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Once I walked inside Tocqueville, I felt the air of stuffiness. Regardless, this is one of the restaurants I have wanted to try in Manhattan. Thanks to Restaurant Week, I don't need to break a bank doing so.

I think the favorite dish for me is my monk fish and my boyfriend's lamb ravioli. The monk fish is grilled and it is so tender that it tastes like chicken thigh. The lamb ravioli is also very interesting too. It is actually one giant ravioli with lamb and cheese inside.

Their Facacchia bread is amazing with olives and sun dried tomato inside. But I don't like the fact that they only give you one one at a time.

I really like the dessert here as well. Tried the chocolate and black sherry ganache and spiced pineapple and they were amazing!

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★★★★☆

Once I walked inside Tocqueville, I felt the air of stuffiness. Regardless, this is one of the restaurants I have wanted to try in Manhattan. Thanks to Restaurant Week, I don't need to break a bank doing so.

I think the favorite dish for me is my monk fish and my boyfriend's lamb ravioli. The monk fish is grilled and it is so tender that it tastes like chicken thigh. The lamb ravioli is also very interesting too. It is actually one giant ravioli with lamb and cheese inside.

Their Facacchia bread is amazing with olives and sun dried tomato inside. But I don't like the fact that they only give you one one at a time.

I really like the dessert here as well. Tried the chocolate and black sherry ganache and spiced pineapple and they were amazing!

Pros: Great food and 5 star atmosphere

Cons: Stuffy

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I had the tasting menu before four years ago and I left the restaurant feeling nothing but impressed and amazed.

Last night, I celebrated my birthday with the 7 course tasting menu. NEVER AGAIN!!!

Though the chef had changed over the past 4 years, it was still horrific! For the food I am paying for, the chef was definitely not putting her best works out of the table. She had the freedom to do WHATEVER she liked!! I expected to be amazed since I am paying about $100 per person and with just mediocre dishes.

Yes the food was good, but not blown away with the price I was paying for. The French once again prove themselves to be snooty and unable to deliver. They didn't even care if we were dissatisfied with a meal.

Check who is the head chef before you go to Tocqueville. I might consider going back if they ever change the back to the chef I had four years ago...but until then...never again!

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★★☆☆☆

I had the tasting menu before four years ago and I left the restaurant feeling nothing but impressed and amazed.

Last night, I celebrated my birthday with the 7 course tasting menu. NEVER AGAIN!!!

Though the chef had changed over the past 4 years, it was still horrific! For the food I am paying for, the chef was definitely not putting her best works out of the table. She had the freedom to do WHATEVER she liked!! I expected to be amazed since I am paying about $100 per person and with just mediocre dishes.

Yes the food was good, but not blown away with the price I was paying for. The French once again prove themselves to be snooty and unable to deliver. They didn't even care if we were dissatisfied with a meal.

Check who is the head chef before you go to Tocqueville. I might consider going back if they ever change the back to the chef I had four years ago...but until then...never again!

Pros: edible food

Cons: not worth the price

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This was my worst dinning experience in all of my twenty years of eating in NYC. Terrible service, the food had to be sent back and not a soul in the restaurant cared. Avoid this shit show at all costs. What a waste of time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was my worst dinning experience in all of my twenty years of eating in NYC. Terrible service, the food had to be sent back and not a soul in the restaurant cared. Avoid this shit show at all costs. What a waste of time and money.

Pros: None.

Cons: Everything.

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I really wanted to enjoy this restaurant after having heard nice things, but even our dinner companions (who have been many times to Tocqueville) left disappointed. Like the other recent reviewers, we too suffered from poor service. It was a combination, we would guess, of chaos in the kitchen and inept servers who we suspect may not have a great command of English in some cases.

Food was decent, though not great nor worth the prices but service fell apart as soon as the appetizers arrived. Servers were unsure of which dish went to which person for every course...and there were large gaps between courses...the most notable was between dinner and dessert where we waited for over a half hour before the simple desserts we ordered came (all either ice creams or frozen/pre made)...coffees and teas were also messed up and delivered to the wrong people. Like the prior reviewer we too were given some extra desserts on the house...they must be so accustomed to doing this now it's like autopilot. The maitre 'd seemed unmoved by our complaints on the way out...clearly he/they don't get it. We won't be returning and could recommend any number of restaurants in the neighborhood over this one.

