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Telepan Local Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.telepanlocal.com
  • Phone: (212) 966-9255
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday:5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
    Snacks: Every Day: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:0am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Bill Telepan
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jay St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Telepan Local
Telepan Local offers a casual, tapas-style American menu inspired by the seasons. Dishes include arancini with bone marrow and parmesan aioli; fried watercress with chili oil and cashews, brussels sprouts & fingerling salad with a coddled egg; lamb tartare with fennel and black olive; as well as snapper with pickled beets and bitter greens. For a sweet ending, Pastry Chef Larissa Raphael offers traditional layer cakes cut by the fat slice, along with stacked sundaes and rustic tarts.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Sort of like "American Tapas." We wanted to try everything on the menu! The dishes we ordered were all delicious. I would definitely go back to try more menu items! Not a place for a quiet romantic meal, though. The restaurant is rustic and everything is wood. There is nothing to absorb the sound, and the tables are close together. We couldn't hear specific conversations, but the place was very loud. Attentive service. Nice wine list."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The waitress said they were small dishes, but they were pretty damn big! There were three of us, and we ordered 2 starters and 3 mains and it was more than enough. The fish and octopus were particularly delicious, I didn't eat the short ribs, but my companion said they were excellent. We didn't order wine and shared one dessert and it came to about $100 plus dollars incl tax - so not cheap by any means, but it was all fresh and very good and we will be returning"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great for lunch and casual dining; wished for a greater dessert selection; fun and open but expected more substance"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "If I lived in Telepan Local's neighborhood, I would stop cooking. The food is delicious, definitely locally sourced, with a touch of whimsical that is Bill Telepan's trademark (Scallops Bravas are a must). The small dishes are for the most part not small at all, and I wouldn't get bored trying new ones and combining with the excellent pizzette for instance (the clam is a must). The service was friendly and efficient. They have their system for sending plates only once those on the table are cleared, so if you are saving a dish (say, the carrots) to go with your next one, just tell them to bring it. It's that simple."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Met old friends at Telepan Local for dinner. Two of us arrived early and had an enjoyable time with great happy hour cocktails and a smart funny bartender. When the the rest of the party arrived,we enjoyed another round before moving on to the comfortable dining room and the three of us shared the grilled cheese which was good, the broccoli Rabe, fried green tomatoes and peas and pancetta were all awesome. As were the fluke and the red snapper. I really doubt you could go wrong with any item on the menu; worst case scenario being you receive an item that is only very good as opposed to heavenly. The cake for dessert was divine! And the service was spot on--attentive without being overbearing."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "when i go to telepan local, i feel light and have fun eating refreshing food. i always leave the place happier than when i arrive!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A little on the pricey side, and I'm not sure it would work as well for dinner as it did for lunch. But first-rate, original food with an attentive staff in a dignified room."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "the food portions apart from the short ribs wrap seemed sort of small or perhaps the presentation was awkward .. i liked the overall rough wood / modern country look but there were little tiny flies/gnats flying all around our table and it really made me lose my appetite."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was delicious - fresh ingredients beautifully prepared. Brunch dishes were more like small plates - so portions were small. Try a few different things on the menu. Prices ar reasonable."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We did the $45 prix fix menu which gave us the opportunity to try several additional dishes. Each of them was excellent and the wine list is comprehensive enough to be interesting. The service was friendly but a little patchy and slow, mainly because our waiter became distracted by a group of four on an adjacent table. However, the maitre d' did outstanding work and prevented us from totally falling between the cracks, so we were happy overall."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Loved food and atmosphere. There was a long interval between 1st & 2nd course though."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "For the money, the food should have been better. Some of it was very good, but much of it could have been produced by a good home-cook who has the occasional off night and over-cooks the pork shoulder. Wait staff was terrific and the atmosphere pleasant but, again, too expensive for food that should have impressed us but fell short. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "2nd time there and had another great experience! They pay attention to detail. Great variety and flavors."