Le Philosophe
Le Philosophe

Le Philosophe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lephilosophe.us/
  • Phone: 2123880038
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,

    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Matthew Aita
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room located into our wine cellar features one unique chef table that can seat up to 18 persons. Prix fixe dining options available upon request.
  • Private Party Contact: Gilles - Manager 2123880038

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lafayette and Bowery
  • Public Transit: Bleecker St (6)
    Broadway - Lafayette St (B, D, F, M)
    2 Av (F)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Le Philosophe
Classic French farm to table bistro located on charming cobbled stoned Bond street, we offer the best of old school french fares with a modern twist.

We cater a great variety of exquisite French wines for our wine enthusiasts.

A la prochaine!
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Le Philosophe reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (71)neighborhood gem (66)romantic (39)notable wine list (37)special occasion (19)great for outdoor dining (19)late-night find (13)hot spot (9)great for brunch (9)good for groups (8)great for lunch (6)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • After reading rave reviews,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    After reading rave reviews, we were disappointed. Maybe it was the food choices we made?
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  • we ate early on wednesday
    kasumiga
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    we ate early on wednesday as that was the only time available, which was better since it wasn't so busy. we had oysters and bone marrow for apps. the bone marrow was bone marrow, it's crazy how much restaurants charge for something i would eat at home when my mom would cook something with a bone. for mains we shared lobster thermidor and tournedos rossini. the lobter was just a steamed lobster with sauce on top but the tournedos where out of this world. the taste and texture of the meat was fantastic, the best i ever had anywhere, we skipped the bread it was on and i thought the sauce was on the sweet side, not for me. the meat and foie gras didn't need anything else. for dessert we had the profiteroles, they were good. i would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just another okay restaurant
    licresident
    Dined on 4/17/2013
    Just another okay restaurant with a gimmick: photo portraits of French philosophers as the main decor. When full, it is nearly impossible to hear your dining companions. The food is good. Frenchified nouvelle rather than really French. Tasty but not gutsy.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Duck was spectacular. Frog
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    Duck was spectacular. Frog legs, marrow and profiteroles were also all very good. Lobster was a bit chewy and overcooked but good sauce. Maybe not quite as good as I'd hoped from the reviews but still solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • recommend: mussels, bacon-veiled
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 4/16/2013
    recommend: mussels, bacon-veiled salmon, flat-iron steak, bass. for dessert, the profiteroles are amazing and big enough to share for 2-3. great, very affordable wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cacophonous Space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/15/2013
    Good food, well-priced wine and friendly attentive service let down by the horrendous noise levels. The restaurant is so vibrant/loud that the only way to speak is to shout. The tables are too close together, which means you endure the conversations/voices of others. A shame because it ruined what was some fine cooking. .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was excited to go and took
    RichardVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Was excited to go and took guests. 1/3 of the main courses were sold out on a Sunday evening. A full bodied red wine was brought to the table ice cold; real resistance about taking it back, although eventually the waitress did reluctantly. Service was haphazard...plates delivered with no idea where they went, table only partially cleared of main plates when all were finished. Food was bland; sea bass tasteless. Not worth a return visit I am sorry to say.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food!
    Wassle
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    This was a truly wonderful restaurant. The food is outstanding...we had the frog legs, mussels and a dozen oysters as our appetizers and then the duck a l'orange, black bass and the tournedos Rossini as our mains. All of the dishes were well-thought out, well-seasoned, well-portioned (neither too small nor too big) and all in all delicious. The wine list has some really great deals on it...one of the most reasonable lists I've seen in the city. And we loved the fact that they did not rush us through our meal...we lingered over our three courses and coffee for three hours without ever feeling pressure to turn over the table. I've lived in Paris and can honestly say that the food at Le Philosophe rivals some of the best meals I had there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Well-prepared Americanized French
    noneVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2013
    We were in the basement-- it has a slightly musty smell, but meant that conversation was quite easy. Veal blanquette was very tender, although the sauce was a bit thick, duck a l'orange done with magret, rather than the traditional, leaner muscovy, which made it more like a steak than the crispy duck skin and gamey meat that is the epitome of the dish. Frogs' legs exceptionally well prepared-- very moist, but taken off the bone, so they lost their distinctive look and I missing granwing them off the bone. The pommes frites accompanying the flat iron were perfectly crisp. It is really an Anglo-French restaurant, not a classic French bistro-- good, but you are not transported to Paris.
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  • A Francophile's delight
    NormVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    Exactly as advertised. A traditional French restaurant which delivers excellent food in a very comfortable and attractive environment, and the service is top notch. The Lobster Thermidor and the Duck a l'orange were just great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really great space and food.
    FoodienycVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Really great space and food. Super reasonable wine list. Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit-totally wonderful!
    EVFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    After reading so many good things about Philosophe, this was our first visit. It completely lived up to "the buzz." Every bite was delicious, including the basic market salad, and the special pea shoots salad. And the mains - blanquette of lamb and the bacon-wrapped salmon - were delicious, as was the side of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. Dessert was the taste takin and the chocolate mousse (with a layer of passion fruit purée, or jam, at the bottom.). Reasonably priced, and for the quality, amazing value. So good that we are going back again later this week. Friendly, informed and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, very reasonably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    great food, very reasonably priced menu and wine list. amazing addition to the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic French classics
