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About Brasserie Athenee
A rich elegant atmosphere with simply great French food.
New York, NY 10036
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 8:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 1:00am
$30 and under
N, R & W trains to 49th Street, A, C & E trains to 42nd Street/Port Authority, and 1 train to 50th Street.
Brasserie Athenee Ratings and Reviews
The space is nice and convenient to the theater district. Overall, the food was disappointing. I ordered steak frites and it was only passable which was disappointing given this was a french bistro. My wife ordered the seafood risotto and said it was the worse risotto she had ever had. The seafood was okay (clams, mussels) but the risotto was not cooked correctly. My daughter had the mussels and french fries which she liked.
Was going to a show and went solo. Ordered muscles there were filled with grit. Only ate 5 max and bus boy ushered the plate off without questioning why I only ate 5 muscles. spoke with the hostess, who's response was. Well..... When you don't eat your meal and you need to have a drive attention to that fact. It's a sad commentary on the service. When you indeed speak to someone and their immediate reaction isn't an apology, it's unforgivable.
Like most NYC restaurants it is small and tables are packed tight and seemingly put wherever they can be placed. We were on an open corner at the end of a row. No place for two sets of legs under the table and one chair was in the throughway. That said, the food was very good and the service was excellent. We would absolutely go there again.
Pre-Theater menu options are limited, but the service was extremely slow. I had to ask twice where our main courses were. Tables that were seated well after ours were served and left before we got our mains delivered, which should have been hotter. Second time dining here, same experience. It's off my list now; pity, because the location is ideal for many theatres.
On a very cold night, the French onion soup really hit the spot! The broth that included five kinds of onions was very substantial and we enjoyed the way the cheese with baked. Our entrées of doc and Fisch were good but the real winner was the crème brûlée. We really enjoyed the ambience and thought we were in Paris.
I felt borderline racism in the restaurant. The moment I walked in the treatment was different. I don't even think the service was great but I would feel guilty not leaving at least 15% it was definitely an uncomfortable meal.
Food was also way too salty, I was dehydrated for the night
Dynamically located on the corner of 8th Ave and W 46th Street. This lovely place has plenty of seats where you can gaze at the passersby, including at the bar. The food leans to Greek and French with a few surprises included. The food was good, as was the service. Nice evening.
Something's changed here. Our meals were ordinary, bland. This had been our go-to pre-theater brasserie with many French and Greek classics but the quality has dropped. We ordered a Greek mezze plate - 3 tiny scoops of spreads and a lot (too many) pita points, essentially a plate of bread - and an arugula salad with poached pear (better). For our entrees we had fennel crusted salmon this time - it had only the lightest dusting of crushed fennel seed (if at all) - imperceptible and beef noir, which turned out to be 3 medallions of pot roast with plain tomato sauce spread on top. Dessert was a soggy piece of almond cake. We won't be back.
The service was terrible and the food was cold. In fact, I got very sick about 2am after our meal there. I can't say exactly what it was that made me so sick, but due to the temperature of the food, I have significant concerns about its safety. I had escargot for an appetizer and the steak frites for dinner plus a glass of Riesling. Our server was inattentive, we waiting a long time between the appetizers and the main meal (at least an hour), and those who ordered the fixed prix menu had to ask for their dessert. Even though our reservation was at 5:30, we barely made our theater events at 8PM. The tables sitting around us that came after we arrived were served before us. I will not be back.
Food and service were very good. This is a middle-level restaurant featuring Greek dishes. Surprisingly well-made and fresh for its type. A good pre-theater choice.
Despite telling hostess we had an Open Table reservation, she neglected to check us in--simply taking us to one of the many available tables. Had to work with Open Table later to get our points correctly.
Pre-theater dinner that was really disappointing. Everything, and I mean everything, needed seasoning. Every item was bland, flat, and almost tasteless. Portions were large, so if you like expensive cafeteria food... you should try this place. If you want flavor, go elsewhere.
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