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Telepan: best high-priced restaurant on UWS

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Telepan: best high-priced restaurant on UWS

jman | Jan 6, 2006 08:38 AM

First experience at Telepan last night. Initially, it appears to be a strange room, really split into two, but if you are seated towards the back of the left side of the room, it really opens up and feels both dressed up and elegant, and not staid at all. The food is truly innovative and delicious, we saw Frank Bruni nearby so expect a review soon. The menu has wonderful appetizers (hen of woods shrooms with poached egg, excellent bread soup), mid-range items in the $15 range (belini with pumpkin sauce, etc.) and great looking entrees - the braised lamb looks tremendous. It is a fairly extensive menu, and can be managed without getting too expensive, given the amount of apps and mid-range items.

After only one meal, I would put this in the same class as Blue Hill and Veritas - interesting and delcisou menus, great substance and nice style, elegant but not stuffy. I haven't been to Cesca, can't imagine it's better, and I think Ouest peaked a while ago - last time I walked in there was a strange vibe to it, nobody was there, the menu hasn't changed at all so I walked out - not in this class.

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