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mjl242 Dec 12, 2010 05:41 PM

Has anyone been to Compose, the new counter seating restaurant on Worth St. in Tribeca? I think it opened like a week or two ago.

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    ciomar Dec 13, 2010 04:51 PM

    I really would like to go- Opentable is not accepting reservations yet. What's the story?

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    1. re: ciomar
      Nancy S. Dec 14, 2010 05:16 AM

      They are serving. I would call the restaurant directly.

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      Mickeymouth Dec 14, 2010 07:24 PM

      I just got back, and my wallet is lighter by $170. We couldn't get the tasting menu reservations so we settled for the ala carte fare. Fried chick peas with chirizo, tiny seared scallops, a small charcuterie, and mussels in mustard, and a small fluke in butter sauce as entrees.
      From my vantage point, seated right beside some of the chosen tasting patrons, no one was savoring anything. No one gushed or gasped at how great, or other worldly their experience was. I actually felt they were trying to convince themselves this was a unique experience, even if the food was just okay. That's how I felt about my meal. Just okay. Nothing extraordinary. Anyone remember Zipangu or 5 years ago at Per Se? It's not here.
      But why just 10 elite plates? The entire restaurant can only seat 24 patrons. Would it be so difficult, or unmanagable to produce 14 more servings of the tiny plates I saw being placed in front of the people next to me? I think "precious" is the operative word for this place.

      Per Se
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      77 Worth St, New York, NY 10013

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        kathryn Jan 17, 2011 08:20 AM

        Has anyone on CH tried the full on tasting menu (not the a la carte menu they serve in the bar)? Heard from a bartender that the drinks are excellent but now I'm curious about the food.

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          uhockey Jan 17, 2011 09:28 AM

          The concept definitely interests me and the price point seems very friendly for 10 courses. I'm intrigued enough to go if I can land a spot while in town.


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            johannabanana May 2, 2011 07:17 AM

            Knowing that kathryn is savvy on cocktails, just thought I'd say that we had great drinks at Compose recently. Both bourbon-based, one fizzy-gingery, the other with amaro. Not cheap, $15 each plus tax. The tables for those who aren't eating at the bar are quite pleasant but with really ugly tableclothes!

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            uptwngrl14 Jan 21, 2011 10:26 AM

            Heading there tonight and will let you know. - The first avail reservation for the tasting menu was for today back when I called the # on Dec. 20th. So that will give you a good idea on the wait. -- Sounds kinda like KO all over again.

            Wish me luck!

            77 Worth St, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: uptwngrl14
              uhockey Jan 21, 2011 02:02 PM

              Cool - please report back.


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                deepfry7 Jan 29, 2011 02:14 PM

                Uptowngirl, what did you think?

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                H Manning Jun 14, 2011 01:14 PM

                From NY Times:

                "Nick Curtin, the young chef at Compose, the tiny TriBeCa restaurant with a $120 set menu that opened in December, will leave at the end of this month to pursue another venture yet to be determined. A replacement has not been announced. "


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