Narcissa Restaurant

4.4
801 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Named after the beautiful and feisty dairy cow who presides over André Balazs' Hudson Valley farm, the Locusts on Hudson, Narcissa marries the clean flavors and impeccably-sourced ingredients of California cuisine with new techniques of roasting, rotisserie and slow-cooking. Seasonal, local and organic produce from the farm have been specifically planted to support Chef John Fraser's healthy, multi-layered American menu, which offers both simplicity and sophistication.
The intimate neighborhood restaurant offers two dining rooms, one featuring a large open kitchen and chef counter, the other overlooking a charming private garden, allowing for al fresco dining in warmer months.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Saturday and Sunday Brunch 10:00am to 3:00pm
Sunday to Thursday Dinner 5:30pm to 10:00pm (last Terrace seating at 830pm)
Friday and Saturday Dinner 5:30pm to 11:00pm (last Terrace seating at 830pm)
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Phone number
(212) 228-3344
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
John Fraser
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On the Bowery between 5th and 6th streets
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Bar Dining, Outdoor dining
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4.3
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4.2
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4.4
ambience
3.9
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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T
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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

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CM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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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AW
New York Area
79 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
9 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
34 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
7 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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OT
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
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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SL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my birthday here with our tween/teen daughters. It was a wonderful evening. We dined al fresco on their terrace. The beets were divine. My daughter had the blue crab and was hesitant to share. Hubby loved the burrata. Dinner was great as well. The duck is listed on the top 15 list for NYC - it was very good - would have liked just a little more flavor and a little more rare - but all around very well done. Hubby add scallops to a mushroom pasta dish and was very happy. Very nice selection of wines by the glass so I paired my courses and was very pleased.

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D
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome!!!

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JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

usually love this place. this time it was not great. they were out of cinnamin buns (not kidding this is a key reason we come) and the service was terrible. friends were asking why I had insisted on coming here. not a great showing Narcissa...

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OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've never tasted vegetarian dishes taste so extraordinary! The cocktails and food were outstanding, and space was beautiful. Absolutely will return. To this diner, worth the expense. Perfect.

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This place used to be a lot better. Tuna and fluke appetizers were bland and the mains were okay but just wasn’t nearly as good as I remembered. Probably wont go back unless something changes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and the host vas great. We got there 15 minutes before our reservation and the restaurant opening and he has happy to seat us.

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f
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was restaurant week. Appetizers very good. Main was not. Server very responsive. Gave us different one which was improved but not really great. We appreciated his attentiveness.

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K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Terrible service. Food undercooked. Surprised and disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The food was very good however the cocktails were expensive considering they were pre-made.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Came here for restaurant week. Liked the ambience. Our server was friendly but we felt we were pushed into giving our food order even though we told him that we wanted to have our drinks first and needed a little time. He spaced out our order though so everything worked out well. The food was ok though I wouldn't go out of my way for it in the future.

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y
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It is a nice restaurant that offers great ambiance and quality food, so a good choice for social activities (gatherings, date, etc). We like how it takes on a more refreshing approach to the standard dishes; however, it remains at the level of well-executed standard and lacks the "wow" moment (except for the rice pudding which takes credit for the extra star).

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IM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good but the restaurant week portions were so small!!!

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DW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice outdoor dining and some really good food.

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PS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food ok. Service needs to be improved. Felt like a beach side snack bar.

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KT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Wanted to try and visited during restaurant week. Ordered the Branzino and Skirt Steak. The portions were on the slim side and both were just “okay”. The overall dining atmosphere was nothing special. The service, specialty cocktails, food and food presentation was mediocre. My guest and I left quickly as neither were impressed. Too many really good and noteable NYC restaurants to warrant a return visit.

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