Narcissa Restaurant

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816 reviews
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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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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Went for brunch. The food was absolutely flavorless. Like the chef has never heard of seasoning. Terrible. Room is nice enough and service was totally adequate. But everything we ate was beyond bland.

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M
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Decided to try after reading reviews and an article online from the Thrillist. Narcissa did not disappoint! W started at the car with cocktails. Only one bar tender was working for the whole place so the service was a little slow. I could tell the bartender was a little stressed...or at least it appeared that she was. Once we were seated at are seat the service was impeccable and welcoming which I always appreciate. For appetizers we had the grilled octopus and the smoked Japanese fries. The octopus was good but slightly small relative to other restaurants my husband has tried this dish. The smoked Japanese sweet potato was great! We chose the red snapper and the chicken with grapes (lettuce wraps) for our entrees. The red snapper was delicious. The chicken was okay but something was missing and not sure the lettuce wrap part worked. Dessert we had a little chocolate pie (very small) with brulee bananas and vanilla bean ice cream. Very tasty and since it was so small not too much guilt involved. The scene is vibrant and fun. After dinner we went to a cross-dresser show next door and then to the other bar next door where there was a DJ. It was a super fun night.

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AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Narcisa is a truly wonderful restaurant on all fronts. It is elegant, warm, and comfortable, and the food is simply outstanding. We loved the chicken with warm grapes, which sounds weird and then turns out to be delicious, and the smoked sweet potato appetizer was spectacular. Narcisa is one of our favorite NYC restaurants.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was impeccable and not at all intrusive. It was a date / working dinner and we felt so comfortable.

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i
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant! One of the checklist options were “worth the drive “. Not only worth the drive, but worth the flight! We are from LA and make it a point to always dine at Narcissa at least once during our trip.

I’m vegan so we ordered a lot of vegan modified dishes but everyone at my table loved everything we ordered. Our server was courteous and attentive. Food came out in a timely manner. Hosts were delightful. Food was fabulous!

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LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a nice way to celebrate friends' birthdays! Still, I had not expected how noisy it would be, and it took a while for the food to start reaching the table. The service was great otherwise.

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L
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

The food was lovely and creative, although portions are on the small side. Service was great. However, there was an obnoxiously loud group of six sitting next to us who were practically screaming over each other, and the restaurant has done nothing to address the issue.

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SD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

food was good and atmosphere was okay. The hotel is really cool. I just wish the restaurant was a bit more modern.

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KA
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not what I was expecting, but in a good way. Food was excellent. Kitchen clearly takes pride in using the best ingredients. The burrata was amazing. Clientele was younger and hipper than my 15-year old daughter and I, but no one seemed to mind. :)

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T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very good. Only two complaints- the porchetta is too fatty, and the music is a bit loud and not very good.
But I will go again. Overall we enjoyed it.

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J
New York Area
356 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Sunday Brunch was popular-most tables were occupied. We both ordered Crab Soft Scramble. We asked for bread we were served 1 slice of white toast ($3).
There was a scant tsp of crab in the scramble; @ $22, we expected more crab. After complaining to our server, she graciously comped our drinks. Also, a hostess/ mgr apologized and asked if we would like an order of french toast which we declined. We thought their response most refreshing and we will try them again in warm weather. The garden looked inviting.

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m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Consistently great

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EM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were fantastic. Must-tries are the French toast bites with lemon curd dip and the crab soft scramble. Just to die for!

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CL
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is incredible. Highly recommend.

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T
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Outstanding food . The wine selection was somewhat limited and overpriced. Overall good experience.

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MP
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose Narcissa before a performance at the Public Theatre--a 5 minute walk away. We each had the vegetarian entrée--a roasted squash dish for one of us, and the house-made pasta mushroom for the other. Both were excellent, as were salads, wine, and dessert. We highly recommend this. The only thing to know is that they don't seem to have a street-facing entrance; you have to enter the door next door and be shown your way into Narcissa. Once inside, it is lovely.

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time there. We could not have asked for better service. The waiters and waitresses were exceptional in explaining their cocktails and menus.

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EK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We were a party of 3 but each small bite dish came with 2 pieces only.

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F
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely evening. The food, especially the specials were divine.

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SU
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it
so festive
white windows with Christmas tresses an decorations
snapper delicious
hen of wood mushrooms yummy
crabmeat salad with aioli sauce perfection
great service
good wines by glass

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L
New England
10 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We needed to make theater and everyone was so accommodating! The food was delicious and the staff was caring and kind. We really lived Narcissa!

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FR
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

It was a very poor experience for a Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey was taste less.

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i
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Very nice front person to accommodate my request for a table not banquet. Wait staff very attentive. Food was
Good- noise level deafening

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OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience, my wife and I decided to spend our anniversary dinner here and it was well worth it. Would definitely recommend as the food was delicious and the service was amazing.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience at Narcissa the food was delicious and the service was great. I took my girlfriend to celebrate her birthday and they customized the desert for her. I would definitely recommend!

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S
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

I ordered bronzing. It came drenched in sauce that completely covered the fish. If I had known, I would have ordered it on the side. My impression was that thecentrees were gimmicky. Small bunch of grapes on chicken;,vegan affogatp, etc.

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r
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was generally very good other than a few dishes that were really off. The service was spotty. The waiter would disappear for long intervals.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was outstanding throughout. The dinner started off excellent. The appetizers were delicious but the prawns with bread was disappointing. It was two tiny little prawns and a half load of bread for $29 and the ribs were very fatty and included nothing else but the ribs. Dinner was just over $200 for two people and we both left hungry.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Poor service, warm coffee, highly expensive not great food.

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GH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really loved the bruch. The french toast was heavenly, best ever!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation for 4 people made well in advance for Sunday brunch.
We were seated at a table closest to the kitchen.
I suppose we were either too old, not hip enough and only women.
The food and service were fine, however the choice to seat a table of older women as far from the window as possible was obvious.
I will think twice before returning

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W
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Narcissa is an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the City, offering a most delightful outdoor dining experience at any time of day—and most times of year. A quirky artsiness throughout the restaurant and broader hotel contribute tastefully to the uniquely enjoyable experience.

The food and service complement the setting, with an array of creative options for any dietary preference, including a variety of plant-based dishes. And the servers are attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.

My only drawback was an absence of outdoor music, but that quickly subsided when they opened the doors to a lively private dining room.

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t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I have been to this restuarant a number of times and love it. Great outdoor seating, great ambiance. I was a bit disappointed by the new menu and the food. Too much vinegar flavor in my beef tartare and salad. Not the usual variety sauces/preparations on the menu. That said, excellent food quality, service and evening.

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TS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highlights were mushroom pasta, Parker house roll and cocktail

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TF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and beautiful flavorful food in a trendy atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really warm and wonderful vibe. Came for my mom’s birthday and enjoyed a delicious brunch! Will definitely come again on a date or with my girls.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 1ambience 5

Waiter was rude and did not pour real glasses of wine

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Service was terrible, they messed up several items on our order. The waiter was rude.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Got busier around 7 but would suggest waiting to dine until then for any ambiance

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N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambiance (outside garden) and service, including sommelier excellent.

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