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Posted by Vinny on 10/14/2013
Don't be afraid to go to Alphabet City, the place is worth it. Scallops were out of this world, amazing! Chicken with port and mushroom sauce was excellent, sole was melting, with a gourmet taste. Large portions, it is hard to make a choice on the menu, you want to try everything. Friendly French atmosphere, very good service.
Posted by Mike D. on 09/15/2013
We've been coming here for several years. It's romantic, sweet ambiance and the music is very French with an American twist. We're not foodies, but the food is always great and the wonderful chef, who is also the owner, always accommodates my vegan girlfriend! I really have only praise for this little restaurant on Ave B.
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.