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  • French, Bistro, Wine Bar
  • 2 Park Ave (Entrance on E 32nd St), New York NY10016 40.74632 -73.982607
  • (At 32nd St)
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  • (212) 725-8585
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User Ratings (Based on 129 reviews)

Food 3.9 Value 3.3
Service 3.3 Atmosphere 3.5

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 725-8585
(212) 481-5455
Visa, MC, AmEx Wine Bar Hours Daily: 10:45am-2am
Lunch Mon-Fri: 10:45am-2:45pm Dinner Mon-Sat: 5pm-1am Sun: 5pm-2am Brunch Sat: 10:45am-3:45pm Sun: 10:45am-3:45pm
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Bar, Bar Scene, Beer Served, Bistro, Business Dining, Catering, Fine Dining, Good for Groups, Late Night, Liquor Served, Lunch Special, Notable Wine List, Online Reservations, Private Parties, Prix Fix Menus, Raw Bar, Romantic, Take Out, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine Served

User Reviews

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/07/2008

    stinky cheese coming through

    No complaints about the food service or value. The only thing is that you can smell the restaurant from 10 miles away and when you go into the restaurant the pungent smell just takes over all your other senses, I guess it is understandable since it is a fondue place and there's lots of stinky cheese, but after all said and done at the end of the dinner I still do not want want to be a big piece of cheese walking around NYC.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by fussbudget23 on 05/07/2008

    Serious Staff Training Needed

    Three of us went for brunch on Sunday. We arrived on the dot for a 12:30 reservation and the place was already jammed with diners. Greeted with warm smiles by the man at the desk, and the woman who showed us to our (rather cramped) table. As others have commented, it was noisy (possibly due to the very high ceilings), but the room is very attractive in a true bistro style and we had no problem conversing with each other or being heard without shouting. The problem we DID have was our waitress. First, she was so "efficient" that we barely had our bottoms on the chairs before she was thrusting menus at us and asking for drink orders. Next, she was uninformed about some menu items and brusque in her answers about others. Since I was new to the restaurant, I wanted to try the famous gougeres (home made mini cheese puffs). When I inquired about how many came in the "small" order , she said "five." Cost was $8.50, which I thought excessive, even for New York. but we ordered them anyway. They arrived in a pretty cylindrical basket we stopped counting at 11. So either she gave us the "large" order - for $11.50 (we forgot to check when the bill arrived) or she had no idea about the portion sizes. Then she kept popping by the ask if we were ready to order, barely allowing us time to peruse the menu. She never smiled, acted put out if we questioned her about the make-up of some of the unfamiliar dishes and in general had a very Gallic attitude. (In that respect, we might well have been eating on the Left Bank!) And the odd thing was, after trying to steamroller us through our meal, when we wanted the check she was no where to be found, and it took us nearly a half hour to settle up and leave, almost making us late for a Broadway matinee. The food was good, and attractively presented, though, and the people at the front desk smiled and thanked us for coming. So it isn't all the staff just some need training!

  • Artisanal

    Posted by mslk116 on 05/04/2008

    Incredibly delicious every single time!

    I came here during restaurant week this year and their promotion worked- I am truly hooked! My friend and I shared the mushroom risotto in butter sauce and it was utterly amazing! I also ordered their mac and cheese which was amazing except that it came with ham and I am a vegetarian it did NOT say there was ham in the mac and cheese on the menu but, I was able to pick around it. It had the perfect blend of cheeses and an amazing layer of cheese crust on top. The desserts were great as well. We had a friendly waitress and although it is a bit pricey it is not too pricey. I will return many times!

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2008

    Amazing French Toast - Decent Brunch

    The croissant french toast was by far the highlight of the whole meal. The creme fraiche and apple compote were the perfect compliment to the french toast. Syrup not needed. The only caveat is that it is definately not enough to fill you up. We also had the soft scrambled eggs - also very good. The gnocchi was good as well though not outstanding. Also enjoyed their sparkling fruit juices.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Anonymous on 03/29/2008

    Not recommended

    As echoed by others here, the quality of food and service has dropped substantially. It is sad to see another neighborhood restaurant falter in a location otherwise devoid of quality dining options. Last night's experience there has lost another customer for good. After sitting down, we waited perhaps five minutes for water or a menu, and waited exceptionally long to get our drinks and appetizers. When the entrees came in, I had received the wrong item. The waiter was surprised by the error, and after perhaps another five minutes of waiting, he came back to tell me that they had run out of the dish. He said I could select another entree and it would come immediately. I picked the wild mushroom risotto and waited at least 20 minutes for it to arrive. Meanwhile my fellow diner was being neglected by the waitstaff, not even receiving refills of water. Finally I gave up on the order and asked another waiter for our check. I never received my entree. The check came back and everything but my entree was on the bill a total of $80. Not even a token discount or drinks removed from the order! According to the time on the receipt, we wasted an hour and a half there for one round of drinks, apps, and half of our table's food for $80. Meanwhile, the quality of the food was lacking compared to most restaurants in this price range. The foie gras millette was eggy and had an intense mayonnaise flavor. The gnocci dish was unbalanced with it's root vegetables. The risotto was soft and lacked truffle flavor.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by LttlMichey on 02/04/2008

    Overpriced and underfed

    My boyfriend and I went here Saturday night and weren't impressed. Our waitress was excellent, but there isn't much else to compliment. We ordered the fondue with crudités and apples. The fondue didn't have a strong flavor, which seems unusual for a restaurant whose main focus is cheese. Also, the crudités plate was tiny - it came with one piece of broccoli, some small pieces of pepper, two mini carrots and little pickles. The apples and bread were good - I'd recommend getting that if you go. But I don't think we'll be returning in the near future - there are much better deals (and food) to be had in the city.

  • Artisanal

    Posted by Jyoti on 01/24/2008

    Excellent food and ambiance

    A friend and I came here for Restaurant Week 2008. I had the parmesan gnocchi - and it was excellent! I also ordered the sauteed skate wing - which was well prepared - I think it might have been the blood oranges. The panna cotta dessert was mediocre at best, but the other two courses made up for it. We will definitly be back to try the fondue. I would recommend this place for a dinner with a friend, and also for a date (as we also saw a lot of couples).

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