Have not been there in about a year but loved it when I was last there. Do any of you have a recent review? Has it changed for better or worse??
We were there on Wednesday night. The service was top-notch even though it was very busy. The amuse consisted of 3 things: a crostini with an excellent version of hummous (definitely not Sabra), a full flavored carrot soup in a tiny mug, and a fresh gougere. My husband and I experienced a layering of flavors in both appetizers and mains that went from "this works well" to "Wow!" My dessert was a buttermilk panacotta with a rhubarb syrup that was nicely balanced between sweet and tart. They asked if we had a curtain, which we did at 7:30, and the response was "we'll get you on your way by 7:10". They did (we had a very early res) with time to spare, which is good because my husband can't walk too fast.
It was a lovely dinner and we'll be back. It is a wonderful alternative in the Lincoln Center area to the coldness of Bar Boulud, the decibel level at Fiorello's, and the "it has seen better days" Josephina's. And...if you don't get dessert at Telepan, the Magnolia Bakery has opened a branch (basically) across the street on the NW corner of 69/Broadway.
Go and enjoy!
Telepan is mediocre or worse! Just got back from a lunch where only one of four people liked their meal. Service is just ok. The veg-bread soup is greasy salty chicken broth with some diced potatoes and fava beans. The pea carbonara was tiny for a main course and the poached egg on top sounded great but didn't work with the not hot enough butter-cheese sauce. Heavy and greasy. The salads were marred with an odd taste in the salad dressing. The peanut butter chocolate dessert - my two favorite flavors - was dull. And we had called ahead and asked if a vegan could eat there - we were told that that was not a problem. When we arrived, our waiter could not find any vegan dishes and no egg-free pasta. The kitchen made something nice but were not as accomodating as we had been led to believe. The good dishes: the cheese mezaluna; the chick cesaear salad; and rhubarb sorbet.
Honestly, we weren't looking for gourmet food, just a nice meal. I'd never go back.
I agree with dpastor. The food is not great, some of it is greasy to the point of being off putting, and mostly, it is just dull. I do not think the food is awful, but for this price point, I expect to see food that is more inspired and flavorful. I also had the peanut butter chocolate dessert and did not like it.