Narcissa Restaurant
Narcissa Restaurant

Narcissa Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://narcissarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2122283344x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday to Thursday 5:30pm to 11:30pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:30pm to 12:30am
    Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10:30am to 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: John Fraser
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On the Bowery between 5th and 6th streets
  • Parking: No
A word from Narcissa Restaurant
Named after the beautiful and feisty dairy cow who presides over André Balazs' Hudson Valley farm, the Locusts on Hudson, Narcissa marries the clean flavors and impeccably-sourced ingredients of California cuisine with new techniques of roasting, rotisserie and slow-cooking. Seasonal, local and organic produce from the farm have been specifically planted to support Chef John Fraser's healthy, multi-layered American menu, which offers both simplicity and sophistication.
The intimate neighborhood restaurant offers two dining rooms, one featuring a large open kitchen and chef counter, the other overlooking a charming private garden, allowing for al fresco dining in warmer months.
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Narcissa Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (131)fit for foodies (130)hot spot (95)special occasion (84)romantic (77)neighborhood gem (75)great for brunch (64)good for groups (43)great for lunch (32)vibrant bar scene (31)notable wine list (27)late-night find (11)scenic view (11)kid-friendly (10)Show More
  • highly recommend it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    excellent overall experience. Great brunch, great ambience, great service. I had the poached eggs and avocado toast. I also suggest getting the donut box. It's worth every singly calorie, I promise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of the best gems in the city
    Alex
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Amazing service, unique beautifully crafted cuisine, and we'll crafted cocktails made this an amazing evening. The outdoor seating only served to further the wonderful experience at Narcissa. If you get the chance don't pass this up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely!
    MePaIsaNo
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Been sever times. Always a delight. Love the jumbo biscuit with lavender honey butter. Everything is well prepared and you can tell a vision was examined and is followed through. Great place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceeded My Imagination
    CoachDoug
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I knew the ratings and also the reviews, but unsure how the Chef would pull off these uniquely designed items. I was more than surprised. Each dish exceeded my imagination! The outdoor dining was intimate and quiet which also helped with the whole experience. We sat out on the lower grassy area under the trees. Service- Also outstanding! We eat out at NY specialty restaurants and have experienced so many of the great chef creations-I was truly amazed that this one is now a top favorite. SO grateful! The bar is raised. I think they know what they do well and do it to perfection every time. Quality consistency is the key. I also feel like each staff member cares. It shows. We'll be back regularly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I wasn't disappointed
    JPearlVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I went here thanks to a review from Immaculate Infatuation. Yet again, those guys were right on point. The food was lovely, service was great, and we (party of 4) walked out pleased. In terms of appetizers, the gnocchi, and polenta were my favorites. For my main, I had the scallops which also didn't disappoint. The portions weren't that big, but the meal was flavorful and very well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • beautiful interior design
    coast2coast
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I had a big expectation after reading restaurant review, but quite disappointed with food quality. Everything "looked" nice, though. The server suggested options for kids, but he obviously didn't taste the food before. It was so spicy that my boys filled up with bread only. I've had better duck, which was my entree choice, somewhere else. The server was too attentive that we felt rushed as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't wait to go back
    LauradVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went here for my birthday dinner and everything about it was perfect! We sat outside on a gorgeous night and the ambiance was amazing. Lanterns give the perfect mood for a lovely dinner. Food was a lot of delicious farm to table. Get as many vegetables as you can handle!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Garden
    BigG5
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    To really enjoy Narcissa, you must sit outside in their charming garden. The service was excellent, our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. We had the whole roast chicken for two priced at $70 and it was nothing to write home about. Happy we experienced dining here, but will try other restaurants next month when we return to NYC.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance poor service
    MarionVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food and ambience were great. Our waiter however had a bad attitude and clearly didn't want to be working that day.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for Brunch
    Leah
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went to Sunday brunch with four of my girl friends. We sat outside in the courtyard that was absolutely amazing. There was grass and a tree! We all remarked that we didn't feel like we were in NYC. The food was delicious as well and the eggs were very fresh - almost orange colored.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    ejldtnyc
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Every single dish was delicious in its own unique way. In addition, the restaurant is beautifully designed and has a warm, energetic feeling inside. My only complaint is regarding my cocktail (The Gentleman Farmer), as it had much too strong of a lime taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yamiVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great outdoor terrace. The ambiance was so great, I can almost overlook my cold poached eggs and the fact that the waitress completely botched a surprise dessert for one of the people at my table. French toast nibblers as a shared appetizer is a must for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    sheriVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The most special experience for a birthday celebration. This is a true farm to table experience. The food preparation was outstanding,creative and delicious. Our waitress Brooke made the experience very special. From the most spectacular beet salad..to the carrots Wellington to the desserts....we were humming. The ambiance and service met the standards of the culinary skills
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for vegans
    Etherkay1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the choice for my vegan companion was excellent . The staff were charming and knowledgable and we were recommended an excellent red wine, which I would definitely have again. So somewhere I will go back to, though best to specify where you want a table, we were initially shown to a rather nondescript one, but they happily changed it for us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Atmosphere
    cback001
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I requested (in the notes section of Open table) a perfect two top either outside in the courtyard or inside, mentioning it was one of our first special dates, and i'd leave it up to their recommendation. When I arrived all 3 hostesses smiled and said "we have a perfect table for you outside in the courtyard", and they winked at me. The dim lit atmosphere outside was perfect, service was great, and the farm to table food was amazing. They mentioned the farms from upstate NY and Vermont where they get all of their ingredients from, which was nice. We ordered a bottle of wine (Farmer Jane Garnacha, which was fantastic), and we also ordered the scallops and duck breast which were both delicious. I definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We loved this new restaurant! It is the perfect combination of excellent food and fabulous outdoor dining. The staff was terrific too. Great find!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    delightedidnerVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    A perfect meal. The outdoor garden is charming, elegant, sophisticated. Our food was expertly prepared, you taste the fresh ingredients in every bite. The menu offers interesting takes on classic dishes. My favorite dish was an appetizer of fresh tomato salad. Simple and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance, inventive cuisine
    benjaminVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    It's great to see Chef Fraser trying new things, while maintaining some of the elements that made Dovetail such a special place. I do wish the Manchurian Cauliflower weren't basically a rendition of red sweet and sour sauce, and the much more Ave about carrot fries were more like carrots inside beignet batter. Offerings were otherwise excellent. Excellent service, nice surroundings.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow start but a great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We requested an outdoor table several days in advance, and so glad we did: the outdoor space is lovely. It took almost 30 minutes to get our drink order taken, at which point we ordered our meal, but then the service picked up and was great for the remainder of the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service
    dinnerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    interesting and different dishes - farm to table. great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing as usual
    FoodsmyfriendVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Another excellent dinner at Narcissa. The service, food, and atmosphere are all top notch and the prices given the quality are fare. I think I'm willing to say that a Narcissa is overall one of the best dining experiences downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    Joey
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The French Toast bites were wonderful. I had the snitchel and egg great dish, large portion. The deserts were to die for. Great experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Narcissa was a hit!
