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wendytexas May 20, 2010 03:34 PM

If you had to choose between the two, which...and why? The price for Telepan's four-course tasting menu is fantastic, and the food looks great. But...have heard great things about Ouest as well. We're staying in a studio apartment on the UWS on 85th, very close to Central Park. We have one night for a foodie date night before the rest of our party comes to town the next day.

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Telepan
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

Ouest
2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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    G3B May 22, 2010 07:50 AM

    Have also been to both and Dovetail as well as mentioned by someone else. My choices would be in the following order:

    Telepan
    Dovetail
    Ouest

    Nothing wrong with Ouest, just think the other two are better.

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    Telepan
    72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

    Ouest
    2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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      s.piller May 22, 2010 04:18 AM

      Have been to both quite a few times. Although I do like Ouest, I think the food at Telepan is better.

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      Telepan
      72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

      Ouest
      2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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        UWSEater May 21, 2010 09:36 AM

        Ouest is definitely a little richer, more comfort food based. The tripe, smoked sturgeon, egg souffles, and any braised dish are terrific. I find telepan a little more refined, and that they follow seasons a little more literally, with mains getting getting lighter in summer and spring. Ouest does this as well, but not as much as Telepan. Both have great bars and bartenders, as well. Ouest can be a little darker and more intimate (depending where seated) where as Telepan seemed a little more airy and spaced out to me.
        I like both, and you won't go wrong with either. I'd also look into Dovetail on W 77th. They have great deals on prix fixe meals on Sunday and Monday nights, and the food there is as good there (maybe a bit more creative with flavors and pairings) than the other 2.
        Either way you go, you should have a great meal.

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        Telepan
        72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

        Ouest
        2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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        1. re: UWSEater
          Striver May 22, 2010 12:04 PM

          Good take on the differences between Telepan and Ouest, and I agree - although I prefer Ouest (the egg souffle is one of my favorites). Both, for my money, are better than Dovetail, which I found good but not as consistently satisfying overall.

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          Telepan
          72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

          Ouest
          2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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          todc1996 May 20, 2010 05:17 PM

          i have not been to ouest but i can tell you i was at telepan several years ago and it still sticks in my mind as fabulous. four of ate there and we still discuss the fantastic meal we had there....you won't be dissappointed.

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            drumwine May 20, 2010 07:27 PM

            Have been to both....Ouest is solid....high-level comfort food. Telepan is on a much higher level....highly recommend it.

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            Telepan
            72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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              wendytexas May 20, 2010 07:30 PM

              Just looking at the menu, Telepan reminds me quite a bit of Gary Danko in San Francisco. That place is easily one of my top 5 meals of all time. If this can even come close, I'll be a happy gal :)! We're also having dinners at Balthazar and BLT Prime...and I just got a reservation for a new dinner called Bubbles After Broadway at Aureole for after we see Wicked. For $35, you get a glass of champagne, entree, and dessert. Seems like an inexpensive way to try a great restaurant!!

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                drumwine May 20, 2010 09:14 PM

                LOVED Gary Danko....Telepan isn't that, but close.

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                  RCC May 22, 2010 07:35 AM

                  Gary Danko is way ahead of Telepan in service, food and wine list.

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                  Telepan
                  72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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