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
129 reviews since May 22, 2014
- Ambiance3.9Noise LevelModerate
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 reliableOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 4/29/2014Know how to make an evening enjoyable... good food and wonderful service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A former favoriteDisappointedDinerDined on 4/27/2014After 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.
- A Neighborhood Gem and then someFundguyVIPDined on 4/27/2014Although 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice ambiance, OK foodgenepainterDined on 4/27/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A small restaurant, but excellent.ChemmacDined on 4/21/2014I 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,I would recommend this to a friend.
- Foodie22Dined on 4/20/2014Lovely ambience. It is a quiet experience before 7:00pm. Attentive service and great food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 4/19/2014Awesome food and the service was great. Not overlySpecial Features:
- A favoriteEmpirestatedavidDined on 4/18/2014A Charmer. Excellent country-French and traditional French cooking. Super personable service. Lovely charming unpretentious. Best after theater.
- Eat at La Boîte!OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 4/17/2014Warm, cozy, outstanding food and service. Our new favorite restaurant in NYC.Special Features:
- A findnannieweyDined on 4/16/2014Delicious lunch steps from Lincoln Center. A welcome and true find in the area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice option for pre-theater diningASBBDined on 4/14/2014A 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Close but cozyOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 4/12/2014Tables very close together but conviviable. Classic style food preparations -- in a good way.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantasticsmithwd2009Dined on 4/12/2014My 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delightful & DeliciousOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 4/10/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- charming and cozyMEHKDined on 4/8/2014What a wonderful spot. Perfect for lunch with special friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Continues to impressOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 4/4/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- La Boite en Bois Pre-TheatreMarmaeDined on 4/3/2014We 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.
- delightful experienceavocadoDined on 3/31/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Specials?DavidtDined on 3/29/2014Tables 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- PreTheater DiningFoodie11Dined on 3/29/2014We 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. lSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- So, so.SelectivepalateDined on 3/29/2014I'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.
- Pre Lincoln Center EventOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/29/2014Not 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:
- A Little GemMikeVIPDined on 3/28/2014This 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:
- Excellent quality food atOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 3/28/2014Excellent quality food at reasonable prices for NYC.Special Features:
- Authentic FrenchOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 3/24/2014La 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Experience!LaBoDined on 3/22/2014Met 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:
- Fantastic pre-theater dining!CamiSDined on 3/22/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- tight squeezemanacapuruVIPDined on 3/22/2014It is a tight squeeze but a great menu for the lincoln center crowd.
- Just about the most crowdedSeanDined on 3/22/2014Just 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.
- When on the Upper West Side...OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/21/2014If 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:
- Beautiful French RestaurantMarttaDined on 3/19/2014Charming and authentic. The escargot were excellent!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A Quiet GemOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 3/19/2014I 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect pre-theatreJwk1Dined on 3/15/2014Ideal for one or 2 couples seeking a warm bistro-like atmosphereSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not the value it used to beOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 3/15/2014We 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.
- Quaint basement bistro withChevrockDined on 3/13/2014Quaint 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Disappointing and ignoredFoodie7VIPDined on 3/11/2014I 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.
- Charm before Lincoln CenterramchathamVIPDined on 3/11/2014Great 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loved it!StefDined on 3/11/2014My 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- My favorite French restaurantfrequentdinerVIPDined on 3/9/2014My favorite French restaurant near Lincoln Center. Classic French food, well prepared. Tables are very close together. Be ready to converse with your neighbors.I would recommend this to a friend.
- pre-concert brunchlouiseDined on 3/9/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.