We made a reservation and had to wait 25 minutes before our party of 4 could be seated. The waitress never came back to see if we wanted more coffee.
Go during the week, the food is delicious and well prepared.
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the food, great menu.
Love the food, great menu. I never had a bad meal in all the years I have been there.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a winner!
Fresh delicious food and excellent service. The special appetizer, lettuce wrap with shrimp, was outstanding. Perfect corner table for our group of six. Love this restaurant!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
5 of us went for my mother-in-law's
5 of us went for my mother-in-law's birthday. As always it was fantastic. I've discovered the pineapple martini and I don't think I'll ever go back! I tried something new and had the seafood paella, my husband had the steak, and everyone else had the special of the night which was a pork chop that almost didn't fit on the plate - I didn't know there were pork chops that big. I sampled everything because I like to eat off of everyone's plate and it was all amazing. Our waitress was attentive and very nice. I will go back again :)
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good neighborhood restaurant
A very good restaurant. The only suggestion would be to serve veal parmigiana on a plate and not in a bowl. It would make cutting it easier and the sauce was a little thick. The server was very attentive.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was good, atmosphere
Food was good, atmosphere nice, especially with the good acoustic guitar. Would recommend to others.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, but the place
Great food, but the place was tiny and soooo crowded, our service suffered a bit because of it.
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for Foodies
This place has been consistently good for fresh fish, salads, and healthy choices. . Salmon dishes are flavorful and unique with the vegetables they offer.
They take reservations which is great for a Friday or Saturday night.
Great for couples ..Good for lunch too!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you want the bes t go here
If you want a dinning experience that you can alway s count on then this is the place to go. Great food, friendly staff, an elegance that you can not always find in a neighborhood establishment. Kevin consistently outdoes himself.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Foodie's Heaven
Nicholas James will impress the toughest food critic. As diverse and varied their American Bistro-style menu is, their food is fresher! The owner/chef Kevin Liebov is a perfectionist and makes sure that the meals are served with impeccable presentation and bold flavors. A must-try.
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
For a Great Place to go
I have most definitely enjoyed every time I've gone to James Bistro, never disappointed. Was there for a Mother's Day Brunch and had a wonderful time. Enjoyed the special menu and the service is always A-1. I've gone there many a times whether for lunch or dinner and never a time I didn't wish to be there. Thoroughly enjoyed!
If you're ever looking to go somewhere with family or friends for good food, service, etc. then this a a great neighborhood place to go to.h
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
its mine all mine
I am newly Single(Widower) and ive taken several dates here. It is fantastic place. Love the food love the service.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Neighborhood Find
It is like going to a NYC place to dine without the hassle of traveling. The food was very good but could have been a bit more generous with the portions. The live entertainment was excellent. He sang and played the guitar. It was very enjoyable! Overall, if you are looking for a night on the town to meet friends this is a great place.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Nicholas James Bistro!
NJB is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with fabulous food, interesting and dellcious combinations (recently I had the salmon with quinoa and eggplant caponata--yum). The service is excellent. A favorite server is Robin who always has a lively banter and offers helpful suggestions for ordering. NJB is my favorite LI restaurant, and I would highly recommend it!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can never go wrong with a dinner at Nicholas James Bistro. Expectations are exceeded always! Dinner was delighfully presented and delicious. The passionate fruit mousse was the best dessert I ever tried.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice night out
Food and service were absolutely excellent. Both regular menu and specials had a wonderful variety something for everyone.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
enjoyable fathers day
We celebrated fathers day and everything was wonderful. The service was was great and the food outstanding.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happily surprised here! Went
Happily surprised here! Went because of its proximity to Jones Beach Theatre with a group and had an excellent meal. Great service as well.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must Try Nicholas James Bistro
Gem in Merrick - we, finally, got around to trying Nicholas James Bistro and are glad we did. Specials were outstanding as were the entrees on the menu (we tried a bit of both). Although we were full from the apps and entrees, we could not resist the highly-recommended special desserts so well described by our passionate waitress. Delicious!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been receiving offers
I've been receiving offers for this restaurant for some time and finally decided to give it a try. The food was great and the service was excellent! I would definitely return in the future.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love this restaurant. Have
I love this restaurant. Have eaten there many times, and the food is always fresh and delicious. The specials are amazing! One thing I have experienced there the last few times I was there, and did not like at all was that the server (who has been working there for years) was more interested in getting us out the door than allowing us to enjoy our dinner. NJ is not cheap, and I like to relax and enjoy my meal. Last time we were there we were out the door in 45 mins! So, this time we didnt order until we wanted to eat. First we ordered appetizers and then later we ordered our dinner. It worked out fine, but it was obvious that she was not thrilled. I find that annoying, but love the food, and atmosphere.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first time to
This was our first time to the restaurant. The tables are a little too close together which makes it hard to sit down when you are by the windows. The food was wonderful. The waiter (didn't tell us his name) was a little slow to respond but the waitress that was working was very nice and helped with a few things at the table. She made more conversation with us vs our own waiter. I would come back but I think the wait staff needs to be consistent as they are primarily what makes your dining experience a pleasant one outside of the quality of the food. And as I said the food was GREAT!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We look forward to the $5 Martina's and lobsters in the summer. Great special. Roasted potatoes, creamed corn and lobsters. Delicious!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
We greatly enjoyed our dining
We greatly enjoyed our dining experience. I've eaten at your restaurant several times before and decided to bring another couple with me. Everything was wonderful.
