BXL East
BXL East

BXL East

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bxlcafe.com/
  • Phone: 2128887782
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 4:00PM
    Dinner: Saturday - Wednesday: 4:00PM - 11:30PM
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian
  • Executive Chef: Claes Klaas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Saturday night Live music from 9:30 until 12:30.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 2nd and 3rd
  • Public Transit: Close to the 6-M-E lines.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from BXL East
A slightly more modern feel than our original location. delicious Belgian cuisine and beer, whether you are in the mood for a Trappist, Abbey or Sour Ale, we have got you covered. Our Beer menu is carefully selected by our expert beverage director and we pride ourselves on the fact that we serve beers that you would be unable to find anywhere else in NYC.
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BXL East reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (19)neighborhood gem (17)vibrant bar scene (14)good for groups (10)great for brunch (8)late-night find (5)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)great for outdoor dining (3)romantic (2)Show More
  • Truly authentic Belgian experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    A true New York City experience - mid-town escape from the hustle-bustle into a cozy, friendly Belgian restaurant. A real find. They know how to serve beer in proper glasses and with a flare. The staff from bus boy up was friendly, smiled sincerely and took pride in their jobs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent food, slow service
    RoHo218
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I liked the ambiance of the restaurant, but the food was just ok, and the service was slow. Maybe some people like the luxuriance of just sitting for a long time, but we got tired of asking for the check.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MumaVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great time, super friendly and yummy cuisine. Our waitress was very attentive and sweet. We will return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed our time at BXL
    SusanCD
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were meeting an old friend (she's 91 and has known me "since before I was born." She isn't as mobile as she used to be, and the staff was considerate about our having to wait for her -- didn't insist on our ordering drinks or brunch until she arrived. I thought the staff did a very good, efficient job, making sure our needs were met without hovering over us. We enjoyed our brunch selections and cocktails -- even my decaf espresso was excellent. We'd definitely consider coming back (our friend lives nearby, but we don't).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Lunch Special
    nickname1VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Handy, modest-cost place in Midtown East, with good Belgian/French cooking. Lunch specials are particularly good value.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quick Lunch
    MikeyDee
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Excellent food and great selection of both beer and wine. The only thing that is better is their service which was remarkable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy...
    ntd123456
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It was very noisy. We couldn't hear anything other than people screaming at the bar.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently good spot!
    Jojo
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The mussels are off the hook. In fact I don't otherwise like mussels, but theirs cooked in wine wine and shallots is top notch!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Belgian food
    ViVi
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    One of the best Belgian Food restaurants in town + good beer. Worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very noisy
    Hlms
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Nice little restaurant but way too noisy. We were with another couple and had to shout to be heard . Food was fine but not remarkable . Wait staff was pleasant .
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good food and very accommodating
    nycdash
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went here to watch the World Cup Finals Argentina-Germany. I made reservations a few days before but had to make a few changes with friends changing their minds and the manager was very accommodating which I really appreciated given that it was the World Cup finals and I knew they were quite busy. I ordered the eggs benedict for brunch and I was pleasantly surprised at the big serving and how delicious it was. I don't drink beer not liking the bitter taste so I usually look for cider or lambic beer and they had it and I was happy. I had a great experience with the delicious food, the cold drink and the energetic atmosphere as we all enjoyed watching the World Cup. Enjoyed depending on which team you were rooting for of course.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Booked a reservation through OpenTable and clearly noted that we were carrying in a kosher meal for one guest. When the rest of our food was served, the manager came to our table and announced that outside food was not allowed and that my kosher guest could not eat his food at the table. When I informed the manager that I had included this request in my reservation, rather than accept my word, she walked away to check if I was being truthful. The manager returned and announced to the whole table (again) that she would allow it this time but never again in the future. This should have been handled discreetly. Since they will not accommodate special dietary needs, we will not return. 'Tis a pity as the food and beer are quite good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    A group of 4 of us came for beer, food and to watch the US-Portugal World Cup match. The place was packed, with most people there seeming to be interested in the game. The beer selection was as good as we had hoped (and we had high hopes!), the food was very good, and the atmosphere for watching a World Cup game was fantastic. I'm not an expert on Belgian beers, but I thought the selection of drafts was great, and there were many choices in bottles. The Sunday "all you can eat" mussels is a great deal, and the endive and chicken entrees were delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Legitimate Belgian food
    nomnomnom
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Having lived in Belgium for a year, I can attest to the authenticity of the food (and beer!) selection here. I ordered mussels in a white wine shallot sauce - the mussels were HUGE and the portion was perfectly sized - enough that if I hadn't eaten any of the accompanying fries I would have still been satisfied, but if I were absolutely starving the fries would have filled me up the rest of the way. The Belgian beer selection was phenomenal - I always just find it hard to fathom that those beers cost me $3-4 in Belgium and cost $11 here. But hey, they ARE delicious. Service was good - constantly coming around to refill our waters, but not overly pushy or rushing us either! Great find, and great food prices as well!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 79 reviews are from the BXL East reviews archive.
  • Mother's Day brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were here for brunch for Mother's Day. The staff was very friendly and attentive and the food was very good and reasonably priced. We had the french toast, which was excellent and was served with fresh berries, which was a wonderful accompaniment. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to have real maple syrup.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food
    mayster
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    been there twice and both times - pasta & meat sauce was divine... al dente w/ flavor... service first time was excellent and attentive / 2nd time - less than impressive considering the waiter basically forgot us ... still worth heading back for food ...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Mussels and Beer
    MKM11VIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Food was just OK, mussels very good, beer fresh. But the noise level was oppressively loud, even in the "quiet" back of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beer and frat boys
    Judgy
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I thought the mussels were very large in size, which is usually a sign of lower quality and the wine list was not very good. Overall it was OK.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Belgian Experience
    Telly
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Now that Markt has been downsized by Apple Corp, it was wonderful to find BXL East. Our visit was for lunch to meet with friends. The front was very bright, which was good for someone with poor night vision like my self. Our server was wonderfu - explained esoteric menu items and took good care of us. The mussels appetizer was delicious and plenty of food for 4 people. Remember to ask for bread for the broth. Our meals were very tasty and the pommes frites were delicious. If you like Belgian beer and food, you'll enjoy BXL East
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bon Belgium
    Caesarsally
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    The mussels and beer are to die for in this Belgium Pub! An extensive list of on tap and bottled beer. Well versed and pleasant staff. Great menu and well prepared cuisine. The endive appetizer was amazing. We had 4 different over-flowing pots of flavored mussels, my favorite being Thai with lemongrass. Can't wait to visit this fun, delucious pub again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for Belgians in New York
    Maarten
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Great to find belgian food in NY! A bit koud because there is also a bar in the restaurant but just good belgian food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brussels Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    If you like mussels and beer, this place is a must!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice for small get togethers
    mayster
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    came here for co-workers lunch - portions were quite hearty - has a spaghetti bolognese which was surprisingly good to my surprise - looking forward to reordering that pasta when I return in another 2 weeks... croquettes were tasty (if you like a cheesey/buttery taste) - didn't taste any shrimp in the shrimp croquettes but still decent... there was a casual atmosphere but the noise level did increase substantially as the lunch crowd increased ... wait staff was quite pleasant and very responsive ... the price was quite reasonable considering midtown and the generous portions...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wind-down spot!
    Barb
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    This was the perfect place after a long, stressful day of work! We settled in for the best mussels, fries and beer in town and were relaxed within minutes! Great service, great food, great fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Belgian Cafe
    Gerry
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Great beer, nurgers and the best fries in the world. Half the place spoke French. It was fun, loud and tastey. great lunch, great service and great fellow customers. If you don't know what Belgian is, think Parisian but sweet and better fries! Be careful Belgian beer is 50% stronger Try the Moules ( and say it right, MOOL) Have the frites.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always busy, never packed
    Grubes
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    People are never quite sure what to expect when I give the option of a Belgian restaurant for lunch or dinner. The best description I give is French-influenced food and German-style beers, and that mix really intrigues people. The times that I've been, I've had the mussels three different ways (I highly recommend the Gran Mere), the steak sandwich and the Bouchee a la Reine (my favorite dish). I've also tried a number of beers on their constantly rotating drafts, and they never disappoint. I have never seen the restaurant quiet, but it is never difficult to carry on a conversation. The service is also superb, even when the restaurant is in the throes of the lunch or dinner rush. I would highly recommend this place for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE BXL EAST
    Brooklyn0822VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Friendly staff. Great food. Great ambience. Where else would you go??!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice little Belgian place and bar
    MrCEVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Greatt little Belgian bar/restaurant. While it had tables in the back, it is more of a bar atmosphere. It's affordable and the burgers are good. If you'd like to check out a relaxing cheap place in Midtown, this is your spot.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unimpressed
    JK24VIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    It was loud, dark, our server was a bit ditzy and I don't believe the food was truly Belgium. I won't go back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Belgian, day or night!
    scubaSteve
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I take everyone that I know here at some point. The food is consistently delicious -- my favorites are the pate, mussels, and the bolognese pasta -- the servers are wonderfully friendly, and the food is more than fairly priced. The brunch is bottomless on weekends (unlike at BXL Cafe on the west side!), with enough room to seat my group of 10!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good prix fixe mussels lunch
    eatoutmaniacVIP
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    felt like casual lunch in europe - bar up front with a small table area toward back. Small selection on prix fixe lunch menu - pate and mussels + beer was very tasty and good value. nice side street location away from the bustle of midtown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and friendly staff.
    RockNRollBaby
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We went there Saturday evening fairly early as we were with two kids. We loved the food and so did they. We usually order for our kids from the normal menu (as most kids menu do not go further than nuggets and grilled cheese - and thank god this restaurant does not offer that). They had a nice pasta with lots of veggies. This place is on on our list for our at least go once when in NY.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant and friendly staff
    Brooklyn0822VIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Great restaurant, super friendly staff. This has become my go to place after work. LOVE!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the beer!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Food was good, but the beer was what really stood out! They have a fantastic selection of Belgian beers. The house beer is a great choice. I got the meatloaf and my date good some sort of chicken pot pie type dish. Both were good. They were playing a good 70's rock music selection and the music wasn't so loud that you didn't have to shout which was a nice change as it seems the trend these days is to play music way too loud.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big family brunch-friendly!
    KritiKareVIP
    Dined on 12/8/2013
    We had a party of many people and one-year-olds. We were treated like family and did not feel that we were a burden with the need for extra space for strollers or multiple food requests. We left a mess and they were happy to clean up after us. This felt very nice to not worry about the floor or our spilled glasses- they made us feel at home and welcomed the whole time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood gem!
    LaPeNYC
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Food was great, service was great ! Will definitely go back!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    BXL looked unassuming from the outside, but instantly felt down to earth and inviting as soon as we entered, all Belgian beer signs and posters, a little tight. The impressive draft beer selection offered most of the well-known Belgian beers and then some, with dozens more in bottles. The service seemed a little scattered (5 people ended up waiting our table), but was great overall. The house beer is recommended, and all the food (mushroom croquettes, steak tips, and mussels) was both delicious and hearty, without feeling heavy. We'll definitely go back when we're in the neighborhood, especially since it's a nice change of pace for an area with lots of corporate and take-away restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Quality and Value
    brewdog66
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Pleasantly greeted, our table was ready. Bartender, waitress, busman worked well as a team. Great selection of Belgian beers. Good Belgian beer is expensive, but the food selections at Sunday brunch were extensive and very reasonably priced. Most importantly, our eggs benedict, sirloin burger, accompanied by potatoes with caramelized onions and small salads were delicious, as was the fresh-baked bread that accompanied our meals. The chocolate mousse that we shared for dessert was rich, creamy and tasty. Our coffee and expresso after brunch were very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent beer list. Really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Excellent beer list. Really terrific French fires. Moderately priced.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was wonderful. Service
    Ashley
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    It was wonderful. Service was great, never had to wait for anything. Waitress suggested great mussels!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate