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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 04/15/2009
Friends were in from out of town last week, one of whom is very picky. I knew I could depend on Telepan, having been there many times before. The food was, as always, wonderful. They have brought out their Spring menu, and the mid-course pea concoction, which included fresh peas, a crispy pea pancake and a pea tortelloni, was spectacular. My Heritage Pork main course was a wonderful surprise, with a vinegary sausage and bean salad that perfectly offset the richness of the pork. But it was the service that won the day. The afore-mentioned picky friend is allergic to onions, and she made that very clear to the waiter. He listened! He listened to the point of arranging for an individual amuse bouche especially for her. She was delighted, and so was I. By the way, we went for the 6:00 "pre-theater" special, which is the most extraordinary bargain in NYC, I think: three courses for $39! Unbeatable.
Posted by Chuck Diesel on 02/23/2009
When you splurge, avoid all UWS restaurants in favor of Telepan. It's high quality with high prices but probably worth it. Go here for fancy theatre night over all other choices. . .it beats all of its comps north of 69th street . ..
Posted by peggysmom on 01/24/2009
went to telepan for restaurant week & was very pleased with the entire experience. the entree-chicken with liver dumplings was the best chicken dish i have ever eaten.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/04/2008
Wish I came here more often, but I keep feeling we should try other places. Today I wondered why.
Posted by epoh4 on 09/22/2008
Second time we've dined at Telepan for dinner - and second time we have had an immensely enjoyable meal. Both times we had the 4 course tasting menu with wine pairings - and as much as we love the beautiful, flavorful, meticulously prepared food, we could not enjoy the dishes as well without the quietly impassioned, quirky, and unique wine pairings offered by the gentle and well spoken sommelier. Service in general is faultless if somewhat humorless, but the sommelier's quiet smile and brief but enthusiasticly detailed notes on each paired glass of wine added brilliant sparkle to the service. Absolutely wonderous food and a flair with wine to match! For the tasting - the signature appetizer of house smoked trout is just the perfect portion, and hard to pass on except that it would be wonderful to try the other offerings (and the exciting wine pairing to it.) Fois gras mid-course became uber fabulous with the late harvest wine paired with that - and I cannot describe the joyful complement a white Cote-de-Rhone had with the monkfish entree. A really sublime meal.
Posted by PrinceJoost on 08/07/2008
Probably the reason I liked this place more than I should have was that my wife and I had a lot of fun while we were there. This has very little to do with the actual restaurant. The contemporary décor (which is laid out in a generously and quite chicly in a brownstone) pales when contrasted with the sheer age of the clientele being under 30 qualifies you for the kid’s menu. We ate at 8:30 on a Saturday, late enough to bypass any theater goers, however we were still by far the youngest people in the place, which in all honesty was a little bit awkward. As to the service, our waiter who I mentally nicknamed Chip seemed annoyed with us being there. My wife and I were enjoying a night out and to describe his glare, it was as if he didn’t believe that we had the money to eat there, or more to the point that we wouldn’t be able to tip as generously as some of the more geriatric patrons who were trying to shuck their earthly assets. That being said he played along with decent, albeit begrudging, service sort of a notch or two above the bare bones minimum that a server can do without alienating a table completely. As for the food itself, it was sublime. My wife had the smoked corn and polenta ravioli, which was a delicious dish and enough, portion wise, to make my wife content. I had the hangar steak which, although a bit rarer than I would usually order, was prepared perfectly to the chef’s recommendation. It was a delicate balance of flavor that I consumed slowly to savor the subtle variations of the glaze’s flavor with the natural flavor of the meat. As for the cost, with 2 glasses of champagne, 2 martini’s and 2 entrees the cost came out at around $135 highway robbery for Boise, Idaho, but par for the course in Manhattan. All around, I would recommend this place but be aware that unless you are comfortably into your retirement years, you might feel a bit out of place
Posted by Anonymous on 08/04/2008
We had an 8 pm curtain at Lincoln Center. We were about 20 minutes early for our 6 pm reservation. They seated us right away and took drink orders. They were a bit slow to bring bread and take our food orders but then the pace picked up appropriately. We did the 4-course tasting menu, one with wine and one without. The wine pours were generous enough that we shared the wine. In fact, the sommelier refilled my husband's glass for the appetizer wine. I've never seen that before. There was a threesome for the amuse bouche a cheddar gougere, a chickpea and tuna tartare and a small cup of fresh green pea soup. We then had the wild greens frittata and panzanella for appetizers. Both were great. The "midcourses" we choose were the parmegiana tortellini and the eggplant three ways. It was, perhaps, the best eggplant ever. We each had the trout, which was excellent. The corn that accompanied it was what corn usually aspires to but never achieves. The desserts were also fine. Although we skipped coffee, we did have plenty of time to make the theatre, yet never felt rushed at all. For people who love seasonal vegetables, we were thrilled.