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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.
Posted by ASL on 07/29/2008
We enjoyed Telepan and look forward to coming back. The food was excellent and the service, which stumbled initially (we waited 15-20 min for our waiter to take our drink and meal order) ended up being wonderful throughout the remainder of the meal. The atmosphere is nice, especially when they dim the lights at night. We had the 4-course tasting menu and I feel that is a great way to enjoy this restaurant. Some dishes like the brooke trout are better enjoyed as part of the tasting menu then a full appetizer portion. Dishes that we had included egg in a hole, house smoked brook trout, peekytoe crab linguini, lobster bolognese, heritage pork, and the hangar steak. Everything was very tasty, although we felt the hangar steak to be slightly chewy. Our issue was the meat not the tastiness of the dish. We also really enjoyed the desserts - the Old Chatham ricotta cake and the crunchy peanut butter chocolate gianduja. We paired a number of wines by the glass with our meal. The wines were served at proper temperatures and we enjoyed them all. Our waiter was extremely generous by letting us sample wines before ordering and giving us free dessert wines. Oh, and Bill Telepan was at the restaurant on a monday night in the summer. No absentee chef here. They also change the menu around based on what is in season. This is a serious NYC restaurant. If you are a wine lover, Telepan has a great deal on Sundays and Mondays.
Posted by Mrs. L on 07/16/2008
Went to Telepan last night after dancing at Lincoln Center and though the room and the service were lovely, the food was disappointing. Foie gras donuts were tasty, but the foie had melted out of the fritter during deep frying. Smoked trout was also good, but the huge pile of fish on the tiny cake quickly became overwhelmingly salty . Sunny-side-up egg appetizer was yummy, and the hanger steak was truly excellent. The only total disaster of the evening was the soft shell crab and crab cake entree. The softshell crab was not memorable and the crab cake was tasteless. If you go, definitely avoid the fried hockey puck. However, the service was attentive and the room was welcoming and relaxing. Not a disaster, but there are too many other wonderful restaurants in Manhattan for me to give Telepan another try.
Posted by worth it on 07/13/2008
my boyfriend brought me here for my 40th. it was supposed to eventually be for his birthday, but he found it in my bookmarks and thought it was someplace i wanted to go. it turned out, it was perfect. the restaurant appears small but it has what looked like two rooms off the main room. four or so bar stools in front. we were greeted/seated by a pleasant gentleman who made sincere small talk. we chose 4courses w/wine pairing. it was terrific. my boyfriend and i enjoyed doing our own comparisons and found both sommeliers very accommodating. i had the egg in a hole, pasta w/pork and haddock, he had the yellowtail, fois gras and hangersteak. p.s. although we had a 8pm curtain our meal was half over an hour later, we felt a bit rushed, but we like to linger. our server was steely and although it seemed as though she would warm up, she ended up slipping into her slump at other tables with lost cause. one last aside, we arrived at 4:30 for 5pm reservations, walked around the block and sat at their locked, front door for 15 minutes. we were hoping to have a drink at the bar as there was a cocktail i wanted to try, but the door remained locked and we began to perspire in our fancy threads :)
Posted by w70eater on 07/08/2008
I took my husband to dinner here for his birthday and we were blown away! Everything was really delicious - the amuse bouche, my vegatable soup, pea carbonara, his yellowtail, crab linguini, and the haddock entree that we shared. It was also a reasonably priced dinner for NY, for that quality of cooking. The service was excellent and we had plenty of space, such a rarity in this city's restaurants. We were really thrilled to have found it!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/21/2008
This was the best food I've had in the city. My only complaint is that the booth seats are not the right proportion in height to the table so I felt like a midget with my plate right under my chin- which made eating physically awkward. I'll just make sure I sit in the individual seats next time!