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Posted by trumpeterswan2 on 05/29/2004
Cafe Lalo, in my opinion, is one of the few overpriced and well-known dessert places that actually has terrific desserts. Granted, they are known for their desserts and not so much for their actual dinners, much like Serendipity 3. I find Cafe Lalo's desserts incredible...the mousses are more like dense fudge that one can actually slice. Although the servings may look small, they are so rich that they last quite a while. Give this place a try, especially if you're from out of town. I'd definitely recommend it.
Posted by desset lover on 05/26/2004
(1) Desserts are good :D (2) So LOUD...I had to yell at my friend sitting RIGHT next to me..yikes! (3) Waitresses so RUDE..I mean I understand at 8PM they must be hella tired but still it doesn't justify their such disrespectful behaviors... (4) Overall I think it's a hip place to go once in a while. Personally I hate loud places so altho I think this place has better food and decor than serendipity's I think I'll rather go to serendipity's...Plus Lalo's desserts weren't so exceptional...(was good tho don get me wrong)
Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2004
Granted it is a bit loud and crowded (would it really be NY if it weren't), but other than that I'm not sure we're talking about the same restaurant. 4 of us went for dessert and coffee and spent just a little over $30 total and we all loved what we got (and got what we ordered). Definitely would recommend the Zabaglione - we all agreed it was the best thing we ordered (along with a milkshake)... I'm taking my mother (who has a diary detailing every meal and dessert she's eaten throughout France and Italy) next time she comes to visit.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/28/2004
overpriced for mediocre food and pastries. if you like a small, cramped and crowded cafe this is the place for you. don't forget to bring cash as this place doesn't take plastic.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/01/2003
Why this place garners so much business is beyond me. Is it the enthusiastic twenty-something female waitresses in little teeshirts emblazoned with the Cafe Lalo logo? Is it the vast array of fancy cakes, pies, tarts, little bottles of imported waters, and health-conscious smoothies? Is it the fact that you have to shout to be heard and are seated about two inches from your similarly shouting neighbors in this brightly lit little hellhole? Is it the fact that no waitress EVER seems to get your order right (perhaps due to the fact that nobody can hear a damned thing)? Is it the precious faux-Euro atmosphere of the place with corresponding posters? Is it the fact that you are asked to wait outside in the middle of February for a table because the place is just that packed and are then shuffled through the motions of order-eat-pay-leave as quickly as the disorganized staff can manage? Is it the fact that the place just oozes small talk and self-consciousness? Is it the charming menus that talk up every item far beyond any close scrutiny of the dessert case could? Or maybe---correct me if I'm wrong---is it the sky-high prices that I would balk at even were they for an entire entree, let alone a sliver of dried-out chocolate raspberry tart? Please---hold the vanilla cappuccino and the sparkling Italian pear-flavored water; I think I'd rather wait in the cold for the subway headed home than for this place, thanks.