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Les Halles Downtown
Les Halles Downtown

Les Halles Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://leshalles.net
  • Phone: (212) 285-8585
  • Hours of Operation: Weekdays:
    Breakfast: 8 am - 11 am
    Lunch: 11 am - 4 pm
    Dinner 4 pm - 12 midnight
    Weekend:
    Breakfast: 8 am - 12 noon
    Brunch: 12 noon - 4 pm
    Dinner: 4 pm - 12 midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Isidoro Alvarez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Available on a limited basis and the menu is created on a case by case basis.
  • Special Events & Promotions: THE MAIN PRIVATE DINING ROOM: Seating for up to 60 guests
    Cocktail Receptions for up to 100 people
    ($1500 - $6000 minimum depending on day of the week)
    THE BACK PARTY ROOM: Seating for up to 16 guests
    Cocktail Receptions for up to 20 people
    ($400 - $600 minimum depending on day of the week)
    PRIVATE MEZZANINE
    Seating for up to 40 guests
    Cocktail Receptions for up to 45 people
    $70000 - $1500 minimum depending on day of the week)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Broadway and Nassau Street
  • Public Transit: The 2, 3, A, C, 4, 5, J, M & Z trains to the Broadway/Lafayette/Fulton Street Station. The M15, M103, B51, M22 & X25 buses to Park Row & M1 and M6 buses to Church Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Les Halles Downtown
Brasserie Les Halles is the home base of Chef-at-large Anthony Bourdain, author of the best selling Kitchen Confidential (Bloomsbury, May 2000) host of the TV Show, No Reservations. Bourdain is also the co-author of the Brasserie Les Halles Cookbook (Bloomsbury, 2004) with proprietor Philippe Lajaunie.



Bustling and lively, Brasserie Les Halles is a typical Parisian brasserie serving fresh and simple dishes of France’s everyday cuisine.



