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L'Absinthe Brasserie
L'Absinthe Brasserie
  • Address:
    227 East 67th Street
    Between 2nd & 3rd Aves
    New York, NY 10065-6002
    Upper East Side
  • Cuisine:
    Price: $50 and over

L'Absinthe Brasserie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.labsinthe.com
  • Phone: (212) 794-4950
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday 12:00 pm-3:00 pm—currently closed for Sunday brunch until after Labor Day; Lunch: Monday–Saturday 12:00 pm-3:00 pm; Dinner: Monday–Saturday 5:30 pm-10:30 pm; Sunday: 5:30 pm -10:00 pm. Holiday hours may be different, please inquire. Closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Jean-Michel Bergougnoux
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: With Chef Jean-Michel Bergougnoux and our manager you can customize your menu and personalize every detail of your next party, be it for two people or many.
  • Private Party Facilities: The 120-seat restaurant can accommodate private parties. We also offer a back room which is open to the main dining area for up to fifty people.
  • Private Party Contact: Karim El Sherif (212) 794-4950
  • Special Events & Promotions: Three-course lunch Monday-Friday, $27.50.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 68th St/Hunter College; F train to Lexington Ave/63rd St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking after 7 pm weeknights. Weekend street parking available. Several parking garages nearby.
A word from L'Absinthe Brasserie
L'Absinthe Brasserie, nestled in the Upper East Side near Sotheby's, the antique show at the Armory and Madison Avenue shopping, is the most authentic turn-of-the-century Parisian brasserie (Top Brasserie in the Zagat survey). It is the perfect place for a cocktail at our zinc-topped wooden bar. Then be pampered in our glamorous Parisian dining room, ensuring you and your guests the enjoyment of Chef Jean-Michel Bergougnoux's light and flawless cuisine which consists of French Contemporary and updated classics. And do not forget to complement your meal with a selection from our extensive, refined and awarded wine list. Please note: only special prix-fixe menu available on certain holidays—please call to confirm details. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had such a great time at this restaurant. No rush, not hurried, all staff courteous and helpful. Would definitely dine there again. The food was amazing. Just enough to fill one's tummy but not overeat."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My family has enjoyed L'Absinthe for many years. In more recent times it is evident to us that there is a serious lack of attention to food preparation and quality. Over the past year we agreed to give this once favorite restaurant another try. Here are the results of our three visits.. Sept '13...one of the soft shelled crabs hidden under vegetation was cooked crispy black. May '14...the duck leg was seriously under-cooked....it was pink near the bone. August '14...cream for coffee was 'off'. Waiter was informed...brought another container of 'off' cream. Dessert whipped cream was 'off'. Vegetable in pasta dish under-cooked. We're sad to report that we'll not return."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Our favorite foods were not on the menu. There were only one or two tables taken it was like eating in a morgue.but we still love it."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Best tartare in town! Amazing Service. Like going to Paris"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had a very fine meal. The service was warm, welcoming and attentive. I've eaten there many times in the past and recommend it highly."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "A trip to Paris-every time! Food, Service, ambience.....everything is awesome"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "If you are looking for a great place to enjoy an excellent French meal with outstanding service, you must go to L'Asinthe Brasserie. It's your loss if you do not."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Met a friend whom I had not spoken to in awhile and we very slowly ate dinner between catching up. Service was very attentive and never interfered or rushed us as we closed the place down. Food is always very good here and I would definitely go here again."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "This restaurant once had good food. Not any more. We were a party of four and each of us had awful appetizers and entrees that stayed on the plate. The service is also pretty awful and slip shod. The wine list has poor choices."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Limited and dull menu. The quality of the food was pedestrian and disappointing. The atmosphere has great potential but it was dead with only 3 or 4 tables occupied, one by the owner."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Are ALL amazing! Thanks to you all for always treating me so well. ~ Jennifer"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "What a lovely find on the UES. Had a quiet early dinner before show at the Armory. Excellent foie gras. and moules. Decent wine by the glass prices. Will go again when in the neighborhood."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Coq au vin excellent, so was the fish. Loved it all. good service, good food. Isn't that why we were there? gets noisy , go early or late for quiet time."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I must confess to major disappointment at our meal. Thankfully we ordered the pizette as a shared appetizer because the burger and the mussels were tasteless. No one asked why we hadn't finished our meals and we had to ask more than once for our check as the clocked ticked closer to a previously announced theater deadline. I will not go back. How sad."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Food was great and the service was wonderful. Noisy but fun."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were a party of six having an early dinner before the theater. The restaurant was lovely - decorated with big vases of flowering branches. It immediately reminded me of a bistro in Paris. The smell of gougere wafted through the room. I arrived before the others and had a glass of rose while I waited. The menu offered many wonderful options and everyone was happy with their choices. My dinner, a filet of sole, was beautifully cooked. All the others loved what they had ordered. Unfortunately, we didn't have time for dessert. We all remarked that we would definitely go back to this restaurant again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A great neighborhood gem with outstanding food and quiet ambience. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Always reliable. Great food, excellent service, wonderful ambiance. Lunch is the best, as at night it can get a little noisy."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "everything was good, but too noisy, too close together and too expensive considering neighborhood and area"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Hadn't been here in a while. Excellent French cuisine, both classic and nouvelle (listed on opposing sides of the menu). Excellent for pre-theater before Shakespeare at the Armory. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "With a six o'clock reservation, we were greeted rather poorly, placed in a back room with a large table filled with screaming children. We requested another table in the otherwise empty restaurant but was told that despite our reservation that was not possible. We left, with no effort on the part of the greeter to try and accommodate us. Part of the pleasure of eating at an expensive resturant is being treated well."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "If you want the ambiance of a Parisian Brasserie, it is perfect. But the food... we were disappointed. First the foie gras as a starter was not seasoned, my husband had to add salt and pepper. A good seasoning is part of the foie gras! It also looked like it seated on the plate for a long time before we got it and the service was fast. I had a mushroom soup and mine is better. Then one of us had meat and the other one had fish, everything was overcooked, even the sweet peas were dry. Red berries for dessert, straight from the fridge, too cold!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Food acceptable but overpriced.abience and comfort excellent especially for large party. Hospitable for wheel chairs."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "two things lived up to reviews - the prices and the service -- the food was only fair -- we had the worst grand marnier souffle ever"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "A neighborhood gem with an owner/chef that cc creates French/Alsatian dishes to come back for again and again... Impeccable service staff as well! "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "L'absinthe should be where restauranteurs go to learn how to run a restaurant. Simple excellent food in quiet neighborhood served in a warm atmosphere. Foie Gras, salmon tartare, poached halibut, and braised rabbit were all top notch. W a great bottle of bordeaux and friendly service- how can u beat that ?"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Loved the special touches for Easter. Service good considering the place was packed."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food always very good. On a busy Thursday the kitchen got slammed and we had an unusually long wait for our food. I think that they do overbook. The service is always professional, noise level high. I do usually go at lunchtime and it is Paradise."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The food has gotten MUCH better, perhaps a change of chefs?? Good job!!!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "L'Absinthe never disappoints - Wednesday night was excellent in every way from entering until leaving !! I always recomnend it to fnends for the superb food and attenitve service.. Will return soon and often."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Beautiful setting. Mediocre food, mediocre service. Underwhelming at best. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "L'Absinthe was a lovely choice - enjoyed the food, ambience and service!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Cassoulet was terrific and worth sseking out as it's on menu alternate weekends during winter months only. Combined with their marvelous crusty baguette and a rich red wine on a frosty, bone chiling day, and you're transported to a warm and cozy place. Do try to get there."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I used to go to L'Absinthe quite regularly in the late '90s, but stopped going about a dozen-or so years ago. But this past Sunday we decided to stop in for lunch. The place was eerily quiet, perhaps because the menu was exceptionally limited (I checked the dinner menu and it is your standard to-be-expected bistro fare). However, the food was solid. I had the house-cured herring and then a spinach quiche; my companions had cream-free potato-leek soup and skirt steak. All were solid -- nothing exceptional, but nothing wrong with any of the dishes. The quiche was unusual in that it had more spinach in it than I've ever seen in a quiche. Had a decent '10 Gigondas for $80, and all was well. The service was attentive but not intrusive."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This was a delightful dining experience. The food was very good and service to match. Loved the ambiance. Would definately go back even though I tried to hit new restaurants all the time!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "she made the evening as good as it could possibly be. tough job. 7 of us and was a rock of calm, good information on food and wine. this is our go to place for a wonderful evening to share with family and friends"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Charming with good food and fine service. We go back again and again and they never disappoint."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "very loud and disorganized, food is the only reason I did not walk out of it"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "For Good Food, Drink and Service. True Brasserie feeling with food to match. Given the plethora of just ok restaurants at high prices this is a very reliable spot where attention is paid to the food and service. Will be a regular when in NYC."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Ideal for a quiet lunch. The service and food were fine and we enjoyed a long conversation."
    Dined on 1/27/2014