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Posted by C McHugh on 03/30/2009
And I'm never disappointed! I especially love the French Onion Soup and duck breast. They do a really great brunch, absolutely love the bread basket and Croque Monsieur. They've recently added breakfast and I have not yet gone there during the week for that, but I'm sure it's great too. Also delivery arrives within a half hour
Posted by LA on 02/11/2009
Ive been here numerous times for dinner and brunch and every time I have left completely satisfied and wondering when I'll order the next time I go back! Ive always had very good service, even during peak brunch time. We waited 30 minutes for a table for 8, which is fine, we sat at the bar and had some awesome bloody marys! Everyone enjoyed their food, it was hot and fresh. The only problem in the restaurant is the NOISE! It is SO loud you have to shout to talk to people at the other end of the table. If you can, try to get an outdoor table to avoid this. Overall its an excellent place, maybe not the best French in the city, but casual enough that you can enjoy it any day of the week at any time. Also for you coffee fans, their house coffee is a dark roast which is very starbucks-ish. I personally dont like stabucks and of you dont like dark roasts you shouldnt order the coffee!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/31/2008
Ehhh... this place is fine. but that's it, just fine. atmosphere is a bit lacking. Good steak/frites. a bit pricey for what/where it is. better french in the city for comparable prices.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/19/2008
I don't understand many of this restaurant's reviews. Each time I've been to Cafe d'Alsace, I have always found the food to be of the highest quality and the service to be professional and attentive. My last experience was the best. First of all we could hardly hear the piped in music, it was so discrete. What a pleasure to be able to converse without shouting. Perhaps from 6 to 7 pm is the only time this is possible, as the groovy people who cannot live without loud music, and whose main positive adjective when discussing food is "awesome," don't come until quite later. My marrow bones were unctuously wonderful and my wife loved her braised leeks. Her duck breast was perfectly prepared and my baeckheofe was a delicious surprise. I usually get their choucroute (which I love) but the waiter convinced me to be adventurous. He was right - succulent lamb and oxtail in a fine sauce. The leftovers served for a great lunch the next day. Two great beer suggestions. added to my pleasure. The service was worthy of an haute cuisine French restaurant. Two examples - When I requested a spoon (I loved the sauce), it was delivered on a little tray instead of being carried in the waiter's hand. I often bring flowers for my wife to be brought out with each course. As we were about to leave the waiter took the flowers and returned them with damp paper around the stems and cellophane around the flowers. Now, that's service! This was a first and had never happened before, even in the finest of French restaurants. It was a great meal!
Posted by bc[_]nyc on 11/30/2008
I can never get enough of Cafe d'Alsace... me and my friends even have an acronym for it whenever we text each other... "CdA". The food, the service and even the price are all just perfect! I had taken all my out-of-town visitors to Cafe d'Alsace, and could 100% guarantee that everyone had a great time, and would always ask to go back when they were in town. Just recently, I had discovered that the place had a $16 2-course prix-fixe lunch menu... how could you go wrong with that? So next time you're around East 86th street, make sure not to miss out on this neighborhood bistro.
Posted by Marie[_]Beaumont on 11/18/2008
The croque monsieur is the best croque monsier I have ever had, and for one restaurant to have TWO items that are the best I've had of their kind is remarkable. I don't know why exactly the croque monsieur is so goodI wouldn't imagine this place is shelling out for the best gruyere or ham it's the way the sandwich is put togetherit's not drowned in bechamel, the bread is delicious, and the whole thing is grilled to my never-ending delight. The quenelle de brochet is extremely juicy and flavorful. There is a scallop dish that comes with saffron rice which is like crack cocaine. I don't even like scallops that much, and I find myself ordering the dish for the rice. The profiteroles have the most luscious chocolate sauce over them I have ever tasted. The steak tartare is average and competent, by which I mean the mean quality is not out of this world and ground to perfection, but hey, very few places do that. (And this not high end fare, and so some dishes are necessarily going to suffer from a rustic touch.) And the froth of the cappuccinos is so fine it's like velvet. There is obviously some special training involved. This is no absurd bus-boy concocted, cinnamon sprinkled coffee drink, it is a first class cappuccino all the way. A small thing, but if you appreciate really fine cappuccinos, it's a BIG thing. Taste is subjective, but....I've brought a bunch of friends and only two didn't love it. One man doesn't particularly like french fare the other,... there is no explanation....
Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2008
I love this restaurant. I go here for brunch 3 times a month at least. The food is fantastic and the price is reasonable. The beer and wine lists are also excellent. The only problem is that the service is inconsistent. I keep coming back for the food, but the sub par service can often be frustrating.