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Posted by Oskar on 03/02/2014
Had bunch with my wife at Buvette this morning and had an excellent experience. The hostess was friendly and helpful even though she was actively running the operation there. Since we were 2 we immediately sat at the bar. Otherwise, we would have had to get in the waiting line--1 hr long. The staff behind the bar/which doubles as their kitchen were as fun and friendly as they were entertaing and productive. Amazing to see what they produce from behind that little bar!! Food was different from the norm and truly imaginitive and delicious. Service was good but slow simply because they have a very small kichen which limits their capacity. But everyone was very nice and attentive which is refreshing. It's a small space and a little tight but they produce wonderfully unique food in a cozy french bistro-like setting. If you can spare a little patience, Buvette has a lot to offer. Highy recommend the begian waffle with sunny side eggs, bacon and guyere. delish!
Posted by tartecitron on 01/10/2014
Buvette is a pub. A charming one, but don't expect to be satiated on their pricey but petite portions.
Posted by Ann Miller on 10/19/2013
I really don't know what all the fuss is about. Other than the cute, chic French mise-en-scene this place is a total rip off. Yes, it will remind you of bistros in Paris - that slightly poetic, run-down decor that could have been culled from someone's basement - but other than that, you won’t get much for your money. The portions are tiny - if you decide to share one of the plats that begin at $21 for three items. And I mean tiny. We got about a tablespoon – possibly less – of each of the two cheeses we selected and maybe an ounce of duck mouse. That came with toasted - and I believe old - bread that was supposed to be crunchy but literally fell apart. The Pouilly-Fuissé came in a very small carafe that produced one glass and a half. That was excellent as it well should have been for $26. In retrospect, we would have been better off buying a bottle. I sat on a tiny, small metal seat with no back - most of the "seats" were the same for all the small tables and the wait staff constantly bumped into my back as they scurried to the bar. To be clear, I'm 120 pounds and 5'7" so I'm not that big. If any of them had even, just once, said, "excuse me" or even pretended to be polite, I wouldn't have minded that much. I can’t believe they have a ‘Buvette’ in Paris … when I was in Paris I never once paid $100 for a “pseudo” meal [and left hungry]. Come to think of it, I never had to pay that much for a meal anywhere in France and I can guarantee you that the food was abundant and good. So if you just want to drop $100 to sit in a faux French bistro with snooty wait staff on uncomfortable seats with tiny portions and pretend you are chic and privileged, then this is the place for you. If you want real good food at a decent price – go somewhere else.
Posted by LH on 08/08/2012
It seems that most of these reviews have come from people who expected to have "American" service, which is notoriously over-involved in the diners' meal. Buvette offers something entirely different---it gives the diner the opportunity to enjoy the company of his companions without the interference of a waiter. (There's none of this, "Hello, my name is Sally and I'll be your server!" nonsense.) This certainly isn't the restaurant for you if you don't like making friends with your neighbors, as you will invariably be seated inches away from the next party or even at the same table! For people who enjoy that experience, it will be the best meal out you've had in this city. And I haven't even mentioned the food yet! (It's outstanding, and so well executed and true to French cuisine.) Tips: Arrive early, between 5p and 6p to get a table, or sit at the bar where you can watch the action. Keep in mind, "buvette" means "a little drink." Everything about the place is petite, from the plates to the portion sizes to the tables and utensils. It helps if you're thin, as there's not much extra room in the place. (Sorry, but it's true!) Talk to your neighbors! It's the best way to learn about the food and to expand your New York experience. You're missing out if you keep to yourself.
Posted by adoannie on 06/30/2012
3 words: Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! We have a toddler so every meal out counts. This exceeded our expectations on every count!
Posted by Joy on 04/18/2012
Attentive service for a solo diner. Great neighborhood resto, too bad it's not in my neighborhood. Flavorful food , everything on the menu is delicious!
Posted by TRILD on 04/06/2012
The best: The service and specially our waiter Antoine, he was very friendly. He recommended the best wine in the place, it was fantastic. The service was impeccable. Try: The French wine & Pomodorini. We went 3 times in one week, during our holiday in NYC and it was always amazing. Super atmosphere & delicious food. We love Buvette in NYC. Also the neighborhood is bohemian and interesting.