Narcissa Restaurant

4.3
830 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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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Five days later, I’m still thinking about that porchetta! The oysters we delicious, and the crab salad was to die for. My only small complaint is that the appetizers came before we even finished our oysters—which made us feel rushed with a crowded table. Still, we look forward to coming back.

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SC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were on time for our reservation but had to wait for almost 1/2 hour to be seated.
The food was mediocre and overpriced. The waitress was efficient but lacked personality. Would not go again

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AB
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress from Texas with exceptional service made the evening that much better

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LC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The chocolate tart was one of the best desserts I've had in a long time.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 5

Wow, worst service we’ve had in a while. We were on time for our reservation at 8:30pm and didn’t get sat until 9:40pm. There was no host at the front and guests were crowding there waiting. My party and I had 1.5 bottles of wine and two cocktails at the bar for four people before we got seated. We get it’s Restaurant Week and it may be busier than usual, but at least be a tiny bit apologetic or hospitable when finally showing us to our table. Our server gave us major attitude straight from the beginning. We sat for another half hour while she forgot to bring us the Restaurant Week menu. My boyfriend asked for his steak medium rare. It came medium. Other than that, the rest of the dishes were really good. I’m never returning solely for the terrible service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Food was decent. sweet ambience. Very loud though.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Worst meal I've had in the past year. The hostess cancelled my reservation solely because I didn't pick up her confirmation phone call. I had, however, confirmed the reservation the day prior via Open Table. After being INCREDIBLY rude to me she only agreed to seat my party after proving her the final page of my Open Table confirmation. Then, the waitress tried to turn our table and rush us out of the restaurant even though the entire place was empty (presumably empty because of the horrible food and service). Our party was an odd number and the kitchen refused to add 1 more roll to our order so we could each have one, even after offering to pay, instead of awkwardly splitting 2 rolls into thirds. Lastly, we ordered the fried chicken entree to share- 3 of the pieces were fine but my piece was COMPLETELY raw. Please see attached photo. All in all, I'll never come back to Narcissa and spend money on overpriced food at another restaurant without such an attitude problem.

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St. Louis
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

They sat us late despite having a reservation, and then served us ridiculously quickly - cleared our appetizers before we were done because our mains were ready. Felt like a very rushed experience despite the fact that there were some empty tables around - no one waiting. Also, some of the food was cold. Had a better experience here for dinner than I did for this brunch.

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

We were told that we could not be seated until our entire party had arrived (one of our four was 10 minutes late) even though we said we would like start ordering cocktails- AND WE HAD A RESERVATION. Then we were told they would need the table back by 9 (our rez was at 7) which was not part of the reservation policy when we made it - they said they wanted to “let us know since we were starting late” - BECAUSE THEY WOULDN’T SEAT US. We explained why this was inhospitable and unacceptable, and their only response was to repeat the policy. Truthfully one of the most unpleasant host interactions in 15 years of dining in the city. Food & wine were good, but overshadowed.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Tried it .2 years ago and liked the older chef slightly better. The vegetable forward dishes were good but not amazing. Awesome ambience in the standard.

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EE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for restaurant week and had a really fantastic dinner. The service was next level. The food was really good— I added an extra star because of the cocktails. All around a wonderful experience!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

15 minutes before being approached for water choice

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T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Went for brunch, service was slow and not attentive. Entree which were veggie and steak burger actually came out cold. We sent back the fries but didn’t bother with burgers .. wouldn’t go back

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I'm glad I found this restaurant to meet up with some friends. Food was good. Decor was phenomenal. Great for early brunch time. Not as crowded in the morning, which is best time for brunch. Service is great. Price was reasonable. I didn't feel rushed and was able to eat and catch up with friends. Will definitely go back.

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DB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
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
62 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
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 on January 11, 2019
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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OT
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
24 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
366 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
34 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
14 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
85 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
37 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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