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Fantastic French classics with a modern twist. Wonderful pate, huge portion of marrow bones, beautifully sauced duck a l'orange. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my favorite restaurant. amazing
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    my favorite restaurant. amazing food - i especially love the bacon-veiled salmon, the mussels, the veal, the flat-iron steak and the profiteroles. also, the wine list is astonishingly reasonable - good wines for $30??!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • highly recommend the bacon
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    highly recommend the bacon veiled salmon, flat-iron steak, the veal, and the profiteroles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    cremant d'alsace 750ml (sparking wine) priced reasonably well. a forbes top pick for 2012. mussels to start, enjoyed the red chili that gave it an extra kick of heat. bone marrow and pate was also yummy. main course: chicken was succulent, hake was fresh and delightful, but the duck (cooked med) was very delicious, definitely my favorite dish of the night! overall solid food and drink at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed with food, my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Disappointed with food, my salmon was raw on inside..and waiter told me that it was medium rare...it was raw he took it back...put it under broiler but didn't heat up plate cold underneath cooked on top....my friend was dying for the old fashioned Lobster Thermidor...basically...small lobster tail with sauce no flourish pretty empty plate for $35 expected more.
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  • the bacon-veiled salmon is
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    the bacon-veiled salmon is totally amazing as is the flat-iron steak. i usually also get the mussels as an appetizer (good to share for 2). the wine list (and prices) is terrific - really makes the restaurant much more affordable than it would be otherwise.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • they try but dont quite make
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    they try but dont quite make it the food thpught is good but the delivery is poor the kitchen still doesnt work and service even if they try is mediocre
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  • Loved the menu and each dish
    WLNY7VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Loved the menu and each dish was wonderfully executed. The tight space was our only complain - we felt cramped the whole time, wait staff and other customers kept bumping against our seats, plus we could hear other people's conversations too well (and vice versa). I would come here just to enjoy the food but maybe not for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it here. The Duck entree
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Loved it here. The Duck entree was delicious, a real stand out. Atmosphere was fun, chatty, noisy. Lots of tables crammed into a small space.... just hope you don't get given the two-top between the entrance and the hosts station...... (You almost trip over the table when you walk in) awful spot and people bump into you all the time. Will definitely go back - have recommended it a few times already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my recommendations are the
    IZ817VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    my recommendations are the mussels (esp. as an appetizer to share for 2), the steak - not the rossini, the other steak on the menu, and the salmon infused with bacon smoke. for dessert, try the profiteroles - delicious and good for sharing. wine list is great and very reasonable. love this restaurant!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely late-night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Although we were 15 minutes late for our 10:45p Saturday night reservation, the hosts were very nice and accommodating and quickly alerted the chef that we had arrived (they stop serving the full dinner menu at 11p). Our server was fantastic and so was the food. We started with the mussels (amazing sauce-- we couldn't stop sopping it up with the bread), and ordered the duck l'orange and the flat iron steak with perfectly salted frites. Loved the space too-- cozy without feeling cramped. We will definitely be back (and probably get 2 orders of mussels!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice trendy new French bistro.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    Nice trendy new French bistro. Food and ambiance very enjoyable. Looks much more impressive inside than out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lackluster lunch. Frozen
    downtownerVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Lackluster lunch. Frozen fries. Dry and tasteless porkbelly sandwich, dull chicken. Mussels were good. Cauliflower soup was quite good. Don't understand the hype. A previous dinner was better but the noise level was unbearable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2013
    My friends and I really loved the food at this restaurant. We tried several entrees and desserts and were licking our plates clean. The duck a l'orange was perfect. Classic French dishes updated and delicious. The wine list was incredibly reasonable. Too bad the service was slow and confused and the noise level so high. I think the service will improve with time, but not so the acoustics. No matter, I will definitely go back for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Return to Flavor
    discerning52
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Terrific place. In France, this would not be a fine dining restaurant. It would, however, be remarkable as a wonderful reminder when food was filled with flavor and less pretense. When people made delicious dishes by knowing what to-do, when and with what and not by more ingredients and more fuss. Excellent, under-priced wine choices for people who like wine but can't afford or don't choose to blow their wealth on first growth French, DRC's, etc. Wonderfully prepared dishes with substantive notes and bright flavors. Brine driven oysters.Tasty radishes. Perfectly cooked hake! Fun atmos. So this is what French bistro was like. Charming vibe that started w/hand scrawled quotes on the menu where mood re-fram
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • More than marrow, it's worth a look
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Fine presentation and unexpectedly expert service (at the table; the host was comically busy and distracted, while the servers were alert, friendly, and evidently experienced), with a couple standout dishes that have already been discussed in other reviews. The tables for two are shoulder-to-shoulder. A few more inches of space would have made a difference for sure. But there's almost nothing else to complain about -- go at 6:30 when it's empty and enjoy. Good for dates, colleagues, and most everything else. (The wine list isn't huge, but it's broad. You WILL find a wine that suits to you, at any rice, or GTFO. No pressure.)
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amadeus, the owner was very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/6/2013
    Amadeus, the owner was very knowledgeable and pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The place was good overall.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    The place was good overall. The food and service I liked - the mussels and the duck were great. The bread was terrible. A good place in NY can't afford to miss on that and have such mediocre bread. The wine list is good with so great cheap wines. I would recommend the place to have a good meal but just wasn't blown away by it.
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    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic