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Posted by Mitsy on 10/03/2009
I met some friends for a neighborhood dinner at Bleu, and as always, we had a most pleasant experience. Salads were crisp and fresh, the crock of french onion soup was loaded with cheesey goodness and the two pasta dishes were delish. The ribbon pasta with braised brisket is one of our favorite staples and the whole wheat fettucine with veal bolognese is going to quickly become a new one. The drinks are strong and large (my friends swear by the mojitos) and I have never been disappointed by the wine by the glass options. For dessert we shared an apple cranberry crumble with vanilla ice cream which was really tasty (although probably would have been even better had it been served warm). We sat out on the back patio which was perfect on an early fall evening and as always, service was attentive, sweet and probably some of the best in the neighborhood. Definitely our go-to spot for a girls night out in the hood.
Posted by 30 something on 08/28/2009
I used to go to bleu regularly since the staff is so friendly. i would always order something and hoped everytime that the food improved. it never has. the burgers they serve are good, and so are the chicken fingers. that's not saying much. the decorations are overdone. the only nice thing is the outdoor patio if you want drinks only.
Posted by Olympia SB on 07/27/2009
Bleu was once a regular in our brunch rotation when we first moved to the area. Now, we only dine here, or order delivery, once in a rare blue moon, when we’ve completely exhausted other options & want to change up our same ’ol, same ’ol. Why is this our last resort place? Well, for a long time, the menu was rather limited, & what they had tasted all right but not fabulous, especially given the prices. Recently we realized that they’ve changed their menu, so we enthusiastically gave them another shot by ordering delivery. I ordered a warm apple salad that I saw here on Menupages.com. Well I guess they no longer had it on the menu but rather than telling me that on the phone, they sent me their pear salad, which I normally wouldn’t have minded, but it comes drenched in gorgonzola cheese, which I DO mind, can’t stand the stuff! (To their credit they’ve since updated their Menupages menu & that item is no longer there to confuse orderers & order-takers). The rest of the food we got from the new menu was – eh, just acceptable. It PAINS me greatly to not give this place a glowing review – I LOVE Washington Hts & try to support all the neighborhood businesses I can! And I will certainly keep Bleu in mind as an option for the future, I wish them the best of luck. But I just don’t have raves for this restaurant’s food at this time. I will say that the space is pretty cool so maybe it’s best just for drinks…?
Posted by andrear on 05/16/2009
I have been to this place a lot in the past year and I haven't ever had a bad experience. There is a tiny bit of a language barrier with the wait staff but other than that, its a great place. I love eating outside. The inside part is OK but teeny and I don't like places where I feel like I am having dinner with the people I don't know, right next to me. That's NYC dining for you though! I haven't had ANY bad food there and we've been for brunch, lunch and dinner or just for a burger! I don't know what kind of beef they use but it is one of the best burgers I have ever had! I love the onion soup, the hummus platter, the goat cheese salad, the steak, chicken, pasta. Anyway, I would give atmosphere a 5.0 if I loved it as much sitting inside but I just don't. It's still a fun hang. I am thinking of having a bridal brunch outside there.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/26/2009
I've heard bad things about Bleu since moving to the neighborhood a few years ago so I hadn't tried it until recently, when I heard it has new owners. I didn't have any expectations but the food ended up being great. I've made several trips back since. Service was friendly, although could have been more attentive. A little overpriced but I'd rather spend my money at a neighborhood spot than something in midtown.
Posted by Megan on 04/11/2009
I took my boyfriend here thinking this would be a lovely spot for a late lunch on the patio. However, it took a long time before someone brought us menus, then drinks, then incorrect drinks, then food. The food was bland, and unimpressive. I was disappointed that this wasn't better, because I really was looking forward to finding a cute spot in my neighborhood.
Posted by Emma on 03/19/2009
I've eaten a Bleu once before a few years ago and though I did not like it much then I heard the restaurant improved so I went there for dinner. I waited forty minutes for my entree, which was a bit too bland, drinks were subpar but what was really annoying was that the prices were so high. For over twenty dollars a plate, I would expect a dinner a bit better than diner food.