Not worth it. We are big fans of super chef Anthony Bourdaine, and were very excited to eat at Les Halles. We had made reservations from the night before, but when we arrived we noticed that there were a few empty tables and yet we still had to wait 15 minutes for ours. We were a party of four and ordered the Escargots, gratin de macaroni,and foie gras for appetizers. The food was served before we each had plates,so we had to stop two waiters for plates. By the time we got plates our food was cold, not to mention that when our diner was served we were still eating our appetizers, and the guy is just standing over us with the food waiting for us to move our plates somewhere. He had to go get another guy to clear our table, our diner was also cold!Just to clarify we had cold steak,duck,sausage and lamb chops. Before we could even decide if we wanted to order dessert we were approached by another waiter who asked us if we could pay the bill because they pool tips and our original waiter had to leave. Not to mention that yet another waiter who took our drink order kept getting the refills wrong! I would never go back.
Rope With Food! Nice!. My friend wanted to try this place, and I had no issues with that. The place inside looks interesting. Spaceous, dark, and cozy. We waited 15 minutes to be seated on a saturday night. I ordered a main dish and an appetizer. The appetizer was a bit cold, and this dish is not served cold. The beer was good, a french make. I ordered the tenderloin beef, well done. When they brought it, it was not well done. As I was trying to finish the steak, I noticed something on it, and I just grabbed and pealed, thinking it may be a french fry or a veggie. It was not. I saw a 3 inch long thing, which when I brough to light, looked hairy. I started to freak out, but my girlfriend stated it was only a rope, and not what I thought it was. Nevertheless, a rope in my steak, As I was eating earlier peices of this steak, I had difficulty cutting it on bottom and had to chew for long time. I guess I ate a bit of that rope. I called the waiter, and he said it is a rope which they use to shape the meat. Ok. things happen. I did not receive an appology, or not even a free coffee. the waiter simply disappeared. I paid my bill, left a small tip, and left. i will not come back here for reasons of rope with my meal, and lack of oppology.
WOW! Affordable lunch and FANTASTIC Mac & Cheese!. I thought BOTH locations were GREAT! The one downtown really surprised me, because you could have a wonderful steak for lunch - and it was REASONABLE! (And delicious) Price is most imporant. The midtown location, I have only been there for dinner. Of course dinner is far more expensive than lunch, but the one thing I can't complain about was the food and the service. My friends and I were seated promptly without a reservation, treated nice by all the staff, (hostess, waiter, runner,). We all had something different and had 1 vegetarian with us. Now, there isn't a lot for vegetarians to choose from, she did order the Mac & cheese and raved about it. She let us try it - and it is without a doubt - one of THE BEST MAC & CHEESE dishes in the city (ties for 1st place with "Tea & Sympathy"). Our steaks, of course, were also very good. Nice wine. We aren't dessert people, so... can't really comment on that. Overall - I'd give it a 8/10. We will be back for certain.
SIMPLY THE BEST COTE DE BEUF THIS SIDE OF FRANCE. I just recently was able to visit this restaurant and I was nervous to see if it lived up to all the hype. I knew Anthony Bourdain was the great chef that put this place on the map but wondered if the current chef would be able to compare. I took a friend of mine for his birthday and we were so pleasantly surprised. My friend normally eats his steak well done, I persuaded him to try the cote de beuf for two, medium rare. He absolutely loved it. My grilled octopus salad was amazing. The service was great, it was a memorable night.
They've really gone downhill. Badly.. I hadn't been back to Les Halles in years, when they turned out really good brasserie-fare. When I decided to take my spouse a couple of nights ago for a nice steak dinner, I thought we would get a decently prepared meal. Boy, was I so wrong. The endive/arugula/blue cheese/walnut salad had only a few slivers of endive to accompany the handful of merely-okay arugula, barely three walnuts, and only one pathetic and very rindy cube of blue cheese thrown in like an after thought, onto the side of the plate. I've had many great endive/blue cheese/walnut salads in the city, and this one ranks the worst. The escargot we also ordered arrived shriveled and drowning in bland-tasting oil, not at all the expected blast of garlic and parsley which should have perfumed the dish. The spouse ordered the half duck, which had an acceptable but only average preparation of the duck breast. The leg seemed like it had been cooked more than twice because it seem so terribly hard and dry. I had ordered the ribeye steak, medium rare, thinking that they couldn't possible get it wrong- it's Les Halles! They do steak! The steak arrived, and I stared down at my plate. It was unexpectedly thin, and really reminded me of exactly the sort of steak I'd see offered at Gristedes, wrapped in styrofoam and plastic. If I wanted that, I wouldn't pay $110 for dinner. They had overcooked it to medium, and tasted like it had spent too many days in the refrigerator before finally hitting the grill. I finished the fries instead of the steak. And I was the one who had insisted on going out to dinner for a great piece of steak. This should tell you how bad it was. Never again.
Needs more wait staff!.
Ok i know the waiter is a star of all things TV and late night travel shows, buti came here for the food, not the long winded chit chat from table to table, had i wanted that i could of eaten at my mothers house.
Was a slow night and walked in off the street around 9 pm with my husband to get a bit of something to eat. Decent menu and prices, typical French bistro fare.
My steak was very stringy and chewy thought he frites were amazing..i just mostly had those with the little salad. Drinks were reasonable. I can imagine going there on a busy night with 1 waiter taking orders...and several back waiters doing most of the work. My husbands water glass had lipstick on it, which is disgusting because he doesnt wear any.
We were mostly ignored by our star waiter so he could chitter chatter with many other tables and freinds.
Damn you reality TV!!
Would of liked dessert but could hardly get dinner. I'll probably come back for the pomme frites but id sit at the bar and eat there, though i doubt the service would be much better from what i saw. There are many decent places to eat in this city and this one for the price is better then others that are more expensive.
From top to Bottom and Extremely well run Restaurant.
Having gone for lunch at Les Halles downtown many times i finally decided to goto the Park Avenue location last night with a visiting friend for dinner. Started off with a couple of Kronenberg 1664 drafts, a nice French Pale Lager. We shared an order of the Esargot and Pate. Escargot was solid..classic garlic buttery sauce..gotta love em. Pate was very rich and flavorful as well. For our entree we decided to get the Planche de Grillades (for two)$56.00 (lamb chop, hanger steak, merguez, steak, thick cut bacon,
french fries, roasted tomatoes, Provencal dressing). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND getting this if truly want to sample all the meats. The thick cut bacon so good it will make you cry...in fact all the meat will...so cooked to perfection. The merguez was nice an spicy. Oh man you will not be sure which one you like the best. We didn't go to crazy with our wine choice a reasonable 05 Bordeaux Superieur,Ch Ribebon $36. It did compliment most of our meats, but i think if I go again i might spend an extra $10-$20 and get a bordeax with alittle more substance to it..ours was kinda weak and light..then again it was the least expensive. For dessert my friend had a craving for Crepes. On the menu they only have Crepe Suzette. We asked if the kithchen could just get us some Crepes with chocolate and banana. I will say this...they were most acommodating..the pastry chef had some fun with this and it came to our table like a piece of art. DELICIOUS!! Service was great all night (they were busy), but we were greeted warmly , our drink orders were taken and brougt to us promptly. Between our waiter, another server working a nearby section, and the bus boys...someone was always there to make sure you received what you needed. There is no doubt in my mind why Les Halles consistenly gets such respect...its ROCK SOLID...and i can't wait to go back and try that thick cut bacon again (mmmm..bacon)
Always a treat. Les Halles is one my favorite restaurants! I always order the steak au poivre and it is cooked perfectly everytime and comes with to die for fries! My boyfriend had the grilled platter which is nice if you want a little bit of everything. The atmosphere is nice and relaxing and the service always friendly. Highly recommneded
STILL A CLASSIC. Yes, my man & I are total Anthony Bourdain fans, but it wasn't the reason why we made a last minute trip to his homebase. We were just hungry. In fact, other than the many other fans packing the place and chatting about his last NO RESERVATIONS episode, there is no real "celebrity chef" ambiance at all--just really good, really hearty bistro fare. We were tucked into a tight corner between the sidewalk and inside (perfect-still feels like being outside but protected from the Park Ave foot traffic) and did have to elbow for room, but once we settled in the feast began. Classically buttery & garlicky, tender escargot fought for space on my plate with my man's luscious mushroom vol-au-vent. His steak au poivre was spicy and perfectly cooked, my scallops in champagne sauce had me licking the plate. Our server was completely slammed but kept her composure as she served us dessert...chocolate souffle was appropriately dark & chocolatey, but take my advice & PLEASE save room for the baba au rhum, a sweet yellow cake doused in rum and whipped cream. Luscious, light and decadent! The wine list was alright, tho we detect a bit of cork taste in our 1st course rose... some nice Long Island wines too. All in all, it was a classic New York French restaurant: crowded but elegant, with reliably delicious food.
Good food, accommodating, pricey, but not very. It's a slightly hoity toity place, but cool enough to let our refugee party from PS 450 take an ever expanding table in the back. The high ceilings and hard walls make the place a bit noisy, but it's NYC people noise, not the communication killing noise of PS 450 across the Avenue. The food was good, if on the expensive side. The place does, after all, have French pretensions. The waiters were slightly fertummelt, and Tomoko's drink never came. The escargot was great, especially the butter sauce just made for soaking up with bread. The mixed meat appetizer was a good choice to share, everything on the plate was excellent. Pricey, but not KILLER pricey. It's a comfortable place, and considering out jolt out of nowhere, very accommodating. --Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers
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