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138 Orchard St, New York City, NY 10002-3116
+1 212-466-4633
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good22%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tasting menu” (24 reviews)
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138 Orchard St, New York City, NY 10002-3116
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Reviewed yesterday

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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here for a late Valentines Day dinner a few days after Valentines Day. The dinner started off very well and we thought it was going to be a great nights. We even decided to order a bottle of wine to share. This is...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

Contra offers the cheapest tasting menu among its Michelin counterparts, with its 6-course tasting menu priced at $74, plus the cheapest wine-pairing, equally set at the moderate price tag of $60. The food is inventive, rather minimalistic if not austere in both the presentation and...More

Reviewed 14 January 2018

I had Contra at the top of my list of go to New York restaurants and was quite excited when I secured a reservation. It was a wonderful experience. A six course tasting menu full of creativity and wonder. And the desserts were just superb....More

Thank Wayne M
Reviewed 4 January 2018

They only offer a single tasting menu with an optional wine pairing. The menu and wine were very reasonably priced. The food and paired wines were excellent. The service was great. The decor was good. If you're interested in tasting menus and don't want to...More

Thank rickspickelmier
Reviewed 28 December 2017

We went for a dinner. They only offer seasonal testing menu but it is a good value for the money. Excellent service, reasonably priced wine list with good selection, nice food. I would skip the cheese course but deserts are a must, Overall it is...More

Thank Mark R
Reviewed 28 December 2017

You can only book 2 weeks in advance, so I was so pleased when I managed to secure a table. It's very easy to walk past and miss the restaurant, so keep eyes peeled! We love tasting menus, and this one was delicious all the...More

Thank Danielle E
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Six course tasting menu was very nice. Service was prompt and efficient. Nice decor, interesting to see the chefs working in the kitchen.

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 8 December 2017

There for my birthday with my tweens and husband. Great food and really great service. Just very disappointed at the end when we ordered the cheese course. We were told we could not get it as there are chestnuts served along with the cheese and...More

Thank Leslie M
Reviewed 21 November 2017 via mobile

The Resturant Contra is definitely a must when visiting NYC. Each time I have been to this understated restaurant, I am pleasantly surprised. When you walk in the restaurant the atmosphere is cozy and tastefully decorated. The service is excellent. Each person that works there,...More

Thank smp00
Lower East Side
Straddling the bridge between New York’s thriving
immigrant past and its modern transformation into a
beacon of global art and culture, the Lower East Side
is one of the most dynamic neighbourhoods in the city.
The blocks of tenements that represented the promise
and blight of the Lower East Side immigrant experience
now command top dollar for new residents. Right next
to old-world delis, 24-hour bodegas, and the garment
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11 March 2017|
Response from Nate B | Reviewed this property |
My wife is vegetarian and they made amazing substitutes for her. Give them a heads up when you make the reservation and you will be pleasantly surprised with what they come up with!
2 January 2017|
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Response from Nate B | Reviewed this property |
You will be fine - don't miss it.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
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18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 138 Orchard St, New York City, NY 10002-3116
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Lower East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Lower East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-466-4633
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