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Posted by Gramercy Girl on 11/23/2012
Glad I have rediscovered this restaurant. The food is great, the people are attentive but you never feel rushed.
Posted by Food Man on 11/03/2011
This place is so amazing words do not do a justice. The atmosphere is quaint, warm and comforting. The staff is as great as the atmosphere. It is as if you are in a favorite uncle's dining room. Friendly, personable and warm. The food is exceptional and authentic and so fresh. The portions are very nice unlike what others have said. This is the real deal and superb!
Posted by Long Time West Village Family on 09/12/2011
La Ripaille is the one restaurant we return to again and again and again in the Village. We go there for intimate dinners, and celebrations, large and small. The food is beautifully prepared. I adore the broccoli mousse. The pate is outsdtanding. The fish is always extremely fresh and perfectly prepared. The children love the pasta dishes here. The chicken is tender and perfectly done. I can't beleive people complain about the portion sizes. Have they never been to France? This is a French restaurant. One of the reasons we love LaRaille, is we don't leave feeling like stuffed pigs, but rather we leave warm and satisfied, with our taste buds all feeling blessed. The wine list is excellent and well priced. The mixed drinks too. The desserts are splendid. And, the atmopsphere is perfect, warm candles flicker, you can hear yourself talk, while French Music wafts softly overhead. The other patrons vary from lots of local Villagers: families, even book clubs, groups of friends, politicans, some well knows film and stage stars, dancers, and often people from France, which tells you alot. The owner who seems to always be there, is jovial and charming and sets a warm and rather fabulous tone. His favorite word is "fabulous." Everyone we have ever taken to LaRipaille wanted to go back. So, there's really nothng more to say, except you will enjoy yourself, leave smiling, and feeling it's a place to which you'll want to return.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2009
We were looking forward to have good French food. What we got was mediocre really. Okay service, nice atmosphere but the food disappoints. The bouillabaise was really a fish stew, brothy and unlike the real thing. The duck breast (magret) was too thin, almost unrecognizable. Don't even recall what others had. Portions too small. For the price, it's not worth going back to. Sorry.
Posted by Village girl on 07/20/2009
my husband and i were introduced to this restaurant by friends about 10 years ago and now we make sure to come back for special occasions multiple times a year. it's a gem - always a satisfying dining experience, the service is wonderful and the pacing of the meal makes it feel like a mini vacation. we've brought many friends and family over the years and everyone has enjoyed it. it's a bit pricey but well worth it for a special night out.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/19/2009
This restaurant is VERY French...and very good. I started with a warm broccoli mousse, followed by a green salad with a mustard vigegrette to clease the palate. My entree was thinly sliced duck breast cooked medium rare with a wild berry reduction with very buttery mashed potatos and a mix of winter vegatables. Dessert was a dark chololate mousse. I love French food and cook it myself at home having learn via Julia Child's many cookbooks, shows and videos....and this is the real deal folks. I believe that Julia herself would appreciate the food here. The portion size is French, meaning when you eat very rich foods you don' t need to eat too much. I was full after the meal but not uncomfortably full. The comment about going out for pizza afterword from another poster made me wonder if that poster understands the idea of portion control.. Highly recommend and will go back on my next trip to NYC. One of the best meals I've ever had.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/18/2008
We always come back to La Ripaille on Christmas Eve. It has the charm of being back in France, and we always feel at home and very welcome. I found this little restaurant years ago, when I was studying at HB in the Village. The food is lovely, the atmosphere is warm and cosy, and everybody is friendly. It would not occur to me to go anywhere else.