“..I wanted to pick a great fun place for a good friend who moved back to NY.”
“The food was outstanding , the ambience was great but the most astonishing moment of the night was the way they brought the birthday cake ( turned off the lights, rang the bell twice, cranked up the music which was oh so awesome & just made her feel extre”
“Standing at the narrow aisled bar was not the most enjoyable experience, squeezed in next to drinkers and pushed as people made their way to the dining area.”
“We had the fish tangine and the duck which were both wonderful.”
“We stumbled on this place and was checking out the outside menu when the owner came out and encouraged us with warm hospitality to come in from the cold to grab a bite to eat (guaranteeing that we'd love it.”
“It would be a great place for groups.”
“It was a fantastic experience and I would go back there for more fun.”
“The waiters are obnoxious and the service is poor.”
“The whole restaurant was a huge party.”
“Rude, slow, mediocre”
“I love this place! Great Place". We went to the L'Orange Bleue because a friend suggested it to us. All our expectations were met, the food is fantastic. Big portions. Friendly service. I love this place! Great atmosphere and great food! Would definitely go back!
Spectacular surprise. Visiting from Minnesota. First time in area. Was referred here by hostess at nearby restaurant with a two hour waiting list. Ended up having some of the best food we had in New York...couscous dishes were spectacular and the beet salad was delightful. Atmosphere was cozy, fun, and the staff seemed to know and hug everyone who came through the door (early afternoon). In terms of food, service, atmosphere this is a "don't miss" experience. The French kiss appertif was a first time for us...you have to try it! Tell your friends about this place!
Amazing time!!!. My girlfriend and I decided to take a night on the town for just us girls. We went to L'Orange and ended up having an amazing time! The atmosphere was wonderful..a little loud but very fun and entertaining. Our waiter treated us like Queens with free Champagne and wonderful attention. The food was yummy and very light. We tried new things and thoroughly enjoyed our night!
I heart L'orange Bleue.
I heart L'orange Bleue...just don't ask me to pronounce it after I've had my Mimosa at brunch. A friend and I were out window-shopping in Soho and after hearing our respective stomachs grumbling for a stretch decided to give this place a try. Best. Decision. Ever.
We couldn't decide between sweet of savory for brunch so we decided on one of each and an appetizer to start. Our meal began with Cigares Maroccains (Moroccan spiced spring rolls stuffed with shrimp, beef and veggies)...holy crap, we were almost brought to fisticuffs over the last one; yes, they were THAT good. Utter Moroccan love.
Our mains arrived; I ordered the Pain perdu (orange flower "Balthazar Bakery" brioche French toast with fresh fruit and vanilla sauce) and my friend ordered the Croque Monsieur. Both were quite good, but the star of the morning were the spring rolls.
I would love to come back and try dinner....looking forward to it!
FOOD FUN FAMILY. This is not your average spot ! It is one great hidden NYC treasures where all rules are made "a la minute" in a Soho-Boho fashion on the best sidewalk cafe terrasse in the City. On W-E you will squeeze within the mix of youger suits, older quadras and euphoric victims and obviously the cutest waiters in town. The African/World music flows high-po, and all contributes to this "Wizard of OB". The Food is tasty food and simple . A NYorkers favorite. Mediterranean specialties like Tajines /Grilled whole fish/ Tapas-like Mezze platters are a sure win for groups and were amongst the choices provided by a PFixe optional Menu. Also Great Classic Pastas...again Grandma's in the kitchen it seems ! I don't care what they say about these guys ! Service can be slow but who needs to rush and it is far from your typical French arrogant one...waiters are just a bit euphoric in this place! These guys have a magic and that is what makes the place special... Energize yourself! go there and have good Food Fun and you'll be treated like Family!
Delicious Cuisine & Fun Atmosphere.
I walked by L'Orange Bleue one night while walking by Soho and thought the outside looked very interesting, and promptly wrote down the name on my phone so I can check out this restaurant later. A few weeks later, as I promised myself, I was back for dinner. I had no idea what kind of restaurant it was at first, other than knowing that the name is in French. Checking the restaurant's website, I found that they serve Meditaranean food, and they also have live music! But on Saturdays the live music doesn't start until 11pm, and I wanted to have dinner. Alas, I missed the music. Maybe next time.
