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

L'Ecole- Restaurant of the International Culinary Center Details

  • 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 (646) 254-7551

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • " The wedding dress cakes in the front window sent a signal as we entered a 50's style room and were greeted by the nicest hostess. Everyone was nice. Menu is interesting and very inexpensive for what it is. We were 3 and everything we had was terrific. I had cavatelli as an appetizer and a hanger steak.......both excellent. Dale and our guest had lobsters (the day's special) and their comment was that it was as fresh as could be. Desserts were terrific also. We knew that cooking was done by the students but there was nothing on the menu or in the restaurant that trumpeted it (maybe I missed it). Surely, you could not tell from the quality of dinner."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Come here every time Restaurant Week rolls around. The food is excellent and the menu always has something different each time we go. My husband says they make the best duck!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Worth every penny and every minute. Food was exceptional. Service superb. Elegant ambiance."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I had lunch at L'ecole. It was my second time there. Fantastic meal and nice and quiet atmosphere. I was invited in to the kitchen, which was great fun. I ordered a 3 course meal starting with soft shell crab followed by grilled halibut and finally peach upside down tart with an almond ice cream. When my dessert arrived, I was given an extra dessert of fresh fruit and ice cream. That is my kind of restaurant! The entire staff was so nice and welcoming. I cannot recommend this place enough."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great lunch and fabulous staff. Everything was special from champaign cocktail to dessert. When for 3 course lunch before matinee show ans the staff provided well-paced service that kept us on schedule without being rushed."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I find this restaurant an enjoyable learning experience. The staff is very knowledgeable and informative about the food and matching wines. The food is top notch and the presentation is lovely."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "the food quality at L'Ecole has gone down tremendously over the years... First of, the waiter gave us an obsolete menu and the appetizer I initially selected was no longer available. The appetizer I then substituted for (salmon over some crusted potatoes) was overly done and too salty. My wife's fish course (seabass) was plain and blend. My meat course (lamb) was just salty, without any distinctive taste. Even the meat was barely warm... I ended up not finishing it (which has never happened before). Adding insult to injury, the price has gone in the opposite direction of the food quality! Ended up paying a little over $200 for two ppl(although we did have a $40 bottle of pinot noir). Sorry, I will not recommend this place any longer"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Great lunch in a great part of town. The menu was very interesting and the food was prepared to perfection. The service was attentive and prompt."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "... Delicious food, beautiful presentation. Could have a tad bit deeper menu selection."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We started with a cocktail that was delicious but very expensive. The dinner is a bargain at $44. Service and food were excellent!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Everyone at L'Ecole is a high-level restaurant student under the supervision of world-class chefs. So it's no surprise that the food can be glorious and the service is eager yet never pushy. A recent three-course prix-fixe dinner was top-notch, although desserts weren't as extraordinary as the first two courses. Still, dinner at L'Ecole is a relative bargain. It may be prepared by proxies for major-league chefs, but the students earn their A's."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Took my boyfriend here, told the hostess that it was his birthday, and the wait staff made sure that his dessert had a candle in it! So nice and my boyfriend felt so special."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Haven't eaten there is 4 years. Food was excellent as usual. Service was outstanding. Will definitely go back to eat the next time I am in NYC"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "I discovered this place through my guide book and let me tell you, L'ecole is a hidden gem in this otherwise very busy area of NYC. You're treated as royalty the moment you walk in the door. The food selection on the menu is carefully thought out, there's something for everyone, from hamburgers to lobsters. Still hesitant? Go there for lunch, you won't believe the pricing. I will be back the next time I'm in town."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We always take out-of-town guests to L'Ecole and everyone has LOVED it. The food is not only scrumptious but also gorgeous."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I think one would reasonably expect a culinary school restaurant to be an ongoing high level experiment. Not so here! All was polished for a job interview at any restaurant in the world. As for the front of the house, the atmosphere is comfortable elegance, without pretense. The service was attentive but not ever-present, a neat piece of magic. I had the hanger steak with creamed corn and onion rings. The creamed corn was not the sticky goo of my childhood, but fresh corn with the snap intact and delicious. The onion rings were a crispy treat without that fry oil presence, piled high like an inverted ice cream cone. The hanger steak was rare as ordered and very tender. At the reasonable menu price it could be a regular haunt for anyone."