L'ybane

L'ybane

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 2125822012
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch and Dinner: Daily: 10:00am - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West 45th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: A, C & E trains to 42nd Street/Port Authority.
A word from L'ybane
A refined restaurant with Mediterranean flavors in the Big Apple. If you are missing Mediterranean cooking and a romantic atmosphere, ever rarer in a great metropolis such as NY, L'Ybane New York is the ideal place where you can find them again. Soft deep tones and candlelight will cunningly embrace you in a classy ambience, and the flavorsome Mediterranean cuisine will take you on a trip away from the usual US prepackaged taste sensations. Welcome to L'Ybane New York ...
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L'ybane reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (12)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (5)good for groups (5)special occasion (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • A quaint restaurant among the noise
    Paula
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    If you enjoy tapas and a good glass of Merlot for $5, this is place to go.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Pre-Theater
    Levy4nj
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We had several small plate dishes before the 7 pm show and thoroughly enjoyed the experience! Had escargot (first time ever in the shell), foie gras, hummus platter, lamb sausage and more. Food was fresh, flavorful and delicious. The cappuccino was also well done. Their wine list was also very nice. They had a Montelpuchiano red for me so I was happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theater district treat
    Dissapointed
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Looking for something other than the usual grill or Italian fare this Mediterranean restaurant was a treat. the food was tasty and the service was attentive but not overbearing. Great value for midtown.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mediterranean
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    L'Ybane serves excellent starters/mezze, notably excellent calamari and falafel. And we thoroughly enjoyed their spicy merguez sausages. We wish we had a restaurant with this menu in our home community.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    yumko
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We ate here to kick off our friends 30th and it was awesome. The food was amazing and reasonably priced. The atmosphere was great and the service was good. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location for bite before show
    annpeter
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not disappointed that we chose this restaurant before attending a show in the Times Square area but not considering it a repeat. The food was good but not at all special. The ambiance was pleasant but not memorable. The service was below par even though we were dining just before the pre-show rush. Would not recommend this.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After show dinner
    CandLVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very pleasant experience. Arrived just before 10 PM and had a nice, unrushed meal. Service was friendly and professional. The food was good.
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  • Yummy mediterranean appetizers
    3rdtimeabust
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The food was outstanding! My friend and I got the 10 appetizers for $20 each. So delicious and so much food- could not finish it all. What a deal for $20 a person! The waiter was wonderful! When I go back to New York, I will be sure to get back to L'ybane!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middle-Eastern with a French Flair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Three of us thoroughly enjoyed a delightful and varied dinner of several shared small plates: Eggplant L'ybane, Lamb Sausages, Falafel, Hummus, Spicy Beans, and Meatballs with Potatoes. These dishes are accompanied by delicious, warm pita bread cut into wedges for easy dipping and filling. There's a nice wine selection; we were pleased with the Malbec we ordered. Happy Hour drink pricing is offered every day at the bar, where you can order off the full menu. L'ybane's bar and dining area remind us of French bistros. If you have kids in your party, don't be dissuaded by the front-area bar. If the kids like Middle-Eastern food or are willing to try it (hey, it's fun to scope up hummus with pita wedges), the dining area seems kid-friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food great service not
    bulldog83
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was very good and plentiful but the server seemed to want to be anyplace but there.didn't ask if we wanted anything to drink for a starter and through the evening while not rude was not a great advertisement for the place.host was very friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our needs
    Josef3
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    WE were headed to a show and this nearby gem was perfect in every way: Menu, taste, cost, service, location, and setting. We could not have done better at twice the price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cousins Meet for Dinner
    JGCT
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The six of us ate, drank, and talked until it was evening show time. Beers on tap and respectable wine list. The food and service were good too. Water glasses refilled in a timely fashion and a good time was had by all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour Hour and Food
    TastingT
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Fantastic Happy Hour for Manhattan and the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not our Kind of Restaurant
    FunkyFuturistVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Paper napkins. Escargots served with toothpicks. You have to ask for bread. These are not characteristics of a fine restaurant. If I'm going to pay $75 for a meal for two, I want a minimum level of luxury and professionalism. The food was pretty good. When I could dig them out, I enjoyed the escargots and the grilled asparagus was also good. But the icing on the cake was that my husband was up much of the night with heartburn. Finally, maybe we were there on a particularly crowded night, but you had to really shout to be heard. I even cancelled the reservation at La Carafe, their sister restaurant, because there were at least on-third of the same items in the two menus.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • not recommended
    BroadwayloverVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The noise level prevented any normal conversation. Tables were too close together. Server was unpleasant and uninterested. A real disappointment. Food was OK, but service was poor. Will not be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, great service, interesti
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    OUr waiter was wonderful. Really helped explain the menu and talked about the special prices in effect for the menu that night. The food was good - particularly the vegetarian appetizers.
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  • FoodFan18VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Good food at affordable prices. It is very convenient to the theaters for a good pre-theater or after a matinee early dinner. We never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go here for decent service!
    dinergirl
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We were entertaining clients and had a 2pm matinee. We picked this restaurant because of it's proximity to the theater. They have a nice menu, and we took our time selecting dishes and put our order in around 12:25pm. Our iced coffees and teas came pre-sweetened and we asked for unsweetened drinks instead, which did not sit well with the waitress and it was downhill from there. We sat for about an hour before our new drinks came out! A soup and one salad came out after another 30 minutes. The rest of the food arrived at 1:30pm, giving us little time to eat. Forget about ordering coffee or dessert. We tried our best to convey our needs to the waitress, although we can't figure out why things took so long to come out.
