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May 4, 2012 08:07 AM

Dragonfly (UES)

Anybody been here yet? Chef is Cornelius Gallagher, formerly of Oceana, Daniel, and Bouley.

The menu looks very intriguing with items like Wasabi pastrami marrow dumplings, Sriracha bacon, kimchee tempura.

1463 Third Avenue (83rd Street
(212) 203-5518

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  1. I was annoyed that we never got to Oceana when Chef Gallagher was there, so we went to Dragonfly about a week after it opened with our daughter, son-in-law, and two friends. With the exception of the desserts which need work, every dish we had was seriously delicious. Service was excellent (especially considering how new the restaurant is), and the ambiance is very pleasing.

    Dragonfly photos:

    1. The menu looks amazing. I just suggested this place to my boyfriend and said, "Can we order enough for 4 people and just take home the leftovers?" :P

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      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        I have been. Service was good but was very disappointed by the food. The food was fine, quite expensive for what it was, but very mediocre.

        1. re: yummmmmmm

          I just went to Dragonfly last night. I have to agree. The food is fine for a neighborhood joint, but really not particularly special or creative. I liked the Kimchi Tempura, but the kimchi itself was fairly mild and not pungent or spicy. The other dishes were "all right", but nothing buzz-worthy. The Sweet and Crispy Chicken Wings (I *think* that's the name, it's not on the online menu) was the weakest of the dishes we tried. The wings were slightly over-cooked and one-dimensionally sweet. The portion sizes were great though.

          I don't think this place is special enough or destination-worthy currently, unfortunately. For "Asian fusion" food, I'd rather go to Rouge et Blanc or Momofuku Ssam Bar.

          They were also playing thumping pop music. The bass shook the room so much that I had a headache for the first 5 minutes until I got used to it.

          Photos of our meal:

      2. Just tried last night. Friendly staff but food was rather mediocre for what I expected from a great chef. Too much fried stuff and gloppy type fusion type food for my taste. The beef cheeks I admit was good but the rest not memorable.