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Feb 7, 2008 10:35 AM


Who has been there? Shall I go for the tasting menu? (It's my birthday.)


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  1. New York Magazine just gave it a rave review.
    So far, all views have been positive.
    Chef Fraser certainly comes with good credentials.
    Why not try it and give us a report?

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    1. re: idia

      dovetail is slowly being mentioned as an essential upper west sideer. i think it's essential anywhere!

      1. re: rrems

        Thanks, guys.

        Yes, I read the New York Magazine review. I will be going to Dovetail tonight. I was just wondering if anybody'd had the tasting menu yet.

        Now why did I not find that link, rrems, when I searched this board for Dovetail?

        1. re: floretbroccoli

          Don't know, but please report back on the tasting menu. I will be going there again tomorrow.

          1. re: rrems

            There were so many more things that attracted me on the a la carte menu that I ended up passing on the tasting menu.

            I had the lamb's tongue appetizer. I loved the contrast of the crunchy coating against the soft luxurious meat. And the olive salad was a nice sharp taste to cut through the fattiness.

            My entree was the duck breast. I very much liked the pistachio and meyer lemon crust. The grilled endive was very good, but the real highlight of this dish to me was the celery root with duck confit.

            I'm the one person out of ten who will always choose lemon rather than chocolate, so of course I had the citrus supreme. I thought the grapefruit and blood orange pieces were a terrific idea after such a rich meal. The dessert included a half scoop of lemon curd with a kind of hard shell, which I had trouble identifying. The maitre d' finally told me it was white chocolate. Surprising. There was a kind of nut confection on the bottom and, hidden among the other goodies, was some burnt sugar, such as you'd find at the top of creme brulee. Great dessert, but it sounds as though next time I'll have to try the bacon-maple bread pudding.

            With tax and tip (and no wine) the whole thing was $72. A bit too much for me to be a regular, but I feel that Dovetail is a great addition to the neighborhood.

            1. re: floretbroccoli

              Thanks very much for the report. I thought the duck confit with celery root (I had forgotten exactly what it was, just knew it was a root vegetable) took the dish over the top. I will have to try the citrus supreme. I don't think that was on the menu last month.

              1. re: rrems

                Yeah. I had to ask the waiter about the celery root.

                Oh, and I forgot to mention the amuse and petits fours. Maybe tomorrow.

      2. Has anyone had the prix fixe Sunday dinner there? I'd be interested in any comments on that.

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        1. re: Shawn

          Shawn, do a search on this board. I do recall seeing a few mentions of the Sunday prix fixe, and they were very positive. If I'm not mistaken though, it is $38 for 2 courses, which is not necessarily much less than 2 courses a la carte.

          1. re: rrems

            Actually rrems, the Sunday p.f. is for 3 courses; appetizer, entree and dessert. It is a more limited menu than what's offered a la carte -- as I recall there were about 5/6 apps, 5/6 mains and 3 desserts. There were some options repeated from the regular menu, but some appeared to be only on the p.f. menu. For example, I did have the sweetbreads, but instead of the duck breast main as described above there was a papardelle with duck confit, which I had. Also, the bread pudding was not a dessert option, but I did enjoy a butterscotch pudding with bbq chip. A good deal nonetheless for the quality of food I think, and we were still offered an amuse at the beginning and the petits fours and cocoa to take home after dessert.

            1. re: 1uc7

              That certainly sounds like a good deal, then. They must have added the dessert recently as other posters who have been there have said it was 2 courses, and it still only shows 2 courses on menupages (can't rely on menupages).

        2. Five of us had dinner there last night. The service was a bit lacking in the beginning (it took longer than it should have to get the menus and then the waiter got lost for while), but picked up toward the end. We thought it a bit odd that there were no tablecloths (although the polished wooden tables are handsome) and wondered if all the wood added to the noise in the room. On the other hand, it may just have been the six people at the table for eight next to us who got louder and louder as they progressed through the tasting menu with accompanying wines, obvious enjoying it all immensely.

          We didn't have the tasting menu; ordered a la carte. We thought one amuse was brilliant and one just okay. I had the pork belly appetizer and will be dreaming of it for a while; simply outstanding. One of us had the Brussels sprout salad and wasn’t as taken with it as another poster. Two had the clam chowder and thought it very good, but didn’t rave. For a main I had the striped bass; a bit muddy in the plating, but certainly not in the flavors. The sea scallops were a better choice. Someone had the pistachio crusted duck breast and liked it a great deal (they must have improved it since the “old shoe” comment in the NYMagazine review). Another had the gnocchi appetizer as a main; she liked it, but noted that it wasn’t as good as the gnocchi at Lupa. Five of us ordered three desserts, but after tasting mine I didn’t even want to try anyone else’s. It was a brioche bread pudding with caramelized bananas and bacon-infused maple syrup. To – die – for.

          All five of us were pleased and thought the prices very fair for the quality of the food (although the Frenchman in our party did comment that he thought the wine markup quite high for those with which he was familiar), but we didn’t consider it “perfection” as some other posters have.

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          1. re: JoanN


            I really enjoyed reading your post. Though I may have been more impressed than you were, I agree with you for the most part. I think I have a certain skill for picking the best choices on any given menu. Though I liked my partner's chowder, it was not nearly as good as the lamb tongue I had. The duck was spectacular, as was (to my great surprise) the bread pudding. I did not try the gnocchi, but if it was even close to Lupa's, that's not bad. We had no lapses in service, but that may not always be the case. As far as noise is concerned, we found it to be quiet generally, but there was one table nearby that got noticeably loud. They left when we were halfway through, so it did not bother me much. The wine prices are high but they do have several very good choices in the lower range, and the Gutturnio that we had ($48 I think) was only about 50% above retail and it was very good. I will report back again after tomorrow's dinner.

          2. Reporting on tonitght's dinner. Once again it was superb. The only dish that was less than perfect was the pork belly. Great combination of flavors, but the belly itself was slightly lacking in flavor. Sweetbreads were amazing, as were the main courses, the monkfish with lobster and foie gras, and the striped bass. I had the bread pudding and my partner had the chocolate hazelnut strudel, both divine, and we each had a glass of sherry as a dessert wine, 2 different pedro jimenes sherries, which are wonderfully complex and sweet enough to hold up against the desserts. Service was great, noise level higher than last time, but not so bad that you can't have a conversation.

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            1. re: rrems

              Very interesting. Hard to believe you had the same pork belly I did. Could it have been that different? I had difficulty choosing among the sweetbreads, lamb's tongue, and pork belly. Next time I guess I'll just have difficulty choosing between the first two.