The restaurant could have been cooler. Although we were moved to a cooler location at the time of seating, it was a little too warm for our comfort.
The restaurant had numerous available tables, but we were put near the back door where I was able to watch the waiters, waitresses and busy boys go in and out of the kitchen. This was not too pleasant.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved it. Wonderful salads. The beet salad was my favorite. Organic dishes, too. The roast chicken had a wonderful flavor.
The live music was great, too. Nice mix of folk music and rock n roll.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
never fails to delight
Lunch is my favorite time to dine here. The fabulous salads are generous and tasty--like the option to add protein or not. Service is attentive and friendly. Attractive restaurant--makes for a perfect lunch spot--can't wait to try the dinner menu.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food, service and overall restaurant simply outstanding. Eat here often and always have been pleased.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here has always been excellent, my favorite is the Tuna it is prepared perfectly and very fresh. This is a great neighborhood resturant, if you live locally you will probably meet people you know there. Their bread basket is superb the fociatia is to die for...nothing worse than going to a nice resturant and their bread leaves a lot to be desired but not here they give you 4 or 5 different breads and one is better than the other.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistantly great food and service
If you are looking for a place with a varied menu, reasonably priced bottles of wine, NJ Bistro is the place for you. From, steaks, seafood, pastas and specials, the food is tastefully prepared and presented. The staff is professional and helpful. Don't miss it!
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
very enjoyable dining experience.
very enjoyable dining experience. Food was excellent along with the service. Definitely a place to keep going back to.
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fun night out!
Thought I was in a Manhattan restaurant. Great energy, diversified menu, good selection of wine and delicious food made for a fun night out. Live entertainment just added to the ambiance of this Bistro. Female singer sounded like Nora Jones. Something for everyone on the menu. My salmon was excellent and my mashed potatoes were actually hot! Hot breads and garlic butter started us off with a half bottle of wine. The deserts looked awesome but we were too full to indulge.
Would definitely Come back and have already recommended Nicholas James Bistro to friends.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food you have a
excellent food you have a great menu. everything is well prepared with excellent attentive wait staff. we will return very soon.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
A great dinning experience.
Went there with my wife on a Wednesday. Was greeted by everyone who worked there. Sincer eye contact. Everything on the tables were perfectly set to detail. Wait staff was very friendly. Food selection excellent. When ever the water glass was half full, it was refilled. Food was spaced out perfectly. Oh, the bread is delicious. The main course came out perfect and very hot, the way it should. I highly recommend this place, will visit more offen. A great dinning experience.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nicholas James Bistro had a great feel to it upon entering , moderately quiet , friendly owner in Kevin , bartender Cat was friendly and attentive letting my girlfriend sample some terrific vodka martini. Appetizers were a little disappointing , the butter mix (sundried tomato and garlic ) that accompanied the bread was outstanding. Entrees were very good , the entertainment that night was terrific and really made the night very enjoyable.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
you CAN go back!
hadnt been to our neighborhood place in awhile - went with two friends for ladies night (coincidentally). had a glass of white sangria for $6 that was amazing. then ordered from the price fixe and had a delicious minestrone soup (what was that base - yummy) and then salmon which was very good and im picky about my salmon. Overall i was happy to go back and see that it was very enjoyable and i will go back again!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
When We first entered the restaurant were greeted immediately. We felt very comfortable the food was great, the waitress was excellent and the manager ask us to come again and spoke with us briefly as we exited the restaurant.
I will be back.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is great. Food is always excellent, service is great, nice people with lots of smiles. Highly recommend this Bistro.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently Excellent Value
It's nothing too fancy but an excellent choice for quality food, attentive service, and reasonable prices. Add to that the specials (free or $5 martini night, lobster specials, etc.) and entertainment around the weekends, and you've got a great neighborhood restaurant. I hope it doesn't change its ways.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a table of nine. Our table was ready when we arrived. Considering that this restaurant is somewhat small, we did not feel cramped. Our waitress was outstanding. She was prompt, courteous and attentive to our needs. The food was very good from appetizers to dessert. I will definitely come back again.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service
Not much to say but great food and even better service. Great wine list all at decent prices. The only con is sometimes the live music can be too loud. If you are on a date its a bit distracting. I can overlook it for the great menu.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM