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Posted by CusineCrazy on 06/17/2007
I took my time to try Telepan and nade my first visit yesterday with a friend, pre-concert. The amuse bouche was awesome, and really raised my expectations for a great, memorable meal. We ordered the crab poppers to start and ordered a special appetizer, zucchini blossoms stuffed with ricotta cheese. Four miniature crabs were presnted and a fairly large plate of zucchini. Little did I know that the breading on both choices would be the same. Heavy breading on the fried items. The waiter might have told us had he been more professional. Little did I know that the dish was not just the blossoms as served in the South of France, Italy and various restaurants in America, They served the whole baby zucchini with the blossom attached, in the fried, heavy coating. And the zucchini was more than al dente, They were just plain hard. I ordered a sirloin and short rib dish as my entree. While it was acceptable for the sliced sirloin to be room temperature, which it was, rare as ordered and pretty luscious, the small filet, of short rib, the potato and the vegetable mousse were all cold. I flagged the maitre d' (I think his title was something like "Client Services Host") and sent the dish back, while my friend continued to eat his meal. I received the dish back with the statement "You know, the meat is cold because you ordered it rare" never acknowledging that the rest of the dish was cold and not extending an apology. Once food is reheated, it is never what it could have been. It was just disappointing.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/11/2007
First time rating a restaurant, but I had to. I have now been to Telepan twice, bringing different people with me after Lincoln Center. I have not been disappointed at all. We like to have the price fixe with wine. Not cheap, but worth it. Our choices of wine and food for each course is met with - "this is delicious - want a taste?" We are happy and full at the end of the meal. I will definitely come again and again. I won't even get into the different types of selections there are - too many, and everyone has his own distinct taste. Let's just say, that we think everything is great. The waiters are so friendly and end up laughing with us at the end of the meal. A keeper.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/30/2007
In our ongoing quest to find a decent place to eat around Lincoln Center, my husband and I went here for dinner after a recent performance. The decor is, to say the least, minimal. The food was okay, but nothing memorable enough to make us go back. Did I say ongoing? Well, we will be going on to another place for yet another try. Besides Picholine there must be something!!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/27/2007
This is one of my favorite New York restaurants. I usually eat here once a month - sometimes at the bar - one or two courses with a glass of wine recommended by the knowledgeable bartender. I recently brough my parents here and we did the tasting menu with wine pairings. Just fantastic. I always order the brook trout - no matter what the preparation, it is always sublime. The menu changes regularly but they always keep the trout and the lobster bolognese and other good dishes on it. Two recent additions, a short rib & beet green pierogi was fantastic, and a dessert - oloroso sherry custard tart (to be enjoyed with a glass of sherry) - try it - even if you're skeptical.
Posted by missegee on 04/16/2007
I went here with my boyfriend for our anniversary and had a great meal. Many other restaurants of Telepan's caliber charge at least $20 more per person. I thought the menu was creative and delicious and would highly recommend it.
Posted by New York foodie on 4/14/07 on 04/14/2007
First of all, I must say this was the restaurant upper westside has been waiting for! Chef Bill Telepan has been my favorite since Judson Grill and he outdid himself again, now at his own 'Telepan'. I loved the warm and beautiful brownstone setting atmosphere with very professional and knowledgable staff along with an exceptionally composed wine list of all price ranges including some hard to find, unique vintage bottles. My date who is an vintage wine afficionado was particularly impressed with the wine list. But most of all, I absolutely fell in love with Bill's specialties house smoked brook trout, lobster bolognese and roasted organic chicken. The desserts were just as heavenly... crunchy peanut butter & milk chocolate gianduja and spiced apple sauce cake just melted in my mouth! My friend had 5 course tasting menu at $69.00 was an exceptional value. What a fabulous dining experience!!
Posted by Dee on 04/06/2007
Major disappointment, recommended by a foodie friend. First horror was the smell of the foyer as I entered the restaurant. I arrived early, before my friends, directed to wait at bar. The bartender never acknowledged me, as my husband and friends began to arrive we congregated at the bar. none of us were asked if we'd like a drink. We sit down, order, service was just ok, but the food was not good. My shrimp were overcooked and tough, tasteless. Lobster pasta was barely ok, Lobster was cooked well, the pasta was mush..so much for al dente. My duck was as dry as the Mojave, sliced before letting it rest, tasted like liver. The dessert inedible.