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Tocqueville
Tocqueville

Tocqueville Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tocquevillerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (212) 647-1515
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:45am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm Sunday Dinner 5pm-9pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Marco A Moreira
  • Dress Code: Jacket Required
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Catering: Extravagant cocktails, special celebrations, wine pairing tasting dinners 8 - 800.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union Square and Fifth Avenue
  • Public Transit: Union Square 4,5,6,N,Q,R,L,F,M
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Garage on 15th Street, street parking 7:00am Saturday all day, meters also located on the block.
A word from Tocqueville
Since 2000 Tocqueville Restaurant has been serving innovative American cuisine to its loyal clientele. You will find the most seasonal local ingredients scattered throughout the menu during every season. The hospitable staff and comfortable décor make this an excellent spot for special occasions and neighborhood dining.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "Perhaps it was an off night, but we experienced mediocre food and terrible service (maybe the chef and waiter were both having a bad day ?). Word of warning if you are looking for a special occasion, stay away from this restaurant. We ordered the sea urchin carbonara (tasty, but after the first few bites, the pasta and sauce are quite overbearing with an excess of butter and cream, two ingredients I usually love), grits (ok, but nothing special given that the waiter said it was one of the house specials), diver scallops (scallops were well prepared, but the accompanying sauce was way too sweet and overbearing), guienea hen (hen was overcooked/dry)"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "What can we say? A delightful experience. Delicate sauces, inventive dishes, attentive staff."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Food, service, décor...all were superlative and understated-elegant. In the upper-most category of NYC restaurants in every way. Creative sauces with just the right sparkle from super-fresh herbs and spices. Especially loved the chilled asparagus soup with crème fraiche panna cotta. A few extra-credit features: Staff completely down-to-earth...not a single whiff of stuffiness. Room filled with positive energy, yet able to have a private conversation. Decorated with such good taste I took photos for ideas for my own renovation project. It is fit for a special occasion, but it would be a shame to wait for that."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Hard to find anything to complain about at our recent dining experience at Tocqueville. We got the 7-course tasting menu, and the dishes ranged from very good to fantastic. The service was also terrific, and even though we had a late reservation and were the last ones in the restaurant for quite some time, we never felt rushed. It was closer to the opposite -- it almost felt like we'd rented out the entire restaurant to ourselves. Overall, an absolutely wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Tocqueville never disappoints! You can count on a delicious meal anytime you go. And there are special holiday menus throughout the year for celebrants. Diners should be clamoring to get in to this elegant, fine dining establishment. Take your honey and go."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "It was the first time to try lunch prix fixe menu. Picked asparagus soup, hake and chocolate cake with wine pairing. The decoration and presentation of the soup was wonderful as well as its taste. Hake was juicy and moist, but seasoning was blunt, unfortunately. Dessert wine select was a perfect much to the chocolate. Great deal absolutely it was."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I've been to this place several times before with several friends in the past. But not until last week I realize how utterly impeccable this restaurant was, in every aspect. This is a perfect restsurant for either couples or family of 6-8 with well-behaved teens. We chosed this restaurant to congratulate our nephew who just won an essay on "Democracy in America" by Tocqueville. If only our democracy can be this good!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Whenever we go to NYC we plan to have at least one dinner at Toqueville. It was again outstanding Wednesday night, with wonderful food, attentive service, and a quiet atmosphere allowing us to talk easily."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The food is great but non-smiling waiters are appetizer turn off. There is no welcome, no check up after the meal bought to our table. No wonder the whole restaurant is nearly empty. Such a shame the chef's effort of making tasty food got total wasted because of bad service!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We celebrate anniversaries at top restaurants; from Daniel to Le Bernardin, to Bouley... We decided this year to try Tocqueville and were rewarded with a perfect dinner... The food, ambience, and service could not be better..."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "As usual we enjoyed the dinner very much. However the service was not as attentive as when Daniel (Dino) was present."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "It'striking how a $450 meal at a beautiful restaurant with good food and wine can be ruined by one angry man supervising and terrorizing the dining room staff and customers.We were warmly greeted and welcomed by lovely people, immediately impressed with the beautiful facility. Then an arrogant and imperious dining room manager arrives scowling at us. We felt like he just hated us until we saw how he treated the other tables and the other staff.Every other person was wonderful the food was delicious albeit a bit pricey but this one man spoiled it for us."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Delicious French in NYC - hake entree was comparable to top Michelin-star restaurants. Well presented, executed perfectly with a crispy skin, delicious cauliflower and other roasted vegetables. Sauce paired well (if not a bit too sweet). Unfortunately the amuse bouche (radish 2 ways) was very uninspiring. The bread basket was also very average (although you do get to choose among sourdough, brioche, and foccaccia). One negative is the service of one waiter. I asked what the trio of seasonal sorbet would be in order to decide whether I wanted the chocolate dessert or the sorbet as my choice for prix fixe and he said very rudely that I wouldn't be able to choose anyway, and refused to tell me the flavors or even bother inquiring."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Prix Fixe is the way to go honestly for lunch. The options are all great, me and my friend ordered opposite things to taste them all. It was great, and the wine pairing wasgreat. Great wines at a crazy affordable price. Great service and even better food. It started with the maître d being very kind and accommodating until the last second when we were escorted to the bathroom. :)"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was my first time at the restaurant, and couldn't have been more impressed. The food was sublime, and the service first rate. The sommelier helped us find a bottle of wine at the low end of their list that was excellent. The low noise level was very conducive to conversation. I was surprised it wasn't busier, even for a weekday evening, as it is far better than many of the more famous restaurants in the neighborhood. It's not inexpensive, but I've spent more for inferior dining. Look forward to my next visit!