All Reader Reviews of...
1 E. 15th St., New York, NY, 10003
at Fifth Ave.
rosh hashanah - seems silly, it wasn't
By faceoff123 on 9/18/2012
My lovely girlfriend treated me since I was unable to go home for the holidays. We couldn't have had a lovelier time. They offered a prix fixe dinner for the holiday that was simply to die for. Challah and apples and honey of course, smoked cod and chicken consomme for appetizers, we both got the steak and short rib dinner, and split an apple tart and warm chocolate cake to finish. Every bite was terrific. The service was to notch. From hostess to bus boy they could not have been friendlier or more attentive. We were also presented a couple of treats including extra pastries as we sipped our coffee. The dinning room is lovely and intimate. I would go back in a heart beat. And I will.
Just great even better service
By mercerbaby on 7/12/2010
Four of us happened in this Oasis from confusion and were warmly greeted without reservations. All orders were prepared to everyones satisfaction the wine list is extensive but expensive. Our wine selection was enhanced by staff and was cheaper than our original selections. Will go back often with my guest the landlord of the property.
Snooty, officious service
By jerrystern on 2/14/2010
Beautiful place. Decent food if they served a decent-sized portion. Wine prices extravagant. Head waiter is officious, unfriendly even angry if you order the 3 inch Salmon and ask that it be served medium. Came rare; I apologized for neglecting to say that I wanted it medium, and he grabbed it and from that point on, I was a mere peasant. I walked up to him as I left and I said goodbye after I left a 20% tip, and he turned away. They never asked whether we wanted coffee. Tiny portions make this an expensive place and you'll leave hungry from the rich food. I'd never go back.
By stargazernyc on 1/16/2010
Even though my guest and I arrived on a Saturday evening at an early 7:00, they were already out of Parsnip Soup (which is what I wanted to order.) We found the portions to be very meager and not worth the price. Our waiter was nice enough and really tried, but the busboys seemed all to be in a trance. To get a second roll or a refill for our glasses of the bottled water we ordered was a real chore, not the service you'd expect from a "first class" restaurant. Over the last few years, I had eaten there twice, and tonight was my third and last time!
By TCK1985 on 10/11/2009
The ambiance was elegant but stuffy, and the clientele old (we are in our early 20s). I felt we were treated differently throughout the night due to racial or age prejudice (my boyfriend is black). - The guy who serves drinks didn't bother asking if we wanted to see the winelist and took away our wine glasses. - Same guy gave us the menu and didn't explain anything. To the other guests, he properly explained the Green Market and Tasting Menus. - Our main course plates were cleared as I was still chewing on my food. - It said "California sea urchin" for the carbonara. Only after I ordered it and asked about the sea urchin, he was like oh, our sea urchin tonight is from Maine... Truth in menu laws! The Sea Urchin angel hair was delicious (slightly too rich) but my braised veal tongue with wheat faro was alright. I didn't like the celery leaves as garnish and I was expecting my braise to be warm. There were a few over salted clumps but the wheat faro was delicious. The scallops and foie gras, and Maine lobster wrapped with salted pork belly were excellent. Fresh, quality ingredients.
No Food To Be Seen
By christinekwells on 10/28/2008
I went to Toqueville for a family celebration. I had heard the food was good, but unfortunately we didn't get to try it. We came in, sat down, 30 minutes later they took our drink order. After an hour and 15 minutes, they still had yet to take our order, even though we asked for our server and the manager several times. We got up and left. The service was the worst I've ever experienced. They were rude, bitchy, and they should be out of a job. Plus, on our way out, the food didn't look so good anyway. Only go there if you want some attitude and aren't planning on eating.
Pretty good I guess...but not at anywhere near those prices.
By duckfatlover on 7/1/2008
Room is very nice, but the service stinks so that's a fair trade off I suppose. Food is okay...but okay at $40 an entree should be the floor, not the ceiling. Desserts were terrible. Appetizers were the most interesting with the terrine being especially delicious. Entree's were all tiny, underwhelming and overpriced.
Great Great Food !
By misaokumiko on 11/1/2004
I had a Chef's Selection with 4 other guests of mine. Everyone was so impressed with the dishes. Dishes were very creative and tasty. It has asian flair to it (They actually serve with chopstick) Very fresh seafood has special sauce with asian and ropical (?) touch. It's out of this world !
(Gulp) the wine
By CaptainCook on 12/5/2003
An overall great experience in dining. The portions are small, but excelent, and allow room for the unique desserts. But the wine list seems more expensive than it should be. The cheapest red (and by my reckoning, equivalent to a $15 bottle of wine at a merchant) is $48. There are a few more in the $50-60 range. Beyond that, I dare not go.
By adam on 4/25/2003
Thoroughly enjoyable experience from the relaxing decor to the inventive dishes.
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