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Posted by Former occasional patron on 11/20/2014
I can only suppose the difference between times when the food has been "great" (more like OK to me) and "mediocre at best" according to different reviewers since Chef Delouvrier arrived a few years back is probably because... Half the time he's not even there ! Do a little research and you'll find that he admittedly started off as a consultant at La Mangeoire because it was a perfect opportunity for him to come back to NYC since he wasn't working in the city anymore and wanted back, and only works there only Tuesday through Friday (at least at the time of the interview), which probably means he's in the kitchen even less than that... So one can only assume the owner of La Mangeoire who desperately needed a big name to give his restaurant a boost at a troubled financial time, made a business deal with Chef Delouvrier who was happy to oblige since higher-end restaurants already had an executive Chef that ran their kitchens well at the time. Win-win situation for both of them, but doesn't mean the hot shot Chef cooks at the restaurant everyday, and the owner probably just makes up for the amount of money he pays him by having an unqualified guy in charge of the kitchen when Delouvrier is not there. And probably saves on the products, too... I ate at La Mangeoire several times before and since Mr Delouvrier has been consulting there and from what I've noticed the quality of the food was more constant before (not just the cooking but the overall freshness, too). It used to be at least as good as it is on its best days today, and for half the price since the previous Chef (who was very good IMHO), wasn't famous. About those who feel weird about the way they were greeted and seated, I guess the owner has always been a little strange about that. As far as I can I remember I always saw him greeting and picking tables for patrons himself, even if it means the customers just stand there waiting for him, and his selection of table in no way pleases them nor makes any sense (room more than half empty and obviously no reservations walking in, even later). Probably just a rude attempt to seem hype, or just a way of marking his territory : I was there once with a friend who speaks French almost fluently, and we were baffled to hear him reproaching a waiter with greeting and seating people where they asked instead of waiting on him - even though he was unavalaible for a good 5 min when patrons walked in ! Anyway, au revoir La Mangeoire !
Posted by Louisiana mom on 01/03/2014
Our hotel suggested this restaurant as we found ourselves not wanting to travel too far from where we were staying for dinner. The menu had multiple things I wanted to order but seeing the calf liver dictated the decision. it was cooked perfectly and the sides with it divine...The beet salad (one of three I had while in NYC was the best and most generous serving...We were a large party and everyone loved their choices. a hit!
Posted by VeggieAP on 05/12/2013
A friend invited me to this restaurant for brunch today. I looked at the menu online which had several vegetarian options, and I was very excited to go, Well the restaurant was only serving their Mother's Day Menu, which was a $45 prix fixe with NO vegetarian entrees. I told the server that I do not eat meat and asked if there was a vegetarian dish they could serve. He asked another server in Spanish, then turned to me and simply said "no". I told him that I saw a lovely Eggs Florentine on their regular brunch menu, and asked if he could speak with the kitchen to see if they could possibly serve that, or another vegetarian option. He came back and said "No they cannot serve that. Are you ready to order?". No apologies, no acknowledgement...just a push to hurry up and order one of the dishes that I couldn't eat. Now, the friend who brought me has eaten here SEVERAL times and knows many of the waiters, and she says that she has always had a wonderful experience. But in my opinion, the food was so-so and does nothing to make up for the utter lack of accomodatiton for an EXTREMELY simple request that many restaurants deal with every day. I'm just sorry that my friend paid $45 for a pea soup and a side of tomatoes/leeks. What a shame.
Posted by ally's dad on 06/19/2012
I have been familiar with the work of Chef Delouvrier for twenty years. He is a talented chef who has worked at many temples of fine dining in NYC. There is always a reason he moves on, mostly that his cuisine is not up to the price points the establishment is selling. I was very pleased to learn he was at La Mangeoire and the cuisine was country fare. My wife and I went out for dinner - what would we find? The food was above average, as were the prices. The place was quite full and people were clearly enjoying. Frisee salad was fresh, cleverly composed but underseasoned ( a recurrent theme). Escargots cleverly prepared and tasty. Coq au vin was the best dish and very good. Desserts bland; service by an old time Frenchman was non attentive - like we were lucky to have him. Bill almost $200 with a tip. Not a thank you by the waiter of the front of the house man on our leaving. This place is good and deserves a visit. If you are treated as we were, I don't suggest a return.
Posted by ER on 11/02/2011
I usually do some research and read reviews to chose a new place to eat out but at this time my friend and I were passing by this restaurant and decided to have dinner there. We had the pre-fix dinner for $30.00 (smoked salmon, coq au vin and dark chocolate mousse). My friend had the other choice for the pre-fix dinner and was also very pleased. Good ambiance and very attentive and helpful staff. I'm glad we went to this restaurant and will surely recommend it to our friends.
Posted by lorentz on 09/13/2011
I usually dont write reviews but this time it is a must. Food was mediocre at best. It took a milion years to cook the veal. Liver was raw despite those milion years it took to cook. The scallops were burned and with grains of sand on some of them. The fish was decent extremely expensive for the microscopic size of the portions.
Posted by Food Lover on 02/13/2011
Went there because 4 Star Chef, Christian Delouvrier is now the chef. Ambiance has always been quaint and cozy authentic like a bistro in south of France, but now the food is great too! Had the special of the month (Potee) and want to go back for month before end of February. Lighter than a cassoulet, better tasting than a pot au feu. You can't get this dish anywhere else!