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201 W. 79th St., New York, NY, 10024
at Amsterdam Ave.
Forget about life for a while
By JaredMiller27 on 2/23/2007
My vacation spot in the city when I want to relax and eat well and get treated like royalty. From the moment you sit, you get transported to the south of France. I loved the hors d'ourves and the amuse of crispy chickpea fritters (maybe too many?). My appetizer of sauteed shrimp blew me away and the entree with the sweetbreads was worth ordering again and taking home so I could nibble on it later. The wine pairings were great b/c of our sommolier named Ari or Avi...I can't remember. Great experience...total date place!
By ginabug on 10/13/2005
The food and drinks weren't bad, but service was abominable. When the waiter brought the check he wrote that 15%-20% was customary for tipping. My companion and I have eaten at plenty of restaurants, so we were appalled and offended that the waiter would tell us how to tip. We called manager over to find out if that was normal practice, he said waiter assumed because my companion was European......... Needless to say I will not frequent this restaurant ever again and will not recommend it especially if you have a European accent. Last time I heard, France was a part of Europe.
not innovative - just GOOD
By nibbler on 1/24/2005
the food, service, decor, ambience, and wine list are all well above average, but this restaurant gets an overall ratings boost by virtue of being the only place on the West Side above 59th street that I go back to regularly. The fava bean tortelloni is mind-blowing (get an entree-sized portion as your appetizer - it's only 6 oversized dumplings), and the fish is consistently perfect. Sunday brunch is also terrific - the crab salad is perfect when you're not in the mood for traditional breakfast foods.
A Nice Matin Brassiere on the Upper Westside
By martin_chamois on 10/18/2004
Nice Matin would be rated a top notched brassiere anywhere in France. It has the feel, look and energy of the successful places we all have eaten at in Paris or any major French city. The menu is short, to the point and focused on dishes that offer excellent flavors from great ingredients at reasonable prices. If there is anything to pick on it is the decor that while Parisian brasserie perfect, adds little to the overall dinning experience. Service can be acceptable to very good – however not consistent. Overall a pleasant dinning experience.
Francophiles, your wishes are their commands!!
By jorgedaniel on 9/30/2004
Nice Matin is an incredibly acommodating restaurant; at least it was on a Wednesday evening after a jazz concert at Lincoln Center. My friends and I were treated graciously by a waiter I can best describe as one of the most competent and knowledgeable persons I have encountered in a dining establishment. Impressive wine list; although I could have done without having to see a $14,000, yes that's THOUSAND, 1865 Mouton from JFK's cellar on the list. Our waiter's recommendations were right on. Deliciously spicy merguez with a mustard aioli, sweet onions on a flaky pissaladiere started off the meal. My "speck", a less salty cousin of serrano ham, salad was light and tasty. My friend's ubiquitous, huge steak frite was tasty, if a tad over cooked. His wife's gnocchi, dense and filling with a lobster sauce that did not overwhelm, but then again didn't taste too much of lobster. The trifle for dessert was a very nice closure of chocolate, mocha and vanilla. The bill I found fair for the quality and service which we were given. All in all a great discovery and definitely a candidate for a repeat visit.
Delightful Surprises At A Reasonable Cost
By simulation on 3/28/2004
We arrived for dinner at 5:30 PM, when the restaurant opened. We had heard about long waits for a table. No problem at 5:30. For the price, Nice Matin is a delightful adventure. We liked the leek vinigrette and the pizza nicoise. The tortellini with fava beans was amazing (but only three tortellini. The veal was wonderful. Less successful were the Mussels (too much sand not rinsed out) and the duck (they recommended medium rare; upgrade to at least medium.) Service was fine. We have some special allergy concerns, and the staff was very informed and helpful. The Bananna cake dessert was just perfect to round out dinner. All this at $80, before tip. Even considering the dishes which weren't our favorite, this was a very positive experience.
Nice Matin is Nice
By Victoise on 2/13/2004
We live around the corner and when we first went, at night, it felt rushed and we weren't impressed. After 2 more visits(lunch this week), I think this place is very fine indeed, but moreso at lunch. It's tres belle in the day, like being in a sunlit painting and the food was fantastic...rich onion soup with bits of brisket, a superb duck salad on frisee with lardon & poached egg, every component first class & delicious (pricey at $18 but worth it). Kobe chopped meat was good but too rich for me. Our waitress was intelligent, charming & ran to write down the name of the super Sicilian rose I had. Stick with lunch if you want a relaxing excellent meal.
Fabulous Food, Flaky Service
By jkl on 11/10/2003
The food at Nice Matin is very good and reasonably priced, both of my favorite enterees (the duck and leg of lamb) are under $20! The service however is inconsistent and leaves much to be desired. During our last visit, our waitor was spaced out and it took the three seating hosts over an hour to find us a table. The sommelier, luckily, is quite capable both in wine recommendations and in refilling bread and water.
Welcome French outpost on the West Side
By Jerry on 9/30/2003
We had a wonderful dinner at Nice/Matin. The bartender was very knowledgable, suggesting a wine while we waited for a table. Lots of activity at the bar. We were greeted by a friendly waiter when we sat down, who answered all our menu questions with aplomb. We both ordered fish dishes; codfish anchoiade and grilled salmon. We started with stuffed baby artichokes and fava bean tortelloni, both delicious. The cod and salmon were also wonderful. The salmon had a Morroccan glaze and tabouleh salad, while the cod was more Provencale, with ratatouille and aioli (flavored with capers and anchovy). Our dessert was a pear tart with vanilla ice cream. A lovely spot for foodies. A little loud, but charming.
By baruch on 9/9/2003
crave an UWS french-like bistro, a la Cafe Luxembourg, but without its so-so food & stupidly hi wine prices for mediocre wines; a la AIX without its pretentious of the chef as well as stupid food & wine prices. thought Nice Matin "may" be the answer, but alas > terrible decor, stupidly hi wine prices for average wines (do all restaurants think its customers are that dim witted??), abrasive bartender, ill-trained service staff. unfortunately, the food is quite good, but due to the ambiance & environs, it becomes lost. also, owner(s) opening up "cute" little cookie cutter bistros as a chainlet, which is certainly not the warm & cuddly "mom & pop" bistros one has come to know & love. why can't anyone do this correctly????
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