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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
  • "Great food and great wine list, I had wished they serve more specifically French type of dishes."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Everything served is delicious and the presentation makes you want to dive right into it. Portions were more than satisfactory. I had the FOURCHOU lobster which had a supplemental fee--BUT it was worth it. My co-worker had the sliced hanger steak and could not stop raving. We enjoyed the entire experience and do look forward to returning. I loved the idea of the card given to each table for a $10 credit towards the next meal. We both look forward to returning soon."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "We had a reservation but arrived late - very late. We were seated promptly without any problem. Our waiter was very nice and we enjoyed the dinner at our own pace. Did not feel any pressure to rush. The food was good. Just a little noisy at our corner."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "All an enjoyable experience: the food is very well done, service is very attentive, but you will notice that everything is done by the book, just as you'd expect in a school, from the greeting at the door, to the farewell. Scripts are followed, quite well mind you, but it feels as scripted as it is. So, ignore that this is the staff being trained, and it's great. My wife and I will go back, and we'll just smile when the precisely memorized scripts are repeated, and the just so attention is given, just as if this were an exam. (Might well be.)"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I recently visited L'Ecole during restaurant week and had a great experience. A lot of places will usually roll their eyes when you tell them you are lactose intolerant and gluten sensitive unless they specialize in the cuisine. The manager not only choose the best menu items to eat with the restrictions, but also made me feel good about the choices as he had similar restrictions. The best part the food did was delicious even without dairy/gluten which is not usually the case. The red currant sorbet was the only dessert I could eat and it was the best sorbet I have ever tried. My friends liked it even better than some of their desserts. The services was great from our server Michael (I believe) to the manager and the rest of the staff."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • " I selected the two course price-fix lunch, which included the main course and dessert. My dish was sliced hanger steak (tender) with sweet corn and onion rings that was delicious. For dessert I had the up-side down peach cake with ice cream. Benson was our server who offered suggestions and wine pairing that we took. We were happy with them. It is definitely a place to go."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Excellent food preparation and delivery. Interesting menu. Ambience a little tired...."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • " 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
  • "Charcuterie: Deliscious esp. the pork rillette but would be better with a preserve & toast points rather than mustard Soft Shell Crab: Lightly deep fried w/refreshing citrus sauce & watermelon Pan Seared Duck Breast: Perfect medium-rare but combo of mushroom vinagrette+arugula in vinagrette was overpoweringly sour but the mushroom was different from usual citrus based sauces Sauteed Arctic Char: Best entree of the 3. Perfectly cooked, moist&tender served w/cucumbers & interesting curried yogurt+carrot dill mayo. Very inventive sauces & accompaniments Skate: Nicely breaded&pan fried, moist, tender, & well seasoned. Arugula salad it was served with=heavy on vinagrette & was neither an inventive nor a creative addition which was disappointing."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "As usual this restaurant continues to surprise us with their very high quality service and little details that make a huge difference. In the OpenTabe reservation I mentioned we were coming for my wife's birthday and without any reminders or phone calls thay prepared the desert included in the prix-fix with a very nice chocolate note of Happy Birthday in addition to a prosecco offering (on the house)"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We were thoroughly impressed by our visit to L'Ecole, you can tell that the waiters are students with their slightly nervous, but incredibly attentive service. The food was really excellent, with all three courses at an extremely high level of quality. The accompanying words were brilliantly chosen as well and all-in-all it was a fantastic experience for a romantic meal. And at the prices offer, I suspect it is unbeatable value for money in New York. Will definitely return when I am next in NYC."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "... Delicious food, beautiful presentation. Could have a tad bit deeper menu selection."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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