I've been back many times and the food,ambiance, and staff have been consistenyly great! Always look forward an interesting menu, good wine selection and attentive service.
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great neighborhood find. Great
Great neighborhood find. Great ambiance, although it can get a little noisy. Nice menue and well prepared food.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tolani is an intimate place
Tolani is an intimate place with a small menu of interesting dishes. I tasted three of their "sharable" dishes and all were excellent. They were out of the first bottle of wine we ordered, but the fall back, an Argentine malbec, was excellent as well. The portion sizes are modest but not shockingly so; the prices a tad high - but both in accord with NY practice. (E.g., a dish of tiger prawns priced at about $19 was comprised of three large prawns.) My only quibble was that no bread was served; a basket of breasts was offered for $8.
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tolani is die beste restraurant
Die kos is uitstekend. Die diens is vriendelik en luister. Ek is mal oor hierdie plek en sal bly terug kom.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is excellent. Finally a place that does proper fish tacos aka not fried. Those are great. Large meat ball, muscles and the pork were all favorites of the table as well. Will go back
5/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
good for a group of people
If you want to try different dishes, and have a "tapas" with different inspired dishes,this is for you. The food was very good, with a few exceptions (the meatball was ordinary), the rest were inventive without being over the top. Good food, nice wine unhurried dining experience.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great UWS Spot
I've been here twice and the food is excellent! Wasn't very crowded on a Sunday -- and it makes you pause and wonder why -- BUT its awesome and well worth it. Go!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mix of national cuisines done well
New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, France, Italy. My common wisdom was always to go for restaurants that specialize in one area or type of food etc. Here they mix them together in a seamless menu that does not feel like you are traveling from country to country but rather has a coherent theme- and is well prepared and has that special something non generic taste. All in all well done.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was very good and service
Food was very good and service was friendly and fast. Will definitely be back!
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tolani is great , all the
Tolani is great , all the servers and bartenders are excellent and very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. the food was excellent too
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Started with the soup of the day - a cold cucumber avocado, very good. A bit heavy on the cilantro, but a wonderful, unique creation.
For the main course I went with Ricotta Gnudi - Very good.
We dined on a Monday which may be the reason that two items that I would have ordered were not available - chicken liver mousse to start and mussels as a main course.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
service was great
service was great
wine list was extensive
ambience was memorable
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food with Character
Have a pre-show dinner for four people. It was our first visit and the service was quite accommodating to a group that arrived late and had to leave quickly. The menu is designed for sharing and the quality was good, the squash spaghetti with "meat" balls was a stand out as were the fish tacos. We will definitely be back for a more leisurely exploration.
9/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a find!
A friend found Tolani for our dinner last week, and it was wonderful! The garden on the lower level is lovely--quieter than upstairs, with great ambience. Our waiter, Isaac, was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. The food was fresh, delicious and creative. I will definitely return, and recommend Tolani to others.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
fantastic food and ambience, attentive knowledgeable, friendly staff
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meeting my sister's new beau
...And wanted a quiet place where we could have a conversation and good food. I looked up restaurants on the UWS and noticed that this had great Zagat ratings, so made the rez. We had a wonderful table in the outdoor area downstairs that was ideal. The food was to our liking, and we got to sit for awhile and enjoy each other, the food and wine and the attentive, but not overly zealous, service.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner in the back garden
We had a wonderful dinner in the lovely back garden. Will be back soon.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, great wine. Excellent
Good food, great wine. Excellent after-work spot. Would not describe it as authentic "South African" cuisine.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good wine. Tasty fare.
I was looking for something a little different, and this turned out to be a good choice. Menu offerings were familiar, yet served with a bit of a twist. We ate outside, so I can't vouch for the interior space. The bistro tables are a bit small but at least the terrace wasn't so crowded that you felt people were stepping over you to get to their tables. The staff was prompt, friendly and knew their way around the wine list (which was helpful, since i was not familiar with the South African selections). Since we were headed to a concert after dinner, we dined early and had the chance to take advantage of their happy hour (a great value). . We chose a variety of tapas which were well prepared...I recommend the risotto and the fish tacos.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Friendly, attentive without bugging
I like the salmon tartare and the service was exceptional. We went back the next night and they remembered us treating us very well
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
We used a living social coupon here, and it was well worth it. We had a 6 course dinner with wine pairing and everything was very good! The service was great and the wine they paired the meals with was perfect. We sat down downstairs which is a small romantic area to sit in. Great place for a date!
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is a wonderful place
This is a wonderful place to experience food and wine. We had the chef's menu, and the portions were well-sized for us; small, but the right amount given that we had six different plates. The wines that accompanied the menu were well chosen. We will go back for sure, and will try the other dishes that were not on the chef's menu. The only recommendation we would have would be to add at least placemats if not tablecloths.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great UWS spot!
My husband and I did the 6 course tasting menu with wine pairings and it was great! The food was delicious and the wine complimented each meal. I also forgot my phone on the table when we left and the restaurant contacted me via opentable and I was able to get it back. Thank you for that! We will definitely be back to Tolani
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We chose Tolani for our first night out after baby destination and we're happy we did. Great food (the farro was Italy in a bite), lively but quiet enough for conversation (downstairs, upstairs by the bar would be challenging).
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
We made last minute arrangements to go to dinner with another family. Tolani was able to seat us at a reasonable hour. The waiter was friendly and helpful and then the owner Stanton came to greet us. He made wonderful suggestions, helped us pick an amazing wine and took our order. Everything was delicious and we had a wonderful evening. We have eaten there many times before but this evening was especially wonderful. Thank you Stanton.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent! The
The food was excellent! The owner was present and helpful. Out waitress forgot about us. We will go back and definetly order the vegetarian meatballs with spaghetti squash.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
What an UWS wine bar should be.
Second time here, first time for wine and light snacks, this time for wine and dinner. Both times we had excellent service and an enjoyable time. For a quiet dinner, with enjoyable music, go on a weeknight and ask to sit down stairs. Seasonal tapas selections provided a good variety of choices and at a reasonable price. The fish tacos, the Cornish hen with risotto and the curry muscles were our favorites. (the fries were very tasty as well). The wine list provided a nice set of choices and won't break the bank. Just a couple of nice experiences and we look forward to going back again.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went to Tolani on a Friday Night. Great look and Feel about the place. Decor was fantastic. Fantastic wine list, had a great wine from South Africa, The beer list was small but very interesting, had a great Kenyan beer. The food was unbelievable. Pickled radishes? Who would have thought. The cheese and meat selections were first class. Had the fish tacos and the Sea Bass, Wow! The service was very attentive without being disruptive to the mood. First Rate place..
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We really enjoyed this place.
We really enjoyed this place. Friendly staff, fun food concept, great food, great "by the glass" selections. We are out of the city, but will make a point of planning this place as part of our trips in. It was that good.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM