Tocqueville
Tocqueville

Tocqueville

  • 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Tocqueville reviews from OpenTable diners
123 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (87)special occasion (84)romantic (73)notable wine list (46)neighborhood gem (42)great for lunch (24)good for groups (10)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • With so many overpriced fine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/22/2008
    With so many overpriced fine restaurants in New York, it's always a pleasure to find one that is truly extraordinary. Tocqueville excels at every element of great dining: attentive, knowledgeable staff, magnificent decor, and of course delicious food. And the price, while expensive, won't leave you gasping for air. Highly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • At that price point and higher
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/22/2008
    At that price point and higher end restaurant you would expect great service and food. After reading the review of the restaurant in the New York Times by Frank Bruni, I should have known better than to have expected the kind of dining experience that I was looking forward to enjoying. From the food to the service and decor of the restaurant was terribly disappointing. After the experience I was left thinking, it wasn't awful but it was still bad. We saw another table getting their meal comped for having to wait and we also waited the same amount and nothing was done for us other than we were left waiting and waiting from food to water. The flavors of the food did not compliment each other well. There was an odd pairing of flavors.
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  • We waited a very long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/22/2008
    We waited a very long time for our food. After over an hour, seeing that everyone else had been served, we asked what had happened. Apparently the kitchen had lost our order. The waiter was very concerned, bringing us wine and another amuse bouche while we continued to wait. The appetizers and dessert were delicious. The choice of entree was the weakest part of the restaurant week menu. Feeling full and mellow we asked for the check and were told there would be none as we had waited too long for our meal. Thank you, Tocqueville, for being so gracious!
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  • The lemon verbena infused
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    The lemon verbena infused tofu wrapped in potato was memorable and beautifully served. I had the black ink calamari risotto which because of the black ink doesn't look especially appetizing, but which had a wonderful texture and taste (the panchetta giving it an extra kick). The cucumber soup had a tad too much pepper in it for our taste as it left a peppery aftertaste in the back of the mouth. I was looking forward to a cool refreshing cucumber soup on a hot swealtering day. The deserts were beautifully plated and tasted delicious. I had the wine pairings which were well chosen: the white was crisp, the red was full flavored and I loved the sparkling rose desert wine which I had for the first time. The service was attentive
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  • Our lunch-time visit during
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    Our lunch-time visit during Restaurant Week was a real treat and an excellent value. The food was lovely (seasonal ingredients, creatively prepared and beautifully presented), service was impeccable, and the ambience was perfect for a "slow food" lunch. We took advantage of the wine pairings and were pleased with the selections. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • My husband and I went to Tocquevill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/21/2008
    My husband and I went to Tocqueville for our 7th anniversary. The outing was the first time we had been away from our 1 year old twin boys since they arrived premature 14 months ago. When I made the reservations through Open Table I explained the situation in the comments section. We couldn't have been treated nicer. From the complimentary glass of prosecco at the beginning of the meal to the sorbet assortment at the end...the attention to service was great-one small quibble...if there's a bit of wine left in the glass please don't remove it. All of the food was delish! It was the seafood however, that was the highlight-I highly recommend the softshell crab and the bass if they are in season. Overall an A+ experience, we would go again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Thoroughly delicious meal:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2008
    Thoroughly delicious meal: presented beautifully with helpful, charming service. If you didn't know, you'd never know such a lovely place was hidden on the block.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The only criticism was the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/8/2008
    The only criticism was the rather patronizing/condescending attitude of the maitre d' (?) (I think it was he) who pointedly corrected (by repeating the 'correct' pronunciation) my host's pronunciation of Taitinger, not once but twice. That was not very gracious. The rest of the staff couldn't have been nicer.
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  • Enjoyed the restaurant, great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/5/2008
    Enjoyed the restaurant, great service very personal.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful, cozy atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2008
    Wonderful, cozy atmosphere. Really enjoyed my meal.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Decent prix fixe lunch menu.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/24/2008
    Decent prix fixe lunch menu. OK if in the area but not worth making an effort for.
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  • The food was *fantastic* -
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2008
    The food was *fantastic* - absolutely delicious! Our only complaints were that the ambience was a bit depressing (older folks and families, dark decor, no light) and the service was so so for such a high quality restaurant. Our waiters seemed distracted, we had to ask them for things; and they did not check in on us. I had to ask my waiter for my 3rd glass of wine in a tasting and he looked annoyed when I asked as well as hurried when the restaurant wasn't even that crowded. There was also a strange odor in the foyer when we arrived. We enjoyed the meal, though, the food really stood out!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • I was very impressed with
    kitkat
    Dined on 6/19/2008
    I was very impressed with the food and the service...the egg and grits, while sounding pedestrian, was outstanding. Their gougère were also splendid (this was served at the bar). The amount of food was just right. The service was attentive, yet not annoyingly so. I asked for a quiet table and was given one. There were clearly regulars there and I can see why. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who desires a chic restaurant that will impress, yet please the senses. I will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Have dined at Tocqueville
    EattcVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2008
    Have dined at Tocqueville numerous times over the past few years. Food was very hit and miss this time. A soft shell crab special was very unrefined. Fried crust that tasted oily. My wife regretted not sending it back. Quail entree not much better. A foie gras appetizer was excellent. Off night? Bloom off the rose? This was our anniversary place and we were sad to see it had slipped.
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  • They had a problem with our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2008
    They had a problem with our reservation, but called that day to tell me and promised to make up for it that night, which I have to say they did. The service was attentive. The food was very good. I had the ribeye steak, which I enjoyed. For an appetizer I had a special of foie gras and truffles with some sauce (if I'm recalling it correctly). I thought the sauce was overpowering, but it was still good. There were four of us, and I believe we all had a good time.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The hostess said the dress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/7/2008
    The hostess said the dress code was business casual and said no jeans and to wear a jacket. Upon arrival, I found that very few men had jackets and the guy next to us was in an old polo shirt. Not what I expected based on the hostess's comments.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • We were very disappointed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    We were very disappointed. With all the hype the food should've been better and the service was poor. They didn't have enough waiters. The cheese plate was terrible, the cheese was not kept properly, one was heavily ammoniated and inedible. The entrees were over salted and the aged beef was dry. A very expensive disappointment.
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  • WOnderful atmosphere and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/4/2008
    WOnderful atmosphere and service. The meal was delicious -will go back for the green market lunch!
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • The service was a bit rushed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    The service was a bit rushed. Although we told our waiter that we wanted a little time to enjoy our drinks he pressed us to order with the assurance that they would not begin to prepare the food for a while so we could relax and enjoy our first glass of wine. However the food came out very quickly and the wiater continued to push the meal along to, it seems, turn the table. This was strange since the restaurant was only about half full . The food was good but not really worth the prices . The quiet atmosphere is a plus and probably the only real reasoon to go back .
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    fit for foodies
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  • I had the Chef's Tasting menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/22/2008
    I had the Chef's Tasting menu which was interesting, beautiful presentation, very tasty. Service was elegant without being stuffy. My date's flight was delayed, so I dined alone and did not feel uncomfortable, as the service was gracious and attentive.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful evening. Owner Marco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    Wonderful evening. Owner Marco is quite charming. The sommelier knew his business. It is a restaurant where adults can go without being subjected to boom boom music. Patrons were well dressed for the most part.
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  • Very nice experience. The
    LetseatVAVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    Very nice experience. The food was creative and well done. The service was smooth and attentive. The atmosphere was quiet, elegantly understated and soothing. That is a real pleasure in NYC where restaurants too often want to have the same frenetic activity level as the subway at rush hour. I would definitely go back.
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  • A very attractive & agreeable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    A very attractive & agreeable restaurant in all respects; the food preparation & presentation was excellent, albeit with some near misses; wine selection very good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Every time we go to Tocqueville
    pj10128VIP
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    Every time we go to Tocqueville we have a memorable experience!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • When we arrived, we were assigned
    NicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    When we arrived, we were assigned to a table upstairs, overlooking the main dining room. Our table was in a chilling draft, and we were alone in the room, ignored by servers and bus personnel alike (who, paying no attention to us, filled ice buckets next to our table noisily and carelessly, then disappeared). When we requested a seat in the main dining room, we were accommodated after a delay. We will never dine at Tocqueville again unless we can be seated in the main room. Still, once we were downstairs, the evening was pure pleasure. The food at Tocqueville keeps improving over the years.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Lovely room, friendly attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    Lovely room, friendly attentive staff, fabulous food. Looking forward to returning; well done.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The Mothers Day menu was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    The Mothers Day menu was very nice. The pork tenderloin was delicious but the cuts of meat were too small. Service was excellent. AMbiance was very nice...we liked the boutique design of the restaurant. Very nice. The pistacio desert was my favorite as well as the pear/cheese salad with hazelnuts. My mom was very happy! Thanks! John
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Food was better in old location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    Food was better in old location - our server was so affected in manner I thought he was auditioning for a dramatic reading. It was very hard not to laugh. He also insisted that pairing wines with every course on our 7 course tasting wouldn't be too much wine and it most certainly was (we asked him originally to just bridge a few courses). The food was decent but not great - the foie needed sel gris and more bread than the two tiny toast points on each plate, and the soft shell crab had more texture than is pleasant. The rib eye/short rib was good but not served hot enough. Won't return for that kind of money ($950 for three). Were probably well oversold on the wine - should have fought the server harder. Incredible space - too bad.
