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26 Seats

168 Ave. B, New York, NY, 10009
nr. 11th St.
212-677-4787

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8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

70% would go back.

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One of the best meals....

By Lolen on 12/22/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went to 26 seats lastnight for dinner with a friend. It was small and quaint. I met a friend there and we had 7:30 dinner reservations. There was only one chef in the kitchen so the food took longer, but loved it, as I knew my meal was made fresh. I had the onion tart, which really is not a tart. It’s amazing…. I then had the rack of lamb….amazing flavors, I tasted my friends dish which was the duck, melted in my mouth. Desert was amazing with FRESH raspberries. And I had amazing wine, and coffee… all for $78 per person…. I was not rushed at all. And the service was friendly and attentive. Will def recommend and go back…. Honestly the best french place I have dined at.

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28 out of 63 people found this review helpful.

Now that there is a new owner...

By gary23 on 8/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

the food is MUCH better than it was before. I especially loved the bouillabaisse (i believe that's how you spell it). Very delicious. The restaurant is also known not just for its french cultural food, but also for its value; the prices are reasonable. I would suggest you guys to try the bouillabaisse or rack-lamb. Definitely going back there again when i have the time.

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56 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

No way !

By com555 on 7/17/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

When I was waiting restroom, I saw the chef is recycling cheese from a dirty plate ! Gross !

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56 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

Good food, small setting, quiet and unexpected.

By gna207 on 7/6/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've been to 26 Seats twice for two special occasions. Each time it was just two at the first seating--around 7:30. The service was very friendly (and not just for french people), warm, hospitable, and attentive-- although the service wasn't too fast or anything. I had steak the first time and Duck my second both were seriously good, not the best ever, but for the pretty modest price it's real quality and worth it. I stumbled upon this place while wandering up ave B a few years back, and didn't expect to see such a cute little french place with such a calm ambiance in that neighborhood. The deserts are good, as is the wine. The small size of the restaurant makes your meal feel special and so it's a great date place. Would absolutely go back.

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50 out of 96 people found this review helpful.

How Can It Work?

By JudgeJudy on 5/8/2010

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

How can you have a leisurely dinner (at these prices no less!) and only have 26 seats?

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52 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

Gracious owner

By Erical on 4/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

My boyfriend and I celebrated my 26th birthday here - on 4/26. They're usually closed Mondays but the owner offered to open for the occasion. On top of that, he baked a cake and didn't charge us for it! I was touched by this stranger's generosity and highly recommend 26 Seats to anyone looking for a warm experience.

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53 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

Great French Restaurant

By mky84 on 5/15/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I specifically searched for authentic French food without the typical French prices and I landed at 26 Seats. My girlfriend and I were the first people in the restaurant on a Thursday night, but it started to get busy as we were winding down. After reading other reviews, it seems that our great service was a result of our early dinner at 6:30, so you may want to do likewise. The soup of the day--cream of cauliflower--was delicious, the onion tart was good, hanger steak was excellent, penne pasta was ok, creme brulee was perfect. On top of that, a pretty good pinot noir by the glass, and the total for a dinner for two was about $70 including tax and tip. If you find anywhere as good with prices like this, please let me know.

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87 out of 156 people found this review helpful.

Time limit on tables, rude service

By merilerole on 3/2/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

There is a time limit on tables. They don't tell you that but they expect you to know this magically. We were virtually ignored by the waiter and waitress. Asked for bread 3 times before it was brought. They forgot us after that. Finally were able to order after those seated after us were already served entrees. Before I could finish my coffee we were told we had to leave because the table was needed (we were there approximately 1 1/2 hours). The check was brought and apparently we couldn't sign the bill fast enough for them . The hostess argued with my friend. In order to get up from the table, the table has to be pulled out into the isle but she was barking at my friend and left me stuck behind the table. I asked her to let me out and she turned to me and said "I don't think so!" She told us that "everyone knows you can't stay here" . And the food was just not that good. I do not recommend at all.

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93 out of 202 people found this review helpful.

It was good

By chemaiquino on 6/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Good expirience and excellent food

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209 out of 477 people found this review helpful.

French bistro!!

By alexandrachaves on 11/14/2006

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

It is a cute pettite restaurant in the lower east side!! I celebrated my b-day here .. and is a nice place to gander around your friends. Everything is good here!!

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305 out of 599 people found this review helpful.

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