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Posted by Elizabeth on 08/03/2005
I have tried this restaurant a number of times and something has always gone wrong; most recently, I went for brunch and got served my food a full FIFTEEN minutes before my dining companion. After 5 minutes of waiting for his food to come out, my eggs were cold, and I was still done eating before his food even got there. The waiter was unapologetic. What a disappointment for a place that showed such promise considering the lack of restaurants on 1st Ave.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/25/2005
I have called to order delivery from here numerous times, and on three separate occasions they have been rude and abrupt with me on the phone. While going to the restaurant is somewhat better, it's been completely hit or miss with the wait staff- some have been great and efficient, others have been clueless. It's definitely a gamble going here, however, if you do, try their mac and cheese.
Posted by Very Pleased! on 01/19/2005
I live in the area and found myself quite often traveling to the UWS for good brunch. However, this new addition is fantastic... especially if you like belgian waffles! I have visited a couple of times for brunch and I am never disappointed. The wait staff is always prompt and my food has been delish every time. This is definitely a great neighborhood spot-- destined for longevity. PCV/ST has been in need of a bistro such as this. I give this place 4 stars and will continue to be a loyal patron!
Posted by REALITYSANDWICH on 01/12/2005
The mussels were the tiniest things I had ever seen. Do not order them. The beer list was also a dissapointment since they were out of almost everything. Their Belgian tap beers then ran about $8. The Ginger Man has a better beer selection if that is what you are going for. On another night I tried the lobster special which wasn't bad so I am giving the place a mediocre rating. People complaining about "the scene" need a reality sandwich to the fact that the restaurant is located adjacent to Peter Cooper village which houses young families and retirees for the most part so give that a rest. And if you go to restaurants to check other people out while they eat you need to get a life.
Posted by Charles on 01/11/2005
It's nice to find something approaching alive and hip on a stretch of First Avenue that projected a dour, aged and dull face for too many years. This bistro is like a shot in the arm. We've gone several times and found the food to be reliable and enjoyable. The wait staff is efficient and pleasant and the vibe is positive. Highlights inlclude the soups and the omelettes. Let's hope that this bistro matched with the efforts to revitalize Peter Cooper Stuyvesant Town mark the northward march of the East Village.
Posted by Nice Addition to the Neighborhood on 12/31/2004
This branch of Le Petite Abeille is located on a corner of Peter Cooper Village that formerly housed two bank branches. This is a great addition to the neighborhood on what used to be a dead corner. The food is bistro-style fare- lots of steamed mussels and meat dishes. Food is good, with generous portions. The beer list is extensive, with lots of nice Belgian and other European offerings. The atmosphere is casual, with little references to Belgian pop culture (look for a model rocket ship from the Tintin cartoons). All in all, this a nice addition to what is generally pretty slim pickings as far as decent restaurants are concerned, along first avenue from 14th-23rd streets.
Posted by Kemoie on 12/28/2004
Psyched for a new neighborhood place and very disappointed with my first dinner there. They didn't have the first two beers I ordered, soup was awful, our lobster croquilles came out cold, not once, but twice...., Burger and fries were fine, mac & cheese good for a hangover. Too much of a family scene and some bad table set-ups. Hoping they are still working out the kinks... will give it a go for brunch, but wishing the First Avenue Pub was still in business!