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102 W. 86th St., New York, NY, 10024
at Columbus Ave.
To be avoided
By cwbynum on 7/21/2016
My husband likes this restaurant and I've gone there several times. The first time I had lamb that was stringy to the point of being unchewable. Recently I had an artichoke vinaigrette that was so undercooked as to be inedible. I sent it back but they charged me for it anyway. The poached salmon was bland and the basil mayonnaise greasy and without much taste, although the serving was large. The service was rushed and not attentive, and noise level rose to unacceptable. My husband likes the place because it caters to the elderly and the portions are generous. I have tried to like it, and have had acceptable meals there, although nothing memorable. But now I simply will not go back.
By loubetti on 2/19/2011
We happen to know the owner's sister, who told us about La Mirabelle, which I had heard of before. We decided to visit it on Valentine's day 2011, as my girlfriend is a French teacher and loves France more than she loves me! A good test of a restaurant is always on a busy night, although restaurants should work best on those nights, and this one does! The restaurant was packed, and they must have turned the tables over at least twice. Nonetheless, service was a 10 as was cuisine. We shared a seafood chowder, she had the snapper, and I the chicken cordon bleu; best I ever had. Am I in Paris or New York? Only the customers betrayed that thought. Despite having a "connection", we received no special treatment; everyone was treated well! This is a "family" restaurant, and we met our friend's two daughters working there, along with another sister. Very nice people. They really did an amazing job on a very busy night. As with many NY restaurants seating is somewhat tight, and it can get noisy. We dined upstairs in the mezzanine, and that proved a good choice. Really, no complaints even on such a busy night. Living in Fort Lee, NJ, the restaurant is a relatively easy drive, although parking can be an issue. We were lucky to find a spot on Amsterdam ave. Don't look for a parking garage, this isn't mid town. I look forward to going back for brunch to try their croque monsieur, as for this Italian American, that's one of my favorites!
A La Mirabelle Experience
By mdlrn on 2/12/2011
If you are looking for authentic French food prep, reasonably priced for the city, excellant quality of ingredients, and fantastic home prepped desserts, you really need to try this restaurant. Friendly staff and owner. Restaurant clean, lovely art work. Found this place on the web, and now frequent this great French Restaurant. No question - You will enjoy the La Mirabelle Experience, Just a FYI, I like this much more than Cafe Luxenburg
Only The Best
By Beavnyc on 12/29/2010
Proposed to my wife after eating at La Mirabelle. Now what do you suppose they put in their recipes? The atmosphere, the ambiance, the friendliness of the staff and "but of course" the food. If you want to impress your boss, re-celebrate a momentous occasion or just go out for some fabulous food, wine and fun, make this your choice of restaurants on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Merci La Mirabelle
Take a trip to France!
By Denisealto on 12/9/2010
I have never actually gone to France, but based on two wonderful meals at La Mirabelle, I know that I will have to eventually get on that plane! The atmosphere in the restaurant is cozy and inviting, and the food (I love the duckling with mirabelle plums) is divine. The wines served with each course balance the palette and if you are lucky, a song or two from one of the excellent staff (in an earthy contralto voice) will complete the evening. Add to that the paintings which cover the walls with images of Breton (also done by one of the staff) and it's time to make that reservation for your next "trip".
What a way to spend a birthday!
By Tingarina on 9/13/2009
My best friend, Karen (affectionately referred to as Soffarina) took me for the first time tonight to this exquisite little gem of a restaurant right in my neighborhood! I've lived in NYC and on the upper west side for thirty-one years, and somehow had never been here. It was gorgeous. We sat in the balcony, and enjoyed the roomy, expansive feel of the place--as well as the beautiful artwork. The food was extraordinary--from bread, to Caesar salad, to steak au poivre, creme brulee and coffee--all delicious. What a charming place--the lady who makes the desserts even sang Happy Birthday at my table! Don't miss this charming restaurant. I didn't pay, as I was being treated, but the value was also terrific. Ooh la la La Mirabelle!
By daerius on 9/4/2009
La Mirabelle is not "trendy" French! FINALLY! This restaurant is the real deal. The family run operation serves very good French food without all of the pretense of most New York restaurants. I recommend the duck, the sweetbreads, the chicken livers, and the onion soup. Their wines are well-chosen and compliment the menu. The service is always excellent and friendly. The atmosphere is French country quaint. When you get tired of the glitz and glamor of the trendier NY spots, move up to a "real" meal at La Mirabelle. You will be glad that you did.
Brittany comes to New York
By jburg3 on 12/21/2008
I've had the privelege of going to Brittany, France. La Mirabelle is the best Breton resturant on this side of the Atlantic. It has a very quaint and cozy atmosphere lightens the heart the moment you walk throught the door. The presentation and food was excellent. I would recommend this French bistro to anyone.
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