Narcissa Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Narcissa is a New-American restaurant located in The Standard, East Village in New York City’s Cooper Square. The restaurant’s rotating menu features seasonal produce from dedicated farms in the Hudson Valley. The East Village’s hidden gem offers a private dining room in addition to the rooms main dining room, and a charming private garden that opens up for al fresco dining in the warmer months.
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vipSkyeL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing for a family

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edrrr
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Beautiful place and not to busy for an intimate dinner. For a seasoned restaurant the service was slow and a little unprofessional or possibly inexperienced. Food came out very late and tracking the server was difficult. The food was great, fresh fish and nice sides but waiting for it was unfortunate.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and beautiful place, the server was also very nice!

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vipDinnerdate20
London
10 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was truly terrible. Inattentive and many mistakes were made.

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vipindicat
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was jus so-so - nothing to get excited about, average only, which is disappointing. The service also leaves a bit to be desired. There were only a handful of diners, yet our server didn’t check in to offer coffee, pepper/salt (which the food needed), or water after making the initial, obligatory round. Unfortunate because a great location and ought to be a winner.

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vipDara
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday and loved it

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience5

This was the second time I came here. We do not live in NYC so since the 1st time I had a fabulous experience I decided to take my friends there, after telling them how fantastic it was!
We got there and I was so excited about our dinner which turned out very different from the 1st time I was there. I actually felt embarrassed that I brought my friends there. The service was horrendous!!! Our waitress was so RUDE, gave us attitude because we took a while to order our drinks, rolled her eyes!!!!! , she not once asked us if everything was good...and you could tell she just didn’t care to serve us!!!
The food was good but it didn’t matter anymore.
I was so disappointed!

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JackK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I very good experience. Would recommend and will return. In warmer weather the outdoor experience looks great.

Regards,
Jack

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vipDusan
London
16 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place - everything you could ask for - beautiful, delicious and makes you feel quite cool!

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vipDanielS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance. Wonderful and interesting vegan selections. Well worth a journey.

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vipAdamo
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely brunch with very good service. Love the comfortable booths.

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vipTablevibes1
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful creative food! Nice wait staff and a beautiful room!

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vipTonyO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Gorgeous room, delicious food. Service was slow/absent, but otherwise we'd return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

The loud thumping sound from the bar next door, combined with the loud music from the restaurant itself made this once amazing place almost unbearable to be in. It’s a pity. Service and food were otherwise impeccable.

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vipCynthiaM
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Narcissa has one of the loveliest gardens in Manhattan - unique and delicious food and very good sommelier

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The courtyard was great, the menu innovative, the food delicious and the service excellent

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FoodieFromOslo
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I was disappointed because I had heard very good things. The restaurant is beautiful, specially outside. So if you want to take a drink outside, go for it. Your Instagram will love it. If you want a food experience, maybe try somewhere else.

The starter was too big and a bit boring (potatoes with sauce that tasted a bit bland) and the main dish (today’s special) was Ok at best. The beef was stringy and the salad was bland. A very good sauce, that was similar to what we make at home.

This part was not ok: For some reason, there was beetles (I counted 4) jumping around our sitting area. (We sat inside, not outside). Probably from the beautiful garden outside, but frankly, I don’t care. I don’t want to see beetles crawl behind the restaurant sofa where I am eating, or find them in my bag later.

All in all, this was the most expensive restaurant we visited, but the one we enjoyed the least. Starter and main dish, 2 drinks and 2 beers, ended at about 200 dollars.

CM
vipCatM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The garden is very cute & charming

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kkflow
Louisville
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely patio! Excellent food. Very courteous staff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Empty but for 2 other tables on a Saturday at 8pm. Food took forever, the. Took forever to get the check even though there was one waitress per table.

