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La Lunchonette

130 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
at 18th St.
212-675-0342

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8
Food: 9
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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90% would go back.

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My favourite restaurant in NY

By supergrover on 4/30/2011

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

Okay, it competes with the Red Cat further up 10th for my affections, but they're different vibes, both wonderful in their own ways. Just a perfect, unpretentious real place.

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68 out of 139 people found this review helpful.

Not worth it

By glai on 6/25/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

- We were denied a breadbasket refill when asked, and then felt super awkward! (That's the worst of it, but doesn't get any better from here) -the specials were too overpriced for the quality (quantity was good though) -dips/slants/uneven floor, so hard to walk in with heels or an elderly person, and def not good for handicapped (a little cramped) -would go back only if in the area and probably for lunch, not dinner

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130 out of 267 people found this review helpful.

Out of the way, but WORTH IT

By jolove on 2/22/2009

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

Thank god I got an 8:00pm reservation on a Saturday...and thank god it was at La Lunchonette! The food was absolutely spectacular--the chicken with mustard sauce was absolutely killer. The service was great--I believe the hostess was the wife of the chef or something & was the nicest woman and very attentive, the food was out of this world and the price was right! Although it is a bit out of the way (I'm usually not on 10th Ave. in Chelsea), this is most definitely worth it!

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159 out of 294 people found this review helpful.

Amazing

By mizzgoa on 2/15/2009

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

Went for Valentines day. Ordered the Fois Gras, lobster bisque and Lamb. Everything was amazing. Great "home cooked" French food without the pretentiousness. Service was a little slow at times but the place was pretty busy to be fair. I would definitely return.

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125 out of 256 people found this review helpful.

Quaint and cozy

By isisjune on 1/30/2009

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

I recently visited La Luncheonette with my bf and his friend for the first time. We all agreed that the decor and music were perfect for a cozy, comfortable, French 'home-cooked' style dinner. I ordered the beet salad and beef bourguinon. The salad was so fresh, crisp and tasty (with their dressing), and the beef bourguinon was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Perfectly seasoned, with just a hint of sweetness. I literally cleaned off the sauce with the bread. While we had gone there for dinner, it definitely was a nice spot to just drop in for some wine. Loved the casual vibe and the non-pretentiousness.

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113 out of 212 people found this review helpful.

an oasis of calm in a trendy sea...

By mblack on 10/16/2008

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

I'm so happy that a restaurant like this still exists in our neighborhood. It provides all the comforts that come from great food, fine wine, welcoming atmosphere and personal service that is so lacking in this "oh so" ultra hip, scarily trendy, increasingly exclusive and snobby and useless meat packing district party scene. The world has changed but thank you La Lunchonette for holding the fort against the barbarians.

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109 out of 206 people found this review helpful.

Love this place....

By majormark on 10/16/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

I rarely review, but I feel I must, because I love La Lunchonette. I've eaten here many times in the past several years, both at lunch & dinner. I've never once experienced anything like that review below. This honest, down to earth French restaurant has been in business for over 20 years. The owners are part of the community & they serve the most delicious, well prepared & beautifully served food. The owner is as nice as can be & she is a pleasure to chat with. We often drop by for a quick lunch & end up spending 2+ hours relaxing in the lovely, old fashioned room. I guess too many "fabulous" refugees who can't get into the trendy restaurant of their choice have fallen in here. This is definitely not trendy, nor is it a scene. It is just wonderful.

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97 out of 217 people found this review helpful.

Had to do this 2x

By smilingkarma on 10/2/2008

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

to cancel out the fool from Brooklyn - Makes me wonder if he/she had ever been to Florent. He would have destroyed this guy verbally.

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110 out of 220 people found this review helpful.

AMAZING

By smilingkarma on 10/2/2008

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

This is an amazing restaurant - one that has been a true NYers dream. A place to escape the B&T that has taken over the village, meatpacking, and chelsea..........remember when these places were cool. We have been losing too many of the truly NY establishments of which this is one. The food is amazing - the price point great and the decor old nyc. If you don't like this place go back to suburbia - you will be much happier there. Well maybe you won't - but that's your problem!!

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115 out of 230 people found this review helpful.

Worst restaurant experience ever

By brooklyn_eater on 9/7/2008

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

I hardly have words for the extreme disgust we felt when visiting this so-called restaurant. Three New Yorker's took our friends' parents there for dinner, and we left after our wine, cocktails, and bread, leaving zero tip. It took forever to get our server's attention and once we did, her responses were curt, rude and dismissive. When we got to ordering (this was 45 minutes after sitting down), one of our guests asked her opinion on a dish. He then sought further description to which she replied, "I'm really busy. I said it was fabulous once, saying it four times doesn't make it any better." After she walked away, there were five jaws hitting the table. We unanimously agreed to cancel our order. So we called her over, told her we felt we were too much of a burden on her and that we'd like our check. And that was that. We sat at our table, searching for another restaurant on our phones, and we ventured back into a pouring tropical storm to seek good food and gracious service. When I tell the story, no one can believe it. It is gasp-worthy.

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