Le Bateau Ivre
Le Bateau Ivre

Le Bateau Ivre

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.lebateauivrenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2125830579
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:

    Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Daily: 4:00pm - 4:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, French
  • Executive Chef: HERBERT ROBERTSON
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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 2125830579

Getting there

  • Public Transit: 6 train 51st, E train and M train 53st
  • Parking: Street Parking
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.
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Le Bateau Ivre reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)notable wine list (19)romantic (8)fit for foodies (7)late-night find (6)great for lunch (6)great for brunch (4)special occasion (3)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • We love this place
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is a great little French restaurant with incredibly knowledgeable staff and an amazing wine list by the glass. I come here with my husband for dinner out during the week occasionally or with my husband and daughter on the weekend. Food is always great. Favorites include the Fois Gras, Smoked Salmon, Steamed Lobster, Duck Breast, among others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Bistro in NY
    KathyG
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Went here due to reviews stating wine and typical bistro atmosphere. I found it to be exactly that. The service was very attentive, the wine list extensive and the food was delicious. I (who am 65 years young) and my daughter (30 years very young!) loved it. My friend (for whom this was her 87th birthday) loved the food (had the duck confit) but found it very noisy, as did my husband. The fans were noisy, for sure, and the music was turned up to be heard over the fans, which did make it a little loud for we ancients. However, I would go back in a heartbeat, and think anyone who has been to France would love the place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I love the energy and charm, the food is always good, great wine list, great ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Hidden Gem
    pgr1998VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This one of the best French Restaurants I have eaten in. The food is superb, cooked there in front of you. The wine list is extensive and caters to all tastes and wallets. I started with the Pate de Campagne, which was outstanding. I followed that with the Lamb Chops, which were the best Lamb Chops I have ever tasted. The waiter was very attentive and suggested some wines to go with the dishes, which complimented them perfectly. The space is small but intimate, and the noise level is vibrant. Overall, I would recommend this a must see when you visit New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was good. Service was ok but some of the staff had an attitude that they couldn't be bothered. We had the Mussles and they were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    ShakesVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Le Bateau was an excellent choice for a summer evening. We were a party of 5 celebrating a birthday. With over 100 wines by the glass, an easy-going ambiance, and wonderful appetizers - esp. their signature tartines - we had a wonderful time on a Sunday night. We followed with several seafood entrees that were okay but not up to the level of the apps. Le Bateau decorated a dessert with a sparkling 'candle', adding to the occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice restaurant
    Pebbles28
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Really nice food with extensive and excellent, if pricey, wine list.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot on a rainy summer night
    Lovethecity
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner with friends. Classic French Bistro cuisine. Mussels, Steak Frite, Duck all perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spotty service
    Desmona
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The food is wonderful here, always, as is the wine--the service totally failed this time. Absolutely almost a cartoon image of a snotty French restaurant. Very, very sad, but so horrific, it should be noted. Lunchtime diners: beware.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    From the moment we entered, we were rushed to order, to eat, and to leave, by the owner!!! It looked like a restaurant we'd love, however the experience didn't match expectations!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Your own arrondissemtent in NYC
    TandAG
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Magically transported away to a small bistro in Paris, the wines are the star of the show here. The list was recently reorganized to list the several in each category by the glass at the top of the list, which is helpful. The menu is small but good quality. The management is new but the chef is the same. We both had the chicken, which was well-seasoned and moist. I am a sucker for a good fois gras and the thick slab here is a treat (and harder to find in many US restaurants that skimp on the portion size). Our server showed us a new trick on determining age in a blind tasting on wine, which was fun.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little bit of Paris on Lex
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The singer was great and their were only a few people in the restaurant for lunch. We had brunch and the croque madame was excellent. Service was very good. great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and ambiance
    Squibano
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We really enjoyed the food, ambiance, service and wine list. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ooo la la
    stubabeVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Very parisienne, lovely ambience fine in every respect. Best steak frites in a peppercorn sauce ever. Scallops, perfect! Fresh berries and ice cream were great;
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Paris
    Allan
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Reminded us of our favorite dining experience in Paris! If we lived nearby it would be on the short list of special occasion spots! Thanks for a perfect evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 62 reviews are from the Le Bateau Ivre reviews archive.
  • JUST GOOD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    NIce food, service and wine list. The live music on Sundays is very good but too noisy for a small place.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful French bistro.
    TheoVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We enjoyed dinner at Le Bateau Ivre. The only thing that surprised me is that they have no liquor license; only wine and (I assume) beer. But food and service were outstanding, and there was even a wine tasting.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French bistro, wonderful wine
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I hadn't been here in some time, but a friend who lives nearby had given it a recent try, and said it was vastly improved (think she mentioned new chef). Loved it. Duck was excellent, perfectly cooked. Even better - they have an unbelievable amount of wines by the glass! It feels like a real French restaurant, not some poor imitation, as some are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our Favorites in NYC
    ZephyrsHumanVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The standard menu is always right on, but they also have very tantalizing specials that I just can't pass on - this time I tried the inked calamari and beef stroganoff - both were awesome. He also offered a special 2008 Chateau Beaumont Haut-Medoc Cru Bourgeois that was amazing and well priced. They have a huge wine list and even more in the cellar that are not listed on the menu. Always ask, their wine are failry priced and they won't steer you wrong. Great food, excellent service, cozy and fun, you should try this place if you have not yet been!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A terrific dinner
    MikeM
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Everything was just great, from our appetizers to the entrée and desert. We asked the waitress to select a wine for us to pair with our individual meals and she made the perfect match for our entrees. The wine was the finishing touch and made for a perfect meal. Overall a wonderful and delicious experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little gem
    Nanee
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Intimate spot for good food, great wine and perfect ambience. Walking distance from midtown hotels.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Le Bateau Ivre was delicious and cozy. I highly recommend it. They are also open late which is a treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Little Place
    NYvisitor
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OMG
    Tenten
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different
    GeordyVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than a wine bar, although
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall exceptional food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Overall exceptional food, and great service; however the volume of the music was a bit loud and made converastion druing the meal very difficult.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paris in NY!
    RobinVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty average
    thebabydocVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    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."
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely little French restaurant!
    DaisyVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed myself
    Eatsalot
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    good food, good value and friendly 'Not Rushed' service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Bateau Ivre
    MaruzellaVIP
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    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 :))
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liked it so much, we returned
    Everett
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Le Bateau Ivre was recommended
    EdwardJ
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The chicken tasted microwaved,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    The chicken tasted microwaved, the salad was boring and it must have been the worst wine I have had in my life.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • upper west side french Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Would not honor reservation
    AbcdVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great neighborhood bistro.
    winnie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious dinner and charming
    MumaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Delicious dinner and charming service. Lovely ambiance. One of my favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Vintage Haven
    JackAGordonVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.