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Tipsy Parson

156 Ninth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 20th St.
212-620-4545

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5
Food: 5
Service: 5
Décor: 7
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Tipsy Parson

By Bartok on 1/12/2014

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

This restaurant offers surprisingly little even at its modest prices. I went with a guest for bunch and ordered a burger with salad. I got a burger with French fries. By the time the error was corrected, the burger was cold. It was cooked well done. Had I been asked, I would have preferred medium rare. My guest ordered an egg dish that arrived covered in what looked like the fried noodles one gets with wonton soup at the local Chinese take out. It looked silly. Both dishes were dull, flavorless. I called this place twice before going. Thankfully there were enough voice system prompts to let me know the hours and reservation policy. I never did reach a human. A mediocre dining experience on their terms.

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16 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

Turned the Corner

By zacharylovesfood on 10/4/2010

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

Full Disclosure: I love the team behind this restaurant. And that is why it has been a tough year watching Tipsy Parson receive lackluster review one after the other. I agree that sometimes the menu and setting promises more than it has been able to deliver, but I think Tipsy Parson has turned the corner. Had brunch there yesterday and everything was super solid, delicious, the service was great, it seems they've stabilized in that respect now, beyond their core of amazing fun people. Why did it take so long? Who knows, but the place is busy busy and, now, its for a good reason.

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63 out of 115 people found this review helpful.

disappointed

By john on 7/30/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

being a fan of Little Giant I was excited to check out Tipsy Parson, only to have a lackluster disappointing experience. I was undecided on a drink & my waitress recommended the peach julep, I was thinking house-infused peach bourbon, um no, what I got was peach puree as thick as baby food(!) spiked with bourbon. It was disgustingly sweet and thick and weird. I didn't even finish it. I ordered the shrimp & grits which I did like but I also unknowingly ordered a buttermilk biscuit side when it turns out 2 biscuits already come with the dish, so I ended up with a ridiculous 3 biscuits with my meal! it would have been nice if the waitress had informed me of this when I was ordering, but the service isn't very professional at Little Giant either so I should have expected it. I didn't even order dessert. my meal and over all experience just left me feeling sick and I just wanted to leave. overall, Tipsy Parson seems very gimmicky, one dimensional and not sustainable.

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67 out of 128 people found this review helpful.

Hell to the N-O! Not trying it again

By lemaydm on 3/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Sunday Brunch review--don't do it, and here's why.....waited 45 min; seated 15 before waiter came by; waited for food 30. A fun brunch turned into a diabolical all-day afair....minus the "all you can drink" brunch option that is so readily avail anywhere else in Manhattan. Wrecked a beautiful Sunday by sitting inside a cramped, dark restaurant w/terrible and pretentious service. The decor is pretty cool--but my Pig in a Poke was mehhhh. I dunno, was expecting so much more after reading about it for weeks and weeks via NY Mag & TONY. Won't do it again. Don't recommend you do it on Sunday--unless you like mental anguish (or sit at the bar).

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63 out of 134 people found this review helpful.

Post-Gallery Bites: The Tipsy Parson

By thegamine on 1/21/2010

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

So after a night of gallery openings in Chelsea, where does one find sustenance? Spare me the Bottino and skip The Red Cat, The Tipsy Parson is the best place to grab a bite to eat after working up an appetite from a nice jaunt through Chelsea. Despite an off-putting review from the New York Times, the Tipsy Parson is welcoming and the food is sophisticated, yet comforting. For the full review check out http://www.thegamine.com/?p=230 thegamine.com

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71 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

Ignore the NYT review at your peril !!!

By u18tc on 1/11/2010

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

4 of us ventured to Tipsy yesterday and the welcome was as frigid as the weather, the hostess was clueless about when tables would become available & when we chose to stay we weren't offered a drink for 10 minutes, the service throughout was very patchy though our server was fairly chatty & pleasant when he decided to come near our table. Food was pretty bland throughout with some significant low points. 2 members of our party had the mushroom toast, one had enough mushrooms to justify the title, one might as well have been called egg and toast! The catfish Po'boy had chunks of onion cut so thick you could taste little else - they were dispatched. The space, especially at the back, is cute but the service and food has to improve or the clientele with vote with their feet.

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90 out of 163 people found this review helpful.

Just a little schizogenic

By Sandy MacDonald on 12/31/2009

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

By the end of the evening, the waiter who had aggressively, snootily hustled us (no, we don't drink, and no, tap water will do) acted like our best friend when check time rolled around. And it's a good thing we were eating light (apps and dessert), because the tiny marble table -- in front of a banquette shared with a hyperactive neighbor who never ceased jiggling -- wouldn't have accommodated much more. The food was delicious, but the attitude and discomfort outweighed the talent in the kitchen.

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83 out of 163 people found this review helpful.

A warm, cozy spot

By chelseafood on 12/15/2009

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

Other reviewers have been too overly critical. We live in the neighborhood and this is a very cozy, friendly & welcome addition. The food is a bit mixed (the aforementioned celeriac salad was absolutely delicious in fact but some others a bit flat). The drinks, however, are great; the bar a perfect place to sit, and the place overall just very warm and inviting. Would absolutely recommend.

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84 out of 189 people found this review helpful.

A warm, cozy spot

By chelseafood on 12/15/2009

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

Other reviewers have been too overly critical. We live in the neighborhood and this is a very cozy, friendly & welcome addition. The food is a bit mixed (the aforementioned celeriac salad was absolutely delicious in fact but some others a bit flat). The drinks, however, are great; the bar a perfect place to sit, and the place overall just very warm and inviting. Would absolutely recommend.

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80 out of 161 people found this review helpful.

Inconsistent food, dishonest wine list

By ottozap on 11/29/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

The dining room is pretty. The food inconsistent. Good soup, completely bland celeriac salad, yucky deviled eggs, muddled, over-fruited, over-cooked pork chop. But it's not the food that got me. What is unacceptable is the dishonesty of the wine list--and the management's adherence to their lie. The wine list says Brunello, and they serve a Rosso di Montalcino. C'mon people, that's bait-and-switch at best, a brazen, shameful lie at worst. Note to Perjuring Parson: "The 'second wine' of the zone is Rosso di Montalcino and this generally sells for a modest price..." (montalcino.net) "In less than ideal vintages some producers will relegate all their grapes to Rosso di Montalcino production and not make a Brunello..." (wikipedia.org/wiki/Brunello_di_Montalcino)

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87 out of 167 people found this review helpful.

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