I arrived at the restaurant relatively early at 7, and immediately I could tell that the atmosphere was very laid-back and friendly. I loved the colourful decor and the paintings that were hung on the walls. They have small square tables that seat at most four people, as well as large round table that can accomodate probably as many as eight people - not something I see in most Western restaurants. Opening up their menu, I can see that there are plenty of dishes I do not recognize. To me this is always a great sign. But then again, I might have been looking at French names of dishes I've seen before.
I decided on the duck confit dish (can't remember what they called it on the menu) and my friend ordered the Sole Al'harissa, which is supposed to come with a spicy yogurt sauce. Interesting. I also ordered the Salade Orange Bleue, which is a salad with blood orange slices and roasted almonds.
While we were waiting for our food, we noticed that the restaurant was definitely getting busy. This was about 8 o'clock. The waiters were all very happy and friendly at this point. I loved the casual feel of this place. First came the salad, as expected. The blood orange was a very nice touch, as was the roasted almonds. It was a good salad. Then came our entrees. My duck confit was served on a bed of lentils. Delicious. The duck was cooked just right, tender, and with fatty skin just like duck ought to be. The seasoning was great, and the lentils was good, too. I also had a bite of my friend's sole dish. It was just a little bit spicy and the texture of the sole was great.
Overall a great restaurant. i would definitely go back, and maybe next time I'll be there for the live music!
great middle eastern/french. wonderful food and service. had our daughter's engagement party here. would recommend them highly. though the parkng in soho is terrible, this place is worth it.
Rude, slow, mediocre.
I had the same experience as ny2nj .
Waited forever just to get a glass of water.
They acted as if we were bothering their leisurely afternoon.
There were only 2 people working the day I went, an apparent manager and a waiter.
There were no more then 5-6 tables, 2 of which were out on the sidewalk where we were. But service was bad.
Worst of all - at the end of the meal the manager took my food away without asking me whether I was done. There were only 2 bites remaining so I decided not to argue about it.
But then, while my friend and I were figuring out the bill and trying to decide who could break a twenty, he LITERALLY SNATCHED the money off of the table and took off down the block without a word. It felt like a robbery. When I yelled after him he turned towards us and gave us a dirty look while mocking us for making so much noise. We had been looking through our purses and had only a vague idea of how much money was on the table. He went inside and then popped his head through the window to show us the money. “Listen, you gave me $24!” I replied that no one gave him anything, he snatched it away. We took the money back and figured out our split – then WE split. Never to return.
They certainly go out of their way to perpetuate French stereotypes here.
It's all in the food. L'Orange Bleue offers exactly what you wouldn't expect from a trendy bistro-style restaurant, full of tapered French-speaking waiters who glance your way as they chat and snicker - excellent food. The duck roll appetizer was well matched with a sweet dipping sauce, shrimp in garlic sauce was savory and tender - but the real treat was seasonal vegetables with couscous. Sounds simple - but there was nothing simple about the buttery, moist couscous that came to the table covered in a modest chicken-broth and vegetable stew. Once you've had couscous done right, you know what you've been missing. For an apperitif, skip the alcohol and try some Moroccan mint tea, poured from a huge silver show kettle into little shots. It's sweet, made with fresh mint leaves, and absolutely delicious. You won't even notice the catty waiters
Great Ambiance, Eclectic Food, Hospitable Service.
I was out roaming the streets with a friend when we got a little rumble in our tummies. We stumbled on this place and was checking out the outside menu when the owner came out and encouraged us with warm hospitality to come in from the cold to grab a bite to eat (guaranteeing that we'd love it... and we did). The decor was interesting and inviting. The music was ethnic, upbeat and groovey. Service was amazingly prompt; food was nicely presented and tasted great (reasonably priced too!).
Other patrons there ranged from a cute gay couple to a group of friends celebrating a birthday, and even a few other couples as well as a hip group of 5 hanging out enjoying time together.
At the end of our meal, we were presented with a couple of glasses of house dessert wine, on the house,made of pomegranate juice which was very nice.
I recommend this place to anyone wanting a hip new place to enjoy great food with great company.
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