Le Philosophe
Le Philosophe

Le Philosophe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lephilosophe.us/
  • Phone: 2123880038
  • 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
109 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)neighborhood gem (62)romantic (38)notable wine list (34)special occasion (20)great for outdoor dining (16)great for brunch (10)hot spot (10)late-night find (9)good for groups (8)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • huge success
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I had been to the restaurant when they were open for lunch during the week and was dying to get back - took a minute - brought good friends to celebrate group birthdays and it was a huge success - everyone loved it and was gushing the next day. A new go to. We missed the profiteroles that night but from experience I can tell you they are sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice Sunday Night
    ziptalkerVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Food was excellent, very hard to find a blanquette de veau nowadays and theirs was delicious. Sweet bread appetizer was also wonderful. Nice wine list with many choices under $50. Service was attentive and ambience was very nice. It was a nice romantic Sunday night dinner until one group of 4 showed up that felt they had to talk at the top of their lungs making further conversation at reasonable levels impossible for the rest of us there. It finally got quiet again once they were served their food. I suppose when busy on a Friday or Saturday the noise level would be "energetic" as there didn't seem to be any significant sound dampening present. But even knowing that, I would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden bistro-luxe gem
    Meggyeats
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Overall a wonderful experience, was a little sad my request for cozy corner wasn't accomadated (celebrating hubby's bday) but instead we were placed at awkward aisle table :(. I ordered the flat iron steak which was like butter---deelish and hubby ordered duck which he enjoyed too. Would rate higher if we had been placed at an inside table away from bustle of staff
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChazVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Our third visit and while menu remains interesting, execution has slipped. Frogs legs seriously under seasoned. Wood pigeon excellent but served on a cold plate so that it rapidly lost flavor. Too bad, because it was well prepared. Wine list contains many good choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great wine selection, an interesting menu, good ambiance and friendly service. Overall a positive experience and will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    After much excitement for a new Restaurant in the neighborhood- I was completely underwhelmed. The service and the menu leaved little to be desired. We had to ask for a bread basket, after being served a sad omelette on a barren plate and was not offered anything to accompany it, then were charged a ridiculous amount for Ice Tea refills. I wanted to love this Restaurant as it's namesake in Paris in Le Marais is one of my favorites. Unfortunately this is not going to be a neighborhood standby. It's a shame.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mixed experience
    pammyjean
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    as I said, mixed experience at dinner a few nights ago. we had superb duck, but not so good cauliflower soup. when the wine we ordered was unavailable the waiter brought us a better bottle for the same price, which was very nice. the waiter forgot one of our sides, but then gave us each a free dessert wine. the desserts arrived...... but we had to ask for cutlery to eat them. so it was a bumpy night. all in all a nice atmosphere and we still enjoyed ourselves
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    SUCH great french food. the duck rillette is riduckulous. Great wine list, although wish they had more by the glass options. Coravin anyone?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not perfect
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    A concept restaurant (old school Paris bistro) with decent foor and sketchy service. The chalkboard menu with daily specials is actually just decoration!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful brunch
    ctgourmandVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We had an excellent brunch here with great service. We look forward to coming back for dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Performance Perfection
    Peters137
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Could not ask for a better dining experience on the way to a performance at Dixon Place. The food was creative and perfectly prepared in the French tradition, service was attentive and responsive to the time constraints for a party of 5. The waiter took time to explore wine choices with us and chat briefly after each course arrived. At Le Philosophe the actions speak as loud as the words. Look forward to our next visit to this friendly bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Excellent menu creative and well prepared with good service in a casual neighborhood space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My New Favorite Bistro
    FrednycVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    After reviewing a review in the NY Times, I made a note of a place to try. I waited 6 months - way too long. It is just wonderful. Friendly staff (bar, dining and front) and excellent bistro fare. We had an opportunity to chat with Chef Matt Aita and he is enthusiastic and charming. The food was - well just great. Made another reservation for next week. Can't wait for them to get their liquor license. A french bistro without martinis is well - likely a missing course.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diner
    LaBouffe
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Had the prix fixe menu. Appetizer was the salmon tartare which was bland. On the other hand the skate with fennel and tapenade was a delight as was the mousse au chocolat. Noise level due to background music makes conversation across the table difficult at times. Otherwise a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Classic dishes with a twist
    CG36VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We loved the food. We will definitely be back throughout the seasons. Classic French dishes made well with a twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    Nanina
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    What I look for in restaurants is a good food. Service is not important unless the server completely ignores you. Had dinner for my husbands bday on a sunday night at 7pm, when we went there it was pretty quiet (only about 4 tables) and I got a little scared about how it is going to be. Well, I have to say everything was great. First off, food was excellent, very different, and just what a french restaurant should be like. My favorite of all was frog leggs and the salad with different veggies (yumm) delish delish. Definitely would be back.
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  • Some of the best French food ever
    FoodheavenVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Farm to table. Great veggies. Meat fish lobster Thermidor. This is my new go-to place for awesome authentic French food. Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • salmon served cool
    coolsalmon24
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    the salmon entree was overhyped....no crispy salmon skin and was served cool...sent it back to the kitchen to heat up...service good .. wine list fine... might give it one more chance in the winter
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastique!
    KateVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    While we went for a great meal to start a fun night out on a weekend, I think this place might become a go-to any night for my boyfriend and I. It's not cheap by any means, but the portions were appropriate, the wines were great, the cheese board was surprisingly satisfying - and our server helped us with honest recommendations. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We've been to Le philisophe 3 times and we love it. From the moment you walk in you're greeted so warmly that you feel like you're coming home. The menu is very creative and fresh and all we ordered was delicious. This time we were the last ones to leave and never felt rushed. I look forward to my next visit.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Cyndy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We ate at Le Philosophe on 8/14/14. Arrived on time at 8:30. Seated immediately. Restaurant was busy but not full. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the wine list. We had a very nice Russian River Valley merlot. The food was outstanding! Roasted chicken and flat iron steak were perfectly cooked. Amazing frites came with the steak with a delicious bearnaise sauce. Crepes Suzette and profiteroles for dessert were perfect. Really good meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great duck but very noisy
    theclaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The duck l'orange was excellent as well as the sauteed mushrooms. The grouper was abit bland. The noise level was very high though for such a small place and my friend and I had to shout across the table to talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rustic Classic (Modern) French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Great, kind of cool rustic atmosphere. Very small. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • contemporary French for all
    jameslucas
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Le Philosophe is rapidly establishing itself as that wonderful kind of restaurant with high-caliber cuisine and a low-key atmosphere, the combination of which allows it to appeal to a wide range of diners. With well modulated portions and no shortage of vegetable-forward dishes, it is a reliable option for diners who are hoping to delight friends or business contacts whose exact preferences may be unknown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner
    KennyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here for the third time. We were totally satisfied with the food and with the service. Our waitress was amazing. She was very friendly and very professional. The rest of the staff were also great. We love the food here. They also have a great wine list. We had a $20 bottle of wine which was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French elegance w/out Attitude
    Jakeremi123
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Le Philosophe is an adult modern French Restaurant that is tailored to the NYC taste for fresh and clean and modern spins on the classics. It delivers and it's ambience is cultured and relaxed… But, serious food. It lives up to its' name by being sophisticated and mature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Under-the-radar and great
    rpsnycVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I've eaten dinner at Le Philosophe three times and each time the food has been excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing. Every single time.
    MrSundayJohnsonVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    A new, and more extensive menu, make this Top Notch (but so relaxed) restaurant one of the best places in NYC to chill, eat, and be blown away with the food. Truly, reminiscent of cuisine long since gone , and recreated here in an updated format. Order the radishes. Order the Rossinini "Bleu." Like no other exquisite execution of menu items unavailable for too many years. You know what they are. You know what you like. Go. It's right here. Order something you've never had before. Be brave. You won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth it! Give this one a try.
    Swp7722VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was beyond perfect -- delicious, artfully presented, limited and varied choices on the menu. Décor was hip, tastefully demure grunge, on trend for a je ne said quoi dining experience! Service -- over and beyond, discreet and invisible but all encompassing. Price -- on the high side, but probably not high for NYC. We would go back again! I would highly recommend. We were thrilled and delighted. Most of all, the food and wine were sublime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful summer dinner spot
    DB13
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    the dining room was open to the outside, so we could enjoy the summer eve without having to eat on the sidewalk. the food was inventive and delicious. service was informed and solicitous. mild complaint that they served us too quickly--we could have used a bit more time between courses to relax. excellent wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MichaelVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    a very comfortable spot to find good food along with very good vibes for dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Bistro
    dmartVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife and I came on a Saturday night on the recommendation of a friend, and we are glad we did. The service in this small, friendly bistro is fantastic, the wine list diverse with plenty of moderately priced options, and the food was great. If you are looking for a cool, unpretentious place with great French food and a service staff that is attentive, knowledgeable and friendly, this Le Philosophe is worth the $$$. But note you could also easily have a great meal here for a very reasonable bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnifique
    leo30thVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Le Philosophe never disappoints! I've been here on many occassions but on the last visit we were a party of 6. The service was outstanding, our waiter was fantastic, and the food was amazing, as always. HIGHLY recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • melL
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Very Good food and service with a few outdoor tables that have nice outdoor atmosphere with little NY traffic to bother you during dinner. You also never know when a celebrity like Annette Benning will be at the next table.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 75 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 245 reviews are from the Le Philosophe reviews archive.
  • Nice Neighborhood French
    Dakota
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    This is a nice neighborhood place if you want a French food fix. Sincere, classic, on the pricy side, although the wine list is very reasonably priced. The staff was friendly and the sidewalk seating is far enough from cars and foot traffic to be comfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    SatisfiedVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Our meal was exceptional. We had cote de boeuf, which was a special addition to the menu that evening.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Smart, Really Good French Cooking
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This restaurant puts some classic French dishes on a very simple menu and you will not be disappointed...the food is fresh, well thought out and takes classic recipes and puts a modern twist without diluting the source... The veal stew (Blanquette) is a must. The frogs legs (boneless) amazing (tender chunks, boneless, tastes like delicate chicken), the duck excellent, clams, soups...all top notch...wonderful wine list with a great variety of regions and fair prices... Yeah..just go...the chef and the owner know what they are doing...and the staff is friendly and attentive...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    What a pleasant dinner experience with great food and equally great service. My second time and I understand why I rebooked for this dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great time
    happycamper
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Lovely evening - all diners cleaned (almost licked) the plates! Very accommodating to food requests/ substitutions and allergies. We go there early evening and had wonderful conversation, but noted the noise level increased with later crowds and music - conversatino became a bit harder. Friendly service and comfortable , but hip atmosphere. Love the philosophers on the wall!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond Expectation!
    AstiVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our first time at Le Philosophe and it won't be the last! Our server, Geraldine, was absolutely fantastic - very attentive, friendly and helpful. They dealt with my pepper allergy in an expert manner and tailored a dish so that I could enjoy it. We enjoyed fantastic provencal clams, lobster thermidor and the steak frites. The wine list is also very good with fantastic selections from France. This restaurant is the real deal. All dishes were prepared beautifully and tasted equally wonderful. This restaurant is a real gem and we would recommend it to anyone who enjoys great food prepared expertly with fantastic service! We truly had a wonderful time - thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic