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239 E. 5th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Second Ave.
By mandyreno on 3/20/2012
My boyfriend and I FINALLY got reservations here after trying for a few months. We ordered as the waitress suggested, four plates each. We left extremely hungry and dissatisfied. We actually stopped at Artichoke pizza on the way home because we were so hungry and our meal was well over $200. Waiters and waitresses seem to be at a complete loss as well. They bustle around you the entire meal moving silverware from one side to the other. I wouldnâ€™t got back nor would I go to Jewel Bako or JLOB, which is a shame because Jewel Bako received such great reviews.
GOOD FOOD BAD ATTITUDE
By smirt5864 on 7/10/2012
Art isn't easy but must look it. The food here is good, very good. However, the set up and the chef staff ruin the whole experience. If we, the clients, are to face the cooks, then we'd like a smile and a hello. These jerks think they are such artistes, it's nauseating! They could learn something from the folks at Benihana. I would've enjoyed the pretty good cooking much better if I didn't have to sit and watch it being cooked by some very unfriendly people. Can the attitude, or set up tables up front. No art here.
By surfmakena on 5/3/2013
Ate there this earlier this evening and just had to stop for a slice of pizza in St. Marks Place. Opted out of the sampler in favor of trying each item on Menu. Shitake croquets were the only appetizing dish. Octopus was one chard fishy tasting disappointment and the risotto was so bogged down with a citrus taste that I thought I was eating lemonade. The pork belly was moist and flavorful however serving it with what tasted like past glue killed the dish. Very good wine list. Service and staff were very attentive.
above-average food, lousy service
By yanivnord on 7/6/2007
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.
Degustation Wine & Tasting Bar: Too Serious for the E. Village?
By SocialistaNYC on 5/17/2008
Degustation's menu and concept is intriguing, but in practice I thought that the place took itself a little too seriously. Though the staff is attentive, I felt awkward being addressed as "miss" and having someone appear every five minutes in such a small and intimate atmosphere. Each dish was well-conceived but I wished that they were more robust and shareable, as how real tapas are. The Slowly Poached egg, JamÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â³n serrano, chorizo, Smoked Cheese and Rice Cracker Crusted Asparagus dish--which sounded nearly orgasmic to me--ended up being a yolky soupy mess, though the flavors mingled harmoniously. I had to ask for bread to soak it up--which they thoughtfully grilled freshly in front of me. Don'tt be fooled into thinking that the Spanish tortillas are anything like what they traditionally are--these are served as four tiny postage stamp-sized packages. You would need to order at least 5 dishes on your own to satiate hunger pangs. I would return next time for nibbles instead of expecting a real meal.
By FatBastard on 9/28/2007
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.
Better then people are giving it credit...
By LinLaLiLa on 5/9/2008
I think that Degustation is better then people are giving it credit. But I love that it isn't more known or talked about because I continually am able to make a reservation with no problem. It is very intimate and the service is designed around the customer. I had great service every time I went. The food is great. A lot of the food is based on Spanish cuisine, where the chef Wesley Genovart is from. The rice cracker-crusted asparagus with the poached egg and Serrano ham is, I believe, one of their best dishes. The croquettes are well worth the $4, and quail too was fantasticÂ… much of it is fantastic. The 5-course $50 tasting menu is worth the price, however, 3 plates would be enough for me. The chef loves his foams, and so did I. The 'Torija' dessert is really great and interesting. They describe it as a 'French toast', but I see it more as the richest bread pudding with a caramelized top, served with frozen grapefruit and foam, delicious. I hear the cheese plate is fantastic, next time for me.
Best Fine Food Bang for Buck
By Cellarmann on 12/29/2008
We haven't had a less than delicious dish yet here, and several have been downright otherworldly. Great variation, well thought out. The wine list is heavily weighted toward (if not all) Spanish and is quite thoughtful. I was reluctant to order the wine pairing with the tasting menu, but it turned out to be the best I have ever had. Seeing everything prepared is a real treat for me. And at $50 for a 5 course and $75 for a 10 course tasting menu, Degustation is a remarkable value.
The BEST "small plates" restaurant.
By shalinipatel on 10/8/2006
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!
still one of nyc's finest
By ddk101 on 1/24/2009
the asparagus, egg, jamon, chorizo & cheese foam dish remains one of my all-time favorite dishes. i'm always recommending the tasting menu at degus to my friends and coworkers who are looking for a unique dining experience but don't want to splurge. it's perfect for dining in pairs but not for a group larger than four. service is always solid and attentive and great concise wine list. my favorite out of jack lamb's restaurants.
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