The wine and spirit list, put together by Arnaud TRONCHE and Pascaline LEPELTIER MS, is composed of small growers, hard to find gems, the majority of them certified organic or biodynamic.
What Insiders Are Saying
A well known Parisian restaurant with a focus on natural wines now has a location in Tribeca. Just don't call it a wine bar. This is one of the better restaurants in the neighborhood.
Racine's som, Pascaline Lepeltier, is the first woman to achieve Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and recently won Best Sommelier France. So they literally have the best sommelier in the world.
What a great place for wine lovers and for sure the best team in town! They do their job with passion! The wine list is outstanding
Everything about Racines was just superb
The Duck for two is perfect. Chef Paul comes up with brilliant combinations.
Excellent food but small portions.
Unfortunately, too noisy...
We had been to Racines 2 years ago for my sister's birthday and took and her husband again for their 40th anniversary. My son had recommended we go while Chef Liebrandt was still there as he has had several meals prepared by him in the past.
The menu is very eclectic and needs explanations for everything as the menu is vague on details. Our waitperson, Vera was sometimes good at the explaining but not always detailed or knowledgeable.
The appetizers and desserts were the best parts of the dinner. The red pumpkin with gnocchi was outstanding as was the foie gras chantilly.
The entrees were somewhat disappointing to all of us. The Wagu beef and pears was interesting but had strange black paste on the plate that tasted like cigarette ash. Vera said it was a black olive puree. None of us could taste olive and it was left on the plate. Another dish was Pork Iberico with Cockles and a strange seafood lasagna. It was a very nice, meaty piece of pork belly with manilla clams on it and an apple mustard sauce. The clams and pork were a very weird combination and the side of lasagna very filling. Another dish at our table was the Blanquette of Matsutake. It was a very small bowl of pasta with a white wine sauce and mushrooms. It was more like a small side dish than an entree. The most filling was the pork belly dish.
For dessert we ordered the the white chocolate and the Battenkill dairy Creme. Bothe were delicious but also required a description.
The Sommelier was wonderful and the wine selections fabulous!
Vera could be testy at times and very nice other times.
The prices were not bad for NYC.
The food was very mediocre. Fois gras Chantilly was more cream than fois, pork belly entree was small and tasted ok but it came with a bizarre seafood lasagna side that just didn't fit. Fried chicken app was also just ok and would've been better served hot than cold - accompanying mustard sauce had no flavor. Best thing we are was the panisse - chick pea fries - for $5. Save your money and go for happy hour wine and panisse. Won't return. This is a menu trying too hard to be creative over actually producing delicious food.
Was looking forward to this reservation and was better than imagined. Beautiful space, superb menu and wine list and even better service!! My meal was lead by Matthew and he was a true hospitality professional. Many thanks to him! Both Pascaline & Etienne were warm and super welcoming. Thank you to Etienne for wine suggestion. The meal was divine. Uni appetizer was delicious. Will definitely return.
Fantastic wine list , inexpensive . Great service
Racine's wine program is exceptional and so is the friendly and knowledgeable staff- both waiters and sommelier.
The issue is with the food. A main course of "white mushrooms and foamed parmisan cheese" was tasteless and so were most of the other dishes we tried. There were 3 of us and all walked away shaking our heads about this disconnect between the food and everything else. Dinner with wine and tip was $160 per person and we left hungry since the portions were not only insipid but also tiny.
Something is not right at Racine.
Fantastic wine list. Friendly service.
I was looking forward to trout as main course , not trout as an amuse bouche ( 1 1/2 inch by 1 1/2 inch ...) but at the price of a main course ... 2 main courses , the size of an amuse bouche and 3 glasses of wine, rounding up at 130 $ is just a rip-off
Beautiful Wine list and Creative dishes!
Service is great
Loved the place
Paul Liebrandt is one of the best chefs in the country. He is only here until year end. Go!
Amazing food experience but decor is beyond lousy. Decor should special as the food is. If not there is a mismatch and is felt in the experience. That is my humble opinion
An amazing dinner with great wine pairings.
Outstanding food and extraordinary wines. Lively place with food built on local produce and creative cooking. All good!
Amazing food, great staff. I've been here many times and will continue to go whenever I am in Tribeca.
