Racines NY

4.6
524 reviews
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Contemporary French / American
One part Paris. One Part New York. Located in the heart of TriBeCa, though taking its cue from Parisian bars à vins, Racines NY goes a step further in the spirit of a fully-fledged wine bistro.

The menu, under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Diego Moya, can neither be described as particularly French, nor particularly American. Here there is a strong focus on being vegetable forward, and working with local and sustainable farms, ranches, and fisheries. Featuring about a dozen small plates, a handful of entrées for one and a couple for two, Racines NY offers a flexible dining experience. Guests are strongly encouraged to order “pour la table,” but more than welcome to order individually à la carte.

Organic, biodynamic, natural vinifications, and small estates. These are the hallmarks of the Wine List, 2800 bottles deep, which is French-centric but global, curated by Arnaud Tronche and Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier. Over 20 selections by-the-glass doesn’t hurt either.

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Daily 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:15PM

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.
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CR
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly excellent in every facet. The food is original, focused on ingredients, the ambience quiet and comfortable and the service is among the best anywhere. Memorable night out with my wife,
adult daughters and their men. Can’t wait to get back there.

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine was good as expected and the owner/sommelier Arnaud helped us pick it perfectly. The best part of the dinner was the food though: vegetable-centric, original and extremely well balanced and innovative in a good way, extremely tasty. We can't wait to go back! We loved it.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As neighborhood fans of Racines, we were glad to hear that former Hemlock chef-owner Diego Moya had landed there. An early meal under his regime was pretty promising, but at dinner a couple of nights ago, the kitchen was really rocking. Seemingly simple dishes--a bowl of cooked then again, we're scared that when he is, we won't be able to get in.

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RF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best wine in NYC...by the glass or by the bottle. My favorite was a red Bugey.

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M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Incredible wine list.

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was creative and I enjoyed all of the dishes we ordered.
Service was wonderful, and the wine pairing suggestions were perfect!
Will be back!!

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good, solid, elegant, but one or two surprises short of Wow.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was very good, but i am afraid the restaurant won’t be open much longer as it was empty on a Saturday night. Sassy waiter. Food took a very long time although the restaurant was near empty. We didn’t make a big deal about it - but did ask if it would be coming soon. No apologies. Manager (or maybe it was the hostess) was very cold.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good and the wine list is impressive. However, the portion for the mains were very much too small for the price: I was served a small piece of trout with two leaves of sorrel on the side for $34. My friend felt the same about his $52 pork.

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TD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Racines NY has to be on your 2019 list of restaurants to discover or re-discover, given the recent arrival of chef Diego. Racines offers undeniably one of the most exciting wine lists in NYC. With the expert advice of owner Arnaud and sommelière Pascaline, everyone is sure to discover a new producer within their budget and for their taste. But what surprised me the most, to the point of going back within 10 days of my latest visit, was the new menu. These dishes, while based on simple and fresh ingredients, created amazing new flavors. My favorites were the lentils and beef tartare as appetizers and the pork and duck as mains. All this in a casual and friendly atmosphere, or as the French would say: “super sympa”.

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DH
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, delicious food, extensive wine list, nice ambiance... what else do you need from the restaurant...

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RF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine list. Excellent food. World famous sommelier.

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D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was quite good but the excellent veal special was a steep $89 which the server failed to mention when we ordered.

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D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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GL
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service. The experience was perfect

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B
New York Area
803 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

We returned to Racine’s after having dined there a short time ago to share the evening with out-of-town guests. We were not disappointed, thanks to the wonderful meal and the assistance of the gracious and knowledgeable sommelier.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We follow the chef Diego Moya. Food is wonderful

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AL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friends and I had a lovely time, amazing starters!

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t
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Diego Moya is making truly outstanding food. It felt a wee bit pricey, but a super nice place for a special event. Service was a little odd. Our first server was a bit absent, and then mid-stream a new server was launched on us, who was really really amazing. It finished the night well.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing culinary experience. Unique combinations of fresh veggies. Kudos to Sean for his knowledge and professionalism. Extensive wine list.