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★★☆☆☆

I really wanted to enjoy this restaurant after having heard nice things, but even our dinner companions (who have been many times to Tocqueville) left disappointed. Like the other recent reviewers, we too suffered from poor service. It was a combination, we would guess, of chaos in the kitchen and inept servers who we suspect may not have a great command of English in some cases.

Food was decent, though not great nor worth the prices but service fell apart as soon as the appetizers arrived. Servers were unsure of which dish went to which person for every course...and there were large gaps between courses...the most notable was between dinner and dessert where we waited for over a half hour before the simple desserts we ordered came (all either ice creams or frozen/pre made)...coffees and teas were also messed up and delivered to the wrong people. Like the prior reviewer we too were given some extra desserts on the house...they must be so accustomed to doing this now it's like autopilot. The maitre 'd seemed unmoved by our complaints on the way out...clearly he/they don't get it. We won't be returning and could recommend any number of restaurants in the neighborhood over this one.

Pros: Nice setting/dining room

Cons: Slow service

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Like the previous reviewer, I had a bad experience at this restaurant and have de-recommended it to others. Overpriced and fussy to begin with, the service was horrible. I took my husband there for his birthday dinner recently on a very cold night; coming in from the cold, the blond hostess at the door gave us an icy reception, even after telling her we had reservations. The restaurant was also freezing, like they couldn't bother to up the heat.

After going out for a smoke right in front of the restaurant, in between the L-O-N-G wait between courses, when we came back in, the staff again asked us if we had reservations. How tacky. The waiter was a humorless automaton and the food was laughable - including the fancy names of sub-par dishes. The salad with "farmhouse cheddar" had absolutely no flavor and the cheese was probably purchased at the deli down the block. Some other ludicrous name of a forgettable dish actually included the word "crumbs"! They also kept us waiting about 1/2 hour for the desert (but in all fairness, made up for it by sending us a few desserts on the house).

All in all, skip this one. For the over $200 for 2 that you'll pay, you can enjoy a better meal elsewhere.

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★★☆☆☆

Like the previous reviewer, I had a bad experience at this restaurant and have de-recommended it to others. Overpriced and fussy to begin with, the service was horrible. I took my husband there for his birthday dinner recently on a very cold night; coming in from the cold, the blond hostess at the door gave us an icy reception, even after telling her we had reservations. The restaurant was also freezing, like they couldn't bother to up the heat.

After going out for a smoke right in front of the restaurant, in between the L-O-N-G wait between courses, when we came back in, the staff again asked us if we had reservations. How tacky. The waiter was a humorless automaton and the food was laughable - including the fancy names of sub-par dishes. The salad with "farmhouse cheddar" had absolutely no flavor and the cheese was probably purchased at the deli down the block. Some other ludicrous name of a forgettable dish actually included the word "crumbs"! They also kept us waiting about 1/2 hour for the desert (but in all fairness, made up for it by sending us a few desserts on the house).

All in all, skip this one. For the over $200 for 2 that you'll pay, you can enjoy a better meal elsewhere.

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My boyfriend and I did the five course tasting menu. Other restaurants showcase special dishes on their tasting menus, but Tocqueville took every course right off the regular menu and nightly specials. What is the point of that? Our first course was the nightly special, fluke crudo. Very forgettable flavors - and mine had bones in it. Second and third courses were lobster (on the regular menu) and bison (special entree of the day). Both were good, the lobster especially. The worst parts of our experience at Tocqueville were primarily the service and secondly the wine. We waited 30 minutes between our meat course and the cheese course - clearly they forgot about it. The timing of the dishes was also off - due to the long wait for our cheese, a busboy brought us petit fours while we were in the middle of cheese. We did a wine pairing with our tasting menu, which at $65 per person should have been comprised of higher quality wines - instead, all wines were from the by the glass list. The wines often arrived very far ahead of the courses they were meant to pair with. Very amateur mistakes. Perhaps our unsatisfactory service was due to our age (we are both 27), but we have never been treated like an afterthought at other well-regarded restaurants. For a $340 meal altogether ($95/person for food and $65/person for wine, plus tax), this was definitely not worth it. We will not be back.