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "From the greeting at the door to the personalized attention, the whole evening was perfect. Can't wait to try Marco's other places. DF"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Not only was the cuisine inventive (without being pretentious) and always à point, the sommelier did a great job picking just the right wine for every course. The only minus was a too pronounced tendency towards sweetness in various courses which reminded me of classic French restaurants in the 70s. Nevertheless, all produce was of highest quality and every course a pleasant surprise. The subtlety of the cuisine, rarely found in NYC, has European standard, though on the conservative side. Outstanding dishes were lamb loin with green peas and morels, paired with a light, yet spicy 1997 Médoc; and sea urchin pasta with sea lettuces paired with a superb Les Crêtes Valle d’Aosta."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Service was good, food good, ambience good. Solid performance- not a show stopper."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "One of the negative reviews stated "it was like dining in a hotel" - perfect! This is great, classic old-school dining in a beautiful space. The food was fresh and delicious - very good. Fully price but not out of wack w/ nicer restaurants in Manhattan - and we had great service and a lovely evening - relaxing and civilized. There is a great bar that never seems to be crowed - allow a few mins to catch a cocktail there first. I wish there were more restaurants in NYC like this..."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Six of us had a late lunch on a Thursday afternoon. Since it was our first time, the waiter was happy to explain each menu item. The food was amazing! The service outstanding! From appetizers to desert, there were no complaints. The diver scallops and foie gras was my favorite. Can't wait for a return visit!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "off the beaten path, but worth the trip. Some unusually dishes, parmesan grits with smoked bacon for example. Very good modern french food in a beautiful setting. Our table for 2 was too close to the next table and I was directly facing the people, seemed awkward."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Uninteresting and unimaginative cuisine. Our evening also suffered from a dour, humourless waiter in a stuffy setting reminiscent of an upscale hotel dining room. All in all: Not worth it."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Every bite was perfect- from the appetizer to dessert! The service was warm and professional."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "One of the most comfortable restaurants I've ever been to. The service is gracious and attentive. The sommelier is knowledgeable and passionate. And of course, the food is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Their menu is one of the nicest, most interesting, delicious-sounding menus that I'm already looking forward to going back to try more. Each dish was presented beautifully and was memorably delicious. The sauce that came w/ hamachi was so amazing. The ramp risotto had an explosion of fresh flavors. Scallops was good, and the Guinea hen w/ foie gras sausage was fantastic! The room is not big but has high ceilings with a classic, elegant feel if it slightly lacks the wow-factor. The staff provides very friendly and impeccable service. We were surprised that it wasn't full. Their food is not cheap but not too pricey given the obvious quality and care that goes into it. Fabulous dining experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I was looking for a romantic, gourmet experience to share with my visiting friend and I definitely found it. The cost was not for the faint-of-heart but we got the 7-course tasting menu with wine parings so the budget was a deciding factor (there are more economical offerings). All the courses were excellent but I was particularly enamoured with the sea urchin carbonara and the day-boat scallops with foie gras. The 2 tasting menus were different, which gave an individualized touch and more variety. We had a lovely corner table which is my favorite for a romantic date, and the service was spot-on perfect. The decor is elegant and if you go to Tocqueville you will want to err on the side of dressy in your attire."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Love the refined ambience and attentive staff. Daniel (Dino) is very knowledgeable. It’s definitely a place to go for a special occasion where everything is perfect and memorable. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We recently had lunch there and I would highly recommend. The prix fix lunch was delicious and the chocolate bon bon dessert was reason enough to come back again! The service was impeccable and the waiter and bus boy were always there when you needed them. We enjoy coming to New York for the day and treating ourselves to a nice lunch and we will certainly be coming back again."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Perfect locale for upscale business lunch, in an area (lower Fifth) that doesn't have too many such places."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is our second time here and the service and food just seem to be getting better and better. I have no idea why they don't have a Michelin star. They surpass all expectations and really wow you. Their gently smoked duck main was outrageous and their foie gras starter is to die for, very inventive with the rhubarb jell and pistachios. Unbelievable experience, if you haven't been you seriously need to go"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The service was impeccable, and the meal was perfectly times. The crispy skin on the Guinea Hen was divine and the sausage was so rich and flavorful. The aged cheddar in my salad was heavenly, and my boyfriend's risotto had the best texture!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "This is a restaurant for people who want to dine (not just eat) and want to do so in a refined and quiet atmosphere. It doesn't rock (thank God!). The food is excellent -- French and prepared with care -- and the service is friendly, the atmosphere dignified and pleasant. The wine list is superb (though one has to look hard for bargains). Best octopus appetizer I've ever had."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It has 'em all. One of my two favorite lunch places in NYC. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The Black Cod was simply delicious and prepared in a way I have never experienced and presented beautifully...and not to forget that our favorite Chardonnay was offered on their wine list as well! Also, the service and staff was incredibly efficient and courteous."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Arrived late in a torrential rain storm to a welcoming hostess who handed us a towel as we entered and took our damp jackets. The restaurant exceeded our expectations. Small, elegant and quiet with very good food and superb service. We will return."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Met here with friends we hadn't seen in years and it was perfect. Impeccable service, excellent dishes and sophisticated atmosphere. Would go back in a heartbeat. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "had a great lunch with wine pairings for a wonderful meal! very fresh and service excellent. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We celebrated our daughter's college graduation at this restaurant and had a wonderful experience! Pretty much everything was perfect: the food, the service, the atmosphere, the attention from the chef. It's a great place for a special occasion. Highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Dropped in for lunch on a Monday. We took advantage of the 3 course fixed price option. The room is beautiful and tastefully opulent. The food was superb. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here and I am very happy we did. The food was excellent. We tried the tasting menu and were excited to see that the chef gave each if us something different so we could sample almost all of the menu. The service was attentive but not overbaring. Overall, a great experience."
    Dined on 5/17/2014