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Tevere 84 - Request for Reviews/Comments

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  • Parla Italiano? Sep 12, 2005 10:57 AM
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I haven't been here in a while, but do remember having very positive experiences. Would love to hear about anyone's recent visits and impressions. Thanks.

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  1. The food remains quite good, despite some inherent limitations in glatt kosher italian food. The service is also very good -- I've seen the same waiters there for quite a few years now.

    My small complaint with Tevere (they dropped the "84" from their name a few years back) is uninspiring dessert selections. But I shouldn't really be having dessert anyhow.

    More significant is that it's a small space and can get very cramped. Tables for 2 are particularly small, and you end up hearing way too much of the conversations at the adjoining tables. But if you go at the right time (early in the week or early in the evening), or with enough people (5+) to get a relatively more spacious table, this limitation can be overcome too.

    1. They are still wonderful!

      Best appeteizer - the artichoke
      Best entre - the duck or the sampler of pastas

      1. We also haven't been there in quite a while, but always enjoy it when we do. I did notice however, that the veal dishes that they served on the more recent of our visits, weren't quite as unbelievably tender, as the veal I remember from our earlier visits.
        Still quite good, though.

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        1. re: Barbara K.

          Although we had heard that their standards have slipped, my wife and I were quite pleased with the meal we had today. The appetizers, mains, sides and dessert were great. The quality of ingredients is superb. The only fault we could find with the service was with an Indian staffer (not our main waiter) who wanted to clear the table to bring out the next course. The restaurant was by no means packed, so we didn't understand the rush.

          If you go as a party of a four, you may be shown as postage stamp-sized table around which four chairs have been placed. You'll need to firmly decline the offer, and ask for another table. We observed this happen at our visit today.

          We have been going to Tevere since 2002, but are by no means regulars.

          1. re: Dovid

            We go once or twice a year for special occasions, but always enjoy it. The food and service have always been first rate.

        2. I don't like this place. The staff is incredibly rude, and they check you out before showing you to a table. On a Thursday night the place is so crowded that you can't even get in the door. The food is just ok. I don't remember exactly what I ordered,but it was some type of veal. I won't go back.

          1. I am pretty shocked at the other replies. We have been going for special occasions for over a decade. My history with the restaurant spans about 15 years or so. The service the last couple of times was unacceptable. The food was disappointing. I too remember the melt-in-your-mouth veal. Not happening any more. Gnocchi was sub-par. Ambience is still wonderful, but I miss the old Tevere. What happened?

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            1. re: cappucino

              Their snooty attitudes got the best of them. Or maybe they just don't care about quality anymore. Whatever the case, the restaurant is always packed on a Thursday night even though it's not any good.

              1. re: cheesecake17

                I agree with cappucino. My visits over the years were adventures of mouth-watering wonder. I can still taste the flavors of the beef carpaccio. But over the last 2 years - I've been disappointed. No more zing to the food. It feels like the chef has been on permanent vacation, and all preparation is done by the line cooks using recipes he left behind. But still - Which place is any better? We're bereft of good kosher restaurants in the NY area.

                1. re: bfarkas

                  I love Mike's Bistro. The food is great.

                  1. re: cheesecake17

                    I agree with bfarkas. I am consistently disappointed and have given up. Mike's Bistro confounds me. We were incredibly disappointed and he wasn't friendly at all (not that I would have cared if the food had any personality). There isn't any good classic like Siegels and Bernsteins, Moshe Peking. No flavor and style like Medici and Tevere of old. Don't even remember a good, fine dairy restaurant, but how about a Ratners of some sort. For goodness sakes!