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Le Bilboquet

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20 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022 40.764 -73.970444
nr. Madison Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-751-3036 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Bistro, French
  • Price Range: $$$$

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  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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Hours

Daily, noon-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

F at Lexington Ave.-63rd St.; N, Q, R at Fifth Ave.-59th St.; 4, 5, 6 at 59th St.

Prices

$28-$50

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Celeb-Spotting
  • Classic NY
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Notable Wine List
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Though the second coming of this bistro hotspot boasts 110 seats instead of the former 35, the mood is still that of a chic and intimate dinner party. The lighting is just dark enough, and candles on white-paper-covered tables illuminate the plush banquettes and post-modern art that adorns the walls. As for the restaurant's classic French bistro fare, old standards await (foie gras and moules frites, both well prepared), but the greatest delights of the menu come in some of the more unexpected creations. A crab-and-avocado dish is decked with bell peppers, adding a nice spice and crunch to contrast the creaminess of the avocado. And the signature poulet Cajun? Buttery, flavorful, tender—it lives up to the reputation. The air of traditional French sophistication is present in full force, and it makes for an elegant and memorable dining experience. That said, a word to the wise—if the thought of a menu printed entirely in French, or even just the thought of a long wait on the weekend, seems daunting rather than exciting, this might not be your spot.

Extra

Le Bilboquet is named for that old-fashioned French game where you try to flip a ball on a string into a cup on the same stick.

Recommended Dishes

Crabe et avocat, $23; poulet Cajun, $29

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