18 Cornelia St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.731395 -74.002029
Lunch: Tue-Fri 12pm-3pm.
Dinner Tue-Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm; Sun 5pm-10pm
Brunch Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Greenwich Village
Great Food but only takes Amex. – I have to say the food and service is amazing, and the atmosphere is exactly what a nice quant restaurant should be. The one thing that people should be aware of is that they take either Amex or Cash and that is it. It is really easy to rack-up a bill of over 200 so make sure that you bring the correct payment option. There are a bunch of ATMs near.
"Not Baby Friendly" – We have a 10-month baby. We tried to have a Sunday Brunch there around 1pm in early January 2008. The hostess was rude and after 10 minutes wait, she didn't want to give us a table and said "they were not baby friendly", even though the restaurant was empty.
I would not go back there and would not recommend this place
perfect for many occasions – Flexibility and quality (rather than tasteless quantity) here seem to be key: Firstly, the food: the kitchen seems talented, and even 'basic' veg seems to have a special effect of herbs and spices - perhaps its the head chef's senagalese influence (according to a regular I chatted to) that really makes the difference. in a city of overblown food menus (how many flavours do you need with one dessert?) the food does nt have to be complicated: in my view, in simple well prepared dishes bad ingredients are harder to hide. At le Gigot the simple, but such high quality dishes shine through. For example, a beautiful lobster salad, heirloom tomato salad, killer frites, or just the great berries and sorbet make a nice, but well prepared change. I cant be wrong - the bar always seems busy with repeat regulars in what seems to be a competitive part of town. There are too many good dishes I've tried to name but there really does seem to be an emphasis on quality, locally sourced organic ingredients (According to the wait staff) - and you can taste the difference, I think.
On seating, everyone is different: dining alone, the bar seems very social (if you want). Sitting there, its interesting to watch the two side-by-side tables behind the bar get rejected a lot (although some repeat guests seem to demand them too!): However, having tried them, there's more space, and in a sense they are better for side-by-side dates - if that's what you want.
All in all, this is nt a place for showy meals, or stuffy service. what it does seem to have is a loyal following, and I'm starting to see why: A focus of quality ingredients (if they cant source a product, it seems they wont take second best, and just not serve it that day), well-presented food and relaxed but precise service. bottom line - you get what you pay for: if you like brash, 'be seen there' meat packing mega-restos this is nt for you. If you like good cooking, well presented by a chirpy team of staff, then this might be it.
an absolute gem. wonderful food and delightful service. – I'm so glad I finally made it out to Le Gigot...it's a gem of a spot tucked away on Cornelia...and it felt worlds away from the fray of Manhattan. Our server, Jay, achieved perfection -- professional yet completely at ease and affable. Why can't more servers be like him, seriously?
My friend and I split the charcuterie plate to start (except for the okra, which was a little odd, everything on the plate was scrumptious eaten whole or smeared on baguette). We then ordered the steak au poivres and the duck confit for our entrees -- absolutely perfect bistro food. Straightforward, simply and honestly prepared, and almost overwhelmingly good. The garlic/leek mashed potatoes are to die for! And our meal on a lovely high note with ginger creme brulee and warm chocolate cake. We are looking forward to our next dinner with Le Gigot!!!
Personalized Service – Two buddies and I enjoyed a birthday brunch on June 3rd and everything was top notch save for a lack of ice in my cranberry juice and a decaffeinnated cappachino being brought to the table before brunch was served. The waiter was pleasant and professional -- the food delicious and attractively presented. Two of us decided on the brioche bread in creme anglaise for dessert and the waiter must have read our minds because he recommended it to us just seconds before we ordered (mine came with a sparkler inserted into a giant strawberry to mark my birthday). This is a small restaurant with maybe ten tables maximum and we suspect a hidden gem on Cornelia Street that has a regular clientele but is not much known outside of the neighborhood -- and it should stay that way. One can tell a fine restaurant by its bathroom and Le Gigot's was clean and attractively decorated with a stylish touch of white washclothes in lieu of paper towels. Hey, when we leave a $2.00 bill as part of the overall tip that means the waiter is special and the restaurant is special. We know that $2.00 bills are lucky omens. We will be back, Le Gigot with more $2.00 bills and hungry appetites.
Great Experience (Jon the waiter was perfect) – We had a great experience at Le Gigot! I took my husband there for his B-day and we enjoyed everything about the restaurant. The food, atmosphere and service. Thank you to our waiter Jon for his fabulous recommendations and perfect service! It was a great dining experience!
Shockingly Rude Service – I made a reservation at Le Gigot to celebrate my birthday with my boyfriend. When we arrived (on time), however, we discovered that our reserved table was situated near the door and set up so that we were forced to sit next to each other on a bench looking straight ahead at the bar. Not exactly conducive to conversation. I asked if we could have a table where we could face each other and was told one would be available in 5 minutes.
.....30 minutes of waiting later, we were "warned" by the hostess that another reservation would be in an hour and a half -- so we would need to be done and out by then. A time limit for dinner? Even when we had reservations? I was shocked. And when I said we were leaving, the hostess looked incredulous at my complaint, feigning amazement at the idea that her comment had been rude. I cannot comment on the food, but the attitude was so far from accommodating or even civil that I felt compelled to write a negative review. What a shame.
Amazing spot for romantic dinner – I stumbled upon this wonderful place by chance about four years ago, and it has become my favorite special occasion restaurant. The ambience is warm, charming, and very romantic. The waiters are very patient, knowledgeable, and professional. Everything on the menu is delicious! I especially love the escargot, lamb chop, and seared tuna. I like to get the tuna rare to medium rare, and ask for lemon on the side. It is a very narrow space with about 20 seats, so I would recommend going there as a couple or as a small group up to 4 people. I went there for brunch some time ago and it was rather empty, but weekend reservation is a must for dinner.
Stunning for brunch – The two of us shared a cozy little table for Sunday brunch and loved every bite. The Prix Fixe menu was outstanding value - espresso coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a brunch dish (I had the eggs benedict) for only $15. The service was divine - polite, friendly and very quick. We thought it was a find when we first arrived as no-one was there, but within 15 minutes every table had been taken. Ce magnifique!
Mediocre at BEST – Took my friend for dinner to celebrate his birthday - we ordered crabcakes, steak frites, and lamb. Crabcakes were excellent, however steak and lamb were okay - certainly not worth the price they were charging. The chocolate cake was also okay...nothing spectacular. I have had better chocolate cakes for half the price.
That said, the ambiance is cute and cozy and staff provided excellent service.
The bill came to $110 for 3 courses , which I guess is reasonable for French cuisine. But I will not be going back.
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