Tocqueville

4.6
2486 reviews
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Since 2000 Tocqueville Restaurant has been serving innovative New American French style cuisine to its loyal clientele. You will find locally sourced seasonal ingredients from purveyors including the Union Square Green Market. Our menu was carefully curated by our celebrity chef and owner, Chef Marco Moreira. The menu features signature dishes including Uni Carbonara, Seared Diver Sea Scallop and Foie Gras, Truffled Parmesan Grits, and a Lightly Smoked Duck Breast. We are a Zagat Award winning restaurant and are Michelin Star recommended. Our award winning wine list put together with the wine connoisseur in mind is sure to delight the finest of palettes. We feature a beautiful private dining room for events and provide full catering services as well. The hospitable staff, chic and lofty décor, and relaxed sophisticated atmosphere make this an excellent spot for special occasions and neighborhood dining.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us for Valentines Day, we will be serving a 3-course prix fixe menu, $135 per person. Reservations accepted from 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm. There is a 2-hour limit on all table reservations.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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DD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant especially the wine selection. But today the Duck Confit was too salty....

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l
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food is excellent. Straight forward and well prepared. Ambiance is wonderful. One can carry on a conversation in this restaurant. Beautiful room. Excellent service.

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g
New York Area
348 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We just love the way they create the tasting menu here. It's like you're collaborating with the chef, getting to try things that jump out at you and those he feels show off his skills. On this occasion we were delighted that he included the pasta with uni. It's such a creamy rich taste thrill. And we love the scallop with fois gras which is so rich one is really enough. The staff is wonderfully attentive without being intrusive and the room is perfect for conversation.

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a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Other then torn jeans and baseball caps it is a ten plus. The only disappointment was many of the clientele were dressed as if they we’re dining at Shake Shack.
Only if Tocqueville will adhere to their dress code.

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ST
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was a really nice find in new york; the dining space is high ceilinged and formal without being stuffy; I wore jeans, an open neck shirt and a jacket and was fine. The staff were well trained, entering peripheral vision but waiting to be acknowledged rather than simply intruding and interrupting conversation or the meal.

The menu was excellent - and the execution was good; food was earthy, tasty, and wholesome - we had the oysters to start, sea trout as a main and chocolate souffle as a dessert.

The oysters had a lovely creamy flavour and soft texture with little brine. The souffle was large, luxuriant, and a mix of textures, fondue like in the centre with a light crumbly crust.

The trout lost some nuance, with a thick wine jus almost treacle like in its sweetness and a crust of potatoes that were perhaps just a touch overdone, losing some of the delicacy of potato. It had a deep and rich earthiness that was filling and a lovely flavour in the cold weather.

The meal was good - and I would return again for the excellence of the environment and staff - the trout could have been exceptional with a little more delicacy in the preparation - though perhaps the Chef was looking for the wholesome earthiness that was delivered.

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GM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a lovely place to have a quiet meal and to be well taken care of.
Wonderful food.

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and warm cozy atmosphere.

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B
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had our Christmas dinner at Tocqueville and were very happy. Great service and atmosphere. Our waiter Miguel and sommelier Bruno were great. Bruno is exceptionally knowledgeable about wines and to our surprise about many other drinks and liquor in general. He gave the best explanation so far we have heard in different restaurants about the wines we had. Miguel was also unusually knowledgeable about the drinks. Food was great, but we thought the bread had to be better. We will go back.

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W
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Christmas dinner there it was amazing. The decor is lovely and the location smart. They had a Christmas menu with awesome winter drinks including a delicious toddy. We devoured the appetizers of tuna tartare and lobster ravioli . The main course the trout stood out.

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m
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Missing turkey or ham Traditionally food on Christmas menu option

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f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a Christmas Eve’s Dinner and it was very delicious. We would like to eat there again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb, creative food! Attentive, courteous service - they want to please. Tasting menu is great! And it's actually quiet. Elegant decor.

