L'Ecole - Restaurant of The French Culinary Institute
Great food great priceThis is a culinary school where the food can be cooked by the students or professionals depending on the hour of service. We ate early so had the professionals but could see the students getting ready for their turn. Very affordable experience.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazingHonestly the staff and service were fantastic...but it doesn't stop there...food was also fantastic...went for a birthday lunch and they treated us all so well the birthday person kept talking about the experience all afternoon....definitely recommend6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and serviceI went here with a friend and we had a really nice time. Since the staff are students you feel okay to be sort of a student yourself. Not to know which knife to use and so on. We highly recommend this restaurant. I will definitily tell my friendster to go when they visit NYC.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome!I took my parents for Sunday and they had a blast with everything and my daughter loved the food. Thank you for such great service and such great food!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat value for money! LovelyGreat value for money! Lovely food, great service! Will recommend this place for all my friends visiting NYC :)6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM4 in rowWhen visiting NY it is a tradition for us to book a table here. On once again they delivered high quality to a fair price. We will be back next time we visit NY for vacation.
Simply a good concept!6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food at a reasonable costCreative, delicious brunch in a comfortable, clean contemporary setting. It;s probably one of the most reasonable meals we had for the quality.6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were able to tour the kitchen.We were able to tour the kitchen. Waiters and captain services were outstanding.5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of my friends had dinnerOne of my friends had dinner with you two o three weeks ago and suggested me to visit this restaurant during my stay in NY and I Did it very happy to take this suggestion was great I like it , great food, nice people very focus staff ... I felt pamper .... great , ! I love it ...
hopefully the construction work finish soon but in general again was great !5/30/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food at low pricesThe restaurant L'Ecole at the French Cooking school in lower Manhattan, is our favorite restaurant in Manhattan. It offers excellent food at reasonable prices combined with first class service. The wine list is exceptionally well selected and offers many pleasant surprises. The best deal is the fixed price lunch available during weekdays.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMserviceThey were eager to please and very accommodating. The food was good and the presentations very appealing.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AML'EcoleWent for our 33rd anniversary. Had not been there in almost 20 years. Food was as good as we remembered. Would definitely go again for a special occasion.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMEquisite Dining ExperienceThe food -- its taste and presentation -- was superb. This is an awesome place, perfect for groups, couples and singles alike5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMStill wonderfulWe have eaten at L'Ecole multiple times of the years and each time it has been delicious and enjoyable. This will continue to be a favorite place for special occasion dinners since we can always count on it! Keep up the great work.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb RestaurantL'Ecole offers an unique experience. The menu was great - I could pick several options. it was hard to choose, simply because there were too many good, interesting offers. The service was exceptional, and the food was excellent. I cannot think of anything that should change about the restaurant.5/22/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely!Great food and very attentive service. Would definitely recommend!5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMa taste of the futurewhat a find! a fantastic taste of future chefs = i thoroughly enjoyed the trip5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMA real find...Not many people know about it, so it seems, but I've recommended it to many friends as a fun place to go for wonderful food. The prix fixe is terrific, and the wine list is well curated.5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Winnertasty, creative food with local fresh ingredients, reliable & solid, French comfortable slow yet attentive service, killer deserts, last but not the least- great drinks, don't remember how many times we have been here, each time is experience including a few misses :) this time, each dish came with plenty of vegetables, that's a good thing, very good thing...5/19/2013 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 AMGreat food, decent serviceI went with my family for Mother's Day. We arrived about 15 minutes late, but did call to let the hostess know and we were seated immediately upon arrival. The restaurant was bright and the food was delicious. The busboy was more attentive and helpful than our waiter, however. Still, it was a great experience overall and I'd definitely recommend it.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 AMNice evening with my wife...Had been there a few times for lunch (during shopping) and found L'Ecole nice an good food for the price. Went for the first time in the evening with my wife and we were really impressed by the nice classic and still original french cuisine and the good service, Were also impressed with the wine options and with the advice received.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 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 AMA great lunchWe had the set lunch menu with a wine pairing. Very good food - and the wine pairing worked very well. Great value for money. Our second visit - will happily some back.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 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 AMWe went to L'Ecole on a FridayWe went to L'Ecole on a Friday at seven and the place was lively but not intrusive. The food is very good especially as a prix fixe. The mango puree with rosemary was a delightful surprise.4/19/2013 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 AMGood food and good serviceGood food and good service but could be so much nicer with a little interior design update. Perfect for a Sunday brunch before shopping. Very convenient to all the good shopping in SoHo. Don't be fooled by the $24 brunch menu....drinks, bread, coffee, etc. are not included and you will quickly be at $50 per person with tip.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AM