L'Ecole- Restaurant of the International Culinary Center
L'Ecole- Restaurant of the International Culinary Center

L'Ecole- Restaurant of the International Culinary Center

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.lecolenyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 219-3300
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday 5:30 pm - 9:45pm
    Brunch: Saturday - 11:00 AM - 3:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: L’Ecole at the French Culinary Institute can accommodate up to 80 guests for a private booking of the restaurant. Please contact us for additional details.
  • Private Party Contact: Arthur Francescp 6462547551x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand St
  • Public Transit: J, M, N, Q, R, W, 6, 1, 9, A, C, E trains to Canal. we are located on Broadway 2 blocks north of Canal St.
  • Parking: No
A word from L'Ecole- Restaurant of the International Culinary Center
Behind every meal at L’Ecole is the passion and dedication of a team of exceptional Chef-Instructors and students from every corner of the school. As a true collaboration between the Culinary, Pastry, and Bread departments at The French Culinary Institute, L’Ecole is where the skills and training of our students shine through in thoughtfully prepared and elegantly presented dishes created with the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients.
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L'Ecole- Restaurant of the International Culinary Center reviews from OpenTable diners
307 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (177)special occasion (134)great for lunch (113)neighborhood gem (89)romantic (67)notable wine list (61)good for groups (55)great for brunch (37)hot spot (19)kid-friendly (11)great for outdoor dining (9)late-night find (8)scenic view (8)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Outstanding!
    nycdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Food and service are exceptional!! Wait staff pays attention to every detail! L'Ecole never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • short review
    kostas
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food at école was very good. The service personal is very friendly, but don't make a very professional impression... The explanations concerning the wine taste were very long & repetitive..they should keep it shorter and come to the point. the personal explaining the wine seemed a bit nervous.. Very friendly though..
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favorite
    susenne
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Always a delight, this is our favorite place to lunch when we go downtown. Superb delicious fare and attentive service make it an outstanding choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Loveit
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was delicious, service excellent - a wonderful spot for any kind of special dinner out - really and truly lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiters Pleasant, Food Excellent
    noname
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Three of us went and had a great dining experience, Short ribs, Duck, and fish were cooked perfectly and delicious. It is definitely a place we will come back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I have eaten a couple of years ago and loved it. It did not disappoint me again, food was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely experience
    Jenn
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Food and service was amazing. Cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • nice food
    Lulu
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    good food, and nice environment. waiter is nice, but could be more experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Atmosphere
    KCtraveler
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This is a wonderful quite oasis in the middle of Manhattan where you can get great service, interesting food choices and knowledgeable staff for a very reasonable fare. We had the three course dinner with wine parings and everything was spot on. We discovered some wines we would probably not have tried and found them all to be well selected and great. I try to dine here every time I come to NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excelent food, good price
    Lfazano
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    I'm almost a "regular", go to L'ecole every time I go to NYC. Food always very good, at good prices.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • out2dine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    As always, the food, ambiance, service great, that's why is my favorite restaurant for special night out. The wines were great
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good and service was good
    Manhattandiner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I have been to this place for several times and the food is good. The service is good, it may be possible to have good service without waiter pouring water regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was good, wine pairing bad
    Foodappreciator
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I love L'Ecole and the ICC and have dined there many times before. I've noticed that the prices have gone up recently and that their wine pairing has gone down. Food was great, though some components of the dishes seemed like they were made way in advance. I'd chosen the Grande wine pairing (most expensive) which is supposed to be very special vintages and pair perfectly with the 3/4 course menu you choose. I was disappointed with the selections overall. Only one wine was great with my entrée, overall not a good value. Hope they work to improve this in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great dinner!