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  • the food it was really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    the food it was really good ,I think that I gonna go again , because it is a good restaurant
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  • Conveniently located in Union
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Conveniently located in Union Square Area, Tocqueville offers great dishes that are attention to detail. The host and waiters are very pleasant and the restaurant is very quiet -- it's rare to find a restaurant in NYC where you can make a conversation without yelling. Up-scale ambiance without pretentious servers. Best place to sit down with your friends and catch up. I would go more often if they have a wider selection of lunch pri-fix menu or if they change the pri-fix menu more often.
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  • Overall, the food was either
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Overall, the food was either too salty or too bland. The poached seabass was bland and the puree wasn't evenly seasoned - some parts of the puree was alright, another part was extremely salty. Almost everything else that we ate was too salty. Considering the ambience, set up and esp. price, I expected a lot more. Very disappointed.
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  • Excellent food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/18/2008
    Excellent food and service in a MAGNIFICENT dining room.
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  • Excellent! The waiter overheard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/5/2008
    Excellent! The waiter overheard that we were celebrating a birthday and, on his own initiative, put a candle on the dessert. Really appreciated! Looking forward to next visit.
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  • We waited an hour for our
    SHmomVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    We waited an hour for our appetizers because the waiter forgot to put our order in. Someone, not our waiter, came over and asked if we had gotten any of our food yet. When we said no, they realized that the order was never put in. Our was not apologetic about it either. My entree was very cold so I had to send it back. Would have been happy, but that was a damper on the evening.
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  • The service was impeccable
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2008
    The service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. I highly recommend this place for a romantic dinner. I don't know why I did not receive any dining points from Open Table
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  • The food (we added their fois
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/1/2008
    The food (we added their fois gras appetizer which was lovely as was the dorade) , decor, wine (we did the pairing) and service were quite good. The occasion was lunch for my husbands birthday and the ambiance was marred by a very obnoxious diner with a booming voice having a business meeting. My only criticism would be that the prix fix menus selections were very limited. The two apps. a canalle of ground beets or a carrot soup and the main the dorade or a very salty smoked ham like tenderloin. It seems the selection itself could have been more refined.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • This is a treasure, super
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/27/2008
    This is a treasure, super chic but very understated and cool - akin to Town in the Cambers hotel. The design is conducive to business lunches, dinners, romance, friends, and there's a private room for a group of 25. The choices were so fabulous, I wanted to try everything. The ingredients were seasonally perfect and each choice was a perfect pairing of flavors, textures, colors. The lighting works, the epciurian atmosphere exudeslush without being fussy. This is a new fave
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • If you want to dine on slices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/22/2008
    If you want to dine on slices of black truffle while you sip a glass of Château d'Yquem, then Tocqueville is the right place for you. We had a very early dinner, mainly because opentable.com only showed a reservation availability at 5:30 pm on that day. We were a little surprised when the dining room didn't start filling up until well after 7 pm. The truffled parmesan grits with country egg turned out to be a very generous appetizer with an equally generous serving of black truffle slices. Well worth its price! The Maple Crest Chicken was cooked to perfection on the inside, but slightly charred on the outside. Tocqueville's chef seems to have a general tendency towards the salty side, but all in all Tocqueville is well worth a visit!
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  • Our favorite restaurant in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/17/2008
    Our favorite restaurant in New York City. Superb in every way.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • The service was impeccable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/17/2008
    The service was impeccable. The food was divine. We were one of the first to sit for lunch on our visit and the chef was kind enough to prepare a complimentary appetizer and dessert. I had the prix fixe lunch and my spouse had the lasagna. The borchetta dessert wine (sp?) was a perfect compliment to the delightful desserts! The decor of the restaurant makes it great for a lunch date and a romantic dinner. I would only bring well-behaved children here if at all.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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