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Posted by Le Joost on 12/10/2007
This place is a grand disappointment. You wait and wait and wait in a cramped space with other people who have been forced to wait. Then you sit down, pretty much on top of the people next to you; I was in fact elbowed several times by my neighbor while he was trying to eat soup. The servers must really think themselves in some sort of enclave where lazy French service is considered art; where a laissez fare approach to serving rude Americans is all that they can muster after spending all day being smug and pretentious. I don’t even know how long it took for our server to come over to us. She hastily took our order, snatched the menus away and roughly half an hour later our entrees arrived. The food is absolutely unexceptional, unremarkable and pedestrian. I had the French onion soup, which is served with a tiny bowl of romaine lettuce with Italian dressing. Others at my table had a lackluster quiche, tepid consommé and a characterless Cobb salad. The food was of the caliber that one could expect find in their local grocer’s prepared foods section. There was nothing identifiably continental or at al unique about this place, aside from the uniquely French malaise of the wait staff. This is Manhattan, a hub of civilization and culture; to say that there are better French restaurants out there negates how far below regular non-Parisian eateries I would rate this place. Save your energy for finer fare. Viva la liberte, viva Manhattan.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2007
La Bonne Soupe was highly recommended to me by locals. However, our experience was very disappointing - the service was quite rude, the plates and silverware were unclean and the soup my friend ordered was in her plate instead of in the bowl. The place wasn't even half full when we went so there was no excuse for the poor service.
Posted by dwaynerock on 11/16/2007
We were taken by friends who've enjoyed this restaurant in the past. A great disappointment. The test of a bistro is roast chicken which was tasteless and dry. The salade nicoise was a tossed salad with a couple of green beans and microscopic pieces of canned tuna. The creme caramel was also tasteless. Prices were modest by NY standards but clearly ya gets what ya paid for-not much for not much.
Posted by ElizaSF on 10/11/2007
Great neighborhood restaurant. The hot food comes flying out of the kitchen within minutes of you ordering it. Loved the onion soup and chicken curry soup special. We had the chopped steaks which were terrific and perfectly cooked. Can't say enough about the prompt and pleasant service. Highly recommend!!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2007
3 of us had dinner here in June. The service and the food were very good. We were seated upstairs near a large window that was at the back of the building (from our table you could look through the restaurant to the balcony) our table location was fine, but the curtain that covered the window (at our table) was filthy! It was supposed to be white and the entire thing was gray & dirty. It was a real turn off, however; everything on the table was sparkling clean and we enjoyed our meal. I would return and hope that they are able to toss that curtain or at least wash it!
Posted by Jel212 on 07/26/2007
I've been enjoying great, consistent lunches here for years. I adore the spinach omlette and the crepes. Amazingly, this place has some of the best table bread I've ever had.
Posted by Sabrina on 04/29/2007
After lilving in New York City for over 15 years, I now live in Atlantic City New Jersey and I travel regularly to New York and I must eat at La Bonne Soupe because the food is excellent. The cheese sauces are superb!! The atmosphere is so comfortable that I often eat their alone and feel very at home. You get quality gourmet styled meals at very comfortable prices. The atmosphere is very New York, if you know what I mean. All are comfortable in this establishment!! It Is The Best!!! Everyone must try it at least once, if you can (smile).