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★★☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I did the five course tasting menu. Other restaurants showcase special dishes on their tasting menus, but Tocqueville took every course right off the regular menu and nightly specials. What is the point of that? Our first course was the nightly special, fluke crudo. Very forgettable flavors - and mine had bones in it. Second and third courses were lobster (on the regular menu) and bison (special entree of the day). Both were good, the lobster especially. The worst parts of our experience at Tocqueville were primarily the service and secondly the wine. We waited 30 minutes between our meat course and the cheese course - clearly they forgot about it. The timing of the dishes was also off - due to the long wait for our cheese, a busboy brought us petit fours while we were in the middle of cheese. We did a wine pairing with our tasting menu, which at $65 per person should have been comprised of higher quality wines - instead, all wines were from the by the glass list. The wines often arrived very far ahead of the courses they were meant to pair with. Very amateur mistakes. Perhaps our unsatisfactory service was due to our age (we are both 27), but we have never been treated like an afterthought at other well-regarded restaurants. For a $340 meal altogether ($95/person for food and $65/person for wine, plus tax), this was definitely not worth it. We will not be back.

Pros: Ambience is ok

Cons: Service, wine, tasting menu

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The service was outstanding and we loved our wait staff! I enjoyed how every time a new dish came out, explanations were given to us.

We decided to get the 3 entrees, includes desserts too. I can say it was well worth it! Every plate was amazing especially how things were made in 3 different styles, which made it hard for me to choose my first taste. I had the asparagus salad , salmon, and ransom blue cheese for dessert. The presentation of food were remarkable that I didn't even want to eat it because i didn't want to ruin it!

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★★★★☆

The service was outstanding and we loved our wait staff! I enjoyed how every time a new dish came out, explanations were given to us.

We decided to get the 3 entrees, includes desserts too. I can say it was well worth it! Every plate was amazing especially how things were made in 3 different styles, which made it hard for me to choose my first taste. I had the asparagus salad , salmon, and ransom blue cheese for dessert. The presentation of food were remarkable that I didn't even want to eat it because i didn't want to ruin it!

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Five Stars!
Everything we had was awesome
The cheddar salad that was a special was the highlight
and I would reccomend getting the crest chicken it was really perfect.
The sommelier reccomended some great wines as well.
If I could own a rest. this is the one I would want
Bravo

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★★★★★

Five Stars!
Everything we had was awesome
The cheddar salad that was a special was the highlight
and I would reccomend getting the crest chicken it was really perfect.
The sommelier reccomended some great wines as well.
If I could own a rest. this is the one I would want
Bravo

Pros: ambiance,servers,food

Cons: none

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Tocqueville has everything an amazing restaurant should have! The wait staff is warm, attentive and friendly; the atmosphere is breathtaking, and the food is absolutely fantastic! I've lived on both coastlines and visited many "French" cuisine restaurants, and short from actually being in France, Tocqueville has just the right amount of everything to make the dining experience magnificent. When I walked out of the door I half expected to see the Eiffel Tower! I couldn't have asked for anything better!

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★★★★★

Tocqueville has everything an amazing restaurant should have! The wait staff is warm, attentive and friendly; the atmosphere is breathtaking, and the food is absolutely fantastic! I've lived on both coastlines and visited many "French" cuisine restaurants, and short from actually being in France, Tocqueville has just the right amount of everything to make the dining experience magnificent. When I walked out of the door I half expected to see the Eiffel Tower! I couldn't have asked for anything better!

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After spending a glorious New York day I topped it off with the best meal I have had in months in one of the most welcoming and attractive restaruants in the city. I was immediately greeted by a lovely young woman who welcomed me as though I were a well known customer. I loved the Greenmarket Menu which the chef creates daily from what is fresh and seasonal. The chilled corn soup was light and flavorful and the pork milanese was a perfect main course. They served a cherry napoleon for dessert. All delicious!
I found the elegant dinning room an oasis in the midst of a very hot new york day. The service was thoughtful and responsive. I look forward to my next meal there. By the way they do a great job wine pairing. Take advantage of the staff's skill and knowlege! You also leave with a surprise. Your own greenmarket shopping bag.

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★★★★★

After spending a glorious New York day I topped it off with the best meal I have had in months in one of the most welcoming and attractive restaruants in the city. I was immediately greeted by a lovely young woman who welcomed me as though I were a well known customer. I loved the Greenmarket Menu which the chef creates daily from what is fresh and seasonal. The chilled corn soup was light and flavorful and the pork milanese was a perfect main course. They served a cherry napoleon for dessert. All delicious!
I found the elegant dinning room an oasis in the midst of a very hot new york day. The service was thoughtful and responsive. I look forward to my next meal there. By the way they do a great job wine pairing. Take advantage of the staff's skill and knowlege! You also leave with a surprise. Your own greenmarket shopping bag.

Pros: Ambience, Service, easy street parking

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I am posting an email I wrote to Tocqueville, for which I received no response.

I am writing to convey my shock and disappointment in a recent dining experience I had at Tocqueville last Friday. I arrived on time at 7:45 for my reservation. Upon entering the restaurant I was not greeted and had to walk into the restaurant, stand around awkwardly for a couple of minutes and wait for a server to approach me. My waiter affected a condescending attitude toward me and my date the entire evening, Throughout the course of the meal it was made clear to us by our waiter's indifference, that we were not welcome. While offering us bread our waiter literally threw my girlfriend's roll onto her plate where it nearly slid off onto the floor. Later, while filling my water glass, the waiter struck my beer glass with the pitcher, he picked up my glass stared at it and left without apologies. During the course of the meal, the waiter was inattentive, staying on the opposite side of the restaurant. His failure of service was all the more stark because of the amiability of the other waiter working that evening. His behavior greatly influenced our appreciation of the meal, which we could not enjoy. All in all, our experience was one of the worst we have experienced in a high quality restaurant. I frequent these restaurants because of the attentiveness of the wait staff and the experience of dining in such places. Tocqueville failed on all of these counts.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am posting an email I wrote to Tocqueville, for which I received no response.

I am writing to convey my shock and disappointment in a recent dining experience I had at Tocqueville last Friday. I arrived on time at 7:45 for my reservation. Upon entering the restaurant I was not greeted and had to walk into the restaurant, stand around awkwardly for a couple of minutes and wait for a server to approach me. My waiter affected a condescending attitude toward me and my date the entire evening, Throughout the course of the meal it was made clear to us by our waiter's indifference, that we were not welcome. While offering us bread our waiter literally threw my girlfriend's roll onto her plate where it nearly slid off onto the floor. Later, while filling my water glass, the waiter struck my beer glass with the pitcher, he picked up my glass stared at it and left without apologies. During the course of the meal, the waiter was inattentive, staying on the opposite side of the restaurant. His failure of service was all the more stark because of the amiability of the other waiter working that evening. His behavior greatly influenced our appreciation of the meal, which we could not enjoy. All in all, our experience was one of the worst we have experienced in a high quality restaurant. I frequent these restaurants because of the attentiveness of the wait staff and the experience of dining in such places. Tocqueville failed on all of these counts.

Pros: No decor

Cons: Horrible service

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I was there last night, 5/29/08. The room is very beautiful and formal. I was expecting a great meal, but it was only average. We were both very dissapointed. The service and meal both seemed like they were going through the motions. We had: tuna sashimi and rabbit tortolini appetizers and the tilefish and chicken as our entrees. They all looked beautiful, but nothing tasted great, just OK. Perhaps the kitchen had a bad night, but I would never go back. Our waiter seemed bored by his job and he was often MIA.

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★★☆☆☆

I was there last night, 5/29/08. The room is very beautiful and formal. I was expecting a great meal, but it was only average. We were both very dissapointed. The service and meal both seemed like they were going through the motions. We had: tuna sashimi and rabbit tortolini appetizers and the tilefish and chicken as our entrees. They all looked beautiful, but nothing tasted great, just OK. Perhaps the kitchen had a bad night, but I would never go back. Our waiter seemed bored by his job and he was often MIA.

Pros: Nice room

Cons: Everything else...

