B. Cafe West
B. Cafe West

B. Cafe West

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bcafe.com/
  • Phone: 2128730003
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Belgian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 87th and 88th
  • Public Transit: Line 1 on 86th street and Broadway Line A,B,C on 86th street and Central Park West.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from B. Cafe West
B. Cafe West brings the sophistication and tradition of Belgian cuisine to uptown Manhattan. With an array of customary Belgian dishes, along with the largest selection of Belgian beers in New York City with our unique selection of draft and bottled beers, we aim to bring the essence of Belgium stateside through high quality, authentic cuisine and service. In addition to our famous Moules Frites (fresh mussels served with our signature fries), B. Cafe offers the best of Belgian cuisine - perhaps with a Gauffre De Bruxelles (Belgian waffle) from our brunch or dessert menu, our Steak Frite Belgique as a dinner entrée, or a Corsendonk Pale Ale to drink. B. Cafe welcomes you to join us in embracing the elegance and warmth of Belgium, right here in Manhattan.
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B. Cafe West reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (24)great for outdoor dining (19)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (11)romantic (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (6)kid-friendly (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Excellent mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We ordered two appetizers and one order of moules frites and it was just the right amount for the two of us and quite cost effective to order that way. They have nice (but pricey) beer too. The food was tasty and the service very good. It is a noisy but fun atmosphere. Our table (near the back) was quite warm however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Fantastic, Food Average
    theiofthestormVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our server was very friendly and efficient at B. Cafe. As far as the food went, my girlfriend found the pork a bit bland and I found the seasoning for the mussels too salty.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Need to get to Belgium Quick?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Need to get to Belgium Quick? Then come here! B.Cafe has delicious food and excellent beers from Belgium. If you can not get away to Brussels for the weekend this is a good substitute.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CwjeVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    excellent food and great service. Our server, George , was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect...
    185WEA
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    ... for when you need that mussels and beer with a side order of perfect frites. I can't bear to order anything else so others will have to investigate the rest of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good neighborhood place
    Peconic
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This is a very pleasant place for dinner. The food is good, the beer is excellent, the service is good-if only the noise level were a little less energetic and the food a little less buttered, it would be perfect.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moules frites and beer!
    MitchyMitch
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Fantastic mussels and strong Belgian beer list with a cozy and quaint atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    It was a warm night and it felt hotter inside than outside. The food was mediocre at best. I ordered the moules frites, thinking that woul d be good since it's their specialty. I ordered the mussels with "provencale" sauce (white wine, garlic, tomatoes). The mussels were overlooked and the sauce, which should have been the best part to sop up with bread, had no flavor. The frites were burnt, probably the remains of a batch. Disappointing. Left hungry
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  • Food better than service
    NoFoLauraVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Ate here before Shakespeare in the Park. Good food, huge portion - almost too big, and a nice location. Service was a bit off, and we had to ask our waiter to take our order, and a for a few other things even though he seemed to be on top of it all around us. He was often to be found standing at the bar watching the world cup. Go for the food, and not during a tournament.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cannot recommend
    Diner
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We went there for the mussels. They were overcooked and did not look that fresh. We could not eat the fries that came with the mussels. They were pretty heavy with oil and had a wierd smell.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Broadwaydeb
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Best fish and chips around accompanied by hundreds of interesting beers.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Belgian Delight
    624eatzz
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I have visited this restaurant often, and I have always had a great time. Food and drink are always excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid Execution as always
    uwsdwl
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    B. Café consistently delivers solid execution. A small, well thought out menu, good service, good presentation and solid classic Belgian cooking. The Beer list is deep and, as one would expect, focused on Belgian and Belgian style beers. Not aiming for haut cuisine, B. Café delivers solid mid brow Belgian cooking consistently.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • UNIQUE DINNING EXPERINCE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My third time to B. CAFE was the charm. The only issue is what to try next on the menu, overall the food is outstanding and not what you will find in other places. The BEER menu is a must try for all not just beer lovers. BEST of all was the SERVICE !! A truly attentive, knowledgeable staff that took the time to assure our satisfaction, with a thoughtful discussion about our choices and questions about the food & drink. A great choice to bring friends and family, they will be impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this place.
    WestSiderVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is a charming, neighborhood place. Belgian food seems much like simple, classic French to us - delicious grilled steak, chicken, salmon. The diver scallops are especially good. Appetizers are interesting, several fried (meatballs, cheese) - so along with the "frites" you can be indulgent but it's so good, especially with beer from their long and varied menu. Desserts are good too; my favorite is the pear tart Tatin, plus many more.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Anonymous1
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    B. Cafe is a great restaurant for elevated bar food and modules frites. Excellent beers on tap.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neanderthalensis
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    if you like moules et frites with Belgian beer on tap, this is the place for you. The restaurant is small but comfortable, although the tables are set a little too close together. the service is excellent and the bar a nice place to wait for your dinner partners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food, slow service
    diningwithkidsVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We were there at 5:45, ordered at 6p, didn't get our moules frite appetizer until 6:30p. By that point, my kids were on their fourth piece of bread. Kids' meals didn't come until 6:45p when I specifically mentioned to bring them out as soon as they can. It wasn't just our table that was slow. I heard one guy come by to ask for something a third time and said they were almost done with one of three entrees. Food was decent. Mussels were overcooked. Club sandwich was good. Medium burger came out well. Mac and cheese was very good, but very slow to come out of kitchen. Will probably go back again after trying more neighborhood places.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • okay place
    RobboVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    If you can't get into Barney Greengrass or don't wish to stand waiting there forever, go across the street here for brunch. Decent food - not terrible, not awesome. Somewhere in between - more good than bad. Service mediocre. A bit cramped.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 263 reviews are from the B. Cafe West reviews archive.
