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Brasserie LCB J.J. Rachou

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60 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019 40.762439 -73.976864
between Fifth and Sixth Aves.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-688-6525 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: French
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Critics' Rating: **

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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    6 Reviews | Write a Review

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Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; F at 57th St.

Prices

$21-$31

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • BYOB
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • BYOB
  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

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This venue is closed.

Midtown's legendary La Côte Basque may have traded in her murals and carpeting for a new look in 2004, but there's plenty of the old girl left in Jean-Jacques Rachou's 21st-century Brasserie LCB. Surrounded by the energy and clatter of micro-tile floors, black leather banquettes, bistro mirrors, and Veuve Clicquot-orange walls, the menu is pure old-fashioned southern French excess: Individual escargots swim in jiggers of pine nut-studded garlic butter; steak au poivre wears a heartburn-inducing overcoat of peppercorns; potatoes dauphanoise are more cream than potato; and cassoulet is a meat-and-fowl feast set in a bowl of excruciatingly salty Tarbais beans. Rachou offers highbrow items like oysters and caviar, as well as traditional brasserie fare, like choucroute, quiche Lorraine, and pigs trotters with foie gras. But more is not always best; some dishes, such as frisée aux lardons, are rich yet bland. Like the menu and the clientele, budget-friendly sippers sit shoulder-to-shoulder with once-in-a-lifetime bottles on the extensive wine list. Desserts are old-school to the hilt, flamboyant affairs that might be spiked with Grand Marnier, topped with a jaunty cookie, served in a silver goblet, or maybe all three.

Brunch

Sun, noon-3pm

BYOB
$25 corkage fee

Recommended Dishes

Escargots de Bourgogne à la Méridionale, $12; soufflé au Grande Marnier, $8.50

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