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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.
Posted by pimms on 05/05/2010
ive lived here for 3 years on the uws and i would rather eat here then go downtown for a nice meal any day! the ambiance is welcoming and romantic and the food is superb.. ive had almost everything on the menu. my favorites are the duck and proscuitto pot stickers, the hanger steak, the salmon and the country salad with the poached egg on top. mmm! wine selection is small but perfect. be sure to visit the restroom at least once for the famous nude women photo. i've spotted probably 10 different celebrities here - it really is a hidden gem!! my only complaint is sometimes the waiters can be snooty, but i really think its because that one time my dining escort was extremely rude to him... thats a different story :) -- go to cafe LUX!
Posted by Moofie on 02/27/2010
The food is barely better than Tom's and the smell of French onion soup is everywhere. $60 for two burgers and some gummy cheesecake.
Posted by BoogieNYC on 02/23/2010
I don't know if the complaints here are from people that don't know better, but Cafe Lux has been around -- and been a quality stop -- for a long time for a reason. The service is wonderful, the food is well above average, the atmosphere is wonderful, and the value is about average, if not a tick thereover. If you're in the neighborhood and don't want to drop $25 to cab down to Balthazar this is a reasonable, albeit smaller and less amazing, version. 7.5/8 out of 10.
Posted by port on 02/12/2010
Most of my party seemed ok with their food but not wowed by it. My brother did not like his steak though. I got the fish and chips, and it was very nice, but incredibly small portions. 3 chicken nugget sized pieces of fish and then a pound of french fries as if that would make up for it. As with most frnech bistro's incredibly salty french fries. Maybe it is to encourage you to buy more drinks? The service was good though. All in all an average meal.