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37 Canal St., New York, NY, 10002
at Ludlow St.
Nothing Beats Les Enfants
By jacks09 on 8/30/2009
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....
Neighborhood Gem - Great Food & Service
By Rcdy on 1/20/2009
I went to this restuarant this past weekend and had a wonderful time. A friend and I spent over 5 hours enjoying a long, leisurely lunch and evening cocktails. The staff was excellent and our waitress gave us wine recommendations. The music was great and we never once felt rushed - even after the restaurant began to fill up with the dinner crowd. Everyone was friendly - some members of the staff answered questions regarding the music, drinks, food, etc. The meal was excellent, and the crowd young and lively. I can't wait to go back again.
By papizjb on 9/20/2009
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.
Great place to meet up with a group!
By YorkAveFashionista on 2/13/2009
Always a delight and a great place to catch up with friends with the warm and cozy ambience. Great date place - Tends to get a bit crowded but adds to the ambience. I'd go back anytime!
By ErinbhNYC on 8/26/2009
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!
Bar experience much better...
By bears516 on 4/17/2009
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.
By ShelleyBaby on 11/18/2004
The restaurant is in a quiet part of the Lower East Side. It is a very small restaurant, too. Getting into your seat and out can be challenging--very intimate dining--with other guests. However, the unique dishes such as the duck and escagot pie are worth the trip.
Cute out of the way spot
By KCORNACH on 12/21/2011
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.
Surprised how low it is rated
By terpkaren on 4/2/2009
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.
By mat on 7/31/2007
Every time I've walked past it's been so crowded that I didn't want to brave the packed interior, but yesterday was an exception so I took the plunge.... While the portions were indeed small, as other reviewers have pointed out, I was certainly satiated afterwards. The grilled calamari was excellent, as was the chocolate cake. The other items ordered (salmon confit and a vegetable stack whose exact menu description escapes me) were good but not great. Service was acceptably quick and courteous. Any bad behavior mentioned in other reviews was entirely absent during my visit. I would certainly go back and explore the rest of the menu.
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