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Posted by Cynflor on 02/22/2014
This is one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood. Great wines, very good food (occasionally, merely good), great value. The atmosphere is very much old-school NYC, i.e., from about 20 years ago before the city had suffered the soul-destroying double blows of Disney-ification and total abandonment of quality of life other than for the stupidly-rich. In fact, Cafe Loup has been here for much longer than that, and seems not to have changed hardly at all - to the delight of its numerous, characterful patrons. The only regrettable point to that is the waiters' presentation, which seems to be a misinformed application of a now-discredited dress-code fad of the late-1990s. They're all fairly competent and pleasant, but many are regularly wearing ratty jeans and beat-up running shoes. Would it be a sell-out to just tell the waiters to wear dark slacks and a pair of Rockports? Everything else about this place is just the way it should be, but considering how waiters are responsible for about 2/3 of an establishment's atmosphere, I'd advise the owner to please make this slight, but definitely impactful, adjustment.
Posted by m on 12/31/2009
i realize this place has been around for ages, but regrettably, somehow i had always overlooked it. had dinner here recently-- food was excellent (in particular the mussels and fries) as was the service. the tables were well spaced from each other --no risk of bumping elbows or overhearing other patrons' conversations here. when ordering wine from the bar, the bartender initially poured just a tasting, as if we had ordered a bottle. the only thing-- that could be a plus or minus, depending what you're looking for, was that it seems that it attracts an older crowd. (which i think speaks to the quality of the establishment). upon arrival, we were the only people under 55, but later it was more mixed. overall, great, cozy (but not cramped) atmosphere and great food esp on a winter night.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/26/2007
I've been coming here with my family for years. The menu hasn't changed in the past decade which can be either comforting or boring, depending on one's outlook. For us, it's usually comforting. What they do, they tend to do well. The room is charming, though when there's a crowd it can be quite loud. We've always found the wait staff pleasant even when dining with kids (well behaved!) on a Saturday night.
Posted by A dad on 11/15/2007
Took my college son in for dinner on a weekday night -- host was brusque, waiter couldn't seem to summon up even artificial friendliness. At one point he simply grabbed the pepper mill off our table without a word. The food was good, but NYC has plenty of good restaurants. Couldn't wait to get out of there. Adieu, Loup!
Posted by Profdr on 08/15/2007
I took panelists from a research conference to CL. Prices were more than reasonable for what I expected to be a special dinner. I would have sent my dinner back except one of my guests had sung the praises of CL. I learned later that two of my guests were more than disappointed. Either a bad night or this restaurant is unfortunately over-rated. Wine list is decent with good prices. Dessert was good, nothing special. Disappointing.
Posted by Foodie on 07/25/2007
Pretty nice. Good drinks. Good burgers. way more comfortable in the back of restaurant. make a reservation if you can to get the better tables.
Posted by KW on 07/19/2007
My girlfriend and I stumbled onto this restaurant and had one of the most enjoyable experiences in a while. Staff was relaxed and cool, food was great, and the atmosphere felt like you were part of an old school new york dining club.