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“Excellent”

The Tailor and The Cook
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Ranked #1 of 184 Restaurants in Utica
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $30
Cuisines: American, French
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
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.
Utica, New York
Level 5 Contributor
45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Cannot say enough great things about this wonderful restaurant. The food and service is such a pleasant dining experience. We've been there several times and have never been disappointed. Looking forward to our next visit.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
upstate NY
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“owners get it!”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

great, great restaurant. the best in CNY. I have not had a better dining experience in the central NY area including Syracuse.
two minor issues: restaurant could use better ventilation, smoke from the grill in kitchen was a bit much. also the wine list is better than it was but would like to see more california wines. I know they are all about locally sourced food and drink but I would like to see fewer NY wines.
close to NYS Thruway and plenty of street parking. busy so make reservations well ahead.

  • Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Best restaurant in Central New York!”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

You must give this place a try! It's such a treat and one that is unique to the area! You will want to return!!!

  • Visited November 2012
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Upstate, NY
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“An absolute gem!”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

The Tailor and the Cook is a totally welcome surprise for Utica. My husband and I have traveled extensively over several decades, destinations foreign and domestic. This restaurant stands right up close to many of the best we've experienced. The thoughtful and creative blends of flavors in the menu offerings set the tone, with the very able and happy wait staff adding to the picture for the diner's comfort and enjoyment. The pace of our dinner was just right, the descriptions of menu items - including knowledgeable answers re some of our diet restrictions - were spot on. Two of us had the special, the short ribs, which were braised to a deep brown sauced perfection. Another of us had the Moroccan chicken tangine which was the most flavorful chicken meat tasted in the past 50 years! A wonderful combination arrived in the beautifully seasoned sweet potato soup: paprika marshmallow! The salads, the desserts were also equally special. Unlike some of the other reviewers on Tripadvisor, our table thoroughly enjoyed hearing the origins of our dinner ingredients; local purchasing is the watch word here at "The Tailor". We look forward eagerly to a return visit, and any wait needed to get a reservation will be worth it!

  • Visited February 2013
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upstate ny
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Nice.”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

This is a very nice restaurant. The duck rillettes we had were very good. My boyfriend enjoyed his tangine. The service was beyond superior. I do have to say I wish I did not order Shrimp and Grits. The interpretation is just plain wrong. Trying to do a southern comfort food in an upscale manner is difficult without ruining the integrity of the original dish. S&G should be a marriage of ingredients, not a battle between blackened prawns and bland grits with greasy spinach. I will go back and try something else.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank UpstateNyBalletgirl
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