Les Halles Downtown
Les Halles Downtown

Les Halles Downtown

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://leshalles.net/
  • Phone: 2122858585x
  • 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: Steakhouse, French
  • 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: 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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Les Halles Downtown reviews from OpenTable diners
170 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (66)great for lunch (61)fit for foodies (60)good for groups (38)great for brunch (30)special occasion (30)notable wine list (25)romantic (24)late-night find (20)vibrant bar scene (14)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (7)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Brunch party
    DahlersVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Made res for 7 ppl, and upon arrival mentioned we'd be 8 ppl for brunch, asking for an extra setting at the table. Despite the request, after we were seated - we noticed the table was set for 7 with no real room to add an addition person unless we squeezed in (which we did). The service wasn't as on point as we'd have liked...it took some time to get our orders in, and to get more drink orders in...we asked the waiter for an extra setting for the 8th person, and some water - which we had to ask the busboy for as the waiter forgot to bring it by. The fries were amazing. The drinks were strong, but the house liquor gave a few of us a headache. The food varied, some good and others average. Overall, wasn't bad - but not likely to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Parisien Cachet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    A French style Restaurant at it's best with excellent Food and great Service. The noise Level however is very high, even for NYC Standards. Overall a great place with affordable Prices.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect Find
    Tbird
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    While in town on business in lower Manhattan Wall Street area, I was so pleased to have found Les Halles. Wonderful wood paneled bistro atmosphere with an interesting and elevated menu. Claims Anthony Bourdain as their "chef at large." Service was perfect, reasonable pricing, and the food was very good. I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALMOST AVERAGE...
    MalFromage
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Of course I was expecting more, being an Anthony fan. But when the best part of the meal is the fries and steamed green beans, well, quite disappointed! The tuna in my Nicoise, while rare enough, was dry and not very tasty, and it seemed to have 'been out' for a while. The remainder of the salad was acceptable, nothing more. My wife's mussels were nearly tasteless, as was the juice remaining in the bowl, which we'd hoped to dunk the very good whole grain wheat bread in. No noticeable taste of interest; no dunking done. Meanwhile, the fries were delicious, as were the green beans that we ordered for a side. Perhaps we'll just stick to those next time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot for lunch
    BusinessLunch
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Always look forward to lunch at Les Halles and the food is excellent. Great spot for WTC area and feels like a neighborhood old world spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    sonhomeu01VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Friends visiting from North Dakota are big Anthony Bourdain fans and requested to eat at Les Halles their last night in NYC. It's one of our favorite restaurants downtown so we happily obliged. We started with the baked brie, and then three of us ate the specials, skate and steaks, and one had the sausage and sauerkraut dish. We loved learning that Monday nights are half price wine nights, so of course we shared a bottle of a medium bodied French wine. We finished with cheesecake and the banana flambé, which was entertaining as they flambé the banana at your table. Service was friendly and we were able to sample two wines in order to select the bottle. A great night out! Gotta love Les Halles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no french
    Makko
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our special occasion was my husband´s 60th anniversary. Party of 5. Great ambiance, it felt like a brasserie in Paris ( we often have dinner in brasseries in the French capital at only 4 hours from our home in the Netherlands). The menu is in French, just a few English translation, so we ordered in French. However, the waiter didn´t understand a word in French!! We were very surprised when he told us that he doesn´t understand the French language at all ,since he lives in the US??? We think part of the service should be a certain communication in French because Les Halles is supposed te be a French restaurant. Then the frisee salade to be served with Roquefort comes with a small piece of the cheapest blue cheese ( no Roquefort)..
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable French Evening
    Dreamchaser
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Enjoyable evening good food, good service with the look and feel of French café. I recommend the steak and the steak tartare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not Amazing
    Chelsea
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We went to Les Halles for a special dinner with family in town. The main course was pretty average. The seafood was on point but other than that all the dishes were nothing to rave about. For dessert, we ordered Bananas Foster which was supposed to be prepared table side. They were out of rum so they couldn't make it with rum which we said was fine. Still, the guy who prepared the dish table side for us didn't know what he was doing. It was very disappointing. Additionally, the dish was supposed to come with ice cream. For one serving, which we paid almost $20 for, we only got enough ice cream to provide about four bites. It was absurd. And each dish only had one banana. Such a rip off and highly disappointing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • doliii
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Very good food and wine: friends reported that both steaks and seafood were delicious. I wouldn't have thought to order the trout special but did and was very pleased with the boned fillet, which was succulent and tasty. Best fries in Manhattan? Great to sit with a larger group (9 people) in the back room, where it is very quiet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pretty but food should be better
    StephenVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    L.H. is certainly an attractive location, well placed in the booming downtown. The food at a recent brunch was bland and ordinary, well below what many New York coffee shops turn out at much lower prices.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great restaurant! Delicious food!
    Friteslover
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Best French Onion soup I've ever had in my life!! (And I've tried a bunch)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paris in New York
    CityGirl
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We made a last minute reservation for an early lunch after visits to Trinity Church and the 9-11 Memorial. We loved everything about this restaurant. The mix of New York and Paris energy was great and the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • billyboy
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    very good food and atmosphere. Service also very good. a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • terrible service and overpriced
    pollydiner
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We paid $15 each for breakfast and that did not include the $5 coffee. Portions were small and my medium poached eggs were runny and raw. The server did not bother to ask how things were and we had to request ketchup and utensils. Water refills had to be requested. Will not be going back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for client breakfast meeting
    Sunny
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Nice bistro ambience for an early morning client meeting. Friendly service. The breakfast menu gives nice options ranging from a hearty morning start to lighter options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Les Halles Downtown
    Babette
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Had the grilled salmon and it was delicious. The asparagus was cooked perfectly, not to hard and not to soft. Very favorful! When we first arrived there was a lot of noise in the front of the restaurant, but we sat in the back where it was somewhat quieter and you could hold a conversation. The service was great. Overall, a very positive experience. I would definitely come here again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    NancyNev
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Good Happy Hour and good food. the mussels and frites were great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good & Fair...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Good food - prepared well, traditional French bistro style. Service fair - spotty attention, no personal touch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At least they had food!
    BobTVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    There's not much to say after horrible service, borderline food and worn, rundown surroundings; at least we found a place to eat on a Sunday after visiting the 9/11 memorial. There's not much else I can say about this place. Suffice to say, there's no reason for me to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Happy Bitthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was just fine, especially the Rooster. The service was speedy. The menus were falling apart. I left a note on Open Table stating it was my wife's Birthday, and I told our server after our entrees, ordered dessert, and it arrived with no recognition for the reason we went our that evening. amateur front of the house crew and a bit of a tourist trap vibe. Won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What happened to good service?
    lgueatsVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I have been to this restaurant MANY times over the years, but last night was a NIGHTMARE for our table of five. The service was not as good as it had been in the past. One companion's meal was not done as requested. Wine ordered was not available. Another bottle was offered at the same price, but the second bottle of the same wine was not. We had to request our bill THREE times before it was delivered. My companions were not amused, which is a pity, as we had been there before and were planning monthly dinners there. I do not know what happened to the quality of their servers, but this is something that should be looked into and remedied.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Les Halles, always good
    AnnM
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    This is my go-to spot when meeting friends in lower Manhattan. The food is always good, the wine is good, the prices are reasonable for a noteworthy restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    BBFoodie
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Delicious food and great service. We were visiting from out of town and enjoyed the mini trip to France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great early lunch
    bonettpa
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were really pleased that Les Halles lived up to its reputation. Great food, great wine, great service...that's it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, fun atmosphere
    lilliewalsh
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The steak frites is delicious. It's pretty loud, but in a fun and not overwhelming way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Satisfying
    WaltM
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great service and always a satisfying meal. The staff always goes out of their way to make our meal special. I make sure I eat here each trip through town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • For French Food lovers
    oberho
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I'm going to les Halles since 7 year and I'm still a big friend of it. Anyways the Boudin noire (blood sausage) used to be different and much better accruing to my taste. I guess they have changes the butcher. Wine list and food is excellent as always. Lots of french wine available for fair prices.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Serviceable but not great
    lalau66
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Our table wobbled to begin with though we were transferred to the banquettes soon enough when we insisted. The waiters seemed a bit confused and one made a simple error - bringing a glass instead of a bottle of wine, which was exacerbated when he said a bottle of the same wine couldn't be found (not thinking to offer the remaining wine in the bottle). The waiter in question didn't greet us as we left for which the Maitre d' reprimanded him slightly. The food was fine but a little dry and heavy on the salt. We didn't spot any French staff at all. This is a mid-priced restaurant with a nice ambience in a good location, which could however try harder or freshen itself up a little.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good hearty food
    MinnieRVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    We go to Les Halles downtown when we want hearty food at a good price. The fries are great. Mussels comes in different variants and my favorite is in Basque broth. They usually have good fish specials, but today I just wanted mussels. My husband usually gets a steak or pork dish. On this visit he got steak with peppercorn sauce; overall the steak was a good cut and cooked as per order. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always delicious
    RPS3
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    This is one of our favorites in lower Manhattan. It turns out that is now very convenient to her daughters new residence. We look forward to the opportunity for many return visits. Food and service were as always outstanding
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    IKMS
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I loved this restaurant and the selection that they had. The presentation of the dishes were perfect. And I'd highly recommend this to anyone!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Had Terribe and escargots as appetizers. Coq au vin and cassoulet as entrees even though we went at Brunch time and these were dinner menus. The chef was all too glad to serve these to us since we had our hearts set on that. Excellent and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best hamburger in town
    Nicky4Nickname
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The traditional French specialties are great, but this is the place I come for the best hamburger in town. Service is good, fast, and friendly. A great sport for lunch downtown!!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic
    Adrienne
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We really enjoyed the food and ambiance of the place. However, we were squeezed in (literally had to move the table to get in - and I am not a big person) ! There was a table of 4 basically three feet all facing us and I sat probably 2 feet from the ladies on the other side. Luckily everyone was nice and having a great time. The waiter was quick and made wonderful suggestions - we did have the escarole which was tasty! My client had the fall off the bone short ribs and I had the bearnaise sauce steak and we were both satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Les Halles
    SIBob
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    As close to a brasserie experience you can have here. Outstanding preparation and food quality. Attentive but not overbearing service. Great location for breakfast as there are limited options in the financial district for a discreet sit down breakfast meeting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok but not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Be prepared to wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
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  • Very good food and service
    Madmas
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Think twice about brunch here
    RayUWSVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate