Racines NY

4.6
436 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
In this outpost of Racines Paris, for his residency until the 31th of December, Michelin Starred Chef Paul LIEBRANDT is offering a 5-course menu celebrating Summer. A la carte options are also available.
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 227-3400
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Paul Liebrandt
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Church
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Public transit
1.2.3 - Chambers Street
4.5.6 - Brooklyn Bridge / City Hall
A.C - Chambers Street
R - City Hall
J.Z - Chambers Street
Additional
Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.8

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.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 436 People Are Saying
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YM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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AC
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation dinner location. Very good food location and service.

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SD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience and wine list! Was blown away.

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A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, but the real treat was Pascaline Lepeltier’s wine pairings!

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SA
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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 $!

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w
Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at this restaurant, just as it was on my recent visit last month was superb in every way.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the 5 course tasting menu. A couple of incredible dishes that did a very good job of using fresh local produce.

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H
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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b
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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WB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

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AS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great wine list. Good service. All around, a winner.

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m
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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JR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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LN
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience!

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H
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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AS
Los Angeles
400 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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G
London
25 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

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!

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NG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DN
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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LM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, inventive dishes. The menu varies each week or so, depending on what's in season. Always something new and interesting!

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S
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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B
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food (Chef Liebrandt is a treasure),really appreciate the hands on approach by staff and owners.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, food & service was on point! Can't wait go back!

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NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

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H
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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.

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OT
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deserves a Michelin star. Wonderful wine list.

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m
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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l
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

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.

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JL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting menu. Great presentation. Food was delicious.

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LT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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