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PENELOPER
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have passed by Narcissa so many times that I finally decided to take my stepdad there for a belated outing. My family and myself loved the service, ambiance and the food tasted so fresh and good! We did not know about the brunch protocol and the kitchen closing early to begin prepping for dinner. However, our server was lovely and made sure we placed all the orders before it did switch out and she did not bring out the spare items until we finished our first round for appetizers. In the day time the place is very child and baby friendly which isn't bad, but if you are sitting next to a loud crying baby it might mess up the setting a bit. Overall, great experience aside from that!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

I am so disappointed about the food!

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lizishiiban
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great ambiance and staff. Food was sub par.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Came here for restaurant week with friends. Dinner Menu was decent: we tried all appetizers and entrees, they were all tasty! The dessert was great too. Only reason I’m not giving 5 stars is because the restaurant (indoor) smelled like bleach all night, didnt want to seat outside because it was a very hot day/night, and we had to ask for bread (after seating/ordering 1hr long).

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The food was very mediocre, was expecting much more. Had the crudo, snapper and chocolate cake. Nothing to write home about

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vipMayaK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I rarely write reviews, but this is a restaurant with so much potential and it just flops. The menu looked so yummy and exciting, but the food served was nothing but disappointing. A "summer salad" drenched in super salty dressing with ONE TEENY sliver of a peach, a fluke crudo that was poorly cut, terribly presented, and again completely drenched in sauce, a branzino that was fine but nothing to be remembered, and a grilled eggplant that had so much potential, but was just eh. The only upside is that they have a lovely garden which is perfect for a summer night, and the service and wine were great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was affordable and very tasty

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vipeater
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Disappointing fare on this last visit, after many years of excellence. The chef owner is focused on other ventures and, sadly, this shows. That said, staff is always really great; wish the attention to detail in the cooking were maintained.

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LanceB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

This was my second visit to Narcissa. The food was just as good during this visit as the last.
The service is friendly and helpful, but could use a little more polish to tip it into the excellent range. During our first visit we ended up being forgotten for about 30 minutes after our entree course arrived. Other than that it was quite good. During our second visit, our server was not quite as knowledgeable about the food and wine as he might have been but still was very gracious and had a good sense for hospitality. My recommendation is to definitely go there and enjoy a delicious, relaxed and casual meal on the beautiful interior courtyard.

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viphanssachs
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Menu selections are scant. Entrees made to appear much larger than actual (once you discard the fish head and tail or remove the copious fat around the steak). Charging for bread?

We used to come to Narcissa often. Will wait for major changes before returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great space. Cool atmosphere but was there super early before a show.

KD
vipKathyD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed a delicious and relaxing brunch. The weather was beautiful and the garden provided a pleasant respite from the summer heat. We highly recommend the eggs Benedict and hash. The Bloody Mary was amazing - just the right amount of spice.

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vipNYCSpartan
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love the experience, service and outdoor patio. Unfortunately they have a small menu and the food can be hit or miss. We have had some great meals there and some that were so-so. Worth a visit and hope for the best.

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foodie4life
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I found my second experience at Narcissa very disappointing. The wait for the food was interminable, the food came out sporadically, barely at room temperature and I found the starter I ordered to be very dry and tasteless, the same starter I had on my first outing to Narcissa, when it was lovely and delicious. The waitress kept calling me ma'am every time she came over to the table to apologize. (just a pet peeve of mine. I would rather not be called ma'am.) Was the chef out sick? On vacation? Man, this was really not a great experience. The kitchen needs to get its act together. I will think twice about returning. The only bright spot in the evening was the maitre d' who was very friendly and accommodating.

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NancyR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sitting outside was great. Service was great. Food and drinks are very high priced. But still enjoyed.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience5

Brunch is incredibly underwhelming.

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MaddDogg
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food but overpriced. Cranky waitress but to be fair it was very busy. Beautiful ambiance.

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vipASchicago
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

They sat us an hour after our reservation, and as a result gave us a round of drinks on the house, but then still put them on our bill. Forgot to bring two appetizers to the table on top of that.

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NJMom3
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful venue for Easter brunch and we plan to return for dinner in that beautiful courtyard.

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hananiak
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellant fod and service

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Narcissa Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 889 OpenTable diners.

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