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T
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

A total mess. From the drink order to the food service to the quality of the meal, awful. Avoid even if you're offered a free meal.

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B
New York Area
803 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Not our first time at Racine’s but our first with Chef Moya. The food was excellent though know that the menu is limited. The use of the space is awkward and much of the seating isn’t comfortable. Still, we would return.

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AG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Lovely place, great wine but the new chef appears totally clueless. One of the worst meals we have ever (not) enjoyed in New York in many a year.

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EC
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic experience all-around...casually refined atmosphere/vibe, knowledgeable, professional service (loved dining @ the bar, where bartender knew the menu well & made great recommendations!), very well-versed sommelier who recommended a fantastic bottle of red from Loire (& knew the gigantic list inside & out!), and delicious food! Every dish we had was wonderful, especially the grilled duck breast w/ dried orange & earl grey tea (perfectly cooked, tender/moist, not fatty, in a delicious sauce)! Every starter dish/side was unique & delicious as well...fresh tender cured fluke, sepia w/ butternut squash & pumpkin seeds, tasty lentils w/ creme fraiche & trout roe, & a very good grilled cabbage in duck fat! Definitely a foodie & oenophile’s place. Can’t wait to go back to try more dishes & wines!

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LL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, wine, service. Lively atmosphere, not too noisy.

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PL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Focused menu with so many great flavors. Very lively dining room with one of the best wine lists in the city. So many great producers from all over the world but a focus on Franch wines. Knowledgeable staff for both the wine and food will help guide you through a great evening.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Unfriendly service

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SF
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We joust moved to Tribeca after many years in Chelsea. First time here. We loved it and will be back with friends!

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CL
New York Area
395 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our group of four tasted a nice variety of small dishes and two main courses. EVERYTHING was delicious. Excellent wine selections by the glass.

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PR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Racines it’s a hidden gem in the middle of the Asphalt jungle ... An amazing and mind blowing wine list!

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B
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dinner was excellent with a truly French flavor. The cabbage side was excellent. The duck portion was gigantic by traditional restaurant standards and incredibly moist and flavorful. The wine service was the best this side of Paris I have yet to experience; the knowledge level, pairing and flexibility offered for wine (by the bottle and the glass) were remarkable.

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AS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Chef Moya has given new life to this restaurant. It's now one of my favorite places in NY. Along with a tremendous wine program. Racines is a must visit.

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JL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Another delicious, well-prepared meal at Racines. Our guests really enjoyed their duck and steak. I finally tried the chicken and wasn't disappointed.

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BM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three friends got together for a rare and fortunate opportunity. The corner table by the window was perfect — cozy, quiet, private. One of our group was wise enough to suggest that we ask the sommelier to choose a wine to go with three very different meals. We won the jack pot. I won’t mention the wine so it is more likely there is another bottle when we return. We chose three starting courses to share and three different mains. All were interesting and surprising. The wine worked with them all. This is a premier place to share an evening with your foodie friends. And trust the sommelier, she is the best.

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

The service was not good and the duck was overdone.

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SP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful menu and food delicious and creative. Best duck I have ever had.
Sommelier was very helpful and the wine we had was perfect.
Can’t wait to go back

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KV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We had high expectations about our visit to Racines. Unfortunately we got a table next to the bathrooms (would be good to skip that table...). So a lot of 'opening & closing door' & smell of soap. Not ideal for a wine-restaurant...
The first dish came too soon. We still had our glass of bubbels :-( We asked to wait for the main dish.
Food was ok, but not 'wow' (meaby too high expectations?). Service was ok, but rather cool. Overall, we missed the 'experience' of a nice wine-dinner. Meaby next time.

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SL
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Most amazing wine list around and very good food although limited menu. Lovely place.

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TB
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food; the pork and the carrots were truly excellent ; fantastic value for money

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CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

They changed their menu with a new head chef. Food wise I was expecting something different. Their offering did not flow for me. The selection of wine and service is still great.

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