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Le Jardin Bistro
Le Jardin Bistro

Le Jardin Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.apt-13.com
  • Phone: (917) 475-1213
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday and Wednesday 5:00pm-12:00am
    Thursday through Saturday 5:00pm - 2am
    Sunday 12pm - 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: John Keller
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Private Party Contact: Lorrae Doig (917) 465-1213

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Le Jardin Bistro
Chef John Keller takes a very fun and fearless approach to cuisine. Although his versatility is evident in the multiple talents he brings to the field as chef, culinary consultant and media personality, his true joy is the art of cuisine....aka cooking. John discovered his passion for the restaurant business at the age of 14 after working as a busboy at the White House Marsh Theater in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "After making a reservation through Open Table a week in advance for an important work dinner, we arrived at Apartment 13 to find a handwritten note saying Apartment 13 would be closed for the next two weeks and to go to Dinner on Ludlow instead. Dinner on Ludlow turned out to be average at best- poor service, noisy corner of NYC and poorly prepared fish. Not a great way to treat colleagues to a special dinner. The way this reservation was handled was a disappointment all around. Makes me question Open Table too, which I've loved using in the past."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Really cool place. The food was really good but the service was super slow. I would still recommend going. It's a new place, I'm sure they will work out the kinks."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "When we arrived, I was confused by reviews stating hesitation about going in as it was not some obscure entrance as I had been led to believe, but an established space. Often I try new places, only to have a mediocre experience, so my expectations were not great. Apartment 13 is a stand out! We started with two cocktails and I would go back just for the cocktail selection alone. But the food merits it's own special mention. The squash and ricotta salad was a delicious starter. As for entrees, we had the steak and lamb. The chef definitely knows his cuts of meat. Each were seasoned and cooked to perfection and portions were generous. Although the service seemed a bit inexperienced, I will definitely return for cocktails and dining. Kudos!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I live in the neighborhood and walked by this place many times and never thought to try it. It doesn't look like much from the outside but really opens up inside and there is an upstairs. Both floors have outdoor dining options. The ambiance is great and the food was DELICIOUS! The only down side was poor service, however, I don't think it would deter me from coming back. They deliver the check in old books which I thought was so cute and novel."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "great food!!! hip hot spot will definitely return. Must try the whole fish and the chicken and egg"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I've gone back many times. The bar is downstairs and has a terrific mixology flare. The restaurant is upstairs and very rustic and charming. The terrace at the back of the restaurant is a gem in the summer. The fireplace in the main dining room is cozy in the winter. The dishes are all imaginative and the wine parings are spot on. Try the Colorado Lamb or the Pozole/Chicharone. On the lighter side, the Fish Tea is great too. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "A really lovely place with a trendy vibe,but good for everyone. Food beautifully cooked with really good twists, which we all enjoyed. We were a table of 3 and sat outside which was nice. The atmosphere was great service could of been a little more friendly. Felt a little like one server looked down there nose at us. But the chef came out and he was very nice and was pleased we enjoyed his food. Would happily go again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Nondescript exterior, causing the other two in my party to suggest opting out, but I had read previous reviews and kept the faith. I found that having the restaurant tucked away upstairs to be the charming part. Felt like I was part of an "In-the-know- club." I had roast chicken, which they forewarn takes 35 minutes, but it was juicy and delicious. The food and service were very good! I'd certainly recommend it. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Very nice. Pricey but worth it. I suggest going there with a small group. It gets a bit tight seating wise for any group larger than 4. The food was fantastic. smaller portions so it's not a place to get stuffed. The service is good and accomodating. Nice cocktail list. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "La Vida Buena cocktails led us into delightfully fresh oyster medley from rawbar followed by lobster special of the day. But nothing can compare with the Colorado Lamb "porterhouse". Best lamb chops I've ever had! Apartment 13 kitchen had us on cloud 9 from start to finish! Ambience was perfect for romantic date. Go there!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Ventured into Alphabet City and had a great late night meal here. The food was innovative and tasty. The cocktails were great too. Nice, big bar downstairs, with an intimate dining room upstairs. You have the option sit indoors or on the back "porch". Lovely."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Went here on Mother's Day (first getting around to writing this now) and loved the look of the restaurant - great atmosphere, not too loud. Think it was one of the first brunch servings they did, so we took that into consideration. The food was all right (one person in our party really didn't like it - it was the Jamaican-style breakfast - or something to that effect), nothing to go crazy over (though, I have heard their dinner is fantastic here). The service was slower than molasses. But, this being said, would definitely go back for dinner and give this place another try."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "From moment we walked in, it was welcoming. Hostess, who was also our waitress was knowledgeable and easy going. Food was fantastic. We had Fish Sticks and Hamachi Crudo. Both really good. We then had Chicken and Egg and Branzino for entrees. Excellent flavors. Follow waitstaff lead on drink pairings. Will definitely be back. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "A great casual find with delicious food and friendly service! Sit outside on the deck out back."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "We were recommended Apartment 13 from a friend and I can say we were definitely not disappointed! The food was lovely and had a great wine list, so all big ticks for me. Really nice buzz in the restaurant and as we got to sit in the enclosed but see through terrace (it was a chilly night), the ambience was one to remember. Would highly recommend and will return when I'm back in NYC."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was my fourth time eating at apt 13. Service is usually slow but everything was awesome and the food is consistently good. Neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Go here. You won't be disappointed. Enjoy your tastefully prepared dinner upstairs in a cozy setting next to a live working fire place and lovely enclosed terrace. Or hit up the awesome bartenders downstairs for some oyster pairings and cocktails. Great spot for just about any occasion."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Prompt and friendly service. Typical East Village atmosphere and decor - nice but casual. They played, soul, motown and, weirdly, 50's rock which didn't really go well with dinner at 9:30 on Friday. The food was very good except for the steak frites - asked for medium rare and it came out almost charred on the outside and slightly pink in the middle. The wait staff was prompt and friendly, but seemed to suffer from a lack of experience - they could not say where the chef's pick oysters came from and the hostess confused my res with another party's, resulting in bringing me to a table occupied by people waiting for someone else. But I would give this place another chance based on what they got right and the fact that it just opened."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Unbelievable food. Unbelievable service. Unbelievable drinks. Sat us right next to the fireplace. Couldn't complain about a thing."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "I have been to Apartment 13 several times and I can remember being REMOTELY disappointed! The serve, food and ambience is simply amazing. I never order chicken at restaurant but the Chicken and the Egg dish is one of my favorites. The Fish Tea is also an amazing take on fish that is delicious, delicate and satisfying. On the app side, the crab cake is to die for! And lets not forget the drinks - the Miss Parker Place is the right blend of bourbon and other yumminess. Apartment 13 is the best homecoming for anyone visiting the overly congested and crowded UES! And the best part is, the space is getting better - amazing!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food, great cocktails! Wait and bar staff were exceptional. Drinks and food were served at our pace - no rushing and no pressure as we had a leisurely few rounds of drinks and then a wonderful meal on a Friday night. Our waitress and bartender conspired to make us off-menu cocktails after dinner - we were not disappointed. Both the personal touch and by the drinks were wonderful."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We had a group of 4 and did a sampling of almost all items on the menu and were thrilled with the flavor and presentation of every single one of them. Ambiance was cozy and warm next to the fireplace for a perfect date night. A+++++"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "I have celebrated two occassions at Apartment 13 recently, and had a wonderful experience both times. The food was amazing, wine was excellent and service was great. Our favorite dishes were the Chicken & the Egg, kale salad and tagliatelle bolognese. I would highly recommend Apartment 13 for a romantic dinner, place to take family or friends in town or a nice birthday dinner."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "once again, a great experience at Apt. 13 - the service is so good and the food is fantastic - we had the strip steak and it was cooked perfectly - usually don't order steak outside a steak house but will order this again. Also had the chicken and it was juicy not dry and just really good. Also had the fish stick - which are nothing like fish stick that probably come to your mind..miso glazed fish in butter lettuce - really good -"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We've been here twice now and will continue to go back. Best new place on Avenue C. Creative cocktail list and wonderful food. Sitting by the roaring fire on a cold winter night creates a wonderful romantic ambience, but they also have an upstairs terrace that will be wonderful in the summer. The oysters are very fresh. For the main course we had the lamb, the chiccharon and pozole, and the fish tea, and all were excellent. The wine recommendation was perfect. The wait staff was just the right amount of attentive and very knowledgeable. The desserts were a minor let-down otherwise I'd have given the food five stars."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Our evening at Apartment 13 was great. We came in early for our reservation just to get some drinks before dinner. Leo was incredibly knowledgable about every aspect in our drinks. The food was simple, tasted good but nothing extravagant. The prices were fair, and our table service was great. The drinks, ambiance, and service were my favorites things about our experience."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "This excellent restaurant surely changes the far east side dining scene. Wonderful and inventive menu bursting with flavors"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We had such a great time celebrating a friend's bday there! The ambiance was perfect, romantic quaint and cozy. We sat in front of the fireplace. The service was great and the food was delicious. I would definitely come back~"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Apt.13 is a great neighb spot with fab food, attentive service, and chill vibe in an affordable package! As the poets used to say, home is where the heart is-- and this was a perfect Valentine's/ holiday weekend spot."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Dinner by firelight! Not only inviting and warm, but tasty as well. We had the crabcake (full of real crab and delicious to boot) and pear/blue salad, and we split the Angry Branzino for our dinner. Nice presentation - the branzino dish is a whole fish that is deep fried, with bold flavors of garlic, spice and lemon. It was very enjoyable, and service was just fine (no wait at all for our food). The entire evening was very pleasant; we'll definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Our res was for 9pm.10:15pm we were seated.10:30pm the only reason our waiter had come to our table was we went to find him.One would think that after a long wait the staff might be more attentive to make up for the delay.He wasn't.It took 10 more minutes to get table water (no glasses). So we left. I told the hostess on the way out who offered us drinks if we stayed. I told her we were still waiting on (among other things) the first round they had promised us. It's a shame because the food did look really good, but poor planning, service and excuses meant we didn't get to try it. If you do decide to go here, book an early seating so that you either get seated more quickly or your 2 hour wait still means you still eat at a reasonable hour."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The restaurant had so much potential to be great - nice set up, great music, warm, cozy atmosphere However after waiting 45 mins for a drink the anticipation of the wonderful food wore off. When the breadbasket arrived 45 mins later - there were 4 pieces for a table of 6.When the food eventually arrived it was delicious- but we were already tired of the wait. This was after making a reservation and waiting 1.5 hours for a table in the restaurant (they tried to seat is in the bar) an 8pm reservation ended at midnight simply due to waiting The food was good, I want to love this place but unfortunately will never go back or tell a friend to go there"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I went there the first time with my husband and another couple to try it out. We loved it so much we took another couple there a couple months later. Great atmosphere, great wine (ask Steve for recommendations - he's AWESOME), and great food! They really go out of their way to make sure everyone has an enjoyable experience. One woman in our party was pregnant, but the bartender made some fabulous virgin drinks for her, which she really enjoyed. I recommend the fish sticks (totally not what you are thinking), hamachi crudo, chicken & the egg (which comes with bacon-broccolini mac & cheese - YUM!) and angry bronzino."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Apartment 13 has a warm, inviting feel. Wait staff are the perfect amount of friendly and professional, the food is unique and offers an excellent menu for all types of diners and foodies."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The oysters and clams were outstanding. The pork belly and pozole is so yummy as was the lamb chop and quinoa salad. Skip the sweets. The restaurant has a cozy decor with a high ceiling and fireplace adding nice ambience and the wait staff gave just the right amount of attention."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Had New Years Eve dinner here with hubby and two teenage sons. The food was well prepared, well presented and delicious on the whole, but with desserts being a little weak. The service was friendly and welcoming, but somewhat forgetful and spacy. It would be nicer if the drinks and food could arrive at the same time. The atmosphere was cozy and we had a prime seat by the fireplace. The music was lively and everyone seemed to enjoy it for a while, but then old Madonna and No Doubt tunes lose their charm after the first two times. The music doesn't really jibe with the old school surroundings. On the whole we enjoyed our night and would like to try it again when the weather is warmer to experience the inviting outdoor patios."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Interesting drinks list, nice menu and a fire in the fireplace. Very competent service and the atmosphere was really cosy. I would go back."
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Unfortunately our dinner at Apartment 13 was quite a disappointment. I read about the fireplace they have and about how cozy it should be. This wasn't the case at all. They seated us at one of the tables outside where the heaters don't really work and where rain was poring in. The mussels were like gum. I kept on chewing them until they became like a hard ball of..well, chewed mussel...and had to put that on my plate. Not recommended at all."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Neighborhood spot with food that is stepped up a notch. Get the Chicken and the Egg dish, you won't be disappointed. Loved how all the items on the menu had drink pairing suggestions. Excellent spot for a date or dinner pre-going out on the town."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Wanted to try something new in the neighborhood, stumbled upon Apartment 13 and made a reservation via open table. The food and wine was excellent, service outstanding (Hilary was great!) and the price wasn't that bad. MUST try before it becomes too popular, because it will!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013