Cafe D' Alsace
Cafe D' Alsace

Cafe D' Alsace

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafedalsace.com/
  • Phone: 2127225133
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Momday - Friday 10:30- 4Pm Brunch: Sat & Sunday 9:00 - 4Pm. Dinner: Sunday & Monday 5:00 - 11Pm Tuesday - Saturday 5:00 - Mid. For Some hours Please Call For reservations.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: German, French
  • Executive Chef: Philippe Roussel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 88th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe D' Alsace
Cafe D'Alsace features chef Philippe Roussel; previously at Chelsea Bar and Bistro and Montparnasse, is originally from Brittany, but he knows something about Alsace serving features such as his tarte flambée (onions and bacon), potée (cabbage soup) and choucroute made with pork or seafood. Also try something off our extravagant beer menu.
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Cafe D' Alsace reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)great for outdoor dining (52)fit for foodies (47)great for brunch (41)great for lunch (37)special occasion (27)romantic (24)good for groups (17)notable wine list (17)late-night find (16)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (8)scenic view (2)Show More
  • always great
    LJLULUVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    we always start with the gougere little cheesy croissants and they wow everyone. then i had the perfectly cooked scallops and my friend had the fish shnitzel both amazing. service excellent. another friend had a perfectly cooked burger ............ the drinks are always well made and the food is reliablly good. just a fantastic experience every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Delicious as always! Seafood sausage was yummy and the lobster risotto was fabulous! Only issue was they gave me too much ice cream for dessert....definitely have the espresso ice cream, worth the calories!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good
    Nick
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Everything was good (service, food, etc.). We would definitely return next time we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch
    ArlingtonVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Their $25 three-course prix fixe lunch is not only the best deal in town, it is delicious, with a great selection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I have eaten at Cafe D'Alsace several times and have never been disappointed. I've had brunch as well as dinner and the food is excellent as is the service. The salmon is delicious and last night I ordered the duck two ways and it was yummy as well. The scallops appetizer was also quick good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Delicious food cooked just right by an expert kitchen staff, loved it and will be back again, most certainly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    lexinator
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    From the first bite you are intrigued by this amazing restaurants delicious taste. The scallops are divine. Dessert was the weakest point but by then you are still very satisfied by their delicious meal you don't care anymore. Great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    jfoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had the Restaurant Prix Fixe dinner on a Monday evening. Overall the food was very good and seemed 'authentic' to the themes of the restaurant. My only complaint might be that some of the lobster in my dish was underwhelming, but I should know better than ordering a dish with lobster in a non-fish restaurant! That said, I would definitely go back to Cafe D'Alsace.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The appetizer was very tasty. I enjoyed my dish, the brook trout. My husband found the roast pork was bland and a little tough. We both enjoyed our dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We've been to café d'Alsace many times but they really did themselves last night. The restaurant week menu was fantastic and every item was succulent. The service was outstanding
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable food, near the musuems
    pammyjean
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    everyone of us enjoyed the meal. my friends liked their tomato tarts and their duck two ways and their lamb burgers. while the lobster risotto was tasty, it didn't have the ideal risotto texture. the four of us shared two large desserts. the room is charming though the tile floor makes it a bit loud
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BleyedgalVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This was our first time at this restaurant and we will definitely be back. Best Pomme Frites that I have had in a while and delicious tuna tartare.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Werk 2014
    RestaurantWeek2014
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I went here for restaurant week this past Wednesday and the selection for the prix fix menu was pretty good, as opposed to other restaurants that give you none of their usual full price favorites. I had the scallop( no s), duck 2 ways and the warm peach tart. All were very good and I'd recommend each dish I ordered. My only qualm was the wine, we ordered a bottle of Pinot from Cali( my mistake) and it was awful. Thankfully my boyfriend drank it all. A little disappointed that the server at a French restaurant didn't know his wines but the food made up for it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was nice
    luv1022
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was good but nothing impressive, I didn't feel like I was treating myself. I felt like I overpaid.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HEIHEIVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Noise level was pretty loud, including the background music they were playing, it was hard to carry out conversations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nena
    Nena
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I love this restaurant and have eaten here often. The food is superb and the servers have always been attentive, helpful and respectful. The only complaint I have is the noise level. The din is pervasive and creates a challenge to carry on a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ellen
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have been to the restaurant many times and always enjoy it. It's one of our favorite neighborhood places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant week summer 2014
    Angie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I loved the lobster risotto and the peach tart dessert. Dessert was not too heavy which was perfect. I was satisfied and full.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful lunch
    pumpkin
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The Restaurant Week menu was excellent. Service was solicitous regarding our impressions about the food but we had to ask for bread, etc. so well-intentioned but a touch ragged. I will definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • davidVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    appetizers and entrees were unusual and very good. bread was terrific. ice cream dessert so-so.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This was my first visit to the restaurant and the food was great, the atmosphere fantastic and the staff was friendly. We enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fredVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    wine was perfect Bordeaux and food out of this world. I had duck breast and wife had scallops almost perfect
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Neighborhood Brasserie
    Rufus
