Telepan

★★★★☆
Chef Bill Telepan acclaimed former chef of the 3-star Judson Grill serves the very best and freshest of seasonal foods impeccably prepared and paired with an interesting, hand- picked and reasonably priced selection of wines. Telepan is ideally located in for the pre- and post-theater Lincoln Center crowd. The restaurant features multiple fireplaces, a wine room, and intimate lighting.
  • 72 W 69th St

    New York, NY 10023

    Cross street: nr. Columbus Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-580-4300

About Telepan

Hours
Mon-Tue 5pm-11pm Wed-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11pm Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm Sat 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-11:30pm Sun 11am-2:30pm, 5pm-10:30pm

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3 words. Smoked Brook Trout. The night I was there the AC compressor was down but the staff came through it with flying colors.

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★★★★★

3 words. Smoked Brook Trout. The night I was there the AC compressor was down but the staff came through it with flying colors.

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Given the many mixed reviews on this website, we were somewhat concerned. However, Telepan came through in excellent fashion, setting aside the high price tag (truth be told, we advantaged the three course selection, plus drinks and a

3
★★★★★

Given the many mixed reviews on this website, we were somewhat concerned. However, Telepan came through in excellent fashion, setting aside the high price tag (truth be told, we advantaged the three course selection, plus drinks and a

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The food is excellent, as is the wine list. The ambience is elegant and refined, which can be hard to find on the Upper West Side. The roasted trout, pea pancakes, and lobster bolognese were divine.

3
★★★★★

The food is excellent, as is the wine list. The ambience is elegant and refined, which can be hard to find on the Upper West Side. The roasted trout, pea pancakes, and lobster bolognese were divine.

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House-Smoked Brook Trout - The layers of flavors in this dish are a pleasure. I would start from the top: Take a mouthful of the cool smoked trout and savor its gentle smokiness and the melting flesh; for the second bite, cut into the corn blini and enjoy the sweet starchiness; for the third bite, now put a piece of the smoked trout on top of a dainty square (or not so dainty), dab a bit of sour cream, and carry this sweet, smoky, tender and solid mound on the folk (don't drop any now!) into the mouth...and just say "Ahhhh..." You can then start from step 1 again. Or you can be masochistic and bide your time and eat the sweet crunchy corn adorning the plate, before you lose control and attack this trout mountain head on...

Striped Bass with Pickled Beets - Did the words, "pickled beets," rouse your skepticism? I totally understand and sympathize if they did. But rest assured, I can tell you that it was a surprisingly complementary. Fleshy and flaky, striped bass does not have a pronounced flavor: If we do a blind test, can you really tell the difference between a striped bass and, let's say, the sea bass? (Well, let me think about this again as I may just be able to...) Here, the beets come in: The earthiness and the sourness of the pickled beets, cool on the palate, contrast interestingly with the striped bass - both in taste and touch.
High praise for the chef for combining these two ingredients.

Salmon with Lobster Succotash - Now, salmon is a fish with unmistakeably salmony taste: Many times, cooking skill depends on balancing off the abundant fattiness of the salmon with something showing the creativity of the chef. Sometimes, the chefs go slightly overboard, however. Balancing does not mean killing the distinct flavor of a tricky, albeit unique, ingredient. If you have ever dined at Modern, you know what I mean: It was a testament to the "modern" culinary technology because it somehow managed to erase the original flavor of each ingredient.

This salmon was thus "modern" in such a way in being totally unmemorable. What is memorable then, you may ask. A dish can be good but yet easily forgotten, like a nice guy that you went out a few times with but you would not be able to remember the name 12 months later. A truly remarkable, life-changing, and beautiful dish has the power to evoke the taste and texture (and the pleasure) upon recollection - i.e. total recall (such as the Chateaubriand Rossini at Chez Matsuo in Tokyo). Total recall, this was not.

Strawberry Granita Parfait

Unfailingly my favorite dessert at Telepan. It is refreshing, full of fragrant strawberries and cream and attractive until the last bite for its bubbles on the tongue and crunchy almonds.

2
★★★★☆

House-Smoked Brook Trout - The layers of flavors in this dish are a pleasure. I would start from the top: Take a mouthful of the cool smoked trout and savor its gentle smokiness and the melting flesh; for the second bite, cut into the corn blini and enjoy the sweet starchiness; for the third bite, now put a piece of the smoked trout on top of a dainty square (or not so dainty), dab a bit of sour cream, and carry this sweet, smoky, tender and solid mound on the folk (don't drop any now!) into the mouth...and just say "Ahhhh..." You can then start from step 1 again. Or you can be masochistic and bide your time and eat the sweet crunchy corn adorning the plate, before you lose control and attack this trout mountain head on...

Striped Bass with Pickled Beets - Did the words, "pickled beets," rouse your skepticism? I totally understand and sympathize if they did. But rest assured, I can tell you that it was a surprisingly complementary. Fleshy and flaky, striped bass does not have a pronounced flavor: If we do a blind test, can you really tell the difference between a striped bass and, let's say, the sea bass? (Well, let me think about this again as I may just be able to...) Here, the beets come in: The earthiness and the sourness of the pickled beets, cool on the palate, contrast interestingly with the striped bass - both in taste and touch.
High praise for the chef for combining these two ingredients.

Salmon with Lobster Succotash - Now, salmon is a fish with unmistakeably salmony taste: Many times, cooking skill depends on balancing off the abundant fattiness of the salmon with something showing the creativity of the chef. Sometimes, the chefs go slightly overboard, however. Balancing does not mean killing the distinct flavor of a tricky, albeit unique, ingredient. If you have ever dined at Modern, you know what I mean: It was a testament to the "modern" culinary technology because it somehow managed to erase the original flavor of each ingredient.

This salmon was thus "modern" in such a way in being totally unmemorable. What is memorable then, you may ask. A dish can be good but yet easily forgotten, like a nice guy that you went out a few times with but you would not be able to remember the name 12 months later. A truly remarkable, life-changing, and beautiful dish has the power to evoke the taste and texture (and the pleasure) upon recollection - i.e. total recall (such as the Chateaubriand Rossini at Chez Matsuo in Tokyo). Total recall, this was not.

Strawberry Granita Parfait

Unfailingly my favorite dessert at Telepan. It is refreshing, full of fragrant strawberries and cream and attractive until the last bite for its bubbles on the tongue and crunchy almonds.

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We had a terrific meal at Telepan. The prix fixe is priced lower than most very high-end restaurants and delivers more for the money than the vast majority of them. In contrast to many similar places, the meal was really well-balanced: the vegetables got real attention rather than being an afterthought, and each course seemed well put together. The pea pancake appetizer and the pork entree were the highlights, but everything we tried was outstanding. I particularly appreciated the option of a cheese course instead of a sweet dessert even on the fixed price menu.

