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“Exquisite”
Review of Contra

Contra
Ranked #1 413 of 14 730 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Exquisite food in an exquisite setting. It's more than just the food - it's an experience. As soon as I walked in, I felt the inviting and warm ambience. I loved the layout and felt like a little like I was dining in a friend's home rather than a traditional restaurant. The menu is prix fixe and the restaurant was flexible to accommodate our dietary needs. We had two pescatarians and a vegan (as well as a friend who ate everything). Nothing was too much trouble and each dish was immaculate - in both presentation and taste. The wine pairings were a perfect compliment to each menu item. The service was impeccable. I loved this place and will definitely be back. Located in Orchard Street, it is a 5-10 minute stroll from the F,M and B.D subway lines. Reservation is highly recommended.

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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

This place is so lovely! GREAT food amazing wine list , super friendly staff. Enjoyed every minute of it. Would definitely recommend. They just opened a new restaurant called una pizza napoletana which is UNREAL ( on the same street )

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Reviewed 26 May 2018

We arrived without reservations and were immediately impressed with the staff figuring out how to fit us in. We ate at the bar, and that turned out to be great. The pace of the dining experience was surprisingly civilized for NYC. We got to enjoy our conversation with each other and with the bar tender (he was outstanding) and did not feel rush - at the same time never waited too long. The menu is prix fixe. Each dish was well thought out and the progression of the meal was excellent. Well priced and interesting wine selection - we opted for a red and a white from the Jura region. We would definitely come back.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

We went for a special occasion as it offered interesting food at a reasonable price. Overall we felt the savoury dishes were very well presented and extremely tasty. However, we felt the desserts let the place down - so much more effort seemed to have been put into the savouries over the Desserts, which were either too creamy or still frozen. I was gifted an extra dessert as a birthday treat which was a nice gesture but looked like a bowl of houmous (altho actually tasted OK.)
The biggest let down for us were the drinks.. My husband really only likes lager but they couldn't offer any - there were a few 'craft beers' but for some reason they felt it unnecessary to offer a lager choice. Also, I ordered 2 glasses of wine over the course of the meal - and one was particularly stingy in proportion - the other a more usual measure but it just felt a little bit mean. So - a pleasant experience in a trendy place but a few flaws
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We had heard about the creative cuisine and very much enjoyed the opportunity to experience it. While the ambiance and decor were not ravishing, the food was excellent and creative. We would welcome returning.

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