473 Columbus Ave., New York, NY, 10024
nr. 83rd St.
By Bonnie.Janson on 4/4/2015
Had lunch at Bistro Citron. touted as a "true French Bistro Experience." When you walk in the door it is charming and feels as though you have truly stepped into a neighborhood bistro in Paris. But that's where the authenticity ends. First, the service was lackluster at best. Though relatively few diners, we waited over 20 minutes before we were even asked for our drink order, had to ask several times for bread to be served, and could not get the waiter's attention for additional wine during the meal, which, when finally ordered, he failed to bring. The "French Bistro experience" was further marred by the salsa [!!!) music blasting over the sound system -- salsa music, really?? And the food? Mediocre, at best. The French onion soup came burnt to a crisp -- the 'melted' gruyere a hockey puck of stiff, brown cardboard. The escargot were fine, but we had to ask several times for bread. And, worst of all, the steak frites [a classic and simple mainstay of most French bistros] had meat so tough it was difficult to cut, and was served with over-cooked and obviously FROZEN french fries -- not freshly cooked potatoes -- which had the texture and taste of Burger King rejects! When I mentioned the frozen frites to our waiter, he simply shook his head 'yes' that they were frozen, and then shrugged as if to say 'so what?' Sadly, what we had anticipated to be a nice, simple, and satisfying 'French Bistro experience', turned out to be a dud at best. I would not go back.
By paletpleasure on 11/12/2009
It's the first time I post a review on a website. Just came back from Bistro Citron and had such a wonderful experience I thought I'd write a review. Rarely have I been greeted so warmly. I had the "Sole meuniere", Superb. The waitress, French and American, was dedicated and truly enjoyable. The decor was ok - could be improved and the music a bit too melancholic, but overall - a Great Experience. I'm definately coming back.
By foodipooti on 10/30/2009
After my husband and I saw a 21 food rating in Zagats for this particular restaurant, we saw it as a solid choice for Friday night dinner/wine. We ordered wine by the glass and swore that it was watered down. After sending back the first round, we got more of the same. The steak frites was more like steak alpo -it was dry, tough and never had a chance. We rarely, if ever, review restaurants on this site, but we felt the need to put it out there. If you're looking for a good French restaurant similar in price, go across the park to Le Steak or Brasserie Julien. We have ALWAYS had good experiences there.