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
129 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (82)fit for foodies (41)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
  • Always reliable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Know how to make an evening enjoyable... good food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A former favorite
    DisappointedDiner
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    After having enjoyed eating at this restaurant for many years, this dining experience makes this spot a former favorite. The service was indifferent - we had to ask for more water, another glass of wine, a second cup of coffee. We ordered dessert and after waiting 30 minutes, it never came. No one asked if we would like something else or if our meal was good. For a restaurant that has served classic French cuisine, the escargots we poorly seasoned and rubbery, the shrimp and scallop dish drowned in sauce served with dried out vegetables. Simply unacceptable. Who knows how dessert would have been since it was never served. Too bad. I have many fond memories of this restaurant but this experience was so disappointing that we will not return.
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  • A Neighborhood Gem and then some
    FundguyVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Although this is a French resto, don't expect it to duplicate meals you had in Lyon. Meaning, you will get some very delicious food (a special pasta of the day, ravioli stuffed with wild mushrooms and ricotta, was outstanding) but it has been somewhat Americanized. So keep your expectations in check and enjoy this cozy UWS spot.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice ambiance, OK food
    genepainter
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    This is a nice French bistro with pleasant atmosphere and accommodating service. The food is good but not outstanding. A perfectly good choice for pre-concert dinner.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A small restaurant, but excellent.
    Chemmac
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    I went by myself, just to see, around 5:30 pm before the evening rush. Having read reviews, I thought that the chef would be at his best without the usual pressure, and I was right. By the time my meal was over by 6:30 pm, the restaurant had become nearly full, though there was never any suggestion of being encouraged to pay and leave. I did not have wine. We shall certainly come - for a leisurely meal. Reading the many reviews now, it is clear that the superb food this restaurant can provide needs less pressure on the kitchen. It's small; the tables are closely spaced; and by the time I left the atmosphere had become decidedly less relaxed. Still: highly recommended,
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie22
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Lovely ambience. It is a quiet experience before 7:00pm. Attentive service and great food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Awesome food and the service was great. Not overly
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite
    Empirestatedavid
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    A Charmer. Excellent country-French and traditional French cooking. Super personable service. Lovely charming unpretentious. Best after theater.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat at La Boîte!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Warm, cozy, outstanding food and service. Our new favorite restaurant in NYC.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A find
    nanniewey
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Delicious lunch steps from Lincoln Center. A welcome and true find in the area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice option for pre-theater dining
    ASBB
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    A lovely small restaurant with a comfortable elegance. The perfect location for a meal before the opera. The staff was friendly, courteous, with an easy sense of humor. I would have given them 4-5 stars if they had been at all interested in my one comment on my entree. With regard to the food, Mother's salad was perfect. We both enjoyed the light flavorful vinaigrette. The pate' was good, well presented, but unremarkable in taste. Mother's shell steak was well cooked with delicious peppercorn/cognac sauce. My monk fish was fresh with an interesting sauce, but sadly the lovely fish was overdone to the point of losing the firm texture that makes monk fish so appealing. The creme brulee was silky with a good vanilla flavor.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close but cozy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Tables very close together but conviviable. Classic style food preparations -- in a good way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    smithwd2009
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    My visit to La Boîte en Bois was exceptional!! Fantastic food and wine. The pre fixed dinner menu is a great deal. I highly recommend this place! Close to Lincoln Center, too.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful & Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We were a party of 7 around a cozy, intimate round table after a concert, and we could converse without struggling to hear one another. The proprietor was accommodating though we got out of the concert a bit late, arriving 20 minutes before the kitchen closes, ten minutes after our booking. All of us enjoyed our choices of courses. I hope to return when next in NYC. Both red wines (California and Italian) we're very good and fairly priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • charming and cozy
    MEHK
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    What a wonderful spot. Perfect for lunch with special friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Continues to impress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I have been going to La Boite en Bois for years and it never ceases to impress. What they do they do well and I have never had a bad meal there. The staff is friendly and courteous and the ambiance is delightful. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Boite en Bois Pre-Theatre
    Marmae
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We won't be returning to La Boite en Bois (the wooden box). We made reservations there because aside from their pre-theatre prix fixed menu (which included three courses), we liked their regular dinner menu. We did not want appetizers or desserts. Once there, we found only the prix fixed available at $48. Their dinner menu is not available until 7:30. When we checked different sites about the restaurant, it did not show this restriction. So, it doubled our cost with food we did not want. The escargot was adequate but overly salted. The pork special was dry. My calves liver was tender but swimming in sauce and overdone, and the bread pudding that three of us had was the worst we'd ever eaten: too sweet and dry. The service was quite good.
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  • delightful experience
    avocado
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I guess what really made me so happy was how quiet it was. It was a latish lunch and there were one or two other parties there, so our group of three could have a real conversation. Different story for their claim-to-fame pre-theater prix fixe, I'm sure. But it's a small space and I think even when full it feels relatively quiet, and certainly intimate. We've had dinner there before, and liked it. We found it quite vegetarian-friendly, for a French restaurant. On this occasion, we all three had the day's vegetarian potato-leek soup and salade nicoise. They were good. My "classic creme brulee" dessert was just that: perfect, no surprises.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Specials?
    Davidt
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Tables are very crammed in with a line of 5 our 6 tables for 2 just 2 inches apart. Somewhat disorganised throughout the meal. We were asked if we'd been told about the specials at least 5 times by all the waiting staff. Food reasonable but I'm always disappointed when my duck dish has the same nondescript vegetables as my wife's fish dish.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PreTheater Dining
    Foodie11
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We went for the pre-theater menu--many choices and wonderful to have well prepared and delicious traditional French food. Except for being right next to your neighbor, overall the experience was very good. l
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So, so.
