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8 Little W. 12th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Ninth Ave.
Pretty much unbelievably awful
By BridgetC on 4/22/2012
If you like your coffee and food cold, your service at a snail's pace, your personal space pretty much nonexistent, and your "ambience" as loud as a nightclub, then Paradou's the place for you. Oh, and if you like being rudely told "you have five minutes - people are waiting" approx. 5 mins after getting your bill. I really almost couldn't believe it. The ultimate indignity? My afternoon of nausea following eating the Middle-Eastern stew and sausage. Stay. Away.
By marine79 on 9/16/2011
We went for both brunch and dinner! For brunch, we actually skipped the unlimited champagne brunch and instead got a couple of bottles of their fabulous rose champagne. Delicious! It was 5 of us, and it was a great deal. We had the duck sandwich, the wake and bake, the burger (two of us had the burger, it was incredible), the plate of foie and the tuna nisous (spl?) salad. We shared everything, and it was a tummy celebration! amazing!!!! Can't wait to go back!!! We even had a dessert trio and that was awesome. STILL FULL! For Dinner: I went with my friend, so didn't get a chance to try everything, but we shared everything too (we always go and order different things to be able to try all the food). We had the frogs legs and duck, and lobster (so pretty! presented like it's sushi) and sardines. absolute decadence. Had a bottle of white and red both recommended by the server (whose palate proved excellent).
very good time
By nathanross on 9/16/2011
Greeted with the smile by the hostess, sat where we wanted to sit, following by superb dinner and excellent bottle (actually, bottles) of wine... what else would you wish for? knowledgeable staff. great little place. can't wait to go back.
WORST DINING EXPERIENCE - charged for a bottle of wine we never got
By na1 on 1/3/2011
I had the worst dining experience here. I took a friend there for her birthday and ordered a nice bottle of wine with our dinner. The waiter poured us a tiny taste into each glass and said he'd keep it on ice in the back instead of putting on our table. After that, the waiter never returned and our glasses were never refilled. When he came to bring us our check we asked about the wine and he accused us of drinking it all and lying about it. I told him that no one ever came back to refill our glasses and he again accused us of lying. The couple sitting behind us overheard and told us that they also ordered the same Sancerre and they were poured glass after glass. The bus boys accidentally served them both bottles of wine. The mystery was solved but the restaurant STILL did not believe us. We left a 5% tip and the waiter followed us out of the restaurant and yelled at us about the small tip in front of the people waiting outside. We tried to explain what happened to the staff at the front but they didn't care. WORST, most humiliating restaurant experience ever. I'm still angry about it.
not great..not good... you get the point.
By munchies on 8/28/2009
Yelped earlier and guy at Paradou responded.But he resulted in using name calling and such,which can't help the outlook of the restaurant in addition to my following review. You can see the 200 words or MORE review on yelp. Overall poor and rude service along with not so great food. "Phooeys": -extra charges on bill.Charged for 8 bottles of water when we only had 2.$6/bottle with no notification. -Friend inquired on the vegetarian dish.Waiter says they don't serve that,but when pointed out on menu,he then asks the chef. -charged 4 extra prix fixe we did not order.They said there's a set amount charged automatically because we rsvp for party of 10.They didn't tell us this prior,otherwise,we would of found a diff alternative.When asked to speak to the manager,the chef comes out rudely sticking his phone in our faces saying we can call the owner. -Asked for medium rare,waiter moved on without noting it.Not MR as suspected. -Hot environment.Pregnant friend experienced discomfort from poor conditions.Paying $100/person for that is unacceptable!
Over charged us!
By tinalaroo on 8/27/2009
Do NOT go to Paradou, you will be robbed. Completely overcharged us for four extra pri-fixe dinners. We ordered six dinners, however, they charged us for ten!! When we brought it to their attention, they manipulated us with some bogus reason, saying that WE were contractually obligated to pay because our reservations was for ten people (our party was only nine people btw), therefore, they overcharged us for ten pri-fixe even though only six were actually ordered. Also, since when was a simple reservation a contract? Food was completely forgettable. It might have been better if the back garden wasn't so hot and humid. No air conditioners, and only one fan, in this 90 degree weather? Torture. It was definitely uncomfortable. Basically, to the "knuckle head" (that's what they called my pregnant friend) over at Paradou, have better customer service. And your sign out in front your place is right...you guys ain't fancy, but you aint good either.
By sasasasa on 7/30/2009
Food is OK but nothing special; service is VERY bad. Waiters are cheating on you and treat you like crap! If you appreciate overpriced pseudo-french food and impolite service, have dinner at Paradou!
RUDE people-- will NEVER return
By foodielover on 7/15/2009
I made a reservation at this restaurant for my boyfriend's b-day which so happens to be Bastille Day (a French holiday). Because that is a busy night at French restaurants, they gave our reservation away! I called the restaurant and explained that the reservation was for a special b-day, but they still did not honor it. (Another person at the restaurant also had her reservation ignored.) Not only did they give away the reservation, but they were VERY rude about it. I will NEVER EVER return there.
love love LOVE
By mgknyc on 4/2/2009
I've been to Paradou several times, both for their famed "unlimited champagne brunch" and for Sunday dinner. All I can say is that, having spent a few months living in Provence, Paradou has the atmosphere and general vibe spot on. It's all about enjoying your life, your food, your drink, and your company. Zero pretension. Champagne brunch is a fantastic time. The only downside is that if you really take advantage of the unlimited offer, it might just put you out of commission for the evening. This is the only champagne brunch i've been to in the city where the waitstaff will refill your glass all morning and let you actually take full advantage if you're so inclined. And please...order the duck Reuben. It's unbelievably delicious.
By df09 on 3/4/2009
the food is decent, the service good and the place is cozy, not one of the best places, but a good place for a late weekend dinner.
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