2
★★★★★

We had a terrific meal at Telepan. The prix fixe is priced lower than most very high-end restaurants and delivers more for the money than the vast majority of them. In contrast to many similar places, the meal was really well-balanced: the vegetables got real attention rather than being an afterthought, and each course seemed well put together. The pea pancake appetizer and the pork entree were the highlights, but everything we tried was outstanding. I particularly appreciated the option of a cheese course instead of a sweet dessert even on the fixed price menu.

Pros: Great food, good service

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I hate the green color theme of the restaurant, makes it feel very cold and lacks personality.
On the other hand, the bread is delicious, and the sommelier (who looks like an elf from lord of the rings), is very enthusiastic with his wine descriptions and knowledgeable.
The food is earthy, nothing fancy or nouvelle cuisine-like (eggs and ham for example), but well done and tastes good.
It's worth a visit.

2
★★★★☆

I hate the green color theme of the restaurant, makes it feel very cold and lacks personality.
On the other hand, the bread is delicious, and the sommelier (who looks like an elf from lord of the rings), is very enthusiastic with his wine descriptions and knowledgeable.
The food is earthy, nothing fancy or nouvelle cuisine-like (eggs and ham for example), but well done and tastes good.
It's worth a visit.

Pros: the bread, sommelier is very knowledgeable

Cons: not very imaginative cuisine

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Went to this restaurant only once but the food was very good. It's not as good as the ny times reviewer thinks & the price is a bit high for the quality of dishes. Nevertheless it's worth going to. the wait staff are knowledgeable & the kitchen runs efficiently.

4
★★★★☆

Went to this restaurant only once but the food was very good. It's not as good as the ny times reviewer thinks & the price is a bit high for the quality of dishes. Nevertheless it's worth going to. the wait staff are knowledgeable & the kitchen runs efficiently.

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Been coming here since the place opened, but this place keeps getting better....menu has some old favorites on it from last season (gnocchi) and some new dishes that are really great (open faced ravioli). LOVE the cauliflower dish, smoked trout is always at the top of my list.....wish there was some lighter food for those of us who come in regularly.....sauces tend to be a bit rich, but soooo tasty none the less.

Service is always attentive and friendly, even with the new faces around. Glad to see they are still doing great things three years in - we'll be coming back often.

2
★★★★☆

Been coming here since the place opened, but this place keeps getting better....menu has some old favorites on it from last season (gnocchi) and some new dishes that are really great (open faced ravioli). LOVE the cauliflower dish, smoked trout is always at the top of my list.....wish there was some lighter food for those of us who come in regularly.....sauces tend to be a bit rich, but soooo tasty none the less.

Service is always attentive and friendly, even with the new faces around. Glad to see they are still doing great things three years in - we'll be coming back often.

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Love the bread basket. Service mediocre. For the price Id go to the Trump Tower. Or Cafe Lux.
No warmth, food ok, loved the sscrab, but really way too salty!

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★★☆☆☆

Love the bread basket. Service mediocre. For the price Id go to the Trump Tower. Or Cafe Lux.
No warmth, food ok, loved the sscrab, but really way too salty!

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We chose Telepan for the 4th of July. Believe it or not, we've found it a pretty good day to go to a good quality restaurant as a lot of people go out of town, or think of hotdogs or something.
The food was very good: very good italian vegetable bread soup, very good asparagus, passable soft shell crab, good peanutbutter chocolate cake.
The service was mediocre which is the usual here in Manhattan.

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★★★☆☆

We chose Telepan for the 4th of July. Believe it or not, we've found it a pretty good day to go to a good quality restaurant as a lot of people go out of town, or think of hotdogs or something.
The food was very good: very good italian vegetable bread soup, very good asparagus, passable soft shell crab, good peanutbutter chocolate cake.
The service was mediocre which is the usual here in Manhattan.

Pros: pleasant, clean room

Cons: no wow factor, too expensive

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I was there for Brunch last week. The food was below average. With the price they charge for brunch, I can have a much better one at a lot of other places. The bread basket was good, which was the best among other courses. I had a salad as appetizer, which was worse than the ones from a regular deli. The root of the vegetables was not cut off!! Then, I had the saltiest soft self crab and the tasteless crab cake. My friend ordered the hanger steak. The steak was ok compared to other foods we ordered. But the spinach was way too salty. It was just a waste of money. I hope their dinner is much better than the brunch but I don' t think I'll return to try it. If you're looking to try this place, definitely skip their brunch. Brunch from a diner is better than here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was there for Brunch last week. The food was below average. With the price they charge for brunch, I can have a much better one at a lot of other places. The bread basket was good, which was the best among other courses. I had a salad as appetizer, which was worse than the ones from a regular deli. The root of the vegetables was not cut off!! Then, I had the saltiest soft self crab and the tasteless crab cake. My friend ordered the hanger steak. The steak was ok compared to other foods we ordered. But the spinach was way too salty. It was just a waste of money. I hope their dinner is much better than the brunch but I don' t think I'll return to try it. If you're looking to try this place, definitely skip their brunch. Brunch from a diner is better than here.

Pros: decor, ambience

Cons: food

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My husband and I took the menu and the wine paring for $110 and it was fantastic ! I took the roasted duck, orange & almond salad, my husband the salad of baby lettuce. Then the linguini with crab and the rib ravioli, then the sea scallops and the hanger steak. For dessert pear in red wine and the banana and hazelnut custard and everything was just wonderful ! We had a great night, the service was great, perfect !

2
★★★★★

My husband and I took the menu and the wine paring for $110 and it was fantastic ! I took the roasted duck, orange & almond salad, my husband the salad of baby lettuce. Then the linguini with crab and the rib ravioli, then the sea scallops and the hanger steak. For dessert pear in red wine and the banana and hazelnut custard and everything was just wonderful ! We had a great night, the service was great, perfect !

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My wife and I would like to begin by incorporating every favorable comment in all of the reviews before this one. An incredibly relaxed and enjoyable dining experience. A four course tasting menu that (thankfully) was not designed to intimidate the patron, and allowed each of us to make selections that allowed us to experiment with new tastes. For starters my wife loved the beet salad, I was partial to the roasted quail, and our friends couldn't stop talking about the autumn vegetible bread soup and the egg in a hole. The agreed hits of the mid course were the short rib ravioli and the lobster bolognese (although I was a holdout vote for the foie gras). The entrees were all delicious, but hats off to the Heritage Pork and the Sea Scallop Chowder. Someone must have mentioned that it was my wife's birthday, and when dessert was served...sure enough it came with a birthday candle. Love this place.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I would like to begin by incorporating every favorable comment in all of the reviews before this one. An incredibly relaxed and enjoyable dining experience. A four course tasting menu that (thankfully) was not designed to intimidate the patron, and allowed each of us to make selections that allowed us to experiment with new tastes. For starters my wife loved the beet salad, I was partial to the roasted quail, and our friends couldn't stop talking about the autumn vegetible bread soup and the egg in a hole. The agreed hits of the mid course were the short rib ravioli and the lobster bolognese (although I was a holdout vote for the foie gras). The entrees were all delicious, but hats off to the Heritage Pork and the Sea Scallop Chowder. Someone must have mentioned that it was my wife's birthday, and when dessert was served...sure enough it came with a birthday candle. Love this place.