For centuries, the old market district of Paris, Les Halles, fed people from all walks of life with food stalls, restaurants, brasseries, bistros and cafes, open at all times day and night.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had a big group and it was easy to get a reservation for a big group two days before. However food was just ok and not spectacular."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Went there for a low key business lunch. Ended up waiting 45 minutes for basic priced fixed order, after which server whispered to me that chef had walked out. Food miraculously arrived 5 minutes later, when server told me chef had left "to get married" as if that made delay okay. We paid and left without the dessert. Too bad, because the place has an authentic French ambience and menu that is hard to find in Lower Manhattan."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The restaurant is convenient for work has a really good menu. I have several favorite dishes and have a hard time deciding which on to pick. If you are a hamburger and fries person theirs is one of the best."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Overall, the food is good at Les Halles but I wouldn't return for brunch, as the items were fairly plain, and the pancakes were blah (at least they could have topped them with fruit or something to spruce them up). The salmon omelet is just that - a little cheese or onions would give it a little boost. At $18/item, despite a $5 bring being included, adding an extra topping/item or two would move the food from average to the level that Les Halles presents itself to be."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I was extremely disappointed with the restaurant week food. Badly made with old ingredients I should have tried one of their food from the regular menu looked more promising."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "The food was very good, remarkable tomato soup. Service all right. Only thing that's not so nice is that we sat upstairs and is not as lively as the main salon."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "A very good choice if you are visiting the 9/11 Memorial and the surrounding financial district."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "crowd packs the place by 1230 - great french standards and the frites are perfect!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience here on Saturday. The wait staff was extremely attentive and friendly. We sat in the back, and the noise level was fine for us. I wish we had caught the name of our waitress, as she was one of the sweetest we've had in a long time. Always willing to answer our questions and make (great) recommendations. The drinks and food were incredible. He had the steak tartare frites, which was a huge portion for the price! Not to mention it's prepared table side, so you can kind of pick and choose exactly how you want it. You could tell it was high quality meat and so tender. I had the Portuguese mussels, which where absolutely amazing. Best mussels I've had in a long time. Highly recommend this place :)"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week. Had the duck rillette. My first. It was smooth & delicious. Then the fish and finally the Nutella crime brûlée. Everything was enjoyable. We were seated in the far back of the restaurant which was quiet. The server was attentive but not intruding. An overall wonderful lunch experience. I'll be back."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The fries are no doubt the best and the mussels delicious ... Crepes les Halle's yum! If they could just make the tables a little less crowded as people are literally on top of each other. It's very noisy."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I don't know if Anthony B. has ever even stepped in this restaurant, but if he has, people need to find someone else to tell them where to eat. Escargot was lukewarm, tasteless, and had the consistency of something that has been cooked a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. My dining companion had the Mussels which looked OK. I had the unfortunate experience of being served the duck breast whose only saving grace was the french fries side I substituted for mashed potatoes. The duck was overcooked, rubbery and so thinly sliced it looked like pastrami waiting for two slices of bread. The sauce accompanying the duck (or trying to hide its taste) had so much flower in it I think I skipped dessert thinking I just ate cake! Never again."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Restaurant week got off to a bad start. With so many restaurants around, the thing to "make you" would be service. Well, th service here def breaks you! The hostess was rude and aloof when she seated the couple next to us and threw the menu to the table, which then flew off onto the ground. She made no attempt to pick it up or apologize. Our server was clueless on the contents of the speciality drinks. When I asked her if one was of a sour bled, she looked and said, well, it has pineapple in it, so it must be pineapple-y. The food was tasty, but the star side order we asked for didn't come until we were almost done with dinner. Our server looked completely disinterested in our needs."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "No attention for gluten-free diners. Slow and imprecise service."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "If you don't know that Les Halles also serves breakfast... you are missing something... Great French press coffee, Eggs Benedict, wonderfully quiet and the service, as always, spot on..."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "The steak was excellent!! It was cooked nice and rare just the way we like it. The wine options were great and the cocktails was just right!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We ate here for brunch on a Sunday morning specifically because they were open for a 9am reservation. The menu is fairly limited for brunch and at least a third of it is various types of pastries including two options for pastry baskets. When we attempted to order pastries at around 9:20 we were told there were none and they would not be available until after 10am. They either need to expand their non pastry menu or not open until 10am. We have eaten at the uptown Les Halles for dinner and it was fine and I am sure this location would probably be good too. However, they need to rethink their brunch situation because as it exists today, it is unacceptable and we will never eat there again."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "we went for french week disappointed they did not offer any specials like other restaurants in new york but over all it was good. service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The mussels were a big hit, with several delicious sauces, as well as the wonderful frites! A good place for a casual light meal in the financial district."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Cozy ambiance; good if not extraordinary food; extremely friendly service. Prices have risen so that it's no longer the value it was a few years ago, and it feels crowded and noisy. Still, it's a standout in a neighborhood where most upscale restaurants feel slick and impersonal."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I didn't know that my Sunday morning reservations were for breakfast, not brunch, or that there were separate menus for the two. The breakfast menu was lackluster. The service wasn't great, had to wait forever for the check, and there was only one other table in the whole place. Also, I could see staff eating. As I was only in New York for a few days, I felt it was a wasted meal."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "I agree with a lot of the other reviews. Food was really good. Steaks cooked nicely and my wife's salmon was terrific. Nice wine list. We ordered 2 glasses of champagne and some escargot which took at least 10 minutes for champagne even though bar was right behind us and place wasn't overall that busy as a few tables still open. We ordered the rest of our meal a few minutes later which came in a flash (no escargot came) and no time now to order a bottle of wine so after several minutes we grabbed waitress to order 2 glasses of wine which of course took 15 minutes to arrive. It is just too bad as ambiance was nice and so was food but you could tell everyone was having same problems. Really too bad."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Perfect place for good French brasserie food. It can be noisy at times but the quality of the food is great and the desserts wonderful/"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We went for brunch. It was a good location to our hotel and could fit a large group. There was no one in the restaurant when we arrived with a party of 10. The service was extremely slow and the MAX amount of tables that seated for the 2 hours we were there was 5! The server kept forgetting things, and had to make many many trips. The brunch menu was VERY small, and we were disapointed in the selection, however the food was good. I wouldnt go here again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Another NY restaurant that I always try to visit anytime I'm in the city. Outstanding food, great service and fun atmosphere! Breakfast and brunch are amazing!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Good food, good atmosphere, but few people find it, I think, because of construction on the street. Too bad"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Good service, great food! We had a pleasant evening here and really enjoyed our food. I had the grilled salmon which was superb. My friend had the steak frittes and really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Went for a business lunch last week - we both got the trout special which was decently cooked and sauced. Service started out well - order taken promptly and food came pretty quickly. However, I still had half my food left and my napkin was still on my lap too when they started trying to take it away...and this happened 3 times before I was ready for them to do that."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Always reliable in all respects...food, wine and fair pricing."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My friend and I had dinner at Les Halles and were very pleased with the whole dining experience. We both had the special Beef bourguignon and were very happy with the meal. The meat was excellent and if they had this special again, I would order it. I had PROFITEROLES for desert and they were wonderful. The service was very good, no problems at all and when we did not like the table they allowed us to change tables. I would recommend this restaurant and would go back there for dinner. My friend loved her meal and ordered a second dinner to take home to her husband that evening!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I didn't enjoy the food here. The shrimp were rubbery and the raw oysters were so-so. The best part of the meal was the bread. I didn't feel like the staff were overly attentive to us either (had to flag the waiter down to order another beer as he walked by without even looking my way). It was around 4pm too so it wasn't that busy."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "As a fan of Anthony Bourdain I could not visit New York and not visit Les Halles. From the moment I arrived 45 minutes early ("Would you like to be seated now?") until I waddled out the door three hours later my experience was wonderful. The food was well prepared, the service was attentive and the ambience was delightful."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Our wines glasses were dirty, the very young waiter spilled my very expensive wine into my water and the service was rough."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We were party of 6. Everyone's dinner order was delicious. The group ordered hanger steak, duck, salmon and filet mignon. The oysters were very fresh. We always have a good time at this restaurant. I only wished I had seen that Tuesday was mussel night."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Dining experience was excellent. Staff was very informative regarding the menu. Had dinner on a Sunday evening and it was not especially crowded or loud. Very nice décor and the food was excellent and reasonable in price!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great meal! Great friendly service. I had a reservation but my guest was running late. The host asked for her name and I waited at the bar. When she arrived, the host escorted her to me at the bar where we had a drink before our dinner. We did not feel pressured to hurry to get to our table despite being a bit late. And the host was very friendly. The food was superb. Cooked perfectly and made with great ingredients. I'll definitely come back."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "never disappointed. solid food every time. anthony bourdain claimed les halles has the best fries in nyc. He's being a narcissist for saying so, but he is a justified narcissist. BEST. FRIES. IN. NEW. YORK. CITY. the other food is good too."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We read great online reviews and went to the restaurant. Service sucked; food is hardly French, overall disappointed:("
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I used to come to this restaurant regularly for lunch. Have not been to this location in 1 year. Quality of food has really diminished. And the menu has changed. Best to stick to the Park Avenue location."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "I have visited Les Halles Downtown at least 20 times, and each time the food, the service, the atmosphere never cease to amaze! If I was not moving to California, I would continue to support this location. Much better than the Park Avenue site, Les Halles Downtown has a hip yet casual atmosphere, the servers are fantastic, and the food bar none. For the price, an excellent restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014