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Reviews from nymag.com
Posted by Mr. Picky on 08/12/2007
Anthony Bourdain is by far the best food personality on TV, bar none. You can keep your Mario and Rachel and Giada. Tony B. rules! But Les Halles, which I doubt he spends any time in anymore, is a tremendous letdown. My steak was as dry as the plate it was on and it didn't have that lovely carmelization that makes a steak great; my wife's duck wasn't any good either. The service was erratic...we had trouble getting silverware and the waiter was rude and confused. The place does look like it's in Paris, I'll give it that, and it is reasonably priced for NYC. But the food was so tasteless, it doesn't matter.
Posted by A Fan on 07/23/2007
I am a Bourdain fan, so I was eager to eat here...I ordered the hachi (duck confit etc) and fries and thought it was delicious. It was sunday afternoon, sun was out, and I'm sitting outside on Park Ave. A nice perfect afternoon for me. I thought the prices were pretty reasonable here, bordering on fairly cheap for new york. I thought the food tasted great. service ok, as in, they didnt bend over backwards for me, but they were laid back and casual and I like how they didnt bug me. I dont think it is as bad as the other reviews on here...it was fine!
Posted by Mei Ling on 06/03/2007
Having lived in NY for 5 years, I finally paid a visit to Les Halles on Park Avenue for Sunday brunch. I was extremely impressed with the exceptional food and the service, which was outstanding. The Maitre d', who was British and cute, was very attentive, friendly, and very informative explaining the menu to us. As a newcomer to French food, I would defenitely recommend this restaurant and we would definitely be back.
Posted by Bernard Dworkin on 04/03/2007
You do not want to go here. Boudain's repute draws tourists and crowds the place, but the food is poor. Drinks are good and the service is very attentive, perhaps overly. Nice looking place where most male custoners look like Sting. Steak requires a mallet and incisors and strong gastic juices. Prices are low for the menu description but too high for the quality. Shame, Boudain!!
Posted by Kat on 02/22/2007
The ambiance was mediocre. I don't see anything unique about the decor. The appetizer was pretty good. However, the entree was really bad. I ordered the fish for $29 and I specifically told the waiter not to overcook the fish. I was really disappointed when the fish turned out to be overcooked and not tasty at all. I could have done a better job. Overall, I do not recommend anybody to go to this restaurant!
Posted by Honus on 02/06/2007
Lots of folks are well familiar with the Bourdain-infused goodies this kitchen pumps out for lunch and dinner, and I could wax rhapsodic about that as well. But I thought I'd share with you my absolutely divine breakfast experience. I had french toast which was prepared just perfect--soft, fluffy, sweet yet still eggy; nicely presented on the plate, almost like a dessert dish with powdered sugar and fresh berries. The coffee, in individualized French presses, is outstanding. The service is extremely good this time of day, mostly since you're one of at most 5 or 6 patrons--very different atmosphere than, say, dinner on a Thursday night. Cozy. The real clincher to all this is the price, which is about the same as most Manhattan diners. Good lord, why would you think of anywhere else?
Posted by FoodConnoisseur on 02/06/2007
The best value and tatsing entree was the mussels and fries.