The Musket Room
The Musket Room

The Musket Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.musketroom.com/
  • Phone: 2122190764x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Bar open daily at 5pm
    Dinner Served
    Sunday and Monday 6-10
    Tuesday-Thursday 6-11
    Friday-Saturday 6-12
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: New Zealand, International
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Prince and Houston
  • Parking: No
A word from The Musket Room
The Musket Room brings the spirit of New Zealand and the country’s diverse cuisine to Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. Chef and owner Matt Lambert, a New Zealand native, created a menu that charts the evolution of New Zealand cuisine, from the country’s Old World traditions and Asian influences to its modern day dedication to local and seasonal offerings.

Inspired by an era in New Zealand when adventure and discovery blossomed, The Musket Room offers a modern approach to the country’s culinary past, serving dinner and drinks.
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The Musket Room reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (99)special occasion (79)neighborhood gem (63)romantic (57)notable wine list (48)hot spot (34)good for groups (19)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (10)scenic view (7)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Good but not great
    BonnyVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Food was good, but not special enough to necessarily return. And menu is quite small and limited
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfection
    catherinek09
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Everything was beyond amazing and perfect- the food, decor and ambiance We have already told all our friends they MUST check it out. The staff was happy to help, friendly and attentive (never had to ask for water, they were always fill it up). Our waitress did an excellent job answering our questions and offering recommendations based our likes and crowd favorites. Look forward to going back and exploring more of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Menu was outstanding
    FarmToFace
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Six course tasting: The food was very pretty without being pretentious, and was very good. The menu we were served had perfectly prepared quail and red deer as proteins with lovely seasonal fruit and vegetable courses. It felt carefully planned and executed. The service was excellent from the kitchen, as courses were brought at a perfect pace. The chef accommodated a special request for an alternate course, since I dislike tomatoes, and gazpacho was the 1st course. Check was presented with an additional treat. The server could have paid a little more attention to our beverage service. The lighting felt right and the seating was comfortable. Tables are close, but I wasn't particularly aware of the neighbors to the right (wall to the left).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    RHGirl57
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We stumbled across this restaurant on the internet and thought it sounded interesting. Which it is, but more importantly the food and service were outstanding. Highlights for me were the cold smoked scallops and their take on a deconstructed New Zealand steak and cheese pie. The others at my table had equally excellent food. Some of the reviews we read said to skip dessert but that would be a mistake if you did. Plum custard tart with plum ice cream - does it get any better?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect in all respects
    gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I took a friend here hoping for fantastic food and a cozy atmosphere. The Musket Room exceeded all of my expectations. Every single person was attentive, friendly, and clearly took so much pride in making our experience be as wonderful as possible. The food was spectacular. One of the hosts showed us the garden in the back, which was so neat. Make your reservation NOW!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Fantastic!
    MopsieL
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The 10 course tasting menu is amazing and the service was outstanding. We were also given a private tour of the herb garden.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Musket Room
    JulNYC1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We really enjoyed dining at the Musket Room, from cocktails at the bar, to the 6 course dinner and amazing wine list. Service was fantastic as well which made for a very enjoyable experience. I highly recommend the Musket Room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • An Absolute Winner!!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you are looking for an amazing experience you must dine at The Musket Room! The food was beautiful, creative, and delicious. My husband had the wine pairing with the six course tasting while I tried a few signature cocktails. The wine and cocktails were spot on. The staff was very attentive and knowledgable. The restaurant itself was so beautiful, I couldn't stop admiring the solid walnut tables and bar, the light fixtures and overall design. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner!
    Aline
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We went to the Musket Room for my companion's birthday and shared a wonderful dinner there! Everything was perfect from A to Z! The food was amazing and the presentation beautiful! I recommend the tasting menu with wine pairing! We loved it! Especially the originality of the desserts. And, icing on the cake, the great service and hospitality of the owner who gave us a tour of the garden. We highly recommend a dinner there!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodies
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Beautiful food artfully presented in fine dining style! Great to see a kiwi chef showing the Americans how it is done! Recommend this place to all kiwis travelling to New York!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Loved this place
    Elgus
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food great service. I will come back. They even took the time to show us the garden.
