Petite Abeille
Petite Abeille

Petite Abeille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.petiteabeille.com/
  • Phone: 2127271505
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast:
    Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm,
    reduced menu between 4pm and 5pm
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    reduced menu between 4pm and 5pm
    Dinner:
    Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Belgian, French
  • Executive Chef: Jason Hicks
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Corner of First Avenue
  • Public Transit: L train M 23 Bus
  • Parking: No
A word from Petite Abeille
New York's go-to destination for authentic Belgian food and one of the city's largest selections of Belgian beer since 1996, Petite Abeille (Little Bee) continues to buzz with robust, moderately priced dishes that prove the old axiom of Belgian food being of French quality with German portions.

The 20th Street restaurant is Petite Abeille's flagship boasting a commodious bar with 30 Belgian brews on draft (New York's largest array) and seating configurations that makes it as comfortable for groups or families as it is inviting for couples.

Family style platters of Belgian classics such as carbonnade flamande, a rich beef stew made with Belgian beer, that serve four to five are a Petite Abeille 20th Street signature and are ideal for convivial gatherings taking advantage of special beverage offerings – half price on all Belgian beers on Monday evenings and half price on all bottles from the compact by carefully curated wine list every Tuesday.
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Petite Abeille reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food5
    Service4
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
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  • Absolutely awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were celebrating some anniversary with my boyfriend at Petite Abeille at E20th street. Everything was absolutely fantastic, the service - amazing and food - great! The gem of the dinner was the chocolate mousse! If you go to this place, get the chocolate mousse!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch on a weekday
    SPA2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Finding a brunch location on a Friday isn't always easy. Petite Abeille is an interesting restaurant and I can safely say the waffles were light as air although somewhat chilly. Unfortunately one of the menu items wasn't available so one member of our party needed to find an alternate choice. The coffee was good. The restaurant was largely empty so we had good service. When caffeinated coffee was poured in my decaf cup, a new cup of decaf was promptly provided. The wait staff members were cordial and prompt.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great to have around
    LuisVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Went back to Petite Abeille after a business meeting. Brought my staff with me. We all enjoyed the good food, fun atmosphere and good service. As usual, all food ordered was fantastic. Thanks for a great end to a long day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Belgian food
    CL389
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The Pâte, mussels and chocolate mousse were excellent. They tasted like we were in a cafe in Bruges.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    klunettaVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Casual feel but world class food. Mussels are extraordinary.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really Good Neighborhood Restaurant
    SouthernBelle
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I am thrilled to have Petite Abeille as a short walk from my apartment, where I can meet up with friends or take visitors and know we will have an enjoyable evening with good food and drink.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Waffles
    JiK4eva
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I came here for lunch on Valentine's Day and was very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting the experience to be good, but it was great. My wife and I ordered two Belgian waffles and they were both very tasty (although a bit messy to share). I enjoyed the décor, the friendly atmosphere, and the outstanding service. It was nice to go at a quieter time (weekday late lunch) so that our server had time to tell us about the restaurant and the Belgian decorations.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Neighborhood Deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    I went there for the 1/2 price wine on Tuesday nights. Best deal, bar none! More than that, the noise was perfect for those of us who were out to have a leisure evening where we could talk without shouting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy place/good food
    Katherine
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    3 of us came here 5:30 on a rainy Friday night; the place was almost full ! The food was good, the prices reasonable, and the service attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the fries
    NJgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This is a good neighborhood place. The steak frites was very good, mussels also very good and burger better than average. Lots of kids there at 6:30 so kind of noisy.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basic Nice
    liketodineVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    A step from coffee shop, a Belgian bistro. Lots of beer, though expensive beer. Burgers and stews very good. Excellent fries. Always busy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great, can be improved
    Chandrasendja
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    The overall dining experience was great! We had the mussels for entree and the pate for appetizer. They forgot our onion soup, so we asked them to cancel that order--they apologized, but if it were anyone with less of a good mood they would have had an irate customer. The proseco was lovely. The lovely waitress was attentive most times...i would go there again for the mussels.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Monday
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Quiet with about five tables taken. Omelette with side salad (nice mild dressing) and potato and waffle with strawberries and cream delicious. Would return.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    john
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Been to restuarant before, disappointed this time. Steak could have been better quality. Peach Melba dessert was very disappointing - canned peaches, melted ice cream, no almonds as indicated, and served with chocolate syrup.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    The dishes were unremarkable to just plain bad. The calamari had a nice light crispy batter but was tasteless and served with tartar sauce. The durade was bland while the mustard seasoning for the salmon was overbearing. Their key dish, mussels, were tiny and tough. To top that off, the seasoning for Moules Marinières (white wine celery garlic) and Moules Grand-Mère (creamy beer sauce, bacon essence) were identical except for 6 bacon bits?! Nevermind that they should be different, the alcohol wasn't adequately reduced and it just was not tasty. Lastly, the waffle in the Gaufre Banana Split dessert was hard and dense. I can't decide whether frozen waffles taste better but I know that I won't be returning to this establishment.
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  • Delightful cafe
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Enjoyed scrumptious salad at Petit Abeille, a most pleasant cafe. Tiny (silver dollar size) pancakes were a wonderful completion to a lovely meal. Tables are set outdoors on the sidewalk. Many of the indoor tables share the ambiance of a sunny afternoon. Many Belgian specialities on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Belgian fare. Phenomenal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Delicious Belgian fare. Phenomenal mussles and frites paired perfectly with their selection of beer or wine.
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  • Great Ambience, Great Food
    justmyopinion
