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Manhattan Bistro

129 Spring St., New York, NY, 10012
nr. Greene St.
212-966-3459

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4
Food: 4
Service: 4
Décor: 5
"Not Recommended"

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avoid at all costs

By Yummy_Babe on 3/22/2007

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

I can't believe anyone eats here. Certainly no one eats here more than once. The food is terrible and the service even worse. The French Onion Soup tastes like dishwater and the Bistro Burger must be made with sawdust. If you're in SoHo and want a decent burger and friendly service at a reasonable price, go to the Vandam Diner at 12 Vandam Street and skip this pretentious arrogant joint.

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204 out of 429 people found this review helpful.

HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE.

By daveneto on 5/12/2010

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

HORRIBLE FOOD! HORRIBLE SERVICE! My spinach/bacon/walnuts/fetta chesse salad had only spinach and fetta. There was sand in the salad, literally, sand, it had not been rinsed. The tuna melt(which wasn't melted) was cold. When told about the issues with our food the server just said that he'd let the people in the kitchen know about it, didn't offer a refund, or something else. The only good thing about this place was the Amstell Light I drank. I wouldn't go back even if someone was buying me lunch.

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51 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

Manhattan Bistro overcharges and underdelivers

By FriedChalupa on 3/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Went there with my girlfriend and the chicken sandwich was horrifically bland and the service was worse. Plus, when we got home my girlfriend noticed the restaurant added two dollars to the bill total. Worst dining experience in Soho by far.

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74 out of 165 people found this review helpful.

what a disappointment

By upyours on 2/16/2009

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

this was the most disappointing resurant I've ever been to. The waiters were clueless of what you wanted. The pasta was so over cooked that there was no need to chew. The chocolate mousse wasn't chocolate mousse and have no idea what it was. The creame boule was just pudding in a dish with out the hard sugar coating... The best part of the whole meal was the bread and coffee. So if that is what you like to eat this is a great place for it.... NOT WORTH THE TIME OR MONEY

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63 out of 120 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely HORRIBLE!!!!!

By bo1 on 3/23/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

The food is disgusting! Decor fine, service fine but what's the point if I can't control my gag reflex? How do you ruin mac and cheese? Easy. Give me a bowl of penne covered in Velveeta for $13.50. The salmon and cream cheese omlette was some precooked egg that had been sitting out all day wrapped around a glob of cream cheese right out of the fridge and some smoked salmon right out of the package. At least try heating the whole thing up together and melting the cheese a little so it appears to be "cooked". GROSS! They need to get a new chef asap!!!! I'd give the Food a 0 if this thing would let me!

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47 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

How does this place stay in business?

By excellent_taste on 2/13/2007

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

Don't be fooled by the homey "neighborhood" look. The only people in Manhattan Bistro are tourists who think they've found a bargain--until they have to deal with the inept service and food that's mediocre at best: overcooked and pretentious. If this place weren't on the shopping strip in SoHo, with a new bunch of suckers arriving daily, it would have been defunct in six months. You're better off at Zoe on Prince Street, or even at the pizzeria a few blocks away. This place is a bad joke. Probably a great place to go if you're breaking up with someone--you'd never want to go back.

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197 out of 402 people found this review helpful.

There are better places to eat...

By H_Charbs on 12/11/2006

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I was very disappointed. I understand that French bistros are supposed to have "iffy" service, but this was beyond that. We could not even understand the server when he was explaing the specials and anytime we tried to get their attention, they could not hear us (and the place only had four other tables). Half of the dishes on the menu were not available - including the signature Duck plate. When the food started to come out, my husband had to wait an extra 10 minutes for his steak medium rare. When the steak finally came out, it was "black and blue" - so he had to wait even longer. Two of the other meals came out with the wrong sides. Granted the food that we did get was tasty, but I believe there are plenty of other restaurants in the city where you can get good food.

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188 out of 377 people found this review helpful.

THANKSGIVING DINNER 2008 $21 Bargain but lacking

By Fonte on 12/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

Interesting mural on the wall. 3 course meal $21 incl dessert. The sweet potatoes were very good with maple syrup, the stuffing was good, the mashed potatoes were o.k., the peas were a bit overcooked. The white meat turkey was cut thin like mechanically sliced cold cuts. It was lacking in flavor but edible. Dark meat was unavailable (except two very tiny scraps) Thanksgiving roast turkey should be cut just slightly less than about a 1/4 inch thick and should have a sliver of roasted skin on some edges and dark meat available (this did not). I suspect that they are not roasting whole turkeys, either buying breasts only or even getting the meat pre-sliced. Turkey being the most important item I cannot recommend it. We ordered glasses of Merlot wine not indicating brand and it they turned out to be $13 each. That's where they get ya skip the wine. The service was O.K. Avoid the booth seats they're too small and cramped. Apart from the turkey the food was acceptable but pedestrian. But it's hard to beat the price.

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74 out of 135 people found this review helpful.

It was a great Eggs Florentine

By cmrhoney on 9/6/2009

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

We stumbled on Manhattan Bistro today when tired and hungry in Soho - it was the first place to sit down. We came with no expectations and what a great surprise - contrary to everything written before the food and service were great. This was by far the best eggs florentine I've had in NYC in years - soft english muffins, perfectly runny eggs, smooth hollandaise sauce and fresh blanched spinach - for under $15 - pinch me! When my wine selection was out the waiter brought over a sampling of something he thought I might like. I will definetly give this place another try. The table next to us said the gazpacho was excellent.

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66 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

AWESOME!!---LOVED THIS PLACE!!!

By spirodona on 11/15/2011

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

We were in SOHO on an October weekends when it seemed everyone and their mother decided to trek on down to SOHO and see what was doing. I'm a true New Yorker through & through...I've been everywhere and anywhere that is New York. I really did not know what to expect when I saw that the Manhattan Bistro was known for having a real GHOST haunting its premises, all I knew was we were hungry and we wanted to find a place to go to to eat and relax and discover. To my surprise the MANHATTAN BISTRO became that and more, The food was perfect, the service was on-point and the staff had a real genuineness that was instantly contagious. We all loved our experience, and have already gone back twice since out last venture. The owner/manager actually is visible and on the floor. She is absolutely adorable in every way and had no idea what a presence she made. She can not be missed because she is the spitting image of Julia Louis-Dreyfus aka: Elaine" from Seinfeld, you must see it to believe it!! From the food to the service, from the ghost to a look alike celebrity this truly is a "CAN'T MISS" experience. MANHATTAN BISTRO is "our place" and we strongly recommend it becoming YOURS!

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32 out of 64 people found this review helpful.

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