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328 W. 12th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Greenwich St.
The waitstaff killed it
By Crump_Town on 2/22/2012
Thinking Recette was the perfect place for a date, it ended up being rather disappointing and anxiety-inducing. Our waiter was on crack: he was buzzing all over the place, speaking very fast, not taking any time to be thoughtful of our food or wine tastes, and said things like "you should get this bottle of wine, everybody orders this wine". The food was very good but it was severely over shadowed by our waiter who was way too in our face one minute and completely elusive the next. Also, we were crammed into a galley of two person tables that were so tightly packed that I could here every detail of all the conversations going on around me. Honestly, I couldn't even enjoy the wonderful array of creative confections made by the chefs because I felt sick with the hyper energy of the waitstaff. Sorry Recette, but I am not paying that much money to leave with an upset stomach because I have been shoved through my courses and out the door.
By Healy26 on 12/11/2011
what a cute space with stellar food. we had our anniversary dinner here. the service was lovely and kind and the food shining. We both have dietary restrictions and they accommodated that beautifully. The 5-course tasting was definitely the way to go with gorgeous Pulpo and Fluke dishes highlighting the superb courses. The portion sizes were small but when eating 5 courses, I don't want a huge portion and want to be able to really enjoy the food. (Also I saw some people at other tables with the full portions and those were certainly generous). I even thought that they were priced accordingly (contrary to what other reviews on here state) with the tasting menu being a great value. Overall, we had a lovely experience and even enjoyed talking to our fellow diners at other tables. The ambiance was casual but still elegant. We definitely will be going back.
By Kcirederf on 7/13/2011
Were planning on eating around the corner but target restaurant was closed doing a private party. Decided to go to this cute little restaurant I saw while parking. Place was packed but hostess was accomodating and we were able to sit at the bar while waiting for a table. We were starved so ordered up a few snacks hamachi with Uni and cod fish balls with sausage ragu.....WOW. Between our dynamo bar tender and the view of the tiny kitchen which was putting on a zen like performance of cooking proficiency we decided the bar was the place to eat. Followed with orzo and lobster with truffles and an exquisite pork belly. This was one of the best meals I've had this year. If you like food check out recette if you are worried about portion size well there's probably a red lobster somewhere nearby
Clueless, Unsavory Front of the House
By GeorgiaCC on 5/14/2011
When we arrived May 10, 2011 the two inexperienced hostesses who greeted us did not crack a smile nor did either have the slightest inkling that in a service industry position their job is to be gracious and welcoming. We came with a 5:30 pm reservation having already notified the hostess our party included a six-month-old baby. At the time we made the reservation on the phone the hostess assured us a baby would be no problem, she guaranteed Recette accommodates kids. The conversation went out the window once we got there and she sat us in the one crammed table where we could not maneuver a stroller or child seat. If the child had been screaming and annoying other customers that's one thing but baby was asleep. We pointed out that the restaurant was empty, and asked would it be possible to sit somewhere more accessible then under her breath she said, "children don't do well here", and begrudgingly moved us into another uncomfortable position. The front of the house at Recette totally lacked any skill in setting up a customer to have a pleasurable meal, it made us lose our appetites. Had it not been for the eager waitress waiting in the wings we would have left. And we should have left because the open ravioli was sloppy and tasted only of heavy cream. Reviewers who voted Recette as a great new restaurant must've had the scallops, the only pleasurable part of my Recette visit.
not a "recipe" for success
By wvg on 4/17/2011
4 of us went for dinner on recommendation from foodie friend. what an awful waste of time and money...microscopic and very bad food, bad decor and really bad attitude...NOT a recipe for success! won't be back here. not a single acceptable dish out of all the dishes we tried. EXPENSIVE when you add up all the small plates it would take to make a single meal. the quail was one teeny, tiny leg of quail with some awful whipped stuff on top. yuck. decor looks like it came from Kmart...very disappointing, especially since it's such a lovely west village corner. will wait for the location's next incarnation and hope for better.
Great First Experience
By Molly_Anne on 12/11/2010
We weren't familiar with the small plates paradigm of the restaurant but were very pleasantly surprised. Two of us had the arugula salad with ricotta salata - was delicious but maybe heavy on the arugula. The squash soup with roasted foie gras was the highlight of the meal. The s'mores and chocolate mousse were both quite good. The server was very helpful and attentive even though the place was getting pretty busy.
Long Waits and Sky High Prices in a Deafening Box
By thewiseking on 9/28/2010
Made a late reservation and was informed that they would likely be able to seat us earlier. Showed up to bar which was jam packed and 3 deep. Crowd not too sexy; big groups of khaki pantsed guys shouting at each other. Ordered up a bottle of decent Gruner at an indecent price. 56 bucks! Hostess did a great job of constantly leaving her podium to avoid annoyed, harried, hungry diners asking about their tables. Finally seated 45 minutes late without compensation. Pushy waitress starts annoyingly "explaining" the menu and "suggests" 3 courses per person or the tasting menu. Keep in mind it is now 11:00 and our hunger has morphed into something else. Overly rich big small plates arrive and quite a few of the previous faves are gone from menu or sold out. Good food and yummy dessert but not a great experience and the tab for two (shared appy, salad, 2 med plates, wine, 1 dessert) about 180 bucks.
Great meal & server - misinformed hostess
By jrottman on 8/6/2010
We celebrated my birthday at Recette with the 7 course tasting and wine pairing menu. We enjoyed every dish - favorites were the perfectly executed pork belly and the beautiful flavor profile of the scallops with shaved carrots and two purees. The unfortunate end to this meal was the rude hostess who informed my partner, a chef, we had occupied the table for too long and she should know it's all about "butts in seats". Very unfortunate when the front of house is not aligned with the kitchen. We would recommend you go for the food and the wait staff who were charming, but if you plan to do a tasting menu, make sure your rsvp allows the time.
Overpriced and Unworthy
By Trixi2457 on 6/12/2010
The space was nice but the food lacked refinement and skill. The foie was oxidized and the tasting plates were unmemorable.
Small plates, big flavors
By theschlo on 3/15/2010
Recette delivers on creating great flavors out of some simple seasonal ingredients. We had diver scallops with a parsnip puree, ocean trout over shredded cabbage, and the well-known pork-belly. All were delicious. The plates are "tasting" sized, yes... but they offer a great value for what is presented. And we weren't disappointed in any way, either by the "entree" plates, or the salt cod fritter appetizer, or the duck fat fingerling potato side. Get a nice glass of wine, take your time, and enjoy. And include at least one dessert (molten chocolate cake was a recent winner)
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