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    kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Great place to dine
    dleongVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Lovely little restaurant with friendly service and yummy food. The foie gras was nice and the duck was also excellent. My friends also really enjoyed their meal. They had the steak/cheese pie, pork, and gazpacho. Everything was fantastic. Definitely worthy of a repeat visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limited Menu
    fordham
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Menu was too limited. 5 entree choices or 2 tasting menus. Weekday no need for 6 or more tastings. Swordfish was off the charts and the desserts are outstanding.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low profile mega star
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent food! Great service ! very fair prices! And relaxed dining. A sure repeat
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Dining experience
    2seniorfoodies
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This was one of the best overall dining experiences my wife & I have had. The food, wine selection, presentation of each dish, and service were all superb. We have visited New Zealand as our son lived there for a year but the food there was definitely not as good as it was at The Musket Room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to The Musket Room Right Now
    72and35
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Each dish by Matt Lambert at The Musket Room is a symphony of flavors, each morsel presented in its best light, the most delightful consequence of which is the fresh new taste you experience with each dish. (The cocktails offered are vivacious, cleverly incorporating unique liqueurs.) Wow!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • wonderful evening
    tellyjustice
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I was referred here by a friend. My wife and I did the 6 course tasting, it was incredible start to finish. Impeccable technique, beautiful plates, some playful surprises- but ultimately very delicious and satisfying. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding-but silly bread course
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Absolutely outstanding and still a gem find, until the NYTimes reviews it. Well-earned, newly awarded one Michelin star. Food and presentation are very creative, cutting edge, delicious, superb. All the alcohol is way overpriced, but they have to make their rent somehow and the food prices are very reasonable for what you're served. Their perpetration of the recent fad of serving bread and charging you for it, especially without listing it on the menu with a price, is very underhanded and not becoming of the service, food, and so on of this quite fine restaurant. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tasting!
    userking1984
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Based on a recommendation, took my girlfriend here for her birthday - we each ordered the 10-course tasting and wine pairing. Our sommelier and service team were excellent hosts, the food and wine pairings were top notch. Favorites for the night were...pretty much everything. The gazpacho was especially a knockout. All in all, definitely worthy of its Michelin star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unimpressed
    Worldwidefoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    While the service was excellent quality with good ambience, the food was lacklustre, especially considering the exorbitant pricing. Whilst the menu attempted to be unique, a lot of the flavours either conflicted with or over powered one another. Several of the dishes within the 10 course degustation menu were left largely uneaten after sampling a small portion.
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  • Brilliant Meal
    CC78VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Superb food, wonderful friendly service, interesting beverage pairings
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Much
    vaaleats
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    While the food *was* excellent, both my friend and I left the restaurant hungry. Unless you're willing to pay $100+ for (literally) a few bites, I wouldn't recommend this restaurant. Re: service - I don't like being hassled by waiters when I want to enjoy a quiet meal and good conversation with a friend. The waiters were always hovering over us. We felt rushed.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MichelleOVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    A hidden gem on beautiful Elizabeth Street though the secret needs to be shared. Absolutely worthy of its Michelin Star - the setting, staff, service, food and ambiance are stellar. Wonderful antipodean addition from the New Zealand team to New York's finest restaurants. Our served could not have been more affable or knowledgable and the food exceeded our expectations. Now just wish I lived in the neighbourhood so it could become my local!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazingly lovely experience.
    LynnetteVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    This restaurant is amazing. The food is gorgeous in both presentation and in taste. My friend and I had the small tasting menu and enjoyed each course. Only go here if you love sexy food. The food is voluptuous and silky and decadent in its gorgeous flavors and textures. Your mouth is in heaven and the tastes are all sublime. The soups, the scallops, the reindeer...all perfectly gorgeous. Will I return ? How could I not ???
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    AP11VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was really good but the place didn't really match the price range. It feels a little casual for how pricey it is. Small detail but the chairs are really low for the tables!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Like nothing else
    orion6toes
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The Musket Room menu is unique - you won't find combinations and pairings like this anywhere else. Dining here is a memorable experience.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Luciender
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We have dined at several Michelin starred restaurants and the quality of the food and service at TMR exceeded our expectations for a single star.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NZ in NYC--Extreme Portion Control
    WayneVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Friendly, reasonably competent service. Nicely conceived wine list. Bread was not offered; we had to "order" it (at no charge). Absurdly small portions (signature smoked scallop dish and cheesecakey dessert were about two bites each). Only one fish entree on the menu that night(cod); I thought New Zealand was surrounded by fish. The venison with flavors of gin was by far the best offering, and the portion was almost reasonable. The cod was just ok--certainly not Michelin star material. I think our mistake was not ordering the five course tasting menu, but with these portion sizes, I doubt that we would have left satisfied. I don't get the hype about this place (Michelin star & recent obsequious Eater.com interview with the chef/owners).
