I cannot believe that Telepan Local, located in TriBeCa closed on November 16th! We went there a week before and loved our food there, recommending it to people. There was just this announcement on their website:
As of Sunday, November 16th, Telepan Local is closed for business. We have truly enjoyed our time at the restaurant and are forever grateful to all our staff, guests, investors, family and friends for their loyalty and support.
We want to especially thank you, our clientele, for your past business and tell you how much we have enjoyed welcoming you to our restaurant. We hope you will visit us soon at our Upper West Side restaurant, Telepan.
And for our cake lovers out there, do not fret – we’ll still be offering Larissa’s celebrated baked goods uptown!
All the very best,
Bill Telepan and Jimmy Nicholas
First of all, the decor was fantastic, with white wood all over, giving a bit the impression you were in a chalet, but definitely a classy one.
In the back was the kitchen, where the small plates were coming out. Because, yes, it is an all American tapas place and I admit that we were a bit overwhelmed by all these mouth watering dishes on the menu. We were also not sure how many we should order.
As you can see, they have a wood fire oven, where sourdough pizette are made. So we tried one, made with mushrooms, caramelized onions and robiola, that is an Italian soft-ripened cheese.
It was really good: the crust was crunchy and I loved the sweetness that came from the caramelized onions.
I liked the fact that they proposed small foie gras bites for $5 a piece, that were delicious, topped with an apricot jam.
Similarly to the foie gras, they had a lamb slider, also order by piece.
Sliders are tricky, because they can be quickly overcooked, but this one was juicy and had this wonderful lamb taste that I cannot resist.
As well as grilled octopus that was nicely charred.
But, one of the interesting dishes was the grilled cheese or pan con tomato. It was an interesting take on grilled cheese and tomato soup, but instead of the soup, there was a tomato spread on top of the bread.
The last dish we tried was a Brussels sprout salad served with frisée and a 6 minutes egg.
Last was dessert. We went for the coconut layer cake as it is one of Jodi's favorites. It was really good, the cream and frosting not being overly sweet and made with coconut as opposed to a cake with coconut sprinkled on top. Her comment was that it was, with the one from Baltazar, the best coconut layer cake.
It was a bit pricey, but, considering that it was located in TriBeCa, it was not outrageous. I wish they were still open to try some other dishes, especially for brunch. Too bad!
Enjoy (I did)!
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