2315 Broadway, New York, NY, 10024
nr. 84th St.
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
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 lah2003 on 1/27/2003
I just don't know how or why the critics are raving about Ouest. There are better restaurants on the UWS and at better prices as well. I gave Ouest 2 chances - once last year, once this year. The food remains uninspiring. And I simply do not understand why most of the entrees are served in bowls?
By czierer on 1/24/2003
We should have learned by now- don't believe the hype. First mistake- ordering the house-smoked duck appetizer with crispy egg. Sounds good, doesn't it? The duck was served carpaccio-style, slathered with crisscrosses of 2 sauces which both tasted of mustard to me. To my dismay, when I cut into the crispy little egg which sat atop the duck, it turned out to actually be soft-boiled... mmmm, runny yolk over my duck, totally annihilating it. I figured I couldn't go wrong ordering the filet mignon, famed as Ouest is for their roasted meats. The steak was good, but served on a bed of spaetzle, which again tasted of the mustardy sauce. When I cut into the steak, the jus mixing with the mustard spaetzle was not a good combination, to say the least. The best thing on the plate was Swiss chard, a nice and more flavorful alternative to spinach. The restaurant was incredibly noisy and jam-packed- we had to fight our way to the door to get out. Service seemed to favor the mostly local crowd. After Restaurant 222, our second bad experience on the Upper West Side in a month- we're staying East and South for a while...
By LizaTremblay on 1/27/2003
Ouest is gorgeous and filled with patrons who consider themselves the same. The atmosphere is sexy, and the drinks are pricey but strong. However, in an effort to create all of this the chef has apparently forgotten that people come to restaurants for the food. My roquefort salad was dull, my chicken severely undercooked, and my dessert bitter. I expected so much more, I'm sorry to say.
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.
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.
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 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 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).