405 East 52nd Street, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.754928 -73.964762
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown East
Very old, very French, and very good, Le Perigord is one of the city's last bastions of traditional French cookery, a once dominant genre now gone to seed. The standard savory dishes are notably well-done here, but the real glory of the place is the pasty cart, which is practically a mobile museum of classical French dessert-making. Go easy on the navarin of lamb. You're going to need room for your sweets.
wonderful christmas – we spent christmas at perigord, what a great time. even though the restaurant was very busy, what service everyone was so friendly. we started with the assortment of cold h'ors d'eouvres which had everything salmon, shrimp, asparagus, how could you go wrong. the main course was delicious how could you go wrong with dover sole delicious, and finally the pastry trolley blew me away, floating island, chocolate mousse, and lemon merengue, this is one of the last of the french restaurants in nyc, so glad they are doing well during this hard time.
romantic french restaurant – we dine at le perigord in late february of 09 what a splendid meal, the crab rolls were delicious. the roast duck l'orange i really enjoyed, the staff was courteous, made us feel very special, don't forget the pastry trolley floating island,chocolate mousse, apple tatin you can't go wrong. i ordered a nice bottle of wine, the service was very attentive, it was my wife birthday and the decoration on tart was nicely done.
Great Service, Food, and Ambiance – I've been coming to Le Perigord for years and it still remains one of the best French restaurants in the city. Located in midtown I take most of my clients here and had my companies holiday party here and they have always went above and beyond to make my dining experience a pleasure. This French restaurant is the last of a dying breed in NYC. I would definitely recommend Le Perigord to anyone looking for an elegant meal in a cozy and upscale dining atmosphere
Experience falls far short of the reputation – I have never had rude service in a restaurant of this (supposed) high caliber. This was the first. Bland, uninspired food coupled with rude, unattentive service. The quality of the decor, food and overall atmosphere does not live up to the snobbish attitude received from all.
I've eaten in 1,000 better restaurants. Save your time and money and go elsewhere!
Terrible dining experience with bad service and bad food. – EXTREMELY DISPLEASED last Friday. The review says the decor is updated - but it's like 1980s mirrored hotel conference rooom decor. Peach indeed.
I arrived for a 9:45 reservation, which I realize is late-ish, but not so late that I should have been treated horribly. If it was too late, they shouldn't have taken the reservation.
The bad service started when the waiter tried to take my drink order. I hadn't been given a menu or a wine list, so how was I supposed to know if I wanted a drink? I said I wanted to order wine and he made a face and left. Sort of an older, heavyset waiter -- he should be fired!
When taking my order, he made it clear that I was putitng him out. I couldn't have souffle because I was "so late". He left abruptly before I could ask about wine. Finally, I flagged him down and said I wanted to order wine. I had ordered fois gras so he tossed "you want a sauterne over his shoulder" and kept walking. I probably did, but at least give me a choice. Then, I needed a wine for my main, There were a few french reds that I didn't recognize. I asked for some advice and he said I'll get you something, snatched the wine list and left. I was VERY annoyed.
I was in the middle of eating my fois gras and the waiter came to the table with an opened bottle of red. He poured me a tasting. Keep in mind that I had fois gras and half a glass sauterne in front of me at this point. But, I tried to be a good sport so I drank some water to clear my palate so I could taste the red. I said it was fine and pointed at the bottle because I wanted to see the label. The waiter refused to show it to me--instead picked up my unfinished sauterne and left leaving me with a heavy red for the rest of my fois.
By the way, if you want your meat medium rare, I suggest ordering it rare becasue they over cook everything. The green beans were mush. the sauce was heavy and salty.
To top it off, the ladies room is scary. Old musty smell and 1950s mirrors.
Escape the Din of the Trendy – Le Perigord reminds us why we fell in love with French food in the first place. The classic dishes are freshened up for today's palettes, but not with such obsessive trendiness that they fail to deliver on any kind of deep pleasure.
