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B. Cafe West
B. Cafe West

B. Cafe West Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bcafe.com
  • Phone: (212) 873-0003
  • 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: Belgian, European
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Best fish and chips around accompanied by hundreds of interesting beers."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I have visited this restaurant often, and I have always had a great time. Food and drink are always excellent."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "B. Cafe is a great restaurant for elevated bar food and modules frites. Excellent beers on tap."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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. "
    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."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Didn't have the moules. That was probably my mistake. The carbonnade was merely OK."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "If you like a real good belgian beer and you crave excellent European food, including french fries, the place to go !"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Great food/awesome french fries and amazing service! My ONLY complaint is that the tables are very close together. Totally would go back though..."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good Food and good service. Good Beer selection. A little noisy."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "I loved B Cafe. The food was exceptional, plus the beer list (on tap) is second to none. Good stuff. Will return often."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "We go here frequently. The food is quite good. It's small, so make sure you have a reservation."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "My wife and I had been at B. Café West before and we liked it. However, when we for Thanksgiving in November 2013 the food was disappointing. I had turkey with all the trimmings and the food was tasteless, the turkey was dry, the sprouts were undercooked and almost raw and the presentation on the plate was as if the food was just dropped there without any care for detail. I do not remember the exact amount the bill was, but it was too high for so little satisfaction we had had."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Had lunch at B.Cafe West prior to attending Symphony Space matinee performance. Atmosphere was warm and cozy, service was attentive and there was a great selection of beers from which to choose. Belgian specialties including stew and frites (of course) along with Croq Monsier were all delicious. Save room for desert...the Tart Tatin with pears and the Belgian Waffle with Chantilly were outstanding! Go and try the Kwatz beer!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I had fish and chips - chips were good, fish was not too firm and too much. We said they should have more quality and less quantity."
    Dined on 12/12/2013
  • "I've been here twice. The first time, brunch, was mixed. The server mixed up decaf and reg coffee orders. But I really liked my food and the atmosphere. This last time I went for a late dinner. Shared the beet salad, calamari, and moules marinieres. Our server was very friendly and patient with our group. Our water glasses were promptly filled and they were great at taking away the empty mussel shells. For brunch I had experienced a very European style of service (laid back and disappearing) but this late-night experience was the epitome of efficiency. The food is not mind-blowing or inventive, but solid and GOOD. The calamari were lightly breaded and crispy, the salad had a lovely citrus vinaigrette, and mussels, of course, were delicious."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "this was the noisiest, most cramped restaurant i have ever had the misfortune to visit. the good food does not compensate for the sheer misery of claustrophobia& ear-splitting acoustics. the only time to eat here is if you can dine outside."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I wanted a special but unpretentious place for my first meeting with the out-of-town parents of my son's fiancée, who were in New York for Thanksgiving weekend. We had brunch at B. Cafe UWS (they were staying in the area) last Sunday and it was lovely. We were seated immediately at the table I had requested in advance. Staff were gracious, discrete, attentive. Eggs Benedict and pommes frites and a bottle of Prosecco to toast the happy couple all came in for around $200 including tip, which is amazing in NYC! I was able to deal with the check out of sight of the table so no struggle with the guys in the group. My future daughter-in-law's parents loved it and I hope this set the tone for our relationship going forward. Thanks B. Cafe!"
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "We were visiting for Thanksgiving and stopped by for brunch. We ordered off the brunch menu and then were later told that brunch is not served on Thanksgiving. We had our hearts set on that menu, so that was a bit of a disappointment. The wait staff was very nice and we did find other dishes off a second menu. We will try again, just not on a holiday."
    Dined on 11/28/2013