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About Nice Matin
"Nice Matin, named after the largest daily newspaper in the South of France, gives the Upper West Side a splash of Provençal sunshine and a heady introduction to the cuisine of Nice, home of the pissaladière, pan bagnat and, if we are to believe the menu, a whopping big burger topped with comté cheese, smeared with aioli and served with a heap of rosemary-flecked fries. It's the best thing to happen to a hamburger since Daniel Boulud worked foie gras and short ribs into an all-beef patty. The pleasure is all on the plate, and it carries right through to the desserts.", William Grimes - NY Times.
New York, NY 10024
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast Daily: 7:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
$31 to $50
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1 Train 79th St. and Broadway, Walk East to Amsterdam Avenue.
B,C Train to 81st St. Museum of Natural History
M79, M11, and M7 Bus
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Nice Matin Ratings and Reviews
This used to be one of our favorite upper west side venues but it's dropping down on my list. Friday's dinner was only so-so. Husband's lamb and kale salad were very good. My mussels were either under or overcooked and the provencale sauce was heavy and salty but not flavorful. Apple tart was chewy like it had been microwaved warm. And the chocolate latte at the end tasted like someone dumped a bottle of Hershey's syrup in the coffee.
I'm not saying not to visit this restaurant. It is still nice French food with great service and value. I'm hoping we just hit an off night because the meal was definitely not as good as we have had there many times in the past.
For a last minute, Saturday 9pm dinner with my older sister who was visiting, I wanted to take her to one of my favorites. Turns out, she reminded me that we had eaten here twice in the past under similar circumstances. Guess that means I really like the place. The noise level didn't interfere with our talk about an Andy Borowitz performance we had just gone to. And the cocktails and short rib ravioli were just right.
Food was tasteless. No seasoning at all. I could run that kitchen and I have no experience. The special of the day was bouillabaisse. No seasoning, two shrimp that should have been served two days ago, a few pieces of calamari overdone. My wife had the Chicken grilled under a brick I think they served her the brick! Unfortunate given the ratings we trusted that we would have a great experience. Other than the service completely disappointed.
I will be going back. Terrific menu at reasonable prices. My recommended salmon was cooked perfectly to my request - rare. The risotto was sufficiently cooked (I find some chefs take al dente to a raw level). The recommended dessert, bread pudding, was not too sweet; the walnut ice cream on a bed of crunchy bits was the perfect sweet balance. Waitperson was knowledgeable. Food service not necessarily polished, but pleasant enough. Noisy. Clientele represented varied ages and ethnicities, but predominantly retirement age and Caucasian.
We made the mistake of mentioning to the waitress that we were in a bit of a slight rush when placing our order. They proceeded to seat, take orders from, and serve at least 4 other tables around us before we even got refills on our drinks. By the time we got our food (oatmeal, bagel, toast, bacon, one omelet) at least one of the tables that had come in after us had already paid and left. Overall, the waitress was rude, impatient, and unhelpful.
We wanted to attend the First Baptist Church of the City of New York. Nice Matin is nearby as is Green Flea in the opposite direction. Generous portions, lovely food, charming decor, friendly staff--best way to begin your day or to be refreshed in the middle of it.
Our server was awful. She barely smiled, wasn't polite and didn't explain the menu well. Both my husband and I have dined at the best restaurants; if it hadn't been for the fact that we were staying at the Lucerne, we never would have gone. Our main courses were terrible.
Place gets very crowded and NOISY at peak times; the kitchen messes up, too. Menu is formula French with to-be-expected prices. Service was lovely and the manager does keep an eye on things. Had to send my steak back because it was well done instead of medium. The second time it was medium but stone cold. My friends were done eating, and I was famished so I had to take it. My friend really liked the ravioli, although that too had arrived cold when the steak was overcooked. Dessert was good and coffee excellent. However we were there way too long, and it's not likely we'll go back.
As always, the dinner was impeccable. All 3 of us loved our meals. Although the staff was friendly, the service was lacking. No one came over to see if everything was ok. And, when the bill came, I discovered an error: they had billed the next table's wine bottle order to our check, instead of ours, which was much less. It was a mistake, to be sure, but had I not caught it, we would have paid way too much for our wine. I had to flag down the wait staff to get the check and pay the bill. (Note: the restaurant was busy enough, but not enough to warrant the poor service we had.)
We've been coming to Nice Matin for years. It's generally been a dependable neighborhood restaurant that's convenient when in the Lincoln Center area. On Friday night, before the HD presentation of "The Magic Flute", which was magical!, we had a not very magical experience at NM. I should have ordered the "bouillabaisse" special-- fish soup-- but instead I went to the regular menu and decided on the "sole milanese". It was described as "lightly breaded and fried" and came with an arugula salad. I was feeling light and somewhat magical myself -- it being an uncommonly mild August evening and I was hoping to relive a memory of some of the lightly fried/sauteed fish I've had in Paris once upon a time. Instead I received a plate of the chef's revenge. Underneath the beautiful arugula salad lurked a brown sea monster: a HEAVILY COATED and DEEP FRIED bit of white fish that was more worthy of Madame Paul's kitchen. And vingt six dollars! Ecoutez, svp: YOU CAN'T CHARGE THIS KIND OF MONEY FOR FRIED FLOUR!!
It's been years since I was there, and it was really disappointing. We decided to go because the geography was good and we knew they had outdoor seating. We did get an outside table. The food was mediocre at best. It was really overpriced ($20 for a hamburger that was over cooked and had to go back). The service was just OK. I am unlikely to go back.
A friend and I went to Nice Matin to take advantage of the last evening of New York Restaurant Week. We were impressed by the variety of choices we had with the special prix fixe menu. We enjoyed our food and the good service. The design and decor of the restaurant is very attractive, with high ceilings and and a pleasing color scheme. The staff were pleasant, courteous, and attentive without being intrusive. We enjoyed the evening quite a bit.
My friend and I made reservations for the last day of Restaurant Week. We got there and they said they ended the special menu a day early. Big problem! We picked the restaurant based on that menu. I told the manager that that was unacceptable. And then, Everything on the menu was tomatoes. Even the dessert! I love tomatoes, but not like that. When we got our main course, the lamb was cold. Totally Disappointing. We got a free round of drinks... I think because they heard me say that we should, but he didn't tell us. They just took one round off the check. We also got an "on the house" appetizer... TOMATOES! Stuffed tomatoes. I will not be recommending this Restaurant to anyone.
I requested a round table and got it even though it was in a less optimal area. Waitress was very attentive and even asked if we wanted our food sequentially or all at once. Three of our group had a long drive ahead so we opted for a more hurried meal, which was, nonetheless delicious!
Have been at Nice Matin many times. It is a local favorite for my wife and myself. This time we had friends come into town and they had not bee to this restaurant.
Staff was attentive, but not over much.
Hours posted did not say that there was down time between late lunch and dinner (on a Sunday). We caught the restaurant just before the "dead" time. Times when not serving should be stated for persons wishing to dine.
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