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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/03/2006
I agree with the others- great food, good service, excellent prices. It's hard these days to find a restaurant where you can get a terrific dinner with a drink for under $20, but its possible here. Great mussels, steaks, fries, beers, etc. The mac and cheese is the best!!
Posted by John&Vicki on 02/20/2006
We started w/tomato-basil soup & fish chowder-both were terrific. The mussels were great & the Belgian beef stew was out of this world. The frites are cooked just right & lightly salted. No complaints about the service-it's very attentive, professional & friendly. So much so that we left a $10 tip on a $44 tab. The decor is casual, the prices are reasonable-we would definately go back on our next visit to the city.
Posted by ML on 02/02/2006
I am a long time PCV resident and was thrilled that Petite opened here (and I hope more to follow) but I didn't like the coffee that is served here. I no longer go for breakfast based on that. But, the burgers are good and the mac and cheese is fantastic. Likewise the mussels and frites terrific. Note that the soda is sometimes flat as well. I wish the restaurant would correct those few problems to become even better.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2006
I happen to live in PCV as well, but would have gone here even if I didn't. The burgers are seasoned perfectly, the fries are crispy, the mussels are tasty, and the omelettes are a great option for lunchtime. To top it off, their happy hour offers 2 for 1 Belgian beers at the bar (which if you know anything about Belgian beers they are usually between 8-12 dollars per bottle, so this is quite a bargain.) Also be sure to try the beef or chicken stews, roasted chicken, salads. I have never been disappointed by the food, but service-wise it once took an hour and a half for a portion of mussels and fries (last spring).
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2006
I must agree with a bunch of the other reviews- the service is hit or miss. I'm always treated when I go with my gals rather than my boyfriend and when I order on the phone I always order in French. It just simplifies the process. Go on one of the special nights- "All You Can Eat Mussels" or "Lobster Night" as their mussels and lobster are delicious. However, my two favorite things are the Petite Abeille Burger which comes with a really interesting sauce and a Vanilla Milkshake. They are also one of the few places I've found so far that has Westmalle Triple- a really great tasty beer. It goes for around 7$ a glass, which pales in comparison to the 13$ it costs up around Times Square. It's not really expensive- I mean this is New York. If you just want something simple- cross the street to Ess-A-Bagel.
Posted by Peter Cooper on 10/29/2005
As a long time resident of PCV I can not over emphasize what a wonderful addition Petite Abeille has been to our neighborhood. I have now enjoyed over a dozen meals with them and have yet to be disappointed. Petite Abeille is the only restaurant on 1st Ave that has been able to persuade me to stay in the neighborhood instead of heading to Union Sq or farther a field. My thanks to the PA Team.