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Posted by ciomarus on 04/03/2007
I always judge a restaurant by the silence at our table. When my husband and I are blown away by a dish, we don't speak. Let's just say conversation flowed on Saturday night. We were presented with an amuse bouche- a mini cheese popover- a cold salmon salad- and a parsley soup. Cold food wasn't cold and hot food wasn't hot. We started with shrimp poppers- flavorless and poached egg and frisee (greasy and limp)- did we make bad choices? Followed by cauliflower and bean dish and fish stew. Ok the cauliflower would have been magnificent if it was hot. The soup was devoid of any shrimp or scallops. My main course was the steak- deliciously seared and the potatoes were crispy - Hubby had the pork- the smoke flavor killed what should have been a delicious entree. The service was rushed but polite- we didn't feel comfortable- something was off. We still can't figure out what it is. Dessert is where they made up for the rest of the uninspired meal. I could eat the banana tart every day and never get tired of it. Carmelized banana, a little ice cream and a warm tart. Damm that was good! We've spent less and we've spent more for a wonderful meal. Not worth the 175.00 price tag. We had one drink each and coffee and tea with the 4 course menu.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/08/2007
I had been looking foward to my meal at Telepan for a long time before dining here. I did enjoy my meal, but it did not blow my palate away as much as I had anticipated. The menu was divided into 3 sections (if you went with a pre-fix, you could choose one from each). I had the sheeps milk gnochi with wild mushrooms and the fois gras with baked apple. Both were very tasty but neither knocked by socks off. The service was lovely and they brought out an amuse bouche that was a very nice touch. The ambiance was very calming and had an organic vibe. I would go back, but for the price, I would try another establishment. Everything was fine, but just not as outstanding as the price would have you believe it would be.
Posted by foodaholic on 03/06/2007
GREAT NIGHT! Greeted by a smiling face. We sat within 10 minutes of our reservation. We new the menu had three sections, didn't know how it worked. The server was very helpful, explained, we did not have to order from all three and if we chose tasting the portions would be a little smaller. We were four people, all decided to do a four course tasting. Started with a little amuse from the chef, nice touch. Our starters came out fairly soon, the trout starter was a work of art, just like the picture in Time out! The mid courses were just enough - loved the lobster pasta everyone had to taste it. We had a few minutes till we got our main courses, needed a breather. Desserts were YUMMY, something for everyone. One of our group wase a wine collector, he was impressed by the wine guy and by the deep list, said it was good value! It was my wifes birthday, they really made her feel special. It is a pleasure to go to such a professional restaurant.
Posted by A local resident on 02/28/2007
This restaurant opened to rave reviews, and they still pour in. At last, a sophisticated joint on the Upper West Side, was the thought. Well. We finally went one night, and were astounded. Not by the quality, but by the in-your-face mediocrity. Sure, the chef - whose cookbook welcomes you at the entrance before the hosts have a moment to affably welcome you - has technical ability. He knows how to braise, roast, sauté. He knows what texture gnocchi should have. He even knows that warmed-up rolls taste sensational with salted butter. But does he know that a restaurant that wants to present itself as one of those who deliver amuse-bouches to their customers should also make sure these amuse-bouches really "amuse", and are really sensational? These were the most mediocre, boring, and mediocre we'd ever received on anyone's house. We had ordered one of the mid-courses, as an appetizer, or rather as a "primo", Italian-style, since this was possible. After the amuse-bouches we decided to cancel our order of "secondi" (the "entrées", as one says in the US - bafflingly, since an "entrée" in French is an opener, a starter). We'll never know whether we were right, of course. But our guess is, we were. The gnocchi I'd ordered, and the pseudo-tortellini my partner had ordered, were each adequate: technically fine. But gastronomically, sensorially, artistically - a complete disaster. And a pricey one, at that. This was form, without content. Substance with no flavour. Intellect without emotion. Science - without the art. This was all executed within a blind-spot of myopically confident self-consciousness, with a stab at sophistication altogether lacking in authenticity. It showed an attempt at learning, but a lack of true culture or passion. Everything tasted the same, as if the same base had been used for all the dishes, including those dreaded amuse-bouches. Why is this place so praised and successful? Have the true roots of true cooking really disappeared?
Posted by ted on 02/28/2007
We've been returning here repeatedly in the past year; at least six times. The food is always wonderful, fresh and satisfying in that "comfort food" way. Although it is far too inventive to fit into that category alone. We're always greeted warmly, as is everyone we see coming into the restaurant, and seated promptly. It's refreshing to be treated as if they really want you to be there. So many of the reastaurants today fail in this area. Just a short walk from Lincoln Center, but far away from the routine fare close by.
Posted by Felee on 02/24/2007
The staff is very friendly the atmosphere is relaxing, the menu is creative without being over the top. The tasting menu is fairly priced, the portions tend to be on the small side, the lobster bolognese was awesome, the sirloin with oxtail glaze was great too, the desserts were above average, I wouldn't recommend the duck. Can't wait to go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2007
I walked in last night because I live in the area and the snow made it a good valentines choice. I had heard great things but I had also heard of the price so I had been waiting for the right night. Let's just say that we were seated before I relized it was a prefix night and it was steep. However, by the time we were done I did not care - everything was great. It was a real treat and I'll be back.