    Love2Dine
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The food was absolutely fantastic and the service was impeccable! Be sure to save room for desert because they are to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't Miss Narcissa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Narcissa is perfectly executed. Laid back vibe, flawless service, vibrant flavors. The fluke crudo and steamed bass were simply sharper and better than similar dishes at other restaurants roughly in this category. The vegetarian choices--highlighted by the Carrots Wellington--were strongly appreciated in our group. Top-level cocktails too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JamieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    really was worth the hype, sat at the kitchen counter which provided a great view of the food preparation and plating. had a lovely meal and a great over ally experience. would happily return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • goldiniVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Excellent food, outstanding service in a lovely room that felt homey and comfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food/services lives up to the hype
    dancVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    maxed out review here. attentive and warm service. unique, flavorful, beautifully prepared food. stylish yet classy design aesthetic. good looking clientele
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gorgeous food in an outdoor setting
    msnow
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been to every iteration of this restaurant space and I think they finally have it! The food was light, but the flavor combinations were complex, it was elevated from your typical "farm to table" restaurant where you feel like every dish could be recreated at home by a good home cook. Stand out dishes included: rotisserie-crisped beets in a horseradish sauce, barley risotto, steamed black bass, whole rotisserie branzino, cheesecake, and the raspberry and lychee fruit salad. We ate outside on a perfect summer night and the noise level was at a perfect point we could actually converse with each other easily. Service was acceptable, but I felt that there were a couple of lapses that could be solved by a better trained staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE
    UnimpressedVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a 9pm reservation, but ended up opting for bar seating. The bartenders are excellent as well as fun. Started with the figs. AMAZING. I had the lamb, which was off the hook and my man had the duck. It was all delicious as were the cocktails. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing service with great food
    kevinandrewsun
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    As the title says, the service couldn't have been better. The rotisserie chicken special was good, but the larger pieces of chicken left something to be desired. Both the crab salad and softshell crab were exquisite, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food is really good potion is small
    Rouge
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Veggie dishes are really great! especially anything with carrot! Chicken dish is nothing special but tasty, so as rib eye. Service is friendly but bit slow, over all I had a nice time with good food and wine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So disappointing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Small portions of non seasoned food was the only consistent aspect of the meal. Service was spotty as the meal progressed while managers played with their phones. Didn't even bother to stay for dessert, maybe we missed the best part. No way to know.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delicious food, great scene/service
    hungrykittyVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    food was delicious, server was very passionate about the menu and attentive to our needs and made sure the experience was great. love the ambiance and would definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Upon walking through the door, Narcissa exceeded my expectations. Although a member of our party was running extremely late, our server took note that we were gathered for a special birthday celebration and couldn't have been more pleasant or accommodating. In fact, providing an exceptional experience began with the hostess and maître d', who seated two of us before the remainder of the party had arrived and, in response to the request I made when reserving on OpenTable, gave us a lovely table with a stunning view of the room and the patio area. I actually think it's the best table in the entire restaurant. From cocktails to dessert, our meal was spectacular...everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Can't wait to return!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stylish, welcoming, professional
    Shivnabill
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Wonderful new dining location in NY . Superb food, genuine and warm service, and a great lively ambience .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Picturesque Setting
    jennayVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Trees dripping in lights and lanterns. Prettiest outdoor setting for an early brunch or outdoor meal. We went for an early dinner to avoid crowds because we had a kid. The staff was friendly and attentive and very helpful in selecting courses for our meal. We opted for the special whole chicken (I think around $85?? but it fed all 4 adults!) with some sides and 4 appetizers. Drinks were great. I'd love to come back with gfs for a brunch or lunch again. It's just a great setting. Food is good but I think its the ambience and setting that sets it apart.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Loved the crab salad and rotisserie poussin for brunch. Service was wonderful. I plan to return for dinner soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Understated elegance
    AnnaNYC
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This restaurant feels casual, at least for brunch, but the service is top notch and discreet (typical of a very high quality restaurant). With one exception that is - the hostess staff. They acted a bit unwelcoming when we first arrived, gave us a strange top to bottom judgmental glance (we were dressed appropriately for the time of day and venue). Attitude wise, they seemed a better fit for a bar or club in Meatpacking... Oh well, our waiter was amazing so that balanced out the experience. We ordered the French toast bites, the biscuit with honey-lavender butter, eggs Benedict with tomato, poached eggs with avocado toast, a side of fries, Bloody Marys, and a specialty cocktail (the Noonday Spritzer). Everything was very tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst NYC dining experience ever
    foodB4lifeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We looked forward to this meal as big fans of The Standard. We were oh so disappointed to find it full of mistakes + mishaps. Two of us were persuaded to order the chef's special - a whole roasted chicken. When one of our bites revealed blood-red rawness on the bone, we were told not to worry, that this 'was normal' for a roast chicken. We then found even the wing meat was totally and dangerously raw. The waiter offered to have the chicken "reheated" (really?) - we decided to order something new. By the time the waiter came back 20 mins later, the others had finished their meals. Even a cocktail ordered to fill the time was forgotten. After 40 minutes a manager came by with a "sorry" and an offer of food. Terrible. 2 of us left w/o meals.
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  • great evening
    Gamarjoba
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Celebrated an anniversary here and we had a great meal with delicious wine. The two-top tables on the western wall of the restaurant were a little cramped (if they removed just one of the seven tables there it would be more comfortable and more intimate), but other than that, no complaints.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate