L'Ecole - Restaurant of The French Culinary Institute
a taste of the futurewhat a find! a fantastic taste of future chefs = i thoroughly enjoyed the trip5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMI go every year on my birthdayI go every year on my birthday and always LOVE IT!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat!Overall wonderful experience. For years, this has been one of my favorite spots.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's dayWent here for Mother's day lunch. Wonderful staff, lovely food. Highly recommended!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreatI have been a patron over a dozen times throughout the past eight years. This place is consistent, server friendly and the ambiance is just awesome. Highly recommended for its quality French food.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGood for BrunchWe went there for brunch. The french onion soup was awesome. All other people were also ordering the soup. The price was not expensive. The place was located in next to TOPSHOP. Therefore if you want to have a good brunch in Soho, you should defenitely visit this restaurant. best restaurant in Soho I think.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious food,a great selectionDelicious food,a great selection of different choices, something for everyone who enjoy trying new foods!5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best of all - in one place!A menu with a selection of all the best! Attentive service from a happy friendly staff made for a perfect birthday dinner! Just go and be happy! I can't wait to go again!5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMFun and FabulousWhat a great place! Service was excellent and we got to tour the kitchen, meet the chefs and chefs in training. What a unique place to dine!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways Wanted to Try L'EcoleI chose this restaurant for a special occasion and it didn't disappoint. The ambience was elegant but relaxed, the service was beyond excellent wtih several wait people and a mgr. always aware of our needs without hovering or interrupting. The food was really good, as expected in a French cooking school. The daily pasta special, handcrafted thin pasta with arugula pesto and halibut with fava beans and some other things, and the squash flowers stuffed with crabmeat were fabulous. My trout with horseradish and dill with baby bok choy in a delicious liquid was a winner. I loved that they kept a beautiful water bottle on the table. And, last but not least, we had extra to take home in nicely designed containers. Can't wait to return!5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMA very special placeMy husband and I had dinner with three friends here last week. Everything about the occasion was extraordinary. All of us admired the choices on the price-fixed menu, the presentation of the food, and the attention to detail. A minor slip up with a reservation months ago - completely forgotten by us - was remembered by the management who presented us with glasses of an interesting sparkling wine (from New Mexico!!) to drink with the appetizer in atonement.
There were lovely flowers on the table, the staff was attentive and polite, the food was delicious - all-in-all it was a grand affair.5/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat value for moneyWe loved this restaurant. This was our
Second visit. The choice for appetizers
and main course was excellent. We all
had giger glazes mahi mahi and loved it.
Pre fix menu is a steal.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AML'Ecole le menu superbe pour un graThis classy restaurant run and menu cooked by the étudiants is a very special treat. I went here with my husband for our 22ns anniversary. We were very delgihted with the service the meal and the ambience. They made us feel special offering us champagne, sample tastes and a chocolate message on our plate for anniversary wishes. Master Chef Jacques Pepin said this was an excellent restaurant not only because he is dean but because he is right.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMPre-Fixe is INCREDIBLEI come here every time I visit NYC - the food is so tasty and every morsel will be savored. Enjoy :)5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstandingThey were outstanding. This is the second time we were there. they treated us like royalty.5/1/2013 12:00:00 AMFabulous foodThe food was fresh, beautifully presented and the choices were excellent! Compliments to the chef (s). Our wait staff was very attentive and made the meal even more enjoyable.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AML'Ecole may be the best keptL'Ecole may be the best kept secret in NY. Recently took a NY native, foodie friend there who'd never even heard of it. He was so blown away at every fresh morsel, during dinner he talked about coming back.
Fresh ingredients married with imaginative ideas equal irresistible tastes. From the fresh fish, subtle, tasty sauces that make every ingredient shine through, combined with bold, beautiful presentation. I'm not a lover of sweets, but had to taste what magic they whipped up for dessert. And as for price, you simply get this caliber of food for this price anywhere else in NY.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a great dining experienceI went to L'Ecole last week for dinner and it had been my second time going. I thoroughly enjoyed dinner. The wait service was excellent, friendly, and knowledgeable. Everything about the restaurant was wonderful and I would highly recommend it to others. I look forward to going again soon.4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMAffordable gastronomic experience!A gastronomic experience for a reasonable price. The concept of the wine pairing for each meal provides the customer with nice discoveries. Nice service, original and well executed meals. As French customers we appreciated the high quality (which would be next to impossible to get for such a price in France or anywhere else in NY).4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMwe had many servers, thereforewe had many servers, therefore we had great service. The food was very good and we enjoyed sitting in the window!!!!!!!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was a fabulous experienceIt was a fabulous experience and the food, of course, suburb and the service the best any where. I look forward to going again.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMPretty GoodThe food was very good and with the wine tastings was a lot of fun. Friends meal came half cold and hot, seems the potatoes were pre made and they forgot to heat them, by the time they got them heated, I had almost finished my meal. There was a group in house at the bar, was pretty loud, but the food and atmosphere were really good and was better when the group left as the bar is in the middle of the restaurant...4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved the presentation. PartLoved the presentation. Part of the duck confit was rare. I was not asked 'quelle cuisson'
for my duck confit, which was really not a confit at all.Confit ,as referred to by the French, is usually cooked in its own fat and therefore would not be rare or medium rare.A puzzle?4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was good but someThe food was good but some of the entrees were a little too salty.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMService was fantastic; foodService was fantastic; food was generally good, dishes well executed, though we found them all slightly too salty (that being about the only negative point I can come up with).4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMImpressed againI was as impressed this second time as my first visit. The menu was outstanding, the portions perfect. The best part of my meal was how perfect the lamb was cooked. We also received a lamb appetizer as complement from the chef that was so tender it melted in my mouth.
My doctor friend was so impressed on her first visit she wants to go back and take the kitchen tour :)
Compliments to the Chef and future Chefs and of course the Manager.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was my birthday and I wentIt was my birthday and I went with my husband and our 21 and 19 years old daughters. We all enjoyed it. We appreciated the $30 prix fixe and we, the parents had the wine pairings to go with the food. The service was excellent and the food tasty and nicely presented. I recommend this restaurant to anybody.4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat customer service. WaitstaffGreat customer service. Waitstaff was very attentive and friendly. Atmosphere was lovely, romantic and quiet. Food was good.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMBirthday DinnerWe celebrated a 50th birthday with a group of 6. We were given a quiet table in an alcove with a huge window which was very nice...the view could be better as it overlooked a scarf vendor and construction on the street. The food was great--colorful and tasty. We had the wine pairings as well. The three teens in our party enjoyed the food. Service was good. Dessert was served with a candle and a Happy Birthday inscription on the plate...nice touch. We will definitely go again...quite affordable!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMPresentation of all dishesPresentation of all dishes without a doubt were aesthetically pleasing and looks delicious to the eyes. The food was unique and different, a play on typical dishes. It wasn't super great with taste but still decent. The dessert menu was delicious! A few members from my table even said that dessert might have been better than the meal lol still a great place, I'd go back to try their lunch and brunch menu :]4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA delightful experience.A delightful experience. Wonderful food and nice servers. Will definitely return when visiting New York again. A very unique fine.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was one of the best mealsThis was one of the best meals we had in NYC. Food flavor was outstanding. Get the wine pairing, it was wonderful and perfectly matched4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMExcept for the pasta dishExcept for the pasta dish that dry with noodles that stuck together the food was excellent. We enjoyed the wine pairing and the explanation for each selection.4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMI really can't rave enoughI really can't rave enough about the service and attention we received from the staff. From wine recommendations through a special dessert treat, the service was excellent.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was tasty, efficient andIt was tasty, efficient and bright. I really enjoyed my meal. Not too adventurous or fancy, just a solid perfect classic lunch.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMNice place to eatYou really should have a reservation. We tried to eat here a few times in the last few years while walking in the neighborhood and the restaurant was completely booked. We made a reservation for Friday night and sat right away. The food is very good and the staff, although students, seem pretty well versed in the food and wine choices. The price fixed meal they serve is well worth it, $39.50 for a meal such as this is excellent. I guess there are some students that have trouble in some way but we haven't encountered any. Professional chefs have set hours to cook, as do students, so check on line for their hours if you want one or the other. I don't really know that it makes a difference in this type of setting. We will go back4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMMy family and I were pleasedMy family and I were pleased with the atmosphere and the food at this restaurant. Especially impressive dessert as the finishing touch at the end of the evening! Thank you!4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMReliably excellent and creative.Reliably excellent and creative. Perfect place for grownups looking for value and imaginative dishes.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways a WOW!Everything was exceptional which has been my past experiences at L'Ecole. I had the opportunity to introduce our friends to this wonderful find who are members of the LA Philharmonic Orchestra in town for a concert series, and they were duly impressed.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service and food was excellent!The service and food was excellent! I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to do moderately priced wine flight with their meal. I really enjoyed the walk to L'Ecole not being a resident New Yorker. I would go back the next time I visit NYC or recommend it to anyone I know going out to NYC.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were recommended to visitWe were recommended to visit l'Ecole by a friend. The food was great, the portions were ideally sized, not overly large but enough to satisfy. We found the service to be really good, polite and very helpful. We had a great time and are now telling all our friends to go there too!3/26/2013 12:00:00 AMBack to SchoolThis is the second time we have been to L'Ecole. This time we went on my husbands birthday. Food was very good, as was the service. We enjoyed being part of the school's learning atmosphere as well.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic experienceThe food was excellent, perhaps not the same as a 10-year experienced top chef, but definitely above par. The service was also prompt and the waiter knowledgable and interesting. When you consider they are students, you can definitely see them all being the the top league of restaurant staff one day. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially with the paired wines.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMI'll be back soon!It's been 10 years since My last visit, but I will not wait that long next time.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious meal.. AttentiveDelicious meal..
Attentive wait staff..
A must on a food lovers list!!3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMMy mom and I enjoyed our dinnerMy mom and I enjoyed our dinner at L'Ecole a lot. It was a highlight for our stay in New York City. The food was delicious. The scallops that my mom ordered were HUGE and fresh. The staff was friendly. The 3-course prix-fixe dinner was reasonably priced. We were satisfied.3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMStudents who could teach the pros!They do everything right! Please, please DON'T bring your kids!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMNice ambience. The serviceNice ambience. The service is excellent and the staff is friedly courteous and accomodating. We've been coming here for twenty-five years and the food has always been excellent.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAlways Hots the MarkBrought a work colleague here for the first time and she was bowled over.... The menu always has great variety. The freshness and the quality is really great.. It is my go to place because it is always great.3/16/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding food and service,Outstanding food and service, atmosphere a bit bland.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AM