Etats Unis Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 242 E 81st St

    New York, NY 10028

    Cross street: 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue

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  • 212-517-8826

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There has been a menu change at the Etats-Unis wine bar (this is not a comment about the regular restaurant). The new menu is a disaster, and the items that neighborhood regulars used to visit for (cuban sandwich, lobster club, burger on english muffin, vietnamese beef salad) are all gone, and replaced with disasters. In addition to the place looking terribly tired (please change the lightbulbs), it seems that cost cutting is at work. For example the filet that was part of the vietnamese steak salad has been replaced by a tasteless flank (a/k/a cheaper) steak.

Our neighborhood group of 10 or so will not return to this place until they bring back the menu that people came there for. How can you have a wine bar without those sandwiches. Anyway, whoever is running this place now, you're making a large mistake.

* Pros: they still have Toshi's desserts
* Cons: everything else - any good food items are gone

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★☆☆☆☆

There has been a menu change at the Etats-Unis wine bar (this is not a comment about the regular restaurant). The new menu is a disaster, and the items that neighborhood regulars used to visit for (cuban sandwich, lobster club, burger on english muffin, vietnamese beef salad) are all gone, and replaced with disasters. In addition to the place looking terribly tired (please change the lightbulbs), it seems that cost cutting is at work. For example the filet that was part of the vietnamese steak salad has been replaced by a tasteless flank (a/k/a cheaper) steak.

Our neighborhood group of 10 or so will not return to this place until they bring back the menu that people came there for. How can you have a wine bar without those sandwiches. Anyway, whoever is running this place now, you're making a large mistake.

* Pros: they still have Toshi's desserts
* Cons: everything else - any good food items are gone

Pros: they still have Toshi's desserts

Cons: everything else - any good food items are gone

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We enjoyed our meal here, but for the price I expected a bit more. The food was good and the portions more than adequate, but there wasn't any real creativity or excitement about it. The paella was probably the most interesting item we saw in that it was deconstructed--rather than being integrated there was some arborio with seafood and sausage nicely arranged on top. Nice presentation, but the rice ended up being a bit bland for a paella. I did think the appetizers were more interesting and a bit better than the entrees; if I go back I may just have two apps instead of hitting the main courses.

And the prices...wow. It cost more to eat here than in most other upscale restaurants and I didn't see enough difference in the food to justify the expense.

Service was a tad sluggish but not bad by any means, and I like the more casual vibe of the place. It is a small room but wasn't overly loud and didn't feel that crowded once we were seated, though getting from the door to the table required some contortions to avoid the various obstacles in the way.

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★★★☆☆

We enjoyed our meal here, but for the price I expected a bit more. The food was good and the portions more than adequate, but there wasn't any real creativity or excitement about it. The paella was probably the most interesting item we saw in that it was deconstructed--rather than being integrated there was some arborio with seafood and sausage nicely arranged on top. Nice presentation, but the rice ended up being a bit bland for a paella. I did think the appetizers were more interesting and a bit better than the entrees; if I go back I may just have two apps instead of hitting the main courses.

And the prices...wow. It cost more to eat here than in most other upscale restaurants and I didn't see enough difference in the food to justify the expense.

Service was a tad sluggish but not bad by any means, and I like the more casual vibe of the place. It is a small room but wasn't overly loud and didn't feel that crowded once we were seated, though getting from the door to the table required some contortions to avoid the various obstacles in the way.

Pros: good food, ample portions, casual environment

Cons: price

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Creative but simple.
I have never left Etats-Unis disappointed.
The Restaurant side has a better seating arrangement to fully enjoy your dinner and company.
My favorite!

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★★★★★

Creative but simple.
I have never left Etats-Unis disappointed.
The Restaurant side has a better seating arrangement to fully enjoy your dinner and company.
My favorite!

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As an Upper East Side resident, I am often frustrated by the overpriced and underwhelming restaurants in my neighbordhood. Eating at Etats Unis is always a lovely experience. I have been eaten at Etats Unis twice and have come away pleased both times. The food interesting and creative and the service is attentive and unpretentious. The decor isn't anything fancy, but it suits the restaurant well. The only downside to this place is the cost, but if you order wisely you could avoid a big check. The winebar across the street is very cute but can be cramped and uncomfotable and the no reservation policy doesn't help. I would stick to the main dining room.

2
★★★★★

As an Upper East Side resident, I am often frustrated by the overpriced and underwhelming restaurants in my neighbordhood. Eating at Etats Unis is always a lovely experience. I have been eaten at Etats Unis twice and have come away pleased both times. The food interesting and creative and the service is attentive and unpretentious. The decor isn't anything fancy, but it suits the restaurant well. The only downside to this place is the cost, but if you order wisely you could avoid a big check. The winebar across the street is very cute but can be cramped and uncomfotable and the no reservation policy doesn't help. I would stick to the main dining room.

Pros: Creative food, Attentive Service, Great Bar

Cons: Price, Cramped Quarters

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Oh yeah!!! This place was exactly what I needed. My college buddy and I enjoyed a simply splendid winter evening in this quaint little restaurant. The mojito?s were great. I loved my short ribs, which were served over a bed of tasty mash potatoes. The evening was topped by the simply splendid chocolate souffle (that they make to order while you are enjoying your dinner), with which we ended the evening. Engaging and polite staff members only add to the warm and inviting environment of this delightful treat.

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★★★★★

Oh yeah!!! This place was exactly what I needed. My college buddy and I enjoyed a simply splendid winter evening in this quaint little restaurant. The mojito?s were great. I loved my short ribs, which were served over a bed of tasty mash potatoes. The evening was topped by the simply splendid chocolate souffle (that they make to order while you are enjoying your dinner), with which we ended the evening. Engaging and polite staff members only add to the warm and inviting environment of this delightful treat.

Pros: Good Food, Great drinks, Nice staff

Cons: Expensive, Small DIning room - so you may have to wait

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Let's stop reviewing and keep this place sacred for the local followers. It's getting too popular :-(

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★★★★☆

Let's stop reviewing and keep this place sacred for the local followers. It's getting too popular :-(

Pros: Food, Drink, Staff,

Cons: Parking

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We went for an early Saturday dinner. The restaurant is small, but intimate and the service is great. The date pudding is absolutely spectacular. However, the appetizers and the main course, while good, didn't seem at the same level you would expect from a restaurant at this price point.

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★★★★☆

We went for an early Saturday dinner. The restaurant is small, but intimate and the service is great. The date pudding is absolutely spectacular. However, the appetizers and the main course, while good, didn't seem at the same level you would expect from a restaurant at this price point.

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Divine. A reason to win the lottery is to be able to eat there every night. They love food here. They know how to cook it. Don't go here if you don't know food. Go as often as possible if you want excellent service, quiet, and fabulous delights on your plate. It's tiny. And wonderful. The flashy part is the cooking not the surroundings. You can eat at the bar across the street, too. And get the incredible guacamole there.

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★★★★★

Divine. A reason to win the lottery is to be able to eat there every night. They love food here. They know how to cook it. Don't go here if you don't know food. Go as often as possible if you want excellent service, quiet, and fabulous delights on your plate. It's tiny. And wonderful. The flashy part is the cooking not the surroundings. You can eat at the bar across the street, too. And get the incredible guacamole there.

Pros: fabulous food

Cons: can't move in

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A cramped room is where you can find excellent fare. I had a scallop ceviche, and a codfish dish which was great. Beside the small room, the decor was nice and the food was definately worth the trip.

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★★★★☆

A cramped room is where you can find excellent fare. I had a scallop ceviche, and a codfish dish which was great. Beside the small room, the decor was nice and the food was definately worth the trip.

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At first I stumbled into the restaurant when I was actually seeking the wine bar, but the host very kindly set me straight, so I crossed 81st St. and settled in for a lovely solo meal at the Bar at Etats Unis. Small and stylish, with persimmon-sponged walls and hanging paper lanterns, the convivial little room was filled with a lively crowd. I enjoyed perfect duck confit with a crisp, bright mango salad and a glass of steely Saint Veran, followed by the truly awesome date pudding. The limited menu is prepared onsite sans kitchen, but patrons can also order from the restaurant across the street. I liked everything so much I returned twice more in the next week. If only it was a tad cheaper I would go there every week!

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★★★★★

At first I stumbled into the restaurant when I was actually seeking the wine bar, but the host very kindly set me straight, so I crossed 81st St. and settled in for a lovely solo meal at the Bar at Etats Unis. Small and stylish, with persimmon-sponged walls and hanging paper lanterns, the convivial little room was filled with a lively crowd. I enjoyed perfect duck confit with a crisp, bright mango salad and a glass of steely Saint Veran, followed by the truly awesome date pudding. The limited menu is prepared onsite sans kitchen, but patrons can also order from the restaurant across the street. I liked everything so much I returned twice more in the next week. If only it was a tad cheaper I would go there every week!

Pros: Stylish, Friendly, Superior food

Cons: On the expensive side

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The food is so good, so fresh and flavorful. I've eaten there many times and have never been dissappointed. Food is creative and perfectly cooked. Try the souffle, it is not too soupy as the review mentions. Enjoy the experience, it is a favorite hang out for chefs.

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★★★★★

The food is so good, so fresh and flavorful. I've eaten there many times and have never been dissappointed. Food is creative and perfectly cooked. Try the souffle, it is not too soupy as the review mentions. Enjoy the experience, it is a favorite hang out for chefs.

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Just like the best presents come in the smallest boxes (especially blue boxes with white ribbions!), Etats is an amazing restaurant in a very small space. The atmosphere is nuetral almost with tones that invoke images of a calm beach painting - definately a destresser. You can also talk to your dinning companion without yelling! The food is always awesome! I'm a really picky eater and I've never been unhappy with my dinner. We rate this as our first choice to celebrate lifes little victories!

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★★★★★

Just like the best presents come in the smallest boxes (especially blue boxes with white ribbions!), Etats is an amazing restaurant in a very small space. The atmosphere is nuetral almost with tones that invoke images of a calm beach painting - definately a destresser. You can also talk to your dinning companion without yelling! The food is always awesome! I'm a really picky eater and I've never been unhappy with my dinner. We rate this as our first choice to celebrate lifes little victories!

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One of my favorites, though I usually go to the bar (across the street) rather then the restaurant. The chocolate souffle is terrafic, but try the date pudding desert and you will see it is the best date in town.

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★★★★★

One of my favorites, though I usually go to the bar (across the street) rather then the restaurant. The chocolate souffle is terrafic, but try the date pudding desert and you will see it is the best date in town.

Pros: food, quality

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I was really fired up to go here after reading all the great reviews on citysearch, but I have to say, I was disappointed. There's no music playing in this TEENY space (we counted 12 tables in all) just the voices around you, and the decor is all but missing. Service is very friendly and there is a good wine selection, but my salmon was undercooked and not very flavorful. My boyfriend's crab served with corn on the cob was good, but nothing to come back for. And at $30 a plate, I expect much more. I find Joanna's on the Upper East Side a much better secret than this place.

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★★★☆☆

I was really fired up to go here after reading all the great reviews on citysearch, but I have to say, I was disappointed. There's no music playing in this TEENY space (we counted 12 tables in all) just the voices around you, and the decor is all but missing. Service is very friendly and there is a good wine selection, but my salmon was undercooked and not very flavorful. My boyfriend's crab served with corn on the cob was good, but nothing to come back for. And at $30 a plate, I expect much more. I find Joanna's on the Upper East Side a much better secret than this place.

Pros: friendly service, good wine list

Cons: expensive, cramped

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I've been going to Etats-Unis for 4 years now and never have had other than a great meal. Despite the menu's small size, it has variety and is perfectly balanced for diverse tastes. The date pudding was sublime as always, and the wine list offers some pretty well priced selections.

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★★★★★

I've been going to Etats-Unis for 4 years now and never have had other than a great meal. Despite the menu's small size, it has variety and is perfectly balanced for diverse tastes. The date pudding was sublime as always, and the wine list offers some pretty well priced selections.

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Etats-Unis is not a flashy restaurant or a people-watching scene. It is cozy peaceful place with the best food on the U.E.S.

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★★★★★

Etats-Unis is not a flashy restaurant or a people-watching scene. It is cozy peaceful place with the best food on the U.E.S.

Pros: great food, great service, peaceful

Cons: slightly cramped, no waiting room

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This is the second time I've been to Bar Etats Unis in about a year (across the street from the restaurant). Both times, I have been delighted with the wine selection, quality and deliciousness of their bar menu items. Cozy but sleek interior is so much more grown-up than BEU's East Village counterparts (I live downtown, so I am even a bit biased towards my own area). This place one of only a handful reasons I would consider moving to the Upper East Side. Keep up the good work!

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★★★★☆

This is the second time I've been to Bar Etats Unis in about a year (across the street from the restaurant). Both times, I have been delighted with the wine selection, quality and deliciousness of their bar menu items. Cozy but sleek interior is so much more grown-up than BEU's East Village counterparts (I live downtown, so I am even a bit biased towards my own area). This place one of only a handful reasons I would consider moving to the Upper East Side. Keep up the good work!

Pros: quality wines, nice menu selection

Cons: limited space

 

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