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Ouest

2315 Broadway, New York, NY, 10024
nr. 84th St.
212-580-8700

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7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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69% would go back.

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Stay East

By czierer on 1/24/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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...

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238 out of 483 people found this review helpful.

Don't believe the hype

By lah2003 on 1/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

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?

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240 out of 492 people found this review helpful.

Beautiful, pricey ... but they forgot to cook the food

By LizaTremblay on 1/27/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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215 out of 456 people found this review helpful.

Glad We Went

By njlou on 2/10/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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).

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220 out of 430 people found this review helpful.

A little piece of heaven...

By UWSHoya on 2/28/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

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...

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283 out of 590 people found this review helpful.

Tommy, baby... You can do NO wrong!

By truly_sweet on 4/4/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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350 out of 775 people found this review helpful.

The Hypnosis is Wearing Off ...

By colpo on 4/23/2003

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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397 out of 867 people found this review helpful.

Ouest

By sahw on 7/22/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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397 out of 910 people found this review helpful.

Ouest-ward Ho!

By PVSBond on 11/19/2003

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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424 out of 896 people found this review helpful.

Go Ouest ...

By newyorkbrit on 3/29/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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

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