15 John St, New York, NY | Directions 1003840.709891 -74.009001
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Financial District, Financial District (Wall Street)
Who says traders and brokers are the only ones who can eat and drink well? Us common folk, deserve a little bliss too! This Parisian brasserie, with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, hits the meat n' wine spot beautifully.
An old school favorite that's just the ticket if you're in the mood for steak-frites or, even better, the signature beef tartare, prepared tableside. It's often jam-packed, so plan your arrival time to miss the rush.
Both this French-themed steakhouse and its uptown cousin are best known as the last day-to-day chef job Anthony Bourdain ever had, and it's not without some shadow of Bourdain's personality: the place has a kind of meaty integrity, serves a lot of cuts, and does them the traditonal way. Grilled off cuts and cheap red wine are a great tradition, and Les Halles keeps it alive in the shadow of the big brokerage houses.
Deliciousness with excellent service – I have been to Les Halles several times and have never had anything less than a superb experience. I feel compelled to finally write a review of it following my evening last night. I was there with a party of 10 people, 4 of whom were between the ages of 3 and 7. That is never easy for any establishment to deal with, especially on a Saturday night. The staff members were truly amazing---so friendly and accommodating and patient. The food at Les Halles is always great, so it is without question that we cleared our plates, but our server and other servers/runners who took care of us really made the night that much better. Oh, and I should also mention that they accommodated a last minute reservation also, which is somewhat rare. I would highly recommend this place to anyone---native NYers and tourists. It's a sure thing.
killerspot – ran into this place by accident on a recent trip to NYC. was strolling around feeling a bit saddened by our recent visit to Ground Zero and boom, there it was, Anthony Bourdains old place. well to be honest i didnt realize there are two Les Halles and i would guess he worked at the other one. well this one was more hidden but super cozy. we stopped in for a few drinks around 4 and chatted it up with bartender who had just come back from SF. it was too early for dinner so we made a reservation and took the subway back uptown to get cleaned up.
well we were not disapointed at all. the service was great the food was awsome and i dont know if its because we are from SF and used to SF prices but this place was very cheap in our opinion.
i got the pork extravaganza (forgot the name) and it was outstanding.
Love It – I eat here often and have honestly NEVER been disappointed. The staff is exceptional and the food is kick-ass. The prices aren't too bad and the portions are really good.
Everyone should make this a stop
Solid French food – Went here for a nice weeknight dinner. Basic French food, but done well. The escargot was all butter...so it tasted GREAT. The steak tartare was so-so but the mussels were solid. Wine was good, too. All in all, not a destination place, but great for a nice meal out when I don't feel like hopping the subway or a cab.
always a good choice – Les Halles offers good food and polite, efficient service. I always enjoy my time there. The mussels and fries, coupled with a bottle of white wine, are perfect to share. If you feel like something more hearty (it is a steakhouse, after all), go with one of the filets. The steak au poivre is my favorite, and very good for the cost. They have some fun cocktails, too - the Gini has made me like gin again! If you are having steak, enjoy a bottle of red before having an after dinner drink.
Small town feel – We went for lunch during the week. The wait staff was pleasant and courteous.
I had the steak tartare, but it was lacking. My wife's duck was much better. We had the prefixe lunch which included soup.
The dessert was the best part. My mother's flan was the best I had ever eaten.
Great Neighborhood Restaurant – I have been here several times, but only at around 9 pm - 10 pm during weekdays and weekends. During these times it was never packed, only like 7 tables filled during those times. The service is pretty terrible I must admit although they never messed up an order or spilled anything. But for someone like me, eating is all about food i could care less about service, if your waiter is MIA yell for a new one or ask the busboy for some service. What makes this place a great neighborhood joint are the prices and the food, far cheaper than any restaurant with a french flare in new york, and the food is GOOD, granted not awesome, although their mussels were extremely plump and delicious. Steaks are very reasonably prices and are served like any homestyle place, small salad, sauce (depends on the steak), and really good french fries. So to end it all, nothing superb, but whenever I'm hungry there are few places open till 12 in the financial district
good value for the money – i liked this restaurant because we weren't robbed by the time we left. it offers simple, quality food for a decent price in new york city. i had the pate de campagne, which was fabulous. the soup of the day was a sort of white fish vegetable combination. i thought it would be chowder-y, but it came as a puree. the taste of fish in the soup was great, so as you didn't really miss having chunks of fish itself. we had a reasonably priced bottle of wine, and were on our way three bread baskets later. zut alors!
they served me spoiled lettuce – The food here is good. The service is sub par. Yet, given to how downtown does not have many good choices for restaurant, i occasionally order from here regardless of the inadequacies. But this last time, was the last straw. I got take-out, salad onglet, and they somehow overlooked that the salad they were serving consisted of spolied lettuce. Spoiledlettuce that you would have thrown out one week ago. It was brown and had slimy browness all around it from the lettuce leaves that had crumpled away, since the decay of their structure. i had to call them and tell them to throw out their lettuce. Someone there should have figured it out before me. I will not be going back, nor will any of my colleagues. I suggest you find somewhere else, or if you can, open your own restaurant on Fulton. There are so few choices.
Bistro standards at a bustling City Hall boite. – Part bistro, part brasserie, the cheerful Les Halles Downtown is ideal for anyone who finds pleasure in beef, pork, potatoes or a good glass of Gigondas. Patrons chat in soupy French at the weathered room-length bar, while groups dine at butcher paper-covered tables set with thick-handled steak knives. Servers are friendly but rushed. Results are mixed for the outpost of its Park Avenue South parent. The safest bets are the French classics.
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