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Posted by HKdweller on 12/14/2014
This place is up the block from my apartment, and I randomly stumbled in for a solo dinner a few months ago. I'm glad I did. Their wine selections are excellent and reasonably priced to begin with; they also do an excellent happy hour with $5 glasses of wine. Their food is also excellent and, by neighborhood standards, cheap. I like their burger, which is always cooked to perfection, and their crispy calamari. Their menu isn't crazy big, but there is a lot to choose from: small plates, sandwiches, pasta, traditional bistro fare like steak frites and mussels, etc. They have a nice, small bar that's great for eating alone. The service has always been extremely friendly and attentive without being annoying. I've been recommending it to people left and right and have been back several times since my first visit. I'm glad to have this place in Hell's Kitchen!
Posted by India on 06/25/2014
I love this restaurant. Among the many spots on 9th ave, this one remains one of my favorite restaurants in the city! The staff is always very kind and welcoming. They are timely with food and drink orders. The food is consistently delicious and no matter what I order, I am always leaving with a smile. The steak frite and pot of mussels specials are truly amazing. French fries are crisp, but never overly oily. The cherry on top? The amazing garlic mayo which makes every meal complete. This is a must go location! Yum yum yum!
Posted by Neighborhood Patron on 03/30/2013
Great food, good wine. The staff is French and so tbe service is very French. The people complaining about tbe service clearly do not appreciate the cultural differences. The place does have a tendency to get noisy when full.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/30/2012
Strolled past place walking down 9th avenue and the chalkboard sign out front caught my attention: mussels and frites for 17 dollars including a glass of wine. Cant beat that value. The charming hostess greeted me warmly and I sat down at the bar. The white wine was restricted to chardonnay or pinot grigio. The mussels were cooked to pefecion in a white wine and garlic sauce. The fries were served with a delicious garlic mayo. Cute intimate spot with a cozy atmosphere. The bartender was preoccupied most of the time but the server I had was friendly.
Posted by anonymous on 01/22/2012
Recently had mussels on the LES. Y+The mussels were excellent and the service was also, but I can;t say that for La Carafe.The mussels were properly cooked, but that;s about it. we arrived and the restaurant was almost empty, but the service was terrible. The included wine was better on the LES and the frites were much crispier on the LES. Ninth Avenue has one restaurant after another. There is no reason to go back to this one. P.S. When we asked for small seafood/mussel forks the manager came out with "ONE" saying that they didn't have those forks and their customers didn't request them...well. The "friend" pf the owner was looking to help the pre-theater crowd. Decide what type of clients you want: the pre-theater crowd expects decent service and a minimal knowledge of utensils.
Posted by Laurie on 11/29/2011
Very nice find - we had a lovely steak and frites dinner with wine for only $18. Everything was delicious, Service was attentive and atmosphere was nice a relaxed. Will definitely be back.