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Telepan or Ouest

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: todc1996

      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

      1. re: drumwine

        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!!

        1. re: wendytexas

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

          1. re: wendytexas

            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

      2. 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

          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

        2. 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

          1. 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