Narcissa Restaurant

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872 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Narcissa is a New-American restaurant located in The Standard, East Village in New York City’s Cooper Square. The restaurant’s rotating menu features seasonal produce from dedicated farms in the Hudson Valley. The East Village’s hidden gem offers a private dining room in addition to the rooms main dining room, and a charming private garden that opens up for al fresco dining in the warmer months.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The garden is very cute & charming

k
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely patio! Excellent food. Very courteous staff.

OT
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Empty but for 2 other tables on a Saturday at 8pm. Food took forever, the. Took forever to get the check even though there was one waitress per table.

PE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have passed by Narcissa so many times that I finally decided to take my stepdad there for a belated outing. My family and myself loved the service, ambiance and the food tasted so fresh and good! We did not know about the brunch protocol and the kitchen closing early to begin prepping for dinner. However, our server was lovely and made sure we placed all the orders before it did switch out and she did not bring out the spare items until we finished our first round for appetizers. In the day time the place is very child and baby friendly which isn't bad, but if you are sitting next to a loud crying baby it might mess up the setting a bit. Overall, great experience aside from that!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I am so disappointed about the food!

l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and staff. Food was sub par.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Came here for restaurant week with friends. Dinner Menu was decent: we tried all appetizers and entrees, they were all tasty! The dessert was great too. Only reason I’m not giving 5 stars is because the restaurant (indoor) smelled like bleach all night, didnt want to seat outside because it was a very hot day/night, and we had to ask for bread (after seating/ordering 1hr long).

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was very mediocre, was expecting much more. Had the crudo, snapper and chocolate cake. Nothing to write home about

MK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I rarely write reviews, but this is a restaurant with so much potential and it just flops. The menu looked so yummy and exciting, but the food served was nothing but disappointing. A "summer salad" drenched in super salty dressing with ONE TEENY sliver of a peach, a fluke crudo that was poorly cut, terribly presented, and again completely drenched in sauce, a branzino that was fine but nothing to be remembered, and a grilled eggplant that had so much potential, but was just eh. The only upside is that they have a lovely garden which is perfect for a summer night, and the service and wine were great.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was affordable and very tasty

b
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Disappointing fare on this last visit, after many years of excellence. The chef owner is focused on other ventures and, sadly, this shows. That said, staff is always really great; wish the attention to detail in the cooking were maintained.

LB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This was my second visit to Narcissa. The food was just as good during this visit as the last.
The service is friendly and helpful, but could use a little more polish to tip it into the excellent range. During our first visit we ended up being forgotten for about 30 minutes after our entree course arrived. Other than that it was quite good. During our second visit, our server was not quite as knowledgeable about the food and wine as he might have been but still was very gracious and had a good sense for hospitality. My recommendation is to definitely go there and enjoy a delicious, relaxed and casual meal on the beautiful interior courtyard.

h
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Menu selections are scant. Entrees made to appear much larger than actual (once you discard the fish head and tail or remove the copious fat around the steak). Charging for bread?

We used to come to Narcissa often. Will wait for major changes before returning.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great space. Cool atmosphere but was there super early before a show.

KD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed a delicious and relaxing brunch. The weather was beautiful and the garden provided a pleasant respite from the summer heat. We highly recommend the eggs Benedict and hash. The Bloody Mary was amazing - just the right amount of spice.

MS
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Love the experience, service and outdoor patio. Unfortunately they have a small menu and the food can be hit or miss. We have had some great meals there and some that were so-so. Worth a visit and hope for the best.

f
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I found my second experience at Narcissa very disappointing. The wait for the food was interminable, the food came out sporadically, barely at room temperature and I found the starter I ordered to be very dry and tasteless, the same starter I had on my first outing to Narcissa, when it was lovely and delicious. The waitress kept calling me ma'am every time she came over to the table to apologize. (just a pet peeve of mine. I would rather not be called ma'am.) Was the chef out sick? On vacation? Man, this was really not a great experience. The kitchen needs to get its act together. I will think twice about returning. The only bright spot in the evening was the maitre d' who was very friendly and accommodating.

NR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Sitting outside was great. Service was great. Food and drinks are very high priced. But still enjoyed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Brunch is incredibly underwhelming.

MD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food but overpriced. Cranky waitress but to be fair it was very busy. Beautiful ambiance.

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

They sat us an hour after our reservation, and as a result gave us a round of drinks on the house, but then still put them on our bill. Forgot to bring two appetizers to the table on top of that.

NJ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful venue for Easter brunch and we plan to return for dinner in that beautiful courtyard.

h
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellant fod and service

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, wonderful service. will definitely be going back

M
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great restaurant, beautiful ambiance. The Narcissa salad was to die for along with the Parker House roll. I wasn't a fan of the Kojo cured steak but the cerviche along with the cavatelli was great. Value for money!

OT
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch with a friend. We were seated soon after our reservation time. We opted to eat outdoors. When it got too chilly, the waitress was amendable to moving our seats to somewhere warmer - painless. I got a hash and my friend got the chilaquiles - we both greatly enjoyed our meals. Very well balanced. The drinks were excellent. Will return again

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place, used to love the old menu better though.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Recommend the signature bread!It was amazing! The food is fine, but not that “surprise.” Good environment! Good for small group of friends! Nice staff !

M
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The chef has changed, although the menu is pretty similar and the quality is still good. I found fewer items on the menu that were of interest to me since my last visit a year ago. I ended up with the Narcissa salad, which was very good, but piled way high above the bowl it was served in, making it impossible to eat without spilling things over. (The waitress did bring an extra plate to transfer some of it to.) Narcissa has moved a bit lower on my list.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal in lovely space. One of the best I’ve had in a long time.

S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very interesting, creative and innovative flavor combinations that mostly work but didn't knock my socks off. Had the sea bass with curry and radicchio and almonds. Generally liked it although the charred radicchio was overwhelmingly bitter. Olive oil cake was a bit dry although interesting combined with citrus and a rich cream sauce. My favorite was the turnip appetizer and the nori bread. Especially the crisp fresh turnips were refreshing and delicious. Service was great and nice atmosphere that was both trendy and quiet.

HH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Birthday celebration

l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Used to love Narcissa but this time was a flop. Service was laughably bad, server was young and inexperienced and he told us midway through the meal that he was handing us over to another young inexperienced waitress because he had to "go work on the other side of the restaurant." Glass of wine was filled 1/4 only, house salad was totally overdressed and gloppy, rest of food unremarkable.

MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Gorgeous place, ambiance, excellent food, perfect noise level and good service. I would of given them 5 stars but whoever is salting the dishes needs to cut it in half, i.e. dishes were too heavy on the salt in sections.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Issues w the Hostess (I.e told us she couldn’t seat us for an hour) and we were never seated. Eventually two bar seats opened up & we had a nice meal there, but had this been our first time it would have been extremely off putting

S
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had fish without sauce
Wonderful new chef but spicy food
Very accommodating
Candles- very romantic

E
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, and pretty quiet for Sunday brunch. Highly recommend!

RM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a Valentine’s Day dinner and we loved it. The sommelier suggested a wine from the southern part of the Burgundy region and it was divine. The branzino is a must order for an entree.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ordered scallop crude, beef tartare, grilled octopus and cauliflower. Octopus was a little chewy in spots, but otherwise enjoyed everything we ate. Waiter was great and enjoyed the vibe. Would say slightly overpriced, but we did have plenty of food! Great for a girls dinner!

AV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The house made nori and saffron bread rolls are a must have. Soft and warm and yummy.

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