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1308 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10128
Upper East Side
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Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:45pm
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Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
Dinner parties up to 10, delivered or picked up.
Private Party Facilities:
The upstairs dining room seats up to 22 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Pascal Bonhomme (212) 534-7522
4 train to 96th Street, 4, 5 & 6 trains to 86th Street, and M1, M2, M3 & M4 buses to within one block of the restaurant.
Street parking with meters available after 7pm. Parking garage also located around the corner.
A word from Pascalou
Chef owned French, cozy & quaint Upper East Side bistro with innovated French influence.
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Diners' Choice Winner
We thought we were going to a
French bistro but you would not know that when viewing the menu. It seemed to have something from every region; Thai, Italian etc. the quality of the food was mediocre. The service was adequate but our server was brusque and not helpful about explains the menu selections."
Dined on 4/4/2014
Small neighborhood place. Very
good service and good prices for menu of the day. Plenty of variety, from salads to soup to more hearty fare for lunch. Staff clearly knew many of the guests and were accommodating. Small upstairs dining room but main floor was sunny and very pleasant. Short stroll 10 blocks from Mt Sinai Medical Center."
Dined on 4/3/2014
Always wonderful, convenient if
you live on the UES..."
Dined on 3/30/2014
Our host, Martin, set the tone
from the moment we walked in 32 minutes early. We waited patiently for guests to leave their (our table) and settled in for the night. Every item we ate (I had the skate, my husband had the veal sweetbreads) was done perfectly. Our salads and desserts were also heavenly. The restaurant is a short walk from the Met, and will be our go-to place anytime we are on the upper east side. I had been there a number of times with friends and colleagues, but the company of my husband really made it feel like a romantic Parisian restaurant. Merci, Martin!"
Dined on 3/21/2014
I have dined at Pascalou many
times. It is uneven. It is a tiny bistro, reasonably priced and appealing in its traditional look. It sometimes achieves wonderful things. When the service and food are at their best, it warrants a near rave; at the bottom a rant. On my last visit, I'm sad to suggest an "eh". (That is not the Canadian interrogatory "eh"; that is the New York declining "eh".) Nonetheless, I will be back again hoping for better."
Dined on 3/15/2014
I had eaten here maybe a year or
two before and I had forgotten how lovely Pascalou is. It's a little bit of Paris. Great by the glass wine selection at very reasonable prices. Had the short ribs--delicious!! Wonderful coconut sorbet. Special but very comfortable and unpretentious. I'll go back, and it won't take me a year this time."
Dined on 3/15/2014
Pescalou had been recommended to
me a while ago. I was very anxious to try it. The restuarant was very packed downstairs so we were seated upstairs which was not a problem except for the fact that it was very warm. Even by the time we finished dinner it was still warm. Space was very tight. The waiter seemed bored and was not particularly friendly. Food was very average and was not what I would have expected for a French Bistro. I had ordered the Caesar salad which had so little dressing on it, that I don't know why they bothered and I usually like very little dressing. The bar-b-queed short ribs were just OK. One of my guests had the chicken and he was not impressed either. Overall, neither my guests or I were "wowed" with this restaurant."
Dined on 3/13/2014
We've eaten here before, both
upstairs & downstairs. Downstairs is crowded & noisy, but if you want to enjoy a quiet leisurely dinner, eat upstairs. Service was fine as well as the food. We would definitely return."
Dined on 3/6/2014
The menu is excellent, service
very good and above all the price is right."
Dined on 3/9/2014
We have been here so many times
and continue to be astounded by the quality and creativity of the food here. Our favorite go- to neighborhood place!"
Dined on 2/27/2014
highly recommended - great
service, delicious food and wonderful casual atmosphere. Will be back"
Dined on 3/1/2014
Feels and looks like a typical
small Parisian bistro And at the sauces are wonderful"
Dined on 2/26/2014
Electic menu lots of choices. Best
choice in the area."
Dined on 2/25/2014
very nice place to have lunch in
the east 90's. large and varied menu - I had the roasted salmon nicoise salad, which was very good, my friend enjoyed the chicken tagine. the lunch specials are good value. nice, friendly service."
