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Jan 29, 2008 09:12 PM

Telepan, not so good.

I think this place has gone down hill from last time I was there.

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  1. It is funny you say that because we were there recently (last week) and it was the first time where I felt that the food was not so special. We love the place enough that we will give it another chance or two.

    1. I am so sorry to hear that. When was the last time you went? I have been several times and loved it each time. Last time was in October and I really enjoyed my meal still remembering the fig port custard. Yummy.

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      1. re: G3B

        I guess I need to give it another go but I was not enchanted with it either and really wanted very much to be.

        1. re: idia

          OK now you're all scaring me. I am coming into town (from Philly) in mid-February for a romantic post V-day weekend. Friday night I have a reservation at Telepan, followed by a jazz concert at Dizzy's (Freddy Cole). Now you are making me second guess my decision. I also have a reservation (that I was going to cancel) at Compass as well. From previous posts I figured that Telepan was better than Compass, true? Should I keep my reservation at Telepan or (quickly) look elsewhereon the UWS? Dovetail? Town? Help!

          1. re: Schpsychman

            Personally I think you should keep the Telepan reservation, I've always been happy with meals there. Admittedly the last time we were there was November and the OP has had more recent experieince but I don't know of any drastic kitchen changes since November so I am assuming it was an off night.

            1. re: Spiritchaser

              I have never been to Telepan, largely due to the mixed reviews on this board and my not having been terribly impressed with his previous restaurants. I have always enjoyed Compass, but Dovetail is absolutely wonderful (The chef/owner, John Fraser used to be at Compass). If you want to be sure of getting a wonderful meal, choose Dovetail.

              oops, somehow this got posted as a reply to Spiritchaser, it was supposed to be a reply to Schpsychman.

              1. re: Schpsychman

                Last time I was at Telepan was October and last time I was at Compass was December. Both were good, but based on my experiences I prefer Telepan.

                1. re: Schpsychman

                  My two favorite upper west siders are Picholine, near Lincoln Center (near Dizzy's) and Ouest near 84 St. Have never been to Compass.

                2. re: idia

                  I agree with you, idia. Even back when it was getting raves it just wasn't quite as wonderful as I had hoped it would be. Very good, just not the Oh Wow experience I had been expecting (like when Ouest first opened).

                3. re: G3B

                  we were there last Saterday. My wife had a scallop dish in some strange sauce. She couldn't finish it and didn't want to take it home. I had a lobster & pasta dish that was so-so. The quaill ( or some sort of game bird) was good. deserts were not to rave about.

                4. I've dined at Telepan many times in the past and consistently enjoyed excellent food and service.

                  (However, I've not been since last summer. If Telepan has gone "downhill," I'd suggest it is recent or perhaps the original poster simply had one isolated negative experience.)

                  1. Hi ron,

                    can you elaborate why you think Telepan has gone down hill? This will give other hounds more perspectives on what exactly you felt about Telepan that was not up to your expectation.

                    1. I ate there about a year ago. Nothing about it impressed me at all. The food is merely ok to pretty good. I was not particularly fond of the space either. Overall I think it is way overpriced.