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The Tasting Room - 30 Reviews - 264 Elizabeth St, New York, NY - American Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 966-9640

The Tasting Room

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264 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
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Best

Pros: Service, ambience (the art is so interesting!), FOOD!

Worst

The Tasting Room has not made a successful transition to its bigger setting, which is a shame. The new(ish) place has unfortunately spotty service and inexplicably long waits for ...

Average.. 11/17/2008

Great ambiance. Overly hyped, in my opinion. The course-settings and platings were too convoluted and the food was okay, not as innovative as I'd expected. Service was a bit too fussy for my taste and not as knowledgable as I'd hoped for. more

Spotty service, long waits for food- a failed transition to its new setting 5/18/2008

The Tasting Room has not made a successful transition to its bigger setting, which is a shame. The new(ish) place has unfortunately spotty service and inexplicably long waits for food with no apologies offered, even from the manager when called over. When it arrives, the food is decent but not spectacular, and while the wine offerings are interesting, there's nothing here that you couldn't find in any NoHo eaterie. Those remembering the charming and special former incarnation will be disappointed. more

Underwhelming... 5/4/2008

I have wanted to go to this restaurant for a while and when my friend's birthday came around I thought it would be a great opportunity to check it out. Unfortunately, the experience was pretty underwhelming. The starters we had were reasonable, but the entrees definitely left something to be desired. My friend (whose birthday it was) had to send back her fish b/c it was undercooked (gasp!) and the other entree she chose instead wasn't much better for her. My fish was ok. The flavor was pretty non-existent and the accompanying vegetables were just meh. My husband had pork rib that he was not into at all. The dessert (loved the beer ice cream that was the substitute ice cream flavor in the ice cream sandwich) and the cocktails (love the Southside) somewhat made up for it until we got the bill...Yowza! It came out to be about $120 each for 6 people (granted we treated our friend but still...)...um, for food that is really not that great I would say that's pretty darn steep. Overall I was pretty disappointed with the food. I really thought it would be great. The place has it goin' on with the decor and atmosphere but the food definitely leaves something to be desired. I will not return here for dinner nor would I recommend this place to a friend. Sorry Tasting Room...dems da brakes. Pros: Nice atmosphere, good art on the walls Cons: nice atmosphere and good art on the walls does not make up for the so so food and steep proce tag more

Unintimidating Exciting Food! 3/26/2008

Pros: Service, ambience (the art is so interesting!), FOOD! more

delicious take on everything - foie gras is a must 3/13/2008

finally made it here after tracking its expansion from first and first location. everything was super tasty and very unique. great food with local ingredients and not the stuffy environs of blue hill. foie gras is unlike any other. Pros: great food and atmosphere Cons: pricey for nolita more

Below expectations 3/8/2008

For a $$$$ not recommendable. I went there with 2 friends and the ""family style"" serving leaves you with having to order several appetizers and main courses. Waaay to much meat on the menu, I am not a vegetarian but don't like 7 different kinds of meat at the same time. We had the pheasant, pork loin (more fat than meat), chicken and steak and there were nearly no sides with it. I would have wished for more veggie and noodle/rice choices on the menu to be able to vary a little more. Pros: Nice bar section, good service Cons: Food sounds more interesting and special than it actually is more

Excellent food 3/1/2008

I went to the tasting room for the first time last Thursday and loved it. I had the pheasant breast and my friend had the duck breast and both were very good. The desserts were to die for, we had the chocolate pots du creme and the blueberry tart and were practically licking the plates clean (we restrained ourselves). more

favorite meal this winter 2/28/2008

I went to the Tasting Room this past Friday and had my favorite meal this winter. I was with some friends from France who wanted to go some where to see what this Haute-Barnyard thing was all about. There was alot of things on the menu that I couldn't translate, but the Manager could, so that helped. We ordered oysters, surf clams, duck rillettes and foie gras to start. Everything was very nice. The foie came with popcorn and my friends were quite dubious, but ate every bit and giggled while they did. Then we had Horse Mackerel, Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Pheasant and Roast Pork. Everything was very well cooked and very tasty. My friends were very impressed. They even liked the all American cheese plate. Can't wait to go back. Pros: great food Cons: can get loud more

Best Dinner Ever 2/28/2008

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for making me look like an expert in front of my friends. Dinner was amazing. Really, I was totally blown away. More importantly, my friends were totally impressed and as it was my choice based on a recommendation from a friend...that made me look great! The manager/sommelier was super helpful with her suggestions on the wine list too (who knew they make such delicious sparkling wine in Oregon?). Our menu faves: Monkfish liver, Venison Neck, Fried Cod Milt, and Sablefish. I also had the best ice cream sandwich. They make the ice cream with Beer! Not kidding. I love this place. The only problem is that I'll have to keep coming back because the menu changes every day. I'm going to try brunch next. It sounds great. Pros: Beautiful bar, great winelist, awesome menu Cons: Loud when full more

Never again. 2/10/2008

Veryyyyyy disappointing dining experience. Bizarre wine policy (server opens the bottle away from customer and pours a glass for themselves to try/taste, to make sure the bottle is good.) This is not right, not to mention they pour enough of a taste for themselves as well as other, fellow servers. So essentially, the customer is paying to educate the servers on the restaurants extensive wine list. Correct me if I'm wrong but if you're spending $44 (their cheapest bottle) or $3,460 (their most expensive) shouldn't the customer be trying the bottle?? If the bottle is bad, then by all means the server should pour themselves a glass to try it. When this policy was questioned to management, we were told it was to protect the customer from trying a bad bottle. Please. What's more, the food was bland and luke warm at best. Never, ever, ever again. more

Not running back 1/26/2008

We went to the Tasting Room last night for the first time. The evening started off with an overfilled martini which spilled on the table when delivered. At 7:50 pm they had run out of oysters. The menu choices were pretty aggressive; raw deer carpacio, pork joules, pheasant, etc. The food was so-so. The Daikon salad was probably the best out of all the food ordered even though it could of used a little salt. The duck came fatty and the sauce did not compliment it well... There was nothing else on the plate so my husband left a little hungry. Two of us ordered halibut and it could have really used some salt. It was very bland. While it is very cool that the chef makes all his own sodas, the ginger soda was undrinkable. From reading the other reviews, it seems like it might have been an off night, but we are not running back. After the hype dies down, I wonder if this restaurant will stand the test of NY. more

Great Food Great time 1/20/2008

Went to the Tasting Room on Saturday night. Reservation was on time. Service was excellent and attentive. The food was prepared well and tasted very fresh. I ordered the pork roast which was superb. I give the tasting room 5 stars. Pros: Food Service Cons: Small lettering on the wine list more

Fabulous Food! 1/20/2008

I went to The Tasting Room last night with a group of 5. The food was fantastic as was the service (the chef even came by to talk to us). We absolutely loved the king crabs and the muscovy duck breast. Great wine list. No frills, down to earth atmosphere. We give The Tasting Room a 10/10. more

worst experience 1/18/2008

This had to be one of the most disappointing dining experiences I've had in a long time. The seating was so tight I was practically in the lap of the couple seated next to me and I could barely hear across the table because the couple of the other side of us were so loud it was drowned out. Our waitress was barely competent, she brought the wrong dish after I selected the fish that SHE SUGGESTED! I had to ask three times before she even brought us water and worst of all it was a Tuesday night and they were not even that busy! I would never go back. more

Wildly overrrated... 12/28/2007

My husband and stopped by the Tasting Room for dinner last night. We had high hopes and were sorely disappointed (true, we had lunch at Eleven Madison, so maybe our palettes were biased given the fantastic food had earlier in the day). Pros: Good service Cons: Food and price more

Great Wine 12/27/2007

Ate here last Thursday. Had a wonderful experience from the moment I stepped in the door till the moment I left. Great food, attentive staff - wonderful wine list. more

NOT SO MUCH BRUNCH AS AN ORDEAL TO BEOVERCOME 10/1/2007

Stopped by Sunday at about noon for brunch. Emerged about 2 hours later hungry and frustrated. What a horrible experience! First it took 20 min for someone to come to take our drink order, then i took her another 20 to actually bring the damn things. And we're not talking about a crowded place either. Pros: Cute decor Cons: The Service, The Food, The Attitude of the Staff. more

Beautiful Brunch 6/3/2007

Once again found myself in the Soho area looking for a place that wasn't ridiculously crowded for Sunday brunch. My friend and I were just about to give up and shop instead (hey, when in rome) when it seemed as if people were heading into The Tasting Room...during the day. Did anyone know they're open for brunch? I didn't. I asked the happy host if this had always been the case since they moved locations, she told me that it's only been about a month. Well, at least I wasn't THAT out of the loop. We gladly sat at the bar to enjoy ordering a ""bloody c*ck and b*ll"" (citysearch edited what those words are supposed to be!) and a ""bloody jerry"" while we perused the menu. In the plethora of fun choices, I opted for soft cooked eggs with fiddlehead ferns and grits while my friend ordered duck eggs over top of kasha with a homemade english muffin. We also shared a plate of homemade scones and cornbread...yum. Everything was just lovely and perfect...except there is no espresso. That's not so perfect. But they do have french press coffee which will have to do because I am definitely going back for the pancakes with strawberries that sounded so good. Pros: Awesome brunch soundtrack...jay-z , dean martin, cheaptrick, and snow white...seriously Cons: No espresso more

Best Gin and Tonic in the city 4/18/2007

The bar experience at the tasting room is one that is unmatched. When I sat down and ordered a Gin and Tonic... the bartender first chipped a big chunk of ice for my drink (old school style ya know--right off the block) , then he pours a nice pour of premium Plymouths Gin (no tanqueray no saphire here...it strictly pure PREMIUM HERE). Next he pours in fresh tonic water syrup. WOW! FRESH SYRUP Next he takes his old school seltzer bottle and tops it off. MAN ....the freshness of that tonic water couple with the plymouths gin.. was truly the best Gin and Tonic I have ever drank in my life. Try it and you will believe. They also do alot of fancy muddled drinks that aren't my style but they looked great. I've had dinner a few times at the Tasting Room and have enjoyed my meal, but I will say this. I don't think its for everyone...i think it takes a more refined pallette to truly take in and enjoy the tasty dish the chef has prepared for you. Pros: The Best Gin and Tonic in the City, Very Knowlegeable Bartenders, Friendly Management more

Date night 4/1/2007

I disagree with those who think this is not a good place for a date. I'm a foodie, my date is in the restaurant biz and he loved it. Maybe it's not for everyone, but if you want to enjoy your company and take your time dining and tasting good food and wine, than this is the place for you. If you're in a rush and perhaps don't get the slow foods/market restaurant movement than maybe not. And I love the new space, now it's big enough that I can bring a group of my friends here for my birthday! Pros: Service is friendly Cons: Crowded, make a reservation more
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