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Degustation Wine & Tasting Bar

239 E. 5th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Second Ave.

Avg. Rating

Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 7

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

69% would go back.

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An Eleven

By FatBastard on 9/28/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

One of the best dining experiences I've had in NYC: four of us sat right in front of the grill and watched raw materials transformed into artistic, balanced small plates. We tried everything and the waiter's recommendations tended to be our favorites as well, so be sure to ask. As a former sushi bar, the atmosphere doesn't leave much of an impression other than the open kitchen, which is great. Add all that up and the price tag is surprisingly palatable -- didn't hurt that the most expensive wine on the menu didn't run much more than $50-60 but absolutely danced across our tongues.

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328 out of 674 people found this review helpful.

above-average food, lousy service

By yanivnord on 7/6/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Even though we showed up on time for our 8pm reservation, we sat for half an hour in a cramped hallway waiting area, wincing when the maitre'd climbed over us every two minutes to get to other parts of the restaurant. We were lucky - there was another group there who waited for an hour. Once seated, the waitress ignored us. When we asked for some help she responded, "Sorry, my priority is to get the food out." When we asked for some assistance with the wine list, we were told, "The descriptions are on the menu." All that aside, the food was pretty good (meticulous; delicately flavored; don't miss the cheese plate at the end) but certainly not good enough to overcome the lousy service.

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294 out of 576 people found this review helpful.

The BEST "small plates" restaurant.

By shalinipatel on 10/8/2006

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Had dinner there---absolutely loved it! French small plates, we did a mix of recommended dishes and a few of our own--- everything was outstanding! The jamon serrano with a poached egg, rabbit, lamb, and stuffed squid are excellent. The chef, Wesley Genovart, and his staff are very attentive and friendly. It is a 16 seater around the "kitchen", so it's very cozy---a great date place!

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