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Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar
Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar

Taste Restaurant & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.elizabar.com
  • Email: parties@elizabar.com
  • Phone: (212) 717-9798
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Exemplary wait staff--what all restaurants should emulate. Overall, food very well prepared, if somewhat pricey."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Always comfortable and food top notch. Not inexpensive. In the midst of renovation. For now, seating reduced and near bar area."
    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!)"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Is it OK for arestaurant to be OK? Yes, but at these prices it should feel more "generous". But it is OK."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Love this place. Super food, lovely service, seems easy to get into and nicely quiet. Has become a regulator"
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/16/2013