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Dovetail
Dovetail

Dovetail Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.dovetailnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 362-3800
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday, Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday 5:00 - 10:00
    Brunch: Sunday: 11:30pm-2:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: John Fraser
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private functions are available, please contact for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Jessica Vivar - jvivar@dovetailnyc.com (212) 362-3800

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Avenue
  • Public Transit: B & C trains to 81st Street and 1 train to 79th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Dovetail
Dovetail is a Michelin-starred restaurant operated by chef and proprietor John Fraser. Serving contemporary American fare and located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Dovetail received three stars from The New York Times as well as its first Michelin star in the 2011 New York Guide.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "We went to Dovetail to celebrate the 11th anniversary of our wedding and we had a truly memorable meal: the vegetarian tasting menu. We were blown away by the extraordinary range of subtle tastes, the inventive combinations of tastes, and the way the meal built from course to course. The service was great, the wine was wonderful, and the atmosphere perfect. Finally, the staff was extraordinarily attentive to our special dietary needs. This was above and beyond the call of duty and it is greatly appreciated."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Excellent food, service and wine. Each course was truly delightful!! Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Brunch is a fantastic deal with a fixed price menu and excellent food."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Truly everything we had was wonderful. The service was pleasant and impeccable. It was slightly quick on a Saturday Night but we didn't feel rushed. This is not simply a nice restaurant. This is an experience not to be forgotten."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "FOr a special occasion this restaurant is beautiful although a little pricey The service was wonderful and we really enjoyed our night the restaurant is quiet And very beautiful"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The tasting menu was excellent as in the past. This is the best restaurant on the Upper West Side. The wine list is outstanding but too pricey, good wine does not have to cost >$200/bottle."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Hands down best restaurant we've eaten at in NYC! My husband and I each ordered the four-course menu and each part of it was amazing. The preparation was so delicious and unique that we shared every course! The service was outstanding too. Truly a dining experience to remember!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Overall Dovetail gets very good ratings? Menu is somewhat limited, but good variety with an interesting structure. Not a chef tasting menu but the option for full a la carte or limited tasting menu with your own selections. The noise level is just right- quiet enough to enjoy, but not so much you are uncomfortable having a laugh! The initial amuse bouche is bread and a few tasty bits. Then another real chef's selection interesting- both flavors and form. All courses of the meal were well presented, appropriately sized and very tasty. We were also given a very interesting sorbet- strawberry and chili pepper- a surprising delight! Service attentive, but enjoyably almost invisible at the same time! Overall worth a visit and a return!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time at Dovetail and it didn't fail to disappoint. The service and food were both excellent as was the wine suggested to us. The ambience is refined and sophisticated and you can't help but have a wonderful evening here.Thank you once again for a wonderful eve"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Have been meaning to try Dovetail for some time now and it was worth the wait. We dined during Restaurant Week and while this can be a recipie for a sub par dining experience, Dovetail stood up to its reputation and delivered a good performance. Polished service with a minior fault on the delivery of the excellent corn bread. Front end accomodated our delayed arrival with finesse and we were very pleased with the handiwork from the kitchen. Flavors were pronounced and the portions were comfortable for a lunch during Restaurant week. Really enjoyed my steak tartar but wished I had chosen the fluke like my guest instead of the bbq'd pork shoulder which was good but just not as tastyas his. We were sufficiently intrigued & plan to return."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "First trip to NYC. Wanted a place that was unique to the city and not a tourist trap. Dovetail fit the bill perfectly. We had the four-course wine pairing dinner. Exquisite! I could go on an on, but you simply have to experience this place for yourself. Highest recommendation."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Like many very good restaurants, they couldn't pull it off for restaurant week. The bread plate fritters were unbearably salty. The avocado salad should have been cut with something less rich. My hake serving was generous but unfortunately flavorless, and the the coconut sauce which accompanied it needed a little nuoc mam and/or lime leaf. My chocolate cake looked dry, hard and unappetizing but was actually creamy, Ganache-like, and delicious. Our waiter was sheer perfection, slightly stiff to begin with but after reading us, warmed to a perfect match. Dovetail remains my favorite restaurant in spite of their less then stellar restaurant week offerings."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "An exceptional dining experience! It was quiet enough when we arrived that we could hear the terrific background soundtrack. Every detail is spectacular, from the flowers on the table to the presentation of the cornbread and arancini (not to be missed). The avocado with curried cauliflower danced with flavors that could stand apart but blended into something special. Same goes for the melon gazpacho. The hake was sublime! My friend liked the pork but felt it was a little dry and perhaps oversalted. We were able to sample each dessert and loved them all. Service was warm and friendly. Only slight negative is the musty odor when you go downstairs for the restroom and private dining area. Don't let this stop you!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Went here for restaurant week lunch. The food was good, especially the sautéed foie gras."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "My husband and I went to Dovetail for restaurant week and were pleasantly surprised by the extremely high quality of the food. We've been to many upscale restaurants in NYC, some with celebrity chefs, and this one compares favorably to the top few restaurants in the city. They did not skimp on the quality of their restaurant week lunch menu as so many establishments do these days. Everything we tried, from appetizers to dessert and even the bread, was fresh and delectable with very well-balanced flavors."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I went to there with my friends for restrautant week lunch. Great menu and very friendly recipients. Love the juicy and tender barbecued pork shoulder!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Overall experience from beginning to end was exceptional."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food is outstanding... and a real treat for vegetarians. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Small lump of pork shoulder for the prix fix. Not a great idea for impressing new customers. They should just forget the restaurant week lunch as I would not go back"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Don't misunderstand me, the food is good there, the service is pleasant and the ambience is cool... But for the value I know better place to eat in Manhattan. I expected a finer food."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was excellent and the setting was sophisticated and very pleasing. Service was truly wonderful, easy-going and efficient. We found it a completely enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The cuisine is what I call "American creative" -- combinations of things that are different from the usual. But everything works and is beautifully presented. The special prix fixe, three-course dinner on Sunday night -- which affords plenty of choices for each course -- is a terrific value. The wine list is excellent and very varied. The night I was there, the service director, Heidi, was doubling as sommelier (a position she held previously), and was a terrific guide through the list. The service was flawless but neither hovering nor intimidating. Great food and a fun vibe!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The quiet, elegant and superbly friendly and professional service highlighted the incredible dining experience. The food was a fantastic voyage in high culinary artistry and left one with no further want than to come back again and again. The meal will remain embedded in this customer's memory for a long time...or at least until he comes back to enjoy and other wonderful adventure in culinary heaven!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Dovetail remains an actual food destination... on the UWS of all places. Superb, inventive cooking with a close eye for detail, ven with Chef Fraser busy with his downtown venture. His chef de cuisine must be quite talented. Superb dishes included the heirloom tomato salad, which sounds boring but was anything but. The kitchen constantly plays with what appear to be standard dishes but are not in the least. Great use of vegetables and grains in subtle ways, along with rich ingredients like foie gras or duck."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Too bad they only serve lunch during Restaurant Weeks."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Lovely dining experience. Good food, soothing atmosphere, excellent service made for a special meal!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We had a Restaurant Week lunch here, first time at Dovetail for the three of us. I had hake for my main course, which was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The melon gazpacho for a first course on a warm summer day was refreshing and wonderfully flavored. What the restaurant doesn't have is an inviting decor. It seemed very corporate--rather than reflecting its actual location on the Upper West Side, the room felt like it belonged in midtown Manhattan for the business lunch crowd. However, if one does live on the UWS, it is a convenient place for an excellent meal."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Yummmm! Definitely worth the trek. I completely understand why they have a Michelin star!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We own a restaurant in Texas and came to New York for restaurant week. This was the best place we went to! The service was wonderful. The horchata dessert was the best dessert I have ever had in my life. The foie gras was perfectly cooked and the sauces were unique and delicious. The only recommendation I could possibly think of is in regards to my entree. I had the hake with sweet potato and coconut. It was perfectly cooked, I would have loved a bit more spice. But I'm from Texas, and we use a ton of spice so I understand that might not be everyone's cup of tea. Fabulous fabulous experience!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Tried Restaurant Week Lunch menu. The food is great, appetizer beef tartar is fresh and in good portion. The fish entree is fantastic, the Long Island Hake is soft and tender with light coconut emulsion. Smooth sweet potato is added to bring the coconut emulsion to next level. This entree tastes perfectly in the hot summer season. Will recommend this restaurant to my friends."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We've been to Dovetail twice in the last month. Both times were astonishing. The most delicious, fresh and inventive cuisine. Dinner was expensive and worth every cent. Restaurant week lunch was a bargain, same amazing level of food and service, and a lovely bargain wine to go with it. Just lovely, and super professional and friendly service. Our new absolutely favorite spot."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "From beginning to end, Dovetail was an exquisite culinary treat. The atmosphere is modern with close attention paid to flowers. They softly mix metal with nature in an elegant manner. It is sophisicated and elegant. The perfect setting for a special or romantic occasion. Daniel is a gem. There is nothing he does not do or pay attention to. He anticipates all needs and addresses every detail. His timing is impeccable. The chef has golden hands. He artfully blends herbs and vegetables to enhance the taste. Presentation is a sculptured delite. Pure heaven in every bite making one desire more. Elegant,romantic, but not stiff. Culinary heaven."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We came here for the summer restaurant week prix fixe lunch. It was very busy. We waited at the bar but no-one offered to serve us and it took over 10 minutes and multiple requests before we were served. We were seated approx. 25 min later. We ate foie gras and steak tartare starters, pork and chicken mains and chocolate and carrot cake desserts. The bread for the foie gras took too long to arrive. But the food was excellent. Starters were well prepared and the meat mains were succulent and juicy. Portions were on the small side but to be expected for RW. There were specially chosen wines for the RW menu and we opted for a white Alsatian. Overall, food was excellent, servers were professional but the choreography could be improved."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "loved Dovetail. Hake in coconut sauce was amazing. Tartare was cut too course and too dry. Dessert of carrot cake exceptional."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The restaurant week menu completely exceeded my expectations. I chose the steak tartare as my appetiser and it was delicious, perfectly done and paired with a crispy cracker. I was recommended the chicken sous-vide, and that was fantastic as well! Definitely a treat. The panna cotta was a little sweet for my tastes, but also very yummy with summer berries and crispy rice. I was a little under-dressed for the restaurant, which made me a feel a little neglected by the hostess. However, my waiter was perfectly attentive and very friendly!"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "After many years, Dovetail continues to offer some of the very best cuisine in the city. Classical technique is complemented by innovative innovative touches. Be sure to try the tasting menus."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This is a very special food experience. Unusual flavors . Spectacular presentation. Affordable during restaurant week for the average person."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I had no idea such a lovely restaurant was tucked away on the ground floor of an UWS townhouse. The atmosphere was elegant without feeling snobby and the food was absolutely scrumptious, with small but adequate portions, especially for a tasting menu. I went for lunch during Restaurant Week, which made it very affordable--dinner is much pricier, but I am sure it is well worth the splurge. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I had been wanting to go here for a while especially for the vegetarian Monday, but had not made till restaurant week. The food was just awesome - creative, fresh, tasty and wants to make you come back. The service was excellent - very attentive staff."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Again and again, I am thrilled by the complexity of flavors masterfully blended at Dovetail. The avocado salad with sunflower seeds and curry and grapes, for example, danced. The buttery lemon cumin sauce for the pork shoulder and zucchini, the light coconut sauce for the hake and sweet potatoes, and the caraway ice cream for the moist carrot cake surpassed any expectation. Delightful!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014