All Reader Reviews of...
201 W. 79th St., New York, NY, 10024
at Amsterdam Ave.
Rude service, disgusting food
By BlanchBordeaux on 3/13/2007
First of all, when I ordered a glass of white bordeaux, the waiter questioned the existance of such a thing. Well, there is and a french-speaking waiter at a french restaurant should know that. Secondly, the recommended appetizer of potato-smoked halibut gratin turned out to be disgusting. Gelatinous white cubed potatos, green peppers and three small pieces of smoked white fish sitting in a rancid cheese sauce. After one bite, we tried to return it, but the waiter just said "ok" and left. He eventually took it off the bill grudgingly.
By lelarose on 5/3/2012
First of all waited long time for a late lunch when not really crowded at 2:30pm on a Tues. Ordered the Moroccan chicken salad. HORRIBLE! Tasted like fish and when asked about the Moroccan spices the waiter said...Well it's not really Moroccan chicken. But the menu stated Moroccan chicken sounded so much better in menu. Reason for the fishy taste maybe fish was cooked before the chicken from what I was told. My advice DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.
not worth getting sick over
By froggy on 8/4/2003
When Nice Matin initially opened, I had a very good brunch. The french fries were especially delicious. However, the second time I visited, the quality deteriorated. I got food poisoning from the steak frites. When I sent back the steak, the chef said there was nothing wrong with it. However, it smelled like bad meat, tasted like bad meat, and gave me diarrhea for two days. It was about 100 degrees outside, but that is no excuse. It seems that the quality worsened once the restaurant extended operating hours. Fortunately, Marseille in hell's kitchen (same owners, but different chef) has kept its standards higher and remains consistent.
By choosy on 4/24/2007
From the disorganized wait staff to the overpriced, mediocre food, we were disappointed with every aspect of our meal at Nice Matin. For the prices, the food should be at least good, if not exceptional. The "Five Napkin Burger" was tasteless; the "Jardin Salad" -- their $9.75 house salad -- was bland. Of course, it serves me right for ordering a nearly $10 house salad. When we left without ordering dessert, our server said we were missing out. I feel confident we made the right decision.
Bad Service/Average Food
By shopper10024 on 2/4/2008
I live right next to Nice Matin, and have been there a handful of times. At first I really liked it and thought the food was amazing. However, the last two times I went it was just average. The hostesses are terrible during brunch. The last time we went, several groups of 2 were seated before my husband and I, who had arrived much later. They kept assuring us we were the very next on the list, but only offered to seat us when we told them we were leaving. I will not go back to wait forever for overpriced food.
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.
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????
By CNP on 8/10/2010
It is way too loud. You cannot relax. You cannot hear your friends. and if you sit outside, there is a bustop with roaring buses. Also the chocolate desert pie thing = not good.
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.
what you would expect...
By ajw18 on 4/11/2009
My friends took me out here for a birthday. The place is small, so you kind of feel cramped. And boy, do they turn up the heat on this place! The food was good overall. The portions are smaller, a la French Cuisine. Very fancy, with a coat check.
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