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Les Enfants Terribles

37 Canal St., New York, NY, 10002
at Ludlow St.
212-777-7518

Avg. Rating

5
Food: 6
Service: 4
Décor: 7
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

42% would go back.

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Cute out of the way spot

By KCORNACH on 12/21/2011

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Despite past reviews on here for poor service, I went for dinner recently and the host and waiter were pleasant and accommodating. Not much of a beer selection but they have a nice Malbec. Ambiance-wise, this place is spot on. Sexy dim lighting, rustic wordly feel and unpretentious euro/American crowd looking to enjoy this laid back space a bit off the beaten path (it's on Canal and Ludlow nearing Two Bridges territory.) Another plus? Really nice-sized portions on the mains.

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43 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

Terrible Experience

By jec18 on 6/20/2010

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

Worst dining experience I have had in four years of living in New York city. Horrific service from the host and the waitress and mediocre food. Terribly rude and not at all concerned with making the experience enjoyable for their patrons. Not worth anyone's time or money.

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49 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

DO NOT GO HERE!

By Yassy on 4/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

service sucks! I went for lunch (take-out). They forgot my bread with my soup and asked me to TIP them! seriously its TAKE-OUT!

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56 out of 111 people found this review helpful.

Terrific

By papizjb on 9/20/2009

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

Excellent place. We reserved a table for 8 and showed up 30 min late with an extra person. They held our table and accommodated the extra guest. The food was great, and the DJ played music interesting enough for us to pull out the iPhones and Shazam the tunes.

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84 out of 172 people found this review helpful.

Nothing Beats Les Enfants

By jacks09 on 8/30/2009

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

The sad thing about these reviews is that most of the time people only leave comments for a bad experience or negative feelings. After curiously searching on NY Mag to see what people had to say about my favorite institution in all of New York- I took the effort to create an account just to leave a review and tell everyone who cares to read this that Les Enfants is hands down the most special and fantastic place I have ever been to. The food is great, the staff is so perfectly French and lovely and the atmosphere is unique. It creates that certain je ne sais quoi ;-) that leaves you dying to come back. I bring as many people as I can here and inevitably they all fall in love with this place as much as I do. If your looking for a 5 star dining experience then go to Per Se... although I am sure after wards you will want to stop at Les Enfants for a gin tonic....

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100 out of 186 people found this review helpful.

Yummy food

By ErinbhNYC on 8/26/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food here is so good! Yes, the bartenders have some attitude but the wait staff are very nice and the food is really different and great!

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93 out of 182 people found this review helpful.

Forget the service

By shanghai on 8/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

This used to be a cool frenchy-downtown hangout. Now it's just another mediocre space with wooden chairs and arrogant hosts with French accents. The canal street hood never really took off and les enfants terribles will not help. Forget the food and don't go there for drinks, not worth the trip. The only thing authentic about this place is that they prefer dogs to kids, very much like Paris.

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69 out of 146 people found this review helpful.

Bar experience much better...

By bears516 on 4/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I ended up at Les Enfants Terribles on a Thursday night by chance and sat at the bar to have a glass of wine while waiting for my friend. Since it was fairly quiet inside (around 7pm) and the bartender was nice, we ultimately decided to stay there. We just tried an assortment of appetizers, all of which were excellent, and continued drinking wine. I can see how people would be frustrated sitting at a table, as the place was ridiculously crowded around 8:30/9, but if you happen to be in the area earlier on, I'd suggest hanging at the bar for a bit for a nice little after-work drink.

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79 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

Making a reservation

By chicgirl on 4/13/2009

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

I booked a table for 14, I called twice to confirm, each time I called they did not have the reservation in the book. Luckily we had to cancel the dinner anyway. I just looked to see if anything changed, I see others had the same problem. The staff was flip when I called to check the reservation.

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70 out of 142 people found this review helpful.

Surprised how low it is rated

By terpkaren on 4/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went on a rainy Wednesday night, about 8pm. Loved the atmosphere. Surprised by other review, i though the cocktails were strong and good, between 3 of us we had 4 different ones and the manger brought us shots on the house. Cambert app was poofy, very good, veal chop big cooked right, salad a little bland, would have prefered a little more traditional steak tartare a little to oniony for me, banana creme brule amazing. Very laidback, chill, don't go if you get annoyed by waiting for simple things like water or the check.

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84 out of 158 people found this review helpful.

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