and elegant. Brunch is great with classics and super sandwiches. Great for brunch with family and kids and wonderful service. One of our favorite spots in the neighborhood.
Posted by Jilliemurph on 12/10/2004
This restaurant lacked exactly what it was promoting...taste! The snapper was bland, the risotto was bland, and the arugula/tomato salad was bland. The dessert (the apple cobbler/pie?) was too buttery and the apples were mushy and once again...bland! This was an overpriced restaurant that was too loud and lacked comfortable seating. All of the tables were pushed too closely to each other. The only good thing I can say is that the sommelier was quite attentive and the wine prices were reasonable. Eli's Taste needs to improve the quality of the food and the ambience before I would go back. Otherwise...reduce the prices.