BXL Cafe

BXL Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bxlrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 2127680200
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday:11:30am -4:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th and Broadway
  • Public Transit: Times Square Subway station/Bryant Park Subway station
  • Parking: No
A word from BXL Cafe
Located in the heart of Times Square, BXL Café has been proudly serving the finest Belgian beer and cuisine since 2004. With our dark wood decor, comfortable banquettes and delicious beer selection, we pride ourselves in being a little oasis at the crossroads of the world for after-work locals as well as home sick Belgians.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
BXL Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (14)good for groups (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)neighborhood gem (5)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Tasty food with delicious beers
    Mamboost
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is a cosy bar/restaurant with a typicaly European atmosphere. We've chosen for the Vol au vent' menu with french fries and it tasted so good! Of course we ordered a couple of Belgian beers (Leffe and Duvel). And without any doubt, these Belgian veers are the best in the world. The waiter had a friendly chat with us and was interested in our story about visiting NYC. Good restaurant in the Times Square area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PaulB
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was offended that that the restaurant automatically added an 18% gratuity to the bill, Even though we just a party of three and NOWHERE on the menu or anywhere else was there any indication of this automatic gratuity. Then the restaurant had the gall to add another line for a tip on TOP OF the automatic gratuity. Had I not been with company I would have protested. It's an unfair and deceptive trade practice. I understand foreign tourist don't leave tips, but we're local. We understand all about tipping.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cute place
    Donatella
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Nice place for light meal. Portions small. Good location.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • all you can eat mussels for $24
    jp143dk
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    $24 gets you 2 pounds of mussels a side of fries and a beer or glass of house wine. The mussels were ok, very small and a lot of work to eat. A disappointment...
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 51street establishment is better.
    ViVi
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Too noisy. Starters came with entrees at the same time. Food could have been better prepared. 51 street BXL is better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • More of a bar than Cafe
    atan
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was decent but had flies all the table. No refills on soda either. But did get a friendly server.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beyond BE
    7annaDine
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It's based on a Belgium Bar (mainly Brussels area), but in NYC Food is very good, great sandwiches, burgers, meatballs and specially mussels (BE specialty)! Most definitely the best FRENCH FRIES in town!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Times Square anti-tourist trap
    Trickster
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've eaten almost everywhere you can on or near Times Square from Cafe Un Deux Trois to the halal carts, and BXL is one of my favorites. The space is cozy and the entrance is unassuming by Times Square standards. The decor is a bit elevated from your average euro/gastopub, with neat posters of Belgian monarchs, a wall length mirror (meticulously chalked over with World Cup stats at our visit), and tvs showing formula one or soccer on low volume. Service was friendly, and we had bread and drinks lightning fast. I got the steak frites with shallot sauce, which was perfectly seasoned if a bit rarer than I had requested, and the mayo with the frites was great. My boyfriend's meatballs were a bit bland. Stick to the mussels or steak.Prices good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for weekend brunch
    Scarlet
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I recent enjoyed a late brunch at BXL Cafe during World Cup, so nearly all of the clientele was there to watch the game (including us). It was a packed and lively crowd, but the staff were still very attentive and helpful. Delicious burgers, and the brunch special includes a free drink. All around good food and comfortable vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood gem
    halfabrane
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I was at bxl cafe for brunch and to watch Brazil / chile match. The atmosphere was awesome- the owners and waiters seemed to enjoy soccer and it shows. The brunch was terrific and their selection of Belgian ales is awesome
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dad's Mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Went to watch a World Cup match on Father's Day. Dad loves his mussels, and BXL did not disappoint. Tried the Thai, Marinieres and Marocaine. All three were fresh, spiced/herbed just right and made Dad quite happy. The beer list made me happy, as well. Service excelled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thekat
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The restaurant was incredibly noisy. When asked, the waiter refused to speak to the rowdy group. Thus, our group of three was unable to converse with each other.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch here
    RauleeVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Great and delicious lunch specials. Mussels and pate transport you from the time square area directly to Paris. Enjoy or even take the pate to your hotel for another snack. I took mine to the balcony bar at the Met Museum and had a glass of Bordeaux. Two nice experiences
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 8 reviews are from the BXL Cafe reviews archive.
  • Loved the food and the service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Loved the food and the service, great choice!!!!! Extensive beer list. Directly across the street from the Stephen Sodheim Theater
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great lunch spot
    Viva
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Tried it for the first time this week and found out they had a lunch special... it was a very good deal with tasty options. I had the mussels and fries, and red pepper soup... delicious. My friend enjoyed her veggie salad platter, and chicken with linguini. Our server was extremely attentive and helpful... will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    Hfd422
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    This is not a Times Square tourist trap. This is a local gem that happens to be close to Times Square. I highly recommend the mussels. The service was acceptable, the food came very quick and was delicious, and it was not too expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • s..l..o..w... But food saved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    You should only be here for one thing, mussels. We waited over 30 minutes for it which was extremely discouraging but ultimately it was worth the wait. If you're not in a rush. Absolutely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little find...
    Werner
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    A gem, one block from Time's Square. For all those looking for authentic Belgian food and an impressive Beer list
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Euro Ambiance, Great Lunch!
    beachmomVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    we went to BXL for pre-matinee lunch on a Wednesday - it was PACKED! the tables are very close together and it's loud so don't go if you want a quiet meal. but the food was delicious - amazing French onion soup and of course fries. really good hamburger too! it has a really euro atmosphere - you will feel like you are in Belgium. they were also really good about getting us our food quickly when we told them we had an hour time limit! I would definitely go back or try one of their other locations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good.......
    StuL
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I usually hit BXL for lunch once, maybe twice a month. Consistently good food and cozy small pub atmosphere with soccer games on the TVs. Burgers are great. Salads are good too. A variety of beers as well. Highly recommended for small casual business lunch or just a bunch of friends getting together!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but poor service
    kdines
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    I dined here for brunch, as I knew it was a convenient location before heading to a Broadway matinee. The menu is plentiful and delicious. We enjoyed french toast, eggs benedict, and a delightful croque madame. It's also very affordable for this area. However, the service was awful. The server and bartender were woefully understaffed that day (hoping that staff members called out that day?). The restaurant was half-full and upon ordering our coffee, we were told that we would have to wait as there were no clean coffee cups. We asked many times for water in our glasses, one bloody mary, and a beer. While our server was pleasant, staff was so overwhelmed that it left me questioning management over everything else.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.