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La Bonne Soupe
Posted by mkfussbudget on 01/10/2012
If you read all the other reviews, you will see a pattern: the restaurant gets plaudits for good bistro-style food at very fair prices. We eat there often when going to a nearby theater, and it never disappoints. Crepes are large and light as a feather; soups are filling and good; steak hache (their "hamburgers") are big, thick, juicy and very filling, even without the usual bun. Caveats: 1) they will not seat you until your entire party has arrived. 2) due to its popularity (and the tiled floors), it can be quite noisy at peak dinner hours. But, if you walk along 55th Street you will pass at least 5 other restaurants, and they will be empty when "Soupe" is jammed. There is a reason...
Posted by nancyb on 08/18/2011
Restaurant not too crowded. Seated immediately. Service on spot. Not too much or too little time between courses. Goat cheese & onion tart, crepes and especially chocolate fondue were wonderful. Only negative--They should try making dessert crepes.
Posted by VikiE on 12/23/2010
Went to this restaurant 2 weeks ago before going to a 7pm show. We got there at 5pm and the place was empty but by 5:30 it was packed on the first floor. Its a cute place but a little tight. But I guess they want you to get that Parisian feel. The crowd was older and some came with their families. Maybe if we went on the weekend (we went on a Tuesday night) the atomosphere might have been a little more lively. We both order soup (french onion and lamb/mushroom soup) which was delicious. We also order their homemade chocolate mousse which was finger licking good. Service was good. Not fantastic though. I would definitely recommend that you eat here at least once.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2010
Lamb burger cooked to perfection!
Posted by minddoc on 06/13/2010
Location is perfect for tourists--near MOMA, Carnegie Hall, etc. We each had soup and crepes and agreed each item was excellent. Very affordable prices and fine service. We sat on the balcony, and, as tourists, we actually enjoyed watching the high volume of foot and motor traffic below.
Posted by EveT on 04/15/2010
My husband and I were in Manhattan for a Carnegie Hall matinee and wanted to have lunch somewhere more interesting than the restaurants available where we live in the suburbs. I almost didn't consider La Bonne Soupe because other reviews said it was overcrowded and/or overpriced. What a pleasant surprise! We walked in at noon on a Sunday and there were plenty of tables. We could have even asked for an outdoor table upstairs, but we stayed downstairs. The waitress was friendly, knowledgeable, patient, efficient, overall excellent. We both decided to order soup because it comes with bread & butter, salad, beverage (I had a glass of the house rose wine, which was lovely), and dessert. Everything was delicious. My husband used to live in France and he said this was the best French onion soup he'd had outside of Paris. The omelettes we saw other customers ordering looked very generous and tasty. We would definitely go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2010
it's really hit or miss at la bonne soupe. unfortunately, more times than I woud like to count the food has been sub-par - meaning the ingredients did not seem fresh and the preparation was so-so. the ambiance is nice and the service is decent. not a bad place to grab a soup/salad and a glass of rouge for lunch. would not bring a date there as the crowd trends toward the +50 w/grandkids range.