Pros: Helpful waitstaff, variety of selections

Cons: street parking

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We were greated by a smiling face,seated within minutes of or reservation.
The noise level was greatfinally a place where we could hear each other.
The menu gave us lots of choices,our server explained the menu,there seemed to be a lot of great things to choose from.
We decided on the four course tasting and paired it with wines,GREAT WAY TO GO!
I started with Smoked trout,blew me away,then I had the Califlower peppered noodles,and pork dish for the main,one was better than the next!!
It was our anniverary so we indulged in some sinful deserts,they were thoughtfull and brought it with a candle,we felt like we were with family,can't wait to go back!!

2
★★★★☆

We were greated by a smiling face,seated within minutes of or reservation.
The noise level was greatfinally a place where we could hear each other.
The menu gave us lots of choices,our server explained the menu,there seemed to be a lot of great things to choose from.
We decided on the four course tasting and paired it with wines,GREAT WAY TO GO!
I started with Smoked trout,blew me away,then I had the Califlower peppered noodles,and pork dish for the main,one was better than the next!!
It was our anniverary so we indulged in some sinful deserts,they were thoughtfull and brought it with a candle,we felt like we were with family,can't wait to go back!!

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We were very well treated from the moment we walked in last weekend. Everyone was helpful and attentive! I was particularly impressed by the handling of the allergies one of our party has. The server went out of her way to accomodate our needs and the kitchen produced some delicious food! Everything we had was fresh, tasty and expertly prepared. The sommelier was very helpful and not at all stuffy and he recommended some interesting wines that were well within our specified budget. All-in-all a terrific experience and we will certainly be back!

2
★★★★★

We were very well treated from the moment we walked in last weekend. Everyone was helpful and attentive! I was particularly impressed by the handling of the allergies one of our party has. The server went out of her way to accomodate our needs and the kitchen produced some delicious food! Everything we had was fresh, tasty and expertly prepared. The sommelier was very helpful and not at all stuffy and he recommended some interesting wines that were well within our specified budget. All-in-all a terrific experience and we will certainly be back!

Pros: Lovely sparely decorated room, delicious food!

Cons: Hard to get reservations!

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My date and i ordered the four course prix fix menus. Although the presentation of the food was great, the taste was awful. It is definitely not worth the price, and wouldn't be even it was a cheap restaurant. The service was average; our waiter couldn't remember what the special was. He wasn't around when we ordered dessert and one of the bus boys took our order (and it took several minutes to explain to him what i wanted right off the menu!). The restaurant itself is very nice, but the food is really awful. Would never go back or recommend it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My date and i ordered the four course prix fix menus. Although the presentation of the food was great, the taste was awful. It is definitely not worth the price, and wouldn't be even it was a cheap restaurant. The service was average; our waiter couldn't remember what the special was. He wasn't around when we ordered dessert and one of the bus boys took our order (and it took several minutes to explain to him what i wanted right off the menu!). The restaurant itself is very nice, but the food is really awful. Would never go back or recommend it.

Pros: ambience

Cons: food, service

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Though I had been looking forward to trying Telepan, I was very disappointed with our meal there last weekend. The decor was great, and the maitre d? was really accommodating and was able to find us a table though we had planned on just eating at the bar when we walked in. The meal and the service, however, were lacking. The staff was not friendly and the service was very slow. The table next to us had the same problem, and asked if they needed to order different entrees to speed up the process (we think they ended up skipping their entrees). The wine that the waiter recommended was very good, but the appetizer (marinated beet salad with pork hock and mache) and the mid course I ordered (scallops over pasta special) were both very greasy and neither tasted quite right. I agree with another reviewer that the tables were too close together (we were able to hear our neighbors? problems). Overall, the experience was okay but definitely not worth the money.

1
★★☆☆☆

Though I had been looking forward to trying Telepan, I was very disappointed with our meal there last weekend. The decor was great, and the maitre d? was really accommodating and was able to find us a table though we had planned on just eating at the bar when we walked in. The meal and the service, however, were lacking. The staff was not friendly and the service was very slow. The table next to us had the same problem, and asked if they needed to order different entrees to speed up the process (we think they ended up skipping their entrees). The wine that the waiter recommended was very good, but the appetizer (marinated beet salad with pork hock and mache) and the mid course I ordered (scallops over pasta special) were both very greasy and neither tasted quite right. I agree with another reviewer that the tables were too close together (we were able to hear our neighbors? problems). Overall, the experience was okay but definitely not worth the money.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Food and Service

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Highly over-rated. I liked the decor, it's kind of clubby, you will feel like you're in a private mansion. However, everybody there was snotty and pretentious for no reason, especially our server. One example, when I asked how the prawn is cooked, he bluntly said "fried" and looked at me as if I asked the stupiest question. He was never there when we needed him, but somehow had time to gossip with other servers. Food came out and it looked like they tried hard, not for the flavor and taste, just for the presentation. Very shallow. It was not worth the price. Won't be back.

1
★★☆☆☆

Highly over-rated. I liked the decor, it's kind of clubby, you will feel like you're in a private mansion. However, everybody there was snotty and pretentious for no reason, especially our server. One example, when I asked how the prawn is cooked, he bluntly said "fried" and looked at me as if I asked the stupiest question. He was never there when we needed him, but somehow had time to gossip with other servers. Food came out and it looked like they tried hard, not for the flavor and taste, just for the presentation. Very shallow. It was not worth the price. Won't be back.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Service

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I absolutely love this place. I am a big foodie; I love the best restaurants in all the cities I live/visit. I have been here four times since it opened. Splurge and get the wine pairings with the 4 course meal. You will be glad you did. It is still very reasonable ($120), and a great deal. The wines ae perfectly paired with all the dishes and the sommelier is a trip. Obviously loves wine and very knowledgeable. The courses are almost always amazing. I love that you can choose which courses you want instead of the chef doing it for you. The foie gras was awesome, cheese selection very nice, the egg/mushroom appetizer so yummy, desserts out of this world. This is the first time I have written a review on here. I generally only read them. But this place has won my loyalty.

2
★★★★★

I absolutely love this place. I am a big foodie; I love the best restaurants in all the cities I live/visit. I have been here four times since it opened. Splurge and get the wine pairings with the 4 course meal. You will be glad you did. It is still very reasonable ($120), and a great deal. The wines ae perfectly paired with all the dishes and the sommelier is a trip. Obviously loves wine and very knowledgeable. The courses are almost always amazing. I love that you can choose which courses you want instead of the chef doing it for you. The foie gras was awesome, cheese selection very nice, the egg/mushroom appetizer so yummy, desserts out of this world. This is the first time I have written a review on here. I generally only read them. But this place has won my loyalty.