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    We went with a group of 7 (most friends/family visiting the city and they loved the place). Table was ready on time. Food and ambience were excellent. Service was good. Recommended: cheese croquettes and any mussels. Great beer selection.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's the beer.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The mussels were good, the french fries were good, and on the multiple occasions we've been here, everything's been good. Except the beer. The beer is GREAT. My favorite style of beer is Belgian, and this place has a solid selection of beers along that line.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feel free to skip this one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    The good selection of Belgian beers does nothing to offset the horror of their food. The menu selection is poor at best, and is further hampered by terrible execution. This would almost be worthy of 2 stars, just for the beer alone, but the painfully incompetent service made the whole experience into a farce of what should be a dining experience.
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  • Great treat.
    SweetTreats
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    I went to Petite Abeille for a treat and had a nice time. The Restuarant had been on the "Cooking Channel" and my interest was in the banana split waffle. the atmosphere is nice, layed back, and kid friendly. The staff was amazing and my food was great . The restaurant was not as crowded as I had heard it would be but I think it may have been because it wa a weekday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were excited about seeing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    We were excited about seeing Carte Blanche, the jazz group, on the strength of the video announcement from La Petite Abeille because of the outstanding female vocalist. We left Connecticut for the occasion and were disappointed that the soloist was replaced by another singer and the back-up singers were fewer and different. The restaurant, however, and the service are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ordered muzzles and afterwards,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    I ordered muzzles and afterwards, I had stomach ache. Hope it's only a rare incident.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • feels like kindergarden; food is go
    babka
    Dined on 1/11/2013
    Too noisy; friendly; its more of a family place with children; food is good; service is hectic;
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great spot for families
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I've been to Petite Abeille many times. It is one of my favorite places. Really kids friendly (we usually go as a group with at least 4-5 kids). For the NYE we went for a early dinner, and ended up staying until 1 AM! It was beyond my expectations. Great place, good food and friendly environment!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks for accommodating my
    ReneeVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2012
    Thanks for accommodating my small group! This was an important meeting for me and I appreciate accepting my reservation!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A team makes great dining exp.
    FoodieNYCguy
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    Food alone doesn't make a great dining experience. The staff, especially the person who handled our table and meal requests made for a wonderful experience. With knowledge of the menu, his suggestions were noted and they turned out perfect for the night. We enjoyed the energy of the crowd and it made it bearable to get through what had been a somber 24 hours. Highly recommend the cheese croquettes and the free range chicken. The mashed potatoes were simply done and yet so flavorful.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Thanksgiving menu! Really
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    Awesome Thanksgiving menu! Really good stuffing and cranberry sauce. Pumpkin pie too cold and store bought But everything else was great!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • there for breakfast last Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    there for breakfast last Saturday about 10 AM. Service was poor -- had to ask several times for coffee refills -- french toast was soggy, runny in middle; sittiing outside & took very long time for wait staff to return to check on us for more coffee, re-cook french toast, get check etc. Would definitely not return or recommend
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for the first time with
    LuisVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2012
    Went for the first time with colleagues after a business meeting. The food was superb! Waiter was friendly, and although busy, stayed in touch with us. As previously mentioned, the food and overall service were very good! Yep, I'll go back!
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  • Pretty good brunch place-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/15/2012
    Pretty good brunch place- but nothing spectacular. Got the belgian waffles with strawberry and whip cream. the orange juicee was amazing! and the service was really great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was not at all like it's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2012
    Food was not at all like it's been in the past. Especially for the cost.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beer menu and the bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2012
    Great beer menu and the bar scene can be fun at times. Service in the restaurant is spotty, however.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Mussels
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    We had a party of three and they have seating outside on the street or inside. We sat inside where it was a little cooler. They have an amazing beer selection and the place is decorated with various beer bottles mainly Belgium but others are also available. The best was most are on tap. Server was attentive and took our drink orders right away. The brought out bread quickly and we order. Two of us had mussels (one cooked in cream, shallots and wine) the other cooked in wine and spices, both were excellent. The third person had the chicken stew which had a nice smoky flavor from the bacon. For dessert we had a Belgium waffle with strawberry and Chantilly cream (which was just plain whipped cream) but still really good. Prices were
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beer Afficionado Paradise!
    DoopedVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2012
    Notable Beer selection rather! We have enjoyed our stay with two pound of mussels and a healthy dose of Lambic beers - Peach & Cherry. Our waiter was fun and entertaining. My friends appreciated my choice to come here. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This location pales in comparison
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    This location pales in comparison to the one on W Bway. The ambiance is sparse and barren looking, with very little character. Place was pretty much dead on a Sat night and location is not charming at all. Mussels were great though, but other food we had was uninspiring including beef stew.
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  • Excellent food! Was pleasantly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Excellent food! Was pleasantly surprised for such a small, hidden place. We brought our kids and they loved the food (pretty good for a picky 3 and 6 year old). The mussels were some of the best I've had in a very long time. If you're coming here you need to order three things: beer, mussels and a waffle
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • NOISY!!!
    1344
    Dined on 7/22/2012
    Have been here several times and the noise level can be extremely intrusive, making it very difficult to have a conversation.This last time the restaurant was only half full, but a table with a couple of young children (who were seated outside,but which has no doors or barriers to the inside)made this visit particularly unpleasant.The kids were screaming, crying, whining. I don't blame them, rather the parents.(BTW I have children and would not impose them on others.) The management should have had a word with them. The noise level will make me think twice before I return. It's a shame because it's a decent choice in my mom's neighborhood. The food is generally pretty good, room reasonably attractive, but overall not a pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood find. Probably
    NJgrandmaVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2012
    Great neighborhood find. Probably the best fries I've had in ages. Mussels were a very large portion and delicious. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food is really really good!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    Food is really really good!!! Best fries I had since I am in NYC.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet