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About Permanently Closed - B. Cafe West
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.
New York, NY 10024
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
87th and 88th
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Line 1 on 86th street and Broadway Line A,B,C on 86th street and Central Park West.
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
B. Cafe West - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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!
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