Narcissa Restaurant

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

Brunch is incredibly underwhelming.

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MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food but overpriced. Cranky waitress but to be fair it was very busy. Beautiful ambiance.

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

They sat us an hour after our reservation, and as a result gave us a round of drinks on the house, but then still put them on our bill. Forgot to bring two appetizers to the table on top of that.

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NJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful venue for Easter brunch and we plan to return for dinner in that beautiful courtyard.

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h
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellant fod and service

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, wonderful service. will definitely be going back

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M
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant, beautiful ambiance. The Narcissa salad was to die for along with the Parker House roll. I wasn't a fan of the Kojo cured steak but the cerviche along with the cavatelli was great. Value for money!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch with a friend. We were seated soon after our reservation time. We opted to eat outdoors. When it got too chilly, the waitress was amendable to moving our seats to somewhere warmer - painless. I got a hash and my friend got the chilaquiles - we both greatly enjoyed our meals. Very well balanced. The drinks were excellent. Will return again

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place, used to love the old menu better though.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Recommend the signature bread!It was amazing! The food is fine, but not that “surprise.” Good environment! Good for small group of friends! Nice staff !

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M
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The chef has changed, although the menu is pretty similar and the quality is still good. I found fewer items on the menu that were of interest to me since my last visit a year ago. I ended up with the Narcissa salad, which was very good, but piled way high above the bowl it was served in, making it impossible to eat without spilling things over. (The waitress did bring an extra plate to transfer some of it to.) Narcissa has moved a bit lower on my list.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal in lovely space. One of the best I’ve had in a long time.

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S
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very interesting, creative and innovative flavor combinations that mostly work but didn't knock my socks off. Had the sea bass with curry and radicchio and almonds. Generally liked it although the charred radicchio was overwhelmingly bitter. Olive oil cake was a bit dry although interesting combined with citrus and a rich cream sauce. My favorite was the turnip appetizer and the nori bread. Especially the crisp fresh turnips were refreshing and delicious. Service was great and nice atmosphere that was both trendy and quiet.

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HH
London
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Used to love Narcissa but this time was a flop. Service was laughably bad, server was young and inexperienced and he told us midway through the meal that he was handing us over to another young inexperienced waitress because he had to "go work on the other side of the restaurant." Glass of wine was filled 1/4 only, house salad was totally overdressed and gloppy, rest of food unremarkable.

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MB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous place, ambiance, excellent food, perfect noise level and good service. I would of given them 5 stars but whoever is salting the dishes needs to cut it in half, i.e. dishes were too heavy on the salt in sections.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Issues w the Hostess (I.e told us she couldn’t seat us for an hour) and we were never seated. Eventually two bar seats opened up & we had a nice meal there, but had this been our first time it would have been extremely off putting

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S
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had fish without sauce
Wonderful new chef but spicy food
Very accommodating
Candles- very romantic

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E
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, and pretty quiet for Sunday brunch. Highly recommend!

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RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a Valentine’s Day dinner and we loved it. The sommelier suggested a wine from the southern part of the Burgundy region and it was divine. The branzino is a must order for an entree.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered scallop crude, beef tartare, grilled octopus and cauliflower. Octopus was a little chewy in spots, but otherwise enjoyed everything we ate. Waiter was great and enjoyed the vibe. Would say slightly overpriced, but we did have plenty of food! Great for a girls dinner!

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AV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The house made nori and saffron bread rolls are a must have. Soft and warm and yummy.

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KR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, super cool bathrooms and a super accommodating host who helped us even when plans and times changed.

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t
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambience, service was excellent. Love this restaurant!

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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
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 8, 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 5, 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
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 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 2, 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 29, 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 25, 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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EN
San Francisco
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
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
71 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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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