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.
1 E. 15th St.
New York (at Fifth Ave.)
212-647-1515 Mon-Sat, 11:45am-2pm, 5:30pm-10:30pm
RECOMMENDED DISHES See All
- Truffled Creamy Parmesan Grits and Sunny Side Up Country Egg, house cured veal bacon
- Honey Glazed Peking Duck Breast and Leg Terrine, house cured duck bacon, greenmarket cabbage and cassis
- Sixty Second Dry Aged Sirloin, toasted brioche and mill creek country egg, frisée salad and mushroom jus
- 21 Day Aged Sirloin and Pot Roast of Beef, Tocqueville potatoes, autumn mirepoix and bone marrow butter