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Posted by Anonymous on 08/04/2012
To start, Very disappointed with the wines by the glass, very very small pour for $13 a glass (and it wasn't good for a French wine, they should at least get the wine right)! My date got the Calamari... It was Rubbery, very surprising that they did such a lousy job cooking it. My salad was disappointing, ordered the "mixed" greens, but it was basically an all dandelion stem salad. Only redeeming thing about my meal was the burger! I loved it, but my date had the steak, it was just ok, way too fatty for the price. Overall, a disappointment, won't be going back anytime soon.
Posted by O. Yelin on 08/05/2011
Been going to this restaurant for many years. Limited menu. These last few visits pointed to that this restaurant was on a downswing. Their Steak Frite was full of gristle and inedible. LAst visit, we ordered a Creamy Polenta with Clams. The Polenta was so salted that my hairs stood on end. The clams were absolutely inedible, hard a rock. My Pasta came out COLD and RAW. It was very disappointing. There Minestrone Soup was out of a can. Worst experience in a restaurant, to expect a decent serving of food and end up with garbage. At least they were gracious enough to take these items off the bill. This is my last visit to an old stand by that has gone the ways of a bad diner.
Posted by Sus on 07/31/2011
This used to be my regular Friday, drinks and snacks the bar place. Then one day, after dropping $150, we had had enough wine and just sat there for a few minutes talking. The bartender told us that we had to either order more or leave. That was the last time we went there after work. (They didn't care, I'm sure...they really only want to see celebrities in there.) That said, the food is pretty good...and the breakfast hash browns are one of the best things in the city. Of course, you have to pay $30 for two eggs, bacon, coffee, and tip to get them! (they charge $3 extra for toast...seriously!)
Posted by jammerstyle on 04/06/2011
best steak tartar in the city- dare you to challenge me on that. they usually go with mass oysters and they are 100% the best i can come across in this town. the food is always top notch. the service can be spotty on occasion, but this place is as consistent and legitimate as it gets. no item on the menu requires an explanation- it's all delicious.
Posted by Joe on 01/21/2011
After reading many mixed reviews on here, we decided to check out the upper west side staple ourselves after a movie at lincoln cinemas. We had reservations for 8:30 and we are glad we made them as the line was near the door when we arrived. We got seated quickly after a drink at the bar. Service was very friendly and attentive as soon as we walked in. They took out coats right away - little room to move around by the bar area. Decor is pretty classic french bistro. Vibe was very vibrant and high energy. Server was fantastic - very attentive but not intrusive. While the bar area was overcrowded, I found the tables once you sat down gave you much more room than the average manhattan row table. Limited menu - but certainly had something for everyone. Started with the French onion soup. It was well done - not over salted as it sometimes is. I had the steak which was very well seasoned and cooked to a perfect medium. It was served with a side of bearnaise. Service was not rushed even though there was a steady line to get in almost the entire time we were there. 4 stars because it is alittle overpriced - but definitely a good find. Will return even if its just for the casual menu at the bar and people watching.
Posted by Becker on 12/15/2010
Cafe Luxemburg is a fixture of the UWS like the North Star. There's always a good crowd. They always try to fit you in. There's always a honey at the front desk. The eavesdropping is excellent. The girl next to me was so excited about coming out to her mother. The lady on the other side was grouchy as hell about her lost earring. Liam Neeson is frequently at the next table. If he's not with De Niro, then Steve Martin or Pacino is in there. The food is not fancy but appetizer, main course and dessert are always reliable and you usually get three things you enjoy. They have some staples like excellent steak frites, french onion soup and profiteroles. They are always on the menu. Their escargot is superb when they have it. Main courses come well prepared with cool sides close to haute cuisine. Its not expensive. Two people is $110 for three courses. So this is the mosy dependable restaurant in New York, a good crowd, dotted with stars, a consistent performer. My only problem is my wife likes it so much we don't go anywhere else.
Posted by Michelle on 08/02/2010
Celebrating our Wedding Anniversary,and before the theater, we decided to try this famous restaurant with our 6 friends. Clean, crisp white linens, friendly and well mannered staff, smaller room than imagined. Excellant service, and than came the menus, where is the pate I said, no escargots, no cocovin? Small selection, 1 special entree for the evening, other entrees salmon,steaks,pome frittes, so I ask....where is the french food? This is what we desired, french foods. I was told the menu changes acording to seasons. Hmmmm so again I ask you, where is the French Food.