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Posted by anon on 04/07/2014
Pros: -Food was pretty good. Not the best thing I've ever had, but solid and the portions are good. I had filet, my husband had fish (trout maybe?...), and my friends had filet and duck, respectively. Everyone said their meals were very tasty, although the reduction on the filet could have been more flavorful (I'm being nitpicky, since the food was one of the pros). -Price: $39 prix fixe pre-theater. Lots of selection (I think there were over 12 choices for entree) which means you are likely to have everyone in your party find something they like. -Location: You are within a short walk or cab ride of most theaters and only about 2 blocks from the Times Square area. -Service: I never seemed to have a problem getting someone to refill the water, take an order, or answer a question; at the same time, I did not feel rushed. Cons: -Location: No views. As in, you have to walk down the stairs to get into the restaurant, so at best you are going to be looking at people's shoes and the lowest level of the buildings across the street/cabs flying by. -Ambiance: I realize that this is subjective, but I was looking for a nice restaurant. --The menus were a laminated piece of paper and the plastic was peeling from the corners. The tables were close together, and I felt so cramped that I wasn't comfortable moving much even in my own seat. --The bathrooms are in the basement and reminded me of high school. --It's dark inside. Not romantic dark, more I-can't-see-my-dinner-companions dark. It's also LOUD inside. With the tables shoved so closely together, people were bent over their plates to hear each other and were speaking in raised volumes to be heard over the conversations of the diners who were mere feet from their own table. I think this would be better for lunch, and it depends on what you are looking for. I think I was mislead in thinking this would be a high-end restaurant. (We were going to a premiere and were in formal dress; needless to say, no one else was and I felt very out of place and wanted to leave for somewhere nicer.) For what it is, I would probably return for lunch.
Posted by Joanne on 04/02/2014
It was a rainy night and when we arrived people were just leaving for their broadway shows. Warm welcome, cozy place, a little crowded though but when the service began, we didn't even notice how small the tables were, the food started coming and they were all deelish... and the endless generous serving of fresh bread was great.My 3 friends and me had all good dining experience and had good comments about the great Bistro food. I recommend to come in after 7pm, Thanks to Giselle and Eva.
Posted by Mark on 03/20/2014
And it was. I am still embarrassed to have brought out our of town guest to this time-worn French bistro. The six of us were seated in a narrow area because our table was occupied. The waitress made known her unhappiness Attempting to serve in the narrow confines by embarrassingly leaning her full weight against my back with each course. My gaze was of one of the cheaply framed idealic scenes pictured on line. Tho the wine was excellent I cancelled my upcoming reservations for April.
Posted by mellys79 on 07/10/2012
Went here before a show last week and was so delighted that i had chosen Le Rivage. This was my first time here- there were 4 of us. We all decided to try different items off of the prix fixe menu and we all had an amazing meal. The value cannot be beat for the classic french fare. Great portion sizes, quality of food was top notch. Desserts were the only thing we weren't as crazy about- but they were still delicious and there are a ton of dessert choices. Gets very busy during pre theater, so it can be hectic, but the staff keeps up. THe restaurant is beautiful and quaint and my husband and i can't wait to come back for date night. IF you're looking for something before the theater...or after, this is a great choice.
Posted by retired MD on 10/31/2011
We had the pre-theater prix fixe dinner, in attractive, comfortable surroundings. The service was reasonably attentive, and the food was very good. My wife enjoyed the 'sole a la bonne femme', and my 'coq au vin' was a generous half-chicken, nicely sauced. The 'lobster bisque', however, was more like a pureed vegetable soup, tasty, but devoid of lobster flavor or meat. The apple crepe dessert was also very nice.
Posted by Edith on 05/23/2011
On Saturday I took a group of 12 to lunch. The wait staff was very attentive. The food was served in a timely fashion and everyone enjoyed their meal. They all felt that they got their money's worth. Can hardly wait to return.
Posted by themayor on 04/20/2011
This was a real find..for me, at least. I never go up by Restaurant Row but I'm glad I did this time. We ate here on 4/19/11 before seeing "Anything Goes" (a great show). The prix-fix dinner was a bargain at $39 and included more menu choices than you will ever need. The appetizers were fantastic (I had a seafood crepe) and my lamb chops were absolutely perfect and delicious. Great desserts, too, and a very reasonably priced wine list. We had an excellent bottle of cabernet for $35. Very friendly and concerned service. When the maitre d heard it was my wife's birthday, he sent over complimentary after dinner drinks.We will definitely be back.