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Another stellar experience at this neighborhood gem. Management and hosts were very welcoming at the door and the table. Emy's service was on point from beginning to end, and her food knowledge and recommendations were excellent! "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We wanted to like Telepan Local and we didn't dislike it, but we found the menu offerings uninspiring and the food as well. The concept of small plate sharing is a good one, but it was difficult to come up with several dishes that we were interested in trying. The best part was the service: attentive and caring. I can't find a reason to return. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "It's a great menu of small dishes, with plenty of different influences though mainly Mediterranean and French. The idea is that you share--as the dishes are small (though size varies quite a lot), sharing can effectively mean tasting if you're three or more. Still, once you find something you like you can always be a little more selfish. The night we were there the noise level was high, both music and voices, and we had to wait almost half an hour beyond our reservation time, but we'll still go back. (BTW Telepan may sound a bit like Telepizza or Panera or something of that kind--put that out of your mind! The chef's name is Bill Telepan.)"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "My wife and I had a recent lunch there and loved the food. I had the trout and my wife had the char. Both were excellent. The mozzarella appetizer was wonderful too. For dessert we split the chocolate peanut butter bar and that should not be missed. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Local gives you more opportunity to enjoy interesting and seasonal food than most places. The menu is designed to build and is very vegetable friendly so if you are smart/lucky enough to be a party of four pair off into the meat and vegetable tasting menus and get busy. Our waiter was smart and understood both the wine palate and pocketbook nearly instantly and suggested two different wines that accompanied the 12 dishes in a friendly and delightful way. As a fan of Bill Telepan's cooking for a long time, I was disappointed by the unfavorable NYT review. Fortunately, it made it easy to get a table. All four of us answered the critical Q WIGB with a resounding yes."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "When you have a great chef, you want a taste of everything. Tasting Menus are good, but often pricey. At Telepan Local, he offers small plates, so you can try it all and everything we tried was delicious. The desserts are equally fantastic. The wine menu is extensive and well-chosen. The staff is laid-back and professional-perfect combo for a NYC restaurant. Thumbs up all the way."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Wonderful brunch in a lovely venue. But the reputedly small portions was sadly quite true"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We picked Telepan Local to celebrate our anniversary on a Saturday evening and we had a lovely time. The vegetable dishes are fresh, bright and well balanced in flavor and texture. We especially loved the flatbread with ramps, mozzarella and bitter greens. The Lamb Tar Tar was outstanding. We will definitely be back for the small plates and flatbreads. The wine list was diverse - there is something for everyone - and the Sommelier was very helpful."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I love the uptown Telepan so I was disappointed by the downtown version. Portions were tiny and I know they are going for Tapas but the food was not exemplary which one wants if you are giving tiny bites. Nothing special. I was there with a party of 6 and we all felt we needed to go out for dinner afterwards though we had spent quite a bit on dinner there."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "$45 prix fixe is a fun way to try seven of the tapas."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "This is a small plate (tapas) style restaurant. Eight plates stuffed the two of us. My favorite was the shaved artichoke and the scallops with small cubes of fried potatoes was also good. I did not care for the mushroom in parchment (?) which really was pieces of sauteed mushrooms on toast. They lacked taste and I had to ask for salt, something I have never done in a restaurant. The foie gras slider was short on taste, as well. Back to the positive: the fried watercress was very good. Back to the meh: the mozzarella and herb pizza was meh."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I've been to this restaurant a few times. The menu is hit or miss (more hits though)- some items are quite good and others like the mushrooms in parchment miss the mark. Service- although I think they try- 2 times I've been there, they never brought items we ordered. Servers and host seem indifferent and aren't too knowledgable about the menu or how much to order in this tapas style establishment. It's a dark, tight space which makes ambience difficult. It's not too expensive which is good. Tighter more knowledgable service would make a world of difference. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "One of the few places where the bar is subdued while the dining area is at shouting level. Not a place for relaxed conversation. Wine list very nice. Impressed with quality and the selection. We ordered mainly vegetables and seafood. My friend really loved the snapper and fried watercress. I thought everything was SWIMMING in oil. They could have used 1/4 of what was on the food. It took away from the quality for me. And with the tables so close together - the shouting and thumping bass rock music blasting - not conducive to savoring your wine, food or company. I guess with the name Telapan attached I was expecting a different experience."