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Nectar

2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY, 10027
nr. W. 121st St.
212-961-9622

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what a wonderful neighborhood spot

By corinneflax on 10/15/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love this spot. I've always sat at the bar, and the service has always been wonderful: polite, slightly flirtly, very comfortable. The wines are excellent, happy hour is a steel, the cheese and meat selection is tasty and well thought out, presentation is lovely, and the panini tasty. So glad I live nearby this gem.

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30 out of 62 people found this review helpful.

it could be soooooo good

By mistermcgoo on 9/11/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

the selection of cheeses and charcuterie are excellent, we really enjoyed them. The wine was also excellent and well paired with our snack food, if that was all I would be giving this place a 9/10 but sadly there is more. The service is DEPLORABLE! I can't stress just how crappy it is, this is service 101...simple things like a glass of water when you arrive, or checking on your tables! We sat for almost an hour and our server never once came to ask us if we needed anything...we did, half our appetizers never arrived, we never even got a glass of water throughout the whole ordeal and could get no balsamic for the olive oil despite flagging down a busboy and asking for it. To cap it off, the bartender at this place is this extremely LOUD and annoying woman who has zero appreciation for ambiance. This is a cool space, they serve great food and wine that are well matched but when you are stuck listening to the bartender squawk at an 11 when everyone else is at a 4 and trying to enjoy their experience its pretty brutal. This place could be really good, the ingredients are top notch and well thought out, the execution is pathetic

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28 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

Great place for wine and tapas

By lindseyd on 7/24/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

We've been to Nectar three times now, and can't wait to go back. The atmosphere is open and welcoming, and the service has been good each time. Try the dates stuffed with bleu cheese and wrapped in speck...they are to die for! Nice cheeses, wines and bread; also, make sure to go during Happy Hour for great deals. A great addition to the neighborhood.

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45 out of 93 people found this review helpful.

Crude and Abrupt Service

By Fhoebe on 2/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

After thorough consideration of how we could have offended, it became clear that the unprovoked rudeness of both bartenders at Nectar was a hallmark of nearly all staff that night. Apart from the chef who came from the kitchen to offer us water after an hour untended, our first bartender brought out a NZ pinot noir when asked for wines from the Loire Valley. When we requested a substitute he said "That's not what you said. Now you want me to change them?" as if it were to be some monumental task. This followed by a similarly sloppy female staffer who refused to serve us a 2nd happy hour drink after ordering a first on a 2-for-1 special. We were told that because the tactless bartender "didn't care" she would give us our drink but we shouldn't expect this treatment on our next visit. Hopefully others won't be subjected to these incompetencies and we surely won't be returning. With such an inviting interior and the promise of a new neighborhood hangout, I'm genuinely disappointed to find that Nectar's poorly managed front of the house has proven to be such trash.

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