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Telepan, not so good.

ron Jan 29, 2008 09:12 PM

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

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    drich0612 Jan 29, 2008 09:16 PM

    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.

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      G3B Jan 30, 2008 03:46 AM

      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
        idia Jan 30, 2008 04:16 AM

        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
          Schpsychman Jan 30, 2008 06:08 AM

          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
            Spiritchaser Jan 30, 2008 07:25 AM

            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
              rrems Jan 31, 2008 04:19 AM

              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: Spiritchaser
                DCGUY5 Feb 27, 2008 06:05 PM

                so Spiritchaser, how was Telepan?

              2. re: Schpsychman
                G3B Jan 30, 2008 07:35 AM

                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
                  ron Jan 30, 2008 09:23 PM

                  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
                  JoanN Jan 30, 2008 07:35 AM

                  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
                  ron Jan 30, 2008 09:07 PM

                  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.

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                  gekko Jan 30, 2008 07:28 AM

                  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.)

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                    kobetobiko Jan 30, 2008 09:28 AM

                    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.

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                      mimolette Jan 31, 2008 02:57 PM

                      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.

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                        Stella Lazar Feb 28, 2008 01:22 PM

                        I enjoyed a "wonderful" lunch there during restaurant week in January. Although, I did find the service pretentious for my neighborhood but the food was great.

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