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 June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (84)fit for foodies (47)romantic (41)special occasion (28)great for lunch (25)great for brunch (25)notable wine list (10)late-night find (5)good for groups (5)hot spot (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Charming French bistro with
    KEENJVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2010
    Charming French bistro with consistently good food, but very tiny and can be cramped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sensational food. The seafood
    uegdswVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2010
    Sensational food. The seafood crepe and smoked trout and salmon with cucumber salad appetizers were terrific. The Coquille St. Jacques was uniquely excellent, and the hazelnut praline frozen mousse was ooh la la. A totally terrific place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unfortunately, on the night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/4/2010
    Unfortunately, on the night we went, La Boite was in chaos. The restaurant had over booked itself and was trying to turn tables too fast. People couldn't get out nor into the restaurant. Waiters were surly before we'd even been seated. The atmosphere was one of stress and irritability. The staff wouldn't stop to hear my request for the wine list even during the physical contact of one waiter as he lent on my husbands back to chuck bread on my plate. The only thing missing at La Boite was Basil Fawlty. We left without ordering.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My main complaint is that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/3/2010
    My main complaint is that we had to order a prix fixe and it was more pricey than what we would have had if we were allowed to order a la carte. Having brunched there many times, I was surprised by how expensive dinner was. It was delicious food, prepared in the finest way and the service is excellent. It's a charming place, but the owner or owner's daughter needs to either learn to mingle with the diners, and chat, or not stomp through the place loudly announcing who has a call.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My wife and I had an opportunity
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/2/2010
    My wife and I had an opportunity to dine at La Boite en Bois before a play. Arrived around 5:45PM which was an excellent time as it was not too busy, by 6PM it was packed. We had great service and food was very good. Where else in New York are you going to have an appetizer (the pate and escargot were excellent), a full meal (the portion were a good size) and a desert (go for the crème brule) for $42.00? We did not feel rushed as everything was done efficiently and we out of the restaurant in one hour.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good place for licoln center
    WillajaneVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2010
    good place for licoln center area- nice prix-fixe menus- decent- if not outstanding-food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a wonderful time at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/27/2010
    We had a wonderful time at this cozy restaurant. The staff was very attentive, pleasant and accommodating to my vegetarian friend. But the food was the star of the evening. We all had fantastic meals that we are still talking about. We'll be back next time we are in the city.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was sullen and slow.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 11/26/2010
    Service was sullen and slow. Bill was figured incorrectly and I was overcharged.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Boite en Bois is a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/21/2010
    La Boite en Bois is a little treasure on the Upper West Side. It's very tiny, so reservations are a must, but it's also very cozy and warm. The food is delicious, though not the best for vegetarians. They are willing to accommodate. I heartily recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we've been unlucky to have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2010
    we've been unlucky to have a very large and noisy group and the restaurant is so small and narrow that it made the experience a little unpleasant. but other times I had a very good time. Space is very limited and the seating arrangement is quite tight at times. but it's a lovely restaurant with good food. brunch is delightful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • poor quality French wine for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/18/2010
    poor quality French wine for $40; better to sell California or other wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My dinner at La Boite en Bois
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/17/2010
    My dinner at La Boite en Bois was very good. The veal scaloppine with wild mushrooms in a cognac sauce was excellent! My appetizer (smoked trout and salmon with a cucumber salad) was very good. Service was slow at first but got better and more attentive as dining went on. I would definitely recommend La Boite en Bois for dining!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly authentic french restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    Truly authentic french restaurant. We felt like we were in Paris at Montmartre, the old bohemian area. Menu is also authentic french and so are the owners. Small crammed space, elbows touch each other and you can hear next table conversation and even participate in it. That is so french too! They have a standard but limited menu, and stick to what they know best and quickly get you in and out for your upcoming show or theater. Next time we miss Paris, we will head there....Standard good quality French fare.If you do not like things french, not for you...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We frequently dine here before
    PortiaVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    We frequently dine here before shows at Lincoln Center and are never disappointed. The Prix Fixe is ample and you can choose from a full menu of authentic country French dishes, including specials. Every restaurant says that their Creme Brulee is amazing - the one here really is! Try the delectable roasted duck. Tables are tight, but service is attentive and expert. Always have reservations on the weekends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Having visited this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2010
    Having visited this restaurant several years ago and enjoying it, we were looking forward to a fine dining experience. Instead, it was a great disappointment. The service was offhand and careless and we felt unduly rushed. Our waiter made a negative comment about my wife's choice of entree ("Chicken? Really?"). Since this dish was on the menu, and I had had it in the past and enjoyed it, I thought this was rude and unneccessary. Additionally I thought the food we got was bland and ordinary,the bread stale, and certainly not up to the standards of a relatively expensive French restaurant. For these reasons, we will be seeking better places in the future.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been to this restaurant
    HateCilantroVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    We have been to this restaurant several times but this time it was disappointing. We were on time for our reservation and were seated and then ignored. After 15 minutes, we asked for menus and were told they were still clearing out the pre-theater crowd and would not have the regular menus for another 5 or 10 minutes. We finally received the menus, but not the price-fixed menu, and were ready to order. They again ignored us and went to other tables that came in after us. When we finally got our food, the pate was very good but the onion soup was weak - almost tasteless. The main dishes were good. We ordered a bottle of wine and they forgot to refill our glasses until I reminded them when we were virtually finished with our food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • La Boite en bois is the perfect
    HappyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2010
    La Boite en bois is the perfect pre-theater restaurant in the Lincoln Center area. The prix fixe menu is generous, the food is delicious and nicely presented and the service is attentive to both customers and the clock so that you can make your curtain. Two of us enjoyed the roasted monkfish which was perfect -- medaillons of fish with a crisp outside and tender, flavorful inside. Good wines by the glass to go with. Not a foodie or trendy spot but enjoyable, well-prepared and served meal in the perfect location.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic