Monday, May 30, 2011


Recette - Dude Grade C-
328 W 12th St, New York 10014
At Greenwich St
Phone: (212) 414-3000

I've been wanting to check this place out for a while, so I decided to stop by for date night with the wife. Colameco raved about this place and the menu looked so in my strike zone. Unfortunately, this place didn't quite come together for me. I need to learn my lesson going forward - food that looks delicious on TV doesn't always equal being delicious in person.

Our Menu

Marinated Hamachi, Uni, Sea Beans, Harissa
This was not bad, but unfortunately the combination of flavors didn't work out so well. You totally lost the flavor of the hamachi since the uni killed it. Texture of the hamachi was also m'eh.

Duck Breast *
leg & foie gras terrine, chard, chanterelles, walnuts
Pretty fun dish. Duck breast was nicely cooked, but slightly salty. Unfortunately, the foie gras was oddly a little flat in flavor - not terrible by any means though.
haricot vert & lentils, local greens, tomato vinaigrette

This dish was alright, but was slightly bland.

"Smores" ***
graham cracker ice cream, toasted marshmallow, "hot" chocolate ganache
An insane wtf dish - not the prettiest thing in the world, but it was uber delicious. A phenomenal combo of textures and flavors - smooth chocolate ganache, delicious smooth marshmallow, crunchy chocolate tuille.

Rating System
--- What the F - in a bad way | (no stars - poor to average) | * Good | ** Great | *** What the F – in a good way

Overall Restaurant Experience
  • Food (C+) – This place seemed like it would so be in my strikezone, but it definitely falls short. Not bad by any means, but I wouldn't go back for anything except the smores.
  • Service (D-) – Server there was a douche that was pushing us hard to order more food. When we told him we only wanted a few items, he rolled his eyes. Took forever to get anyone's attention there.
  • Atmosphere (B) – Quaint little place in the west village which I dug. Seats around 30-40 people. Lots of families and couples there. We got seated at 6 immediately, but it was insanely packed afterwards.
  • Price (C-) - Portion sizes off the regular menu are tasting menu sized portions which encourages you to order lots. Prices are around $18-24 which is a bit too much for such small portions. The service totally ruined it for me though not worth the money.
Closing Comments
If you want this style of food done 1000x better, go to Ma Peche. Price overall would be comparable as well with better service and food.

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