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