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239 E. 5th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Second Ave.
Great Food in a Small Place
By kallenyc on 6/17/2009
We made the mistake of not ordering enough food to start out. After adding dishes to our initial order, our bill came to $140. This included 8 dishes and 3 glasses of wine ($11/each). I wasn't hungry when we left but also wasn't quite full. I'm typically a small eater (i.e. 1-2 slice pizza person) but was starving when we arrived. We would have been better off ordering the 5-course tasting menu for time and $ sake. We got there early (6:15pm) so our first dishes came in pairs spaced well. However, as more people arrived and we added to our order, the wait increased causing us to be a bit pressed for time approaching an 8pm show. We got the poached egg which was phenomenal, an octopus salad special (not on the menu) which was delicious, the tortilla which someone previously said came as 4 pkgs--now comes as 2 pkgs (rectangular wonton wrapped scrumptiousness lightly fried) and the quail. We also had the lamb, croquetas, carbinero (shrimp) and one other thing which I can't remember which isn't on the current menu listed online.
By delikado on 7/7/2009
My meal at Degustation has become one of my most memorable dining experiences in the city! My boyfriend and I chose to go with the 10-course tasting menu, which was a great choice because it allowed us to sample a lot more of the menu (which all sounded too good to pass up) without filling us up too much. The space feels very intimate, and encourages food ogling!
Best tasting NYC
By LilyJ on 9/21/2009
I was treated for my birthday last weekend, and I am comfortable claiming it the best dinner I've had in the city. The 10-course tasting is independent of the menu, but whatever you order, it's a foodie's dream to sit within 2 feet of the grill and plating areas. The combinations were creative and surprising, and I more than once unabashedly scraped my plate to get every bit of the enormous flavors. While these are billed as "tapas", more often than not, the portions were perfect for the 5 or 10 tastings (highly recommended!) and even generous for some plates, like the mouth-watering sweetbreads over chantrelles and a tomatillo corn salsa w/ fried okra. Degustation was upscale in its food and service, while remaining low-pressure in ambience. The best part of the dinner was being told that the chef had Â“received a giant squid from California [that day]Â” and then see Chef Genovart come over with his iPhone and show us a picture of the comically large squid Â– and then get to taste it in its exquisite glory. The dinner was equal parts delicious and interactive, and I wouldn't change a thing!
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