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8 Little W. 12th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Ninth Ave.
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.
By alyss on 10/18/2004
I just love Paradou: the food, the atmosphere, and the overall experience. Make sure you make a reservation as it gets very busy. We sat in their heated garden and had a great great time... I just love it!!!
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 foodaholic on 12/31/2004
Magazine reviews were on point: great food, attentive service, unpretentious for the District.
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By TheBoyAboutTown on 2/9/2007
On just a regular night I can't say it is anything special. Small crowded space if you don't get a garden seat (which I requested and didn't get). However, they have many special nights and tasting menus via their amusing email list.
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.
Good in summer time.
By girardasse on 12/14/2007
Lovely garden/terrace in the back. As its name states, Paradou's menu is all about South of France cuisine (bouillabaisse, aioli, etc): food is good but not so cheap. Average service.
What's Its Point, Besides the Garden?
By cateljo on 1/21/2007
Premise: the garden, for some reason, was closed. So perhaps I missed 90% of this place. Because food is ok, but it's kind of difficult to get it wrong with a steak and you're paying 70 bucks for dinner (drinking very, very little). Desserts are the usual global-irrelevant experience, and crepes taste like palatchinken when the Wall was still there. Service: notr rude nor incompetent, but nothing special.
Cute but overrated
By battousai on 7/10/2005
Was expecting a Gallic gastronomic tour de force but was definitely underwhelmed by their less than imaginative menu. Yeah you'll get the classics like duck magret, roast chicken, and hangar steak, but if you're looking for breakthrough French cuisine, then you're in the wrong place. The service is commendable and courteous so they will take care of you and they have a lovely backyard outdoor garden perfect for romantic al fresco dining. Don't get me wrong, the food is solid, but I suppose it's right where it's supposed to be given their price points.
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