La Carafe

La Carafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://lacarafenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2123335300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, French
  • Executive Chef: Al Rineh
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Piped music, T.V

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 45 and 46
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from La Carafe
French Mediterranean cuisine, La Carafe has full service bar, with an extensive all around the world wine list. Free Wi Fi, TV
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La Carafe reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)great for lunch (7)fit for foodies (7)romantic (4)notable wine list (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)good for groups (2)special occasion (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • nice little place with french touch
    cjr2VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    interesting menu with correct pricing....and very reasonable long happy hour....nice alternative for broadway theatre going...food a bit too salty otherwise nice and fresh ...worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great pre theater
    dede
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    not too expensive very good food wait staff very attentive great for pre theater
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre theater Meal
    Sally
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great Value. We had the pre fix meal and it was very good. Lots of food (3 courses for $20.99) The service was good, but the bathroom ( only one )was very slow. Ended up washing my hands in the sink at the bar. Bartender was great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theater dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We enjoyed a quick pre-theatre dinner. The staff was accommodating and friendly. I was disappointed only in the Chicken Beignets - they were really chicken tenders.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodieafficianado
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was delicious. Well prepared, nicely presented and reasonably priced. We enjoyed every morsel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable evening
    jrjr
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My choosy little brother, who lives in the neighborhood and has tried his fair share of restaurants, said "I usually order a steak to-go from [another place nearby] when I get home late from work - now I will order it from here!" My mother, who nearly always finds something lacking with the service anywhere we eat, found both the waiter and the hostess "positively charming!" I was happy to have found, for once, a restaurant that everyone enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Strange place put out as French, but had bolognese and other very non-French in the menu. The veal was excellant that I had, bolognese was very pedestrian. Others in party barely finished their food.
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  • EWHelen
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Went with a party of 5. Everyone enjoyed their food and thought the restaurant wasa good value. The only problem was that one of the dinners went unordered and the server had to be reminded that it was missing. The owner was very pleasant and we all agreed we'd be back again. Great location for the theatre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good for pre-theatre
    dede
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    excellent mussels always have a good meal pre-theatre house wine is fine.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    What a find!! Best service we've had in NYC! Charming atmosphere, food was very good but the staff really made the experience. We will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two In a Row
    JGCT
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We ate at La Carafe a last Tuesday and then again this Sunday with different friends. We ordered quite differently each time. We were eminently satisfied each time with the presentation, the taste and the ambience of this restaurant. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Wine was Good
    JGCT
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We had a broad range of appetizers and small plates. They were each distinctive. They were each tasty and well presented. The only item that was not superior was the Mojito one of us ordered. Mine are better. Of course a mixed drink in a wine bar is silly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok food
    ilesinaVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We got fried calamari & the spicy scallops as appetizers- both a bit bland, scallops not spicy at all. Entrees were better but nothing out of this world. The grilled salmon was good. The pot of mussels seemed to be a popular dish- comes with a side & a glass of wine for $19, not a bad deal. Service was ok- i had my bowl for seafood shells removed quickly which i likes but not replaced, and i was not done shelling out my food so i had to ask for another one. The lunch specials looked decent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but very poor service
    akshVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It looks like the restaurant is in a cost-cutting mode...there was only one waitress looking after the whole restaurant. We ordered the unlimited drinks option for the brunch and it took her 30 minutes to bring the first glass! Maybe a trick not to give too many drinks?? We ordered some tapas to start with and instead of coming first, everything arrived at the same time together with the main course! Very poor experience... Fortunately the food tasted good. Also, they have no high chairs so keep that in mind if you have infants.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the La Carafe reviews archive.
  • Not worth the effort
    Iluvny
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    We had to hunt down this tiny spot and what a disappointment! It was an ok looking restaurant but it didn't have much to offer food wise. The service was fine but slightly off key. Not everyone spoke to us. The Caesar salad was good . The escargot were weird. The shrimp beignets were just fine. The wine was pretty good. That describes the entire experience. Nothing out of the ordinary
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  • We always come back here
    DianePVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I happened upon La Carafe a few years ago in search of a place for quick drinks and apps before a show, and I keep going back. The small plates are delicious. A few portions, like the spicy scallops and shrimp beignets, could be a little bigger, but most others are reasonable in size. And the calamari is great -- crispy and not greasy or rubbery! Dinner selections are very good, esp the pasta dishes. Nice wine selection and decent pours. The staff may not be as attentive when the place get busy, but they do their best and are always courteous. One of my faves in Hell's Kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed it very much
    vgirl745
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Staff was very attentive. Many choices in food. Something for everyone. Everyone enjoyed the food. Would absolutely return again
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service
    evie646
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We were held up and arrived late, but I called to explain our delay, and we were greeted warmly and told the delay was not a problem. The food was delicious, and we especially enjoyed the desserts. Our waitress, Tonya, was adorable, and despite looking very young, was a real pro who gave us spot-on recommendations and took care of us completely without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Place!
    Laura
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I found this wonderful restaurant on the internet. It was perfect for dining before going to a show. Everyone was friendly, the service was fabulous and the food was great. We ordered small plates to share. I will definitely go back. It's a great find!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local gem
    avivac75VIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This is a return visit. Each time I come.. with friends.. we have a tasty meal, some of which comes with wine.. good service, good value, great location
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have visited La Carafe many
    BCBX
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Have visited La Carafe many times. It always pleases. Ideal for a pre-theatre weekend brunch or after-show supper. I recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We had a variety of small plates - it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moderately priced, excellent
    grownupVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Moderately priced, excellent service, and overall a good deal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Find
    Pipeboy
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I loved the space, upon entering we were immediately met with a warm welcome, our table was ready but we were also offered getting drinks at the bar. There was a fabulous wine selection, and we able to sample before deciding on a choice. The food is what we were looking for, lamb lollipops are worth going back for alone, musssels very nice and deserts were delish and a nice finish to the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    NYCFoodie
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I chose this restaurant for it's location and pre fixe dinner option. I regret bringing three of my close friends for dinner. One friend had to send her glass of wine back because it tasted like it was corked. Another sent her very watery soup back. Servers brought the wrong food to our table three times, including someone else's leftovers. When the wrong entree arrived, and we asked that it be corrected, the food runner didn't apologize and slammed the replaced plate on the table when he returned. His behavior came across as very rude. Overall, the food (when the food we actually ordered arrived) was mediocre. Our waitress was friendly, and the quality of the food was certainly not her fault. I will not return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went there for Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went there for Valentine's Day dinner, and La Carafe far exceeded our expectations. It's French, but not stiffly formal as at really expensive, glitzy French establishments. The service was attentive and friendly, the food was very good and, for a New York restaurant, the prices were very reasonable. The restaurant has bare brick walls and subdued lighting that give it an Old World ambiance. We thought it was perfect for a Valentine's Day celebration. It's a moderate-sized space, so it probably is a good idea to have a reservation on weekend evenings. We'd certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gift certificate
    Tvr410
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Had a gift certificate......not really impressed with food. Service was very good...attentive and energetic.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The friends I ate with enjoyed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The friends I ate with enjoyed their burger and shrimp dishes; however the mussels I had were unseasoned and undercooked. Not how I like my seafood!
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  • Great Brunch
    Susanne
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We came to New York for a Broadway Show and decided to try La Carafes Brunch Special. We were not disappointed!! It truly is the best deal in the city! We'll come back again soon! Our waiter was lovely and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Carafe
    GeeGeeVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Bartender is great. Very nice and makes you always feel welcomed. Always interactive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were very disappointed
    Janice
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We were very disappointed in LaCarafe. The French fries tasted as if they were frozen, the steak portion was small. The escargot was acceptable but not great. We had to beg for bread. We would not return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a neighborhood gem
    avivac75VIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    I keep returning to La Carafe... excellent location midtown, good value, good food, pleasant atmosphere and service, excellent wines
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real cafe
    Laureen
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    A most enjoyable evening. The food was delicious and served hot. Certainly we'll worth the moderate pricing. The only blemish of the evening was the plastic menues.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great causal pre-theater dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This is an nice, casual restaurant. Great for a pre-theater dinner.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • C'est Magnifique!!
    oldaggie51
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    We discovered this place on line, and decided to take a chance sight unseen. A peak experience in every respect. Terrific streak pommes frites, perfect wine. Warm, welcoming, intimate service-- we felt we were guests of our host.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great mussels
    dede
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    terrific place pre-theatre never had a bad experience here good value the mussels are terrific
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hells Kitchen Gem
    KMo1VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    We have been here before and continue to go back. Prices are reasonable - they have great specials - and their Frittes are delicious whether with mussels or steak! The service is great and the staff so friendly. We continue to come back here whenever we are in this area of the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and Cold
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food was okay for the price, but the environment left a lot to be desired. It was very cramped and loud, and they seated us right next to the door, and then the hostess kept the door wide open, which gave us frequent blasts of frigid air sometimes with cigarette smoke mixed in. Not very considerate service.
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  • Great food and service
    AdamR
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    We dined there after the NYC marathon. The food was great and the service was amazing. Will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner combo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    They has a very good, inexpensive dinner combo. Salmon/chicken, with salad, and a glass of wine for only $22!! No one can beat this price in the area. Also, the Foie Gras was excellent!! For $12, it comes with toasts. Very good deal!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic