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La Bonne Soupe
Posted by Lucy E on 01/03/2015
We have been going to la Bonne Soupe during the holiday season for many years. This was the first time my husband and I had returned after a several year hiatus. Definitely go for lunch rather than dinner! We arrived around 7 p.m. We waited a reasonable amount of time (10 minutes) and were seated downstairs. It was so cramped that we were virtually elbow-to-elbow with other dinner guests! There was not sufficient space between our table and the next for the server; she needed to lean over the table to hand us our food. The atmosphere was more akin to a bar or a cafeteria. Food was good but nothing to write home about. The onion soup was flavorful. The Quiche was too salty. We were interested in getting out of there as soon as possible. I would not return for dinner.
Posted by Rick on 06/23/2014
A little cramped. That's the last bad thing in this review. The food was outstanding, huge portions, great value. Very good menu to choose from and left very satisfied. Had a great meal with an old friend and we could actually hear each other.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/09/2013
We had lunch at Bonne Soupe this past Saturday; it was a very good experience, and well worth the 20 minute wait for a table. The line for a seat almost snaked out the door by the time we left the restaurant, so clearly, they are doing something right to keep their customers happy. I will certainly return to eat there again. They were very busy, but the wait staff was attentive and polite and the meal arrived quickly so we still made our curtain time. The omelet Paysanne was huge, and served with a good salad of Boston lettuce, with a Dijon dressing and a basket of excellent bread and butter. Excellent value!
Posted by Dennis Maher on 11/20/2013
We have eaten at La Bonne Soupe many times for a decade and have never gotten anything less than our money's worth. They are MUCH more friendly than most NY bistros and the waitstaff will actually have a conversation with you! An extraordinary value and our personal "go to" nosh spot.
Posted by Ellen on 11/02/2013
The waitress was very arrogant and pushy. trying to force us to order their "combo", which is soup and salad, while I was asking for the separate order of French onion soup and Salad Nicoise. She pretended not to hear it while I repeated the name three times. As the result she brought their "Garden"? salad and soup. Water glasses were never refilled and they charge us gratuity tax (party of 2) for this wonderful service
Posted by European Connoisseurs on 03/06/2013
For those that understand the surly French and appreciate "proper" bistro cooking, this place can't be beaten. The food isn't Michelin starred stuff but it is fantastic, unpretentious hearty fare. The service is not American style - ie if you don't like something cos you're fussy, they won't care! Don't take it personally. They serve their fondue with a salad to start and unlimited bread so I agree it's great value especially in pricey New York.
Posted by Jill L. on 02/08/2012
I love this place. I eat here every month when I'm in NYC. Great value for the money, great atmosphere (lively and oh-so-New York), great neighborhood. Can't wait to try it when the weather is warm and I can sit outside on the patio. The food is wonderful. For $20, you can get soup, salad, bread, drink, and dessert. How can you go wrong?