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Posted by flixbix on 03/12/2010
Met with friends here because we were going to a show at Town Hall. They were really nice about the wait and about seating us although the place was crowded. The spaghetti carbonara here is amazing--as are the fries and mussels. Our friends ordered the Thai and Italian ones. One of us had the chicken/mushroom puff pastry thing and thought it was just OK. Also, the house Cuvee is really good. We all left stuffed.
Posted by lawlady on 01/02/2010
Lots of restaurants in bars have mediocre food, decent service and sound levels that allow you to have a conversation. Not BXL. Here, the food and service are really good, but the noise level is unbearable. I go when I'm alone, but no one I know will go with me, because it is so loud. If you're interested in good food and have something to do while you're eating that doesn't involve hearing anyone else, BXL is a good choice. Otherwise it's not worth the effort.
Posted by Native Manhattanite on 09/28/2009
Am absolutely amazed that anyone would go to this restaurant more than once! Tried it for the first time at lunch, and while the food was perfectly OK, my friend and I could not talk above the unbelievable din emanating from our fellow diners. The noise level was so bad that I came home hoarse and will never go again! Also, the service was quite slow, though the servers themselves were pleasant.
Posted by EMT379 on 12/24/2008
I had a great lunch of onion soup, mussels and fries. The soup was excelent, the mussels perfectly cooked and the fries plentiful and crispy. Although there were only three waitstaff working a busy dining room, service was wonderful.
Posted by Pam & Wendy on 10/03/2008
BXL Cafe is a very small place that was crowded on a Thursday night, but it has great ambiance. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. We only waited 5 minutes for a table. There are some booths and a small table in the corner, which we sat at. We never felt rushed and the food was delivered, and dishes cleared, promptly. Many business men were at the bar and mostly New Yorkers at the tables. I think we were the only tourists there. This is definitely not on a tourist list and if you don't like small, crowded places, don't go. We will return on our next trip to NYC and recommend it to all.
Posted by NYer2008 on 08/06/2008
I see all the complaints about soggy fries, but I had a delicious croque monsieur with crispy fries just last week. The Duvel hit the spot on a hot and humid day. I'll be back.
Posted by RedComyn on 12/27/2007
Belgians are known for their frites. BXL has a great selection of Belgian ales and beer but their frites are something to be desired. The frites here are soggy and indedible as opposed to crispy and golden. My roasted chicken was average at best. A fun place to drink and watch European football but not really worth the money for the food. Service was decent.