Telepan–Haute Cuisine Like Mom Might Have Made

In the heart of the Upper West Side at 72 West 69 Street, Telepan, here since 2006, deserves its high Zagat rating of 26 and its positive scores at Yelp, Open Table and other restaurant sites.

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Bill Telepan, who spent the requisite number of years learning his trade in Lyon at the feet of 3-star chef Alain Chapel, also worked with Daniel Boulud and Gilbert Le Coze (Le Barnardin) in New York.

telepan tablesHe put together some good ideas on green market produce, “friendly upstate farmers” pork and grass-fed New York beef, and created Telepan, now an UWS farm-to-table favorite.

telepan barInvited to share our dear friends’ anniversary celebration, we ate from a menu that combined cherished brunch items like French Toast,

french toast 2 The Upper West Sider which, in addition to various smoked fish, had really great creamy scrambled eggs cooked just the right way,

smoked fishand Fallen Pancake Souffle,

fallen pancake souflewith American Nouveau choices like Pan Roasted Trout with Spinach

greens and fishand Apple Sausage with poached egg, duck prosciutto & watercress.

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I started with the chilled corn soup

telepan 1and munched on their very fine breads.

telepan breadsI like their site at, which features news on special menus, such as meatless Mondays,

meatless mondays( and good ideas like their Picnic Baskets for $21.

Lunch, Wednesday through Friday, is $28 for two courses, $32 for three. I couldn’t manage it, but the tres leches cake with tres leches ice cream, peaches & summer berries, sounded awfully good.


The menus are familiar but new, kind of like if mom’s best dishes had been taken up a notch for restaurants. You can eat well here and feel mighty fine about supporting our local farms and naturally grown meats, poultry and produce.




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