2315 Broadway, New York, NY, 10024
nr. 84th St.
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.
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!
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 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 truly_sweet on 4/4/2003
As a dedicated Valenti follower from Cascabel to Butterfield 81 (we miss you there, by the way), Ouest is a place where Tom can truly shine. The food is terrific.
By UWSHoya on 2/28/2003
Ouest is my idea of comfort food... the menu is heavy on meat and poultry, all of which is prepared spectacularly. Of all the wonderful dishes, there is one appetizer that keeps me coming back again and again - the smoked duck with the crispy fried egg. This poached egg with salt and breadcrumbs on the outside - a perfectly cooked white and a warm but runny yolk is to die for and seems almost magical! Once you are seated, service is attentive and responsive, but be sure to try one of their specialty martinis as you will surely have to wait at the bar for a bit, even with a reservation...
By njlou on 2/10/2003
Having been a fan of Alison's, we thought we'd give Ouest a try. I'm glad we didn't read what the other "critics" had to say. We (4 of us from NJ) were promptly seated for our 6:00PM reservation. Our server (Marie, whom we latter found out was a "trainee") was very helpful with wine selection and menu description. I had picked a white, but couldn't decide on a red. She asked what style we wanted and suggested a red they serve by the glass which was one of the lowest priced bottles on the list. It was excellent! The sauteed calamari appetizer (which was shared with my spouse and served on two plates) was outstanding. It is available as a main course and will get another try next time. The nightly special meatloaf was herbed wonderfully and the mushroom reduction was a delightful addition. The mashed potatoes were pedestrian and could use a little work. The tastes I had of the short ribs (melt in your mouth) and succulently prepared scallops convinced me that we'd be back. (and have the pumpkin cheesecake for dessert).
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 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.
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.