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Went here with 5 other friends on a recent Saturday night for an 8:30pm reservation. Most of us didn't arrive until after 9pm and they were extremely nice and accommodating with our tardiness, despite the restaurant being fully booked. Great drinks, including the G&T and they make a great dirty martini. We sampled a fair amount of the menu and everyone every dish - grilled cheese, octopus, pizzettes, pork shoulder, short rib, pigs n a blanket. I'm a sucker for pigs n a blanket, which they did a great job with. The octopus was perfectly cooked/charred and very tasty. The service was attentive and excellent. They gave us our space and weren't overly attentive and brought drinks as we needed them. Overall, a very fun & tasty experience"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Food way over-rated for the price (very expensive for "tapas"-style dining). Service was OK. Very loud."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We love Telepan but this new restaurant leaves sown big to be desired. Food was a bit greasy and the service was lacking. You didn't feel as appreciated as you do at the regular Telepan. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "ordinary..nothing special...no real reason to try again"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We were the only people in the restaurant upon arrival, and I guess the wait staff was excited about that, because we were interrupted countless times as if they were trying to turn the table. Then, inexplicably, the already loud-enough music was turned waaay up, for reasons that remain a mystery. The food was very good, though the constant interruptions and bringing our food every 2 seconds when we specifically asked them not to made for a very frustrating experience. An expensive frustrating experience at that."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Telepan's version of tapas. Tried a number of dishes- all delivered layers of flavor and were perfectly cooked to-order. Decor is a mixture of Scandinavian rustic and modern lines (tiles and inlaid wood and whitewashed ceilings), but a little busy visually. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We were so excited when this opened down the street but it's just not that good. We liked two of our eight small plates and left hungry. I would think about going back for a drink since the bar is nice and seemed busy (which was also why we kept waiting forever for drinks in the dining room). Also, the banquette seat is tile and super uncomfortable. Not a fun night overall."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We enjoyed the food, the server was helpful and attentive. We had a very pleasant meal despite the tight quarters. The experience went completely south when the maître d asked us to leave because people had been waiting 20 minutes for our table not 2 minutes after I signed the credit card receipt. It left a bad test and I will not return or recommend if you care about service."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "average food. disappointing compared to the original Telepan"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This is a great place for small sized snacks. Usually it is recommended to order about 3 small plates for a main course per person. We have been a few times and I must say 3 is about the right number. We usually get 6-8 and share almost all of them. Lots of good choices here. I would not leave with out eating a piece of coconut cake and make sure you get your own as you will not want to share this one! The wine list is pretty good we found a good red BTG. The mixed drinks are OK! The bartenders are lacking personality. We have sat a few times and there is no interaction even eating at the bar. It strictly business. They use shot glass measuring cups to make sure they never over pour a drink ! They were all short of the rim by 1" plus !"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "A perfect, intimate spot to meet new friends, old friends for a snack, a meal or just drinks. The food is outstanding- (for veg and meat-eater alike!) and the waitstaff are attentive and kind. It makes a great addition to the neighborhood and has quickly become a favorite."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "A great spot for lots and lots of creative and delicious Small plates, each better than the next. Fois gras jammies And shrimp poppers shouldn't be missed, the pizettes Have great toppings, the short ribs and calamari are both Sublime just to name a few. Waitstaff is charming and helpful And the ambience is cool and casual. Treat yourself and take lots of friends."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Great new neighborhood small plate place!!! Veggies galore for Non- meat eaters as well as succulent short ribs for carnivores. Emphasizes tapas style eating- you can taste many dishes or just have a bite. Well priced wine list chosen to go well with the food. Don't miss dessert- coconut cake is a winner!"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "having eaten at big brother telepan a few times we thought we'd give the one in our hood a try. certainly didn't expect it to be quite like its big brother - even with that in mind, the food was a bit disappointing. Very different menu and ambiance from the UWS bro which is fine but didn't feel the cooking was up to snuff for the telepan brand."
    Dined on 3/27/2014