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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.

566 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Belgian, European

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

Cross Street:
87th and 88th

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 873-0003

Website:
http://bcafe.com/

Public Transit:
Line 1 on 86th street and Broadway Line A,B,C on 86th street and Central Park West.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

B. Cafe West - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.0

service

3.9

ambience

3.6

value

3.9

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2016

Amazing! So bummed it's closed!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2016

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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2016

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2016

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (London)·Dined on December 8, 2016

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2016

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.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Love this place!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2016

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2016

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

Tags: Great Beer, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2016

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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 23, 2016

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2016

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2016

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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

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

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

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

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2016

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2016

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2016

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2016

The Belgian waffles are overcooked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2016

(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.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Great Beer, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2016

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2016

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2016

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

Tags: Casual, Vegan
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2016

Always great. Can't go wrong.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2016

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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2016

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2016

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!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on June 26, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 12, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 28, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 25, 2016

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

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 4, 2016

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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