Pros: amazing food, great wine selection, friendly service

Cons: some tables too close together

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Don't believe the hype surrounding this Upper West Side clip-joint. The prices are high, the portions are miniscule, and the service is AWFUL. You'll find yourself faced with 27 busboys and NO waitstaff. And when your server does DEIGN to appear, you'll find him/her most inept. When we got there, the place was less than a quarter full, and yet somehow we managed to be largely ignored for long, long periods of time. The decent tasting food doesn't begin to acquit this place for all of its faults. There is an overall snooty and better-than-you vibe, combined with the low seats, narrow doors, and dim-lighting that only a 20-year old asian tourist could love (nothing against you, but shouldn't an establishment in Bluehairville cater to the surrounding clientele?) Anyway, French-country-meets-Karim Rashid styling coupled with 30's and 40's swing music can mean only one of three things -- TERRIBLE taste on the part of the owners, NO CLUE on the part of the management, or simply an experiment in stylistic incongruity -- a joke which, while funny, may be lost on someone shelling out a hundred bucks a head.

This place typifies a disturbing trend in New York eating -- overhyped food, trying-too-hard-to-be-cool decor, high prices, and truly terrible service. You'll like this place only if you really, REALLY, hate yourself. Avoid. At all costs!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Don't believe the hype surrounding this Upper West Side clip-joint. The prices are high, the portions are miniscule, and the service is AWFUL. You'll find yourself faced with 27 busboys and NO waitstaff. And when your server does DEIGN to appear, you'll find him/her most inept. When we got there, the place was less than a quarter full, and yet somehow we managed to be largely ignored for long, long periods of time. The decent tasting food doesn't begin to acquit this place for all of its faults. There is an overall snooty and better-than-you vibe, combined with the low seats, narrow doors, and dim-lighting that only a 20-year old asian tourist could love (nothing against you, but shouldn't an establishment in Bluehairville cater to the surrounding clientele?) Anyway, French-country-meets-Karim Rashid styling coupled with 30's and 40's swing music can mean only one of three things -- TERRIBLE taste on the part of the owners, NO CLUE on the part of the management, or simply an experiment in stylistic incongruity -- a joke which, while funny, may be lost on someone shelling out a hundred bucks a head.

This place typifies a disturbing trend in New York eating -- overhyped food, trying-too-hard-to-be-cool decor, high prices, and truly terrible service. You'll like this place only if you really, REALLY, hate yourself. Avoid. At all costs!!!!

Pros: None

Cons: All

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I think the reason why Telepan has gotten such good notice is because it has little competition on the UWS. Maybe my expectations were too high; but there's quite a bit to yawn about on this menu, for steep prices at that: Fried Okra for $17.00? Egg in a Hole for $16? In general, the barnyard cuisine is serviceable; but places like Hearth, Stone Barns, and Craft do a much better job. Rather, Telepan seems to be more concerned with making money: one glance at the wine list and you'll see what I mean. However, I liked the room, and the waitstaff was lovely. The sommelier was particularly knowledgeable. If you need to catch a bite before going to Lincoln Center, you certainly could do worse... but, for the price, you could find a lot more inspiration elsewhere.

1
★★★☆☆

I think the reason why Telepan has gotten such good notice is because it has little competition on the UWS. Maybe my expectations were too high; but there's quite a bit to yawn about on this menu, for steep prices at that: Fried Okra for $17.00? Egg in a Hole for $16? In general, the barnyard cuisine is serviceable; but places like Hearth, Stone Barns, and Craft do a much better job. Rather, Telepan seems to be more concerned with making money: one glance at the wine list and you'll see what I mean. However, I liked the room, and the waitstaff was lovely. The sommelier was particularly knowledgeable. If you need to catch a bite before going to Lincoln Center, you certainly could do worse... but, for the price, you could find a lot more inspiration elsewhere.

Pros: Nice bar area

Cons: The hype

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My wife and I ate at Telepan on July 16th, a Monday night. We were taken on time for our 8pm reservation. The resturant is in a nice area around the corner from the Lincoln Center. It has more of a country feel inside and was on a quiet street. The tables are candlelit with some soft music in the background. We are in our early 40's and it seemed the crowd that night was towards 50's thru 70's. Nevertheless, the service and food were excellent. We did not opt for the 4 or 5 course menu as it seemed too much food. We each had an appetizer, main entree, and shared dessert. The chef even sent over a "pre-appetizer" sampler which was a nice touch. We each had a glass of wine as well. We did not feel rushed and had a nice leisurely walk back to our hotel on 54th St. Overall, a great choice for the West Side and quieter than midtown.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I ate at Telepan on July 16th, a Monday night. We were taken on time for our 8pm reservation. The resturant is in a nice area around the corner from the Lincoln Center. It has more of a country feel inside and was on a quiet street. The tables are candlelit with some soft music in the background. We are in our early 40's and it seemed the crowd that night was towards 50's thru 70's. Nevertheless, the service and food were excellent. We did not opt for the 4 or 5 course menu as it seemed too much food. We each had an appetizer, main entree, and shared dessert. The chef even sent over a "pre-appetizer" sampler which was a nice touch. We each had a glass of wine as well. We did not feel rushed and had a nice leisurely walk back to our hotel on 54th St. Overall, a great choice for the West Side and quieter than midtown.

Pros: Excellent food and location

Cons: none

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I went on a Sat. night with my girlfriend, my sister, and her boyfriend, and we ALL couldnt have been happier. A couple highlights from the dinner 1) the poached egg salad. 2) The lobster bolognese 3)the steak and short ribs entree, and finally the banana tart. We could not have had a better evening if we tried. Oh, and my sister didnt know what kind of wine to order, so she aked our waiter to make a recommendation. I'm not a big fan of wine, but she said it was "excellent with the food ."

2
★★★★★

I went on a Sat. night with my girlfriend, my sister, and her boyfriend, and we ALL couldnt have been happier. A couple highlights from the dinner 1) the poached egg salad. 2) The lobster bolognese 3)the steak and short ribs entree, and finally the banana tart. We could not have had a better evening if we tried. Oh, and my sister didnt know what kind of wine to order, so she aked our waiter to make a recommendation. I'm not a big fan of wine, but she said it was "excellent with the food ."

Pros: the tasting menu, service

Cons: the bill, but isn't it always

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My fiance and I had dinner at Telepan the day after we got engaged. The staff was so happy for us, they sent over a beautiful and delicious dessert and wished us well. The food was so tasty and creative, the portions were just right, the wine was so perfectly paired with the food. It's just a lovely place.

2
★★★★★

My fiance and I had dinner at Telepan the day after we got engaged. The staff was so happy for us, they sent over a beautiful and delicious dessert and wished us well. The food was so tasty and creative, the portions were just right, the wine was so perfectly paired with the food. It's just a lovely place.

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I have been to Telepan on 3 different occasions, two of which were with groups (5 and 6). On each occasion the experience was absolutely wonderful. Going with large groups afforded me the opportunity to taste many of the dishes on offer, which is great for someone like myself (indecisive, with a love of good food). None, and I truly mean none, of the dishes failed to impress me. It's Chef Telepan's style, as well as the freshness of his ingredients, and his creativity that help to make this restaurant stand out. The atmosphere is conducive both to dinners with friends, as well as to more intimate meals. One of the other things that stands out about Telepan is the wine list. Its certainly not your ?run-of-the-mill' list, you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into the making of the list. Use the expertise of their sommelier (Aaron) to help you find something that pairs well with your meal and fits your budget. On two of the occasions he made suggestions that not only did this, but were also just fun to drink.

I highly recommend this restaurant. If my three experiences are anything to go by, you will not be disappointed.

2
★★★★★

I have been to Telepan on 3 different occasions, two of which were with groups (5 and 6). On each occasion the experience was absolutely wonderful. Going with large groups afforded me the opportunity to taste many of the dishes on offer, which is great for someone like myself (indecisive, with a love of good food). None, and I truly mean none, of the dishes failed to impress me. It's Chef Telepan's style, as well as the freshness of his ingredients, and his creativity that help to make this restaurant stand out. The atmosphere is conducive both to dinners with friends, as well as to more intimate meals. One of the other things that stands out about Telepan is the wine list. Its certainly not your ?run-of-the-mill' list, you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into the making of the list. Use the expertise of their sommelier (Aaron) to help you find something that pairs well with your meal and fits your budget. On two of the occasions he made suggestions that not only did this, but were also just fun to drink.

I highly recommend this restaurant. If my three experiences are anything to go by, you will not be disappointed.

Pros: Food, Wines, Atmosphere, Overall Experience, Location

Cons: Honestly have not found one yet

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Telepan is truly one of the best meals I have ever had. I go back over and over - and Bill continues to top the previous meal. The staff is friendly and accomodating and I have never waited for a table. The options are endless (as Bill changes his menu seasonally), so I never have the same meal twice. The wine selection is above and beyond what you can imagine - even for a connoisseur. The decor is soothing and comfortable and the wine cellar alone is worth the trip.

I LOVE poppers and can't get enough of the lobster bolognese. I have tasted every entree - and can't decide which is the best. Finally, the peanutbutter dessert is to DIE for!!!!!

You will not be sorry - whether for pre-theater dinner at Lincoln Center or a long Saturday PM meal - this is the ONLY place to eat on the Upper West Side! ENJOY!

2
★★★★★

Telepan is truly one of the best meals I have ever had. I go back over and over - and Bill continues to top the previous meal. The staff is friendly and accomodating and I have never waited for a table. The options are endless (as Bill changes his menu seasonally), so I never have the same meal twice. The wine selection is above and beyond what you can imagine - even for a connoisseur. The decor is soothing and comfortable and the wine cellar alone is worth the trip.

I LOVE poppers and can't get enough of the lobster bolognese. I have tasted every entree - and can't decide which is the best. Finally, the peanutbutter dessert is to DIE for!!!!!

You will not be sorry - whether for pre-theater dinner at Lincoln Center or a long Saturday PM meal - this is the ONLY place to eat on the Upper West Side! ENJOY!

Pros: amazing food, great wine

Cons: so many delicious entrees, hard to choose

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I'd made an early reservation in order to get to the Opera on time with my guest - and the dinner was a big disappointment - the staff was milling around, joking amongst themselves, making fun of patrons, and not at all familiar with the menu - My guest who was visiting from France thought the lady Maitre D. was oblivious to the whole scene when she should have paid attention to the service - It was terrible and I don't recommend this experience - The fish was rubbery, If I had thrown it on the wall it would have bounced back with glee ! horrible - my guest's beef steak was OK - but I think she was polite ...the bread and wine OK - Don't waste your money to sit there and be a subject of conversation to the staff ! expensive for what's offered - appetizer with 3 slices of beets covered with a transparent quarter size of fish with some boiled wheat grain at $13.00 ! overpriced and tasteless - and on ...Couldn't wait to get out of there !

1
★★★☆☆

I'd made an early reservation in order to get to the Opera on time with my guest - and the dinner was a big disappointment - the staff was milling around, joking amongst themselves, making fun of patrons, and not at all familiar with the menu - My guest who was visiting from France thought the lady Maitre D. was oblivious to the whole scene when she should have paid attention to the service - It was terrible and I don't recommend this experience - The fish was rubbery, If I had thrown it on the wall it would have bounced back with glee ! horrible - my guest's beef steak was OK - but I think she was polite ...the bread and wine OK - Don't waste your money to sit there and be a subject of conversation to the staff ! expensive for what's offered - appetizer with 3 slices of beets covered with a transparent quarter size of fish with some boiled wheat grain at $13.00 ! overpriced and tasteless - and on ...Couldn't wait to get out of there !

Pros: close to Lincoln Center/Met/NY City Opera

Cons: food, service

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My friends and I have been returning to Telepan since it's opening to rave reviews and it has lived up to those fantastic reviews every time. The food is SUPERB, Bill Telepan is a keeper. The service is outstanding and friendly no NY attitude here. It's about great food, good service and overall a fantastic dining experience. This is just what the UWS needed and we're happy we found this little jewel.

2
★★★★★

My friends and I have been returning to Telepan since it's opening to rave reviews and it has lived up to those fantastic reviews every time. The food is SUPERB, Bill Telepan is a keeper. The service is outstanding and friendly no NY attitude here. It's about great food, good service and overall a fantastic dining experience. This is just what the UWS needed and we're happy we found this little jewel.

Pros: Ambience, Food and service

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We went to Telepan for the first time last night. While we liked with the decor and the atmosphere the food was a major disappointment which seems to be just a reflection of the restaurant overall. Good presentation and service which raises one's expectations only to be let down when the meal actually arrives. Not only are the portions too small but the it simply doesn't taste well. The salad was bland. The pasta was on a par with Chef Boy-R-Dee. The lamb dish was simply not edible. If the food at this restaurant ever meets the expectations then you may have something. Until then we won't be returning.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went to Telepan for the first time last night. While we liked with the decor and the atmosphere the food was a major disappointment which seems to be just a reflection of the restaurant overall. Good presentation and service which raises one's expectations only to be let down when the meal actually arrives. Not only are the portions too small but the it simply doesn't taste well. The salad was bland. The pasta was on a par with Chef Boy-R-Dee. The lamb dish was simply not edible. If the food at this restaurant ever meets the expectations then you may have something. Until then we won't be returning.

Pros: Decor and atmosphere

Cons: Food

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After reading all the great reviews of Telepan, my friends and I were all looking forward to a good brunch on a Saturday afternoon. As I started with the trout and blini dish for appetizer, after my 3rd bite out of the dish, I felt something hard in my mouth and knowing that my meal is a very soft dish, I immediately stopped chewing. It was fairly big piece of glass that I had found in my mouth. At first we all thought it was a big piece of sea salt, and I tried to break it with my fingers but it was truly glass!!! I couldn't believe it. After that, the day just didn't go so well, the manager apologized and replaced my dish (I ordered the soup- which was a disappointment (no flavor and too much oil)). Our whole table kind of lost our appetite after that. The Panini I ordered was a BIG disappointment (had better ones at other normal Deli's). The manager took care of my meal for the day. But honestly, being an upscale restaurant, especially known for their high quality service and food, I think they should have taken cared of our table more generously.
I hope no one else experiences what I did here.. it was definitely unpleasant.

1
★★☆☆☆

After reading all the great reviews of Telepan, my friends and I were all looking forward to a good brunch on a Saturday afternoon. As I started with the trout and blini dish for appetizer, after my 3rd bite out of the dish, I felt something hard in my mouth and knowing that my meal is a very soft dish, I immediately stopped chewing. It was fairly big piece of glass that I had found in my mouth. At first we all thought it was a big piece of sea salt, and I tried to break it with my fingers but it was truly glass!!! I couldn't believe it. After that, the day just didn't go so well, the manager apologized and replaced my dish (I ordered the soup- which was a disappointment (no flavor and too much oil)). Our whole table kind of lost our appetite after that. The Panini I ordered was a BIG disappointment (had better ones at other normal Deli's). The manager took care of my meal for the day. But honestly, being an upscale restaurant, especially known for their high quality service and food, I think they should have taken cared of our table more generously.
I hope no one else experiences what I did here.. it was definitely unpleasant.

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Telepan is a charmed place. You can feel it as soon as you enter the room. Our party arrived in this elegant space and was greeted with incredible warmth and care by the maitre d'. The atmosphere is completely unpretentious, yet the energy and buzz of the room -- coupled with the expressions of sheer bliss on every patron's face -- tells you that you're in for something extraordinary. Believe me, you are. Telepan's food is so nuanced and complex that you'll want to try everything on the menu. The $59 pre-fixe is a steal -- you design your meal, not the chef -- which allows you to choose absolutely anything on the menu. One of my dishes was the Heritage Pork (pork prepared 4 different ways) -- it was absolutely sublime, and the artichoke frittata will leave you speechless. In fact, this is the first place I've come to (in a loong time) where my dining companions (and I) were actually gasping and murmuring with delight after each bite. Several of us were speechless for a time. Sounds crazy, but it's that good. And the extensive wine list is considerate of every budget. Telepan hits it out of the park -- relaxed, elegant ambience, food to make you swoon, and attentive, unpretentious service. Go! You'll be so happy you did. This food is made with love -- after eating here, all seems right with the world.

2
★★★★★

Telepan is a charmed place. You can feel it as soon as you enter the room. Our party arrived in this elegant space and was greeted with incredible warmth and care by the maitre d'. The atmosphere is completely unpretentious, yet the energy and buzz of the room -- coupled with the expressions of sheer bliss on every patron's face -- tells you that you're in for something extraordinary. Believe me, you are. Telepan's food is so nuanced and complex that you'll want to try everything on the menu. The $59 pre-fixe is a steal -- you design your meal, not the chef -- which allows you to choose absolutely anything on the menu. One of my dishes was the Heritage Pork (pork prepared 4 different ways) -- it was absolutely sublime, and the artichoke frittata will leave you speechless. In fact, this is the first place I've come to (in a loong time) where my dining companions (and I) were actually gasping and murmuring with delight after each bite. Several of us were speechless for a time. Sounds crazy, but it's that good. And the extensive wine list is considerate of every budget. Telepan hits it out of the park -- relaxed, elegant ambience, food to make you swoon, and attentive, unpretentious service. Go! You'll be so happy you did. This food is made with love -- after eating here, all seems right with the world.

Pros: Marvelous food, inviting room, jovial atmosphere

Cons: None

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Can't believe it has been open a year and we only just made it to this great dining restaurant! We were treated extremely well by all the staff and made to feel very welcome. The menu is expansive and offers something for everyone, including the strict vegetarian we had as part of our group. We all opted for the four course prix fixe, which at $59 has to be the bargain of the city for food of this quality. Rather than the chef choosing the menu, you get to select anything you want from the menu yourself. I thought this was a terrific idea. The winelist is huge, and although there are plenty of wines that are way out of my price range, there are plenty within it too.
All-in-all, we had a great experience and will certainly return soon...

2
★★★★★

Can't believe it has been open a year and we only just made it to this great dining restaurant! We were treated extremely well by all the staff and made to feel very welcome. The menu is expansive and offers something for everyone, including the strict vegetarian we had as part of our group. We all opted for the four course prix fixe, which at $59 has to be the bargain of the city for food of this quality. Rather than the chef choosing the menu, you get to select anything you want from the menu yourself. I thought this was a terrific idea. The winelist is huge, and although there are plenty of wines that are way out of my price range, there are plenty within it too.
All-in-all, we had a great experience and will certainly return soon...

Pros: Location, Food, Atmosphere

Cons: None

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Not worth the wait. Not worth the arrogance. Not worth the food. Not worth the price. Eat somewhere else, anywhere else.
Despite all the positive reviews, this has been one of the most disappointing dining experiences I've had in New York. Can't figure out what all the hype is about.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Not worth the wait. Not worth the arrogance. Not worth the food. Not worth the price. Eat somewhere else, anywhere else.
Despite all the positive reviews, this has been one of the most disappointing dining experiences I've had in New York. Can't figure out what all the hype is about.

Pros: Location

Cons: Disorganized

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After arriving on time for our dinner reservation we were directed to sit at the bar where we were kept waiting for almost two hours. We went to remind the maitre d' that we were still waiting for our table only to find that he was extremely rude. He told us that if we didn't care to wait we could leave. Foolishly, we returned to the bar and waited, and waited and waited......When we were finally seated we again waited for what seemed to be forever just to order. When the food arrived it was a major disappointment. The four of us who were sitting in the midst of this highly pretentious, chaotic restaurant are very well traveled and have eaten at restaurants all over the world. It seemed to us that the theme of Telepan is to present small portions of food that is unrecognizable to the eye and also to the palate and is at best, very disappointing. This restaurant needs to "get over it's self" and pay attention to the service and the cuisine if it dares to demand the exorbitant prices that they charge. Spare yourself of a dining fiasco by avoiding Telepan.

0
★☆☆☆☆

After arriving on time for our dinner reservation we were directed to sit at the bar where we were kept waiting for almost two hours. We went to remind the maitre d' that we were still waiting for our table only to find that he was extremely rude. He told us that if we didn't care to wait we could leave. Foolishly, we returned to the bar and waited, and waited and waited......When we were finally seated we again waited for what seemed to be forever just to order. When the food arrived it was a major disappointment. The four of us who were sitting in the midst of this highly pretentious, chaotic restaurant are very well traveled and have eaten at restaurants all over the world. It seemed to us that the theme of Telepan is to present small portions of food that is unrecognizable to the eye and also to the palate and is at best, very disappointing. This restaurant needs to "get over it's self" and pay attention to the service and the cuisine if it dares to demand the exorbitant prices that they charge. Spare yourself of a dining fiasco by avoiding Telepan.

Pros: Location

Cons: Poor service, bad food, not worth the price

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Thanks to the extended restaurant week special (3-course, 24.07$), I got to tried Telepan at a great bargain. I couldn't believe there were 5 to 6 selections for each course to choose from, unlike most other places' 2 or 3. Sure, this is not your top-tier restaurant, but to praise it purely for its value at the location is not fair neither. I find the food satisfying, unpretentious and thoughtful. The quail with figs is cooked just right, the burger is juicy on great buns, served with an onion-ring tower filled with fries and two kinds of pickles, the duck confit is a bit salty but fine, and the dessert is not flashy but solid. /p/The service needs some improvement, but it wasn't terrible. However, during our lunch, we were constantly bothered by 2 or 3 flies, which was unfortunate. Yet, Telepan is still worth your buck and time, and I hope it will continue to get better and more recongnized.

2
★★★★☆

Thanks to the extended restaurant week special (3-course, 24.07$), I got to tried Telepan at a great bargain. I couldn't believe there were 5 to 6 selections for each course to choose from, unlike most other places' 2 or 3. Sure, this is not your top-tier restaurant, but to praise it purely for its value at the location is not fair neither. I find the food satisfying, unpretentious and thoughtful. The quail with figs is cooked just right, the burger is juicy on great buns, served with an onion-ring tower filled with fries and two kinds of pickles, the duck confit is a bit salty but fine, and the dessert is not flashy but solid. /p/The service needs some improvement, but it wasn't terrible. However, during our lunch, we were constantly bothered by 2 or 3 flies, which was unfortunate. Yet, Telepan is still worth your buck and time, and I hope it will continue to get better and more recongnized.

Pros: Prix fixe, burger

Cons: Service

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I have to say, my first complaint is the close proximity of the tables to one another in the lounge, but this can be subverted by making a reservation which I did not.
That being said, our cocktails were fine, the ambience is ok.. Refined, Upscale, but by no means something to brag about--typical uptown decor.
The food is actually quite interesting. I recommend sticking with multiple starters as the mains are really tiny. My softshell crab was literally two bites--delicious bites I must say though. It was a couple hundred bucks for two but well spent. Definitely a solid restaurant. Great service.

1
★★★☆☆

I have to say, my first complaint is the close proximity of the tables to one another in the lounge, but this can be subverted by making a reservation which I did not.
That being said, our cocktails were fine, the ambience is ok.. Refined, Upscale, but by no means something to brag about--typical uptown decor.
The food is actually quite interesting. I recommend sticking with multiple starters as the mains are really tiny. My softshell crab was literally two bites--delicious bites I must say though. It was a couple hundred bucks for two but well spent. Definitely a solid restaurant. Great service.

Pros: Food

Cons: Entree Portions

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Cozy comfy place. Nice friendly staff, interesting wine list, amazing food. Service was still a little clumsy, but perhaps still working out some kinks. Great wine pairings and terrific service from the sommelier. Bread soup was so good, can't wait to go back.

2
★★★★☆

Cozy comfy place. Nice friendly staff, interesting wine list, amazing food. Service was still a little clumsy, but perhaps still working out some kinks. Great wine pairings and terrific service from the sommelier. Bread soup was so good, can't wait to go back.

Pros: Comfortable fine dining, delicious food

Cons: Location, Service still a work in progress

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Food is the main attraction. Top quality and a lot of thought went into the menu. The pre fixe lets you select from anything you want, a refreshing change. Our waiter, Stever, I think was possibly the best waiter we have had in Manhattan! I will be back.

2
★★★★★

Food is the main attraction. Top quality and a lot of thought went into the menu. The pre fixe lets you select from anything you want, a refreshing change. Our waiter, Stever, I think was possibly the best waiter we have had in Manhattan! I will be back.

Pros: Food , Service, Decor

Cons: Price

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My entire experience here was great. I went last night with a dinner group, we were 5 total. We had reservations for 7pm but waited for a late member and were not rushed at all by the host. Our waiter, Marshall, was so good. He kept up with our banter and wasn't overbearing in any way. He was also very familiar with the food and made great suggestions. We all chose to go with the $65, five course, fixed price meal - great deal, very filling. I highly recommend the the asparagus with garlic custard from the 2nd course - very tasty. I could go on & on about this place if only I had more space here...

2
★★★★★

My entire experience here was great. I went last night with a dinner group, we were 5 total. We had reservations for 7pm but waited for a late member and were not rushed at all by the host. Our waiter, Marshall, was so good. He kept up with our banter and wasn't overbearing in any way. He was also very familiar with the food and made great suggestions. We all chose to go with the $65, five course, fixed price meal - great deal, very filling. I highly recommend the the asparagus with garlic custard from the 2nd course - very tasty. I could go on & on about this place if only I had more space here...

Pros: Food, service

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Pros: The food was all really good. Some things excellent--the foie gras terrine, lobster bolognese. The service was well-coordinated. The menu is wide-ranging. Seating was comfortable and tables well-spaced. At $55 the 4-course tasting is a decent value.

Cons: the waiter we had was overly effusive about the wines--we had the 4 course tasting with paired wines all of which came from the wines by the glass list (rather typical these days). The very green-ness didn't bother us though we sat in the smaller area to the right of the bar. The crowd was surprisngly old for a "foodie" destination.

2
★★★★☆

Pros: The food was all really good. Some things excellent--the foie gras terrine, lobster bolognese. The service was well-coordinated. The menu is wide-ranging. Seating was comfortable and tables well-spaced. At $55 the 4-course tasting is a decent value.

Cons: the waiter we had was overly effusive about the wines--we had the 4 course tasting with paired wines all of which came from the wines by the glass list (rather typical these days). The very green-ness didn't bother us though we sat in the smaller area to the right of the bar. The crowd was surprisngly old for a "foodie" destination.

Pros: Food quality, Service coordination

Cons: Old crowd, Green, Green

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Made my first trip to Telepan this weekend for my birthday dinner - what a nice experience! The menu is full of interesting choices and the 4-course prix fixe is a great value, although they could have been more generous with their pour as far as wine is concerned and with some of their meal portions. The breakdown: The yellowtail appetizer was only okay, but the rabbit was excellent. Lobster bolognese was fine (the lobster was delicious but the pasta was only so-so), but short ribs were fantastic. The scallop entree was again only okay (and skimpy - 2 smallish scallops), but the pork entree was wonderful. Steamed chocolate cake was a little dry but caramel brioche profiteroles were brilliant. CHOOSE CAREFULLY and you'll have a great meal!

2
★★★★☆

Made my first trip to Telepan this weekend for my birthday dinner - what a nice experience! The menu is full of interesting choices and the 4-course prix fixe is a great value, although they could have been more generous with their pour as far as wine is concerned and with some of their meal portions. The breakdown: The yellowtail appetizer was only okay, but the rabbit was excellent. Lobster bolognese was fine (the lobster was delicious but the pasta was only so-so), but short ribs were fantastic. The scallop entree was again only okay (and skimpy - 2 smallish scallops), but the pork entree was wonderful. Steamed chocolate cake was a little dry but caramel brioche profiteroles were brilliant. CHOOSE CAREFULLY and you'll have a great meal!

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The four course price here can't be beat, and the quality of the food is amazing. However, our waiter had the learning curve of a 2 year old. After getting the managers attention, however, the rest of our night was great. Braised short ribs are good, sirloin is also great. With wine the meal goes well above 55 per head but is totally worth it. Just ask not to get the Ecuadorian waiter.

2
★★★★★

The four course price here can't be beat, and the quality of the food is amazing. However, our waiter had the learning curve of a 2 year old. After getting the managers attention, however, the rest of our night was great. Braised short ribs are good, sirloin is also great. With wine the meal goes well above 55 per head but is totally worth it. Just ask not to get the Ecuadorian waiter.

Pros: everything else

Cons: the dickfor

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I've been to Telepan twice, and sat once at the bar and once at a table.

The bar service is wonderful...It was about 10pm on a Friday and the place was packed. I found friendly, generous bartenders who made sure to keep my wine glass full and neighborhood locals at the bar who were always up for conversation with strangers.

Table service (there were 3 of us, with a 9pm reservation on a Saturday) was fantastic as well. Our waiter picked a fantastic wine, helped us navigate the menu, and we were all very pleased with most everything we ate. The smoked trout appetizer is fantastic! The only thing that was disappointing was dessert. The carrot cake was iffy at best, though the cream cheese ice cream that came with it was fabulous.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself at Telepan. I'll definitely be back!

2
★★★★★

I've been to Telepan twice, and sat once at the bar and once at a table.

The bar service is wonderful...It was about 10pm on a Friday and the place was packed. I found friendly, generous bartenders who made sure to keep my wine glass full and neighborhood locals at the bar who were always up for conversation with strangers.

Table service (there were 3 of us, with a 9pm reservation on a Saturday) was fantastic as well. Our waiter picked a fantastic wine, helped us navigate the menu, and we were all very pleased with most everything we ate. The smoked trout appetizer is fantastic! The only thing that was disappointing was dessert. The carrot cake was iffy at best, though the cream cheese ice cream that came with it was fabulous.

Overall, I really enjoyed myself at Telepan. I'll definitely be back!

Pros: friendly service, great bar area, great food!

Cons: so-so desserts, crowded

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It was our second visit to Telepan that really impressed us. We had learned how to successfully navigate the tasting menus and had one of the most memorable meals of our lives. The depth of the wine cellar is outstanding & the knowledge of the sommelier should be taken advantage of. The service was impeccable & the staff was eager to cater our meal to our every whim. Ask & you shall receive! It will be a fantastic experience.

2
★★★★★

It was our second visit to Telepan that really impressed us. We had learned how to successfully navigate the tasting menus and had one of the most memorable meals of our lives. The depth of the wine cellar is outstanding & the knowledge of the sommelier should be taken advantage of. The service was impeccable & the staff was eager to cater our meal to our every whim. Ask & you shall receive! It will be a fantastic experience.

Pros: Excellent cuisine, outstanding wine, great staff

Cons: crowded, confusing menu, pricey

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1st visit to Telepan Friday 2/24 at ~ 7PM...place already in full swing. Unusually sophisticated & serene for UWS (knockout color scheme & rear-wall murals), crowd an eclectic mix of mostly 40-up, cordial vibe. NICE, wood horseshoe bar area of ~ 15 seats but...TOO COLD, PEOPLE!! Since their bar seems incredibly "hot", any chance mgmt. could install one of those "winter vestibules" to actually keep it WARM?!? Those leather "door drapes" just can't do it all alone. And OH YES! Food very good, wines excellent (though their 'pour' could be a bit more generous)!

2
★★★★☆

1st visit to Telepan Friday 2/24 at ~ 7PM...place already in full swing. Unusually sophisticated & serene for UWS (knockout color scheme & rear-wall murals), crowd an eclectic mix of mostly 40-up, cordial vibe. NICE, wood horseshoe bar area of ~ 15 seats but...TOO COLD, PEOPLE!! Since their bar seems incredibly "hot", any chance mgmt. could install one of those "winter vestibules" to actually keep it WARM?!? Those leather "door drapes" just can't do it all alone. And OH YES! Food very good, wines excellent (though their 'pour' could be a bit more generous)!

Pros: Sophisticated, Lovely & Serene, Fab, friendly bar

Cons: COLD entry area, "Light" wine pour, Can't res've Bar

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I've eaten in many top-rated restaurants in NYC... and have returned to Telepan *twice* since it opened, so impressed was I. The yellowtail appetizer with mint is sheer bliss. The duck is the best I've ever had. The halibut is so tender, it's as if were made of ice cream. Take advantage of the $55 four-course tasting menu -- a STEAL that allows you to choose absolutely anything on the menu in any order you please. That could mean 3 main courses and a dessert, people! Think about it. Martha Stewart sat at a neighboring table and was having a grand ol' time. Ambience is unpretentious, yet romantic. Some delicious, affordable wines on the menu -- sommelier is EXCEPTIONALLY gifted in food/wine matching. A delightful amuse bouche begins the experience, complimentary sweets provide the finish. Impeccable. Chef Bill Telepan is a culinary great -- you will not be disappointed!

2
★★★★★

I've eaten in many top-rated restaurants in NYC... and have returned to Telepan *twice* since it opened, so impressed was I. The yellowtail appetizer with mint is sheer bliss. The duck is the best I've ever had. The halibut is so tender, it's as if were made of ice cream. Take advantage of the $55 four-course tasting menu -- a STEAL that allows you to choose absolutely anything on the menu in any order you please. That could mean 3 main courses and a dessert, people! Think about it. Martha Stewart sat at a neighboring table and was having a grand ol' time. Ambience is unpretentious, yet romantic. Some delicious, affordable wines on the menu -- sommelier is EXCEPTIONALLY gifted in food/wine matching. A delightful amuse bouche begins the experience, complimentary sweets provide the finish. Impeccable. Chef Bill Telepan is a culinary great -- you will not be disappointed!

Pros: Unpretentious, Excellent service, Knock-out food

Cons: Crowded bar area

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I saw the New York mag review last week and was hopeful only to be disappointed at every turn. It began with a matre d' that had an attitude appropriate for Nobu not a poorly designed UWS spot with food to match. Not that I got to really appreciate the food. Mine was served cold and my wife had a salad. There are so many good restaurants around, I will not be back.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I saw the New York mag review last week and was hopeful only to be disappointed at every turn. It began with a matre d' that had an attitude appropriate for Nobu not a poorly designed UWS spot with food to match. Not that I got to really appreciate the food. Mine was served cold and my wife had a salad. There are so many good restaurants around, I will not be back.

Pros: Love the lime green

Cons: Attitude, Food

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Chef Bill Telepan, who famously manned the stoves at JUdson Grill and authored a book called Inspired by Ingredients, has gone from big and bustling to intimate with his eponymous Upper West Side eatery. The dining room, minimalist and low…

 

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