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Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2007
We were impressed by the food and the assortment of true Belguim beer. We go to Brussels often and miss it. Good to know we can get our fix of beer, mussels and FRIES...real Belguim fries at this place. The service is very good and loved that some of the staff spoke french with us..We are looking forward to the next time...Great Job!!
Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2007
We live in Sty town and Petite Abeille is our go to for brunch, dinner or just to grab a beer from one of their selections. The staff is super friendly and helpful. If you live in the neighborhood, you are missing out if you have not been here.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/09/2007
I have eaten here a number of times. I really want to like this place, since there aren't many alternatives in the immediate ST/PCV area. I don't want to be harsh, but, this place is adequate, at best. The mussels, their mainstay, are terribly inconsistent. I've had them and they have been very good. Often, though, the mussels are too large and do not taste fresh. The other items I have tried have been, again, just adequate. The macaroni and cheese, for example, is very filling and has the potential to be very good. However, they add ham, which tastes like it came out of a can. If they would add, say, pancetta, instead, you'd have the potential for a wonderful, hearty dish. Additionally, while the place is rather airy and spacious, the prices are unreasonable when you consider that the restaurant is in a location where 70% of the clientele is paying below-market NYC rent. It's a shame because this place has great potential. As a Belgian place, though, it has got to produce excellent mussels every time...right now, it does not. Also, the prices need to be a bit more practical. Being the only show in town may work for a few years. However, unless this place improves, the locals may realize that even the convenient location is not worth a return visit.
Posted by Satisfied customer on 03/04/2007
I was just here with friends the other night. I ordered the mussels jamaicaine! TO DIE FOR! I ate 2 pounds of mussels... My friends were pretty satisfied with their dish also. I recommend the mac and cheese for the table. They have a great wine list and a very good beer list. Beers from Belgium ( try the peach flavored one). Oh and leave room for dessert.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/24/2006
I used to love this place. Fun for just me and hubby and also fun when we take our toddler . But we went this past weekend and there was a new menu... all entrees were more expensive! And the food seemed sub-par. The owners know the family crowd likes the spaciousness of the place, so they must be trying to rake in more bucks. There is better food to be had in NYC for the same price or less. Very sad...
Posted by Anonymous on 08/17/2006
I just moved into Stuy Town and am so excited to have this restaurant so close. The service was wonderful and always attentive, the food very delicious, and the atmosphere very clean and charming. The outdoor area is lovely - I can't wait to have breakfast outside while it's still warm! There are some great deals on normally expensive food, so I would recommend this place very much!
Posted by PKallan on 07/19/2006
We love Belgium food & beer and this place delivers for the most part. The atmosphere is welcoming, casual and charming yet with white tablecloths. There is subdued lighting, a friendly & attentive waitstaff, and some good outdoor seating along 20th St. There's even live jazz some nights, and a good half price special on Belgium beers on Monday nights (the only time we like to go). But the mussels are pretty lackluster if you have been fortunate enough to have actually eaten the real deal in Belgium. Maybe it is seasonal, but the last few times I have been to Petite Abeille and ordered their mussels marinieres, I have been very disappointed. A few nights ago, I ordered them for the last time. The mussels were in decent sized shells, but the meat itself, once cooked, were skimpy, no bigger than my thumbnails (and I'm a woman). While the kitchen does add what I think is fresh fennel bulb to the broth, the flavor itself lacks the garlic, shallots butter & white wine notes which are more prevalent in richer broths I have experienced elsewhere with moules marinieres. I have finally resigned myself to ordering something more reliably satisfying from their menu like their very popular bacon & brie burger. Still, the overall atmosphere, prices and particularly their wonderful Belgium frites are worth a regular visit to Petite Abeille.