Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar
Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar

Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elizabar.com/
  • Phone: 2127179798
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart 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, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 80th and 81st
  • Public Transit: Train: #6 to 77th Street/Lexington Avenue;
    Buses: 79th Street cross-town, north–south M98, M101, M102
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar
TASTE Restaurant and Wine Bar reflects Eli Zabar's passion for flavor-driven New American menus. Inspired by the finest and freshest produce, seafood, and meat available; Eli serves spontaneous flavorful food, not fussy, just straightforward and delicious. Local purveyors are favored as well as Eli's own rooftop greenhouse, which produces heirloom tomatoes, salad greens, fresh herbs, figs and strawberries. A tightly edited wine list with a focus on Burgundy and the Cote de Rhone enhances the menu and wine pairing is a defining theme on the small plate menu offered at the bar.
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Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (9)notable wine list (7)good for groups (2)special occasion (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • EllenVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Very pleasant but tables a bit too close together and tends to get noisy in corners, especially.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For real food lovers
    elizabethVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    If you appreciate the importance of quality ingredients in your food........this is the restaurant for you. Taste is like going to a friend's house for dinner and that friend happens to be a great cook. There is no better food or service on the upper east side. Some people perceive the restaurant as "expensive" but it isn't any more expensive than other restaurants of it's quality. We have been eating at Taste since it opened and it has only gotten better. I write this grudgingly because it has been like a well kept secret.....I don't really want it to become a big popular place......but they deserve the accolades and attention.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious. Fantastic.
    TastebudsDelight
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We took out of town guests for dinner and we're thrilled with the absolutely delicious meal, warm friendly service and exquisite ingredients. The problem was choosing among the varied items I the menu. The sommelier was extremely helpful and we were pleased with the burgandy he recommended. Our friends were equally impressed with the overall experience and said it was the best meal they'd had in NYC and they'd been to some very famous top places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gets better and better
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Finally, chairs are new and comfortable, design of the restaurant is warm and elegant (to be made more so when the murals are installed). . .food always fresh and what the time and weather suggests, interestingly presented. It's both comfortable and beautifully "unfussy". . .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AWDogVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    If it ain't broke don't fix it. Why Eli decided to leave behind delicious fresh food, I will never know. But he did. Heirloom tomatoes so buried in stuff that they might as well been a couple of slices of wonder bread.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Another Excellent Dinner at Taste
    Irishfe53VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Despite my former colleague's being an hour late because of a work emergency, we enjoyed a fine dinner with thoughtful service. The waiter understood that ours would be a slow but happy dinner. He was considerate, helpful and patient. The doors were open to a lovely late spring evening. I liked the sardine and soft shell crab appetizers. My friend devoured her pasta. She took home a slice of lemon meringue cake. Taste is like its parent Eli's. Both offer consistent high quality food with responsive service. NYers appreciate both the food stores and the restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ho-Hum
    kabongVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Them only thing to justify the high prices here is the quiet space where you can hear one another without straining. The service is attentive and professional. The food is competent and if that is enough, go for it. It just does not feel generous.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet and comfortable
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Food always fresh and interesting. Service excellent. Usually quiet. All good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great wine
    Madavey
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was delicious but the wine was spectacular! They have the benefit of being connected to their wine shop and they have a limited but well chosen wine list. The prices were reasonable and we were not disappointed with the choices. Additionally the service was very attentive and took very good care of us. It is a small place, maybe 120 seats and that lends to a very quiet and relaxed experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding serrvice
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Exemplary wait staff--what all restaurants should emulate. Overall, food very well prepared, if somewhat pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always comfortable and food
    ChazVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Always comfortable and food top notch. Not inexpensive. In the midst of renovation. For now, seating reduced and near bar area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • surprisingly good for NYC Rest wk
    jmwc42VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Saw iffy re view in NYT, went anyway, dining room was little threadbare but seated right away enjoyed the suggestion of wine/drink pairings! had terrific brisket, colleague completely finished fish and salad, warm welcome and service. a find.. accessible for this wheelchair using foodie (showed us the access route, though not advertised as accessible!)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh, flavorful food!
    nycfoodloverVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Went for restaurant week and really enjoyed. Chose an appetizer off the regular menu - the zucchini fritti; which was awesome. Bread was warm+delicious. Wine was great. It was pretty empty when we went, which was surprising. I think people don't really know Taste is there. I've probably passed it 1,000 times and always thought it was part of Eli's. Anyway, the chicken, sea bass and brisket were all REALLY good (we all share)-cooked the right way, for the right amount of time, w/ the right flavors. YUM. Service was ok. Expected a little more attentiveness due to the emptiness, but maybe it was thought that we just wanted to have a girls' night to ourselves. Dessert was just ok, cappuccino was bitter, but all-in-all, great meal. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • QUIET
    Nosoyforme
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    You don't find many quiet restaurants on a Saturday night in Manhattan. The restaurant was nearly empty when we arrived at 7:00 which was great because one in our party was 90 years old and hard of hearing. It was filling up as we left so if you have an elderly friend to take out to dinner, try Taste in the early evening. The food was great ,as was the service. The portions were not oversize so no food to take home which, if you are visiting Manhattan and staying in a hotel, this is a plus.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An absolute pleasure
    doctor1VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    This was the second time we ate at Taste and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner both visits. Drinks before dinner were well mixed. The oysters were lovely and the steak is probably the best I have ever eaten. Staff actually remembered us from our prior dinner. Service was attentive but not intrusive. They grow their own greens and everything is high quality. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unusual wines---at a price.
    ChazVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    While menu changes infrequently, wines are varied with odd bottles from the wine shop next door popping up. Had a pricey Santorini white---superb---highly recommended. Food always good and bread outstanding. If you've got the dough it's great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quite excellent
    nettunoVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    We had a very nice dinner at Taste. Our reservation was on the later side and the restaurant was very quiet. We had a wonderful table in the corner. The wine list wasn't specifically large, but very well put together with quite a broad range of options and well priced I think. The service was perfect UES service: professional, polite, well informed, but also very unobtrusive. Meal was excellent and the lemon meringue cake was the perfect way to end a well balanced meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    kabongVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Is it OK for arestaurant to be OK? Yes, but at these prices it should feel more "generous". But it is OK.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place. Super food,
    Cookie
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Love this place. Super food, lovely service, seems easy to get into and nicely quiet. Has become a regulator
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste again
    kabongVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Returning to Taste after a long time and hoping to find something different it was disappointing to say the least. I am not exactly sure why dining there is so unsatisfying but it may just be that at the very high prices you expect something more. Taste does not feel generous. The service is fine. The noise level perfect for quiet dining.
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  • Keeps getting better. And
    ChazVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    Keeps getting better. And the wine selection has been expanded with some very interesting choices. Very highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding! Fresh ingredients
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    Outstanding! Fresh ingredients inventively prepared. Great wines. Knowledgeable, friendly and non-pretentious staff. Consistent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Renovated room handsome. A
    ChazVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Renovated room handsome. A lot of space between tables. New menu items---charcuterie plate ---- excellent. Expensive but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great appetizing as one would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Great appetizing as one would expect from Zabars. The French toast was superb too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy to discover Taste
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    I live in the neighborhood, and did not realize there was a restaurant at Eli's. A friend took me here, and I was so pleasanty surprised. The food is terrific, comes from Eli's stores, and he service (Dorothy) is wonderful. I now plan to go on a regular basis. I do know they will be doing some renovation to make the restaurant more prominent, and to make the bar more lively. The dining will be the same, though on just one side of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent.
    Boulud
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Excellent service and excellent food with fresh seasonal ingredients.. I can't wait to try it again and see how they change up the seasonal menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner time the space transforms
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Dinner time the space transforms into my favorite resturant. Never a bad meal hwre
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best UES local
    Lulu
    Dined on 3/18/2013
    Excellent neighborhood restaurant, exemplary food without a chichi edge. Well put together wine list which has accompaniments for all choices of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although the wine and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Although the wine and the liver were very nice. My chicken was dry. There were no green vegetable to order. The waiter was clueless and seemed to be on a automatic. He had ordered a bottle of wine that was on our table and he went into offering their special wine. Okay not a problem....However, it kept happing with the whole meal. The whole staff was staring at us at 9:45 to leave. It is not a place i will return.
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  • not really a wine bar. more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    not really a wine bar. more of a stodgy atmosphere than I expected. the food was all too rich and old fashioned.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were there for brunch and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/24/2013
    We were there for brunch and other than the smoked fish plate (terrific!), the food was good (but standard) breakfast fare. The fish taco was disappointing-- there really should be two tortillas for that price! Also they should give you a bagel with the fish plate. Overall a decent experience though.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet restarant with good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Quiet restarant with good food and great service. Quiet enough to carry on a conversation at dinner. Great wine list with professional service and very nicely priced wines. Would go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant! C'est très
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/31/2013
    Great restaurant! C'est très magnifique! Highly recommended ! A total gem in the upper east side !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Prices are very high for what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 1/20/2013
    Prices are very high for what it is - we ordered dessert to go - pieces of their known Lemon Meringue Cake @ $10 per slice ... We received small pieces of cake which were hardly worth $5. Much less $10. We truly felt as if we had been cheated. Bread is exceptionally tasty at Taste.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will return!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Went there for first time, I was given a gift certificate from friend. We will definitely return, go Eli Zabar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I liked my meal. I had a
    dancingheart
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    I liked my meal. I had a delicious roasted fig, butter lettuce, blue cheese salad perfectly dressed. My entree was the seared diver scallops in a tomato sauce. very tasty. I would go back! The waiter was very attentive.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A long term favorite---rarely
    ChazVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2012
    A long term favorite---rarely disappoints. Expensive but worth it.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • C
    TastebudsDelight
    Dined on 8/9/2012
    Excellent food. Best ingredients always absolutely delicios
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Taste is a rare restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    Taste is a rare restaurant in NYC in that the food is great, service perfect, and setting really comfortable. Noise is low and you can always get in. Prices might put some people off but for the quality of food and experience you can do much worse. The clientele is a little on the older side but everyone is attractive and well-dressed. I hope they keep going forever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiet and Tasty
    ChazVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2012
    We missed our favorite waitress, Dorothy, who has been out for a while, but always appreciate being in a restaurant in which we can talk! and hear each other! Restaurant week menu was a good deal with interesting selections. Salads, using Eli's garden on the roof, are always unusually delicious. I almost always have the chicken -- my favorite dish. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet