Permanently Closed - B. Cafe West
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Amazing! So bummed it's closed!
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!
This is a great spot for a date - delicious food but very tight seating. Highly recommend the mussels and duck sandwich!
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.
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.
Didnt know what to expect, but we were very pleased. Food was excellent and reasonably priced. We'll defintely be back.
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.
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.
Love this place!!!
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.
At last, a good Belgian bistro with excellent moules frites and beer on the upper west side!
Still one of the best restaurants in the area. The moules frites are the best in NYC.
Great food in this small gem. When I say small don't underestimate that. Wonderful food and beers
Excellent. Too small tho. Can't move. Beer and food are top notch.
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.
We're regulars the food is fantastic.... speacial place...
Burger is better than Bobby flay's. Way better
Best French fries
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Belgian waffles are overcooked.
(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.
We 4 friends had a great time. Try the wine paddle (flight)
Mussels were delicious, as always...same as the Beer.
Good food good service. An enjoyable meal. The next time I'm in that neighborhood I would consider eating there again.
Always great. Can't go wrong.
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!
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.
Amazing bartender, helpful, funny. Delicious food, the cheese plate and waffle with Chantilly were standouts. The mussels are always great.
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.
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!
We had a nice Sunday brunch on the terrasse. The eggs benedicte, croque madame and gaufre were all pretty good.
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.
Good local spot for brunch or lunch. Great choice of beer. Excellent egg choices.
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.
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.
Great moules Malay Laksa and washed down with excellent Kasteel Donker.
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.
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.