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Posted by asd on 11/10/2007
With some anticipation, I finally made it to Bistro Citron for brunch. The meal started off well, with warm croissants. It was downhill - and fast - from there. I had an omlette which was on the menu as mushroom, sausage and potato, but arrived with nary a spud in site (unless you count the mostly dried out, aging homefries). While the omlette itself was nice - fluffy with the right amount of butter, the sausage was woefully overcooked, and I ended up pulling it out and leaving in on the plate. My wife had a seafood crepe with salad. The salad looked liked it had been sitting for hours, and the crepe was so packed with crab and salmon that it simply overwhelmed any subtelty the crepe may have had. On top of that, the salmon was so fishy tasting, that it took nearly an hour to get the aftertaste out of our mouths. To me, a french bistro should be able to do omlettes and crepes in their sleep. The carelessness and lack of interest in what passed for brunch at this place was terribly dissapointing, and while I may try a dinner service, you will never find me in here before sundown again.
Posted by Alvin W. Shields on 10/10/2007
Last year, having recently had a wonderful dinner at Bistro Cassis, I was delighted to discover Bistro Citron, a related UWS restaurant, on the day it opened. The proprietor, Patrice, who would soon and often warmly greet me and many of my friends before showing us to our table, was animated and excited about the new space. Bistro Citron has become my favorite restaurant in NYC. The attractive décor, attentive service, and reasonable prices are only the beginning to a dinner, lunch, or weekend brunch that would leave you satiated and smiling. Most of all, the menu, which changes seasonally, has yet to disappoint. The plats du jour, as well as the regular menu, have enough variety to please even my most demanding friends. The food is simply delicious with portions that are more than adequate and dishes that are well prepared. The French standards—each of the three les moules entrees as well as the steak frites, onion soup, and the Coquilles St. Jacques—remind me of bistros I frequent on my yearly treks to Paris. I’ve become particularly fond of each of the duck dishes, and the salade frisee aux lardons is one of the most decadent yet delicious salads I’ve ever enjoyed. Finally, Café Bistro’s rack of lamb, lamb stew, or its marinated lamb is not to be missed. I’ve been a customer from the beginning and continue to enjoy my meals there. Furthermore, every friend I’ve taken there has gone back on his or her own and not just once.
Posted by Dan Myers on 09/03/2007
Everything about this place is so-so. It looks fine, but that's about it. Sitting at the bar before my table was ready, it took the bartender ten minutes to make my drink, and when it was done he let it sit there without giving it to me, moving on to making more drinks for people sitting at tables. I had to ask him to hand it to me. The waiters were typical snooty. I ordered the chicken, which unbelieveably was inedible. It was tough and tasted like gristle. My father (who I was with) tasted it and agreed with me. We sent it back for them to look at, and they brought it back after cooking it a little bit more. Still inedible. I told the waiter and he arrogantly replied that the chef thought it was fine. I told him that I'm the one who has to eat it so it makes no difference what the chef thinks! It took 20 minutes for them to bring me some salmon, which at least was edible.
Posted by yum on 08/16/2007
I was concerned after reading the previous reviews about the service being so poor here...but I came here the other night with family and we sat outside on a great summer night. The service couldn't have been friendlier . The food was delicious and the laid back, charming feel of the place really fit its authentic bistro food. I would certainly come back, nothing but pleasant things to say about this spot!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/18/2007
When Bistro Citron first opened we were there all the time for dinner and brunch. There were a few nice servers and it was a welcome addition to the neighborhood. As time went on they got a little cocky, it seemed, and the service went down as quickly as the prices went up. We even stiffed our waiter once, the first time this 25% tipper has ever done any such thing. He deserved to be fired for his behavior but the manager was nowhere to be found.
Posted by LCM on UWS on 06/10/2007
Food prices are up and service is way down. I have eaten here or gotten delivery at least once often twice a week since it opened. All I can say is the service is appalling . . . both the delivery and restaurant service. Despite this being one of the few truly good places in the neighborhood, I will be going elsewhere.
Posted by Dano on 05/24/2007
I am a regular and have eaten outside, inside at table and at the bar. Avoid the bar! Last weekend went to eat with a friend from out of town. Bartender was overwhelmed eventhough the restaurant wasn't that crowded. He suggested a bottle of wine, ruined the cork, poured for me since I was tasting and walked away.... never asked how it was, my friend decided to pour the wine for both of us, never gave us silverware, had to wait to eat until he came over to ask us how it was and then gave us something to eat with. Good thing the food is good, the service, on multiple occasions has been poor. Don't eat at the Bar after 9PM since they "clean up" and spray Windex or ammonia all over the place without regard to what you are eating 2 feet away! Clean up when your customers leave!