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Posted by anonymous on 11/11/2009
Two of us went to Tipsy Parson last night for an anniversary dinner. We're big fans of Little Giant, and we were excited to support the owners' next outing. This place has all the indicators of success: great design, an interesting menu, a good price point, and our food was great - at least, what we had of it. We ordered two pre-appetizers, two appetizers, and two entrees, and after staring at an empty table for 20 minutes a runner appeared with our apps - one of which was prepared wrong. We were sad to have had an entire course forgotten, but service recovered beautifully: our server was very apologetic about the forgotten course, fixed the salad quickly, and sent us free fried pickles and a free dessert (the SPECTACULAR Grasshopper, which might be my new favorite thing in the world) to make up for the error. It was unclear whether this was the dining room or the kitchen's fault, but once Tipsy Parson finds their sea legs, it'll be a truly terrific restaurant. The concord grape mint julep is going to be legendary, trust me.
Posted by t-10 on 11/11/2009
This was a really terrible dining experience. The food ranged from mediocre to bad. The service was inattentive. Everything that could go wrong with a restaurant meal did-- food not arriving, long wait even when we had a reservation, long wait for food, ill timed food. greasy fried food, undercooked food. rude service. Just a bad time all around. And the restaurant is so uncomfortable to boot.
Posted by anonymous on 11/09/2009
Tipsy Parson is a pretty delicious addition to the NY dining scene. The room is spectacular- you can see all the hard work that went into the design, and the menu is full of food you want to eat. We went in the other night for my girlfriend's birthday and for a new restaurant I was really happy. Was it perfect? No. Did we have a great experience? Yes. Our server was a little uninformed- he pronounced "Day Boat" wrong which made me think he didn't really know why day boat scallops are called day boat scallops because when I asked some questions about the regular menu his answers were sharp (the scallops were a special). The cocktails are first rate, we enjoyed them both at the bar and at our table (the wine list was okay, not super exciting). They had Turkey Tails on the menu which were fun, and strange, and delicious. The scallops themselves were delicious but the dish was a tiny bit of a snooze. The lamb ribs were fantastic- rich, dark and tender with some bright horseradish to cut through. We also loved the mackerel dish- all the lemon and celery leaf. The cheeses were delicious and homemade condiments were fantastic. Our server said all the bread is made in house- and it rocked! We were totally stuffed but we squeezed in a Grasshopper and Tipsy Parson. Loved the Grasshopper, the Tipsy Parson is another snooze that needs a little crunch or something involving a texture besides soft. We'll be back and we look forward to them getting even better and more solid.
Posted by bion on 11/08/2009
My wife and I live in the neighborhood and ate at Tipsy Parson for the first time last night. We sat at the bar, and we were blown away by the amazing food and great service. We had the steak (medium rare), the mac & cheese (with bacon), the kale & spinach salad, the parsnip soup, and the namesake 'tipsy parson' desert. Every dish was delicious, and perfectly presented. This is a restaurant that we are excited about, and the prices are affordable enough to make it a regular neighborhood place to grab a meal. Can't wait for breakfast and lunch service to start!
Posted by Goph on 11/06/2009
We had dinner at Tipsy Parson last night, and will definitely return. We did not experience the problems of the first reviewer--despite the fact that the place was packed (every table and the bar at full capacity), we found the service attentive, responsive and our dishes arrived on time and as ordered. Food quality and presentation were both excellent, and we loved our dishes--highly recommend the duck and the fish. Our only nits (which, frankly, are to be expected in the first weeks of a new restaurant's launch) are: (1) some of the service staff need a bit more polish and (2) the kitchen ran out of their marquee dessert, an apple pie for two, which must be pre-ordered with your mains since it is baked-to-order. But again, these are minor issues, since (a) the staff will gel with one another after the first couple weeks of business and (b) the kitchen has no historical data on which to determine how many pies--or any other dish, for that matter--are needed for a given night. (As it was, the chef/owner came to our table and profusely apologized for running out of pie, and comped us a couple other desserts for the inconvenience--which were delicious.) The decor is lovely, and the restaurant has thoughtfully provided seating areas by the bar/front door for walk-ins and waiting, sacrificing a few extra tables, rather than put diners in a highly trafficked location. Due to the intimacy of the space, the back room (which is beautiful with windows facing a rear garden) is a bit too noisy when full. Overall, we were very impressed with our dinner, and will definitely return soon.
Posted by Michael on 11/05/2009
Went for dinner. The food, even though attractively displayed on the menu came out as really basic with no real inspiration. As far as the service, it was a real chaos. Either they should have professionals running the place, or maybe waited couple of weeks until the staff be up to the standards. For the money I've paid, for sure they wont not see me back again soon!
Posted by nms on 10/31/2009
This restaurant, on an improving stretch of ninth avenue, opened too soon. We went for brunch today, 10/31, and it was an unfortunate experience. The place is both charming and sophisticated looking, and the owner clearly put considerable money into the space, but the food and service were a wreck. They claim to open at 10am, but there was a long line outside the still-closed door when we showed up at about 10:30. The staff is wholly disorganized. A ton of people, but still nothing gets done right. All the staff were scurrying around, flustered and unable to execute on anything. Water and coffee service took forever. Food service took so long that people were simply giving up and leaving. Try to get some butter for pancakes, and it will take 20 minutes. Sequencing of anything was off. The waitress was at times indifferent or clueless and at other times mildly snarky. Given the chaos of the place, she should have been apologetic. Despite about 10 obvious missteps/errors in service, we were not offered a single apology. The manager was running around the whole time, although accomplishing nothing, and never bothered to check on anything. The food was mediocre. My granola was mostly pumpkin seeds. I had asked for berries but had to ask again when the granola came sans berries. The pulled pork sandwich was dry and tasteless. Oddly, they take only cash for brunch (which is not cheap) although they have credit card machines for dinner. We were originally planning to come back for dinner with friends, but we don't plan to now. Maybe in a couple months, when they have figured things out, we will try again. But I'm afraid it is such a service/execution disaster, coupled with sub-par food, that it won't last even a few months.