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Posted by anonymous on 06/18/2009
brunch menu was nice, had to ask for and wait for coffee for more than 20 minutes before during and after ordering, asked for butter, and then asked again, and please, a refill on our coffee and wait, and wait. eggs were cold, wait staff was either uninterested or overwhelmed. bourdain would be embarrassed! Wait! we're not returning.
Posted by ironchefchinois on 04/22/2009
Love Tony's show on the Travel Channel, love the fact that he is brutally honest as the celebrity judge on Top Chef and his books are a great read. Though after eating at his alma matar, his credibility has taken a serious hit with me. Some out-of-town friends (including my wife and I) went for a early lunch there, not much of a crowd at all, maybe 2-3 other tables. Everyone thought I was crazy ordering steak so early in the morning but all I heard about was how good the steak frites were and how highly TB regarded the frites there. Well just to let you know the fries (they don't deserve the distinction of being called frites) were pretty average and the steak was unedible. I literally could not chew through the meat. You seriously could only eat it by swallowing the chunks whole like some predatory animal. Though I doubt even a great white couldn't saw though the toughness a Les Halles steak. And as the previous posts have all clearly stated, service is abysmal regardless if it is busy or slow. Then again maybe that is just the NYC attitude, I don't know?! I'm not some pretentious socialite either, I am an average blue-collar guy who is willing to pay for a good meal and good service. You'll get neither here. Sorry Tony, but I'd think you'd better off eating the animal out in the bush than the steak at here. Maybe you can get back in the kitchen and fix the mess they've created since you left.
Posted by Bill, UK on 04/21/2009
We dined Thursday 10/4/09 as part of a 7day holiday in New York. We are great fans of Bourdain's TV programmes and decided to go to the great mans' place. Firstly, positives. Food was excellent. Service by person who seated us was fine and waiters also good, particularly the guy who kept topping up our water. Negatives: Woman in charge of checking reservations was distant as if the task was beneath her. Rather too dark for my liking. Difficult to read menu without putting the table candle next to it. At the end of the meal my wife pointed out that her plate had two chips out of the edge. The manager (?) didn't seem too bothered and in fact thought it added to the "rustic" atmosphere of the meal!! We enjoyed our experience but did expect more.
Posted by AndyB on 03/14/2009
The food was fantastic! The Brie, honey & peppercorn bruchetta was terrific. Duck Confit was also great. Out waitress was not very friendly and we had to ask what the specials were since she never told us. The food more than made up for the service.
Posted by Katie on 11/24/2008
The food was excellent, but the service was very poor. When we arrived at 7:14 for our 7:15 reservation, we were told we couldn’t be seated for awhile since we were “early.” Luckily, we were sat around 7:25. Once we were at our table, I was shocked at what little effort our server put forth to help us or even be friendly. She never spoke more than ten words to us the entire meal and we had to ask about the specials when she came to take our order. The other servers we had in charge of water, wine and bread were very prompt. Our main server, however, was one of the worst servers I have ever had in the city, especially at a restaurant where I am paying $30+ per entrée. It was unacceptable. The manager never came around to ask how everything was until we were almost out the door. When we finally mentioned “The service was very poor,” he said “Oh, I’m sorry.” Clearly, this is something they must be used to. I don’t believe we have ever tipped under 20% but we did here. The whole front of house looked like amateur hour. It was bizarre. I gave the service a .5 because the guys who brought the bread and water and poured the wine were prompt.
Posted by new york diner on 11/10/2008
simply nothing special...les halles is very ordinary and not worthy of anthony bourdain's reputation..
Posted by JennyD on 11/09/2008
My boyfriend and I went here this past Friday for what was supposed to be a celebratory dinner. Instead, it turned into one of the worst dining experiences I have ever experienced. It all started when the maitre'd decided to accomate his friends at the table next to us. They interrupted the dinner to swap out the tables and then had the nerve to place a third (extra chair) within four inches of our own table. While the appetizers were ok, our food arrived before our bottle of wine. I ordered the steak frites and I must say I've seen a better looking cut of meat at a chain restaurant. My steak and fries were lukewarm at best, so I politely told the waiter. Ten minutes later, he finally arrived with a steak - my original steak. What was supposed to be a medium-rare steak was now a well-done charred piece of leather. When we nicely spoke with the maitre'd , he barely recognized that there had been a problem and actually drafted a bill for us. This place may have a nice atmosphere, but as long as the maitre'd from is on-duty, you are sure to have horrible service. Take your money and your appetite elsewhere.