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
126 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (77)fit for foodies (45)romantic (39)great for lunch (23)great for brunch (23)special occasion (23)notable wine list (9)good for groups (6)late-night find (6)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • A lovely, cozy spot
    DeboVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Small, intimate traditional French.Tarte Tatin was outstanding! Looking forward to making it a regular neighborhood go to spot.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Boite en Bois was our go-to place for anniversaries- but, the romance is gone. Too crowded and noisy. The service & food however continue to be wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Neighborhood restaurant
    West68
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very enjoyable neighborhood restaurant. The food and the service are consistently excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat
    SeasonedNewYorkerVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Have been returning to La Boite en Bois for years and it never disappoints. The service is so caring and yet unobtrusive, the room is warm and cozy, the food is reliably good always with interesting specials. I've been here "pre-theatre" for dinner and it's always efficient without losing the personal touch; and this past time I came with a few old friends after the theatre crowd had left and it was delightful. The special salad (proscuitto, arugula, pears, parmesan) was fabulous and the seafood special (en papillotte) was cooked in a really lovely leek, wine sauce. I will continue to view this as my "go to" restaurant near Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pass, Or Save Money on Tip!
    MeeeVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Arrived and gave host our name for our reservation. He noted it and didn't say anything (nor did he greet us). Table service OK, then went to poor. Food tasted OK, then went to bad. Asked host for check - he forgot. We got up and went to front - check was wrong. Saved money on tip.
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  • Disappointing
    fredoVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    After reading the reviews we expected old style French food in a small restaurant that was somewhat cramped and noisy. The restaurant was crowded ,the service was ok but the food was not at all good. The squash soup was flavorless,and the veal was a poor cut if meat in a gloopy tasteless sauce. I would never go back there or recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reliable Pre-Theater
    VillageDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Latest of many visits to La Boite en Bois, one of our pre-theater choices for Lincoln Center. The pre-theater prix fixe is a decent deal. The restaurant is a little claustrophobic and drably decorated but they turn out solid French bistro style food and can get you in and out in time for the curtain. We had leeks and a ravioli special to start, then the chicken and salmon for entrees. All were quite good. With a halfbottle of Southern Rhone, dessert, coffee tax and tip, the total was around $70 pp, which is fair.
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  • Beatseats
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Great food, excellent service, will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    great old school intimate french dining! a real treat
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice, pretty restaurant
    Cathlamo
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I had lunch here and found it very nice. The burger was excellent. The side vegetables were good. The French onion soup, however, was just so-so, nothing special. The service was good and the restaurant itself was very small, but pretty.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slipped a little
    CuriousDiner
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We have enjoyed this small French restaurant over the years, but this time we found the service less attentive. The raviolis, a signature dish, were disappointing. The profiteroles, however, were lovely.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The French Onion Soup was pretty bad. But I had high expectation. There were like slices of store bought cheese on top. Dinner was ok/good. Had the roasted chicken and have had better. Mashed potatoes were very bland. Profiteroles were excellent though! Nice people. And small and intimate which was nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fave near Lincoln Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Was here two weeks ago and came back again. That should give you the picture.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 5jbsina
    5jbsina
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Although we arrived within a short time to get to the opera, the staff served us in time -greatly appreciated, wonderful experience. We will return with more time to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinahVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Only two waiters and no manager during Sunday Brunch for the whole restaurant. What's wrong with this picture? That the service lacked was not the fault of the two waiters who were doing their best, but that the place was poorly staffed.
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  • A disappointment
    AmieVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Like several old time restaurants we've tried recently, this one is resting on its laurels. I felt as though my coq au vin came out of the freezer & went into the microwave, and came out with a heavy undistinguished "gravy," not a lovely wine sauce that one associates with coq au vin. On top of that, the chicken was tough, which tells me it wasn't cooked that day. My husband says his food was not special, certainly not good enough to justify the prices. This goes on the "no more" list for us. Amie
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  • Just the best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I cant say enough good things about this place. Its solid and reliable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, but.....
    ARR3VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We enjoyed ourselves with good food and service but.......Don't like the Mandatory pre-fix menu betwen 5-7:30PM. If i'm paying I don't want to be told how and what i have to eat. I'm not a dessert eater nor was one of my guests--but guess what? We still had to pay for the desserts we didn't have due to the horrible, mandatory pre-fix menu. All else is good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, location, service
    ramblingsandroasts
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    At a friend's recommendation, my husband and I ate here after a matinee performance at nearby Lincoln Center. We opted to eat after the show for an early dinner so we could enjoy the prix fixe 3-course menu. The restaurant was happy to accommodate our early arrival at 4:30, a good thing, as they filled up quickly. The house-smoked trout and salmon appetizer with cucumber salad was delicious, and serving was ample. Hubby had the soup du jour, a velvety, mild pumpkin bisque. We both enjoyed the monkfish entree, which was was so flavorful. Bourbon raisin bread pudding for dessert was incredible! Service was seamless. The group of gents worked together to ensure prompt attention, delivery, and follow up. Would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lincoln Center Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Have been dining here for over 30 years. 'Nuff said!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-opera spot
    anonymous
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great spot before the opera. We were running a bit late and staff was more than accommodating. The food was very good as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Dining
    Sophia
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Wonderful dining experience. Lovely presentation of food, interesting menu and top location for those going to Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lynn
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We went here for brunch on Sunday. It is a lovely small restaurant. The brunch menu had a good number of choices. Everything was prepared fresh and the hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict was light and delicious. The size of the portions was good. We had bellinis but were a bit disappointed that they used schnapps instead of peach puree. They did let us know this ahead of time. I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Joaquin
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A lovely meal -- well composed dishes, tasty, friendly service, great bottle of wine. A long-standing gem on the upper west side.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • boothbayVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    For appetizers, we had the oysters and the seafood crepe which were very good. The calves liver is a specialty here and excellently prepared. The salmon was also delicious. For dessert we shared a piece of cheesecake. The menu here is filled with well prepared items and it is convenient to Lincoln Center. Its location slightly north of Lincoln Center means that it is more focused on locals and its cuisine than on theater-goers and tourists.
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  • Go to near Lincoln Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    La Boite en Bois is always reliable and comfortable. A convenient, pleasant place to dine before a performance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food is excellent. Service is attentive but not disruptive. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NJCalling
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • 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 .
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    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.
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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.
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    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!
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    romantic
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    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
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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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  • 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