“The atmosphere was very nice, pretty empty when we arrived but busier later in the night.”
“Very beautiful and delicious dessert.”
“The wine list, in my opinion is one of the best French lists in the city.”
“Delicious, distinctive food, addicting desserts, attentive service.”
“agree with a previous reviewer that this place is completely unpretentious, topped with delicious food, great wine selection, and just amazing service.”
“would recommend this great small restaurant to my best friend.”
“Seated right away, outgoing friendly hostess, prompt service, great selection and price, enjoyed the atmosphere, we had two carafes of wine and they complimented an additional one, we really had a comfortable dinner and will return soon”
“The staff is always cool, the owners fun, and of course the garden is one of the most magical places in NYC.”
“ask for the reserve list which is undoubtedly the best value-for-exceptional wines in manhattan.”
“The waiter took at least 20 minutes to show up, setting us up for an evening of slow, inattentive service.”
Like Marcel Proust with his madeleine, a trip to Paradou will send you into fond rememberances of trips to Provence. In the pretense-filled
world that is the Meatpacking District, Paradou is a fresh breath of authenticity. You will certainly feel transported whiling away the hours in Paradou's tiny but airy and bright dining room or in their sprawling year-round garden, chatting around tables of wooden wine crates, sampling wines from an all-French wine list, and dining on food that would feel right at home in a small village in the Luberon. Service is casual but knowledgeable and professional.
Trained by legends Paul Bocuse and Daniel Boulud, Chef Kfir Ben-Ari puts his own spin on French classics. Reading the menu descriptions of these is alone worth the trip. …
I took my wife here for 30th bday for
brunch, which ended up being a FUN AMAZING time. There was around 20 of us who all enjoyed the Sunday brunch.
They also have a DJ there which played some good tunes, not to mention everyone was feeling nice due to the unlimited drinks.
We all had superb service, along with a great crowd created which in turn created a memorable atmosphere.
From the experience I had, I highly recommend this place
This place is fantastic,i just love it.
I've always eaten here in Paradou Restaurant. The food is very tasty, and the crew is very friendly to customers.
AVOID THIS SCAM DONT GET TRAPPED.
Lots of BAD points about this dive called Paradou in NYC!
- They dont tell you there is a time limit of 1 hour on the unlimited champagne
- The champagne is an unknown brand headache in a glass
- The owner Vadim I think his name is, thinks he has hit a gold mine by getting everyone drunk and his sleazy jokes
- The staff are scruffy and rude
- There is only 1 flea infested toilet
- The outside area is way too HOT nowhere to stand, literally a sauna
- I bet most people who have given this a good review got wasted there!
- This place is a big AVOID!!!
- My food had a hair inside it, probably the moody old looking lady waitress
- The staff hardly speak english
- It is one big CON
Have some class and decency and AVOID this flea pit of a restaurant!
This little french restaurant was recommended by a friend who often goes to their brunch. What can I say: WE LOVED IT. We came for dinner during bastille week, on a thursday. The restaurant was PACKED! they were offering an unheard of deal: $17.80 for three courses dinner.
We didn't take advantage of this deal and went for the regular menu! WOW. So delicious! we split their delicious plate of foie gras (their hostess pointed it to us as soon as we sat down that its a unique recipe of their chef and that it's made 5 different ways!! am I glad she did! I entered foie heaven and didn't want to get out. We also shared an entree and another appetizers (lobster appetizer which looked and tasted perfect) and duck entree. By the way, at the table next to us I saw a couple order a big prawns plate which looks and smelled so good - I saw them polished it super fast haha!
I am sorry for the lengthy review but I am salivating just thinking about this place, and can't wait to go back.
They were so sweet, so accommodating, our server was a delight and very knowledgeable. when we were leaving, the hostess didn't forget to say goodbye and wished us a wonderful night (many places forget about you as soon as you get served a check and pay your tips), and we loved that special attention.
What a great night!!!!
Poor customer service.
Never even got to eat here! Wasn't able to reach to make a reservation and when I arrived was treated rudely and then got rude response from management! See below
Thanks for your reply. As I stated was not offended my reservation was not in system simply that it was implied I did not call and was only offered inside seating as we were leaving and requested it. I understand humor is needed however clearly I was offended enough to send you an email 2 days later so its something to consider.
Agree to disagree especially that pastis is inferior.
From: Vadim from Paradou [webmaster@paradounyc]
Sent: 07/18/2011 11:27 AM MST
Subject: Re: Poor customer service on 7/15-16
im sorry happened. unfortunately we occasionally have problems with our voicemail system. generally most customers do not assume that if they left a message, that that means they have a confirmed reservations. we are extremely diligent in returning calls and confirming reservations. unfortunately sometimes these things happen. im mostly sorry that you had to go to pastis for what is certainly an inferior experience on every level.
i also know my staff. especially the staff who was there on saturday. rudeness is definitely not a trait they share. if a reservation is not in our system, it does not mean we are accusing you of lying. its simply not in our system. i understand that you wanted to sit in our garden, which considering the reservations we had confirmed, was not possible. abi, one of the staff present, offered to seat you at the round table in the front. you refused. i have no reason to think that his version of the events is not accurate.
excellent food and terrific wine list.
Once, on a chill March night, I came by Paradou. It was quite full, for a week-night. There was no hostess, and a waiter approached me, asking me politely where I wanted to land. He quickly gave me a tour of the restaurant, and I chose the front room which reminded me what it was like when I was back in France. (don't get me wrong, the garden is adorable, superbly romantic and cozy). I sat at the table by the wall with a long bench, overlooking the room. It was just me, and so I needed some entertainment, and this place is just great to people watch.
The wine list was fabulous. Not too big and just enough choices to get me curious. I got me a bottle of Pomerol, and it was a perfect and not too pricey bottle of excellent red. I started with steak tartar which was one of the best I've ever had (ask the waiter to mix that for you with all the accompanying spices right there at the table for you). The portion was very generous. The entricote that I ordered for my entree was perfectly prepared and came with the most delicious, super fantastic potato gratin - best I've ever had. I also had a side of haricot vert which was excellent.
I am telling the whole world about it. This is going to be my new permanent spot for weekday dinner.
Makes Me Feel Home!. Since I am originally from the French countryside, I really appreciate this restaurant. It is simply superb! The wines are lovely, and the food makes me feel like I am home. We will come here as long as they will have us!
How many ways can you say aweful?.
I made a brunch reservation for myself and four friends for a birthday celebration. Four out of the five had arrived and were were not permitted to sit until the fifth had arrived. The hostess was quite rude. They made us stand and wait even though our table was right there waiting for us. Normally that wouldn't be a problem but the place is so tiny there was no room to stand. After about 3 minutes of standing our friend came and were were seated.
The waitress came over, gave us menus and told us that we could have unlimited champagne drinks for 2 hours. We ordered a few appetizers to start and placed our entree orders as well. The appetizers came quickly but were nothing special. After they cleared the appetizer plates we then waited over an hour for our entrees. We didn't have a problem waiting. After all we were enjoying our Mimosa's and conversation. The entrees came and were below par. Our dishes were cleared and now it was time for dessert. The birthday girl had gone to the ladies room so it was a prime time to tell the waitress it was her birthdaya nd to please put a candle in whatever dessert she orders. The waitress said well I need to take the order now. I said okay, well she should be back from the ladies room in a minute. The waitress said, I need to take the orders no. I said, "why"? She said becasue you have 25 minutes left. I said, "until what"? She said you only can stay for 2 hours. Initially she told us we could drink for two hours but never that we had two hours in total! We ordered dessert and it took 15 minutes. that left us with 10 minutes to eat our desserts and drink coffee. If it weren't for the great company I would have really been ticked off.
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