Degustation

★★★★☆
  • 239 E 5th St

    New York, NY 10003

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  • 212-979-1012

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Oh, please.. Do not come here hungry. Do come here if you are in the mood for gastronomic art (of the visual kind) and a decent glass or two of wine. If you do come hungry, you will feel tortured and teased. Unless of course you are used

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★★★★★

Oh, please.. Do not come here hungry. Do come here if you are in the mood for gastronomic art (of the visual kind) and a decent glass or two of wine. If you do come hungry, you will feel tortured and teased. Unless of course you are used

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We were recommended to come here and we were so disappointed. We had to wait an hour for a table we reserved and when it was ready..they still made us wait. And the service was just unbearable..the only saving grace was the food

1
★★☆☆☆

We were recommended to come here and we were so disappointed. We had to wait an hour for a table we reserved and when it was ready..they still made us wait. And the service was just unbearable..the only saving grace was the food

Pros: food

Cons: service,management

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There's no excuse for having to wait 30 min when you arrive on time for your reservation, especially for a place as pricey as this restaurant. The food was OK--way too much salt and really nothing special. Another negative for me was the relatively stuffy atmostphere and clientele.

1
★★☆☆☆

There's no excuse for having to wait 30 min when you arrive on time for your reservation, especially for a place as pricey as this restaurant. The food was OK--way too much salt and really nothing special. Another negative for me was the relatively stuffy atmostphere and clientele.

Cons: customer service,atmosphere

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Everthing that I tried on the menu was delicious. I couldn't dislike a dish, even if I wanted to. Granted, I haven't tried everything on the menu, what I did have was great.

The service was also spectacular. Extremely attentive and knowledgeable about the various wines and will give you an honest opinion about the dishes they serve.

What could possibly be a drawback would be the pricing of the place. It is a little bit on the pricier side, as there are a few different tapas joints that would dent the pockets too much... but honestly, it's well worth it if you got some cash burning in your pocket.

2
★★★★☆

Everthing that I tried on the menu was delicious. I couldn't dislike a dish, even if I wanted to. Granted, I haven't tried everything on the menu, what I did have was great.

The service was also spectacular. Extremely attentive and knowledgeable about the various wines and will give you an honest opinion about the dishes they serve.

What could possibly be a drawback would be the pricing of the place. It is a little bit on the pricier side, as there are a few different tapas joints that would dent the pockets too much... but honestly, it's well worth it if you got some cash burning in your pocket.

Pros: food,service,wine list

Cons: small

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We had a reservation at 7:30. Arrived a bit early. One couple was leaving, an we were informed that they'll set the place for us. No one else was waiting. Then a couple of middle-aged ladies who obviously were regulars march in, point to the place that's being set for us and say "we'll take that". The host then informs me that these ladies were ahead of us and that it would be another 15 minutes. Come on. I know you have to take care of your regulars, but don't take me for a fool. I told the host that he made a mistake, but he genuinely did not care. No food is worth this kind of treatment. Of course we left, and would never go back. Odd how it's always the "fashionable" places that think this kind of treatment is acceptable. You'd never get this at Jean Georges or any place that had the least bit of grace. (and neither Jack nor Grace has any, by the way) Little wonder their restaurants keep closing.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We had a reservation at 7:30. Arrived a bit early. One couple was leaving, an we were informed that they'll set the place for us. No one else was waiting. Then a couple of middle-aged ladies who obviously were regulars march in, point to the place that's being set for us and say "we'll take that". The host then informs me that these ladies were ahead of us and that it would be another 15 minutes. Come on. I know you have to take care of your regulars, but don't take me for a fool. I told the host that he made a mistake, but he genuinely did not care. No food is worth this kind of treatment. Of course we left, and would never go back. Odd how it's always the "fashionable" places that think this kind of treatment is acceptable. You'd never get this at Jean Georges or any place that had the least bit of grace. (and neither Jack nor Grace has any, by the way) Little wonder their restaurants keep closing.

Pros: It will probably close soon.

Cons: There are enough idiots in this city to keep it open despite the atrocious service.

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"WOW! This was one of those meals - the kind where you wake up the next morning, and as you lay in bed you relive what you consumed the night before. I don't know where to start, so I will just say this is the kind of place for people who like to eat at the bar (very sushi bar-like). BUT I mean a really nice, cool setting (a la Casa Mono) where you can see your food being prepared by skillful, friendly food artists (yeah it's corny, but they are amazing).
OK now the food. I am Spanish and definitely have tasted the best (and worst) tapas around the world, not just Spain (and not just Madrid). The croquetas were UN B LIEVABLE! The pepper sauce made it. The poached egg with jamon serrano and chorizo "broth" for lack of a better term were so different I was suspect at first (since I am a tapas purist), but my fears were dispelled by my girlfriend's squeal of delight. The scallops were tremendous too. The wines were great - we had 4 different kinds total, my fav DEF was the ONIX PRIORAT. Rioja was also great, and the prices were decent. Also, the owner who I met after my amazing meal was more than just a guy happy for the business - he was genuinely pleased that I loved the place. Just read Jason O's review to show how this place operates. Ignore the bad reviews - this place is LO MEJOR!"

2
★★★★★

"WOW! This was one of those meals - the kind where you wake up the next morning, and as you lay in bed you relive what you consumed the night before. I don't know where to start, so I will just say this is the kind of place for people who like to eat at the bar (very sushi bar-like). BUT I mean a really nice, cool setting (a la Casa Mono) where you can see your food being prepared by skillful, friendly food artists (yeah it's corny, but they are amazing).
OK now the food. I am Spanish and definitely have tasted the best (and worst) tapas around the world, not just Spain (and not just Madrid). The croquetas were UN B LIEVABLE! The pepper sauce made it. The poached egg with jamon serrano and chorizo "broth" for lack of a better term were so different I was suspect at first (since I am a tapas purist), but my fears were dispelled by my girlfriend's squeal of delight. The scallops were tremendous too. The wines were great - we had 4 different kinds total, my fav DEF was the ONIX PRIORAT. Rioja was also great, and the prices were decent. Also, the owner who I met after my amazing meal was more than just a guy happy for the business - he was genuinely pleased that I loved the place. Just read Jason O's review to show how this place operates. Ignore the bad reviews - this place is LO MEJOR!"

Pros: Ummm...everything?!?!

Cons: small, not enough seats for the high demand

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I had high expectations coming to Degustation, and this was one of the rare experiences where I truly wasn't disappointed. The setup of the restaurant is wonderful-all seats are directly in front of the exposed kitchen, so like an omakase you get to watch every course prepared in front of you. 5 and 10 course chef's tasting menus are EXTREMELY reasonably priced at 50 and 75 dollars, however we opted to choose 8 of the dishes that looked best to us from the menu. Everything is small because it is Spanish tapas, but not at all unreasonable in size. White asparagus with chaterelle mushrooms was extraordinary, as was lamb loin, foie gras with figs, slow poached egg with jamon, seared scallops....everything sang. Great wine list with reasonable prices by the glass (8-13). Service was extraordinary-only one server for the whole restaurant but she was never stressed, always gracious and took the care to explain every course when served. Only hiccup in service was a bit of a wait for dessert, but before we could even say anything we were sent complimentary glasses of wine. We were so happy with everything that we didn't even mind the wait, but it is nonetheless great to feel taken care of so completely. 8 dishes plus 2 desserts and 2 glasses of wine each came out to 80 per person before tip. With the quality of the food and experience here, that's pretty hard to beat.

2
★★★★★

I had high expectations coming to Degustation, and this was one of the rare experiences where I truly wasn't disappointed. The setup of the restaurant is wonderful-all seats are directly in front of the exposed kitchen, so like an omakase you get to watch every course prepared in front of you. 5 and 10 course chef's tasting menus are EXTREMELY reasonably priced at 50 and 75 dollars, however we opted to choose 8 of the dishes that looked best to us from the menu. Everything is small because it is Spanish tapas, but not at all unreasonable in size. White asparagus with chaterelle mushrooms was extraordinary, as was lamb loin, foie gras with figs, slow poached egg with jamon, seared scallops....everything sang. Great wine list with reasonable prices by the glass (8-13). Service was extraordinary-only one server for the whole restaurant but she was never stressed, always gracious and took the care to explain every course when served. Only hiccup in service was a bit of a wait for dessert, but before we could even say anything we were sent complimentary glasses of wine. We were so happy with everything that we didn't even mind the wait, but it is nonetheless great to feel taken care of so completely. 8 dishes plus 2 desserts and 2 glasses of wine each came out to 80 per person before tip. With the quality of the food and experience here, that's pretty hard to beat.

Pros: Food, open kitchen, intimate

Cons: couldn't find any...

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I have read a lot of good things about Degustation and was very excited to try it. I'm sad to report that although the food was very well prepared, nothing blew my mind away. My favorite dish was the sea scallops. They were baby scallops which I prefer because they're more tender. Some other good dishes were the croquettes, the stuffed calamari and the suckling pig. I had the apple tart for dessert. It's sort of a seperated take on the tart with greek yogurt, the puff pastry and the apples all seperated on teh dish. The puffy pastry was a litlte slice of heaven, everything else was okay. The ambience is grown-up and enticing with latin-infused music playing throughout. A must try but, I would go with lower expectations.

2
★★★★☆

I have read a lot of good things about Degustation and was very excited to try it. I'm sad to report that although the food was very well prepared, nothing blew my mind away. My favorite dish was the sea scallops. They were baby scallops which I prefer because they're more tender. Some other good dishes were the croquettes, the stuffed calamari and the suckling pig. I had the apple tart for dessert. It's sort of a seperated take on the tart with greek yogurt, the puff pastry and the apples all seperated on teh dish. The puffy pastry was a litlte slice of heaven, everything else was okay. The ambience is grown-up and enticing with latin-infused music playing throughout. A must try but, I would go with lower expectations.

Pros: Great atmosphere, great staff

Cons: Reservations a must, very small tasting plates

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The ambiance in Degustation is very romantic (albeit very small) and the food is incredible. That said, this is a place for the more open-minded diner. Quail eggs, Sweetbreads and squid stuffed with short ribs...that kind of menu. Don't expect plantains or chorizo.
The plates are literally just enough to taste so don't expect to leave the restaurant as full as you would from Sala or Pinxos. You go to enjoy the experience and eclectic flavors, not to have a full meal. The wine selection is excellent and the glasses range from 10-15.00. Dinner for two with 4 glasses of wine (which were poured "to taste" it seemed) came to a little over 100.00 before tip. It's a wonderful date spot and a very special place for a nice evening. I would not take a first date there because of the limited food selection but it's a great place to take someone you've been with a while for a romantic evening out.

2
★★★★☆

The ambiance in Degustation is very romantic (albeit very small) and the food is incredible. That said, this is a place for the more open-minded diner. Quail eggs, Sweetbreads and squid stuffed with short ribs...that kind of menu. Don't expect plantains or chorizo.
The plates are literally just enough to taste so don't expect to leave the restaurant as full as you would from Sala or Pinxos. You go to enjoy the experience and eclectic flavors, not to have a full meal. The wine selection is excellent and the glasses range from 10-15.00. Dinner for two with 4 glasses of wine (which were poured "to taste" it seemed) came to a little over 100.00 before tip. It's a wonderful date spot and a very special place for a nice evening. I would not take a first date there because of the limited food selection but it's a great place to take someone you've been with a while for a romantic evening out.

Pros: Lovely restaurant, good food, good wine

Cons: Very limited menu, portions are very, very small.

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This is tucked away in a corner of the Jewel Bako sushi bar. The space consists of about 20 seats at a bar that surrounds the cooking and food preparation area. The food is tapas style small plates that are prepared while you watch. The food is inventive and delicious. The wines were carefully chosen to match the food, and were surprisingly cheap. A satisfying meal for two with a couple of glasses of wine costs about $100. As with Jewel Bako, the ingredients are high quality, and the staff professional.

The drawback of the place is that with only 20 seats, if a party stays longer than expected (and it is the kind of place where you can be easily tempted to linger over another glass of wine), then the staff are going to have problems keeping to their reservation schedule. Given the popularity of the place, if this is the kind of thing that annoys you, we would suggest going midweek.

1
★★★☆☆

This is tucked away in a corner of the Jewel Bako sushi bar. The space consists of about 20 seats at a bar that surrounds the cooking and food preparation area. The food is tapas style small plates that are prepared while you watch. The food is inventive and delicious. The wines were carefully chosen to match the food, and were surprisingly cheap. A satisfying meal for two with a couple of glasses of wine costs about $100. As with Jewel Bako, the ingredients are high quality, and the staff professional.

The drawback of the place is that with only 20 seats, if a party stays longer than expected (and it is the kind of place where you can be easily tempted to linger over another glass of wine), then the staff are going to have problems keeping to their reservation schedule. Given the popularity of the place, if this is the kind of thing that annoys you, we would suggest going midweek.

Pros: Inventive tapas. High quality inexpensive wines

Cons: Be prepared for a wait at weekends

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Some of the most inventive and delicious cuisine I have tasted in some time although the portions are admittedly very small. The pork was so amazing we ordered a second plate. The scallops, and seafood were divine. Amazing flavors and just the right seasoning. Wine selection is also quite good and service is very friendly.

The restaurant is set up with one huge C shaped table surrounding the kitchen area so you have to look to your side to talk to your date. Because the space is so small, there is a lot of bumping and jabbing from patrons trying to slide behind you and eat very close next to you so that was the one negative. Otherwise, if you're in the mood for a delicious and unique meal, this is a great stop.

2
★★★★★

Some of the most inventive and delicious cuisine I have tasted in some time although the portions are admittedly very small. The pork was so amazing we ordered a second plate. The scallops, and seafood were divine. Amazing flavors and just the right seasoning. Wine selection is also quite good and service is very friendly.

The restaurant is set up with one huge C shaped table surrounding the kitchen area so you have to look to your side to talk to your date. Because the space is so small, there is a lot of bumping and jabbing from patrons trying to slide behind you and eat very close next to you so that was the one negative. Otherwise, if you're in the mood for a delicious and unique meal, this is a great stop.

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Went here for my birthday with my girlfriend and we couldn't be happier. We only had to wait a few minutes for our seats (we had reservations). We got the chef's 5 course taster and each dish was just awesome. In particular, the lamb loin was absolutely amazing. There was also a great wine selection and the waitress was more than happy to help us pick a wine that would best suit our meal. overall, we couldn't be happier with the choice and we're ready to make our reservation for our next birthday.

2
★★★★★

Went here for my birthday with my girlfriend and we couldn't be happier. We only had to wait a few minutes for our seats (we had reservations). We got the chef's 5 course taster and each dish was just awesome. In particular, the lamb loin was absolutely amazing. There was also a great wine selection and the waitress was more than happy to help us pick a wine that would best suit our meal. overall, we couldn't be happier with the choice and we're ready to make our reservation for our next birthday.

Pros: everything

Cons: i wouldn't recomment going with more than two people

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The attentiveness of all aspecs in such a tiny space strikes a wonderful note. It is very inimate: you cannot help but strike some banter as dishes are served and savored. There is excitement at seeing the dish that you did not order being served beside you, and eventually you see all of the small menu being prepared. Each little dish is elegantly displayed, with appropriate cutlery set. Service is aware, pampering, and invisible.

2
★★★★★

The attentiveness of all aspecs in such a tiny space strikes a wonderful note. It is very inimate: you cannot help but strike some banter as dishes are served and savored. There is excitement at seeing the dish that you did not order being served beside you, and eventually you see all of the small menu being prepared. Each little dish is elegantly displayed, with appropriate cutlery set. Service is aware, pampering, and invisible.

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Found this in New York Cheap Eats. Made reservations for a 10pm for dinner. This was our 2nd dinner for the night so we were not too interested in getting food. We each got a glass of wine, fairly good prices. I had the dessert and my friends had scallops. it was ok. The best part was the owner who liked these books we found in the street. We got a couple free martinis. Not too shabby for a night out on the town. I'd go their again, but maybe when I'm not paying for it.

1
★★★☆☆

Found this in New York Cheap Eats. Made reservations for a 10pm for dinner. This was our 2nd dinner for the night so we were not too interested in getting food. We each got a glass of wine, fairly good prices. I had the dessert and my friends had scallops. it was ok. The best part was the owner who liked these books we found in the street. We got a couple free martinis. Not too shabby for a night out on the town. I'd go their again, but maybe when I'm not paying for it.

Pros: Exotic

Cons: A bit pricey for my taste

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The food and the ambiance at Degustation are terrific! I had a 10 pm reservation on Friday night and did have to wait about 25 minutes for a table, but the manager treated us to some cava while we waited and some muscato at the end of the meal. Each dish we had was bursting with flavor. The shortrib stuffed squid and the pork belly were our favorites. My only gripe would be the desserts. The grilled strawberries were good but almost too small (3 small strawberries for two of us) and the chocolate mousse with caramel gelee and banana is better on paper than in your mouth. I understand they are changing a few menu items soon for the fall season, so maybe that second dessert will be replaced. Overall, a great experience and I can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

The food and the ambiance at Degustation are terrific! I had a 10 pm reservation on Friday night and did have to wait about 25 minutes for a table, but the manager treated us to some cava while we waited and some muscato at the end of the meal. Each dish we had was bursting with flavor. The shortrib stuffed squid and the pork belly were our favorites. My only gripe would be the desserts. The grilled strawberries were good but almost too small (3 small strawberries for two of us) and the chocolate mousse with caramel gelee and banana is better on paper than in your mouth. I understand they are changing a few menu items soon for the fall season, so maybe that second dessert will be replaced. Overall, a great experience and I can't wait to go back!

Pros: Incredibly inventive food, great ambiance and price

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i'm near speechless! just the best time, food and experience i've had in ages. to DIE for. just go!!

2
★★★★★

i'm near speechless! just the best time, food and experience i've had in ages. to DIE for. just go!!

Pros: everything

Cons: nothing

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Well......I understand the rants about waiting for a table.......but I have to say that this restaurant is worth all of the wait! The food foremost is amazing, the staff is impeccable and caring. We had one of our best meals in all of NYC there the other night. Highlights....The Heirloom Tomato Salad...WOw, the egg with asparagas soup , the squid and the roast beef sandwich,Scallops and the cheese plate.. delicious! Everthing was really understated and the seats and atmosphere are beyond comfortable. I have to say that when you go to a restaurant where they really care that you are there, it makes your night!,no matter how long you wait.
Great job Degustation Wine and Tasting Bar for sharing your passions with us!

2
★★★★★

Well......I understand the rants about waiting for a table.......but I have to say that this restaurant is worth all of the wait! The food foremost is amazing, the staff is impeccable and caring. We had one of our best meals in all of NYC there the other night. Highlights....The Heirloom Tomato Salad...WOw, the egg with asparagas soup , the squid and the roast beef sandwich,Scallops and the cheese plate.. delicious! Everthing was really understated and the seats and atmosphere are beyond comfortable. I have to say that when you go to a restaurant where they really care that you are there, it makes your night!,no matter how long you wait.
Great job Degustation Wine and Tasting Bar for sharing your passions with us!

Pros: great food, great service

Cons: not good for more than 4

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Basically the same things as afnyc had to say. Didn't get seated until 10:15 with a 9:30 (as if that isn't late enough) reservation. Owner's friends who arrived after us also sat first. Not to mention we had to then sit next to them and they were relatively loud and obnoxious--relatively for such a small space, that is.

Food is pretty amazing though. Wide variety of subtle yet complex flavors. Definitely a step up from your typical East Village restaurant. Also had an excellent bottle of wine, which was especially nice given their relatively small wine list (6 bottles of red all priced $30 to $60).

2
★★★★☆

Basically the same things as afnyc had to say. Didn't get seated until 10:15 with a 9:30 (as if that isn't late enough) reservation. Owner's friends who arrived after us also sat first. Not to mention we had to then sit next to them and they were relatively loud and obnoxious--relatively for such a small space, that is.

Food is pretty amazing though. Wide variety of subtle yet complex flavors. Definitely a step up from your typical East Village restaurant. Also had an excellent bottle of wine, which was especially nice given their relatively small wine list (6 bottles of red all priced $30 to $60).

Pros: great wine

Cons: reservations are of no avail

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We were anxious and ready to enjoy another fabulous food experience from the Lambs. We made our reservation and excitedly waited for the day to arrive... only to show up and find that reservations apparently don't matter at Degustation. We waited about an hour and a half (there is no area to sit and you are crammed into the entry way). Waiting is one thing... we eat out often and respect busy, booked, small establishments, it's how you are treated while you wait that matters. They failed miserably in this department. They gave us no excuse or reason as to why our reservation had been tossed aside, and to make matters worse friends of the owner showed up 30 mins after we did (apparently also holding a reservation); they not only sat them 45 mins before us, but we were simply ignored by Jack himself who walked right in front of us (and the 6 other people crammed tightly next to us also waiting well past their reservation times) to seat his friends, open their wine and make sure they were comfortable. I don't object, in theory, to giving special attention to friends of the owner, I understand this is a business, but ignoring paying customers who were obviously frustrated strikes me as bad business. To give credit where credit is due, however, they did serve us a glass of sparkling wine on the house while we stood there, and in the end they comped our dessert as well.

When we finally did sit, the food was outstanding, and our server did a great job of making up for our horrible beginning, and that was no easy feat given how frustrated and hungry we were. The food is beautifully executed (not perfect but excellent), as is the space. The flavor combinations are both interesting and delicious, the menu is intriguing and diverse, and the presentation of each plate is pristine. The execution in the front of the house, however, could use some help.

2
★★★★☆

We were anxious and ready to enjoy another fabulous food experience from the Lambs. We made our reservation and excitedly waited for the day to arrive... only to show up and find that reservations apparently don't matter at Degustation. We waited about an hour and a half (there is no area to sit and you are crammed into the entry way). Waiting is one thing... we eat out often and respect busy, booked, small establishments, it's how you are treated while you wait that matters. They failed miserably in this department. They gave us no excuse or reason as to why our reservation had been tossed aside, and to make matters worse friends of the owner showed up 30 mins after we did (apparently also holding a reservation); they not only sat them 45 mins before us, but we were simply ignored by Jack himself who walked right in front of us (and the 6 other people crammed tightly next to us also waiting well past their reservation times) to seat his friends, open their wine and make sure they were comfortable. I don't object, in theory, to giving special attention to friends of the owner, I understand this is a business, but ignoring paying customers who were obviously frustrated strikes me as bad business. To give credit where credit is due, however, they did serve us a glass of sparkling wine on the house while we stood there, and in the end they comped our dessert as well.

When we finally did sit, the food was outstanding, and our server did a great job of making up for our horrible beginning, and that was no easy feat given how frustrated and hungry we were. The food is beautifully executed (not perfect but excellent), as is the space. The flavor combinations are both interesting and delicious, the menu is intriguing and diverse, and the presentation of each plate is pristine. The execution in the front of the house, however, could use some help.

