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

L'Absinthe Brasserie Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.labsinthe.com
  • Email: reservations@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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "But then I guess nothing is. The maitre d' is terrible..no personality; unwelcoming, not elegant. He sets the tone for a restaurant that I used to love..Kitchen is still wonderful; wait staff is like the maitre d'...Still beautiful and wonderful atmosphere"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "very loud and disorganized, food is the only reason I did not walk out of it"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Ideal for a quiet lunch. The service and food were fine and we enjoyed a long conversation."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "On a cold snowy day after the Winter Antiques Show, we came here for an early dinner. It was a wonderful way to end the day. Food was amazing, service wAs excellent and all of this was set against a charming ambience."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Warm ambiance, friendly, comfortable, great service, feeling of being in Paris"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Delicious food, well chosen wine list and a very pleasant ambience. Staff were very professional - efficient but unobtrusive. We thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to L'Absinthe and it won't be our last."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Always reliable, great neighborhood place, excellent Dover Sole and the best rack of lamb."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "L'Absinthe is a great place if you like traditional French bistro/brasserie food cooked perfectly and served with grace and style. I guess it's probably good for absinthe too, since they have a list of about 15 absinthes and absinthe cocktails, but I didn't try those. My cassoulet was perfect, the grilled octopus appetizer was indeed tender and appetizing, my wife's duck confit was falling apart and delicious, the duck fat sautéed potatoes were totally addictive, and the desserts were wonderful too. It's worth going out of your way to give this restaurant a try."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "FAR TOO NOISEY; VERY HARD TO TALK AT ALL, EVEN WITH THE PERSON ADJACENT. WILL NOT RETURN ON A SATURDAY NIGHT."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Did not get all of the food that was ordered; then came the "it's not my fault". Manager was not helpful or concerned: to him, just a difficult night. Really shocking behavior for an otherwise good restaurant. Watch out!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "When we arrived I just said my last name and they already hard my reserved table for us. Food was really good and the timing between them. They didn't rush us to go even though it was a really busy night."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "And this is a good thing when it comes to expecting well cooked traditional French brasserie fare. Wide ranging shellfish choices..Old favorites like hangar steak and Dover sole and profiteroles. Courteous service and staff and serious wine list. No gimmicks. Our party of four had a lovely Sat.pm dinner. Vive l Absinthe."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We first came here for the roast chicken and we return because we fell in love with the place. No, the service isn't the best, not that it's bad, it's just not top notch. But the chicken is still one of the best available and the ambience, ah, it's lovely. Great food, great setting, great restautrant."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I have been to the restaurant on several occasions and have always received good service and good food. The only negative wood be the price of their wines. There are good choices and decent prices in the noneuorpean wines. They have an ecellent collection of French wines and their Italian wines are very good but they're all very pricey. With that said I will continue to frequent there restaurant and highly recommend going there"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "A true French Bistro. Beautiful during the holidays. All twinkly light etc. A traditional French bistro fare. All done to perfection. The service is A one."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Put L'Absinthe Brasserie on your 'any occasion' list, as it is a wonderful place for lunch, brunch, dinner or late night/late afternoon snacks. It combines old world charm, with casual New York style that fits all occasions. A terrific place to enjoy good food and drinks without breaking the bank. Truly a lovely place to meet friends and relax."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I realize there are tons of French restaurants in New York and we have many favorites. However, we make a point to go to L'Absinthe because the food is great and the service is even better. People are nice, and it's warm and welcoming. It's sometimes just what you need when you've been out running around."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "6 15 ordered. Main meal did not come until 7 10. We had to ask them to bring it. My friend loved her fish. The cassolet was delicious. My french hamburger was so so. The wait staff were friendly but busy....Saturday night. I would return for such a lovely spot and so conveniently located to the Park Avenue Armory. I would just order something different."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "A beautiful brasserie with equally beautiful Alsatian food served by professionals. Hostess is a special asset of the house."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "Waited half an hour for our reservation, first course came out super quickly, main course was delayed. Didn't stay for dessert, because we had been at the restaurant so long. Food was excellent, and the holiday decorations are beautiful, but it was December dining in NYC!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "A warm, welcoming and attentive staff. The menu was excellent and the food was prepared and presented so as to create a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience for me and my guest."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "The food and service at L'absinthe was very good and the environment itself makes one feel that they are on the Left Zbank. All of our party of six seemed to enjoy their meals and we were not rushed and importantly, we were able to hear one another. A lovely evening!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "We had a very good dinner...but we were surprised when our server advised us right after we sat down that the kitchen was about to close. This was at about 9:20pm. Everything else was wonderful."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We always enjoy dinner at L'Absinthe. It's got a cozy, European feel. The food is great and seems to cater to locals, which is always a good endorsement."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "IF YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES AND OPEN THEM WHILE HAVING DINNER AT L'ABSINTHE BRASSERIE, YOU WOULD THINK YOU WERE HAVING DINNER IN PARIS AT A ROMANTIC BISTRO. FROM THE AMBIENCE, TO THE WAITERS IN WHITE SHIRTS, AND BLACK VESTS AND LONG WHITE APRONS, TO THE MURALS AND LIGHTING, IT IS ABOUT AS AUTHENTIC A FEELING AS YOU COULD GET UNLESS YOU FLEW ACROSS THE ATLANTIC. THE MENU IS NOT EXTENSIVE, BUT QUITE ENOUGH SELECTIONS TO MAKE ANY GOURMAND HAPPY. THE WINE LIST IS EXTENSIVE, AND ON THE HIGH SIDE; HOWEVER, THERE ARE ENOUGH CHOICES ON THE LOWER END TO SATISFY."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Truly charming French interior with a very friendly staff. We were there for a Sunday brunch. Reminded us of many a Parisian cafe in terms of the setting with a much friendlier staff! Comfort food (we had a wonderful mushroom soup and a spinach and goat cheese quiche) and reasonable portions. If we lived in the city this would be a regular for us."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "If you are looking for a romantic and pretty restaurant with delicious French food, then this is a place for you. While our waiter could have had a little more charm, our dinner was overall a delightful experience."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "The hangar steak was tasty but hard. The coq-au-vin was fair. Will go back to taste the sausage casserole which is their specialty."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "fois gras out of this world Food gr8 Ambience great Energetic Waiter rushed us at first then got the message we were dining Will always go back"
    Dined on 10/4/2013