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Posted by anonymous on 05/29/2012
The place looks like a traditional French bistro from an outside, and the front room is very attractive. But the first thing you notice when entering the restaurant is a high volume of music. Not very traditional - but probably a necessary requirement for a young professional crowd? The second thing is their wine list. We have resigned ourselves to wine prices in New York starting around $40, but $50? Instead of ordering a bottle, we settled on a glass. They did not make money on us in this respect, but again it probably makes sense overall with their clientele? The food was reasonable both in terms of taste and price. But as the French say, "relation qualite-prix" (ratio of quality to price) when you add wine becomes absurd.
Posted by Cody on 05/03/2010
We have been going here for years. Yes they are best known for the steak au poivre. However I think they have changes chefs...or something. The quality of the beef is lower, tasteless beef. Inadequate sauce and minimal peppercorns?? They have also changed the wine list whereby the least expensive bottle is 50-55. Sorry but they should have kept the former list, and who is cooking that beef, and where is it from?
Posted by NYer on 08/12/2009
This restaurant is perfect for a special occasion. It's the right mix of old NY cool and chic without being trendy or overly stuffy or full of wannabees. It has a cozy, quirky character. Food was outstanding and perfectly prepared with a culinary sophistication. Steak au pivre and rib eye were cooked precisley and exactly as we requested. No problem with a well done steak! Halibut was also very nice. The artichoke appetizer was just fabulous! Wish I could cook like this at home. Love the atmosphere of Raouls. I've celebrated several of my birthdays here. This is why I still love NY.
Posted by anonymous on 05/03/2009
My boyfriend took me to Raoul's for my birthday this year, and i must say it was wonderful. The food was delicious and so were the wines. The service was great too, the waiter was very attentive of our table, he even bought over a complimentary dessert, because he heard it was my birthday. I love this place, even though it could get a little pricey, it is so worth it
Posted by esus on 11/20/2007
Went with my girlfriend to celebrate our 2 year anniversary on a Saturday night. Everything about the experience was perfect. We had 9pm reservations, the place was packed and our table was ready in less than 5 minutes. Sat in the garden room. The waiter was great and was extremely knowledgeable about the menu. I had the shortribs which were delicious and my girlfriend had the steak au poivre, which was perfect. I made the reservations online and mentioned our celebration. When they brought out dessert it was covered by an amazing sugar dome and candle, which made the evening extra special. Amazing experience. Will be returning!!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/24/2007
the food is outstanding - no doubt, but when I took my parents to Raouls for dinner recently I was deeply disappointed. The service was not good, the waiter forgot our sparkling water 4 times, and mixed up the entrees. While the table next to us, a large group, was almost "mothered" by him, we seemed to be forgotten. Although the food is amazing, there are so many place nearby (Blue Ribbon / Sushi / Bakery) that I prefer.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/06/2007
Raouls has been around forever and they certainly know how to make great food. There is not any excess flair or focus on atmosphere that brings down many a "trendy" restaraunt. Raouls is a fun, cozy, place to enjoy dinner and an excelent bottle of French wine. My parents have been going here since the 1980s, and it is still one of their favorite places in the whole city. They are both hard to please, so that should say something.