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Posted by Bruce V on 10/10/2013
I've lived off and on in France. My daughter lives in Cassis. Been there, done that in French Restaurants. Excellent service here, excellent food and wine and a surprisingly good value. Don't miss the oysters and the Grand Cru Bordeaux.
Posted by Reggie on 02/23/2010
I eat at L'Absinthe every other week or so and have for many years. I love it. Beautiful decor, right out of Paris, and consistently superior bistro/brasserie fare. Yes it's on the expensive side, but it's worth it, and a lovely night out. Great rawbar selections, well worth starting with oysters. In addition to expected steak frites and roast chicken they have many tasty French bistro options to choose from. They've also recently added one of the best burgers in town to their menu, at a wallet-friendly $19.50, which comes with french fries, cheese, bacon, you name it so is a good deal. Terrific desserts, particularly the profiterole and golden apple tart. Sure, the service can be a bit gruff at times, at least if they don't know you, but these are professionals and not a bunch of out of work models looking to be discovered. This is a restaurant for UES grownups who like (and can afford) to eat out and are accustomed to eating in better restaurants.
Posted by not worth the prices on 11/11/2008
The restaurant is lovely and the service was good, but the food was not notable. The food is overly salted and not particularly fine. The bread is good as are the fries.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/19/2008
$33.50 for three not-at-all-"jumbo" scallops and a tiny pile of sauteed onions? My husband's dinner was equally overpriced, and he was equally underfed. And we paid $60 for a bottle of wine that costs $20 or less in a store. Who are they kidding? This is not dinner. It's a food-tasting experience, and not even a stellar one at that. We spent $140 and ended up eating again somewhere else about 2 hours later! Go somewhere else.
Posted by garuda on 05/06/2007
We had a very leisurely 3 hour dinner with drinks, 3 courses and a bottle of wine - price with tip $270 for 2 adults. The service was acceptable but not exemplary. Food was quite good, and though the price seemed a bit steep we would go back again, but keep the liquor bill a bit lower, $60 for a otherwise $25 retail wine while excellent smarted. For a special occasion it is fine, for a nite you just do not want to cook, a bit overpriced.
Posted by FoodConnoisseur on 02/06/2007
I ordered the rack of lamb entree and it was delicious. Simply seasoned and just so tender that it melted in my mouth. The cheese puffs were so good that my girlfreind and I kept asking for more and the fresh baked bread was good too! We also enjoyed the grand marnier souffle and pistachio creme brulee for dessert. The best French food in NYC and looking ofrward to going back on a special occasion in the near future.
Posted by Upper East Sider on 01/20/2007
The absolutely loveliest restaurant!! Charming bar, excellent table. Good bread and lots of butter. But Stop-- Disappoitment awaits.The menu has a section entitled "CARVED TABLESIDE." I HAD to have the Roast Chicken listed as one of the items--I imagined it hot and juicy, as our party of four watched the server's carving knife cut into the crispy skin and he surrounded the juicy slices with fresh vegetables. Well, we all watched hungrily as several of the most gorgeous golden roast chickens passed by our table. I couldn't wait for mine! But when my chicked arrived, it was already plated, No sign of the golden fowl we'd been anticipating. I looked at the waiter questioningly. My dinner partner said "I think there's been a mistake. We ordered the Roast Chicken Carved Tableside" Our waiter looked at us in mock surprise and said rather snippily, "Well, it WAS carved tableside. It was carved at THAT diner's table over there." Then, he waved casually in the direction of a table on the other side of the room. Our faces fell in disbelief. This was simply unbelievable. If I'd simply wanted a plate of chicken (with NO vegetables, potatoes, etc) I'd have had it at home. And I would have seasoned mine. While the bird was plump, it was virtually tasteless. There was absolutely no seasoning except salt---no rosemary, pepper or any other herbs. Trying to lift the pall that had settled over the table at our waiter's 'tant pis' attitude, one of our party said Well, technically he's right. It WAS carved tableside--just not at our table!" The other members of my party praised their calves liver, coq au vin and steak au poivre and the dessert was delicious.