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  • Nice experience
    sheesh
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Recommended by a friend and found L'ybane to be a moderately priced restaurant that is good for lunch or dinner. It was extremely convenient to the Kinky Boots show, so our group of six was thrilled to be so close, especially as it was a rainy night. Would definitely consider returning when we are in the theater district again, as all of us were very pleased with the food, atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back
    DianeJ
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I brought a friend for the first time and the restaurant has yet another fan. We'll both be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Second time
    mima
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Took friends who are skittish about new foods and they liked it!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and varied menu
    Reded
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We were quite pleased with our visit to this restaurant. The staff was pleasant and accomodating. The menu was varied though limited. The food was prepared well and tasted great. Service was a little slow but worth waiting for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raven
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    The food was a little disappointing; bland in general. Meatballs were dry and seemed to be of poor quality.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Refreshing taste from sea
    HanaVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The steamed mussels were really fresh and tasty. You can get sweet juice and tender meat from those shells and the garlic and wine just add to the inviting taste. Good portion for an appetizer. The main dish a combo of beef and chicken skewer was delicious. A good place to try something Mediterranean in NYC.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lebanese food
    ChowHoundVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Excellent selection of Lebanese dishes, large, and tapas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service!
    Partyof8
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a early dinner reservation for a party of 8. When we presented on time, we informed the staff that we were expecting 3 more guests. The staff was very accommodating. They asked a couple that was already seated to move to another table and their table was added to our party. Food was very good. Service excellent! Great B'way location. This is my second time at L'ybane and will definitely return again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great theater place
    Diva120
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    My family have been here twice before a show. The staff remembered us and welcomed us back the second time! Food does not disappoint!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 253 reviews are from the L'ybane reviews archive.
  • enjoyable
    nightout
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    nice service & convenient to theaters 50 characters required nice service & convenient to theaters 50 characters required
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    carol
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The atmosphere was like a tavern and the food was ordinary. I expected someplace charming with interesting food and got neither. Okay if you need a quick dinner but not for a leisurely meal.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-theater wine bar
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    We chose L'Ybane because it was near our theater and we were very happy we did. We arrived early and sat at the bar for some drinks and their veggie platter with hummus, babaghanoush and tabbouleh along with nice warm pita wedges. We then ordered the calamari appetizer to share with a garlic infused marinara sauce. Very tasty. I had the moules and frites and my wife had the chicken paillard all served at a leisurely pace. We had coffee and I gave our server our restaurant.com certificate which she gladly accepted. We will return to this little piece of Southern France next time, with or without a certificate. Bon appetit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waste of time & money
    YayaVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I chose L'Ybane because it was literally around the coner from the theater where we were seeing a play at 8 pm. One would think a 6:15 reservation would have given us enough time but because of the very poor service we just made it to the theater in time. We ordered several small plates to share. The meatballs were over cooked, the hummus tasteless and the kibbe was dry. The lamb lollipop and goat cheese salad were OK. To comment on the personality of our server would imply that she had one, she did not. Everyone around us was commenting on the poor service and how slow the kitchen was. It was cramped, loud and one of the worst dining experiences I have ever had in a city full of great places to eat.
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  • TheSleepyHollowGuys
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food quality was fine--service was only fair. Had to ask for water refills and waiter was businesslike, not overly friendly. Main problem was noise level-- so loud (both recorded music and general noise) it was very difficult to converse. We were not rushed and were seated at a roomy table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Everything was mediocre. Would not recommend this restaurant.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 2nd time
    NJSPIN
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My second visit in a month as even better than the last. Great food, fun staff just an enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-Night Find
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  • Fabulous Food
    DianeJ
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I've eaten at L'ybane several times. Each time, the food has been expertly prepared. The seasonings are wonderful and everything tastes great. And the service is every bit as good as the food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reasonable After Theater Meal
    LovetoeatoutVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    My friends and I were looking for a good meal after a show -- fresh, healthy, seafood options and reasonably priced. This fit the bill on all accounts! I had the mixed platter with chicken and beef kabobs, mousakka, hummus, Tzadziki sauce, rice pilaf...yum! And a great value at under $20. My friends enjoyed their salmon with mushrooms and mixed greens. Another friend had the mixed platter with shrimp. I would go back.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for groups!
    Deeelish
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I can see why reservations are important here - it makes everything run much more smoothly. Makes for a better experience for customers anyway. Our waiter was friendly, attentive and efficient. Made great recommendations on what to order. The owner or manager was also attentive and friendly. My small group arrived before the dinner rush and left right before it became crowded. I would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean tapas near the theate
    Myra1myra
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Well located restaurant with a Mediterranean influence. Food was acceptable, and a good veariety of choices.good place for a drink and light meal pre or post theater
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good spot Post Show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    L'ybane had good Mediterranean appetizers that satisfied our group of six. We ordered the Mediterranean Ap Plate along with a delicious cucumber salad and other small aps. Do you feel like you are brought back to the Middle East? Not really-its definitely a place that caters to tourists but the food is good. The waiters were friendly and helpful. It was a little bit annoying how they tried to keep taking out plates even though we had not finished. However, if we have family in from out of town again, and the theater is located near this place, I would return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable! Excellent
    TVernon
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Very enjoyable! Excellent service and delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate