773 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10019
at 52nd St.
By BlinkyMcChuck on 5/2/2012
Last night we went for dinner with a cousin of my partner's who is from out of town. We wanted to take her someplace special, and the meal we had scored top marks, from start to finish. And it always does. We come here perhaps five times a year, and each time we do, we leave fanatics. The bread at the table is extraordinary, first of all, it cannot be said enough--I'm getting hungry writing this. I recommend ordering the selection of spreads on the appetizer menu, the tzaziki, hummus and baba ganoush, though if you like spicy, get the skoog instead of one of the others. The salad with haloumi is wonderful also, as is the baby octopus. And the fish, either the branzino or the snapper, are miracles. Our guest had the lamb, which was wonderful also. And our service was impeccable and friendly, and so accomodating--the waiters were intensely knowledgeable, funny, and sweet, and we were even seated at our table despite waiting for one in our party, though it was a weeknight. Also, the cocktail menu is ingenious. I had a Louisa, lemon verbena infused gin with lemon and champagne, it was terrific. We followed it up with an excellent Sicilian white wine. Go, go, go. And also visit their new downtown place, Taboonette. I'm obsessed with their food, can you tell?
By donnagotlib on 1/18/2011
We were looking for a quick bite close to The Gershwin Theatre but wanted something a little special. The concierge at the W on Lexington suggested Taboon. What a delight! One member of our party was on a very tight schedule and arrived late. We appreciate that you accomodated all of our wishes so beautifully. The bread was outstanding. Did we really order three loaves? Everyone enjoyed a lovely meal, desert included, and we were on time for our show. There was a wonderful wine served with dinner, a merlot that tasted a bit like chocolate. I wish I remembered the name!
By emersified on 9/23/2008
Just spent a great night at Taboon, schmoozing with the staff and the wonderful musicians who played beautiful music. A delicious experience, for all the senses! I'll definitely be back to try dessert (it looked great, but I had left no room for it!)
By Mchaggis68 on 3/10/2008
After a cold and windy day spent wandering around the sites of New York City we decided to dine in 'Hells Kitchen'. We came across Taboon and after walking we accomadated at the bar. The staff were extermely helpful and professional and that was seen in the food we were served which was extremely well presented and tasted sublime. Although the prices were slightly high it was not too high for the quality of food that was on offer. A delight to eat at and I highly recommend this to anyone visiting New York.
By slikpapa on 5/8/2005
found this resturant by accident by parking in front of it while going to Victor's. took two other couples with us totally cold. what a great meal. the complimentary bread was almost succulent (better like garlic). we tried five appetizers, falafel, shrimp kadaif, married sardines, foi gras and oxtail. married sardines was too fishy, all others were terrific. between the six of us we had four main dishes - i had a duck confit special and though it looked different from any duck i've ever eaten, it tasted as good as, and much better than, most i've ever had elswhere. my wife had the braised short ribs and we traded and enjoyed both equally. one friend had the hanger steak and raved about it and another had tuna special and said it was sublime. the drinks (mine apple martini) were well made, choice of vodkas, not too expensive. atmosphere warm and friendly, service top notch. the best part, portions were just the right amount, you were satiated, not stuffed. tried two deserts, fondont and silan, both wonderfully decadent. prices were not outrageous, we were never rushed by the staff who were friendly and helpful.
By Amelia on 8/27/2004
Taboon is undoubtedly this year's best surprise and one of the better and most interesting restaurants I know in New York. The food is fenominal and a three course dinner with wine will not tear a hole in your pocket. The fresh oven-baked bread is to die for and the mezze's variety is great (each little dish is a work of art). But mostly, I come for the super fresh fish. My favorite is the oven-grilled whole branzino with rosemary butter, which is so simple and just perfect. The desserts are also irresistible (Try the Silan!). We went back several times, on romantic dinners and with friends. It was consistently superb! Sadly, brunch at Taboon is disappointing.
By upperwestdiner on 8/6/2004
The clean and open decor, super fresh fish, wine selection, and mix of flavors blew my mind and not my wallet. It is not only a great place for a date, but the comfort of the bread, service, and dishes makes this place a great find. Taboon is setting very high standards in the neighborhood.
By Damejayne on 4/2/2004
My friend from Ramallah feels that this is just like food his Mom used to make...only better. Order a bunch of the appetizers – each one more delicious than the next and made for sharing. Only order the shrimp entree if there are three or more people at the table. Its been my experience that the person who gets that dish also stops talking till they're finished. Food here is so natural - each mouthful seems like the first with a fresh explosion of flavors. The deserts are simply unbelievable.
By Mamboyaa on 9/5/2009
I had never heard of Taboon before and certainly had no idea that places like this even existed all the way out there on 10th Avenue! BUT.. It's really woth the trip. First thing you see when you walk in is the big fabulous Taboon oven followed by a smiling hostess with a cute accent. Then you're seated at a perfect table and greeted by a charming and handsome waiter who obviously (throughout the entire evening) cares about your well-being and makes sure you're happy and you have what you need. The food is amazing! Hard to describe - you have to try it. Also here, the waiter was extremely helpful for us "first timers". Maybe not the cheapest restaurant in town, but it's worth every penny and we're still talking about our evening. Thank you... :)
By ip17268 on 8/14/2008
The staff at Taboon was very accomodating, never left our water glasses fall too low, cleared used plate and brought us new silverware between each course--- they did not hurry us out and paced the meal just as we liked. Very friendly and knowledgeable waiter. The bread was amazing and so were the sea scallops appetizer... a great experience! There's a dessert on the menu, too, begins with a "S...." (can't remember what it was called) but it was delicious and I would go back just for that!