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The Tailor and The Cook

94 Genesee Street, Utica, NY
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Ranked #1 of 144 Restaurants in Utica
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: American, French
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: The Tailor and the Cook is one of the brightest spots in Utica's already rich Culinary nightlife. Attentive service and a comfortable atmosphere support provocative cuisine produced with the finest local products, whenever possible. The management of The Tailor and the Cook is devoted to offering their clientele great food and a path to the farmers and producers who make it happen. The relationship between the food we eat and where it is produced is of growing concern to many. The Tailor and the Cook brings the many bounties of CNY's rich Agriculture to the forefront, giving the public the opportunity to know where there food comes from and how it is produced. Featuring Local Product whenever possible, menus change based on seasonality, freshness, and availability of local goods. A rich and generous selection of Beer, Wine, and Spirits round out the Culinary Package.
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83 reviews from our community

93% Recommend
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English first
Utica, NY
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Great ambiance, fantastic service. Overall the food is quite good, but unfortunately the last two times I went my entree was just not that great. Last time steak was ordered medium rare, and was medium to well, this time my duck ordered medium was underdone, to the point that I did not eat it. Every other course, both times, was... More

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Northampton, Massachusetts
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Fabulous staff, fabulous and creative food in a creative environment. It is a slow food experience -- about 2, 2.5 hours for dinner, but the staff was attentive, knew the food and drinks flawlessly, and the food was worth the experience. Great industrial, rustic, artsy space. The bread & maple salt butter was fantastic. Chicken dish was amazing. Didn't make... More

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New Hartford, New York
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

ambiance is wonderful... food is exceptional! local, fresh.... ambiance is incredible... and many of the cocktails are unique and delicious... service was excellent... this is my New favorite restaurant in Utica! .. truly an absolutely wonderful experience!!!!

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Portland, Maine
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is one of the finest dining experiences you'll have in Utica. The Tailor and The Cook is an intimate, small, locally sourced bistro that is full of charm and grace. From the photographs of Snowy Owls on the wall, to the open kitchen, to the barkeeper in his traditional form, everything here is art. What comes on your plate... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We again tried this retaurant recently. I can understand the rave reviews by locals because by comparison Utica has very few upscale eateries. That is not to say I consider this restaurant upscale. Yes the service folks are very good but for me thats where it ends. We ordered appetizers (which were small and lackluster). My steak which I ordered... More

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Utica, New York
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I took my wife and daughter here for dinner. My daughter has lived in London, China and all over Europe. She said this is her favorite place to eat world wide. Amazing to get food like this in Utica, NY. I won't bore you with the particulars of our meal, I'll just tell you the ingredients are locally grown and... More

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Fly Creek, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

What a mysterious name this Utica restaurant has. Was one of the chefs once a tailor? Certainly there is a dressmaker's dummy visible as you enter the long narrow 1800s brick building, now decorated in a darkly contemporary way. And that isn't the only mystery this place has to offer. The menu is full of quirky wonders, for a start.... More

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Central NY
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I have traveled and dined in some of the best foodie cities in the country at acclaimed restaurants and chefs. The Tailor and the Cook compares favorably with the best of them. The food is consistently excellent and the service truly excepttional. A locally owned business with locally sourced ingredients. Love the bar and the wine list as well. A... More

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Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

What a wonderful find. Thank you Trip Advisor contributors. The chef Tim could have a position in any A+ restaurant. The restaurant is small and tricky to find. Excellent locally sourced foods. Worth going off the Thru way. Loved the roast beet risotto.

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I consider myself a foodie. If you've been to Seattle (where I am from) Serafina is favorite place to eat and very comparable to Tailor and the Cook. Moving to Utica was rather disappointing coming from an area where I previously had great meals and great service everywhere. Let me tell you, I've dined in Amsterdam, Barcelona, NYC, LA...and Tailor... More

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