Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
Le Bateau Ivre
New York / Tri-State Area restaurants
Midtown East restaurants
> Le Bateau Ivre information
Reserve at Le Bateau Ivre
on 1,234 lists
Keep track of the places you want to try and share wish lists with friends!
Le Bateau Ivre
230 E. 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
Getting there ›
$31 to $50
More Details ›
Le Bateau Ivre Details
Hours of Operation:
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Daily: 4:00pm - 4:00am
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
French, Wine Bar
Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Private Party Facilities:
we can accomodate every kind of party, up to 40 people, special menu on request.
Private Party Contact:
amael or Herbert (212) 583-0579
6 train 51st, E train and M train 53st
A word from Le Bateau Ivre
Le Bateau Ivre, a true french wine bar, raw bar and grill, opened on Manhattan's eat side in 1999. Le Bateau ivre offers more than 300 varieties of the finest French wines by the glass and bottle.
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
Diners' Choice Winner
Notable Wine List
Intimate spot for good food, great
wine and perfect ambience. Walking distance from midtown hotels."
Dined on 2/16/2014
Pretty average restaurant, which
for NYC is not a good thing. I can summarize our experience as "they did not seem to be happy to have us.""
Dined on 12/26/2013
Le Bateau Ivre was delicious and
cozy. I highly recommend it. They are also open late which is a treat."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Small, cozy bistro with a short
menu of well-priced bistro classics and a large wine list. It's a nice place to meet for a good, unpretentious meal."
Dined on 1/20/2014
For once in my life I can say that
EVER THING was delicious! ! Wonderful wine list. And the smoked trout and the onion soup to die for! Just spectacular!!!!!"
Dined on 1/17/2014
after sitting noticed waiter
"adjusting" a light fixture. Pop no lights, music, fan. Staff still pouring water, waitress comes by after a few, I asked what was happening she said "I'm not the person to ask." A few minutes later music and fan back no lights. Finally lights! So we order. Starters fine..then mains...one guest ordered the chicken Pailllard..got Paella. So she had to wait for her chicken. One dessert ordered, one additional glass of wine and I asked if they had poire william.. Waitress said "What?"..I repeated it and said it was an eau de vie. She said "we have what's on the menu" I was looking at menu but companions said the look on her face was not pleasant. Food good, atmosphere good...waitress...not so much. Shame..."
Dined on 1/13/2014
More than a wine bar, although the
list by the glass, by the flight or by the bottle is extensive and very French. Wonderful charcuterie plate, perfect duck, and the special cassoulet was almost as good as in France. Have to come here more often."
Dined on 1/5/2014
Overall exceptional food, and
great service; however the volume of the music was a bit loud and made converastion druing the meal very difficult."
Dined on 1/4/2014
We keep comong back to this small
but lovley restaurant. It is like being in Paris! Great food, from the charcuterie plate to the fois gras, to the duck, to the lobster! And the wine list is excellent! Great wines by the glass. Generous portions and large glasses help! Excellent service. The music is louder than ideal, but not intrusive... If you dont mind being a little crowded, this is truly like being in Paris in NYC.."
Dined on 1/3/2014
We had a great romantic dinner
here at this little gem. The service was attentive, the room cozy without feeling crowded. Be sure to get a reservation. The french onion soup was as expected - very typical, hot and cheesy. If you like lamb order it here - delicious! The pate plate was enough to share with others - very country style - could have used more bread. Try the wine flights - so many by the glass options - very helpful staff when choosing wines. We'll be back!"
Dined on 12/10/2013
good food, good value and friendly
'Not Rushed' service."
Dined on 11/28/2013
We got there at 5;30 pm and only
one more table was occupied. Bu then at around 7pm, people started coming in and the atmosphere got very lively. For the food, it is worth to recommand the onion soup. It was just delicious! The hostess was offering some wine tasting t the customers and we were invited to try out a delicious French wine from the Southern region. It was a very nice idea to promote wines and get eceryone to participate too. We will be back :))"
Dined on 11/26/2013
We liked Bateau Ivre so much, we
went back two nights later. Great food, with a very friendly and attentive staff. A little loud perhaps, but that didn't spoil the overall experience."