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Pickly eaters, that's what we are. we want the best of the best. That is why we have dined at jewel bako so often over the years. Degustation fits the bill - extraordinary in every way.

2
★★★★★

Pickly eaters, that's what we are. we want the best of the best. That is why we have dined at jewel bako so often over the years. Degustation fits the bill - extraordinary in every way.

Pros: food, service, food food food

Cons: craving it again

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This place is amazing - every single dish is delicious. My boyfriend and I practically ate everything single item on the menu. Decor and ambiance is lovely as well. The spanish "omlette" was a heavenly surprise. Fried artichokes, croquettes with corn, and grilled lamb with chlorophyll (not the chemical kind) were astonishing. Go now!

2
★★★★★

This place is amazing - every single dish is delicious. My boyfriend and I practically ate everything single item on the menu. Decor and ambiance is lovely as well. The spanish "omlette" was a heavenly surprise. Fried artichokes, croquettes with corn, and grilled lamb with chlorophyll (not the chemical kind) were astonishing. Go now!

Pros: Food, creativity, ambiance

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Such a great find! This place has dishes so elegantly created --- all the flavors in harmony. Poached eggs with serrano ham was ohhhh soooo good. And nothing like a foie gras mayo to turn a mayo-hater into an all-time fan. Then comes dessert. Tarte tatin for the classics and GRILLED STRAWBERRIES, my new fav. Wine list full of great spanish wine to boot!

2
★★★★★

Such a great find! This place has dishes so elegantly created --- all the flavors in harmony. Poached eggs with serrano ham was ohhhh soooo good. And nothing like a foie gras mayo to turn a mayo-hater into an all-time fan. Then comes dessert. Tarte tatin for the classics and GRILLED STRAWBERRIES, my new fav. Wine list full of great spanish wine to boot!

Pros: creativity, knowledgeable staff, wine list

Cons: roast beef a bit rare

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Degustation is a HAVEN of culinary perfection!!! I honestly cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!!! I went with a very good friend tonight, and we started out with the grilled shrimp and croquetas, both of which were fantastic! The shrimp was perfectly tender and salted, and the croquetas were bursting with flavor and just delicious. We next had the scallops, which were absolutely superb with a tomato-garlic sauce and tasty mushrooms (which I normally don't like!). The short-rib stuffed squid was stellar as well, though I was slightly less crazy about the roast beef "sandwich," which, though still excellent, was my least favorite of the dishes. The lamb was absolutely the perfect cap to the meal... easily the most tender, bursting-with-flavor, perfectly textured lamb I have ever tasted. Service was so attentive as well... My water glass was always refilled and they brought a new set of appropriate silverware for each course. The restaurant is beautiful as well, and very intimate with seating for only 16 around the kitchen area which is like a fusion between sitting at a sushi bar and watching "Iron Chef" at the same time. But the lighting is low, decor much resembling a romantic, very elegant sushi bar, and overall just beautiful. This was easily one of the best dinners I have ever had in my life... PERFECT especially for anniversaries/birthdays, and a GREAT deal for the money... about $40-$50 per person for 4 or 5 courses without wine, and the tasting menu is a great deal as well.

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★★★★★

Degustation is a HAVEN of culinary perfection!!! I honestly cannot say enough good things about this restaurant!!! I went with a very good friend tonight, and we started out with the grilled shrimp and croquetas, both of which were fantastic! The shrimp was perfectly tender and salted, and the croquetas were bursting with flavor and just delicious. We next had the scallops, which were absolutely superb with a tomato-garlic sauce and tasty mushrooms (which I normally don't like!). The short-rib stuffed squid was stellar as well, though I was slightly less crazy about the roast beef "sandwich," which, though still excellent, was my least favorite of the dishes. The lamb was absolutely the perfect cap to the meal... easily the most tender, bursting-with-flavor, perfectly textured lamb I have ever tasted. Service was so attentive as well... My water glass was always refilled and they brought a new set of appropriate silverware for each course. The restaurant is beautiful as well, and very intimate with seating for only 16 around the kitchen area which is like a fusion between sitting at a sushi bar and watching "Iron Chef" at the same time. But the lighting is low, decor much resembling a romantic, very elegant sushi bar, and overall just beautiful. This was easily one of the best dinners I have ever had in my life... PERFECT especially for anniversaries/birthdays, and a GREAT deal for the money... about $40-$50 per person for 4 or 5 courses without wine, and the tasting menu is a great deal as well.

Pros: PHENOMENAL food, great service, beautiful restaurant

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Loved the place just walking in there..it's made in the communal spirit of Spanish tavernas, everyone sits at a thin table in front of the bar-like kitchen. Very intimate, low lighting and interesting but not over-the-top design. The wine list is rather meager but has several excellent choices. Only disappointment was the port, advertised as vintage at $12 it was actually a cheap Ruby. But that was quickly forgotten once the food started coming. Got the chef's 5 daily special (5 tapas and a desert tapa for $50) and then ordered half the other tapas on the menu. Scrumptiousness galore. Scallops, rabbit and quail were the best. Over all, an uber-delicious experience.

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★★★★★

Loved the place just walking in there..it's made in the communal spirit of Spanish tavernas, everyone sits at a thin table in front of the bar-like kitchen. Very intimate, low lighting and interesting but not over-the-top design. The wine list is rather meager but has several excellent choices. Only disappointment was the port, advertised as vintage at $12 it was actually a cheap Ruby. But that was quickly forgotten once the food started coming. Got the chef's 5 daily special (5 tapas and a desert tapa for $50) and then ordered half the other tapas on the menu. Scrumptiousness galore. Scallops, rabbit and quail were the best. Over all, an uber-delicious experience.

Pros: food, ambience, music

Cons: small wine list

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Calling the reservation line, I botched my first attempt at the name ... my mouth strangely contorting the name into some strange French word ... luckily they were full for the night I was attempting to reserve so I quickly finished the call without giving my name. On my second try, I not only got the name right but I secured a reservation as well and it was smooth sailing from there. The room, while small, is very nice and quiet and rather comforting if you can say that about wall-to-wall slate ... one of the few NYC restaurants where you don't have to practically scream to be heard by your friend. The kitchen is open and surrounded by bar seating (the only kind of seating), and they have a nice set-up where the waitress stays behind the bar and the chefs deliver your food after you have watched them prepare it. And the food: really, really good food... pork belly, stuffed octopus, rabbit (a special that night) were all stand-outs on our visit. Small plates are taking over the city but this is another example of a fun spot with great food and a great experience and I would highly recommend giving it a try.

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★★★★★

Calling the reservation line, I botched my first attempt at the name ... my mouth strangely contorting the name into some strange French word ... luckily they were full for the night I was attempting to reserve so I quickly finished the call without giving my name. On my second try, I not only got the name right but I secured a reservation as well and it was smooth sailing from there. The room, while small, is very nice and quiet and rather comforting if you can say that about wall-to-wall slate ... one of the few NYC restaurants where you don't have to practically scream to be heard by your friend. The kitchen is open and surrounded by bar seating (the only kind of seating), and they have a nice set-up where the waitress stays behind the bar and the chefs deliver your food after you have watched them prepare it. And the food: really, really good food... pork belly, stuffed octopus, rabbit (a special that night) were all stand-outs on our visit. Small plates are taking over the city but this is another example of a fun spot with great food and a great experience and I would highly recommend giving it a try.

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

Cons: Bar seating probably more conducive to groups of 2

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This petite dining parlor offers palpable proof to the proverb, "try, try again." After reinventing Japanese robata and Korean kalbi concepts, proprietors Jack and Grace Lamb get it right, fusing sushi bar intimacy with globally inspired…

 

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