  • A NYC Upper West Gem
    Edward
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We met out of town guests for a Saturday brunch. The ambiance was perfect for our desire to chat and catch up. We all had a special egg omelet dish off the menu. Each dish was exceptional and the pomme frites were a delight. We all said that we would return at another time for another wonderful meal. The wait staff were always on hand to assist with our needs and when we left we were thanked for the visit. Definitely a place to try.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice little place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Okay the place is small but not a big deal. Party of 3. Palm on tap!! Shared 2 apps - loved the Bitterballen not so much the cheese croquettes. Thumbs up for the Mussels Mariniere. Not bad on the Mussels Hoegaardenly Garlic style. Fries were awesome. Tender beef with Carbonnades Flamandes but a little too sweet. Would go back.
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  • Upper west side gem
    AllyZVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    What a pleasant surprise to discover this Belgian restaurant on the upper west side. Speciality seems to be huge pots of mussels but the pork loin was very good as well. Portions are quite large, I recommend sharing as there was quite a lot of food. Tables are a little close together, but hey, it's New York.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice meal with friends
    daytripper
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great selection of mussels and choices for vegetarian friends. Terrific beer - love the grimbergen. Quiet enough to talk to our friends, but still felt festive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Didn't have the moules. That
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Didn't have the moules. That was probably my mistake. The carbonnade was merely OK.
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  • Unfortunate Second Visit
    madg1976VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    First time I visited had a great burger at the bar and delicious fries. Went for brunch. Chicken sandwich was great but fries were a mess. All clumped together as if they had been stepped on by elephants. it was evident I had gotten the bottom of the pan of what must have been cooked hours ago. Unfortunate because if there is one thing this place should get right it's the fries.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will Go Back
    mussels18
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    The mussels were delicious - great seasoning and well cooked. The fries are impossible to resist! I split one order of mussels with a friend and it was enough for two. We also shared a salad that was exceptional -- fresh and creative combination. The menu goes way beyond mussels and I will go back and try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belgian beer and good
    EveZVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We enjoyed our meal. The beef stew was excellent so was the daily special chopped salad. We also had a tasty flight of Belgian beer. Portions were large, table was a little small.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a really nice experience
    uwsdaveVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We had a really nice experience at B Cafe. The beer list is unique and it is always fun to sample new types of beer; the menu is also great and the service is friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you like a real good belgian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    If you like a real good belgian beer and you crave excellent European food, including french fries, the place to go !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went back the next day
    food4thoughtVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    We ate a fabulous brunch there on Saturday and ended up back there for dinner on Sunday. I wanted to try their mussels and they did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food/awesome french
    MLM12VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great food/awesome french fries and amazing service! My ONLY complaint is that the tables are very close together. Totally would go back though...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing list of beers. Quite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Amazing list of beers. Quite charming decor. Service was a notch above the usual on top of well-prepared food means I will be back!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and good service.
    Gerri
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Good Food and good service. Good Beer selection. A little noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable!
    abstract
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Its a friendly little neightborhood with a nice look and feel and always solid food. Weekend you can also get all you can eat mussel deals. Fun little place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Traveler Foodie Impressed
    GreystoneJak
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    I loved B Cafe. The food was exceptional, plus the beer list (on tap) is second to none. Good stuff. Will return often.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • neighborhood gem
    GroupofSeven
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Perfect neighborhood, round-the-corner place. Friendly staff. Could imagine you are in Belgium (or even, at a stretch, Paris) and be startled to step out after the meal onto Amsterdam Avenue.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Service...and frites
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    2nd time dining here and both times great. Menu is varied and well priced from bar food with a twist (a duck club sandwich and a spicy lamb sausage "hero") to mussels (had the Provencale and Red Duval (the best !!) to main dishes. Very Belgian with beer list that reflects this heritage. Portions are generous for the price and staff was accommodative. And I don't care what kind of diet de jour you think you are on - but if you don't have the exceptionally crispy frites....well then why even bother getting out of bed in the morning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DIsappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My wife and I used to go to B. Cafe a lot when we lived in Manhattan, and decided to treat ourselves on a trip in one night. The service was a bit slow, but the may have been short staffed. The real disappointment, however, was with the food. In the past, everything off the menu tasted good, but this time we found that many items had changed and weren't as good. For instance, the calamari appetizer used to be in a garlic sauce, but now is just ordinary fried calamari - nothing special, and it didn't taste all that fresh, either. The skirt steak was not tender at all and was slightly overcooked. And the clams, which was always their signature dish, weren't as good as they normally are.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Beer, Great Food, Lots of Fun
    John
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    B Cafe has a great selection of Belgian beers with genuine Belgian cuisine. They moules are the best and never disappoint. Do not skip the salmon pastrami which is good AND healthy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Was there for NYE. Crowded, but got a reservation for 8:45 the morning of and was seated promptly. Only complaint was dessert wasn't very good. But entrees and appetizers were terrific.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.