1 E 15th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.736599 -73.992638
Mon-Sat, 11:45am-2pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sun, closed
Neighborhoods: Union Square, Midtown, Flatiron District
Tocqueville is the great New York restaurant everybody forgets about; the one that falls between the cracks. As it's name implies, its the kind of restaurant that gets appreciated most by other chefs. A labor of love from its chef-owner Marco Moreira, the French-inflected food is luxurious, idiosyncratic, and totally timess; Moreira cooks as though he didn't care what year it was, and he doesn't. But his kitchen if one of the best in the city, for those who know about it.
Gracious Service and Beautiful Dining Room – Dined at Tocqueville for the second time last evening. My friends birthday celebration was so elegant, thank you to the very attentive staff. This time i took advantage of the Greenmarket menu, with wine pairing. Great dishes all featuring ingredients from the union square market. My favorite was the salt roasted beet salad, it tasted like summer! The second course was pan seared Skate Wing with summer squash and Zucchini (very nice!) Tocqueville will definitely go on my list of Fav's in NYC!
Excellent Fine Cuisine – 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!
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!
Worst Experience Ever – 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.
Kind of Disappointed – 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.
Really Fussy, Bad Service – 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.
Very Unimpressive – 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.
I enjoyed every dishes – 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!
BRAVOO! – 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
The Amazing Tocqueville – 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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