Can't resist a good pickle
Came here for the first time and found the ambiance very, very cozy where you can actually have a conversation with your dinner partner. Oysters were cold, sweet, and briny as they should be. Trout appetizer had a really surprising and fun presentation that really works with the dish. Thoroughly enjoyed the scallops, especially the pickled radish. Waitstaff was very attentive. Loved the comfy and intimate vibe. Sangria was yummy and wished I had one more glass. Highly recommend.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Seafood Comes to the UWS!
I know there's Mermaid Inn and Ditch Plains. But Domain, nee Vareli, is turning out seafood dishes that rival River Cafe and dare I say, Le Bernadin. The new chef was the sous chef at River Cafe, and is putting out plates that will knock your socks off, both in presentation and taste. The menu is simple and small with an obvious focus on seafood, although there are beef and chicken offerings. Recommended: Seafood pasta carbonara and the filet of sole with mushrooms and spinach. Not like anything you will find in most restaurants on the UWS. Gorgeous in both looks and flavor and cooked to perfection! Eat in the upstairs garden if available, it was very quiet and lovely. Do not miss dessert: carrot cake!
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Haute Cuisine on the Upper West
This place is a foodies find. I have dined twice and it continues to blow me away. Chef Derek gets it right. His food is beautifully presented, elegant and leaves you thinking when can I next return. If you want the full blown experience, have the chef do a tasting for your table. Otherwise, let me tell you my faves..... Smoked trout appetizer that sits on top of shrimp salad, topped with a soft quail egg. Entrées: Sea Scallop with a miso-glaze, Braised Short rib melts, and the Shellfish Carbonara with Spaghetti...just when you thought Carbonara couldn't get better!
Your dining experience wouldn't be complete without their warm molten chocolate cake with Carmel ice cream and the selection of artisanal cheeses.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
The old Varelli spot has been updated as Domain under the auspices of a chef who headed a Michelin stared restaurant. The new name reflects the shift from a Med wine based restaurant to a pan European with definite Nordic touches. The decor is the same as it is still very casual which belies the high end touches like smoking fish at the table. The only issue and it is a minor one was they are also in process of revamping the wine list so they were out of the first two choices we had selected. They made up for it by providing us with a more expensive wine that was same type as we had ordered. The scallops and duo of meat were great though the gravlax was more sushi than smoke fish which was fine by me but a little too raw for companion.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
domajn excreded expectations
Everything served was excellent. Duck confit. Smoked trout. Flour less cake came with egg shaped caramel ice cream.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good food, smart new prices
They have started to reduce some prices, and entrees now seem to come with sides on the plate, so they might be taking the criticism to heart. They now also have a bar menu with some of the old Varelli favorites.
Quality of the food is very good and the service was fine. Hope it works out. Neighborhood needs a place like this.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'll be back
Domain keeps getting better and better. I love the move from Varelli to Domain; the Columbia area needs a locavore haven. And now that prices seem more realistic than a few months back the place is thoroughly inviting, the best deal in the area. Three cheers for the wild salmon and accompanying vegetables and horseradish.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM