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8 Little W. 12th St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Ninth Ave.
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!!!
By foodaholic on 12/31/2004
Magazine reviews were on point: great food, attentive service, unpretentious for the District.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
THE MOST AWFUL SERVICE I HAVE EVER EVER!!! ENCOUNTERED
By maddu on 8/4/2008
Went to this restaurant for a business dinner and was surprised by the lack of common courtesy. They never brought us water, our client's food was never ordered by the waiter, only to be brought in cold and dry. At the end of the night our client ended up having a big argument with the waiter. AWFUL
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.
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.
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.
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