La Boite en Bois
La Boite en Bois

La Boite en Bois

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://laboitenyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128742705x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday Dinner: 3:30pm - 11:00pm; Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Gino Barbuti
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: All of our menu items are available for takeout. We offer local delivery.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Ave and Central Park West
  • Public Transit: Subway: 1,2,3,A,D
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking on the street and a lot at end of block.
A word from La Boite en Bois
Located in a brownstone in the heart of the Upper West Side, La Boite en Bois has been a favorite among diners for 28 years. With its rustic ambiance, it feels as though you are in a bistro in the French countryside. In close proximity to Lincoln Center, we offer a pre-theater menu. Serving classics from Escargot to Salmon to Roasted Duck, you will be delighted with our extensive selections. We serve lunch everyday, with a variety of salads, panini, and classic French dishes, such as Croque Monsieur and Onion Soup. Come Sunday for our Brunch, and enjoy Eggs Benedict or Pain Perdu (French Toast). At La Boite en Bois, our attentive and well-trained staff will be sure to provide you with a memorable experience.
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La Boite en Bois reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (82)fit for foodies (42)romantic (40)great for lunch (29)special occasion (26)great for brunch (24)notable wine list (11)late-night find (6)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Neighbor
    SharonVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Excellent restaurant, you are reminded of how unbelievably good food can taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • always delicious
    yummyinyourtummy42VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Truly a neighborhood gem this always busy always delicious French Bistro serves up the perfect tasty fare. The cocktails are very classo and good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Lincoln Center Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Lovely French bistro food, though not fine French cuisine. Phenomenal pre-theatre menu for price.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French country cooking
    Smakosz
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Good food but menu does not change frequently so if you recently attended be prepared to have the same choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GNNY
    GNNY
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Used to love this restaurant but after two phone calls to be sure that we would have the dinner of rack of lamb that we love, we were very disappointed that the restaurant didn't follow through on their promise of serving us rack of lamb. Even though we told the Staff and management that we were there to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary, they weren't concerned or apologetic They didn't even offer a drink or coffee Steak that we had to order instead of the rack of lamb was tough and tasteless. It was a very disappointing and expensive meal.
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  • Charming French restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Cab issues but called and the hostess graciously held table. Pre-theatre prix fixe 3 course meal (Lincoln Ctr 3 blocks N). Everything perfectly cooked with attention to the presentation and melding of flavors. Had Endive salad, Salmon and Chocolate Mousse, Asparagus Soup, Cod and Bread Pudding. All delicious and perfectly prepared. Service was smooth, quick but no rush. Space long, narrow and tight so couples sit across with other couples close on either side in a row of small tables that are pulled out for the lady to be seated. A few four tops. Waiters superb in tight space. Warm, comfortable, family feel with a focus on food and service--not at all pretentious. Would happily eat here every week but from Texas. Plan to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch before matinee
    Phyllismarlene
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We will return to this restaurant for other meals.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Neighborhood Spot
    AZDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    This is a hidden gem on the upper west side. We both had the duck which was outstanding. Will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MrBaldyman
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    La Boite is a great find for authentic French cooking. One of our guests is a real Francophile and she was quite impressed with the liver. The room is charming but tight so be prepared for an intimate dining experience with others who are not in your own party! The help were attentive and very accommodating, allowing us to order off the regular menu instead of the prix fixe. The chocolate mousse was perfect for two to share.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    we have always enjoyed our meals here. Lunch is usually very pleasant but was diminished in pleasure this time by a loud table next to us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming setting near Lincoln Ctr
    LegoLyd
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Lovely, small restaurant with a pleasing menu in easy walking distance to Lincoln Center without the mania of Broadway eateries. Service was most efficient and pleasant; tasty and nicely plated food. Prices were quite reasonable for the area. A touch of France minus the affectation, just off Columbus Avenue.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food near Lincoln Center
    TygusVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Wanted to try something different when going to Lincoln Center, and found La Boite en Bois a few blocks away. The food was excellent! Restaurant is very small, but the waiters seem to have an efficient system. Tables are close so you may wind up having a conversation with your neighbors. We did...and met a wonderful couple from NJ. All around great experience. Try the sausage and lentils appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pre-fix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I dined here two years ago and had a great experience, unfortunately not so this time. The service was awkward with a waiter bumping me and several hitting my chair during service. This is unacceptable. Something was spilled on my clutch during service. The food was not as good as I recalled. Overall a somewhat disappointing experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MayorDVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    A gem near Lincoln Center. Let's not tell too many about this neighborhood find because we always want at table before or after a performance. A charm of which there are few remaining in NYC,
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sauces
    bill
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    too much use of sauces on entrees which did not help for the taste of the main dish
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not to upscale, quality food
    notasaladgirl
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Service was great, waitstaff friendly, helpful and did not rush our food. We ordered the French Onion soup and Seafood Crepe for apps, the crape was great..the soup was served way to HOT, like scalding HOT underneath the very yummy guyare cheese top. Soup was terrific after it cooled down which took awhile. Entrees were the strip steak and lamb stew. The steak was ordered medium but came out more like done but it was very good as well, so were the frites and veggies it came with. The stew was again served on the HOT side. It was good but kinda fatty in the meat. It needed to be trimmed a bit more. Overall it was very good though. This restaurant was a bit overpriced but not so I would not go back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • B rated
    Gourmet
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Food is mediocre at best and before shows they force you to have prix fixe menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On the way to Lincoln Center
    Smakosz
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    If you plan to go for any event at Lincoln Center at night this is the place to eat. The facility is small so the reservation is a must. Be prepared to spend a little more than expected but in return you will get excellent food ( many choice of fish and superb, not to be missed duck.) French baguette absolutely outstanding, dessert not to be missed even if you do not indulge in sweets.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Boit en Bois
    kkewt
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This was a very pleasant experience. I always enjoy this restaurant. The food is always delicious and the service is very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Country French dining
    Love2cook
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    If you are looking for some traditional country French food, La Boite en Bois has it. The food is very good, portions are very generous and the service is very nice. This is not a place for trendy food, but for good, straightforward eating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great after Lincoln Cen. restaurant
    Rdr525VIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Read good reviews and figured we'd give it a try after Sun 3PM ballet. Cute restaurant in the lower level of a brownstone. Small restaurant w/very close together tables(only negative). Friendly service. Delicious bread. We shared 2 appys-pate and smoked salmon & trout. Both were excellent. I had mussles for a main and DH had roast chx. We enjoyed these also. Too stuffed for dessert but did see other ordering dessert and they looked very appetizing. We dont usually drink ex coffee, and we thought the bill was very reasonable for what we ate. When we attend the ballet again, we definately will eat here
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good pre- or post-concert choice
    sturzinputnam
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Nothing novel or extraordinary, just old-school French competently prepared, reasonably priced, reliable - a few steps from Lincoln Center and a fine accompaniment to an afternoon or evening of opera, ballet, symphony, or whatever. It's kind of quaint in this age of digital point-of-sale systems to be presented with a hand-written check, but it fits perfectly with the style of food, the decor, and the overall absence of pretension.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch food great service.
    Frogskin
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Well priced and Decent value and offers a real alternative from the other options near the Lincoln Centre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old world charm
    Ariston
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Very nice bistro-style French food, service is very hospitable and well judged. Only complaint is the compulsory three course pre-theatre meal. Would have liked the choice of two or even one course rather than three, particularly at such an early hour.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and "cute"...but...
    mimita
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Be prepared to be inches from neighboring tables and crowded into undesirable ones. Can't be helped, but know before you go. Food this time was better than usual -- the Prix fixe is extensive -- and portions good. Service and personality of the owner excellent...others a bit of the "Attitude" but then again, the atmosphere is supposed to be French. Room configuration means those near door freeze and those in back suffocate.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Susiekc
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Very nice French Restaurant near Lincoln Center. Have eaten here 3 times, and have enjoyed it each time. The tables are very small and close together, but the food is very good. Will go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad, Bad, Bad service
    serve2bad
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    I booked a table for 8 for my sons grad. Cute place, small, great menu. Service was terrible. We had to ask for drinks, no 2nd round, the specials, more water, bread, and coffee. My coffee never came out. We wanted a fun evening. No rush. After the theater rush, we and 2 more table of 2 were the only people in the place. Why the bad service? Our bill was over $600. We should have had better service. It was a lovely but very frustrating evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1181 reviews are from the La Boite en Bois reviews archive.
  • bobkatVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great place for dinner before a show at Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The regular staff was not there and it was Mother's Day, but although the food was still great, the service was not up to usual standards.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-theater perfect
    Lathomps
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    A friend and I chose this restaurant because of it's location to Lincoln Center. We had a 8pm show to catch and the restaurant is especially accomodating for pre-theater dining. They are efficient, but not rushed. The food was very good. The only downside, if you call it that, is that it is a typical NYC style seating where you are right on top of your neighbors. If you can block out the conversations that surround you and focus on your own you'll be just fine. I do recommend this restaurant....did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • French Delights
    Lovely
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to this gem of an unassuming French cafe on the Upper West Side. As always the food was excellent, service good and we had a relaxing and pleasant lunch. Their mussels, smoked trout and pates are the best I have had. They had a brunch menu as it was Mother's Day weekend & the mussels were not on the menu but they kindly made mussels for 2 of us. On our first visit, there was a large, loud party of 7 women and the noise level was quite high. It is a small venue which contributes to its cozy, old time ambience. Our next two visits were much more quiet despite the cafe being filled. Looking forward to our next visit there!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute
    Christopher
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Cute restaurant with nice waiters and good service. I liked the brunch menu better than the dinner menu but overall it's still a charming place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An old-fashioned bistro
    Classicist
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    And it's one of the very last of what used to be a vibrant & life-affirming part of New York life. Authentic bistro food, from fish soup with aioloi to an excellent steak-frites, a charming Frnch-speaking staff, and an unpretentious old-time bistro decor make the picture complete. The only downside is that the tap water is foul-tasting and the wine list scanty and ill-chosen. Ah, for the days of Le Champlain 50 years ago, & Rene Pujol 20!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Pre-theater fallback
    parkside
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Years ago, this was a neighborhood gem -- before the UWS was totally gentrified and we were all self-professed foodies. Fine for an under-one-hour dinner before Lincoln Center curtain -- that's it's main virtue -- but nothing special. Nice people, decent service, tight but fairly comfortable setting, fairly quiet volume. But food pretty eh at best -- nice smoked fish appetizer; okay entrees (roast cod with a good olive and tomato nicoise topping, horrible out-of-a-box-like-the-'60s mashed potatoes, good julienned veggies; perfectly done sautéed liver with appropriately vinegary sauce, very good potato cake kind of thing); bland (or, in one case, overly sweet) desserts; overpriced half-bottle of wine. Crowd made me feel young--and I'm 65!
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  • good early dinner
    Artist
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Our group of four had a lovely pre opera dinner. The food was very good, the waiter efficient and the ambience pleasant and agreeable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lincoln Center gem
    emch
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Small restaurants with little tables close together. Wonderful prix theater menu with so many choices it was hard to decide. We had the escargot and house special salad for appetizers. Wonderful! For dinner the shell steak au poivre and veal scallopini with mushrooms. Delicious. For dessert: chocolate mousse and cheesecake, both amazingly light and tasty. The wait staff was attentive and charming. Our appetizers were not removed to be replaced hastily by our main course. We had a leisurely dining experience! As we finished our dinner we had a lovely conversation with our dining neighbors discussing different theater events at Lincoln Center. A wonderful start to our evening. This is my first choice now in this area.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and attentive
    OperaLadies
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The service was wonderful, struck the right touch between attentive without falling over you. The food was outstanding. The escargot was succulent and the steak au poivre was very tender and juicy, flavorful without it being overwhelming. The salmon was cooked just right and tender. The creme brûlée was light and creamy and the bread pudding had just the right hints in the just the right places.
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    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2lunch
    luv2lunchVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Small French bistro, food and service all very good !! Has been in this spot for so many years and seems to be thriving. A cozy quality place to dine before or after Lincoln Center!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Went pre theater. Could not even order off the regular dinner menu, they would only allow pre theater which was limited and overpriced. Uncomfortable with tables on top of each other. We will not be back, even on a bet.
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  • pre theater, prix fixe
    bluescoot
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    went for pre theater, prix fixe menu. food was very good and the first question they ask is if you are attending a show that night so they can time your meal. smallish restaurant like a neighborhood bistro in Paris (tight). just a tad pricey but not a deal breaker. timing was perfect.
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    • Noise LevelModerate