Every time I go back, I am reminded of what well-prepared food tastes like, stripped of pretension and affect, but dazzling in recognition of its roots and the ability to please. The cold appetizers are snappily prepared, from the asparagus -- neither limp nor fiberous -- to the celery remoulade, which respects the proper mayonaisse ratio. The dover sole is brilliant, with a texture that exhibits the requisite toothiness. The souffles are perfectly weightless.
Even a trend snob will find Le Perigord a welcome sanctuary from the hordified Meatpacking District restaurant scene.
A lovely Sunday Easter – I'd like to share a very nice experience myself and my family had this past Sunday Easter at Le Perigord. The place was packed, although, they manage to give us a very warming service.
The food was incredible, we ended up getting two bottles of a very nice Chateauneuf du Pape (we loved it with the Spring Lamb). I've never heard of a Armagnac Warm Souffle before - but I certainly loved it.
At any rate, after this expericence, I feel like going back there, this time just my wife and myself, for some more french gastronomic delicacies.
Disappointing during Restaurant Week – Getting reservations to top-tier restaurants has been a challege during the Restaurant Week. Yet Le Perigord was available, so ignoring the very plain-looking special menu we decided to give it a try. Alas, it was a diappointment. The service (mostly from one waiter in the back room) was truly bad, even bordering on comical - food spilled out of the plates when serving; bread crumbs brushed off (on the floor!) from one side of the table, but not the other; plates whisked away while I was still eating. No warmth (despite the owner greeting us "welcome home" when we arrived), no attention.
The food was plain (there is only so much you can do with chicken and salmon). One standout was the foie gras chaud appetiser we've ordered extra. It cost almost as much as the prix-fixe dinner itself, but was well-made and the most memorable part of that meal.
Overall, it looked like a place for a well-established crowd that has been to this place for years and is willing to overlook such details as chipped (from age) silverware and milk pots with lids attached by paper clips.
If restaurants decide to participate in the Restaurant Week, it's presumably with the goal of attracting new clientele. In our case, Le Perigord missed the mark by far.
First Class French Food – I had dinner at Le Perigord for the first time on December 24, 2006 and was impressed. This is not the right place for casual dining. It is the perfect place for couples or groups that want to indulge themselves in gourmet French food. It is a relief to see that certain culinary standards in New York City are held in tact, despite prevailing trends to "dumb down" the dress code and food quality- even at the "best restaurants" while raising prices and reducing portion sizes.
FOOD: I had foie gras chaud (warm goose liver) which was succulent.....melted in my mouth. My mother had escargots which were very good, though I would have preferred a bit more garlic. For the main course
we both had the venison, which was outstanding. For desert we both had the Grand Marnier souffle which was delicious.
SERVICE: Very polite and efficient. No hovering or rushing......and not inattentive, despite the fact the restaurant was full.
AMBIENCE: Very attractive.
DRESS CODE: I guess "smart casual" would be Ok (better check with the restaurant) but this is the type of eatery where you will feel more comfortable in a suit, or coat and tie / dress / blouse and skirt.
PRICE: Very reasonable. Expect to pay up for this level of cuisine, but it is well worth it. By cooincidence my dinner bill at Mark's (at the Mark Hotel) the next evening was within $10 of the bill at Perigord, but that is where the comparison ends! The food, service, ambience and total value for money was far superior at Perigord.
Old-line French favorite still attracts a loyal refined crowd. – Traditionally the lair of well-heeled burghers from the East Side, Le Perigord has been splendidly rejuvenated, both in setting and cuisine. Gone are the dull hotel-like colors and unflattering lighting--peach is the new leitmotif. Soft leafy sconces, splays of flowers and well-spaced tables add to the comfort level. The dining room has a palpable vitality that is now attracting couples who don't remember the Eisenhower administration. Service here remains among the best in the city, and the most welcoming.
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