La Boite en Bois
La Boite en Bois

La Boite en Bois

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://laboitenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128742705x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday Dinner: 3:30pm - 11:00pm; Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Gino Barbuti
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: All of our menu items are available for takeout. We offer local delivery.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Ave and Central Park West
  • Public Transit: Subway: 1,2,3,A,D
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking on the street and a lot at end of block.
A word from La Boite en Bois
Located in a brownstone in the heart of the Upper West Side, La Boite en Bois has been a favorite among diners for 28 years. With its rustic ambiance, it feels as though you are in a bistro in the French countryside. In close proximity to Lincoln Center, we offer a pre-theater menu. Serving classics from Escargot to Salmon to Roasted Duck, you will be delighted with our extensive selections. We serve lunch everyday, with a variety of salads, panini, and classic French dishes, such as Croque Monsieur and Onion Soup. Come Sunday for our Brunch, and enjoy Eggs Benedict or Pain Perdu (French Toast). At La Boite en Bois, our attentive and well-trained staff will be sure to provide you with a memorable experience.
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La Boite en Bois reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (82)fit for foodies (42)romantic (40)great for lunch (29)special occasion (26)great for brunch (24)notable wine list (11)late-night find (6)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Sunday evening was the perfect time to discover this simple and cozy french bistro. It was not crowded, service was friendly, professional and helpful. The food was very good - the fish broth in the fish stew had a wonderful aroma and was tasty, veal scallopini in cognac sauce was excellent and the lamb stew was a true county dish and delicious. Apples got lost in the apple tart. We will definitely return, but again would choose to come when its not crowded!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently Good, but Not Terrific
    Eric
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I've been to this restaurant a number of times. I really enjoy its Gallic feel. It feels like you're dining at small Parisian restaurant. The food here has been consistently good, but it has never been excellent. On the other hand, it is not especially pricey. The service has been very good and I am very sure that I will return to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious lunch!
    Kaysee
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My friend and I usually try a different restaurant each time we have lunch, but the food and service here were so wonderful that we will definitely return! We had grilled chicken paillard and seafood crepes, both excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food, reasonable price
    REGNYCVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have been here several times and are always very pleased. The menu is varied, with nightly specials. The service is impeccable. Our food was hot, in generous portions, and heavenly. The desserts are superb. This is indeed a neighborhood gem, and worth many repeated visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cute local place but AC bad
    Jared
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Went with family of four - both kids in 20's. Typical French with pretty salty and fishy fish soup and stew. Carrot soup was excellent as was the seafood crepe appetizer. Entrees excellent but the restaurant was so hot that we just sweat. Had to ask for wine as the staff was really busy for a small restaurant. Nothing fancy but pleasant and homey.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Good French food at a good price with helpful service
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Charming ambiance , food was very good and the service excellent . Next time i'm at Lincoln Center this restaurant would be my first choice , two blocks away and a great start to a very nice evening .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stuck in time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This restaurant serves old style french food, too heavy and too greasy. The dining room is small and underground with the tables packed tightly together.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The restaurant is very small and tables are tight together, yet it is a very lovely place to eat, though I think a party of four is maximum. The food is wonderful and the service attentive and pleasant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sweet place
    Cather123VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We went on the late side, after the Lincoln Center crowd had departed. Good move, as you could order a la carte and the place was quiet. Food was good, although the special filet of sole needed some more zip (lemon, perhaps). Side dishes were very tasty, and my son's fish stew was really wonderful. I want to go back to order the stew!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite neighborhood French place
    NYMikeVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We've been going to La Boîte en Bois for over thirty years - generally for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine's Day and Christmas Eve. Often dining with another couple, we've found it to be consistently enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RoseBudVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great either. For the prices this place charges I expected better. The service was very good, the waiter attentive, and able to answer the table's questions.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful experience
    75eats
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is my favorite French restaurant, with sensational traditional French cuisine and very pleasant and attentive service. A group of us were celebrating two birthdays and stayed for almost three hours, yet never felt that anyone wanted to rush us out the door. The restaurant is small and charming, and feels as if it is in some lovely, quiet French town rather than the Upper West Side.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great upper west side spot!
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I keep going back and every time it just gets better. Wonderful food, professional, friendly service and a fantastic value for your dollar.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always welcome
    Skald
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This is not our first time at the restaurant. We have always received a warm welcome no matter how busy the restaurant may be. The food and the service is consistent -- very good and professional. We dine before a performance at Lincoln Center and always leave relaxed and not hurried making the whole evening that much more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint and French
    RevCarol
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A small bistro near Lincoln Center with excellent food and attentive service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oasis in the city
    Robin
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Wonderful ambience, wonderful food. Feels like you are in an oasis in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Wonderful!
    juilliard
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fabulous atmosphere and great food! Service was excellent and we had plenty of time to walk to Lincoln Center for a concert. We enjoyed our dinner and will return again soon. Have been frequenting this restaurant for over 12 years and have not been disappointed. Just a special place tucked away on the Upper West Side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Poor service. Bad policy
    PapapatVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We went we 2 others at 6:30. Restaurant was less than half full Long time to get waited on and long time getting our food. There was a 3 course prie fixe at $48 yet my wife had no appetizer and we couldn't wait for dessert(as we had sat there for so long) and she was still charged $48 for poached salmon. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre theater disaster
    NuYorkerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Perhaps they were having a bad night. Food was good, early service fine. After they cleared our dinner plates we had to ask twice for the dessert menu and coffee, ended up taking dessert in a doggy bag a running to Lincoln center.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MayorDVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Without a doubt a gem in the Lincoln Center. Superb for pre or post concerts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the Best in the neighborhood
    JaayVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Delicious real French food. Always constantly good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it was
    PortiaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The atmosphere has changed since the renovation which eliminated the authentic French feel and substituted a bland general restaurant quality. Also, the service at brunch on Saturday was lackluster despite an almost empty restaurant. No one checked our orders, no one offered another glass of wine, no one offered more coffee. They did refill the water.
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  • Pre-Theater Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Excellent choice for pre-theater dinner. Service and food were very good. Even though it was quite busy - staff was very attentive! Should make reservation as it is a smaller venue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4charmandelegance
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    This is truly a gem on the upper west side. The atmosphere is charming yet elegant. The food is wonderful and the service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good, very reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Always enjoy our dinners here. This time we came pretty early in the evening and the restaurant was quiet as it had just opened for dinner. When it's full it can get noisy and it's a small space but it's worth it. The food is fresh and nicely prepared, the service is friendly and available, the house wines are great but there's a good sized wine list and the cocktails and hard liquor are good as well. They take their time with food preparation and you never feel rushed in spite of the small space. Their pre-theater meal is timely. The prices are reasonable and I would say they are actually a little low for Manhattan especially for a place so close to Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 out of 3 -
    Satisfied
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My partner had the seafood stew, the house special Boîte en Bois, and it was excellent. I had the duck with cranberry sauce, and thought it mediocre. I have been here before and was very favorably impressed in every category, so this was a bit of a letdown. The service was excellent and ambiance superior with a somewhat high noise level, but a very pleasant place to be. Next time I will order something else.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CocktailLyn
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Fine spot for lunch and dinner before movie, play, concert in Lincoln Center area. Downside is that place is cramped.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect....again
    lovesfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Honestly as good or better than the most expensive French restaurant in NYC. Consistently wonderful food, service. Gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WestchesterVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Great food, great service, wonderful neighborhood place--we just keep coming back!
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  • MessiVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    A small, pleasant French restaurant with moderate prices---excellent for a Lincoln Center matinee or evening.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • operabuff
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This has long been one of my favorites. Its location in the Lincoln Center area makes it a valuable find. The food is always good and the service pleasant and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite neighborhood French place
    NYMikeVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We've been eating at this French establishment for over 30 years. It's our go-to place for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentines Day (special menu) and Christmas Eve. While not a Michelin 3-star designate, it's still very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently really good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I love this restaurant, have been coming here pre-theater for years. I recently stopped eating dairy though, since it upsets my stomach and so a French restaurant is not really the best choice. They said that they would be able to make what I ordered without any dairy, but I had a lot of bloating later in the evening, so I think that they may have missed something. But if you don't have intolerance to certain foods, this place is an absolute gem. Charming staff and very tasty food.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner very much-a great little French place with delicious authentic dishes. Had been there before and it didn't disappoint.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem of a restaurant
    JeffG
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We found la Boite en Bois while looking for a good intimate restaurant near Lincoln Center. What we found was that and more. Unlike the food factories you'd normally find, the meals are exquisitely prepared and served by a staff of excellent servers. And for the quality of food, the price is more than reasonable. A+++
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a good prix-theatre choice
    deliusfanVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had the prix-fixe pre-theater menu; our snails were delightful, my dining partner enjoyed her coquille St. Jacques, and the poached salmon with two three different mini salads was a wonderful array of flavors and incredibly fresh vegetables. Even the cucumbers which I'm not a fan of were gobbled up due to the delightfully-tangy dressing! The sorbets of the day were a nice finishing complement, summery kiwi and apricot. My dining partner's chocolate mousse was rich and full of dark cocoa flavor. My only strike, really, was that the bill came a little slow for trying to get to the theatre at 7:30. The house was full, so I would suggest an early reservation to alleviate this problem.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lincoln Center dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    A charming bistro near Lincoln Center with friendly attentive service and good food. A favorite for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliable Lincoln Ctr pre-theater
    TweetyVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've been there many times; the food and service never failed to impress me. Excellent reasonably priced pre-theater menu. Just wish the tables were more spread out. They need a bigger space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good!
    Lori
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Wonderful experience as always. Great spot for the Lincoln Center crowd.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet