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

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.labsinthe.com/
  • Phone: 2127944950
  • 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 2127944950
  • Special Events: 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.
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L'Absinthe Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)romantic (27)special occasion (25)fit for foodies (23)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (11)good for groups (8)late-night find (8)great for brunch (6)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Really enjoyed our dinner
    KimS
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The service was impeccable, extremely professional and efficient and the food and ambiance were both great. They were really busy but never rushed or rushed us and the room was energetic but not noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good French food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is becoming our go to place for very good French food on the Upper East Side.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HelperVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had a very unpleasant experience at this restaurant. After 40 minutes from placing our dinner order (we did not order appetizers) we inquired about the status of our dinner. The waiter said the order would be expedited. After another 15 minutes, one of us went to get the manager. We found the manager that evening had an "attitude" and was not, in our opinion, appropriately gracious and professional. After not having been served for more than an hour after placing the order and seeing later- arriving tables being served, we decided not to wait any longer and left without dinner. The ambiance was charming and we were looking forward to dinner and their Coq Au Vin. It was not to be. I would not recommend L'Absinthe Brasserie.
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  • Too Noisy, Slow Service, Okay Food
    NYCDiner123
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Visited L'Absinthe for our anniversary. The restaurant was too noisy for the occasion. Definitely not a restaurant for a romantic dinner. The service was unacceptably slow. We waited 40 minutes between the appetizer and the main course. Also, when it was time to order dessert, I learned that the soufflé would take 20 minutes to prepare. Given the long preparation time, I would have expected the server to provide me with the option of ordering the dessert when my I ordered my main course. As for the food, it was French but forgettable. I had the butternut squash soup, which was fine, but uninspired. For my main course, I had the short rib, which was flavorful but a little too sweet.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brasserie par excellence
    Savannahpeaches
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    It's easy to find Brasserie food in NY, but L'Absinthe is certainly among the best in ambience and quality of food. The menu is recognizable but well executed. Escargot on shiitake caps are delicious, garlicky and tender, as well as bubbling hot. The quenelles of pike are a classic, light and rich. We had an excellent Puligny this time, chosen from a smallish but good wine list. Shared profiteroles (chocolate in a cruet on the side) were perfect. Good, friendly atmosphere, really couldn't ask for much more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    DavidlillianVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Just a great bistro dinner from a really great chef/owner. We had watercress soup, mussels with french fries, duck confit, and a terrific grand marnier soufflé. For wine we had a cote du Rhone. Atmosphere is ver very pleasant and you really feel like you are in Paris. The restaurant gets a clientele of well heeled upper east side New Yorkers and many come dressed in jacket and tie. You don't see that in many places in NY anymore. Very highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbor
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I went here to dinner on our wedding anniversary and I mentioned on the Open Table reservation that it was our anniversary. The meal was excellent and to our surprise and delight our dessert was served on a plate with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate around the border of the plate and 2 glasses of dessert wine. Overall a very pleasant evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Place
    DinerJJ
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This brasserie would fit in Paris or Rome., but luckily for us, is perfect for those able to dine out in NYC. My cell phone reception was terrible during my call requesting a bit earlier seating, but the Maitre'D was polite and patient and arranged for it. Upon arriving we were greeted right away, asked if the seating was ok, and we gazed into a warmly lit restaurant with beautiful ambience. The staff was helpful without being at all pushy...and as we all enjoyed the menu items offered - an adult son said it was the best salmon he'd ever tasted! After we ate, we were given as much time as we wanted to visit, and upon leaving were given a very special thank you from the Maitre'D. I cannot imagine a nicer restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food poorly trained wait staff
    AndieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The best sole, and so copious. Unfortunately, the waitress was annoying with her comments, slang, and scraping and stacking dishes. Obviously a problem of lack of training.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • L'Absinthe--Great Find
    NYCDelight
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 3rd strike
    Jerry
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GeneVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Everything
    StevieMacVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Best tartare in town! Amazing Service. Like going to Paris
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Experience
    Manhattanite
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Everything
    StevieMacVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    A trip to Paris-every time! Food, Service, ambience.....everything is awesome
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French at its best
    ArtieP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Amazing service
    Eliza
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gone downhill.
    PupsVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • diningdiva1VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 628 reviews are from the L'Absinthe Brasserie reviews archive.
  • Jose & Team L'Absinthe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Are ALL amazing! Thanks to you all for always treating me so well. ~ Jennifer
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Bit of Paris on UES
    foodievickieVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit of Paris on east 67 street
    newyorker10021VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Downgraded
    EclecticgourmetVIP
    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.
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  • Foodie
    Dinner1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food was great and the service was wonderful. Noisy but fun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MayoVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Dinner
    Dennis1952
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    A great neighborhood gem with outstanding food and quiet ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • filippo47VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Always reliable. Great food, excellent service, wonderful ambiance. Lunch is the best, as at night it can get a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    everything was good, but too noisy, too close together and too expensive considering neighborhood and area
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    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.
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  • No room for diners
    johnVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • From a Frenchy
    Firsttry
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfortable dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Food acceptable but overpriced.abience and comfort excellent especially for large party. Hospitable for wheel chairs.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • overated
    David
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    two things lived up to reviews - the prices and the service -- the food was only fair -- we had the worst grand marnier souffle ever
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  • Labsinthe -fav French Brasserie
    foodiefindsVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reliable upper east sider
    doctoraVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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 ?
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Loved the special touches for Easter. Service good considering the place was packed.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food always very good. On
    filippo47VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Change?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The food has gotten MUCH better, perhaps a change of chefs?? Good job!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb meal and service
    PinettoVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful setting. Mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Beautiful setting. Mediocre food, mediocre service. Underwhelming at best. Would not recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic