149 E. 57th St
New York, NY 10022Neighborhood:
VietnamesePrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.lecolonialnyc.com/
- Phone: (212) 752-0808
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch is served in the main dining room Monday through Friday
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner is served in the main dining room Monday through Sunday
5:30 - 10:30 Sunday - Thursday
5:30 – 11:00 Friday – Saturday
The lounge is open at
Monday through Sunday
4:30 - 11:30 Sunday - Thursday
4:30 – 12:00 Friday – Saturday
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: French, Vietnamese, Asian
- Executive Chef: Ronald Wingwee Hsu
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Catering: We have hosted events off-site, where we provide food for larger scale events, consisting of passed hors d'oeuvres and buffet-style dinners.
- Private Party Facilities: Our lounge, located on the second floor, is the ideal setting for private events. For small groups (of 30), we screen off the rear lounge with palm trees to create a semi-private area. Larger groups may rent the entire lounge for cocktail parties or dinners.
- Entertainment: Music in Lounge
- Special Events: inquiries online are available at: http://www.tripleseat.com/venues/new-york/le-colonial-1
A word from Le Colonial
Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Chef Ronald Wingwee Hsu serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables.Continued
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Le Colonial reviews from OpenTable diners
240 reviews since July 30, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (118)romantic (109)neighborhood gem (100)special occasion (88)great for lunch (52)good for groups (48)notable wine list (27)late-night find (18)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (15)scenic view (9)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
- OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/25/2014Vietnamese cuisine at its best! Great food and great service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Diner610Diner610Dined on 11/15/2014Le Colonial is delightful every time I dine there. The food is absolutely fresh and beautifully presented. I try to sample something from the "specials" and I have never been disappointed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- getting up thereDocSDined on 11/15/2014still very good, but getting a bit pricy. Wouldn't mind the increased prices, but portions are smaller so you leave feeling like you wanted more for dinner.Special Features:
- Decent Asian Food in NYCGmanVIPDined on 11/14/2014Restaurant was quaint but dated. Had a "needs to be restored" feel. Waiter was not engaged, at all. Could not pronounce most dishes much less explain how they were prepared. Food was very salty, but decently flavored. I could not call this Vietnamese cuisine, more Asain tries Mr. Chow.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Cinch1Cinch1VIPDined on 11/12/2014I have been here 6 times in the last year. I have enjoyed it each time. The food is excellent with interesting menu. The setting is lovely and feels like Southeast Asia. Service is always the best. I would highly recommend this restaurant !Special Features:
- delicious Vietnamese fareVisitingParentsDined on 11/9/2014We particularly enjoyed the crispy pork rolls and "chicken salad" and the spectacular desserts in Le Colonial's delightful ambience.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing food!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 11/9/2014We were a party of three...the server was not as charming as I would have liked but, he was polite at least...not very happy that day. Anyway, the food was just amazing. The flavors were just superb. I don't really care that the server was not spectacular....when we tasted the food it was all that mattered. It would have been a complete dining experience if the server was having a better day...he was Bulgarian...I remember that part. Regardless...my husband and I will be back. Thank you.Special Features:
- NeedquietDined on 11/4/2014Go to Le Colonial for a very good meal that's different, in an attractive setting, with good service, and a level of noise that is low enough to have a conversation without losing your voice. A treat!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Could not be betternanabyteDined on 11/2/2014We had close friends visiting from EU, and came to our favorite place for a farewell dinner. They are not always impressed by NY restaurants, but loved this one, as do we. It was a delight. Great food, great atmosphere, and most of all, a warm and hospitable staff that made the evening special. This is our "go to" place for special occasions!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedHowardVIPDined on 11/2/2014We've been here before and we're always satisfied until Sunday night. I was told they were out of the beer that I wanted so I ordered a glass of the house merlot. I got a third of a glass of a wine and didn't say anything. When the dinner was finished my wife asked if the still participated in the discount program with 59E59 theater. We were told that they didn't do it anymore. Then I got the bill and was shocked to see that they charged me $17 for the third of a glass of wine. This was supposed to be the house Merlot not chateau Rothschild . I later discovered that they do still offer that discount. My mistake was in not saying anything. Despite the quality of the food I won't be going back.