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent food, very good wine list, adequate service, but I wish they would change their policy so that first guests arriving in a party with a reservation would be seated immediately rather than having to stand and wait for the others to arrive. Do not understand this policy. It offended the early arriving member of our party who said he would not return to this place because of that "offensive" policy. Too bad, since he loved the food as much as the rest of us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Popular Neighborhood Gem
    Cindyb
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Upon arrival, we felt welcome and relaxed. The staff is very accommodating and sweet. The tables are arranged well with a lot of space. The bar offerings are excellent and our drinks were exceptional. Later, we had drinks at the Bemnelman Bar in the Carlisle and wished we were back here again; quality and pricewise. As for the menu items, we had a hard time choosing. Our food was delicious and we were very happy. No complaints. Definitely will go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Tasty
    LearnedHand78
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This was our second time at Cafe D'Alsace and it did not disappoint. The service was a little shaky in the start (especially with getting water), but we had a very tasty meal. The grilled ahi-tuna was grilled to perfection (I like my tuna medium-rare). The steak au-poivre was juicy and tangy from the peppercorn sauce. The fries are nice and well done, no soggy fries on the place. One diner at my table had the special lobster risotto. Really delicious, but it would have been nice for the waitress to state that it was basically a lobster and truffle risotto. Not truffle oil (because people can really overdo that), but real truffles. It was delicious! The crostini's were excellent as well. Would highly recommend coming here for din!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good, service ok
    ctcaptain
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Waitress paid little attention to us and wasn't very friendly. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marco
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Really enjoy sitting outside on streetside but was raining this day so sat inside, which is ok. Was first of 3 to arrive so grabbed beer at bar; my beer was quite sour - bartender advised that is how that beer is, which I found no reason not to believe, but perhaps he could have given a heads up. Waiter and support staff friendly and very attentive; food was good; nice selection of beers. Lady at reception was pleasant and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very reliable, " go-to" restaurant
    Cindydel
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    A very happy restaurant with a European flair that is suitable for almost any occasion. Excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre
    UESMama
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We decided to go here with a group because of the very good Yelp reviews and how cute it looked from the outside, but the food was very mediocre. I ordered the french onion soup and though the cheese was delicious, the soup itself was way too sweet. I also ordered the tarte flambee, but 1/2 of it was dry and burnt, and the whole thing was too overcooked to taste the cheese at all. My husband was also not impressed by the chicken he ordered. Overall, we were disappointed. Might be a cute place for brunch though?
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beer pairing
    DinnerGoer
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Free hard boil egg with beer at the bar. Knowledgable sommelier recommendation of beer pairing for beer lover. Very resonable price if the menu.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Steve
    PSwope
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I've been here countless times and have never been disappointed in the food. I've sampled pretty much the entire menu,including brunch and the seasonal menus and the kitchen always sends out well prepared food. The service is energetic and the pacing of the meal is never rushed. Great beer and wine(in that order list).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood's piece of Paris
    jvsmagic
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Sorry the dropped escargot from the menu, but the French onion soup and sausages are outstanding. Great fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood gem
    UESiderVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I have been wanting to try this place since I moved to the UES, and my boyfriend and I finally wandered in on a rainy Friday night. The hostess was accomodating, as we arrived 30 min before our reservation due to the weather. We started with tuna tartare, the charcuterie board (delish), and the grilled octopus. We also got mussels with french fries. All was yummy!!!! definitely will be returning time and time again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its all about the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    the food was great, we all enjoyed our selections. The atmosphere was noisy and not a"special" the service was good not great. we will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tamsreview
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Casual French with great food and drinks, friendly service - the only minus is the decibel level. Always crowded, usually with a line out the door, so book ahead.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just okay
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went for dinner. Expensive wines. Good was jus okay. The octopus was the only really delicious food item
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  • Great neighborhood spot
    kcc115VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I love the look and feel of this restaurant - it really is a great, vibrant place that is always buzzing, in a comforting and not downtown-loud kind of way. The food can be great, but still offers the occasional misfire, though that is usually the result of the spotty service than the kitchen itself. The servers can be wonderful, but more frequently, they are harried and rushed and the food can suffer because of it. That said, if you're looking for a place to enjoy good conversation with a good wine list and a phenomenal beer menu, you can't beat it - just don't be surprised if everything takes a bit longer than you'd expect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Floor management needed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Having eaten at Cafe D'Alsace a number of times, I am forced to wonder if there is any management at all. While our waitress was perfectly attentive during the meal, she seemingly vanished for the last fifteen minutes, while we were hoping to get out check. From what we could tell, the partial cause was the tables that she was forced to cover in the sidewalk area, far removed from where we were seated. If not for the assistance of the bus staff we might still be there. On a busy Saturday night there should be someone on the floor paying attention. The not yet legal hostesses are neither trained nor capable of accomplishing anything other than seating patrons. By the way the food was as usual really good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Our service was beyond expectactions since our waitress was nice, considerate, as well as accommodating. The food was tasty and nicely plated. Outdoor dining is available, but I would consider timing during the day related to construction work associated with the subway.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great summer dining
    PMDSVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Have eaten here several times. The food is fine, staff pleasant and it is a pleasure to sit outside on the upper east side in the warmer weather. We avoid the restaurant in the winter as it is very noisy. Staff/chef is accommodating to special dietary needs, unfortunately not all are overly attentive even though very nice. Food is prepared well, no real surprises. If sausage is your thing - wonderful variety.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic