Permanently Closed - B. Cafe West

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$30 and under
Belgian
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - B. Cafe West brings the sophistication and tradition of Belgian cuisine to uptown Manhattan. With an array of customary Belgian dishes, along with the largest selection of Belgian beers in New York City with our unique selection of draft and bottled beers, we aim to bring the essence of Belgium stateside through high quality, authentic cuisine and service. In addition to our famous Moules Frites (fresh mussels served with our signature fries), B. Cafe offers the best of Belgian cuisine - perhaps with a Gauffre De Bruxelles (Belgian waffle) from our brunch or dessert menu, our Steak Frite Belgique as a dinner entrée, or a Corsendonk Pale Ale to drink. B. Cafe welcomes you to join us in embracing the elegance and warmth of Belgium, right here in Manhattan.
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! So bummed it's closed!

BG
BGOC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Ho Ho Ho.
Who wants to tangle with midtown traffic - vehicular or pedestrian - a week before Christmas, no-bah-deee! Hence, my choice of B. Cafe West on the UWS.

Business guests from Ohio joined me, only to be greeted by the prickly bartender who said his liquor delivery had not arrived, so he would not have the usual assortment of imported beers on tap or in bottle. I found that to be a rather tasteless welcome upon entering a unique restaurant in which I have previously dined (despite the same bartender).

Our most gracious waiter led us to our table and he apologetically informed us that, in fact, the liquor stock had been depleted because this B. Cafe would be closing in a few days (others in NYC would remain open) due to a lease/business issue. Thus, the typically robust beer selections were not available and there was no red wine! Amazed as I was that a Belgian restaurant couldn't offer so much as a glass of red jug wine, we decided to stay. I inquired as to the reliability of the menu options and he assured me all in the kitchen was up to par....it was! He has waited on me before so I trust him. Between his service and the superb kitchen personnel our meal (and dessert) was delicious and along with a bottle of white wine and the few beers we consumed...all went well.

Two positives emerge from this experience:
1. I must now make reservations at B. Cafe's midtown locations;
2. I will not have to endure that bartender.

Happy New Year!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great spot for a date - delicious food but very tight seating. Highly recommend the mussels and duck sandwich!

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vipAbigail
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I think they are going out of business. They were out of so many beers and wines and then, as I was leaving, I heard another diner ask for decaf coffee and the server said they were out of that too. I mean, really? Couldn't you just run down to Fairway and pick some up?

In any case, I've been here a few times and always enjoyed it but it just wasn't the same this time. If they are still here in a few months, I will try it again to see if they were just having a bad day.

JM
vipJohnM
New York Area
307 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It's been a nice local drop-in on the Upper West Side, serving fine beers, moules frites, bitterballen, and the like. Unfortunately they've lost their lease and will be closing.

G
vipGeorge
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2016
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Didnt know what to expect, but we were very pleased. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. We'll defintely be back.

E
vipEudora
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not sure what was happening when we ate there, but the manager refused to serve us a bottle of wine. He would only serve/sell glasses of wine? Also, the room was very dark and freezing. People were eating dinner in their coats. I saw the manager turn down the thermostat at one time. We have eaten here several times before, but will not be returning.

GA
vipGAnderB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Upon entering B. Cafe West, you're accosted by a women with a frowm, whom is supposedly the host, yet their is nothing about her demeanor that suggests that she actually wants to be their or welcome you to have a good meal. Surprisingly, this was not the first time we have encountered her and been rushed to the table so she could continue texting on her phone.

It took about 12 minutes, to be precise, for the waiter to greet us, pour water, and take our order. Food took approximately 14 minutes to come out of the kitchen, yet to say it was good would be a bold faced lie. The eggs for the eggs Benedict were over cooked along with oil soaked French fries. My dining companion ordered a burger, which surprisingly, came out at slightly colder than room temperature, since there were char marks around the burger; suggesting that it had actually been on a grill at some point in time, yet not in the past 20 minutes.

The hardest part to belive about all of this was that after waiting for the check, it seemed the entire front of house staff decided to go towards the bar to chat with one another, leaving the back waiter to be the only one clearing tables.

Sadly, this is the last time I'll ever visit this restaurant until things improve, all good things must come to an end.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A great place to grab a quick bite to eat. Regretfully, we understand from the hostess that the restaurant is closing. (The location on the East side and downtown will remain open.) Too bad, we have eaten here more than once and really enjoyed it.

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happyeater
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

At last, a good Belgian bistro with excellent moules frites and beer on the upper west side!

J
vipJohn
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still one of the best restaurants in the area. The moules frites are the best in NYC.

s
vipskipl
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2016
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food in this small gem. When I say small don't underestimate that. Wonderful food and beers

d
vipdoug
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent. Too small tho. Can't move. Beer and food are top notch.

AS
AmyS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, the portions generous, the service excellent, and the restaurant blessedly quiet. We were able to enjoy our meal and our conversation.

F
vipFishes
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We're regulars the food is fantastic.... speacial place...

Burger is better than Bobby flay's. Way better
Best mussels
Best French fries

BA
vipBonApetit787
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2016
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Great food in a tight space-- When crowded it is difficult to maneuver around this place. Service was a little spotty when it is busy) and it is always busy

E
vipElaine
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend and I usually go to B. Cafe for our favorite dish - Moules Frites. The mussels come in 6 flavors of broth, and we always have a hard time trying to decide which one to choose! With a side of French fries and a glass of wine or beer, it's the perfect neighborhood dinner.

CD
CroiDearg7
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down one of my favourite places on the UWS for great food, good Belgian ale, and the ambiance. I always take every guest from out of town here if I can.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Go to Brunch at B.Cafe (West) fairly often. Always pleased. This Sunday there were some minor "issues" with the garden salad with tomatoes and chicken - they only offer it "chopped" which some of us don't prefer as much. They compromised and didn't chop the tomatoes. The experience, as always was very pleasant - we were outside on a very balmy last weekend in October Day - nice. I had the eggs benedict which they do very well.

DB
vipDBMNYC
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food and service were both very good. Great duck sandwich, excellent salad. A small, narrow room most conducive to deuces. If you are more than two people, be sure to ask for banquette seating. We were three, and were seated in the rear at one of three larger tables. Next to the kitchen, bathroom, and waiters' station. Not very atmospheric.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This visit was with two friends from out of town. Perfect choice for chilly damp evening. Cozy, snug, dim room. Outstanding beer selection. Simple, hearty food, well-prepared and well presented. Everybody happy with their selections, especially the guy who chose the club sandwich with duck and a fried egg, among other ingredients. He kept telling us that he wasn't that hungry but that he ate the whole thing because it was SO GOOD. Staff was there when you wanted them and invisible when you didn't.

S
vipSophia
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Belgian waffles are overcooked.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

(Although we made a reservation through Open Table, the restaurant did not have our reservation. The seated us promptly - at 5:50PM anyway.)
The food was very good, reliable as in the past, service was prompt and friendly. The "happy hour" oysters were welcome at $1, although small. One of our favorite local restaurants. Highly recommend.

LL
LLLL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2016
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We 4 friends had a great time. Try the wine paddle (flight)

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mussels were delicious, as always...same as the Beer.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food good service. An enjoyable meal. The next time I'm in that neighborhood I would consider eating there again.

DV
vipDanielV
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always great. Can't go wrong.

MD
MarkD
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We've been going to B for a couple of years. The food is consistently excellent. Wonderful Belgian beers, great service. Try it for brunch....really great. Enjoy!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Savannah
22 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have taken friends here many times, each time they are happy with this choice of restaurant, and ,of course, so are we! The menu is varied, the food is fresh and full of flavor. The staff is lovely.

J
vipJks1111
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing bartender, helpful, funny. Delicious food, the cheese plate and waffle with Chantilly were standouts. The mussels are always great.

c
carolyng
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I have now eaten twice at BCafe. I am fond of their mussels and their beer. The first experience was better, because not only were the mussels good but the pomme frites were fantastic. This time, the fries were mediocre at best, meaning underfried and limp.

Service is ok, but perhaps a little too quick on removing things. Not sure why, since it wasn't that busy. Overall, though, I will return. Happy hour prices are good for the beers.

AQ
AlbaQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2016
Overall3food4service4ambience3

THis is a better spot during cold weather. Too hot inside during summer and also too dark. Outdoor seating is great but there are too many cars going up Amsterdam... Bar scene seems very good. Young families like the sidewalk seating. Good feel, but during the winter it felt cozy and warm and lovely. Too cozy for summertime!

O
Olivier
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a nice Sunday brunch on the terrasse. The eggs benedicte, croque madame and gaufre were all pretty good.

SF
StephenF
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, fine ambiance, champion beer selection, attentive service, reasonable price for quality. Everything to like! Our third or fourth time there, impeccable each time.

SN
vipShariNYC
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good local spot for brunch or lunch. Great choice of beer. Excellent egg choices.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My son and I went to the restaurant and we had a very nice brunch there. The food was excellent and there was something for everyone: he had eggs benedict and belgium waffles. I had a chopped cobb style salad. Food and service were superb.

l
viplocalnerd
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pastrami salmon, french fries, wine, and beer were great as always; the big change is the hostesses are actually friendly....it was a nice surprise.

S
Stemma
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great moules Malay Laksa and washed down with excellent Kasteel Donker.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place upholds the nice Belgian tradition of serving each beer in its own branded glass. Very classy and on emblamatic of the care they take with both food and service. We enjoyed the mussels and fries very much.

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Permanently Closed - B. Cafe West offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 873-0003.

Permanently Closed - B. Cafe West is rated 4 stars by 451 OpenTable diners.

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