Jean Claude 2
Jean Claude 2

Jean Claude 2

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jeanclaudenyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 249-3400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch/Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 70 and 71 street
  • Public Transit: 6train to 68th street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Jean Claude 2
"We have proudly served fine French cuisine to our SOHO neighborhood for over 20 years! We are excited about our new location in the Upper East Side". Bon Appétit.
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Jean Claude 2 reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (59)great for lunch (22)fit for foodies (20)romantic (18)great for brunch (10)late-night find (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Great food, adroit service
    Deb70
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I visit Jean Claude frequently, The food is wonderful, and on Saturday nights the service HAS to be adroit, because the tables are so close together and the aisle is so narrow. Happily, the waiters not only adroit, but hearteningly, smilingly welcoming to regulars. My only lament is something that probably can't be remedied . . . the distractingly high noise level on a crowded night. If some baffling can be done, DO PLEASE BAFFLE! Much as I love the food and service, the grating noise level keeps me away at night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SusieVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This cozy French restaurant is a perfect place for a relaxed lunch with friends featuring delicious classic French food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute Brunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Even though the place is small we had no probably getting seated. They gave us some strong drinks for brunch and were very friendly and accommodating. Definitely a place to go if you want to take your time, don't go here if your on a tight schedule.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and comfortable with great food
    BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    One of my favorite neighborhood placed, I always feel very welcome and comfortable at Jean Claude 2.The food and wine are terrific and it is quiet enough that you can have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING!
    annetteVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    AMAZING is the word for Jean Claude 2! Food is superb!!! If I lived in the area I would be there at least twice a week. I would highly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • misstheclassicsVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Would recommend as "adequate and reasonably priced if one wants to have leisurely meal without feeling pressured to turn over the table. Service was very laid back (which was fine for our group of 6) and adequate although long time for first course and between courses in this rather small restaurant. Staff friendly and -- a good point -- we did not get bill until we asked for it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place but deafening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The food was quite good. I really enjoyed the cod and my friends enjoyed the lamb special and the duck. The steak frites was deemed OK, but I am not sure that steak frites is ever more than that. The tarte tatin was not outstanding and did not have the large caramelized apple chunks characteristic of this tarte. The worst part of it was how deafening it was. We eventually gave up on trying to have a four way discussion and instead tried to just communicate with the person seated opposite. I am waiting for open table to have a rating that indicates whether a restaurant is fit for civilized conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent bistro
    Duravel
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    A foodwise friend said it best one night back in the original downtown Jean Claude. Looking around the place, she said, "Most of the people here don't realize how good this food is." Still true about Jean Claude II. The food's good, it's friendly, noise is at a low murmur. Simple menu and a short wine list, both well thought out. If you've grown out of trendy and are ready for solid traditional. This restaurant is for you.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Lunch Spot
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Nice decor, french bistro feel. Nicoise salads were very good. Didn't quite understand the spanish music playing. Would have preferred french music for the mood. Don't get it.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed our meal. The appetizers and entrees we enjoyed we perfect sized portions and the epitome of classic French cuisine without the uncomfortable feeling one gets from the more upscale French restaurants. The staff was friendly and attentive. My husband thoroughly enjoyed the Bordeaux by the glass. Although the desserts were tasty, they were not enjoyed as much as the entrees and appetizers. We had the bread pudding (which had gotten rave reviews on Yelp) and the chocolate mousse.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great food and service, my favorite restaurant in the neighborhood.always pleasant to be there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Have eaten lunch here many times and while not gourmet, have always found it to be good. This was the first time I went for dinner. We were all disappointed in our meal, the roast chicken. It was bland, and the accompanying side overlooked. As the evening was warm, the front windows and door were open to the street, and the street noise made conversation near impossible. While this is a good neighborhood restaurant for lunch or brunch, I wouldn't recommend for dinner.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find!
    PandoraVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Jean Claude 2 has become a new favorite. The food was delicious!! We ordered the Skate which was fabulous, hanger steak also great, along with a beat salad and side of spinach. Everything was very flavorful and tasty. Do not leave without ordering the bread pudding. It's not somthing we would have ever normally ordered but I read several other favorable reviews and they were no exaggeration. The prices were reasonable given the quality of the food. The portions were large. The service was fantastic. The acoustics were great! We were seated next to a large birthday party yet the volume in the room remained pleasant to dine in. We will be returning soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    we have eaten here two nights in a row, we enjoy it so much! the tilapia special was outstanding!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As good as before
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Great high-quality French food at a relative bargain. Food as good as the original downtown. I gave ambiance a 4 because the background music was terrible, it's otherwise a 5. Great service, great food, and wine list is well-priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely service
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We were greeted promptly and taken care of well throughout the evening. Our bus man was just terrific. The food was just ok as was the bread. The place needs to put on the a/c when it is warm. Dunk ordered medium rare came out rare and not hot enough. The service, however, made the evening enjoyable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Great food ,very friendly service,very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Homey, Dependable, Tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Another lovely evening, good meal, nicely priced/value wine and comfortable, professional, friendly service. Love this place. We bring out-of-town guests who want to sample a true neighborhood place (the neighborhood here could equally be the Marais in Paris!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely perfect!
    annetteVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Everything about Jean Claude 2 is exceptional. Very friendly services, pleasant decor, but most especially, the outstanding food! Not to be missed. Try it once and you will be hooked! We will return as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Outstanding food,very nice service.really like this place a lot
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Despite the fact that we come here weekly, I am always amazed by how great the food is!! The lamb loin special is exceptional!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good
    criticaldinerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We went for lunch after reading good reviews. We ordered Onion Soup and Gazpacho. The onion soup was good while the gazpacho tasted like a can of tomato puree. On line the menu said the onion soup was $8 but in the restaurant it is $10. My wife ordered eggs benedict, the English muffin was undercooked and she was served the hard end of the ham which should have been thrown out. I ordered the steak sandwich which consisted of small pieces of meat and was certainly not worth $17 as I recall. Overall it was way overpriced for a sub standard lunch. In fairness we chose not to complain which was our fault. The French fries were great.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Noah
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Excellent food and service.very reasonable.few places like this one left in the coty
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood place
    2LBdining
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to JC2. Everything was very good again. We all had steaks and they were perfectly prepared. Very nice wait staff. We totally recommend!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very pleasant lunch...
    Alix
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My brother, who lives in a different part of town, occasionally meets me at Jean Claude for a long, conversational meal. This restaurant is great for enjoying very good food, accommodating service, and conversation that allows each person to hear the other(s) well, very important to me and a major part of my restaurant choice along with food, service, and ambience. Having enjoyed delicious meals here with both my husband and my brother, I will be back with them and with others who enjoy real French food in a bistro setting. My brother has relished both a steak aux pommes frites and an omelet; my husband and I find the salmon really tasty. We always have a delightful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this neighborhood spot
    lad1golfer
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. The owner is always there and is gracious and friendly. The food is always delicious. Everyone I take there loves it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a quaint restaurant in the Upper East Side. It is a small space on busy Second Avenue. It has a great ambiance. We were able to enjoy a great dinner right off the bustle of the street. This French motif restaurant had very good food and a reasonably priced wine list.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We wouldn't be here at least once a week if the food and service wasn't consistently excellent. LOVED the lamb loin special!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PIPMDVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Lovely food, simply prepared. Not a fancy restaurant. Fun to go to a low keyed neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 106 reviews are from the Jean Claude 2 reviews archive.
  • Wonderful place
    Noah
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I love this restaurant.wonderfull food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • niceplace
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Very personable service. Delicious gazpacho and tarte tatin.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely little spot
    catlaw71
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Nicely prepared French bistro food in a pleasant setting and with good service; I'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service
    Luvgdfd
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    As a local restaurant,a great place for French food at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Not often you find such a special place like Jean-Claude. Small,intimate great choices on the menu, want to return soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jean claude
    veraVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    They never change the menu has been the same since it opened. That makes it difficult to go there to often
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We eat at Jean Claude frequently, but I am always surprised by how good the food is. The bouillabase special is excellent, as is the tilapia special!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet French gem
    crisVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    After going by several times we finally made it last week and we are so glad we did. Jean Claude 2 is small with a lovely brick wall and a most pleasant atmosphere. We ordered the special soup of the day, gazpacho which turned out to be excellent, very fresh flavor. For our main courses the escargot was superb and the mussels were very good. The service was friendly without being overbearing. We ordered wine by the glass and we were pleased with our selection. Reasonably priced we will certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It Gets better and better
    Noah
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have been fans of jean Claude since it opened.it has always been outstanding but I believe it has even gotten better in the last year and since the owner is always there.i had the skate fish and it was the best i ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dsgnchickVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I have been dreaming about bouillabaisse all day, and providentially, it was a special this night! And Jean Claude mades a wonderful version - the fish is always perfectly cooked, and the broth is flavorful....my dream came true!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful bistro food
    BeachcomberVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Food was delicious and service excellent. Small but good wine list. A great neighborhood restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.