B. Cafe
B. Cafe

B. Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Phone: 2122493300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Hours: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Belgian
  • Executive Chef: John Rees/chef co owner
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from B. Cafe
RUSTIC BELGIAN EXPERIENCE WITH UPPER EAST SIDE FLAVOR *Over 30 Artisan Belgian Beers* Looking for an assortment of Belgian style Moules Frites, accompanied by an impressive beer list? Come visit us at B.Cafe. This new cozy beer lovers' paradise fulfills your cravings for good homemade Belgian food, as well as artisan and trappiste beer in a rustic setting. Begin your Belgian journey in Bruges with scrumptious Tuna Tartare, Croquettes de Crevettes (North Sea grey shrimp) or Bitter Ballen (pan seared Belgian meatballs with Dijon sauce). Follow your trail to Brussels with Moules Frites, Duvel Carbonade (beer sunken beef stew), Waterzooi (creamy chicken with vegetables) & juicy Belgian Steak Frites. And don't forget to take advantage of our large selection of more than 30 beers to complement your palate. But what would a trip to B.Cafe be without a sweet plunge into some of our homemade waffles or melting Belgian chocolate cake? Come & experience "made in Belgium" gastronomy!
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B. Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
69 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (38)great for brunch (24)fit for foodies (21)romantic (13)great for lunch (9)good for groups (6)late-night find (5)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • charleneVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This is a nice neighborhood place with a great beer selection. We didn't have wine so I can't comment on that. The good was good, not special but certainly better than average. We would return next time we are in that neighborhood
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood prize
    SkyelementVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Decent food at a decent price and a friendly bar whose house wines are a cut above make this attractive restaurant a great place to either dine or "hang out." The staff is friendly and attentive and the menu is distinctively Belgian with American overtones. Only downside: though the restaurant is attractive, it's a little too noisy to be intimate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely garden setup, delicious food
    LoveNYCVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    B. Café is one of our go-to places on the Upper East Side. The menu, which features nightly specials, is always reliable. My particular favorite is their roasted chicken with capers, olives and lemon - yum! The frites, which come with 3 separate dipping sauces, are also delightful. The portions can be generous, but you can always wrap up the leftovers - a favorite for our daughter who takes them to work for lunch. The garden, in appropriate weather, is really nice and quiet. The wait staff are unfailingly attentive and the beer selection (as one would hope) is extensive. Try the tasting options for something a little different.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet casual spot
    Gact
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great Belgian beer and food selection with attentive staff and laid back atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belgian standout
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I checked the notable wine list because there is no option for notable beer list. The food here is pretty good, but it plays second fiddle to the beer list. There are ales, lambics and more, much more. I've never counted but 50 or more would seem like a good guess. Bottoms up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cozy neighborhood spot!
    UESgalVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Fresh mussels, simply done with fresh herbs and crispy fries. There are other things on the menu but I come for the mussels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Discovered this when visiting from out of town and needed to be at an event in the area. A true bistro with the best moules frites! Excellent service. And reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jumpin' Bar - food gets a "meh"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very surprised that the moules mariniere (mussels) could be so tasteless. This Belgian staple was totally bland. The moules provencale were only slightly better. The pork tenderloin on the other hand was great. Very disappointed in the food. Service was excellent. Bar and restaurant were packed to capacity.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Belgian beauty
    MericVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great spot to enjoy terrific Belgian cuisine including great mussels in several different preparations,,steak,,fish,and wonderful desserts..always a joy to dine here..tables can be tight..noises on Friday and Saturday..nice garden in rear,,dining possible there as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Was a great last-minute find for brunch on a busy holiday weekend. Every dish that buzzed past our table was incredibly enticing. Great portions, quality brunch staples (eggs, pancakes, omlettes, b'fast sandwiches)...plus great Belgian fare including sweet and savory waffles...and plenty of cocktails and Belgian beers. Will def be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent bistro.
    Fanny526
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    B Cafe is a small intimate cafe with delicious food. Staff is friendly and service is excellent. Great little restaurant in a neighborhood setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Atmosphere
    JMNyC
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a lot of fun here. Love sitting outside. Skirt steak was delicious. Friend loved Steak Fritte. Mussels were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JanetVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Comme d'habitude it was excellent . We always get moule et frites.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BorisNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Good food, pretty solid. The food certainly makes it worth visiting. The service needs improvement and management's attention, though. It's not that it's utterly bad, but it certainly doesn't live up to the price level. If B. Cafe wants to compete with the likes of D'Alsace and such, it needs to up its service game significantly. A smile and no-attitude go along way in winning repeat customers...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Brunch Spot
    Janet126
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    What a great find! Excellent beer and bar selection. Terrific menu. Outstanding value. (I didn't know there was still $3. cup of coffee left in NYC.) Best of all, the garden was just ideal for a weekend afternoon catch-up with friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love the Belgian beer
    Outstanding
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    outstanding service, I had the lentil soup and then scallops, a wonderful restaurant, if we lived in the City I would go there once a week
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Teacat
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The waiter couldn't figure out who ordered what, so confused. I ordered the beef stew which came in a glob of navy sauce and the meat was obviously frozen and then micowaved, so trashy and the vegetables were no where to be found. The 'frites' arrived when I was half way through trying to eat the mush. We'll only go back for a drink if at all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good vibe
    Poetess
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I've dined there three times and have always enjoyed the food and service. My companion and I chose to share the Madrid mussels, the skirt steak, and the pear tart. The frites that accompanied the mussels were the best I've had lately, the steak was done perfectly and the pear tart was a welcome change from the usual apple choice. The service was friendly and attentive. We appreciated the relaxed atmosphere and will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood spot
    Foodfun27VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Perfect for beer lovers with very good bistro food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for brunch
    bigfoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Came here for brunch and the food was quite good. Frites that came with the meal was a bit hard, though the individual frites order looked better for the table next to us. Overall it was enjoyable, and the waffles were good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Belgium cafe in town
    authorNY
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We love Belgian beer after a trip to Brugge and the moule after a trip to Brussel. If you share our feelings, then, this is the finest place for you! Not only is the food and beer very good, the wait staff and manager are top drawer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JaneVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We enjoyed our meal but forgot to request outdoor dining and was disappointed that we could not be accommodated.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Belgian gem
    Ea1952VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    A unique restaurant,felt like we were in Europe. Tremendous array of beers, French spoken and food interesting and good. Mussels a bit overcooked,bit all in all very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • NEVER DISAPPOINTS
    JeffreyGLVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Every friend to whom I have introduced B Cafe has loved it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outdoor Patio
    JeffGVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you get a chance, the outdoor patio is a wonderful dining experience. It is quiet and pleasant. The garden and trees make it feel like summer. The service is excellent and the food very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    GatorDiningVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went for dinner had the grilled calamari appetizer, chicken stew, and fisherman gratin. The grilled calamari appetizer was great, but the chicken stew really wasn't a stew at all. It was large pieces of roasted chicken in a bland cream… it needed salt badly. The fisherman gratin was also good, but not great. Service was prompt and responsive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    theirfanVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food consistently good! Waffles are amazing-dont forget to try them
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    WAY TOO HOT. they leave the patio door open in summer so even if they have the a/c going (which seemed to be barely on), you sit there about to pass out so can barely enjoy the food. i asked them several times to turn up the A/C or close the door but they did not and basically just told me to deal with it. the meatballs are disgusting. other stuff is decent. the cheese croquettes with bechamel sauce are delicious. however, i would not go back there in the summer because i was dripping sweat into my food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sweet little spot
    KateCVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My mom and I came here for brunch this past Sunday and sat in the outdoor garden area (which was nice and shady!). Food and drinks were delicious (I got the Eggs Florentine and Iced café latte). Only hesitation was the service was a bit slow, but our waitress was accommodating and brought us bread when we requested it. Overall, I'd recommend it. Nice little hideaway.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Outdoor Setting
    HowGee
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Went there on a Friday evening. Sat outside on a rather enjoyable patio, on a splendid warm night. The setting was fantastic - one of the best patios I've seen on the UES. However, the food left a bit to be desired. We had the Moules Provencale and Moules Mariniere. The dishes (or pots, rather) were quite large. However, the mussels tasted pretty dry. They might have been overcooked. The frites, on the other hand, were perfectly fried and tasty. One odd thing to note: when we got there, only inside tables were available. They said they couldn't get us started inside, then move outside once a table opened up there. We had to wait at the bar until something outside opened up.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 39 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 461 reviews are from the B. Cafe reviews archive.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I loved having brunch in the garden. It was much quieter than inside the restaurant and the atmosphere was great. It was perfect for catching up with a friend. The food and service were very good. I've had dinner inside the restaurant and have found it to be quite good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brava B. Cafe!
    BestFF
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Word of mouth had it that B. Café was best-known for Belgian beer and moules frites. Our need was for brunch, however. We were immediately delighted with this bistro's charming wood paneled interior, a garden dining option, and the cheery welcome of an efficient staff. Better yet, the food turned out to be delicious. We opted for classic brunch fare: eggs benedict, French toast (served on brioche with fresh berries, whipped cream and maple syrup), and a sirloin steak sandwich on baguette, garnished with onions, tomatoes, caper-mayonnaise, and crispy frites. All agreed B. Café would be put on our list for a return engagement--next time, perhaps, we'll sample some traditional Belgian dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but could have been better
    KayP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Went here the other night with a group. We were not in a rush, but we didn't go in expecting a nearly three-hour ordeal. First, we had a reservation, but still had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated. Then, when we did sit down, the restaurant was out of nearly 10 different items from the menu, so figuring out what to order happened in fits and starts. And finally, it took them a long time to get our food prepared and delivered to the table. I like the food and beer selection here, but be prepared for a lengthy dinner and laidback approach to service, especially if you go with more than a couple of other people.
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  • would go back for the mussels!
    MICHI1VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food was great! the waitress had an attitude that we did not appreciate! she was curt and inattentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B Cafe East
    Money
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Had dinner with friends on Tuesday evening at the B Cafe. Have frequented the restaurant several times when in Manhattan. It's a wonderful place. My only complaint this visit - it was very warm outside and inside the restaurant. There was no air-conditioning so it was a little uncomfortable. Othewise, a nice dining experience. Good food, good wine, good beer, good time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mag526
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Amazing food from an awesome server who, while extremely busy, still made us feel like she had time for us. Will definitely visit again when we are back in NYC!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Belgian Moules Frites & Beer
    drron
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Lovely restaurant. Great food. Wonderful service. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    LearnedHand78
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I recently came here for mother's day dinner. Absolutely a great find. Food was delicious and the ambience was nice. Service a little slow only because there was one waitress, but it was a great experience. The croquettes were crispy on the outside and super gooey on the inside. The pate was nice and refreshing. My part had the meatballs, beef stew, and the grilled hanger steak. All were fantastic. We will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beers, great food
    peterwVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Have been to B Cafe many times, and always enjoy. Great selection of beers on tap, unbelievable selection in bottles. Brought friends, their first time, they loved it also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and reliable
    DanielleP143VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Always a good spot-and something for everyone. Also SO appreciate that they always accommodate my friends with strollers!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet