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Posted by Parisian View on 04/11/2005
For those who know little about French cuisine, and are just interested in a cheap meal, this "fast food" French school fits the bill. It is just not to be called French food! It is poor variations on French cuisine, it may be cheap, but you'll leave with unsatisfied. After waiting 20 minutes for an espresso even the service ended on a low score.
Posted by Craig on 12/30/2004
I've been to many top restaurants in New York, yet my experience at L'ecole was right up there with the heavy hitters. To begin with, the food is absolutely incredible-- When I went for lunch, I had the country pate with pieces of fois gras and pistachios, loin of pork with spinach and the richest pureed squash I've ever had, and a citrus Napolean that was crisp and flakey, filled with sections of grapefruit and orange floating in a Grand Marnier cream-- all for $20! In addition, they have an amazing wine list, filled with reasonably priced wines by the glass (the head of wine at the school is Andrea Immer, of Great Wine Made Simple fame). The food and wine alone are incredible, but the service was so friendly and helpful, a world away from the snippity attitude of the wait staff at trendier places in the city. With a menu that changes by the season and a kitchen supervised by some of the food world's greats, L'ecole is a solid winner for lunch or dinner.
Posted by Mehh on 12/22/2004
I don't know about the rest of you but lately the money in my pocketbook hasn't exactly been overflowing. Thats why I really appreciate L'Ecole. Great food that changes every season with incredible prices. $20 for a three course lunch prix fix and $31 for the FIVE course dinner prix fix. I've had both and believe they are worth a lot more. Sea Scallops are done just right and the chocolate praline bars are fabulous! The only drawback is that the chefs are students. But I've been there at least 4 times and I've never been disappointed.
Posted by Citiboy on 12/02/2004
L'Ecole benefits from a great location accessible by several subway lines. In addition to an a-la carte menu, they offer a four and five course prix fix meal that rivals the best restaurants in New York City. With fresh breads, creative cuisine, excellent desserts and impecable service - the price of the actual dinner beats most four and five star restaurants in value. Make reservations - more and more people are finding out about htis great value!