So, I've lived in the Union Square area for years, and I have a friend who used to be a pastry chef at Tocqueville and said I would love it, but for some reason I'd never been before. Finally, I made an early reservation there for Mother's Day, and my husband and I took my mother-in-law there for dinner last Sunday.
The meal was spectacular. Their food tends toward the rich side, but since that's what I like, I was very happy. The service was impeccable, and we had a very good bottle of Bordeaux. It's a bit expensive (and the
wine list is VERY expensive), but mostly worth it. I did see a guy arguing with with Maitre d' on the way out because he had been seated in the bar area and felt that it was too noisy and too crowded... and I didn't blame him for complaining. But we were in the main dining room, which is cozy and pretty and quiet.
For a nice night out, I would recommend Tocqueville to anyone. I definitely can't wait to go back. Another good addition to my already bloated Union Square area restaurant repertoire.