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Posted by Anonymous on 09/09/2006
I really enjoyed this place - great atmosphere, good food, nice and well-done but not pretentious. It was a little crowded, but didn't feel overwhelming or too noisy. The layout is nice, and feels very authentic without being over-the-top or in-your-face. Try the duck sausage - delicious!
Posted by notzagat on 08/02/2006
We had lunch here and found the food to be pretty good and in very generous portions. The steak frites was ordered rare and it was. The frites were so so. My spouse had the chicken fricassee and it was excellent and required 1/2 to be taken home. The soup special was a cold tomato soup which was not only different and tasty but again in a large portion--it incorporated vinegar quite well. The breads were fresh and abundant. Two decafs and a chocolate tart topped off a fine meal. The prices were fair for Manhattan, maybe even a tad on the less expensive side. My steak frites was $17.50, soup was $7.50 and the fricassee was $13.75; coffee was $2.50 each and dessert $9.00. Decor was top of the line; restrooms were unisex--so no long lines for females. A communal trough for washing up. Service was first rate and attentive. (I had read of their poor service here and elsewhere). I'd go again.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/21/2006
First time I went, I loved it, friendly staff who couldn't do enough to please. Second time was for brunch, friendly but forgetful. Third time went on a Tuesday night at 6:45 and the place was half full but would not seat us b/c we didn't have a reservation. Seems they keep on tiny table next to the hostess area for drop-ins. I was really excited about this place when it opened, but if I have to make reservations to go, not sure I will.
Posted by UES resident on 07/02/2006
I went to cafe d'alsace for a special occasion and was so pleasantly surprised by the experience. i (like another reviewer) had really wanted to like this place because it's in the neighborhood and i love french food. i was so happy i picked it and took a chance on the few reviews that i had read. the food is spectacular (and authentic) and my only complaint was that the server was slow and seemed distracted. overall a fantastic addition to the neighborhood, it's about time the UES has some fun dining hot spots!
Posted by The Obstreperous Ms. J on 06/26/2006
1. The foie gras was served with two slices of poorly toasted white bread. Yech! I didn't know if they were going for homey or cheap, and they excelled at both. Luckily, we just ate the foie gras with our forks as is. Did they run out of baguettes? 2. The beers were excellent! I can't say enough about them. 3. My friend LOVED the mussels, so that was good since she is very picky. 4. The chocrute garnier was such a letdown! It was too salty and the presentation was poor. I really wanted to like it, but it was just a mess of repulsive lackluster sauerkraut, excessive juniper berries and all under a tent of kosher salt. 5. The cheesecake with the raspberry culis was phenomenal. The final word: Will I be back? Yes. The service was great, the beers and the dessert excellent. My friend liked her dish and I will just have to try something else. I'll satiate my need for the chocrute garnier elsewhere.
Posted by STEVIE L. on 06/12/2006
Really wanted to like this place. And really, really did. Friend and I started with a beer selected by our waiter, followed by the mussles entree to split as an app. Big portion of plump ones with delicious white wine,shallots,parsley sauce served with top notch fries and great bread for dunking , accompanied by another great beer selection. As entree, we split the chacroute Garni which was a cauldron of sourkraut, pork breast,bacon,sausages, potatoes etc. It was awesome and of course served with another perfect beer. $54 per person and felt very satisfied.....we're two big eaters and believe me, even if you only had one beer, the food would have pleasantly fed the two of us. Service was great and place was hopping. NICE!
Posted by Hungry College Student on 06/04/2006
This place is great! I had the warm goat cheese to start, then for my main course I had mushroom ravioli, and the chocolate torte for dessert. I could not be happier with the food but I can’t say the same for the service. I had to ask for simple things such as water and a bread plate and the water. Besides that everything was great and I highly recommend this palce.