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Posted by Anonymous on 01/21/2008
Had dinner last night at Telepan. Have not been there for a few months, it was better than ever,winter additions were delish! Loved the Califlower and black pepper noodles,the scallop dish was like to DIE for, some new faces at the desk, think it is an improvement, the old guy a little up tight. We made a reservation for next week on the way out.
Posted by anon on 01/20/2008
Been here for brunch a few times. Always great food, very creative and fresh, Recently had brunch with a party of 7. Had to reserve table for noon since they said there was no availability before then, but when we arrived at the restaurant it was nearly empty. It took five minutes for the host to get off the phone so he could seat us. He gave us a weird table tucked into a back corner. Our waiter took our drinks order then disappeared for maybe 20 minutes, came by and asked us to "give him a couple minutes", then reappeared 10 minutes later. He forced us to order from right to left down the table, wouldn't let ladies order first. First course plates were served after guests in table next to us (that arrived way after us) got their main course. The servers mixed up which dish went to correct guest (for both courses). We subsequently waited 20 minutes for them to pick up plates from first course. We received no coffee refills despite our requests. By the time second course arrived, we'd been sitting there for 1.5 hours. Finally served the second course and again had to wait a considerable amount of time before the waiter came by to drop off the check. I read that the waitstaff has to surrender a high percentage of their tips to the management, which explains their lack of motivation to get good tips. Sad that the food is so wonderful and the service so poor.
Posted by esf on 12/31/2007
Had dinner at Telepan yesterday. Menu was very limited. My white wine was not sufficiently chilled. The pork dish, highly recommended by the waiter consisted of chunks of fat - more fat than vegetables - looked and tasted like leftovers. Much too expensive for the poor quality. A big disappointment.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2007
We always feel like we should have a reson to indulge in a dinner at Telepan but we end up going even when we don't. The food is delicious - the chick pea pancakes that they offer on their spring/ summer menu are superb. The ingredients used are top notch. The dishes are well executed and inventive. I don't agree with the other reviews that the staff are inattentive - we find the opposite to be true. As for the interior, we like the minimalist but warm feel of the restaurant.
Posted by neighbor on 12/08/2007
Pricey but interesting fare. Brunch is best. Dinner has this strange attitude. Waitstaff feigning pretension and acting more rude and silly than knowing about the food. As neighbors, they are not great. Town cars idling all night, trash bags, fresh meat. covering our sidewalks in the morning and customers smoking on our stoops. They are not interested in the neighborhood which is sad. Once they get over themselves they may endear themselves to their neighbors- If they even care.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/30/2007
I wish I had paid more attention to some of the other negative reviews on this site before dining here. When I read the glowing reviews I find it hard to believe we have dined at the same place. I wanted to like it, but didn't. The service was very cold, the food was ok with a few highlights but most of it was not particularly special or memorable. Upon arrival, we were less than warmly greeted by the host. Professional enough I guess but indifferent. Our table was not ready so we had a glass of wine at the bar. The bar and lounge area really had a warmer feel to me than the rest of the restaurant...the actual dining room was sort of ordinary and a little cold, like the staff. While the staff was attentive enough when it came to things like clearing plates, they gave off a vibe like they were being punished and their punishment was to serve the people dining at the restaurant. Most of the staff seemed quite unhappy and a little disgruntled to me. It felt like something had happened earlier that evening and/or there was an issue with management. They never asked how things were or if we needed anything, just brought the food and took it away. When we needed more wine we had to find someone which is not a big deal for me, but combined w/the rest of the feeling we got from them it became one. As for the food, the highlights were the very start and ending to the meal. The bread was quite good as was the dessert. Everything in between however was just ok. In fact, a number of the small courses I didn't even finish because I just wasn't interested. I would never return or recommend this place to others, sorry.
Posted by upper west sider on 11/17/2007
My friends and I went to Telepan for brunch today. The food was enjoyable and plentiful, though they took their time to bring them out. What shocked me the most was the poor service. It was a chore to get menus because the waiter gave us only one for 4 people, and when pressed, he gave us one more hesitantly. He seemed shocked when we asked for 2 more. Can he count? When we asked him to find out what was in the "seasonal vegetable soup," it took us 5 minutes to get him to agree to find out from the chef. He was quite stubborn in his refusal to find the answer to a very simple question. When asked for the salads to be on a separate plate, he gave a snicker. Then, when one friend was still in the process of making up her mind as the rest of us orderered, he gave a disdainful look, turned around, and left abruptly without a word. Why all the attitude? If taking orders and answering questions about the menu is too much for you, you should look for another job. The sad thing about this restaurant is that the manager didn't take this seriously and did not apologize but rather became defensive. For this price point, one doesn't need to be treated this way.