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W
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tocqueville is our special-occasion restaurant of choice. It never fails to delight us, and the staff are fantastic. As are the special cocktails, by the way. Although it can be pricey, they have a prixe-fixe selection that offers delicious choices at a very reasonable price. We highly recommend Tocqueville!

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PS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food well prepared & served. Even more subtle than last time.

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KF
Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried the chef’s tasting menu and it was superb. The staff do not rush you through lunch. Nice wine pairings also.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was exemplary and inventive. The service was attentive but not smothering. The experience was a real pleasure for my guest and I was not disappointed having been before.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent and creative meal, attentive and very friendly waitstaff. Highly recommend for a special night out. We had the sea urchin angel hair carbonara appetizer which was delicious.

My husband had the smoked duck and I had the sea bass entree and both were outstanding.

We finished with a chocolate soufflé which had an amazing mint ice cream which tasted like distilled mint leaves with sweet cream. The head waiter was extremely generous in bringing us and American caviar delicately nestled on an egg and brioche and a selection of ice creams and petit fours. Everything we tasted was a feast for the eyes and the palate.

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NB
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for my sister's 26th birthday and had a great dinner and evening, overall. The ambiance was something else, and the service was incredible. Food was exquisite, and cocktails were notably unique - try the Blueberry Peacock when you get the chance (it's no longer on the menu, but they'll make it for you if you ask for it). Tastes like a blend of blueberries and a mojito, but very interesting. Will definitely be coming back here again - the price is worth every penny.

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OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation for two and when I arrived was seated right on time. From appetizers, to entrees, to desserts, and the little in between treats, food was impeccable. The service was excellent as wine/cocktail was always checked to make sure it was refilled timely. That’s always a plus bc I don’t like to be thirsty with an empty glass. Ambience was nice and cozy since it’s very small but not crowded. Lighting was perfect...”romantic” lighting I would say. Everything I wanted it to be for a date night met my expectations.

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JO
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My wife and I enjoyed the 5 course tasting menu with the wine pairings. Each course was excellent and the sea urchin with pasta was beyond good. The wine pairings went well with each course. I was surprised that they were not all French wines but they were excellent choices none the less.

Our waiter and sommelier was excellent. The sommelier spent considerable time describing the origin of each wine. The service misses were small but for a restaurant of this type should be corrected. The menu was presented to me first rather than my wife and the server presented my dish before my wife on a number of occasions.

My biggest complaint was the atmosphere. When I confirmed my reservation, made 3 weeks in advance, I was told we would be seated in the private dining room. When I questioned whether this was as nice as the main room, I was told it was as good if not better so I accepted their advance. I was clearly misled. The private room was nowhere as nicely appointed and we were given a table right by the stairs . Unfortunately, the tables in the main room were full when we arrived so we had no choice but to eat upstairs.

As we were celebrating a wife's birthday, which the restaurant was made aware of in advance, I was not happy with the inferior room and table or the deceit involved.

I would consider going back to Tocqueville because the food was excellent but I would insist on table in the main room before confirming the reservation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is elegant and classy. The service was impeccable. Our waiter helped us choose the perfect wine, based on our description of what we like. The bread served was fresh and fantastic- good bread is usually the harbinger of what’s to come. The food was delicious and beautifully presented.
They did forget our birthday dessert, even though I reminded them that we were there for my husband’s birthday, but we forgave them because all in all this was a wonderful evening.
This restaurant will become a favorite on our list.

