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Posted by br on 02/15/2006
Telepan in a word? Nuance. I admit I was skeptical, but one try and I?ve been thinking about it for a week now. Sadly, I can't afford to eat here regularly, but it?s left its mark, and I can?t wait to go back. Counter to my expectations, the food is not overly fussy, but delicately conceived and executed--a real treat after suffering through so much heavy-handed menu mediocrity elsewhere. The wine list is great (there are some really good affordable choices), and the sommelier is an artist. Truly, he?s gifted with words, and excellent in pairing diverse dinners with just the perfect bottle that draws out the character of the wine. After a delicious amuse bouche from the chef, I had the yellowtail appetizer (if you even remotely like yellowtail, this incarnation may render you unable to speak) and scallops on the entree side of the menu...absolutely elegant. And the space is beautiful. I can't think of a more perfect place to take a date, or have mom and dad take you to dinner!
Posted by TelepanFan on 01/30/2006
The restaurant is pretty. The atmosphere is casual. The staff is friendly. The wine is great. And most of all, the food is the best I've had in a couple of years. Get in before the explosion starts. The review in the Daily News and the New Yorker and I'm sure the NY Times is coming out very soon.
Posted by John on 01/25/2006
Telepan is a wonderful restaurant. The good is exquisite and the wine list is great. The waitress recommended the perfect wine with these great tasting blinis. There is a wine waiter in a cellar room where I could see from my table. Was fun watching him decant the wines. The breads are really good too. Similar to ones I had when I used to eat at Judson Grill, the chef's former restaurant. I will be back again!
Posted by foodfan on 01/20/2006
The place blew me away. I'm still thinking of an appetizer salad of sauteed hen of the wood mushrooms and a poached egg over frisee. The room is lovely: very buzz-y but not overly loud. Don't quite get the intermediate course, however: if you order it you get too much to eat yet it's not big enough to be a main course. It's best to think of it as an alternative to the appetizer choices I guess.
Posted by occasional diner outer... on 01/17/2006
My husband and I don't get out to restaurants very often but we treated ourselves to a special night out last week at Telepan and had a fabulous meal there. The food was delicious, especially the monkfish paprikas and the Nantucket bay scallops. And the decor was pretty and warm and cleverly arranged. Can't wait until the chef starts serving lunch next month as this will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood for business lunches.
Posted by foodie on 01/11/2006
I frequented Judson Grill where Telepan was the exec. chef for years and enjoyed each visit tremendously, but I must say that our experience at his solo venture was a bit disappointing. Many of the dishes are the same as at Judson, but not as expertly prepared. My short ribs were cold and so were the meat components of a few other dishes. Altogether, the excellent composition that I had come to expect from Telepan was missing. Even though we ordered the tasting menu, some of the courses felt like a bit of an after thought; not a representation of the chef's best work. The place was humming and I just don't feel that Telepan is keeping an eye on everything coming out of the kitchen (I just hope that is the case rather than his standards slipping). I think Telepan is trying to do too much with all the menu items while trying to work out the kinks of a new restaurant, and the prices are not on par with the quality just yet. The space is adequate, but needs some thought in terms of decor and lighting. I will come back and give it another chance in a few weeks, but not with a tasting menu. Also, there is this strange character that greeted us as we entered and kept walking around the dining room and eyeing table. He didn't seem to have any function except to get in the way of the servers--very strange. (We nicknamed him "Lurch") . All in all, the food is good so go when it's not so busy and forgo the tasting menu until things settle.
Posted by elaine on 01/03/2006
Just ate there tonight. What a welcome addition to the UWS. Tuna appetizer and the best duck breast I have ever had. Homemade ice cream for dessert. All that and the chef is handsome too. A great night out in a beautiful space.