The enduringly trendy spot for brunch and late-night eats has closed, but the owner has opened a new restaurant, R&L, in its stead..
Before the Meatpacking District was uber-cool, this retro diner was a destination for its better-than-it-needs-to-be food and its laid-back but hip scene. The menu includes steak frites, onion soup and black sausage, killer salads and more traditional coffee-shop favorites. Breakfast is served anytime, the prix-fixe brunch is a good bargain and includes a bloody mary or mimosa, and the coffee is strong.
best burger thumbs up.
and the artichoke appetizer and i think they are great moody/flaky-licious at the florent!
well, that's life - face it: some people live here, it ain't easy! just get the best out of it...
HORRIBLE SERVICE. I went here on a Monday night for dinner. It was about half full when we walked in so the host sat the two of us at a 4 person table. Then another server came up to us, and with a bit of attitude, asked us whether we were actually seated there or if we seated ourselves. The host seated us there so I didn't understand the attitude. Then a third server came up to us and said that it was too early and he couldn't afford to seat us at a four person table. I was annoyed but thought maybe this place gets packed later, even though it was only Monday night. Let's just say that I counted how many tables were full when we left and they could have given us 10 tables and they would have been fine. Our server had attitude which I didn't appreciate and we were looking for him for 15-20 minutes just to get the check, the tables were cramped and the food was mediocre. I do not recommend this place at all.
The best of the best in all ways. Great Fun.
There is a reason that this wonderful unassuming bistro is alway busy. The food, the service, the warmth and the price.
You decide when you want to eat, and they are open. Just make sure that you can get in because it is always busy. A place where locals just drop in and sit at the counter and those that are not local come in from every where. It does not matter if all you want is a hamburger and french fries or a full three course meal, you can get it and also afford it.
Come in for a good time and great food.
"Bad,Bad service, unfriendly staff, terrible management".
We went to have some food at 2:00 Am .I never had worse service
1) The waiters are rude
2)waiter was no where to be found (they were at bathroom,"sniffing" )
3)the waiter wrote on the cheque for drinks (Is that to "STEAL"?)
4)They edded an 18%......Gratuity??? why?
Food Pretty Good, Service not the Best. We went to have brunch at 3pm on a Saturday. The restaurant was somewhat busy, but not overly crowded. Still, the waiters all had a very rushed vibe. The host asked our party number and sat us, but was less than friendly. Our waiter made up for it though. He was friendly even though he too felt really rushed. It's like they needed more servers or something-- like the ones they had couldn't handle the rush and still maintian a relaxed atmosphere. The food was good. My friend had a grilled chicken and mozarella sandwich and loved her french fries. The sandwich was tasty and had a little kick to it. Their coffee was great (they add cinnamon-- I asked the waiter why it was so good). I had fruit, granola and low fat yogurt. A really small portion for nearly 8 dollars. Overall, it was decent, and their menu had a good selection, but there are other places that I would go first because of the rushed atmosphere and prices, in relation to other diners nearby...
The Worst Diner in NYC.
I've never had worse service in my entire NYC living. A friend recommended the diner after a night out in the meatpacking district, so a group of us went for a late night snack. The staff was not only slow and incompetent - they were flat out rude. The night manager insulted my group of friend multiple times, and when we asked when our food would come out (after 40 minutes of waiting) we were promptly asked to leave.
I wouldn't recommend this diner to my worst enemy. This place is the reason why visitors think NYC service is rude. Let's all hope it closes soon.
The Worst Service to be found in NYC. This restaurant provided perhaps the worst service I have ever received. By this I mean that the guy selling hotdogs outside of Grand Central has given me better service. The waitress was no where to be found at all throughout the course of the meal, did not refill a single drink nor did she bother to inquire about my satisfaction with the food or even bring the check at the conclusion of the meal. The remaining staff were MIA as well throughout the hour and a half spent at Florent. To top off the terrible service which was not much worse than the food itself, the waitress added an 18% gratuity to the bill which I refused to pay. At this the host was infuriated as well as the remaining staff. I cannot understand how it is that this place stays in business at all.
Very Overrated. This place belongs at the bottom of the list for places to eat in the Meatpacking. The interior of this place looks like an abandoned diner that was not remodeled when it converted to French fare. Lighting is fluorescent and not amenable to a romantic dinner. Tables are so crowded together that people have to stand up to let passers by get to get to the bathroom. My goat cheese salad looked like a disaster and it was only slightly better than it looked. Our waiter, while nice, was MIA most of the time. Will not be back.
Hope you have time.....
Over rated, with horrible service. The host was nice, and friendly.
Our waiter started off great, and after taking our order, we never saw him again. He was too busy hanging out at the bar trying to pick up on a customer and made his rounds giving kisses to the rest of the crowd. Our bus boy cleared our table, and offered us desert and did more than our waiter did. We literally had to hunt our waiter down just to get our bill. We again waited five more minutes while he said his "goodbyes".
The food was average and not worthy of the "hype" the other reviews suggest. Save your time, and money, and go some where else!
However, if you enjoy sitting long periods between courses, and have patience, this might be the place for you!
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