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Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2011
We live in the neighborhood and have been here about half a dozen times and enjoyed it every time. We usually show up early in the evening on a Saturday and I can't speak to what it's like when it's crowded, but we find it a great value. The kitchen's spot on; beautifully and carefully cooked, more or less French food that avoids overseasoning and lets the great natural flavors of the ingredients speak for themselves (which is harder than it sounds.) Also very pleasant people; gracious server, very accomodating. Be nice and serve good food: 26 seats does it and makes you wonder: why so many other places seem to be unable to do both at the same time?
Posted by Louise on 02/15/2011
My boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day dinner and we both were very pleased. The scallop appetizer (served on a bed of spinach and topped off with caviar) was delicious. Steak au Poivre and hanger steak were both cooked to perfection and served with au gratin potatoes, haricots verts and sauteed endive. Wine list was very affordable and dessert was fabulous too- we usually share one however we overindulged and had the creme brulee and the chocolate pot - both were so delicious. We weren't rushed in any way and were able to enjoy our dinner. Waitress was very sweet and very attentive - our dining experience exceed our expectations and we would definitely come back.
Posted by SLON on 02/09/2011
Came there on a weekday with no reservations. The hostess sat us right away. Had salmon and potatoes (were a bit raw). Salmon was good. Waitress was very attentive and the place does really only have 26 seats! That’s cute but there are other French places in the vicinity that are better.
Posted by devonred on 01/17/2011
I had high hopes for this place because it's absolutely adorable, but it was a terrible experience. First, it took over 45 minutes for our first course to come, and I ordered French onion soup. It was the most disgusting soup I've ever had. The broth was creamy, the cheese had no flavor, and the croutons were burnt. How does a French restaurant not know how to make onion soup? My boyfriend had the calamari, at the waitress' suggestion, and he found a huge piece of squid cartilege. It was not cleaned or prepared properly, and when he asked her what it was, she proceeded to take it out of his hand, walk through the restaurant to ask the chef, and then brought it back to him and explained that it was the bone of the squid, like that was an acceptable explanation! Beside the fact that she took a dirty piece of squid cartilege through the restaurant twice, she didn't offer to get him something else or really apologize for the fact that he basically had a huge piece of plastic in his food. It was horrible, and I will never go back.
Posted by Erica L on 04/27/2010
I celebrated my 26th birthday here - on 4/26. They're usually closed on Mondays but the owner opened up for the occasion AND baked a cake! I was touched by this stranger's generosity & highly recommend 26 Seats to anyone looking for a warm experience.
Posted by Sean on 10/07/2009
This place had a lot of bad reviews, most of which pointed to rude service from the waitresses. So I went armed with my adopted NYC "no-nonsense" face. However, the waitress was great and friendly and the food was delicious. I was also surprised when the portions arrived. It was great to see the work of a chef who truly takes pride in the flavors and presentation of a dish....while at the same time offering a large plate, instead of the retarded 'tapas'-like portions similar places offer you for the same price. I was stuffed and happy.
Posted by anonymous on 09/27/2009
Went there on Friday night and thought the place was small and cute. I had the garlic sausage potato salad which was OK and the grilled rib eye steak which was very tender and tasty. My friends said the French onion soup was really good. Our waitress was attentive..but the other waitress was very clumsy. She was spilling water all over the place, dropping utensils on the floor and running into chairs as she walked past us. Definitely will go back to try the other dishes.