REVIEW #35

Tocqueville

The most refined restaurant in the Union Square area, Tocqueville offers excellent French-American food in a gorgeous and intimate dining room. Its atmosphere is characterized by hushed tranquility, in contrast to the energy and vibrancy of similarly ranked Babbo. Both ambiances serve a function and Tocqueville’s is to be an oasis rather than a scene. The restaurant is owned and presided over by the welcoming and engaging Jo-Ann Makovitsky and her husband, Brazilion-born chef Marco Moreira. They also operate the excellent Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, 15 East, next door. 

Dishes use seasonal ingredients, often from the Union Square Greenmarket. A truffled creamy parmesan grits and sunny side up country egg with house cured veal bacon is one of the best appetizers we have ever tasted. A honey glazed Peking duck breast and leg terrine is similarly excellent. This is a very fine restaurant that has the potential to become one of NYC’s finest.

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Union Square
1 E. 15th St.
New York (at Fifth Ave.)
212-647-1515
Mon-Sat, 11:45am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
    Jo-Ann Makovitzky, Chef
    Marco Moreira, Chef
    Jason Lawless, Chef de Cuisine
    Roger Dagorn, Sommelier

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