- Haute VietNonameReviewerVIPDined on 10/31/2014It's amazing how they have created a French colonial-era atmosphere in NYC. The food is haute Viet, with dishes I recognize from Viet Nam but with slightly different ingredients. The aubergine appetizer was stunning, with slices of small eggplant over a shrimp/crab base. My only quibble was with the pork "shoulder," which was clearly tenderloin and which was served with too much of its soy-based sauce. A dish in Viet Nam would never be this salty. Overall, the experience and the food were wonderful, with attentive service.Special Features:
- Things ChangeStanleymanlyVIPDined on 10/30/2014There has been a significant change at the top and it impacts your experience at LeColonial. When you change the maitre d' and the chef and the prices on your wine list, it can be jolting to the regulars. The new maitre d' seems friendly enough, eager to please. You could see and taste the subtle differences in the menu and the appearance and taste of the food. The classic pho for example: the broth was thinner, less flavorful, the noodles carelessly stuck together. The seared salmon was fine, but it was lonely on the plate. Our waiter had a tough time explaining the shrimp in rice paper appetizer and it arrived looking like sushi and heavy on the basil, not one of my wife's favorite ingredients. The wine list was seriously over-priced.I would recommend this to a friend.
- simply greatExellentVIPDined on 10/30/2014Amaizing east mid town place to be. Superb food and service, started with drinks in the lounge, and then full dinner. Took advantage of the very well placed wine list, service was impeccable, great recomedations. It have been ahwile since i saw manager/owner stop by and speak with every single table in the restaurant, no wonder why they succeed to stay on top of the gae for over 20 years. i will definitely be back for more great food and fun.Special Features:
- shishiVIPDined on 10/28/2014Waiter was fabulous. Food very good although a snapper dish we had had many times before was not as terrific as other times.Special Features:
- WonderfulOliviaVIPDined on 10/27/2014Love this place so much - great decor, slightly Agatha Christie and love that they have crispy rolls gluten free. As a celiac the menus are often very restricted so thank you for accommodating!Special Features:
- Way overpricedbigmamanycVIPDined on 10/27/2014Not worth the money. Portions are tiny and food wasn't tasty. The shrimp was soggy and the pho was terrible.Special Features:
- Midtown East Go-ToOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 10/27/2014Le Colonial never disappoints! The food is always outstanding and the service is impeccable.Special Features:
- New managementnoneVIPDined on 10/26/2014Not too good. Food got cold while waiting for waiter to find out which wines were in stock.
- Just OK....nothing more.VermontersDined on 10/24/2014It was our first night in NYC and friends suggested Le Colonial. Convenient location but nothing more. Food was mediocre and not worth the price. We also tried one of their signature drinks....just fair.
- Elegant Vietnamese FoodEastWestFoodieDined on 10/21/2014Lovely restaurant and beautifully done and elegant Vietnamese food. I am Vietnamese and know good Vietnamese food when I have it. This was true to tradition but also stepped up a level to match the lovely and elegant setting. A real treat, perfect lunch and I look forward to visiting again.Special Features:
- Romantic InterludeRumDogDined on 10/19/2014I love Le Colonial. Have been there three times over a 15 year span, and it is always charming. The food and service are very good, but the ambience is truly special. French Vietnam circa 1954. Like stepping back into a Graham Green novel. Or if you're with a romantic partner, like inhabiting the scenes from The Lover, the gorgeous erotic movie made from the Marguerite Duras novel of the same name. The aubergine appetizer with baby shrimp was both complex and subtle, and the beef stew and duck entrees were stellar. And the finish of honeydew sorbet and fresh cinnamon ice cream was other-worldly. We felt like we'd been on a journey to another place and another time. MemorableSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great atmosphereLilibirdDined on 10/18/2014This is a favorite. Start with a drink in the beautiful bar upstairs. The mood is mellow but sophisticated and lively without being loud. Then the dinner downstairs is in an equally great setting with just the right balance of a lively environment without being loud. The food is great and doesn't make you feel like you've eaten too much. Great wine list.Special Features:
- ExcellentMArioDined on 10/17/2014Food is tasty, well presented and never too overwhelming.Special Features:
- Perfect date nightExcellentVIPDined on 10/17/2014Everything from the appetizers (Pho was excellent) to the main courses was extraordinary. The service was professional and courteous. We were seated promptly at our reservation time of 8pm. Highly recommend the sea bass - the servers suggestion of rice was spot on - it really helped soak up the sauce. The wine list was good but limited. Not a complaint just what I noticed and we found a great Boudreaux.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What's the hurry?ShyDiVIPDined on 10/17/2014We had an early reservation 6:45 and perhaps they were trying to turn the table quickly? Food was served promptly and cleared while I was still chewing! Inexcusable! Food was good but we Felt very rushed. Not a relaxing meal.Special Features:
- Never disappointsLouiseVIPDined on 10/13/2014Stepping into Le Colonial is like finding yourself in Southeast Asia. The decor, the ambiance and the mood transport, the service is outstanding, the food never disappoints. There is a prix fixe menu with many of the same dishes on the a la carte menu but I love the aubergines appetizer on the regular menu (now prepared in a new way but tasting just as good as ever) and the salmon, served as the chef thinks appropriate (medium rare). All items are reasonably priced and the atmosphere makes one want to return again and again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just a little shortMaddiVIPDined on 10/11/2014Appetizer was very good but main course and dessert were just bland.
- Overall great!OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 10/10/2014The tables were small and only two waiters in fairly large restaurant so It was hard to get their attention. The food was hit and miss. There were four of us and each ordered an appetizer and an entree. It was random, someone's appetizer was totally generic and the other was phenomenal. The ambiance is fun and they have a great selection of wines.Special Features:
- dsgnchickVIPDined on 10/8/2014this restaurant has been around for a long time, and the food has remained consistently good. my shrimp and scallop dish with vegetable slaw was delicious, as was the monkfish appetizer make into an entree. the service was quick, but a tad pushy (constantly offering more drinks before we halfway done with the existing)Special Features:
- DisappointingMadamexDined on 10/5/2014I was so excited to learn that the chef from Le Bernadin was working at this restaurant. The food was sadly mediocre. The pho, a signature dish, was lukewarm, the okra was greasy, and the shrimp chips were barely edible. Over all it was a very uninspired meal from a restaurant that we used to enjoy frequenting.
- Pleasant ExperiencePoppisgirlsDined on 10/4/2014The place was wonderful. Excellent food and service that was very much enjoyed without all the noise that you usually hear in most restaurants that size.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/3/2014My wife and I dined in the lounge 2 years ago and this time found the lounge ambiance very inviting still. The food is excellent and makes for a delightful late-night evening after a show where the lights and music are low.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ClassicWineguy7Dined on 10/3/2014There is an understated elegance to the food and ambiance here, with its embodiment of the French colonial period in Southeast Asia. The indigenous flavors have been tamed by French technique and restraint, but not neutered, and the concise menu is filled with dishes whose description inspire a robust appetite. Meat and seafood offerings are turned out with equal skill. Worth the visit!Special Features:
- Yummy!Miele2VIPDined on 10/1/2014Every dish was delicious and unique. Service was lovely. Definitely recommend.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Appetizers!OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIPDined on 9/26/2014The appetizers were amazing! Duck was very good but more cooked than I prefer.Special Features:
- A sure bet...DominiqueDined on 9/20/2014I have been quite a few times over the years to Le Colonial for business lunches, but that was my first time for dinner. And I was not disappointed. Food is excellent and creative, service is impeccable and attentive. The decor of an old colonial mansion is fairly relaxing. I's a tad expensive, but worth it.Special Features:
- Great foodRudy2411Dined on 9/19/2014Went with a friend from Singapore to an oriental restaurant - always a challenge, but Le Colonial was a good pick. Innovative fusion menu with reasonable vegetarian choices. Must confess it has a somewhat 'senior' vibe - but then the name is Le Colonial !Special Features:
- Would like to go againMcDeeDined on 9/19/2014We had desert and coffee at old fashion bar up stairs where is more quiet. The food was very nice and a bit over priced. It was surprising they didn't have coffee beans for Sambuca.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- interview dinnerSallyGirlDined on 9/19/2014We chose the restaurant as it is traditionally good for conversation, with great food and service. This evening we were seated very close to a table which hosted individuals with rather loud voices. I understand that this is not the norm here. Additionally, the service seemed less seamless than normal. We will most certainly continue to consider this a great place to go for great food, and assume that it was just an odd off night. As always, the food was outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 9/19/2014I loved the Le Colonial in San Francisco and thought that this would be equally good bit was disappointed. The food is fine, but nothing great.