Narcissa Restaurant

4.5
785 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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(212) 228-3344
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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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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 785 People Are Saying
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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New York Area
1 review
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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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
14 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
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
32 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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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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Hong Kong
2 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
6 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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NY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

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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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit expensive!!! But really good

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c
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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EP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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

Food was good though

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

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

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OT
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

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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BB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in pretty surroundings

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C
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

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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JB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was Fabulous!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

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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New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

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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