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Thaidane
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I are visiting from London and I found this restaurant on a NY Times review and booked a few weeks in advance. It was a gorgeous experience - the flavours were unbelievable (I had the duck breast as a main and it was delicious!). The service was casual, but absolutely spot on. I'm probably not the easiest customer: "Can you make me a non-alcoholic mocktail that's not too cold and not too sweet" and our server didn't bat an eyelash just said absolutely and 5 minutes later it was there (and was lovely). "Do you mind putting the duck back on the grill as it's a bit cold" No problem. Amazing food, great service, lovely ambiance - can't fault it, would go back for sure.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • MirandaDVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Our favourite local spot. Excellent Michelin dining, imbibing and service with the relaxed and welcoming warmth from a neighbourhood friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, a bit rushed.
    daze1974
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We had heard this was a good restaurant and had pre-booked for 7pm. All four of us chose the 6-course tasting menu. 3 of us had the accompanying wine package. Although the food was very good, it wasn't outstanding and there were no dishes that really wow'ed us. We also felt very rushed as the dishes came very close together, we had finished 3-4 courses before we'd even been there an hour. The service otherwise was excellent, with especially the wine waiter standing out with his enthusiasm and knowledge, The wine choices were excellent.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5* without the pretentiousness
    danielrclarkeVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    We did the 6 course tasting paired with wine. Every course was exquisite and presented in fine dining style. We were definitely full by the end though. The wine pairing was amazing – super interesting picks (mostly from New Zealand), with a fine introduction by the charming sommelier. I will return (and am sending everyone I know there!). GO!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    this is one of those new restaurants I wanted to try and at the end of the night, i couldn't have been happier with my choice. Everything was brilliant.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Don't be to hungry
    TropicalVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This restaurant is trendy and has a great ambience. The food is very good and tasty. But be aware that the sizes of the dishes are very smal! The price is high and you spend some money when you hungry. The wine list is good but only one or two options under 70$ a bottle. The service is ok but not over friendly. Overall, great food but the price/ value is on the lower side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KismetVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    What a pleasure to dine here! Every dish was outstanding : We had 4 bar bites and they were so good. Then crab risotto , roasted cauliflower,Orata (seabass)and for dessert a very light and fluffy cheesecake. Also picked a great Rioja,Hacienta Monasterio. And then to top it all, Bobby Flay was sitting at the bar. Great !!!!!😃
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding meal
    afrankVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Very relaxed, beachy vibe. Soft lighting, chill music and white painted wood gave off a very relaxed atmosphere. Opted for 10 course tasting and was certainly not disappointed. Literally not a single misstep the entire meal. NOT ONE. From the amazing bread (pancetta, bacon brioche) to the velvety cauliflower soup, every course was delicious. This restaurant, in less than a year, have achieved a dining experience that many restaurants still yearn for. Kudos to the entire staff, very friendly and warm. I hope to be coming back soon
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sublime food and wine
    NikiVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We had the 10 course tasting menu with the wine pairing. It is one of the most interesting I have had in some time. The dishes were inventive and the interaction between the food and wine was well thought out. The staff were all knowledgeable and pleasant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great date night
    lauren42
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Fantastic food and service Lots of combinations that sounded strange but were delicious (uni + egg yolk + peas) Great unusual wine list - excellent pairings!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Zealand star in Nolita
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Came to The Musket Room as a result of a recommendation by a friend from New Zealand, and will definitely return. We opted for the six course tasting menu that changes daily, and we were highly impressed. The flavors match the artistic presentations beautifully, and we could not decide which course was our favorite. Not being a friend of cauliflower, I surprised myself by loving every drop of the Cauliflower soup with curry and caviar, and my husband could not get enough of the Spring pea cremeux, but every single bite of every course was a taste sensation and a feast for the eyes. The ambiance is casual but sincere, and the service outstanding. The Petits Fours and menus neatly bagged to take home were a very pleasant final surprise.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • underwhelmed
    trueyorker2628
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Had the tasting menu. Most of it was good. Some just ok. The service is what stands out as poor here. When choosing a second bottle of wine the sommelier didn't show up for two courses. They accidentally brought out the pre-desert twice and then had the never to snap "don't you want your present?" when my friend left her envelope with the paper printed menu they gave us at the end on the table . (which by the way she did not want and I figure she paid for it so is entitled to leave it there if she likes) Those are just some highlights. All in all I wouldn't go back. PS Bone Marrow butter (a specialty which brought us to the restaurant to begin) with is off the menu.
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