Le Philosophe
Le Philosophe

Le Philosophe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lephilosophe.us/
  • Phone: (212) 388-0038
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Aita
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room located into our wine cellar features one unique chef table that can seat up to 18 persons. Prix fixe dining options available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Gilles - Manager 2123880038

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lafayette and Bowery
  • Public Transit: Bleecker St (6)
    Broadway - Lafayette St (B, D, F, M)
    2 Av (F)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Le Philosophe
Classic French farm to table bistro located on charming cobbled stoned Bond street, we offer the best of old school french fares with a modern twist.

We cater a great variety of exquisite French wines for our wine enthusiasts.

A la prochaine!
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Le Philosophe reviews from OpenTable diners
128 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (89)neighborhood gem (76)romantic (44)notable wine list (38)special occasion (24)hot spot (13)great for outdoor dining (11)great for brunch (10)late-night find (9)great for lunch (9)good for groups (8)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Best French bistro in a long time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    I am FRench and live in NY. Constantly looking for good Fench places. This one is a true find. Steak Rossini was cooked to perfection. Had the crushed pea soup as an appetizer - very flavorful as well. Service was top notch. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food; Service is patchy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    The food was quite good, and recommendable. But out server, Harmony, was so saccharine sweet and over the top that we found it to be a bit intrusive and to diminish the atmosphere. Certainly not what one expects in a restaurant bearing a French name, where you would rightly expect servers who do not interject themselves into your conversation or create disruptions in the mood of a meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    Dolcetto
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    Excellent French fare--classic country style food. Lovely service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's still winter here ...
    PodsnapVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    The Spring/Summer menu is populated with heavy classics way out of tune with the weather. On a warm night this place (claustrophobic with poor air conditioning) felt like a prison. Food was ok, nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great French Bistro. Simple
    drdave
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Great French Bistro. Simple menu without volume overload. Traditional French items were outstanding. I probably overreached on the Marrow. Wine list well priced for the quality
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is great.The staff
    FoodSnobVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    The food is great.The staff is lovely. I wish it was a little larger with tablecloths for the tables.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific
    DavidlillianVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    What a terrific new bistro in lower Manhattan. Food was wonderful. Great oysters and pâté as starters. The oysters were $12 for half a dozen and you could not get a better deal in NYC. For the main courses we had the flat iron steak with fries and duck a la orange. Both excellent. For dessert we shared the profiteroles. They served three and they easily could have served 3 people. Just excellent. To accompany our dinner we had a very good bottle of Crozes Hermitage. The restaurant was completely full and although the noise level was energetic it never was too loud. This is a great addition to the NY restaurant scene. If you have not gone do so. You will be happy you did
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointment
    corvaxVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Honestly don't know what all the fuss is about. Food was at best mediocre all very one note. Don't recommend it at all. The wine list however had some good value.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wine prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    I agree with other reviewers that Le Philosophe could improve on their maitre d' who was brusque and unwelcoming, their server's frequent collisions with diners at our table, and a noise level that makes civil conversation impossible. Several dishes were great (black bass, pea soup) while others downright unpalatable (overcooked duck, insipid sauce). Where Le Philosphe shines is their great wine list with some of the best prices I've seen at a NY restaurant. I'd consider a return if for nothing other than this feature alone.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Energetic Environment
    freshfieldsVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    Steak and fries good, as were the mussels. Two persons in our party ordered the duck based on prior good review - don't order as both found the small, (2 slices), portion very tough. Wine selection good.
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  • Best restaurant in the last
    ewindelsVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    Best restaurant in the last year or so. Superb. Wouldn't have minded if the AC had been on, on an unexpectedly sultry late spring evening, but it was fine. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DinesOut
    DinesOut
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Enjoyed everything about this restaurant. We were there early so the noise level was at a minimum. I can see how it would be very loud when croweded. The muslces and frog legs appetizers were fantastic. The chili and cream sauce that came with the muscles met with much bread sopping-up. The herb sauce on the frog legs was a noteworthy addition to the disk. The Duck and salmon mains were great. We remarked that we seemed to get the male-female, ying-yang...you get it...dishes. Both of them were outstanding. The deconstructed salmon salad concept for this dish worked well. The duck was nothing special but well done. Desert was the apple tart. A good end to the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • mussels, bacon veiled salmon,
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    mussels, bacon veiled salmon, flat iron steak, veal, profiteroles are my favorites. of late, menu portions have been reduced significantly which is a little disappointing e.g. as of this week, salmon serving is two small pieces vs. previous three. i recognize that food costs are going up but getting 1/3 less food (and a price increase), gives me pause about how often i will be here in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lukewarm welcome-Good food
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Our third time here in last 5 weeks. Food is still good, but something's off about the whole "vibe" of the place, starting with the maitre d', who is one of the least welcoming "front of the house" staff we can recall. Not even a hint of "welcome back" when we arrived, and then the 3 of us were squeezed into a 2-top that was in the path of all the waitstaff, all of whom, at one point or another, bumped into one of us. We complained to the maitre d', who offered to move us to the downstairs level, but the steep stairs would have been very difficult for one of us to navigate. We had to ask for bread and butter to be brought to the table, and a serving spoon for one of the side dishes. Very weird. Really a shame - hard to imagine going back
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I drink, therefore I am.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    The Gigondas was the most silky, fruity red to have passed our palates in a long while. Service was speedy, as it was virtually empty at 2.15 p.m. on a Thursday, so we had to pause a while to let the foie gras come up to room temperature, but it was worth waiting for. The roast chicken was moist and tasty, and the fries with the steak were crispy and wel-seasoned. Cheeses good; we are going back for dinner next week - Tournedos Rossini and Duck a l'Orange, please (not offered at lunch time)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, But.....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    Way too noisy. We had to shout to be heard. But I had the best mussels of my life. The main course, duck a l'orange, was perfection. I loved our waitress, friendly but not over-solicitous. I would definitely go there again but would try to go early to avoid the noise. The owner was very nice to see us out, and he talked to us about our experience of the restaurant. Very kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect mains execution
    ciaofoodie
    Dined on 5/8/2013
    I really liked the food the most, oysters were carefully chosen and well presented, then we had the duck a l'orange and the filet of black bass, very well done, juicy, glistening, and simply but well presented. The staff was hoovering a bit but it's a smaller room with a energetic vibe so it's undertsandable. The wines are more affordable then most places.I would come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awful!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Noisy, staff unwilling to accommodate simple requests from patron, food not cooked as requested. First and probably last time I will eat at this restaurant.
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  • Pandemonium!!!
    MackeyVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    You need to scream to be heard by your partner sitting across from you. And this was at 6:30 PM. The food is good, the service caring but even the servers scream to get a message across. Worse is that the menu is limited and exactly the same since the restaurant opened, although months ago they promised more entrees would appear. Ate there 3 times, and now done!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great New Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    Great food, service was pretty good and competent. Fantastic classic french cuisine with a modern twist. Highly recommended and a good price for what you are getting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was enjoyable and
    Linda
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    The food was enjoyable and the wine list reasonably priced. The service was very good.The frites should have been hotter. and choux pastry for the profiteroles was a bit tough. A good French restaurant that could be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gorgeous food, incredibly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Gorgeous food, incredibly edited wine list. Such a great spot for foodies. It's so incredibly well priced as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way too noisy. Avoid at all
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    Way too noisy. Avoid at all costs if you want to converse!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I loved Le Philosophe, the
    rerbVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    I loved Le Philosophe, the food is amazing and the service is very good, the only drawback is that they do not serve hard liquor, just wine and beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's incredibly noisy! Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    It's incredibly noisy! Food is fine, but we probably won't go again because of the noise. And we were there early on a Wednesday--when you'd think the noise would be tolerable!
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  • Fantastic french cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    I've been here twice in the last two months and the food has always been consistently delicious. Service is friendly and efficient. It's become one of my favorite restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a remarkable find.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    This is a remarkable find. The food is very, very good and the wine list is extraordinary with some terrific, reasonably priced offerings. My only complaint would be the unevenness of the service. The wait staff was slow in responding. I waited more than 10 minutes to be offered a drink. Finally I had to flag down the manager (?) or owner (?). The waitress handed us menus and immediately wanted to take our order. When we asked for a few moments to look over the menu, she disappeared and it took quite a wait to get her back. On the other hand the bus staff was overly pushy in trying to clear our table before we were finished. They need to imbue the wait staff with some of energy of the bus staff, and get the bus staff to mellow out
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • After reading rave reviews,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    After reading rave reviews, we were disappointed. Maybe it was the food choices we made?
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  • we ate early on wednesday
    kasumiga
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    we ate early on wednesday as that was the only time available, which was better since it wasn't so busy. we had oysters and bone marrow for apps. the bone marrow was bone marrow, it's crazy how much restaurants charge for something i would eat at home when my mom would cook something with a bone. for mains we shared lobster thermidor and tournedos rossini. the lobter was just a steamed lobster with sauce on top but the tournedos where out of this world. the taste and texture of the meat was fantastic, the best i ever had anywhere, we skipped the bread it was on and i thought the sauce was on the sweet side, not for me. the meat and foie gras didn't need anything else. for dessert we had the profiteroles, they were good. i would go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just another okay restaurant
    licresident
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Just another okay restaurant with a gimmick: photo portraits of French philosophers as the main decor. When full, it is nearly impossible to hear your dining companions. The food is good. Frenchified nouvelle rather than really French. Tasty but not gutsy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Duck was spectacular. Frog
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Duck was spectacular. Frog legs, marrow and profiteroles were also all very good. Lobster was a bit chewy and overcooked but good sauce. Maybe not quite as good as I'd hoped from the reviews but still solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • recommend: mussels, bacon-veiled
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    recommend: mussels, bacon-veiled salmon, flat-iron steak, bass. for dessert, the profiteroles are amazing and big enough to share for 2-3. great, very affordable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cacophonous Space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    Good food, well-priced wine and friendly attentive service let down by the horrendous noise levels. The restaurant is so vibrant/loud that the only way to speak is to shout. The tables are too close together, which means you endure the conversations/voices of others. A shame because it ruined what was some fine cooking. .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was excited to go and took
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Was excited to go and took guests. 1/3 of the main courses were sold out on a Sunday evening. A full bodied red wine was brought to the table ice cold; real resistance about taking it back, although eventually the waitress did reluctantly. Service was haphazard...plates delivered with no idea where they went, table only partially cleared of main plates when all were finished. Food was bland; sea bass tasteless. Not worth a return visit I am sorry to say.
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  • Fabulous food!
    Wassle
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    This was a truly wonderful restaurant. The food is outstanding...we had the frog legs, mussels and a dozen oysters as our appetizers and then the duck a l'orange, black bass and the tournedos Rossini as our mains. All of the dishes were well-thought out, well-seasoned, well-portioned (neither too small nor too big) and all in all delicious. The wine list has some really great deals on it...one of the most reasonable lists I've seen in the city. And we loved the fact that they did not rush us through our meal...we lingered over our three courses and coffee for three hours without ever feeling pressure to turn over the table. I've lived in Paris and can honestly say that the food at Le Philosophe rivals some of the best meals I had there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well-prepared Americanized French
    noneVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    We were in the basement-- it has a slightly musty smell, but meant that conversation was quite easy. Veal blanquette was very tender, although the sauce was a bit thick, duck a l'orange done with magret, rather than the traditional, leaner muscovy, which made it more like a steak than the crispy duck skin and gamey meat that is the epitome of the dish. Frogs' legs exceptionally well prepared-- very moist, but taken off the bone, so they lost their distinctive look and I missing granwing them off the bone. The pommes frites accompanying the flat iron were perfectly crisp. It is really an Anglo-French restaurant, not a classic French bistro-- good, but you are not transported to Paris.
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  • A Francophile's delight
    NormVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    Exactly as advertised. A traditional French restaurant which delivers excellent food in a very comfortable and attractive environment, and the service is top notch. The Lobster Thermidor and the Duck a l'orange were just great!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great space and food.
    FoodienycVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Really great space and food. Super reasonable wine list. Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit-totally wonderful!
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    After reading so many good things about Philosophe, this was our first visit. It completely lived up to "the buzz." Every bite was delicious, including the basic market salad, and the special pea shoots salad. And the mains - blanquette of lamb and the bacon-wrapped salmon - were delicious, as was the side of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. Dessert was the taste takin and the chocolate mousse (with a layer of passion fruit purée, or jam, at the bottom.). Reasonably priced, and for the quality, amazing value. So good that we are going back again later this week. Friendly, informed and attentive service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, very reasonably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    great food, very reasonably priced menu and wine list. amazing addition to the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate