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Posted by LaLa773 on 07/05/2005
This place was more than I expected; I found a place that has a casual, mellow, and chill atmosphere, with great food to complement. The wait staff was fine, not bad, but not special either. The food is great, and it's reasonably priced, making the place even better. If you get a chance to go, order the steak frites - it's one of the best I've had in this city. I'm not going to tear on the other reviews, that's the writer's opinion and experience. This is mine, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to relax, drink some wine, mellow out, and enjoy a great meal.
Posted by Excellent on 03/16/2005
Couldn't disagree more with the previous reviews. The whole point of Les Halles is that it is not a pretentious old-world French restaurant. The food is great, the atmosphere is funky and fun. The restaurant reflects Bourdain himself--a little bit alternative and edgy. Everything on the menu is delicious and really reasonably priced. The restaurant is delicious and non-stop fun.
Posted by foodie on 02/25/2005
OK, so the meat was incredibly well done (I don't mean overcooked)-good meat is good meat. However, we arrived about 10 minutes after our 8pm-on-a-Tuesday reservation, and our table was flipped. We stood around for about 15 minutes and finally the hostess said we'd be getting a table. We got it-a noisy place indeed! And we were at the front just behind the hostess' reception desk. We got drink orders straight after we were told there was no sweet vermouth left in the house, and there wsa some slight confusion over what rye was, and what unsweetened flavoured soda was (Canada dry seltzer). Alright-pork confit-served cold for our friend. Not so impressive. Walnut, arugula, apple salad-light vinagrette, but still overdressed-made the corners of my mouth greasy. Lamb steak was done perfectly for me, as well as all of the other meat-the Flatiron and Hanger steaks were perfect. There was a noted lack of bread plates and water. Our waitress was very good, and we noted her stepping back and scanning her tables. She stepped into action quickly and ensured things got done. The bussers could take a few notes. (We are a critical group of four-two who adore food and expect highly quality and excellent service for the prices paid, and the other two are in the restaurant business in Canada.) The wine list is extensive and decent-but overall, I think Boursain's brasserie could focus on fixing a few of the small, yet very important details. Stop riding on the name alone-it just doesn't cut it!
Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2005
Any discussion of the food, which was adequate but not inspired, is overshadowed by the near absence of service and total absence of personality from our waiters. It was over 15 minutes before we were first greeted at our table by the question "Has someone helped you yet?" Upon taking our dinner order, the waiter said "Enjoy your dinner" which seemed like a premature comment. He meant it because we never saw him again. Not one time did someone check with us regarding how our meals were, or offered to refill drinks or dessert. When we wanted to leave we had to ask another waiter to send our waiter with the check. He told us that they had switched stations and that he was our waiter now. He could have fooled us.
Posted by natpep13 on 02/14/2005
I really was expecting a lot more from this place. We had a drink at the bar while waiting for the last person in our party to show up. We were asked to sit at our table b/c it was only booked for a hour and a half. The waiter has a heavy accent and spoke very softly. It was difficult to understand him and he didn't really seem to want to explain what any of the dishes were. We ordered our food and while we waited for our appetizers, we ate some bread and butter (there were no bread plates and only steak knives). The appetizers were just ok. Our food came out in pieces. 4 of the 5 of us had our food while the 5th person waited patiently. The waiter did not seem concerned at all, nor did he seem to hustle to get him his food. Our dinners were ok, certainly not the best steak I had. The duck was very good though. The dessert was small but the bill was big, and we didnt even drink with dinner. I was not impressed at all and expected Anthony Bourdain's place to be superb. I wouldn't recommend it and I wouldn't go back.
Posted by vancouverguy on 01/12/2005
Being a huge fan of Anthony's show on the food network and hearing good things about the restaurant, my meal at Les Halles was to be on of the highlights of my visit to NYC this past summer. We went for lunch and sat on the sidewalk, we were the only customers there! My major complaint was the service, or lack thereof! We were greeted by a dead eyed hostess and then served by an equally unenthusiastic waiter. Although this is New York and not known for it's friendly service, I still expected more than glazed-eyed, bored and almost snobby wait staff at a restaurant owned by Anthony! One more thing if you're going to eat there stick to the meat it's known for -- I had a salad and the greens had not been washed or done very poorly - the salad was full of sandy grit - very disapointing!
Posted by Shmulik on 10/27/2004
Tony Bourdain serves in this restaurant the best beef I have had in New York City. Don't waste your time on Mussels or fish, the desserts are not all that either, but you have to come for the beef. Any cut, any sauce. Fantastic!!! The downside is the service. I came in for lunch and after finishing my plate waited over 10 minutes to have my table cleared and then another 20 minutes until I gave up and requested the check. The waitresses and hostess were too busy flirting with the sous-chef. The restaurant was pretty empty but still horible service. The one time I went for dinner in this restaurant I had a horrible time due to the noise. Tony needs to understand that quality steak is one thing and enjoyment in eating in his restaurant is another.