Dined on 11/19/2013
They have Lillet!! Yay!! Great
food and atmosphere."
Dined on 6/12/2013
Le Bateau Ivre was recommended to
me by a person that trumpeted the wine list, which did not disappoint at all. The food thouigh, was outstanding. Presented beautifully, with attentive but not overbearuing service by the whole team. We will dfinitely return"
Dined on 11/2/2013
The chicken tasted microwaved, the
salad was boring and it must have been the worst wine I have had in my life."
Dined on 10/29/2013
We had some criteria for an upper
west side French bistro. That's exactly what this is. It is very small and the ambience could be good except they turned down the light so low I could not see my food with the 2 votive candles on the table. I asked if the light could be turned back up a bit to the lighting that was there when we sat down.. that was not possible. The pepper steak was very tough or the knives were dull. The flavor was good and the frites were OK. The endive salad would have been good if we could have seen it. Probably not a return visit. The wine bottles indicate that some great bottles were consumed on this site. The menu is very traditional - onion soup, mussels, crème brule."
Dined on 10/27/2013
They refused to honor our
OpenTable reservation that was made two hours prior. And when the hostess decided that she could not make a table available simply told us that we would have to wait "a long time". That kind of attitude and unwillingness to accommodate is just not acceptable. Won't ever go back."
Dined on 10/23/2013
Delicious dinner and charming
service. Lovely ambiance. One of my favorite."
Dined on 10/19/2013
Reasonably priced French bistro
that is mostly frequented by locals. A friend who lives nearby turned me on to it. The space is small but comfortable. The staff is French. Our waitress last week was quite nice but I do recall getting the French waiter attitude in the past, which makes this little gem even more charming. Only criticism is that the skate I ordered was was not deboned. The waitress told me customers do it on their own. Maybe they teach this in kindergarten in France, but this American has no clue how to debone a fish! I sent it back to be deboned but I have to say, it was a first! Anyhew, I still think it's a charming and reasonably priced place to eat in this area."
Dined on 10/20/2013
Sweet, fun restaurant for French
food, good wine, not too pretentious, decent lighting with a wide windowed front that has outdoor dining in season. As a health conscious eater who wants food to taste great, I had limited options but found something to enjoy. My companion loved his burger and was impressed with the wine list (and he would know). Don't know if it's good for brunch but it looks like it would be."
Dined on 10/8/2013
I've been to The Drunken Boat
three times in the last three months with some fellow wine-loving friends. We've had some stellar bottles ('75 Palmer, '96 Ausone, etc.) at great prices. The food complements the wine wonderfully. I just hope they keep restocking the cellar with back vintages!"
Dined on 10/10/2013
The ambience is perfectly
Parisian. The food and wine of a Parisienne caliber but the service was warm, attentive and pleasant. This restaurant was a real find."
Dined on 10/8/2013
A lovely little wine bar / bistro
serving very decent casual French dishes. The service was efficient and by French standards, surprisingly warm! Ambiance was great as the place was full. Don't go if you want privacy as all the tales are close together but that's part of the appeal in my opinion. Loved the onion soup, duck confit and profiteroles. If I had the chance to go again I'd try something more adventurous but I like to start with the classics which they did well."
Dined on 10/6/2013
Le Bateau Ivre is open very late
(till 4am, I think), so it is good for an after theater or later dinner. The menu includes all standard French bistro items and more. Everything that I tried was not spectacular, but was not bad either. A good choice after others have closed."
Dined on 10/4/2013
This is probably my 30th time I've
been here over the years. It is still a perfect spot for date or a quiet catch up between friends. Service and food is always wonderful - never hit or miss. Can definitely get more lively as the evening goes on, especially on the weekends, but I usually dine here early eve or after hours. One of my favorite spots in the city."
Dined on 10/1/2013
Only had a Sunday brunch, nice
food good service. Band playing in the background. Very relaxed after running around New York."
Dined on 9/15/2013
Before going I read reviews which
complained about the service and long wait. I beg these people to recall the many times they are chewing their last bite of entree when the dessert menu is being shoved under their noses. This lovely restaurant is a bit of Paris, so I say: slow down Parisian style and enjoy! Yes, there was some wait for each course but when each course came, I was transported! Wonderfully fresh produce and heavenly sauces that one WANTS to take the time to savor. Waitstaff were most friendly and, thankfully, not interrupting each bite to ask me how it was. I appreciate this and call this GOOD SERVICE, not poor. I left feeling satisfied, happy, relaxed. Also, prices were very fair for the generous portions."
Dined on 9/6/2013
I've had brunch at this restaurant
many times and have always liked the food and service. This particular DINNER-time experience was very disappointing. The service was mediocre and the noise level was very high. Also, there was a large party sitting next to us and our table was way too close to theirs. The wait staff kept *squeezing* in between our table and theirs, and continually touched us, stepped on us, etc. The food was good but the overall dining experience was disappointing. Not sure I will return in the near future."
Dined on 8/29/2013
We Chose This Restaurant Based On
Midtown Location, French Category. Don't Be Concerned About Other Reviews Describing As Mostly a wine Bar Scene, The Wine Bar Is Great But So Is The Table Service And Food. Really Nice Experience, I Recommend The pate For And Appetizer And One Of The Several Duck Choices For Entree. Delicious"
Dined on 8/25/2013
Bateau Ivre offers the combination
of superb food with good wine by the glass. The menu is varied and the food taken seriously. And the recommendations for matching wine to food led to rewarding meal."
Dined on 8/13/2013
I hated the music selection. Too
many different types of music"
Dined on 8/3/2013
I have been to the Bateau Ivre a
few times. Disapointing to see service which used to be good going bad."
Dined on 7/12/2013
When we arrived with a
reservation, the wait staff was not sure where to seat us even though the restaurant was empty and there were 3 tables that indicated "reserved" I would have thought that would be a good indication, then after being seated we were warned that we may be moved!?!?! How absurd is that? The restaurant is small, but we were only a party do two! Get your act together, this could have been a five star experience, but the staff definitely knock 3 of those stars down....."
Dined on 7/12/2013
Sweet, cozy little wine bar with
perfect food made us feel like we were on the Ile St-Louis. We had a charming waitress who recommended perfect wines to go with our two main courses. I had a Confit de Canard (always my litmus test when trying out a new French restaurant) and my husband had what he declared was the perfect Lapin a la moutarde. We're planning to go back on Bastille Day!"
Dined on 6/23/2013
Nice place, good portions and
taste. Few veg options."
Dined on 6/20/2013
Good place for a business lunch.
French bistrot stapples on the menu. Overall, a nice place. Will certainly come back."
Dined on 6/11/2013
Outstanding wine list & cuisine
française. Had salade d'endives & confit de canard. Both were excellent and atmosphere was upbeat & fun. Definitely will return."
Dined on 6/13/2013
We had a great dining
experience.The food was nicely prepared and presented well. I really enjoyed the smoked duck and pate. We enjoyed a creme carmel dessert. All in all, we were looking for a light dinner in a bistro atmosphere and we got it at Le Bateau Ivre."
Dined on 6/2/2013
A great little spot with a
friendly neighborhood vibe. My husband and I shared a cheese and charcuterie plate which was very substantial. Many wines by the glass, attentive service. For a casual French meal, this is a winner. Also, for a welcome change, the noise level was not turned up to 11. We would definitely return."
Dined on 6/2/2013
More reviews ›
Larger map ›
Smaller map ›
Diners' Choice Awards
Notable Wine List
Learn more ›
Like Le Bateau Ivre
See Full Restaurant List
New York / Tri-State Area European Restaurants
Make a Reservation at Le Bateau Ivre
Las Vegas Restaurants
Los Angeles Restaurants
New England Restaurants
New York Area Restaurants
San Francisco Restaurants
Washington DC Restaurants
Restaurateurs: Join Us
Diner's Choice Winners
Reserve for Others
Help & Support
© 2014 OpenTable, Inc.