La Boite en Bois
75 West 68th Street
New York, NY 10023Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
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.
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.Continued
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La Boite en Bois reviews from OpenTable diners
130 reviews since May 21, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
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
- NeighborSharonVIPDined on 6/20/2014Excellent restaurant, you are reminded of how unbelievably good food can taste.Special Features:
- always deliciousyummyinyourtummy42VIPDined on 6/20/2014Truly 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pre-Lincoln Center GemOpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 6/20/2014Lovely French bistro food, though not fine French cuisine. Phenomenal pre-theatre menu for price.Special Features:
- French country cookingSmakoszDined on 6/20/2014Good food but menu does not change frequently so if you recently attended be prepared to have the same choicesSpecial Features:
- GNNYGNNYDined on 6/20/2014Used 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.
- Charming French restaurantOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/20/2014Cab 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lunch before matineePhyllismarleneDined on 6/18/2014We will return to this restaurant for other meals.Special Features:
- Great Neighborhood SpotAZDinerVIPDined on 6/17/2014This is a hidden gem on the upper west side. We both had the duck which was outstanding. Will return.Special Features:
- MrBaldymanDined on 6/10/2014La 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:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/10/2014we 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Charming setting near Lincoln CtrLegoLydDined on 6/8/2014Lovely, 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent Food near Lincoln CenterTygusVIPDined on 6/7/2014Wanted 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:
- Pre-fixOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 6/5/2014I 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:
- MayorDVIPDined on 6/5/2014A 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:
- saucesbillDined on 6/4/2014too much use of sauces on entrees which did not help for the taste of the main dishSpecial Features:
- Not to upscale, quality foodnotasaladgirlDined on 6/1/2014Service 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- B ratedGourmetDined on 5/31/2014Food is mediocre at best and before shows they force you to have prix fixe menu.
- On the way to Lincoln CenterSmakoszDined on 5/29/2014If 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:
- La Boit en BoiskkewtDined on 5/29/2014This was a very pleasant experience. I always enjoy this restaurant. The food is always delicious and the service is very attentive.Special Features:
- Country French diningLove2cookDined on 5/28/2014If 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:
- Great after Lincoln Cen. restaurantRdr525VIPDined on 5/25/2014Read 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 hereSpecial Features:
- good pre- or post-concert choicesturzinputnamDined on 5/24/2014Nothing 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Top notch food great service.FrogskinDined on 5/23/2014Well priced and Decent value and offers a real alternative from the other options near the Lincoln Centre.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Old world charmAristonDined on 5/23/2014Very 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:
- Good food and "cute"...but...mimitaDined on 5/23/2014Be 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.I would recommend this to a friend.
- SusiekcDined on 5/23/2014Very 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:
- Bad, Bad, Bad serviceserve2badDined on 5/21/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 1181 reviews are from the La Boite en Bois reviews archive.
- bobkatVIPDined on 5/17/2014Great place for dinner before a show at Lincoln Center.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2003Dined on 5/11/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- pre-theater perfectLathompsDined on 5/10/2014A 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:
- French DelightsLovelyDined on 5/10/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CuteChristopherDined on 5/9/2014Cute 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An old-fashioned bistroClassicistDined on 5/8/2014And 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:
- Pre-theater fallbackparksideDined on 5/6/2014Years 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!
- good early dinnerArtistDined on 5/6/2014Our 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:
- Lincoln Center gememchDined on 5/3/2014Small 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:
- Delicious and attentiveOperaLadiesDined on 5/3/2014The 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.Special Features:
- Luv2lunchluv2lunchVIPDined on 5/3/2014Small 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:
- Not worth itOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 5/2/2014Went 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.
- pre theater, prix fixebluescootDined on 5/1/2014went 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.