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2 Harrison St., New York, NY, 10013
nr. Hudson St.
By Exuparem on 1/28/2003
Chanterelle is a mystery to me. The food is wonderful - beautifully executed French cuisine with the inclusion of some light elements to create a delicate balance. The wine list offers enough of a choice to satisfy almost any oenophile or wine enthusiast. (Unfortunately, the cheeses they offered were all pretty old and over-ripe). But who is responsible for the decor? By all means, I appreciate understated elegance, but since when was funeral home chic encouraged? A minor set back for a great classic.
Great Occasion place
By CMatth on 1/30/2003
Although the food was awesome a few things could have been done better....My foie gras terrine was covered with a pepper trim WHY? Chicken Pot Pie not worth the $10 in fact skip the dish and go for the tasty Stripe Bass Dish
Walked out on a Cloud
By perry on 2/20/2003
I had the price fix lunch, which is a three course meal. We were given a duck terrine cracker to start-excellent. The app was great a mushroom casserole, entree was a sea bass-like fish which was too oily (not my favorite thing) and dessert was incredible. Dessert was banana bread pudding w/ 2 carmelized banana slices, sugared pecans and a scoop of very rich chocolate ice cream. This is a place you go to on the Corp. card or for a very special occassion. Con - The decor is very contemporary even plain, a bit stuffy.
By bambola on 3/7/2003
Chanterelle is one of those restaurants where each morsel of food is imagined, prepared and presented with so much thought and tenderness that you can't help to go ''hmmm'' at every bite. From the stunning flower arrangements, the decor centerpeices that welcome you when you walk in, to the dreamy chocolate deserts that bid you sweet farewell, Chanterelle is a timeless classic that never ceases to enchant me.
By kabasan on 3/20/2003
First time I went was for valentine's day diner & the service was quite impressive but the food was not. It was very disappointing considering the hype. Recently I went there again during the $19.99 lunch specials & again I was not impressed with what we ate. Space is grand with high ceilings & magnificient flower arrangements. Seating is spread very far apart so you can actually hear your group's conversation but if you go when it is half empty, you feel like whispering.
Where '80s Faux-French Reigns
By colpo on 4/24/2003
I was treated to dinner here, so my review would be even more lukewarm if I had paid for this myself. Grievously overpriced. Dated decor, with some obvious stains on the soft furniture in the entryway. Annoyingly quiet, such that you'll cringe if your fork taps the side of your plate. The servers seem to subscribe to some odd cult of personality, whispering the menu options with bizarre reverence and holding their hands just so. For the price, food is conspicuously ordinary. 'Twee preparations abound. At least one dish looked as though oxidation had set in. Some of our food was good, but not memorably so. Where's the money all going if it's not reflected in the dishes? Much of the experience felt stuck in time, and left me longing for a more American version of a good, expensive meal.
Don't splurge on bad food and worse service
By centralpark on 6/22/2003
My last and final experience was unhappy. The food was all too mediocre and some of it down right bad. No one asked how anything was and it was impossible to flag anyone down for water let alone to voice our dining displeasure. We let the manager know of the bad experience and nothing was done. No customer service - AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE THE PLAGUE.
Not To Be Missed;Expensive And Worth It!!!!
By adsong on 6/23/2003
I remember the early days of Chanterelle,when it first opened in 1979 in a small strorefront on Grand street.The food was exquisite.We were greted by Karen(Waltuck). Little did we know that her husband David was working his magic in the kitchen.Ten years later,the restaurant moved to larger,more spacious quarters in The Mercantile Exchange Building in Tribeca.To this day,it is one of our favorite restaurants.Elegant,unpretentious,and delicious!Their wine cellar boasts over 5000 bottles of the best wines this side of France.Here's an example of their menu!Appetizers include their famous Grilled Seafood Sausage(A Must Try) Sautéed Foie Gras with Figs & Balsamic Vinegar,Jellied Beef Shin & Vegetables with Goat Cheese Cream And More... Their entree's include: Grilled White Tuna with Chanterelles, Poached Halibut with Dill and Cumin, Softshell Crabs Young Ginger & Chinese Chives,Black Sea Bass Saute with Red Wine,Shallot Compote, Lemon Thyme Jus,Sweetbreads with Caramelized Leeks & Orange.. And more! Save room for Desserts: Apricot and Almond Tart with Cream, Nectarine Consomme with Cardamon-Pistachio Nougat Glace, Bittersweet Chocolate Hazelnut Bombe with Gianduja Spring Roll, Warm Black Pepper Vanilla Cherry Timbale with Chocolate Sorbet Approximate cost without Drinks.,Gratuity:$84.00
Signs of fatigue
By huntleysf on 9/22/2003
After being enchanted with this restaurant for years, my most recent visit found the food a little tired and the prices very high. Still has the best cheese cart in the city, wonderful service, friendly knowledgable staff, peaceful decor with wonderful flower arrangements, but.... If only the main courses could keep up with the astonishigly original appetizers. Any Japanese-influenced dish is close to the che'fs heart. The assorted sush--yes, sushi--with sake tasting was a wonderful surprise on two visits. Meat and fish entrees, however, have lost their sparkle. Please improve, I used to lve you!
Food and Service Fit for Royalty
By battousai on 2/15/2005
Came in with high expectations but it certainly lived up to its vaunted billing! Sumptuous cuisine and preternatural service makes it a dining experience non pareil. The regulars may be old and stuffy, but Mix in the generous table spacing, glorious flower arrangements, and classic French interior, this is one of NYC's top romantic destinations.
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