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773 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10019
at 52nd St.
Slow and saucy
By osheen on 11/9/2007
I am no stranger to Taboon. I have been going since they opened a few years ago. I always had great service and good food. That being said, I will never set foot in there again. I brought a friend whom had never been few nights ago and right off the bat the hostess was very rude. We didn't have a reservation and she was pressuring us to be finished and out the door in less than an hour and a half. It took forever to get our food and the waitress never thought to apologize or let us know why it was taking so long. When it finally came, it was so salty I didnÂ’t even want to finish it. For the amount of money you spend for a meal there, it is not worth your time and energy. This is the first time IÂ’ve ever thought to post a review. I wanted to warn people before they waste their hard earned cash. This place is on a serious decline.
This may have been a great resturant
By mglennyc on 10/12/2008
When my friends arrived, we were asked if we had reservations, which we did not, and the maÃ®tre d looked shocked. I looked around and there were a number of empty tables. I was told that we were lucky that they had a table available. Let me get to the point. The service was wonderful from beginning to end. The main courses were a bit pricey but I was expecting a great meal. The food though was terrible. It didnÂ’t take a connoisseur to recognize that the ingredients were poor and scarce. Meat entrÃ©es included mostly skin and or fat. Vegetables or grains were drenched in cheap sauces to cover inferior ingredients and were inedible. Some of us wound up at a deli afterward because we were still hungry. We went because we read some of the good reviews, but we've all seen good restaurants change for the worse for one reason or the other. Save your money.
Very very very disappointing!
By Pickynewyorker on 5/14/2010
After hearing about Taboon from a few people we decided to give it a try. Needless to say, we won't be returning. The menu lacks imagination and the flavors are blah at best. The portion sizes are an embarrassment and honestly, Cosi has better bread. Our waiter was the only bright spot. Take my advice, spend a few extra bucks and go to Mylos instead!
There's room for improvment
By wally222 on 10/17/2004
There is room for improvment at Taboon. Food is very good, but somehow frugal.-I ask for the fish of the day,although good, the portion was tiny,too tiny for a $27 tag, when just a few fingerling potatoes to complement it could have made a big difference to the stomach and the eye as well . I ask for an espresso, it was 1/2 of a sip size and for $3 come on! where is the common sense? Walter C NYC
Opened strong; now an insider vibe prevails
By uwsfoodfan on 9/24/2006
I have been a huge fan of Taboon. I loved the casual, sophisticated atmosphere. And the food (especially the apps) is outstanding. However, the last two trips show a decline. A few weeks ago, I took 5 out-of-town friends. The waitress and numerous "whatever" mistakes made the night a good-food-BUT experience. More recently, I went with two local friends. The live music grew so loud that we had to shout. Then a woman in a birthday group got up, grabbed a mic, and started singing with the band. Two other women then stood and started dancing badly, and louder music followed. Not only was one of the owners present, but sitting down with the group. We complained and were offered 10% off a $200 bill (before tip). A miserable night could have been avoided with a WARNING at the time of reservation that Mondays are sort of an owners night where anything goes. Or they could have realized that the permissive private party vibe did more than $20 damage. In the future, I may check the vibe and have an app at the bar. But no more reservations and no more expectations.
Great Atmosphere with Friendly Faces
By smmantastic on 9/24/2009
Taboon is a great brunch spot with an airy atmosphere and pleasant service. The menu is not overly inspiring, but intriguing none the less and their food offers an interesting mix of flavors and textures. Their drinks are definitely a solid way to enjoy a Sunday morning.
By nathan_bruce on 11/15/2009
Best bread in town. You must try the scallops. Great atmosphere and wonderful service. A little pricy but worth it.
Hot, if not yet Haute
By Gustav_Siebenberger on 11/1/2006
Very delicate flavors, exceptional attention to detail. I strongly recommend all mezes you can eat, since there are very few averagely-prepared items(cigars, for instance). Pleasant atmosphere, friendly wait staff, reasonable wine menu and really exceptional desserts. No turkish coffee, though. You will have to subsist on a well made(not burnt) double espresso.
By FatBastard on 9/28/2007
I've been here with friends on multiple occasions and love the creative but solid menu as well as a fairly subdued atmosphere. All the red meat and fish dishes I've had are spot on, and breads/dips are not to be missed at the outset. Service tends to be attentive and knowledgeable -- made some good wine recommendations from a list that was not at all intuitive to me. Occasionally loud but seems to retain an intimate feel at the smaller tables where I've been seated. Definitely great for a date or fun night with a hungry group though quality doesn't come cheaply even in Hell's Kitchen.
Taboon offers superb middle eastern and mediterranean food
By dogue on 6/7/2008
Outstanding food and friendly, efficient service,
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