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2315 Broadway, New York, NY, 10024
nr. 84th St.
Don't go near the espresso
By hankaberle on 12/4/2011
Dear Tom Valenti, For a place that prides itself on being better than the rest, this place fails miserably. The martinis were "short", the waiter was pushy to get us to order, and to top it off, he made me one of the worst espressos I've ever had. Rather than try to get me a real one, he immediately said he would remove it from the check. Then he brings back another one that's as bad as the first. If this place prides itself on being better than the rest, why don't you hire a barista or train the waiters better to make a decent espresso? I'd think twice about ever going back here again!!
By brittanycarcova on 8/23/2010
From the hummus/olive oil spread that first arrives at the table to the entrees that come later, Ouest, simply put, is a treat for your mouth. While the food here can be accused of being heavy, the soup special of heirloom tomatoes and beets was a refreshing balance to the the rest of the meal. While enjoying the tuna, my palate was saturated with flavor. Sauces were mixed and fused but always seemed to behave in a way that worked well. The service was both attentive and friendly, while the ambiance allowed the food to make all the noise and it most definitely rang loudly. An effervescent experience.
By Hailey on 3/15/2005
The place is overcrowded, too loud the food is extremly heavy and greesy . Not to mention that more than one item that was on the menu was not available
Best on the West (Side)
By Potsandpans on 1/11/2005
For anyone craving high-class comfort food with deep flavors and textures, Ouest is the place. Even those who prefer fish must admit that the meat here is sublime, and the vegetables that come with it are tasty rather than stuffy or precious. The wine list is excellent, though it could do with a few bottles at a more moderate price. The servers, in general, are quite adept, though the hosts up front are so self-satisfied that you wonder what you have to do to attract their attention. Several times I have simply stopped trying and walked into the restaurant and seated myself. But one goes to a restaurant primarily to eat, and Ouest fulfills almost every promise it makes in that department.
Upper Ouest-side Perfection
By martin_chamois on 10/12/2004
This is a nearly perfect restaurant on the Upper Westside. It starts with a great dinning room. The front, lower and upper rooms all have great views and places to be viewed. Then there is great service. Both waiters and busboys are outstanding. And then the food, ah the food. It may sound basic, but there are exciting variations on classic menus. And the preparation is outstanding. While the restaurant could be anywhere in Paris, in fact it is better than Parisian boits in the same price range. Enjoy and Go Ouest.
Something for the Upper West Side to brag about!
By Spicy on 6/5/2004
Finally there's a restaurant well worth traveling to on the UWS! The decor alone is worth the trip - dark wood, gorgeous flowers, smartly designed round tables for large groups - it's as delightful to look at as the food is delicious to taste. The lamb shanks are out of this world - and the rest of the menu is equally interesting and intriguing. Go on a date, with the family or with friends and have a blast ... but do bring your wallets, it's a little more expensive than your average UWS eatery .... but then so is the food!
Go Ouest ...
By newyorkbrit on 3/29/2004
Some sumptuous, melt-in-the-mouth gnocchi and a chocolate truffle dessert to die for. Always seems to be packed, so worth making a reservation. Excellent and varied wine-list with a range of prices on offer too
By PVSBond on 11/19/2003
Nothing beats the big bold flavors delivered by Tom Valenti. From the first bite of Gravlax through the Braised Lamb Shanks and into the Lemon Cheesecake, you will never lose your fascination with the tastes! The warm and inviting decor enveloped you in comfort. If that's not enough, try the Meatloaf on Sunday.
By sahw on 7/22/2003
Slick looking upper West sider with narrow front which balloons out when reaching the rear. Good bread with nice spread. Calamari nice and tender. Slightly smoked salmon also a winner with nice sauce and vegetable medley. Variety of deserts a disappointment. No problem with reservations, which is a common complaint.
The Hypnosis is Wearing Off ...
By colpo on 4/23/2003
For a place that set a land-speed record for most advance publicity, this restaurant made me long for a less fussy, more neighborhoody type eatery. I missed the boat on the food: it's good, but lacks a signature character that would make me consider it a fave. Brunch here is a total rip-off: fixed prices for routine breakfast fare. Contains one of the chilliest Siberias in modern NYC restaurant history.
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