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“Modern harmony”
Review of Dovetail

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Ranked #585 of 13,637 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $58 - $135
Cuisines: American, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Cross street: Columbus Avenue
Transit: B & C trains to 81st Street and 1 train to 79th Street.
Description: Dovetail is a Michelin-starred restaurant operated by chef and proprietor John Fraser. Serving contemporary American fare through various prix fixe menus and located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Dovetail received three stars from The New York Times as well as its first Michelin star in the 2011 New York Guide. Recently, Dovetail was recognized by The World of Fine Wine and given three out of three stars at the World's Best Wine List 2015.
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Modern harmony”
Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

We visited Dovetail a Saturday evening, and had the four course set menu for 85$. Delightful food, tasty, fresh and delicate. We also asked the waiter to pick a glass of wine to each plate. Our waiter took the challenge, and put together som wonderful wines, and she was even interested to discuss if there should be red or white wine to the halibut. Unfortunately I do not remember all the excellent wine.
The Dovetail is a modern restaurant, looking more like a restaurant in Europe than a typical New York restaurant, with wood floors and brick walls. We have had a lot of wonderful meals in New York, but most of the restaurant have a bit old fashion-style. This is not the case with Dovetail.
The menu with crab salad and halibut confit ended with a bittersweet Chocolate Soufflé, in full harmony. A lovely restaurant where the waiter are friendly but most important, had knowledge about the food and the wine which made it a perfect Saturday evening. But, you do have to book a table in advance.

Visited June 2013
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Favorite Restaurant”
Reviewed June 26, 2013

Have dined here 6-7 times over the last few years and never disappointed. From the amazing food to the attentive staff, everything is top notch. The four course Chef's menu is a bargain at $85.

Visited June 2013
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“As Good or better than the French Laundry for a better price point in terms of fine dining”
Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

From the heavy alcohol pairings to the chefs tasting menu with bonus rounds - this restaurant is one of NYCs best fine dining establishments.

Highly recommend to make reservations a few weeks in advance, especially for Friday nights or weekends.

Cocktails were good, but the wine pairings with the chefs tastings were even better with their international selections and great sommelier.

Great customer service and the flava bean ravioli was a surprise favorite.

  • Visited June 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Easy going gourmet”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Surprised we could get a table at this restaurant on short notice a Saturday night. But glad we went for it. Our waitress was adorable, the food exeptional and the ambience in the room fantastic. Had the four course menu, and the waiteress was happy to recommend a glas of wine to all the plates.

  • Visited June 2013
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New York City, New York
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Food exceptional, but service slow”
Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

Exceptional food and interesting menu, but service was slow. Waitress wasn't attentive. Took forever to get the bill

Visited June 2013
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