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JY
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

After a marvelous time enjoying the tasting menu, dining room, and ambiance at Toqueville this past summer, we were terribly disappointed by our dining experience last night. True, the white truffle risotto was outstanding ($140 appetizer), however the sea bass was overwhelmed by an avalanche of mustard seeds and served inedible skin side up. The chicken galantine was not a galantine, but a breast accompanied by a chicken sausage with light foie gras.... However, the biggest disappointment was the service: our champagne by the glass was flat, we were asked if we were finished while obviously still eating (there were open tables...) not once, but twice... and the staff seemed to have attitude about it.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I have been celebrating our birthdays at Tocqueville for five years. It is a large beautiful, spacious room with beautiful art and tables spaced well apart It is a quiet luxurious space. We always get the 3-course prix fixe lunch which is a good deal. There is always a fish option and a non-fish (meat or poultry) option on the menu. THe food is exquisitely prepared and delicious. Very fine cuisine. It is served in a gracious and elegant manner. We also get the wine parings with our first two courses--which are excellent wines that go well with food--and you get full, interesting explanations of what you are getting and why. If you don't like one wine, they are happy to bring another. Because they noticed it was our birthday, they brought us a second dessert free. I don't think there is a more elegant way to celebrate a birthday lunch available in NYC and for the quality it is a great value.

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f
New York Area
115 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had not been to Tocqueville for a while. The atmosphere is lovely and welcoming. The food is excellent. A 5 course and a 7 course menu are mentioned but not explained. Good sommelier.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chef is brilliant. The sea bass preparation was the best I have ever had..Bravo to Juliien

What a delightful experience. A must for lunch when you want to feel like you want great food, service and elegance.

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OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious!

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m
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern French at its best. Seamless service and outstanding food.

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L
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in NYC and a well kept secret. You are lucky if you come across this place. The food is impeccable and the service is wonderful.

The tastes are perfectly put together with many fresh ingredients. Certain to please even the most sophisticated palette.

Quite atmosphere, very local. Beautifully decorated restaurant, I can dine there for hours.

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CF
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Toqueville is the "grown up" restaurant in my neighborhood. The food is always unusual and delicious, beautifully presented and served. The ambiance is quiet and even when the place is filled, it's possible to have real conversations without asking someone to repeat themselves. The service is perfect, everyone seems intent on making your dining experience a good one.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food. Almodóvar there...

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G
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

You are clearly paying for the air in this place. I'm not sure where the money goes, because it isn't for the staff, an unhappy and ornery group, some lacking an ability to even enunciate enough so we can understand them. It doesn't go to the quality of the ingredients, I've never ordered such expensive duck that tasted so much like cheap ham steak. Would I recommend this? Only for someone trying to impress a cheap date who wouldn't know the difference.

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OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular restaurant. Ambiance was quiet, sophisticated, warm. Service was perfect. Food was absolutely delicious.

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p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect
Except the restaurant was very warm

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P
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely restaurant that reminds me of our long-gone favorite Chanterelle

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this special place for special occasions. And love that they make each customer feel valued.

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MM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service

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ED
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We went for Thanksgiving. The food was cold, the menu limited, the service slow and unfriendly. The bill, however, didn't reflect any of this - quite pricey. I won't be going back.

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CK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I asked for water and no ice - room temperature- but when it arrived it was ice water with ice. I asked for water with no ice and the busboy just dumped the water and ice out and filled it with water bringing back soaking wet glasses. Turned me off. They don't carry a brand of still water in a glass bottle and I don't prefer sparkling and the only still they had was Evian in a plastic bottle. I don't like using plastic for environmental reasons. The purpose for asking for "no ice " is so there won't be bacteria in the glass. Once you dump it out the bacteria is still there. Ice is one of the grossest things you can have at a restaurant. And then I went to the bathroom to see them carrying up buckets of ice. Which is a little gross too. Cause who makes sure the buckets stay clean all day?
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The food was good. Loved the truffle tagliatelle and the tuna tartare. The main waiter was good although it took awhile for us to order even though we said "we are ready to order". It was still another 10 minutes. I don't recommend the Thanksgiving Sundae. It was not made fresh. It had been previously made and stuck in the freezer. A little unappetizing but my husband's chocolate cake was excellent. And the sommelier was super cool.

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h
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had great time and best french in NYC for our 10 years wedding anniversary

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