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Posted by E.N. on 02/07/2008
When this place opened 2 years ago, it had a grown-up atmosphere, a charming front of house staff that always remembered you, and food that surpassed most of the UWS mediocrity. I went several times... really liked the vibe. What a difference 2 years makes! At first, I thought it was just an off-night, but after 2 more recent visits, I realized that the downward spiral wasn't just a fluke. There seems to have been a turnover in staff (disappointingly so) and the quality of the food has deteriorated. The eponymous chef wasn't anywhere to be found the last 3 times, either. What gives? It's too expensive for this sort of carelessness. I hope they get it together soon. We needed them in the neighborhood!
Posted by bobsyour uncle on 01/26/2008
Went here last weekend and were wonderfully surprised by just how good everything was. After reading some of the reviews here, we were a little concerned, but the food and service were top notch. We chose to do the four-course tasting and the fact that you get to choose the dishes yourself, rather than have the chef choose them, was a refreshing change. Every dish was well uted and featured fresh ingredients. Our server couldn't have been more helpful and accomodating. He walked us through all the dishes and seemed very knowledgeable. We were directed to some interesting wines by the rather quirky-looking sommelier, who turned out to be charming by-the-way, and were very pleased with his suggestions. We can't wait to go back with friends!
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.