Dined on 2/24/2014
Hard to find a French restaurant
on the UES that provides such a good amount of quality food. Our meals included an appetizer, entree with a side dish and a dessert. Everyone in out group enjoyed our meals. Excellent value. Good service. We will go back."
Dined on 2/21/2014
went for brunch - cheap,
delicious, large portions and great service. who could ask for more?"
Dined on 2/2/2014
I picked this restaurant because
it was near the City Museum of New York. We had 5 in the group so we sat upstairs. We had the price fixed lunch ( $19). The asparagus soup was tasty,as was the goat cheese salad ,and regular salad. The entrees were also good. The salmon, short ribs,lamb stew,chicken cordon bleu were all good. The dessert was good also. All in all, it was a pleasant lunch but not memorable. We were thirsty and the waiter had to keep running up and down the stairs to fill our water glasses. A pitcher on the table would have solved that . We felt it was a good value for lunch."
Dined on 1/27/2014
The ambience is nice and cozy,
especially upstairs. We went there for brunch and it was well prepared, in the ok-good range. Our waitress was helpful, nice, attentive."
Dined on 1/25/2014
I had never gone to Pascalou
before but we had a charity event around the corner at the Jewish Museum and we thought that we would give it a try. It was a very cold evening but the maitre'd and wait staff warmed it up with their friendliness and competence. The food was served promptly and it was delicious. Had we known that the portions would be so generous, we probably would have shared appetizers among us. The food itself was presented beautifully and more importantly, was seasoned well and very, very good. We will definitely be there again and also recommend it to friends, especially those who attend events at the 92nd street y, which is very close by. Merci bien to Pascalou!"
Dined on 1/22/2014
3 of us came in close to 9pm, on
Saturday. It looked and felt that everyone on staff had had a very long day and was getting ready to bust out for the night. So the initial welcoming felt superfluous. Hated the Bourgogne beef (overcooked and no meat taste to be found in the wine reduction) and the veal sweetbreads - tasteless, with a weird garnish choice. The fish fillet was ok. Our server left by the middle of our meal, the fill-in guy made a few quick moves but then forgot about us completely and retired to the kitchen area to have his own dinner. I guess it is the UES thing - sleepy, undemanding clientele, hence mediocre food and service, covered by preposterous claims of being the "long-standing neighborhood gem". Meh.... Avoid"
Dined on 1/18/2014
The food was excellent but the
service was a little haphazard. The upstairs was stifling and claustrophobic, even on a January evening."
Dined on 1/14/2014
Four of us went this past Saturday
and were in time for their $24.95 three course prix fixe. There were several appetizer choices to pick from and also several entree. Across the four of us that means we had eight dishes and NONE of them disappointed. Choices for dessert were gelato and bread pudding."
Dined on 1/11/2014
Brought a friend for lunch to this
sweet little retreat reminiscent of one of those old disappearing neighborhood cafes off a side street in Paris. So casual, intimate and unpretentious you won't mind the slightly cracked mirror or spider webbed wall sconces because the food is delicious and plentiful, the service attentive, friendly and cheerful, and you simply cannot find a prix fixe lunch like it anywhere uptown in New York OR Paris. Best of all - We didn't have to dine to throbbing disco music or anxious jazz, just a few gentle chansons and and at just enough volume to shield us from the street sounds outside without suffocating soft conversation inside. I Look forward to dining there again and again."
Dined on 1/9/2014
this was a last-minute choice but
we loved the food! we were all very happy with our dishes and the portion sizes. I would definitely recommend it for brunch!"
Dined on 1/5/2014
My husband, 4 year old son and I
dined here for Christmas Eve dinner. We got an early reservation and everything worked out wonderfully. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was OUTSTANDING and the wine list was delectable. We will definitely go there again."
Dined on 12/24/2013
An excellent Pre Theater Prix Fixe
dinner because it's tasty, inexpensive, abundant with many diverse dishes from which to choose."
