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Posted by Anonymous on 04/16/2006
We visited Les Halles on Park Ave. on our last night in New York and felt like we were back in Paris. We went before the rush hour at 4 pm and almost had the whole restaurant to ourselves. We had the best time. The service, food, wine, and dessert were fantastic. I can't wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/14/2006
This restaurant is in my top 5 of all time that I have ever eaten at. The food is spectacular and reasonably priced. The service was okay but that doesn't really bother me. This was probably the best steak I have ever eaten in my life, it was cooked to perfection. The frites are to die for. Even at the end of the meal they were still hot and crispy. Dessert was also excellent. The atmosphere did get a bit noisy and crowded but what can you expect in NYC on a weeknight. Seeing how I live in Seattle, it's hard for me to go very often, but the next time I am in the area, I will go back in a heartbeat. I would recommend this to anybody who wants to have a good steak and not have to pay through the roof for it.
Posted by Gerry on 04/03/2006
This restaurant never seems to fail me. From the minute, you walk in to the moment you leave, top notch. They didn't lose the intimate style since expanding. My waiter who is always helpful with the selection didn't steer me wrong with the wine selection or the Lamb chops. The dessert, crème Brule was excellent and port was right on. I can't wait to go back there to experience an excellent night of dining.
Posted by Fooder on 02/19/2006
Dined at bar. Nice and comfortable atmosphere. Eggs benedict came without Hollandaise sauce? I asked server about missing sauce and he tried to tell me it doesn't come with Hollandaise. After reading the menu he went and got it. All fixed? Not really. Eggs were stone cold. I've also had steaks here and don't recommend them. I do buy from their meat counter. Great bacon. Cut-to-order as thick as you like and the demi glasse is convenient for home recipes.
Posted by Rob S. on 01/06/2006
I met a friend for drinks and dinner on the 29th of December, not too long after the last review posted here. I guess someone is paying attention, because we had a very enjoyable evening: good food, good wine and VERY attentive service. Maybe this night was an anomaly, but it was pretty crowded, and I was having my wine glass filled constantly. The foie gras app was decadent (in a Calvados sauce). The tableside preparation of the Tartare was new to me, and the dish itself was excellent. My friend enjoyed an excellent Hanger steak, and the frites... well, most here know their quality. The wine list is short, but I found a few gems excellently priced. This is an event that makes me happy to no end. In all, a fine bit of dining, pre-New Year's promises of less decadent eating!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/08/2005
First of all: don't get the front-of-house people to greet in French if they can't speak it. When addressed in French, we replied (in French) that we had a reservation for 8pm. She looked at us and blankly said slowly: 'If you don't have a reservation you'll have about a 25 minute wait." That problem resolved, we were shoved over into the corner to wait for our table that wasn't ready. After waiting some 20 minutes (and seeing walk-ins who had come in after us being seated) my husband went over to ask when we would be seated and despite him standing directly in front of her, she craned her neck and peered around him to avoid looking at him. After finally being seated the problems continued. We ordered beers to drink before our meal but before we had finished them the wine we ordered to go with out appetizers arrived. Bad form. Appetizers were disappointing: my prawn and avocado starter must have been sitting under a grill to keep it warm -- the prawns were dry and slightly shrivelled. A redeeming feature: the steak and frites were excellent. Service was patchy; not being from the US we don't understand this busboy/waiter heirarchy and on occasion ordered drinks when our table was being cleared. We would then have to ask our waiter again for the drinks when they didn't arrive. Ditto with the bill. We waited some 15 minutes after asking for it, and could see our waiter up the front talking and laughing with the meet-n-greet girls (three of them). Overall this restaurant wouldn't cut it if it weren't for the fact that it's Anthony Bourdain's. Sure, the review wouldn't have been so harsh were it not his restaurant, but after reading Kitchen Confidential and all the criticisms he deals out in that you'd think he's make sure his own place was faultless. And stop persisting with the French!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/20/2005
Went w/ girlfriend and her parents on a Saturday night. Had been a little skeptical after mediocre zagat review, but found the restaurant to be a pleasant surprise. My steak was very tasty, fairly priced, nice atmosphere. Service was spotty...they tried hard but kept making mistakes, especially on drinks. They brought us the wrong bottle of wine first, and then a mixed drink we ordered came with only the mixer and no alcohol. But to their credit, they did fix all the mistakes with no additional charge. Will be going back (in a few hours, come to think of it)