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Compass or Cafe Luxembourg?

foodseek Apr 1, 2011 12:49 PM

Family visiting NYC with tickets for Company next Saturday night. Tried making reservations at Telepan but they could not accomodate a party of 6. So, I need help in choosing between Compass and Cafe Luxembourg. Both close by to walk but honestly wondering about the food and experience. Family is across the board in taste-vegetarian, meat lovers, and three who are easy to please. So, where would you go between those two choices?

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

Compass
208 West 70th Street, New York, NY 10023

Cafe Luxembourg
200 W 70th St, New York, NY 10023

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    rrems Apr 1, 2011 04:17 PM

    Neither is exceptional, but I would lean toward Compass. The food is a bit more interesting, though less adventurous types will find enough options too. Luxembourg is normally busier, but on a Saturday both will be full.

    1. boredough Apr 1, 2011 04:22 PM

      Café Luxembourg for an overall better, albeit cramped, experience ; Compass if you don't mind potentially unprofessional service (with good food). Have you looked at Rosa Mexicano?

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        rkaene Apr 1, 2011 05:01 PM

        i agree, compass has some of the worst service I have ever experienced, the food is not that good. Cafe Luxenbourgh is not adventurous, but always very good, and has consistantly outstanding service.

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          foodseek Apr 1, 2011 06:53 PM

          Thought of Rosa Mexicano but we are going to Toloache on Friday night. Actually with the help of Chowhound earlier in the planning for trip, I got great advice and have made reservations for Momofuku for Fried Chicken Thursday night, Toloache on Friday and had Telepan for Saturday. But needed more than a 4 top so Telepan did not work out. Now, I think we are leaning toward Compass only because the "cramp" factor. Thank you so much for feedback, I really appreciate it!

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          Toloache
          251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

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

          Rosa Mexicano
          61 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10023

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          G3B Apr 2, 2011 06:17 AM

          Having been to both, I prefer the food at Compass and it will definitely be more comfortable at Compass. I have never had bad service at Compass, btw.

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            rrems Apr 2, 2011 09:48 AM

            I have not had any service problems at Compass, either.

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              City Kid Apr 3, 2011 05:15 AM

              I have found the food good, but not always great, at Compass, but have never had a problem with the service; in fact I have found it quite good. For the OP's occasion I think it would be a good choice, particularly for 6 people, if the ability to have a conversation is important.

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              msny98 Apr 3, 2011 06:26 AM

              +1. Only reason I go there rarely is that it is too close to home... only go when there is a monsoon or blizzard

            3. foodseek Apr 6, 2011 04:41 PM

              Thank you all so much. I have made reservations for Compass. I will report back on our New York trip. Everyone certainly is looking forward to the food!

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                H Manning Aug 25, 2011 12:18 PM

                For anyone considering Compass for pre-theater, the restaurant has closed but will reopen next month as a Greek restaurant.

                http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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                  foodseek Sep 16, 2011 06:38 AM

                  I hope they retain the same exceptional service and front of house in their reincarnation as Loi. I must say we enjoyed the food, generous space, bar, and fabulous service when we visited Compass this past spring.

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