Dined on 12/30/2013
When we go to the Metropolitan
Museum of Art we always go to Pascalou for lunch. We usually order from the prix fixe menu, 3 courses for $18. They always have great soups; this time it was red bean with shrimp. We had seafood: skate. For dessert we had chocolate mousse cake. It's a cozy little French bistro with a lively feel. The service is very friendly."
Dined on 12/27/2013
This restaurant is extremely
small. Food is awesome. A true tallent in the kitchen. As long as you are going for the food and not the atmosphere this is the place to go. Tables are small but well worth going if you are in the area."
Dined on 12/24/2013
We were surprised at how small the
restaurant was when we walked in. Then they took us upstairs . That space was also very small but cozy. They didnt rush us out and we enjoyed the food very much. They had a great brunch menu ( although not too many choices) We were very busy talking and were not rushed at all. I would certainly go back!"
Dined on 12/7/2013
Used to live in the area and came
by for dinner during a Thanksgiving visit. Was pleased to find this spot. Felt like we were transported to a true french resturant (with a twist). Be preapred for close dinning but this is NYC and this is French so if you expect something different you are in the wrong place. The service and friendly staff make a newcommer feel at home. Kudos to the Maitre d who managed the house smoothly."
Dined on 11/30/2013
We are frequent patrons of
pascslou - its a warm cozy restaurant. I would recommend it to all,"
Dined on 12/4/2013
Have eaten lunch here quite a few
times over several years and it's pretty consistently good--although I always order the same thing."
Dined on 11/19/2013
Had a most wonderful meal. Caesar
salad with apples and pecans was so fresh and the salad dressing was the perfect amount so as not to overpower; calves liver with porcini mushrooms w/cognac sauce - best ever! My husband had the wold salmon that melted in his mouth. Dessert was the chocolate soufflé that was magnifique. Highly recommend. Best French food outside of Quebec."
Dined on 11/16/2013
Although cramped eating quarters,
this unassuming neighborhood restaurant has a decent brunch ($18 prix fixe). My husband had the crabmeat salad which featured huge chunks of crab. The downside was the crab was ice cold. It would have been nicer if it had been at room temperature. My mushroom gruyere omelet was well prepared. No complaints. The children's menu had a decent selection - it was nice not to have to choose between grilled cheese sandwiches and mac and cheese! One child had the raspberry filled pancakes, the other had chicken milanese - which was slightly overcooked and dry. But the portion sizes were good so no complaints. Overall a pleasant brunch experience."
Dined on 11/17/2013
The food at this restaurant was
very good. We were there on a Sunday for Brunch and had one of the specials which was a lobster and crab salad. I must say that it was delicious. The waitress was outstanding! She had an amazing personality and was quite attentive. Pascalou is very small so the tables are literally on top of one another, however, this did not detract from the experience. I would recommend this restaurant!"
Dined on 11/17/2013
We had a wonderful meal on a
Sunday evening. We were a party of 7 and had a time crunch. The staff was very accommodating and made us feel welcome anyway. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We sat upstairs and it was very private. The main floor and outside tables look as though you could be on the left bank in Paris. The grilled salmon and cassoulet were outstanding. We will be back to enjoy a more leisurely meal!!! Thx!"
Dined on 11/10/2013
I try to dine here whenever it's
evening and I'm on the upper Upper East Side. The charming space, the accommodating maitre d' and staff and the outstanding French fare make this a destination to look forward to for me. Everything seems lovingly made to order using the best combination of ingredients. The shrimp with polenta in fresh tomato and pesto sauce was the perfect combination of tastes. Just wish I had the exquisite chocolate souffle!"
Dined on 11/10/2013
Pascalou is always excellent-nice
people, great food and selection."
Dined on 11/10/2013
Tiny place but excellent brunch...
for 20 $ on Madison Av. (15 for kids!) Healthy food. Good surprise."
Dined on 11/10/2013
I've eaten here several times and
always loved it. This time the food was not as good. It had been a couple of years since my last meal here, so maybe the chef changed or something, but I was disappointed. The food was average."
Dined on 11/7/2013
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