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Our excitiment for our first visit was pleasantly rewared with excellant service, food and wine. I had the lamb, my wife, the foie gras and scallops. I never would have tried the wines they recommend,3, but I enjoyed them all. The glasses WMF and Spiegallau where uniquely engraved. A very relaxing tasty meal finished with strawberry custer and chocolate cake. Egar to return.

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★★★★☆

Our excitiment for our first visit was pleasantly rewared with excellant service, food and wine. I had the lamb, my wife, the foie gras and scallops. I never would have tried the wines they recommend,3, but I enjoyed them all. The glasses WMF and Spiegallau where uniquely engraved. A very relaxing tasty meal finished with strawberry custer and chocolate cake. Egar to return.

Pros: taste and service were exceptional

Cons: none

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We went here on a Friday night and although the service was sub-par the food was amazing. We had half a dozen oysters, I had tuna carpaccio while my date delved into the sea urchin pasta for appetizers. The entrees were even more delectable. We both had specials, I had the grey snapper while he had the lamb. We were both very pleased with everything. The place was smaller than expected and if you don't keep your eye out for it, you could end up walking right past it!

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★★★★★

We went here on a Friday night and although the service was sub-par the food was amazing. We had half a dozen oysters, I had tuna carpaccio while my date delved into the sea urchin pasta for appetizers. The entrees were even more delectable. We both had specials, I had the grey snapper while he had the lamb. We were both very pleased with everything. The place was smaller than expected and if you don't keep your eye out for it, you could end up walking right past it!

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Enjoyed the food at Tocqueville overall... recently went there for lunch.

What ruined the experience for us was the staff. They were frigid and zombie-like. It did not exactly create a relaxing environment. We just got weird vibes from the host and waiters.

Would not return. Fleu du Sel was much more inviting!

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★☆☆☆☆

Enjoyed the food at Tocqueville overall... recently went there for lunch.

What ruined the experience for us was the staff. They were frigid and zombie-like. It did not exactly create a relaxing environment. We just got weird vibes from the host and waiters.

Would not return. Fleu du Sel was much more inviting!

Pros: foie gras

Cons: weird host, waiters and environment

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I was a little nervous about Tocqueville's moving to a new location, but now I am sure happy they did. As always Tocqueville is a calm relaxing space. Now they have added a more luxurious aspect to the whole experience. High Ceilings, very compofortable bar and fur lockers.

The food, though similar in wording, has really gone up a few notches. High quality of ingredients have always been present but somehow everything tasts and looks even better than before. Not sure how they did it.

The staff always accomidating and friendly helps you feel compfortable in the new space. I love the Private DIning room upstairs as well.

Recently while dining at the bar I had the Andalusian Gazpacho, it was great! So was the squab with cherries. I love squab and it is so rare to find it on a menu. Thats what I love about Tocqueville though, they don't play it safe, they really know how to cook and prepare wonderful dishes no matter what ingredients. I look forward to spending many more relaxing evenings at Tocqueville.

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★★★★★

I was a little nervous about Tocqueville's moving to a new location, but now I am sure happy they did. As always Tocqueville is a calm relaxing space. Now they have added a more luxurious aspect to the whole experience. High Ceilings, very compofortable bar and fur lockers.

The food, though similar in wording, has really gone up a few notches. High quality of ingredients have always been present but somehow everything tasts and looks even better than before. Not sure how they did it.

The staff always accomidating and friendly helps you feel compfortable in the new space. I love the Private DIning room upstairs as well.

Recently while dining at the bar I had the Andalusian Gazpacho, it was great! So was the squab with cherries. I love squab and it is so rare to find it on a menu. Thats what I love about Tocqueville though, they don't play it safe, they really know how to cook and prepare wonderful dishes no matter what ingredients. I look forward to spending many more relaxing evenings at Tocqueville.

Pros: Great Bar and Cocktails

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Been going to Tocqueville for years, so I was happy to see that they've kept many of my favorite items (like the sea urchin carbonara and 60 sec seared sirloin) in the move, but what I was most impressed by is the new fantastic bar! Slightly less formal than the actual dining room, you can still enjoy a full meal there without the hassle of reservations, or just have a glass of wine or cocktail before continuing your night. And its still the same great Tocqeville service in a surprisingly beautiful space. Didn't think it could get much better...but it did!

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★★★★★

Been going to Tocqueville for years, so I was happy to see that they've kept many of my favorite items (like the sea urchin carbonara and 60 sec seared sirloin) in the move, but what I was most impressed by is the new fantastic bar! Slightly less formal than the actual dining room, you can still enjoy a full meal there without the hassle of reservations, or just have a glass of wine or cocktail before continuing your night. And its still the same great Tocqeville service in a surprisingly beautiful space. Didn't think it could get much better...but it did!

Cons: Can be difficult to find. 1 East 15th St. If you see a restaurant, but not sure what restaurant, its Tocqueville.

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Owners Marco and Joann have pulled off a great move to this new location. Upon entering a feeling of interest is perceived by the maitre'd. After winding through the small hallway it opens to an opulent bar of white onyx, gorgeous, then to the main dining room with its very tall ceiling. We ate in the bar area which is elegant, but not pretentious. We nibbled on their small appetizers of beet cannellioni filled with goat cheese and the celery root croquettes with its black truffle mayonnaise, astounding!! Then for our first course was an appetizer of green and white asparagus salad tossed with a truffle vinaigrette, and the terrine of foie gras with the sweet sherry caviar, both lovely and well thought out dishes. Entrees of the dry aged sirloin seared only sixty seconds on one side, WOW, I have never had a steak that good. Then the rib roast braised for 24 hours just as good. The side of smoked whipped potatoes had outdone itself. We shared our other entree of the diver sea scallops and lobe of foie gras. Again, very delectable and bursting with flavor. Desserts didn't disappoint with the Valrohona chocolate souffle and the roasted polenta cake. What a way to finish off a meal. Along with dinner we enjoyed two great house cocktails and a wonderful bottle of Burgundy. Looking for a place with outstanding service and atmosphere, then Tocqueville is the place to be!!

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★★★★★

Owners Marco and Joann have pulled off a great move to this new location. Upon entering a feeling of interest is perceived by the maitre'd. After winding through the small hallway it opens to an opulent bar of white onyx, gorgeous, then to the main dining room with its very tall ceiling. We ate in the bar area which is elegant, but not pretentious. We nibbled on their small appetizers of beet cannellioni filled with goat cheese and the celery root croquettes with its black truffle mayonnaise, astounding!! Then for our first course was an appetizer of green and white asparagus salad tossed with a truffle vinaigrette, and the terrine of foie gras with the sweet sherry caviar, both lovely and well thought out dishes. Entrees of the dry aged sirloin seared only sixty seconds on one side, WOW, I have never had a steak that good. Then the rib roast braised for 24 hours just as good. The side of smoked whipped potatoes had outdone itself. We shared our other entree of the diver sea scallops and lobe of foie gras. Again, very delectable and bursting with flavor. Desserts didn't disappoint with the Valrohona chocolate souffle and the roasted polenta cake. What a way to finish off a meal. Along with dinner we enjoyed two great house cocktails and a wonderful bottle of Burgundy. Looking for a place with outstanding service and atmosphere, then Tocqueville is the place to be!!

Pros: Atmosphere, service, food and drink

Cons: no cons

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This terrific restaurant has been a favorite of mine for years. I'm excited that they have made a smooth transition to the new location. The menu is almost all new but the great Sea Urchin carbonara happily remains. The salmon dish is simple but excellent, and I love the lamb, suckling pig, and escargot appetizer. Plus there's a real bar so you can have a drink in style - great cocktails too. You won't miss the old restaurant as this one has high ceilings and lots of room.

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★★★★★

This terrific restaurant has been a favorite of mine for years. I'm excited that they have made a smooth transition to the new location. The menu is almost all new but the great Sea Urchin carbonara happily remains. The salmon dish is simple but excellent, and I love the lamb, suckling pig, and escargot appetizer. Plus there's a real bar so you can have a drink in style - great cocktails too. You won't miss the old restaurant as this one has high ceilings and lots of room.

Pros: Stylish Room, Great Food, Delicious Cocktails

 

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