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103 W. 77th St. (Columbus Ave.) Send to Phone
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John Fraser’s nimble touch and a thorough wine list light up the Upper West Side.

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Dovetail, New York, NY

Dovetail Restaurant Review

: The name of owner-chef John Fraser's restaurant is no accident: everything about the place integrates fluidly. The warm space, painted in dulcet tones and quieted by carpeting, coddles visitors --- including the occasional celebrity diner --- from the moment they arrive. Fraser's cooking philosophy of focusing on ingredients and seasonality was influenced by traveling through France and Spain, and his creativity provides a fine foil for his classical technique. Appetizers are beautifully plated, perhaps shaved Brussels sprouts with Gouda, rutabaga and pumpkin seeds. Entrées are on the hearty side, and tableside presentations are not uncommon. You might consider king salmon, accompanied by chicory, pears and winter truffles; or lamb saddle on buckwheat crêpes and green olives. Monday nights feature a four-course fixe-prix for vegetarians as well. It's tough to resist desserts like a warm apple tart topped with crème fraîche and rum pecans. Jaime Kaloustian oversees a wide-ranging selection of American and European wines and an impressive collection of sherries. Service is attentive and knowledgeable without hovering.
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