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Posted by TracyKakes on 10/31/2009
Loved the food & atmosphere. It really does feel like you have been transported to Europe as everyone around us seemed to be speaking a romance language. The outdoor seating is lovely & the inside was cozy. I started with les endives au roquefort salad & very much enjoyed a fish entree. Both were light & flavorful. But the service was not good. When they bring you something as simple as tea it does not seem to occur to the staff to also bring you milk &/or sugar. French waiters can have a snobby rep but even they know this simple thing. The food's gorgeous but the staff, though friendly, can use a little "Waiter 101".
Posted by David on 03/30/2009
If you like it the first time that you visit, you'll be hooked for life. Look beyond the attitude of some of the staff and the wait for a table (wirth it!) and enjoy the food for what it is... probably the best French food outside of France. The first place I visit every time that I go to NY... I've even been to NY once from Portland, Oregon for the mushroom risotto and Steak Au Poivre!
Posted by uppereastsider on 12/30/2008
I don't recommend this pricey restaurant. The place is cramped and uncomfortable and the staff is unpleasant. The food was not awful, but the atmosphere made it difficult to enjoy. I would definitely skip this place. There are so many wonderful restaurants in the area no need to go there.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/31/2008
if you are looking to have a great brunch plus absolutely wonderful classy atmosphere in new York you must visit this French haven of NYC.
Posted by Kristian on 03/12/2008
Le Bilboquet has been going strong now for (guessing) 20 years, and never seems to fade. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fun and chic (a bit Club 55 comes to NYC) and I think the staff are great. Service is European, not pandering American "hi, how are ya, my name is Jane and I am your server today..." Refreshing. Music gets fun as the night gets later, I have even danced on the bar back in my younger days... Used to be a birthday requirement. I keep coming back despite living abroad now, always my first meal in NYC.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/27/2007
I've been to the restaurant many times now. It is definitely the best food I've ever had in the city. The service however is poor. As you may know the restaurant is very well known and the last couple of times that I went to have dinner there I was treated like if I didn't deserve to be there because they don't know me. That can be a big downer for me!!!
Posted by Emma on 05/28/2007
I went with a friend for lunch. The smallness was just as it is in Paris. The salads were huge, delicious, and pricey, as was the wine. I think a much better value would be dinner, though lunch often can be expensive at a lovely, small restaurant. The service was fine and the wait staff were friendly. I would certainly go back for dinner, especially after reading the comments on the chicken.