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351 E. 12th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Second Ave.
Great Food and Music
By amsellas on 7/4/2011
Went to this place yesterday and they had the best music playing. My friend and I were practically dancing in our seats. The food is surprisingly incredible here. I'm definitely planning to be a regular here since it's so close.
By rrh233 on 9/24/2006
I haven't been there at night so I hope there is a better atmosphere. The food wasnt that great but the portions are filling and the desserts are okay.
Everyone else will be served before you!
By Lunette on 5/5/2003
My friend ordered the lamb and found that she couldn't cut it with her knife, it was that tough. We called the waiter over and he listened to her complaint and offered her a steak knife. Thinking it might be a language problem, she explained (politely) that it was inedible. His response was that he would bring her something else but she would have to wait until every other person in the entire restaurant had been served first. We asked for the check. He returned and said that both he and the chef tasted her lamb and there was nothing wrong with it. We thought this so rude, we asked to speak to the owner and he told us not to come back, that he didn't need our business. Our evening was ruined and Leon will not see our business nor that of our many eating-out friends. All it would have taken was a more appropriate response, like.."so sorry, what else can we bring you."
the French can be friendly!
By freeman on 2/28/2003
Rive Gauche on east 12th. St. Warm, friendly atmosphere. Smoky, close tables, young casual crowd. Standard, but well made bistro food at reasonable prices. You'd swear you'd found the perfect little neighborhood bistro that everyone is always looking for in Paris, except that you're on east 12th. St. and 1st. Ave in Manhattan.
As bistros go
By vantazia on 1/31/2003
when i first wandered into resto leo it was to have a drink with some friends. it came to my attention that people were coming in to eat dinner. i returned shortly thereafter & found a number of things to my liking: the warmth & attentivness of the 'staff' (in this case a smiling french waiter), the music (very mood suiting, for example they were playing 'The dining rooms'--'monsieur dupont'; the food itself bore remarking, being freshly pt together, the portions were satisfactory in size & tastefully prepared. I ordered a lamb stew. i wondered as to the chef, who remained hidden. the prices were very amenable to the pocket as well. perhaps an only misgiving was the smallness of the place; it being the dead of winter one had to sit indoors.
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