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200 W. 70th St., New York, NY, 10023
nr. Amsterdam Ave.
By red321 on 5/12/2012
I love this place and it has become a favorite over the last couple of years - especially for brunch. The staff is consistently friendly, and the food always tasty. It is on the pricey side but you definitely get what you pay for. Seating is spacious. I recommend it for special occasions, or for a casual brunch. Drinks are also great! Mix of customers - young professionals, trendy crowd, elderly neighborhood patrons, and a celebrity or two - I was seated next to Bono (U2) last time I was there. But the place is not pretentious, very laid back.
A great West side Bistro find
By Dali on 3/21/2010
A great French American family Bistro in the day time. Evening is like a visit to a Paris side street bistro. Kyle the manager. the servers and the bar time servers are always pleasant, friendly and knowledgeable. The menu is standard French bistro fare at reasonable prices. The wine list was excellent with enough choices to complement each dish. Steak Frites with a good glass of French red wine made our afternoon walk in the park all the more memorable for the first day of Spring. A calm and pleasant after theater drink at the bar was just what we needed to top off a very pleasant New York day and evening. Ask Kyle or any server for wine suggestions to accompany your meal. Great restaurant.
Still shining after all these years
By UWSider on 11/22/2004
Cafe Luxembourg has been around for decades it seems, and yet it still never misses a beat. The service is friendly and helpful and the food is always just what you hope for from a great French bistro. For those who like spacious dining rooms, this might not be there first choice, but I find the whole place buzzing with happy diners enjoying consistently excellent food.
LUXEMBOURG'S LAMBENT GLOW
By mathompson on 5/5/2005
After nearly twenty-five years, Cafe Luxembourg's glow has not diminished. There's an energy immediately palpable upon entering the lovely room with its red leather banquettes and rattan bistro chairs and, for spring, huge floral arrangements of cherry blossoms. Honey blondes and silver-haired gentlemen mix with long-necked dancers and t.v. actors. It's a mix of the best of New York, all basking in the lighting’s soft pink glow. And there's a spark to the brasserie-classic menu. For spring, a wild mushroom salad and a sublime asparagus, fava bean, and ramp lasagna, so fresh as to convince you that you are eating tableside in the garden. Crispy artichokes with an olive tapenade. That bread, so chewy, and that butter, so rich. A perfectly fine onion soup. And desserts at nearly ten dollars a piece nearly merit the price: a ginger and carrot mousse, a banana semi-freddo napoleon. Even in the midst of the pre-theatre rush and the eight-o'clock crush, everything flows smoothly at this well-run institution. Clearly the three nude Graces who adorn the Luxembourg's walls and les cartes postales are still safeguarding this New York institution which continues to age like the best of wines and the most beautiful people.
holiday brunch for seven
By foodaholic on 1/2/2005
Always dependable food, always reliable service. Especially good brunch choice.Occasional celebrity sighting adds to fun. Best cosmo in city.
By sahw on 7/27/2003
Haven't been here in years, but nothing has changed. The food and service are still excellent. The sign of a good restaurant is consistency, and Cafe Luxembourg is definitely consistent. Brunch is a must with a great tuna salad nicoise, and the Prix Fixe $20.03 is a real draw and a great value. Treat yourself to the desserts, especially the Sundae.
By CityPixie on 3/28/2003
Cafe Luxembourg is the kind of spot where you meet your accountant (or lawyer) for lunch on Friday, stop in for a drink after the movies (or opera) on Saturday, and hang out with your friends for bruch on Sunday. The menu offers standard bistro favories like all day omlettes and gourmet BLTs. Their service is relaxed (as in they don't rush you) and professional. It feels like an uptown Odeon complete with the neighborhood celebs and always ambient lighting.
The Sated Stargazer
By odile on 2/12/2003
Antonio Banderas was at the next table. Enough said. But I'll elaborate. For starters, Cafe Luxembourg is less a simple "cafe" than a "brasserie." The decor is authentic French gone Hollywood; it's certainly not gaudy, but mirrors and gold are everywhere. Well-groomed upper west siders and the occasional celebrity or two make up the clientele. It's a group of people you'll feel lucky to join for dinner. And the wait staff are a sophisticated bunch: no pompous airs at all, just attentive service and the practiced ability to serve the rich and famous without batting an eyelash. But nor will they bat an eyelash if you share an entree and decline wine. Equally reliable is the food; there's something for everyone and none of those I'm-going-to-prove-what-a-unique-chef-I-am-even-if-it's-inedible menu items. Staples like roast chicken, steak frites and tuna tartare are excellent. In short, you can be a gourmand while enjoying great service and glamorous company. Or to put it more appropriately, you can have your cake and eat it too.
It's Not Really About the Food
By MarkG441 on 8/5/2007
Food is solid bistro fare competently executed. Always good, seldom outstanding. But the whole experience is fantastic. The look, feel, taste and menu combine for a bistro experience rare this side of Paris. Take a date -- if you can't hit it off with him/her after this place, it ain't gonna happen.
Good value in a neighborhood filled with bad food.
By yoyobunny on 1/9/2004
Not many great french restaurants in the upper west side- and this one has always been my favorite as it is consistent, friendly, and on top of it has the best breakfast in the neighborhood. The scones with cream, hot coffee and a poached egg or two in the morning are superlative. There is never a wait and it tends to be calm and quiet with only a few locals in attendance. This is my favorite meal at this classic and longtime restaurant.
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