Exceptional cuisine and wine list! Managing Partner / Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier is a lovely individual. My husband - John and I traveled from Madison, Wisconsin to specifically experience Racines cuisine and wine. Pascaline is a rare individual whose’s talents include making one feel very much included. High recommendations for Racines.
Portions un peu petites et choix du morceau d'agneau discutable pour le prix demandé.
Pour le reste c'était très bien, surtout le service.
Went in to the restaurant with high expectations of authentic fresh culinary. Got disappointed with very limited menu selection but high dollar value for what was served! Bland food not authentic french! Very disappointing! Perhaps others have a better feel and luck.
Vacation dinner location. Very good food location and service.
We had been looking forward to this meal and it exceeded our expectations. The tasting menu was challenging and beautiful AND straight up delicious. Also, it didn't make us feel uncomfortably full the way most tasting menus do. The wine was special.
Incredible dining experience and wine list! Was blown away.
The food was amazing, but the real treat was Pascaline Lepeltier’s wine pairings!
The best restaurant I visited in my NYC week. They don't have any michelin star, but it doesn't matter.
Tipical french restaurant with good quality of the food very sofisticated. The only problem is that if you are hungry, after the restaurant you have to find a good pizzeria.
It is difficult to spend less than 100 $!
Returned to Racines after a hiatus since I live out of town. Still at the top of their game. Thoughtful entrees and a very extensive, but more importantly a creative wine list with a very helpful sommelier. Will return.
My experience at this restaurant, just as it was on my recent visit last month was superb in every way.
Had the 5 course tasting menu. A couple of incredible dishes that did a very good job of using fresh local produce.
We sat at the bar seats by the kitchen. We enjoyed the a large carte dishes, especially the little grilled fish dish made with an unusual local blowfish, and the scallops dish. Pascaline helped us match the food with a surprisingly lively red Saumur from the Loire. The food was in lieu of the great tasting menu which we had already tasted on a previous visit.
excellent in every way. a creative cuisine without going over the top; a brilliant chef; a brilliant wine list, and team that knows how to make you feel comfortable.
Service was terrible. At one point, the waitress offers a half-hearted apology and blamed the slow service on a “large table”, which wasn’t that large (~12). My sympathy goes only so far. They did not have they’re act together. Food menu limited (though my meal was quite good). Wine selection good.
Excellent food. Great wine list. Good service. All around, a winner.
Paul Liebrandt is creative and dynamic, a good match for Racines’s focus on organic wines and new French cooking. Great wine advice. Wish the menu were a little bigger but it makes the decision faster and everything is top notch, no duds
Everything was superb, but I can't think of enough superlatives to do justice to the exquisite tasting menu prepared by Chef Paul Liebrandt. The wine pairing was inspired. This was, simply, a thrilling meal from beginning to end, and I will have to return before the end of Chef Liebrandt's residency.
Ravines was such a welcome addition to our downtown neighborhood. After many meals at Ravines this sadly may be our last, until perhaps another chef change. Menu has become very limited and the food while delicious is now a bit too precious for everyday dining. The service continues to be outstanding, and the wine list great.
Racines is having a remarkable series of Prix Fixe and à la carte choices from temporary chef Paul Liebrandt. This is a value-priced Michelin starred experience with great wine options. Liebrandt is choosing fantastic fresh ingredients that change regularly based on market availability. In the past three times I have tasted several unique ingredients never before experienced. Highly recommended!
This was my first visit to New York since Chef Paul Liebrandt began his residency at Racine's. My expectations were very high, and I was not disappointed! Chef prepared a gorgeously presented tasting menu that was as delicious as it looked. I loved the lobster so much, I elected to add an optional course of waygu beef. In addition to the cuisine, Racine's is fortunate to have an exceptional wine list curated by Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier. The wine pairing, focused on natural, Loire Valley selections perfectly complemented each course. The quality and terroir of the wines really showed as they played with the delicate flavors of the meal. Racine's is a gem in Tribeca, and I can't wait to return for my next dining experience!
This summer’s menu is ridiculously short. The food was good but one would appreciate a bit more choice. Service was nice but the energy seemed very focused on the bar. I really love Racines but that evening was not a great one.