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "At the risk of never getting a table, we love L'Ecole, and we urge your readers to try the spectacular lobster this month, as well as the rest of their great menu. Our server, Mr. Watson, was terrific, attentive and knowledgeable, helped us to choose some wonderful wines to pair with each luscious course. We have dined here several times, each visit consistently outstanding in all respects. What a wonderful institution of higher learning! Congratulations, L'Ecole."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Never have I paid so much for such poor quality food. The hanger steak was un-chewable and I had to send it back, though the second dish, arctic char, was very good. The dessert was stale and tasteless. Out of about ten dishes, only two were adequate and up to par. Food was luke-warm and presentation was drab and uninteresting. Maybe the second seating would have been better, but we were unimpressed with most of the experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I am in New York infrequently but when I am there I like to visit L'Ecole for a special dinner out. I was a little disappointed this time. The grilled branzino was a little dry on the top side. My companion had the rabbit, the dark meat of which was so tough she needed to ask for a steak knife to cut it. Her first course of white gazpacho was delicious. I wished I had ordered that or the asparagus instead of the duck with pasta which was boring and too much food (noodles) for a first course. Service, explanation about wines, etc. were up to the standards I expect, as was the service."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I had a great dinner. We were 3 at the table. Waiter was most helpful in his recommendations and knowledge of the dishes. Food was so well presented and everything tasted wonderful. Had the wonderful surprise of meeting Chef Jacques Pepin and Chef Jacques Torres who came over to our table to talk and take pictures. Would definitely return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We have had excellent meals/experiences in the past at L'Ecole. Every couple of years when we visit NYC we have made a special effort to eat there. This time was a big disappointment. The food was mediocre and not artistically presented. There was a minimum of gluten free offerings, which was further disappointment for my husband. We probably will not go there again."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "My wife and I are in our late 60's and enjoy French cuisine. Our favorite meals of all time were in the Loire Valley. On this NYC trip we at four restaurants, all with good Zagat ratings (24 or above). In addition to L'Ecole, one was seafood, another Japanese, and the third modern american. We found the food at L'Ecole was far superior to the others, both in preparation and presentation. The ambience and service were comfortable and attentive in all."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Appetizers were excellent (Charcuterie and Pappardelle). My entree (the Black Sea Bass) was just ok - it was short on flavor but after I added salt and pepper it was better - however I do feel that dish should have been spiced better. Dessert was excellent. But what really bothered me were the wine pairings. $22.50 for three glasses of wine (3 oz appetizer, 3 oz entree and 2 oz dessert) is just ridiculous, and they really only suggested the same two bottles of wine for both of us, for the appetizer and entree! Better to get a bottle and share it. Most restaurants do 3 oz/6oz/2oz. Won't be doing that again."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This is a good place, but my table staff is not good."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Great French restaurant with impeccable service, food exquisitely prepared and presented in satisfying portions. Menu is varied, Wonderful wines by the glass. A meal of this caliber will cost you plenty more at other restaurants in the city. Highly recommend you check it out. Note to tourists, business casual is acceptable on Sat evening so no worries about a dress code. if you are a couple, I suggest you ask to sit at one of the front window tables as the views add to the NYC experience. Prior to 8 pm, the meals are prepared by graduate students of the Institute, after 8 pm the student brigade takes over under strict supervision from the instructors but missteps could happen so you should be prepared or chose an earlier seating."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for my mom's birthday, as a nice treat and were particulary excited to try out this restaurant, fully knowing it was part of the school (we've dined a number of times at other similar restaurants at CIA and others). However,from the appetizers something was amiss. I ordered the Pasta with Duck which was far too heavy with poor blend of flavors. My father, who got the meat plate, was absolutely unappetizing, we adore foiegras but it looked like innards on a plate. Unfortunately, the main course was no better-- the burger was miscooked, the fish dry and sides luke warm. The desert, was by far the best part of the meal, though unfortunately the "fruit soup" was just watered down sugar. A truly disappointing experience."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "It is a long trip from upper manhattan, but worth every bit of it.When we have guests or special occasions, we head for Ecole. Absolutely divine. Very reasonable priced for the best French/Continental in town and we are fussy! We visit The Continent often so we know what to taste for!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have rarely been to a restaurant where the service was impeccable. The attention to detail was phenomenal coupled with the explanations of the food preparation and wine pairings. Wow! The food was superb."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Dinner was not only delicious but the wine pairings perfectly chosen. The food was exquisite and the service top notch. The waiters and the Maitre d' were most attentive. Overall, it was a formidable dining experience!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A gem. The food is better than many places with much higher prices. The combination of cooking school/modern food is very appealing. The staff is attentive but unobtrusive. Dining there is totally satisfying. An excellent place for a business lunch as well as a personal lunch."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The waiter, although pleasant, took the wrong order and consequently the wrong main course was delivered to the birthday person. Once it was returned to the kitchen, the companion's plate was also removed and probably sat under a heat lamp or was re-plated because when it was returned to the table, it was soggy, the meat was grayish and it looked very unappetizing. I could not eat it, it did not look good or taste good. The staff was very nice about it and professional, they offered to make up a fresh order (we didn't have time for this again) so they took the cost off our bill and were very apologetic. We have had other meals on special occasions here before without incident."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Unfortunately, the menu and food was not up to par this visit. The only entree that proved worthy was the lobster (on special) which came with a $16 upcharge."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "L'ecole was a relaxing lunch time dining experience after walking about the Soho area all morning. The service and food were excellent. Staff were knowledgeable and courteous. Our selected meals were delicious. We did not feel rushed and the ambience was conducive to relaxing and enjoying the full experience."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "By internet I asked for a reservation for lunch anytime between 2 and 4 pm. All places were taken and I was given a place till 5:30 pm. However once I arrived at 5:30 I saw that the restaurant was almost empty. Why could'nt I get a place earlier? Once in the restaurant I asked for a table for two looking at Broadway street but I was told that that table was reserved so I was given a table looking at a street with mayor work construction under way. I left the restaurant at 6:30 and the table that I originally asked for was still empty. The wine and the food was very good. As an apperitive my wife initially took at the bar a coctail and I a glass of champagne.... it would be a good idea to have Moet et Chandon."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I went to L'Ecole for our anniversary and it is a gem in lower Manhattan. The staff is terrific and the food was out of this world. I have not had a better meal anywhere in the city in a long time. Go and try it you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We had heard about the special Prix Fix menu. What a great deal."
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "These must be graduate students. Dinner was excellent, with a menu attuned to the season. Our waiter was a bit nervous, but nice. The prices, for a top notch Manhattan restaurant (which it is)were reasonable. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The atmosphere and service is fantastic, despite some hickups during the night, which are to expect from students. The wine list was quite narrow, but the ones on it were splendid. Highly recommend the Tokai (spelling?) dessert wine. Foodwise I wouldnt complain, but rather praise it, had they not claimed to be a top French(!?) restaurant. All the dishes were cooked nicely, not great. I had a steak with corn and onion rings which tasted nice separately but didnt really come together as a dish. The affordability appears excellent on paper (3 courses + wine pairings for $66 on manhattan) but in reality sort of feel kinda.. Not. In conclusion, a solid restaurant with good food that claims to be better than they are, and cerainly not French."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Broadway, Grand Street, Canal Street, Soho--the noise, crowds, construction, and grit of these streets immediately ceases when you pass through the unassuming entrance of L'Ecole and enter the beautifully designed sophisticated dining room with its comfortably upholstered chairs, well-spaced tables, bouquets of flowers, and soft lighting. It's a real oasis. And the food is outstanding. The grilled asparagus with perfectly cooked soft egg appetizer was memorable, as was the chilled summer soup. Our table had entrees of rabbit, lamb, and chicken and raved about them. And the desserts were just what you'd expect from an exceptional French restaurant--exceptional!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "It was a lunch gathering on a week-day, and we were three people. The service was kind and competent, but a bit slow. The food was irregular. My apeteizer (home-made papardelle) was tasteless and overcooked, but the mussels were rightly cooked and meaty. I could observe that the salmon appetizer chosen by my colleagues was good, and the duck breast chosen by one of them as main dish appeared and (I was told) tasted excellent. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014