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Posted by bc[_]nyc on 11/30/2008
It was my first time dining at Le Monde the other day. We were looking for a place to have brunch on a Wednesday before Thanksgiving outside Columbia and didn't want to wait through the crowds next door at Community. We then walked next door to Le Monde. Seeing that it was not-so full, we decided to check the place out. The place - as it was supposed to be - had the pseudo-bistro look of tiled ceramic floors and curved seat-back chairs. Our server was genuinely polite, and was quick to ask for our drinks as soon as we got seated. Since I wanted a quick-and-easy lunch, I decided to have a burger with swiss cheese and 'frites' (I know, why have a burger in a French joint!)... I wasn't really expecting much so when the order came, I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the patty - it had great texture, great flavor, and the moistness and tightness of the ground beef was clearly visible as I took each bite. Also, the peach iced tea (which our server recommended) was pretty good even on a cold, wet winter day. This place will definitely be put on my list of lunch choices around campus.
Posted by El NYC on 09/17/2008
The waiter was nice enough to swap the wine for a more accepable one. The ceasar salad was pretty goodcontained crispy fresh lettuce and a nice proportion of cheese. Now for the negatives: I ordered the hanger steak and my girlfried ordered the steak au poivreboth medium. When the steaks arrived they were medium rare so we sent them back. They were both tasteless and the peppercorn sauce which costs extra was not authentic and did not taste good. The fries were very oily and not browned. We did not want to complain but we will not return. The service could have been better. We waited for an outdoor table for almost an hour in order to enjoy the last days of summer for naught.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/31/2008
thursday nite - 9pm - Ordered the Le Monde burger with cheddar and fries. Came out the way I ordered: medium, but the bun was stale and the burger itself was kind of dry. The french fries were cold and chewy some were tough. The service was better than what I read on other reviews. Mixed green salad with goat cheese was good. Not worth the money, when you can get much better right next door or even better fries at Tom's across the street. It's a great looking place with outdoor seating and a handsome bar. I would not come back for a meal most likely for a drink or two or maybe a latte and some dessert.
Posted by Mrs B on 06/14/2008
I used to go to Le Monde a lot, but have stopped - and it's purely down to the service. It's not just lackluster - the attitude of some of the wait staff is really bad. It's a shame, because the food is really not bad at all, and the crepes are great.
Posted by upperwesteater on 12/22/2007
I had a wonderful dinner at Le Monde last night. French food without the french attitude. The sea bass and salmon were beautifully cooked with great accompaniments. The appetizers are not as strong as the entrees, but they are still very good. My only slight complaint with the Le Monde is it's a little dark, they could definitely turn up the lights a bit. Definitely a place to try, better than many other restaurants in the neighborhood.
Posted by H on 12/08/2007
I went to Le monde with my family today after being in the Morningside Heights area. We were walking around looking for a place for an early dinner. Le monde looked nice from the outside. We get in and we are told they are still serving brunch. No problem, so we are seated. However, they were not making anything remotely on the breakfast side of brunch so my sister was not able to get an omelette. Most of the family ordered burgers with the exception of myself, my father, and two cousins. The burgers looked nice and came with fries. One of my cousins and myself started off with soup. I had the onion gratinee and my cousin had the fish soup. The onion soup was delicious (but if you aren't a fan of white wine you may not want to try it) so my sister ended up wanting a bowl as well. The cousin who ordered soup with me ordered the chicken club sandwich which I ordered as well. The sandwich was pretty good although a bit messy and came with a lot of fries. My father and the other cousin both ordered salads which they declared were fine. All in all, the food was not bad, but a little expensive for what it was (I personally would go downtown to Pastis for bistro food and spend the same money and get nicer service and slightly better food). The two downsides to the place was the annoyance of learning a turkey burger was available but not on the brunch menu and the place was kind of dark inside. IF anyone from the restaurant reads on this website, offer all your burgers at any time of day...
Posted by anonymous on 12/02/2007
I have been to this restaurant several times and each time I have felt dissatisfied with the service (waiting for ages and being scowled at). However, on this last occasion, we were lucky enough to have a wonderful waiter. He was quick and attentive and very friendly! What a pleasant surprise :o)