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103 W. 77th St., New York, NY, 10024
nr. Columbus Ave.
Pretentious without the means to their ambitions
By VaninaG on 7/2/2009
Anyone who doesn't mistake complication for complexity, attitude for chic, silly for fun should avoid this place at all costs. The basement room is bleak, but the crowded room upstairs, for which you will have to wait a long time at the most uncomfortable bar, is not much better. The waiter messed up the orders, the lobster was undercooked in a sickening way, the wine list was overpriced, and the desserts were simply foul (why make hibiscus ice cream? It was sour, not sophisticated; as for beer ice cream... it was an insult to both ice cream and beer. And to all the sweet tooths of mankind. Seriously, go to 81 instead.
By Salt_and_Pepper on 3/14/2008
This was one of our biggest dining disappointments in a long time: We really disliked the service: Our amuse was dropped with no description. The food could not have come out of the kitchen more quickly, VERY rushed. After we were finally able to track down someone to take our wine order (mid-way through our first course) our red wine came out VERY warm. When we flagged down (not easily) our waitress to have this fixed she asked us if we wanted it at "cellar temperature". We were annoyed. It should have come that way (or 63 degrees) without asking. Our dinners came out within five minutes of clearing our first course. At no time during our meal did anyone stop by to ask how we were enjoying our food or whether we need anything. We had the brussel sprout leaf salad w/ dry flavorless cheese, and way too much truffle oil. The pork belly was very good.Delicious. The duck was cooked nicely, but we really disliked the flavor profile-an overly sweet sauce with nothing to balance it. We also had the monkfish with lobster and foie gras. Another big miss ($36). About $135 plus tip. SoDisappointing.
By JillyMacias on 1/12/2008
I was looking forward to Dovetail and was not disappointed by the decor or the great selection of sherry and wines, Unfortunately I cannot say the same about the food and the service. The brussel sprout leaf salad to start was good, and I was looking forward to my entree, the Lamb,as I had read that it was exceptional. But unfortunately mine was so salty that I could not eat it and had to send it back. The service was odd. At the bar, they helpful but a little overwhelmed by serving the restaurant. In the main room, the waiters seemed erratic and lacking co-ordination. They were running backwards and forwards, throwing down plates, then picking them up two minutes later, then placing down fresh ones. Later on it seemed as though they had run out of plates - I wonder why? Best of luck- these are small issues,that I am sure can be resolved.
Food is Good Service Like a Diner
By hkwhelan on 4/9/2009
The food here is superb but if you like to be constantly hounded for your plates and interrupted in the middle of a conversation, this is your place. Of course, you could spend far less and go to your local diner! We felt very rushed and noticed 3 couples came and went next to us. They definitely want to move you in and out. I would never go back as I think it was the most stressful meal I have ever had! We finally had to tell them to stop bugging us! Ugly!!
Good but not Great
By jmersky on 3/25/2009
I had really high hopes for Dovetail. I had heard really good things both from friends and from the reviews. I wasn't too disappointed; the food was good, but it was SALTY. Everything from the amuse bouche to the appetizer (we got crab ravioli) to my entre (I got the pork belly) was very salty. Aside from that though, the sauces and the food pairings were wonderful and tasty. The presentation was nice and the service was wonderful. My favorite part of the meal was dessert- I got the brioche bread pudding. It was delicious and everything I hoped it would be.
Need to go back
By lazysundae on 5/4/2009
I had brunch here for my 30th. The service was great and we got a great deal. i was not blown away by the food, however. the appetizers were good but not great - weird transitioning from cold cauliflower soup and duck meatballs to a mini pb&j parfait. the roast chicken with gnocchi was delicious but the fish was average. It seems pretty hit or miss. Would love to come back and try their dinner tasting or Sunday suppa though, they take too much care in their work to not give them another chance.
Pricey and not impressed
By Mativam on 2/13/2010
It was my first time at Dovetail but frankly cant say I would go back. The food was good but didnt blow me away at all and portions were small, even for the sophisticated restaurant it aspires to be. As we were leaving, we couldnt think of anything we had that had been great. Service was very attentive and yet unintrusive; the decor was simple but sleek, tables nicely spaced from one another and calm ambiance where one could enjoy conversation. Overall, everything was good but nothing was great and I thought it was a poor value proposition (price vs quality). I would try to avoid going back.
Go for dinner, but not a celebration
By nex0s on 4/12/2008
My finacÃƒÂ© and I went by to sample Dovetails Sunday Suppa menu. The service was lovely, and the food was excellent, even at the end of a long Sunday (we had the 10 pm seating). We were so thrilled that we decided to see if we could book a large party in July for our wedding luncheon. When I went back to meet with the manager, I was not dressed to the nines - and suddenly - service wasn't so good anymore! First, we were made to wait 15 minutes for the manager to speak with us (though we were on time for our appointment with him), and it spiraled down from there. I say, keep it under 10 folks and you'll be fine there. Make your reservations in advance by phone, and know that even on Sundays it fills up rather quickly. Also, the Sunday Suppa menu which is currently $38 is going up in price soon. We're going to Jean Georges for our wedding luncheon instead!
By hollygolightly on 4/12/2009
Wow I was really blown away of how good the food was. I'm very impressed. I particularly love the duck goulash. It was amazing!!!!!!! It was one of the most delicious dishes i've ever had, ever!!! We will definitely go back. This restaurant makes it in my top 10 (or even 5) best restaurants in the city. =)
By maciad on 4/10/2011
Last night was the celebration of spring on the plate. The star of the evening _ Halibut with black truffles...dinner was spectacular, service top notch, atmosphere lovely. The chef was so accommodating and replaced all meat dishes with pescaterian options. lovely place
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