Recette, meaning "recipe" in French, is Chef Jesse Schenker's first foray into the NYC restaurant scene. Chef Schenker took on Geoffrey Zakarian in Food Network's Kitchen Stadium on Iron Chef America and won! His time at Chef Gordon Ramsay's "The London" and James Beard award winner Chef Thomas Keller's "Per Se" certainly established the Recette's chef's culinary bona fides.
One of the most popular ways to enjoy the food at Recette is the Chef's Tasting Menu. You can try either the 5-, 7- or 10- course option and enjoy a small plate journey through Chef Schenker's repertoire. You can enjoy an arctic-char tartar or fried sweetbreads with brown butter.
Second time there, and absolutely loved it yet again. As my husband put it, every mouthful was a delight, an explosion of flavor, subtle nuances of deliciousness. Genius on a plate. I highly recommend the tasting, but don't think you can go wrong no matter what you order.
We live in the neighborhood and finally made it to Recette. The place is a total delight. The food exceeded expectations, the wine was better, and the service superlative without being stodgy. I don't know why this is not more of a citywide destination, but I am happy for our sake that it remains under the radar. Go here!
This is a restaurant Cupid could love. We had dinner at Recette on Valentine's Day. What a superlative experience! The five-course tasting menu was a taste sensation. Let us count the ways. Red snapper crudo flecked with pomegranate, fennel purée, and caviar so fresh you wanted to slap it. Shellfish chowder festooned with morsels of succulent seafood. Duck, on a bed of coco bean cassoulet and chorizo, that melted on the tongue. Veal accompanied by sweet potato hash and creamed kale, a dish that left us cheering. The dessert of raspberry mousse offered an exclamation point that was satisfying without being cloying. What about the service, you might ask? Perhaps the best of any restaurant in New York. Solicitous without being saccharine. Attentive without hovering. We bow to you, Recette!
This is a very small restaurant, with a cozy bistro style. They play loud music that didn't match the style at all. We had reservations but had to wait for 30 minutes anyway. The valentine's day meal was okay. Extremely expensive for the quality of food you got. They were obviously having trouble keeping up with table service and waitstaff were visibly irritated. But still friendly. The crudo was delicious. Each course had interesting flavor profiles but the courses were hit and miss. Overall, some great food but definitely not worth $400 for two people.
We have been there on several occasions and as expected, the food is amazing. Looking forward to the next time.
We were excited to try Recette as it came highly recommended. The service was good but the meals we received weren't great. One entree was cold and two main meals missed the mark. I hope this was a one off as the menu sounded better than what was plated up.
I'd thought this was a gourmet tapas place, with a French accent, so was very excited to go, hoping to be reminded of Barcelona and Madrid where so much ordinary tapas is superb. Was extremely disappointed. The food was awful, from my standpoint. First, there was almost nothing I was inclined to order -- nearly every dish with meat (bad news not non-meat-eaters) and/or with hot chili -- and puny selection of fish. And the place is a bit too precious about special requests, e.g., hold the meat-based condiments. Then what I did order (with or without special requests) was mediocre. Won't be returning.
The restaurant gave our table away despite our being on time for our reservation. We waited for a whole hour. Management waited until the last minute of our waiting to rectify this error. Despite being apologetic and having given us some treats as an peace offering, an hour wait with a reservation is unacceptable and does not reflect well on the management of the restaurant.
Great night here! - the tasting menu is spectacular (from amuse bouche to dessert, there wasn't a single course in 7+ that wasn't delicious and fun), and the cocktails and wine are a great match for the menu
There is no much to say additionally, it is a nice place to have a romantic dinner with terrific food and enjoyable wine but the ambience sound was not appropriate for this purpose. A bit noise and certain excess of electronic music.
My suggestion to a couple is to share a course of 3 or 5 dishes and ask for a desert recomendation. The waiters are so good in describe each delicious alternatives.