Narcissa Restaurant

4.5
769 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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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Delivery or takeout
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Outdoor dining

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Narcissa can accommodate all your special event needs.

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What 769 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Terrible service. Food undercooked. Surprised and disappointed.

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 5, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Very nice outdoor dining and some really good food.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on July 27, 2018

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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2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

We went for Sunday brunch before a show at the Public Theater. Very disappointed with the food and his biggest pet peeve: tables for 2 being on top of each other. I could sneeze into my neighbor's avocado toast with little effort. Noise level was not an issue since the place was half empty at 12:15pm. No problem getting this reservation the night before either btw. Service was swift.

The meal: I got the lobster soft scrambled, which, while cooked perfectly, only provided texture. He got the huevos rancheros which was an underwhelming 'steak and eggs', not the savory skillet breakfast as the title would dictate. I hoped the French toast bites would fill the satiated void but no such luck. It had none of the flavor or airiness you'd expect from any play on french toast. Tho I will say the lemon curd dip was the perfect vehicle for it!

$86 for two drinks, 2 dishes and an appy for brunch? I don't see us returning.

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2.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Terrible service; took 20 minutes to get food; waitress never checked table to see if we need anything nor did she care. Very “whatever”. Food awful; French toast bites a thick grey soggy mess. Shiitake burger even worse: a mush of grossness. Plates just have food dumped on it. Avocado toast terrible old bread w avocado just dumped on it sloppily. Poached eggs super cold. Only thing good are the French fries. I took my 2 grandsons for brunch before we saw blue mans group. Go anyplace else but here.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Wonderful atmosphere, especially in the outdoor space. Food was great.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellen ambience great for drinks food was ok but not outstanding.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

A bit expensive!!! But really good

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

The beets and the curry fish are spactacular. Don’t forget to get the Mille fuille

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Great experience dining in the beautiful garden. In terms of the foos — The carrot fries were bland and the desert was so so. Everything else was great.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

The air conditioning was not on and it was a very hot day.

Food was good though

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1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Items I’d ordered before were over cooked, didn’t come out with the meal, and incorrectly made

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

This had been one of our favorite restaurants, which is why we decided to come here on Father’s Day. This was one major mistake. First of all, the Sous Chef was on duty and he clearly is not up to the job. Their famous duck dish was a huge disappointment. The service was almost inept and definitely inattentive. Finally, they decided to charge my credit card with someone else’s bill. Luckily I had been notified online and got a message on my phone before they brought me the correct check. All in all, a huge fall from grace. So very disappointing. Plus, the manager suggested that we come back and it would be better the next time. Well he is probably correct, it would be hard to make it much worse. But, that is just so unlikely to happen.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Delicious food in pretty surroundings

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1.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The food here was non-descript, unimaginative and not very tasty, or to be recommended. It was also crazily overpriced. The server was fantastic, and I very much enjoyed the setting. However, I cannot recommend the food. The carrot Wellington, for example, was nothing more than a circular grouping of carrots within a thin pastry crust. It was so lacking that my date and I laughed for a good while over dinner--which made for a funny evening.

Honestly, I am not exaggerating.

Hope you save your money and choose to go elsewhere and take advantage of the wonderful restaurants in NYC.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The service was wonderful our waitress was efficient and fun. The fun was perfect. We sat outside in the garden is was extremely peaceful.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Service and food was Fabulous!

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3.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The food, as usual, was excellent – flavorful, balanced, imaginatively conceived without being overdone. The New Zealand female server was attentive, but was shouldering too much of the responsibility for the rest of the service staff who repeatedly interrupted us to remove dishes we were still enjoying. This was disappointing as it happened several times in a row; rather than feeling like attentive service, it felt like a shared failure to notice what other staff had done, and the "vibe" at our table. Waitstaff should also be trained not to put food on the table without looking at the table while serving, as happened when the bread and the salad course were placed – food was dropped on table, but the server's head was turned elsewhere. This rudeness of manners significantly takes away from the dining experience.

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1.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The worst service we have ever had, and the manager blew us off. Nothing came out until we asked for it three times, and then it came out wrong and in the wrong order. The female manager on staff couldn’t have been ruder about it, barely apologized, and did nothing about the transgressions. We spoke to the other manager at the end of the meal and he was very kind and attentive, but overall this was a horrible experience. Don’t eat here.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2018

We have always been big fans of Narcissa, but we were disappointed with our latest meal there. Though almost empty, we were seated at a table directly in front of where staff congregated and talked; we asked to move.
We were not served bread (we were told you have to ask -- since when?)
My beets (one of my favorites in the past) arrived cold in the center. Duck was tough.
Waitress (a child) was inattentive at best. We asked if we could have more decaf coffee, but were told no (apparently it's brewed to order so no refills)
Just a so-so experience-- we won't be back anytime soon.
Oh, and no more Narcissa matches, or any paper towels in the bathroom.... now it's the hotel matches. Cost cutting is going on and it shows.
TOO BAD.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Unfriendly front desk
Music too loud even though we asked twice to lower level
Delicious food

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Attentive staff. Great food that made this restaurant worth visiting. Will go again when back over in NY.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

A Pete Wells clunker, highlight of octopus app - crispy chickpeas, octopus chewy - not braised or sous-vide long enough(5 thin 3-4in end tentacles?); seabass main perfectly cooked but otherwise pedestrian esp the "French Curry", black lentils hiding under fish only added color; could not finish cactus free cactus cake, was able to pick half the dense dry cake up with one poke of my fork, epazote in the anglaise MIA, they mercifully took it off my bill. Michelin star chef needs to drop by sometime, otherwise this is simply a hotel restaurant with an anodyne menu. Oh, but service was very good.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Supergreen spinach and short ribs were superb.Suggested wine was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Everything about the dinner at Narcissa was fabulous: the quality of the food, the creativity of each dish, the hospitality of the servers, and the decor of the room. Highly recommend Narcissa!

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2.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Had the ahi-tuna app, short-rib and risotto, and pumpkin dessert. All was fresh and solid but not amazing or memorable. The staff could be a bit more welcoming. $140 including 25% tip for 1 person to have a 3 course meal. Not a great value.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Very cute place, excellent service, I was not too happy w my entree everyone else like there's and the bloody marys are great.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

very enjoyable. good service, good presentation, well prepared.
very nice space. hard to find. set well back off street. should be told it is in the standard hotel

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Never had to ask for waiter to come around. Professional and enjoyable experience. You do have to plan for the check as the price is up there but willing to go there again.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

impressive newcomer...service very attentive and friendly,...excellent inventive food...loved the fried carrots!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Very cozy ambiance and the food was very tasty. Definitely a place to try!

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2.0Dined on March 3, 2018

For a long time, Narcissa was my favorite restaurant in the area of the Public Theater. Unfortunately, the last few visits have been disappointing. The food is still quite good, but the general level of service has diminished. They no longer make me feel like a valued guest. Too bad.

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4.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The food is good but not amazing. The prices are on the expensive side. The cocktails feel like they only have syrup and no actual alcohol. Service is really good the writers are all super nice.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Our friend’s duck breast did not have its fat rendered and was just a large clump of skin. Very unappetising.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food was fairly inventive and some dishes were tasty (aside from mealy eggplant paired with undercooked octopus), but our dinner was completely overwhelmed by poor service. Narcissa is either understaffed, or worse yet, the servers does not care. Our entire row of two-top tables suffered extraordinarily slow attention, so much so that I started timing how long finished plates were left uncleared on our table (21 and 18 minutes between courses). No wonder we were able to get a day-of reservation at 8:45 on a Friday. The steak tartare was good, and the carrots wellington creative, but we'll not be returning. A shame the kitchen staff is being held back by the front office folks.

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