    Selectivepalate
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I've had great French food before and I know what great French food tastes like. This was average food and somewhat disappointing. For the prices they charge they should provide higher quality dishes. The space is small and very crowded. If you don't like to rub elbows with the next table, this is not for you.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre Lincoln Center Event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Not only is this a great restaurant foodwise, it is terrifically located to Lincoln Center and provides an early dinner menu to accommodate those attending theater functions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Gem
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This is our favorite spot near Lincoln Center, serving great bistro style dishes in a cute, but very small space. The crowds, and noise, get pretty severe before a performance. Raul is a charming host and the food is certainly worth the effort!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent quality food at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Excellent quality food at reasonable prices for NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic French
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    La Boite en Bois is very authentic French. If you've ever spent time in France and are craving "real" French food and ambiance, I highly recommend a visit to La Boite en Bois. Paté and Endive/Beet Arugula salad to start and the Niçoise Cod followed by an incredible dessert of frozen hazelnut chocolate mousse was all amazing. The bottle of white that our waiter paired with the meal helped everything flow together perfectly. Merci beaucoup!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    LaBo
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Met some friends at La Boite en Bois for dinner on Saturday night. Small, intimate atmosphere. Felt like we were in a French Bistro. Food was great. Everyone seemed very happy with their appetizer and entree. No complaints. Service was very good. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic pre-theater dining!
    CamiS
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I found this restaurant online. I wanted to take my 14 year old daughter to a French restaurant before Lincoln Center as she is studying French in school. The reviews were excellent, the convenience seemed perfect for a pre-theater dinner, and the menu looked very good. Well, the experience exceeded my hopes! The prix fixe menu (appetizer, entree and dessert, all for $48) offers many choices as well as nightly specials. Our meals were delicious!! We were greeted at the door immediately, out table was ready right at our reservation time, and the food was served piping hot and timely, but not rushed. It is small, so be prepared to sit very close to other diners. But we didn't mind a bit. Service was outstanding. 5 minute walk to LC! 5 stars!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tight squeeze
    manacapuruVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    It is a tight squeeze but a great menu for the lincoln center crowd.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just about the most crowded
    Sean
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Just about the most crowded restaurant I have ever been in. They need to take tables out rather than trying to squeeze every last penny out of their space by cramming tables so closely together that you feel like you are eating with a bunch of strangers.
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  • When on the Upper West Side...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    If you're headed to a concert or opera at Lincoln Center, head up to Boite en Bois for an early dinner, and you will be more than pleased that you did. The place always offers first-class fare, served by friendly people, and the wine is liberally poured. It's a go-to kind of place, dependable and pleasant. It's a tiny restaurant, so reservations are a really good idea; but it's not hard to book a couple of days in advance. I love that I can hear and be heard in the place. Conversation and eating go hand in hand in my opinion, and we all get a little hard of hearing as we get older. A quiet restaurant is a special place in New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful French Restaurant
    Martta
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Charming and authentic. The escargot were excellent!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Quiet Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    I had the roast duck and my wife had a beef dish. Both were terrific, and the tranquil setting enhanced our enjoyment of the meal. This was out third visit to this restaurant and I look forward to going there again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect pre-theatre
    Jwk1
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Ideal for one or 2 couples seeking a warm bistro-like atmosphere
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the value it used to be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We have been coming for about 20 years. Although the food and service is about the same it no longer is the value it once was. There are now more interesting in the Lincoln Center area. Raising prices no longer makes it a worthwhile dining experience for just good food, rushed service at very cramped tables.
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  • Quaint basement bistro with
    Chevrock
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Quaint basement bistro with an expansive/expensive wine list. Servers worked in tandem and were very attentive however, could've done without the bartender constantly blowing their nose as we ate.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing and ignored
    Foodie7VIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a few times and opted to try it again. In essence, the entire experience was mediocre and frustrating. The service was dreadful. We had to almost scream at the waiter to get recognized, to get bread, toget a drink. We had two fish preparations which had the exact same sauce--salmon and trout almondine. The only difference was the the trout had some alonde added to it. The dessert--classic cream brûlée, was good but more like flan than brûlée. The restaurant is not inexpensive and isvery disappointing for the money.
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  • Charm before Lincoln Center
    ramchathamVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    Great experience before theater or opera. Wish some of the wait staff were a little less pretentious. Most were fine but one was a bit too 'French' in the bad way!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    Stef
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    My niece and I came here before seeing a French film at Lincoln Center....sort of a day in Paris in New York. We went off hours so it was empty but the waitress (who had arrived from Paris only two months ago) was wonderful and the food was quite good. Not a huge menu but enough to choose from even if you aren't adventurous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite French restaurant
    frequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    My favorite French restaurant near Lincoln Center. Classic French food, well prepared. Tables are very close together. Be ready to converse with your neighbors.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pre-concert brunch
    louise
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We had a wonderful brunch/lunch before 3pm concert at Avery Fischer Hall. Beginning with a lovely Kir Royale, we had delicious poached eggs served with excellent baguette, flakey puff pastry for the Benedict , and Salmon Benedict with smoked salmon prepared in house that was delightfully smokey in flavor with a texture much like buttery sushi, both served with a tangy Hollandaise sauce that was creamy and light. The eggs were accompanied by a delicious wedge of potato gratin that was crispy on the outside and moist and tasty inside. Delicious, simple french fare, in a charming little space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.