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Posted by Lee on 05/12/2008
As a local, a new restaurant of this caliber always a must try- The food is tasteless, I had duck, my wife steak poive. Totally ordinary. the room and service are fine, but not worth a return visit...
Posted by Anonymous on 05/12/2008
The food is good, but the experience was absolutely not worth the effort of making the reservation. For starters, after we found out our reservation was marked in the book for one less than we called the reservation in as (which we confirmed over the phone the day before), received no apology, and got attitude from the hostess. Then we had the server who implied we were a cheap table for not ordering wine and only apologized after we told him we were all in AA (why did we even have to explain this?) our side dishes never arrived, and I received more than one elbow in by back by passing waiters. Once we had our meal (which I will say was good) and received our check, the server hovered over us until we paid. When we left, we all scratched our heads and all wondered why did we even bother going there. There are so many better places in NY to give your business to.
Posted by Foodie101 on 05/11/2008
My wife and I went there on Mother's day (around 2:30pm). The food is average. They only had a brunch menu which surprised me because on their website the listed the lunch menu. The waitress was really busy and came and went about 4 times - they were rather inflexible until my wife made a big deal about just getting an the onion soup which is on the prix fixe menu only. Food is average - nothing exceptional which surprised me. Againt, the menu was a brunch menu only. Expected more. Too bad for a Ducasse restaurant. Expected something better.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/08/2008
Went for drinks and had appetizers. The bar is very nice-service was great. Food is just ok.
Posted by Barney on 04/30/2008
I am from & live in NYC, eat out all the time, but never felt compelled to write a review before, until eating at Benoit ! Here goes: At the door we were brusquely informed (incorrectly) that they had left a phone message for us to bring our own wine (no license yet). We had received no such message, yet no alternative or help was offered: we watched everyone else enjoy their wine with their meals. One of the great things about LCB was the spacious feeling, how the tables were set nicely apart from each other. Well, Benoit must have at least doubled the number of tables because they are all so close they seemed connected (you better have something good to talk about to entertain the strangers sitting on your lap)! And the noise level at LCB was comfortable how could Benoit ruin that? Well, the noise is now deafening: I couldn't hear the waitress nor could she hear me. Actually, this really didn't matter because she rarely came over to our table anyway (very skilled at pretending she doesn't see you staring or waving at her), and when she eventually did, she didn't know the answer to anything I asked & seemed bothered by the Q's. When I asked what the "Mousseline" sauce on the asparagus was, she barked "whipped cream!" That's sure reducing it to its essence! Also, they had faxed me a menu just the night before, but when I requested an item on it (they still had it, but it was now for 2) they refused to accommodate me even though they acknowledged having just faxed me that menu! I couldn't help yearning for the polished, courteous & helpful service of LCB! Then we waited so long for our entrees (one-and-a half hrs!) that for the first time in my life, despite my raging hunger, I actually forgot we hadn't eaten them yet & started to read the dessert menu!! When the entrees finally arrived, we stared at the few little pieces on the plates (like in the funny tv commercial, immediately wondering where we were going to eat afterwards) and once again longed for the food at LCB, which not only tasted heavenly, and was always cooked to your specifications, but was also generously portioned (Benoit's portion size belongs in a doll house)! I asked the waitress whether the meringues on display in front were for sale, and she responded (not surprisingly) that there are no meringues there (for the record, there are, but unfortunately for those leaving hungry, they are not for sale). So, M. Rachou, New York needs you & misses you!! Come back please. Soon!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/30/2008
This place is a major and welcome addition to the NYC dining scene. The first nyc brasserie i've been to that's truly up there with Balthy's. Charucoutarie platter unbelievable, large and diverse and not your typical run of the mill items either. There was stuff on the platter I could very happily not identify. Duck l'orange fantastic and very old school in a good way. Actually everything about the food is old school in a good way but the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The cassoulet will take you down if you are not a pro. Lamb trio was perfect. Portions are huge and prices a bargin for the food you are getting. Ducasse finally figured it out with this one. Go as soon as you can. I am craving to go back. I plan to live here.
Posted by Joyisme on 04/29/2008
Alain Ducasse has done it again - a nicely done French Bistro. Good atmosphere, food is true to expectations of French provincial cooking, and the service is phenominal. Had dinner there last night with a companion (just a scant week after its opening) and found it to be a lovely dinner. The Cassoulet (white bean, duck and pork stew) is well done as is the escargot appetizer. Service is right on and attentive.