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Sep 10, 2011 01:11 PM

Degustation - very poor

This negative review does not do the night justice because I was not paying attention to the ingredients and details of all 12 courses.

I know tasting menu courses are small, sometimes one bite. We were literally served a (one) cherry tomato cut in half with something drizzled on top. Now the drizzle could have been this elaborate sauce made from a virgins sweet simmered in truffle oil. But it sucked.

The whole night I watched the chef taking meticulus care of a square piece of meat (?). He turned it gently, cooked it on its side, proddered and poked. The block was cut in 1/2 inch slices. It was unediable and I'm a pig who can chew down just about anything. I spit it out.

The remainder of the courses were bland and nothing special?

239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

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  1. My husband and I were also very disappointed in Degustation, sister and brother-in-law absolutely loved it. I felt like we ate at two different restaurants. We had some kind of mixup that definitely impacted what I ate (called and asked whether they could do the larger tasting menu for a vegetarian, told yes, confirmed before date of dinner, walked in and was told it wasn't possible; this was like 8 pm on a Friday night and it was supposed to be a special dinner; I think they said they could do the 5 course no problem but don't remember that clearly now. They did apologize and just said whoever I spoke to made an error - both times, I guess.). I really liked one of the desserts and wasn't wowed by anything else. My husband (meat eater) didn't particularly like any of his dishes. The set up was very cool and we were excited to watch the cooking. Unfortunately, the food just didn't impress us. Like I said, though, my sister and brother-in-law talked about their meal for weeks. I just don't get it (other than the setting), but the place definitely has its fans. We wouldn't ever bother returning.

    239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003

    1. i heard that wesley is no longer at degustation...can anyone confirm?

      ive been there maybe 3x...and i was never i expected. with inventive small plates all over the city these days, its a restaurant ive forgotten about.

      2 Replies
      1. re: sam1

        General Manager : Chloe Genovart
        Culinary Team: Wesley Genovart

        1. re: kathryn

          Very sad to see Wesley go. For a long time Degustation was IMHO the best bang for the buck finer dining in NYC.