    Kalhelnyc
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    the food was very well executed. excellent! The 4 course is such a treat. the soup is just crazy tasty and the plates are very surprising. Well done! Service is warm and caring...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular foods better service
    oldfashioneurope
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I took to dear friends to the Ecole and we chose the 4 courses menu. Only regular, at least 1 of the appetizers and the entrée were cold. I mentioned to the waiter. The service was nice, better than the foods.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a great moment!
    lagreud
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    having lunch there was again awesome, the food is delicious, the wines equally good, service very nice though a little too quick to switch plates for us to really linger on the food tasting… we'll come back anyway!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great birthday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was delicious, the service excellent. An excellent way to spend a special birthday.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • get the prix fixe!
    insomnicat
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    My partner ordered the 3 course with Grande wine pairing. I ordered the 4 course with grande wine pairing. 3 course was enough. All the wines we tasted were delicious. I had the best butternut squash soup and sweetbreads ever in my life. The whole experience was wonderful and I would definitely go back again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Conscientious staff!
    Bill
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I learned the professional "teaching" chefs cook up until 8pm, then the students take over. We were caught up in the change over when our dessert was selected, one dessert arrived timely the other arrived much later. The management staff and serving staff were very apologetic and eager to make it right, they waived our corkage fee, very thoughtful and appreciated. This is our third dinner, we come to NYC once a year from sunny California. Always a treat to dine at L'Ecole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    This is the second time we ate at L'Ecole. We were so impressed the first time that we came back again. The food looked pretty but, lacked distinct and interesting tastes. The entree was not hot enough, and the drinks were not delivered at the same time. I am hesitant to return a third time.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always enjoyable
    DebbieB
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I liked the prix fixed menu and with four of us we got to try a wide variety of dishes. We were all pleased with our choices and the tastes we had of each other's dishes. Plus we toured the kitchen and heard about the student's experiences. Everyone was friendly and professional. Try it, you will like it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Because L'Ecole is part of a school that trains students for careers in food service, the restaurant can stumble. But it has many, many more hits than misses. Several of the teachers, after all, are top-ranked culinary stars who, if they were still running their own restaurants, would charge twice the price of a meal at L'Ecole. Lunch or dinner at L'Ecole is usually fun -- and frequently delicious. A recent dinner was both.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delahoyazamora
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Not only foods, but also their bread is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration central!
    mathmomkds
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We returned to L'Ecole to celebrate my son's birthday and his engagement. My daughter discovered L'Ecole several years ago when she lived in Soho for the summer. When they ate at L'Ecole to celebrate moving to the neighborhood, she and her roommate were treated royally, given extra desserts, and sent home with their delicious bread as a welcome to the neighborhood. Once again, we were treated wonderfully for our celebrations, with delicious food, an attentive staff, and a general festive evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good presentation bas taste
    french74
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    When we discovered this place we Thought it was a very good place to taste a new plate. Unfortunetly it was not. There were too much oil in all the plate, the mahi mahi fish had a lak of flavour, the fries were too cooked and finally the price too expensive for this expérience as we had as well to pay an extra 6$ for the sides. However the service was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A FINE TASTE FRENCH RESTAURANT!
    VALTENNESSEE
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Our lunch was "succulent", delicious and tasty. Congratulations to the Students and their Master Chef teachers for the quality of their meals! Thank you for the Waiters who took care of us and did a great job. The meals elaborated by the Chefs are wonderful at a very bargain price for the high quality of the ingredients used and the passion provided by the cooks for preparing our plates. The homemade pork pate was awesome, then the Arctic char was cooked perfectly as the Branzino fish so tasty, the French baguette cooked at the Ecole has the exact same taste than the ones sold in France! Same consistency: crunchy outside, soft mie inside. A pleasure! We would suggest the candied pineapple lemon custard pie...it is just the best tart!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dinner
    Nelson
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My wife and I had dinner on a Wednesday night at 6:00. We had a nice table next to the window facing Broadway. The service was excellent as was the food. We both started with the Escargot and Mushroom Fricassee. Then she had the Duck Breast and I had the Branzino. We have been meaning to come here for a while, but this was our first visit. We look forward to returning soon.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gone DOWN HILL
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Since this school has changed hands the quality of food and service has gone waaaay down hill. I used to eat here often, many years ago and decided to try it again after moving out of NYC. What a disappointment!! Skunky-tasting meat, bland salad and overly buttery escargot. Thank god for wine and dessert. The servers don't speak English well, the host/hostess never walked the room and asked about our experience and there clearly was a lapse in service. At 7:30 pm there were only 3 tables the entire time we were there. At 9:30 pm we left and there was still no other guests the entire time and this was a Friday night!
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  • Outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Three of us had a lovely lunch. Service was gracious and attentive without hovering. Food was amazing- attractive as well as tasty. I had the country pate and the seared duck. The carrot puree with the duck was so wonderful I could have had a bowl of just that! Everyone friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely worth it!!
    Live2dine
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A delightful culinary experience! Service was flawless. Ambiance a bit lacking, l'Ecole could use some sprucing up! But even so, I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expectations always exceeded....
    Mimi2525
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Our group arrived a bit early, were greeted warmly, and seated in the front room, which was much appreciated. Generally, I seek quiet and was particularly appreciative to get the table in this quieter area, as my husband and I were entertaining friends from Italy. The food was excellent, beginning with a delicious crab cake amuse bouche. (Despite a bit of an allergy to crab, I could not resist and it was worth it. ) The service was stellar, contributing, finally, to our entire experience being stellar, as well. Although I do not get to NYC as often as I would like, I do not see ever going without at least one dinner at L'Ecole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good experience
    traveltogo
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    the restaurant was attractive, the food was presented well. there was a nice selection of choices for appetizers and entrees. the food was tasty. It was a peasant experience. the wait staff just need to remember to remove a n empty dish before putting down a new one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Dinner in SoHo!
    dekadaye
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was great and the seating and decor very welcoming and comfortable. The service a little slow, but everyone was friendly. I also really appreciated that the restaurant isn't too loud to hold a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for dinner
    AlDente
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We celebrated my wife's birthday here and we had a good time and enjoyed our imaginative dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Going to School Can be Fun
    bobbarbaraVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    After a few years absence my wife and I returned to L'Ecole for lunch. We now can't imagine what took us so long to return to this restaurant. It is bright as well as airy with high ceilings and the tables are very well spaced therefore giving us room to appreciate the wonderful open space. You are given a choice of a 2 or 3 or 4 course lunch which are all moderately priced. There are many menu selections and our table of four enjoyed our selections. Last but DEFINITELY not least is the service provided by young men and women who are committed to the field of the culinary arts. Not enough can be said of our server,Sid,whose knowledge re: food and wine along with his gracious manner in helping us make menu choices was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    ddelight
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If you like interesting food at decent prices then this is a place to come
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not much espectacular
    Mondayreservation
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Went for dinner with my partner. My appetizeer was too light, my main course (monkfish) over cooked and dry and my dessert was just a muffin with cream. Service nice, but i expected more (still wondering why there is a hostes: a nice young lady going around the restaurant; waiters chatting at the bar instead of attending tables). Otherwise, my partner really enjoyed, so maybe i had bad luck.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As Always Excellent Food
    TheShooter1981
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Food is excellent, but I really wish some of their wait staff would lighten up a little bit. So overly and unnecessarily formal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Deceiving tasteless food
    Alexbee
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I'm very deceived. I had good memories from a visit 20 years ago with my French friends but it changed a lot ... The food was tasteless and pricey. The best thing I can say from the place was the bread and the French wine I ordered . No French food there and I actually feel sorry for the students of this school. Keep away
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst dish ever... beware
    slc4VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I've been here multiple times, each time the food was good. This last time, however was incredibly disappointing. The service was very slow, not to mention the cavatelli appetizer was literally inedible. A very disappointing experience. The waiter never came to the table to check on how we were enjoying any of our dishes. Had he done that, he would have known right away that I had an issue with my appetizer, instead of coming to clear that course and THEN bothering to ask me if everything was ok. Overall a disappointing experience at an otherwise trusted restaurant.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet