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The New French

522 Hudson St., New York, NY, 10014
at W. 10th St.
212-807-7357

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7
Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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70% would go back.

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Best lunch we had on our trip!!!!

By maryelaneesloan on 3/8/2011

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

6 friends and I visited the city last week and ate lunch at The New French, as well as many other "famous" eateries around town, and "The New French" was by far everyone's favorite. The restaurant it’s self, is quaint and cozy, great for being able to have conversation without having to yell at the person next to you. The menu is deliciously creative offering a wide variety of regional and global dishes. Some of the table favorites were the falafel sandwich, the spicy steak sandwich, the pho, and of course the french fries, not to mention one of the best pecan tarts any of us have ever tasted! The chefs there have done a suburb job creating a menu that is fun, interesting, and most important tasty! The service isn’t what you get at other stuffy and pretentious café’s around the city, the staff made us feel right at home and were very accommodating to our dietary needs as well as the size of our party. The New French is an absolute West Village gem and we can't wait to go back!!!

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43 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

BEST SERVICE EVER!

By jinz on 3/26/2010

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

The food is incredible... Fantastic wine selection... But what really stands out at The New French is the extraordinary staff. They can pair a wine like nobody's business and they're just overflowing with knowledge, suggestions, and general warmth. I enjoyed my meal and felt at home and relaxed, which is why I suggest this restaurant to EVERYONE! I can't wait to go back... Hmmm, what am I doing for dinner tonight??? Go to The New French, you will NOT regret it!

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61 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

Very consistent

By wendyc122 on 1/4/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have eaten at The New French several times and have found that not only did I get really good food, it was consistent. The menu is eclectic and imaginative, although as has been pointed out before, not at all French. The chicken has a crispy, non-fatty skin that is scrumptious ... the chef changes the sauce and vegetables to correspond to seasonal freshness ... and their fries are light and plentiful. The portions size is exactly right. And The New French salad makes a great meal all by itself.

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62 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

Neighborhood Favorite

By AllanaS on 10/25/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I am truly stunned by the string of negative reviews for this restaurant, it's a neighborhood favorite for me and my whole group of friends. The menu is indeed eclectic, so if you want to criticize a restaurant for attempting variety then I guess go ahead, but one of the things I love about it is it satisfies so many moods! I can go here for a tasty burger or for a big steaming bowl of Pho, both are excellent and always hit the spot. Don't be swayed by the nay-sayers, The New French is charming and delicious.

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65 out of 140 people found this review helpful.

Not French, or anything else for that matter...

By opdinnerout on 10/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

As the NYMag review acknowledges, this place really isn't French, which is fine, but it really isn't anything other than kind of schizophrenic. We couldn't make sense of the menu and, once we did, were pretty disappointed with our choices. We ordered the pizza bianca of the day, which was not served on flatbread at all, but just on toast (apparently they were out of the bread but not out of the topping and failed to inform us). Then we had the veggie curry, which had a strong tomato paste sugary flavor, and the burger, which greasy, flavorless and waaay undercooked (rare doesn't mean still mooing guys). The one highlight was the yummy tempura banana split... So pizza, curry, burger and tempura? Yeah, the new schizo is the right word.

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70 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

Best French Toast

By savoir on 4/26/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

What a pleasant surprise this unobtrusive restaurant turned out to be when we were too early to brunch at The Owl nearby. The New French Toast was delicious. Think rectangular fried dough with fresh blueberries, sliced pears, and sweet pineapple combined with an amazingly soft buttercream in a pot and warm maple syrup. I can't wait to go back and try the rest of their menu. Oh, and a very nice restroom. That says something.

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65 out of 133 people found this review helpful.

Great spot for a great meal

By karobk8 on 4/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

My fiance' and I ate here on Monday night. We started out by sharing the pho, which both of us thought was delicious (request extra noodles as ours had less upon looking at other tables). We had the brisket in the pho and although it may not be traditional, it was excellent with enough spice to give it a kick. For dinner I had the braised short rib, which was very moist. The carrots and potatoes were slightly undercooked, but the flavor of the meat made up for it. My fiance had the roast chicken with vegetables in coconut milk and lemon grass, which had wonderful flavor and I would highly recommend. I would like to mention how pleasant the service was. Our waiter was extremely friendly and when I asked for a second glass of pinot noir and they only had enough for a 1/2 glass, he brought a full glass of a similar wine over on the house. Overall, a bit cramped, but the food was great and the excellent service sealed it for us to return.

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76 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

Neighbourhood Place

By antonybcn on 4/11/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Friday night. Party of 3. Only a 20 minute wait. Very friendly staff. Fine wine. Delicious mixed green salad. Red beet one less so because of awful liquid 'Parmiggiano' (a definite 'no go' when taking an Italian for dinner!). Very good halibut, pulled pork and burger entrees. A nice neighbourhood place indeed.

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73 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

Worst Restaurant I have been to in the 6 years living in NYC

By LindseyA7 on 4/2/2009

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

Not a good restaurant and with so many other options in this city I would definitely pass on trying this place! The menu is all over the place, leaving no room to create any type of perfect dish. I had the Vietnamese soup which was awful and had to real taste. The wait staff was very rude and only paid attention to their creepy regulars.

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82 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

horrible service...

By jclin10 on 3/10/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

We had a HORRIBLE experience here. The food and decor were average. The service, however, was terrible. When our food was delayed (we waited for 30 minutes for a cold appetizer), we asked the waitress for an explanation and she got very defensive and kept giving an excuse about it being the kitchen's fault. "It's not my fault, there's nothing I could have done." In reality, what she could have done was to tell the kitchen to hurry up (instead of going outside for a smoking break) and then be apologetic about the delay. She then continued to make her case to her friends sitting next to us, saying "It wasn't my fault" as if we couldn't hear everything she was saying. If the food is delayed, that's forgivable. What's unacceptable is when a restaurant refuses to take blame for the delay, as if waiting for 30 minutes for a cold appetizer and asking about our food was being unreasonable or demanding. We won't be going back. I highly recommend that you save your money and patience and go elsewhere.

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