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Posted by vinominer on 05/01/2007
Soon after the restaurant opened, I had an excellent dinner there. A couple of months later, I found my dinner there to be mediocre. Thinking maybe the chef had been out sick on my second experience, I tried it again last Saturday night. My wife and my dinner bordered on inedible. My waitress confirmed that the chef was "cooking." FYI: The La Moelle was tasteless other than an odd burnt-smokey flavor. I usually love bone marrow - i.e. the one served at Blue Ribbon. The Lamb Payard tasted only of garlic (as did the goat cheese tart). The thin slice of Rib Eye Steak served to my wife tasted odd - was it beef. The vegetables served on the side were inedible - i.e. the asparagus had been cooked until the tough thick skin became browned and extremely tough, the zucchini and the other vegetables were tasteless - as if they had been cooked (not that well to begin with), frozen and reheated, the french fries were extremely greasy. My service was OK; but, I did notice the waitress at the next table spill a considerable amount of water on the table; but, she made no comment and did not clean it up. I tried to email the owners via the address listed on their website; but, it is not accepting emails.
Posted by Cansu Karayazi on 04/07/2007
Since I'm a big breakfast fan, I loved that place when I went there with my bf and friends on a sunday morning.. The food was awesome, especially the scrambled eggs with salmon! mm, yummy!
Posted by Sultana on 04/01/2007
I'm happy to have found a decent place on the UES! And the prices are really reasonable as well. We showed up a little after 8 on a Saturday night without a reservation, and were seated after about ten minutes at the bar. We shared a cheese plate to start, which was really great and the perfect appetizer - satisfying, but not overly filling at all. I had the ravioli for dinner, which I enjoyed very much (it was SCALDING hot! right down to the last bite!) but perhaps had a little too much cheese on it? My husband had the sirloin which came with a divine bernaise - one of the best I have ever tasted - but I have to agree with him that the steak itself was a bit tough. For dessert, you must try the chocolate tart with fleur de sel and creme anglaise. I ordered it because it reminded me of a wonderful chocolate tart we had in Paris. The salt just gives it that something extra - amazing. Total cost of two cocktails, bottle of wine, cheese plate, two entrees and dessert - less than $150. We'll be back! Note though, one major con - unisex bathrooms??
Posted by Anonymous on 03/22/2007
I have been to Cafe d'Alsace 5 times as I think it is unfair to rate a restaurant without multiple visits. My conclusion is the service is very uneven. The food is nothing special, not terrible but not inspiring either. But the beer selection is tops of any place I've been in our great city. So perhaps the bar may be the best place to experience this one.
Posted by Kim on 03/03/2007
I have been to Cafe D'Alsace a few times with my girlfriends and always had a wonderful time. Their specials seem to get better and better everytime we go! We were all shocked to find out they have a pre fixe menu from 5pm to 6pm all week long. I took my parents to it when they came into town, and for a really reasonable price, we all had three courses. My father was amazed at the selection of beers they had in house, something like over 110 beers, including Trappists! Our waitress was very attentive, and helpful with my mom's allergies. Oh, and try the petatou!! It's a wonderful warm potato salad with an alsacian muenster cheese on top. I will definitely be a repeat customer! Bon-Appetit!
Posted by Jared M. on 02/23/2007
Amazing experience...if you love beer and hearty food then this is a great place to go to for a date or a business meeting. The staff sure knows their stuff...i don't even think the waiters at Balthazar knew this much about their wine or food and forget about beer knowledge. You can tell they like working there b/c they were always smiling. Try the quenelles...they are some kind of fish dumpling...reminded me of my mother's gefilte fish but actually good.
Posted by FoodConnoissuer on 02/06/2007
What a great find. I never knew Alsatian food was so tasty. The chacroute garnie was perfectly cooked and flavorful. I also was amazed as to how diverse the beer menu was. Well worth it. I look forward to having dinner here agin in the near future.