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.
Air conditioning was blowing on me the whole dinner. Asked them to shut it off and they did not.
I caught a cold.
Very uncomfortable chairs!
Have always loved this place, love it even more with new chef and new menu. The tasting menu provided interesting, creative, and delicious seasonal dishes from start to finish. The wine list remains one of the best in NYC. World class food and wine coupled with excellent but unpretentious service make this one of NYC's best!
Attentive staff and above average food, but choices are very limited. If you don't eat certain type(s) of meat or seafood, you may be left with only one or two menu choices. It is unlikely that you will say to yourself "this sounds good too, may be I'll try it next time." The restaurant does offer an extensive wine list.
Racine's NY continues to nail it as the unfussy Lower Manhattan spot for extremely good food and wine. Their wine list is really best-of-downtown and they make inventive dishes to match.
Delicious, inventive dishes. The menu varies each week or so, depending on what's in season. Always something new and interesting!
One of my finest experiences in New York! From the ambiance, to the food, to the wine, to the hospitality, all were top notch. Sometimes it's difficult to apply the word value to a meal that is $300+ , but when every detail is executed perfectly, the price tag seems like a steal. I cannot recommend this place enough, and I look forward to my next visit.
Tribeca residents and food lovers generally are in for a treat - chef Paul Leibrandt, celebrated for the two Michelin stars he earned at Corton, is overseeing the kitchen at Racines until September. Tasting menu items include slow-cooked duck, black sea bass, pork bellies, a savory summer salad and a memorable chocolate/caramel log for dessert. Even on a recent Monday night the downtown scene was hopping.
Great food (Chef Liebrandt is a treasure),really appreciate the hands on approach by staff and owners.
Fantastic, food & service was on point! Can't wait go back!
Store front was actually was ugly; inside nice; did the tasting menu which was way overpriced for what you got; last plate which purported to be a 55 day aged steak was tough as leather and full of fat and gristle. Wine pairing also very overpriced; wine were just ok and staff was only marginally knowledgeable about the wines
Most everything was as good as or better than expected. However, for a place that is outed for wine list, the lack of suggested pairings seemed a glaring misstep. And when asked specifically to recommend pairings for our courses, the staff did not have much to offer. We plan to return, so I hope that was an anomaly.
Deserves a Michelin star. Wonderful wine list.
It was expensive and they did not give you enough food, had to ask for 3 baskets of bread, (they only give you 3 slices for 4 people). We left hungry...wine list is good
This is really a wine bar that just happens to serve food. The cocktails are watered down and not worth ordering. The food, currently, is fairly good as there is a guest chef in the kitchen who used to be the chef at Corton. Not sure what the quality of the food will be when he leaves. This is not a place to go for a meal. The tables are small and the space is tight. This is the place to go if you want to sit at the bar, or a table, and have a few glasses of wine.
The owner, Arnaud, is very attentive and is a great host. Excellent wine list. The dishes are novel and full of surprises including trout roe that explodes in your mouth!
We had an excellent meal and great dining experience. Service was great as well. Only downside is a very, very limited menu so you should check it online before you go.
Disappointing at best. Food from Chef Liebrandt was delicious. But the poor, slow service overshadowed the food. And one of us was a vegetarian. If you don’t notify the restaurant in advance, there were only two dishes on the entire menu that were vegetarian. The chef was not willing to improvise and make a vegetarian tasting to accompany the rest of us. The wines by the glass were ok, but not worthy of a second glass. It was hard to eat a 5 course tasting that took 2 1/2 hours when sitting on a metal chair. By the time we got the check we were exhausted and ready to leave.
Great tasting menu. Great presentation. Food was delicious.
The wine, food and service are excellent but the portion sizes are so small I had a bowl of cereal when I got home. And I had dessert! (Also superb but tiny). One of the people I dined with told me he did the same. It is really absurd to have risotto in a 4-5” bowl filled about 2” deep served as an entree. I don’t have a big appetite and don’t want to be stuffed after a meal, but I’m not going here any more.
A creative and elegant menu. An amazing wine list. The opportunity to pair wine with distinct food preparation couldn't be better.
Poor service and mediocre food.
Delicious small menu; extensive wine list. Very loud.
paul leibrandt is cooking for a few more weeks. if you know who that is, you will not want to miss him.
after that I am not sure but there are very good chefs being considered I think.
great wine list
The well-known Paul Liebrandt is the chef temporarily and his name is pulling in New Yorkers who know his reputation. The food that we ate and the bottle of wine we ordered were all excellent. The staff that greets and serves and the ambiance weren't. Perhaps everyone was overwhelmed by the sheer number of diners. Except for the sommelier who was great, the others were sour. And, unforgivably, you are present with the pre-fixe menu only. The a la carte menu is at the back of a flimsy barely readable wines-by-the-glass list and must be asked for. Very tacky.
Tasting menu with add'l wine pour was less than 2.5 oz
Waiter was unprofessional & have speech issues.
Not worth the price for the food & wine.
Paul Liebrandt is making beautiful food. Pasculine brilliantly commands the wine program.
Great Wine List and fantastic food by Chef Paul Liebrandt
Food exquisite...best meal I've had in a long time. Michelin star-worthy. Great wine list. Friendly, efficient service, but not hovering.
We made an early reservation for a Friday evening and requested Chef's Corner (which is never guaranteed) Upon arrival (on time) we were told that the Chef's Corner was booked and that the only table for us was next to the front door. We were there to reconnect with old friends and the waiter was told this - but the staff was insistent on taking our order and we were rushed through dinner. Our guests commented that they felt pressed and we were even asked to vacate the table so others could sit there. It was less than two hours! We were also indicating that we wanted the five-course prix fixe menu but were steered instead tow the three-course menu. By the time we left the crowd that had gathered at the front door was so large I found it difficult to get through on the return from the WC. On top of all that - the Chef's Corner remained unused the entire time we were there!
We thoroughly enjoyed our first dinner here but this evening negated all of that. We will try again - but WOULD NOT recommend if you're looking for a relaxing evening with friends on a Friday or Saturday night.
a new team but still amazing. A rare find downtown
Although we reserved a table for 2, upon arrival to the restaurant we were told that they didn’t have tables available so we had to sit in the bar, where we waited for over 20 minutes to get a menu and have our drink order taken. Food was ok but service is terrible
Fabulous food! Great knowledgeable staff!
Awaking food wine and sevice. One of the best dining options in NYC.
Food is amazing. Wine good. 4.7 stars We will be back for sure
The person who waited on us seemed to lack training and experience. The food was good, but not memorable.
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I really like Racines. Love the wine list, delicious food, lovely ambiance.
Such a gem! Delicious food, cozy atmosphere, friendly service, and amazing wine!! My fiancée and I had a wonderful time, we highly recommend it!
Racines is a lovely surprise on a non-descript street. It is cool but warm, friendly and reasonably quiet. The food is original and delicious and the wine list amazing. I wish they offered more choice by the glass.