About BXL Cafe

Located in the heart of Times Square, BXL Café has been proudly serving the finest Belgian beer and cuisine since 2004. With our dark wood decor, comfortable banquettes and delicious beer selection, we pride ourselves in being a little oasis at the crossroads of the world for after-work locals as well as home sick Belgians.

125 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Belgian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday:11:30am -4:00am

Cross Street:
6th and Broadway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 768-0200

Website:
http://www.bxlrestaurants.com/

Public Transit:
Times Square Subway station/Bryant Park Subway station

BXL Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

3.5

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Brunch (8)
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Late-night Find (6)
Bar Seating (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Live Sports (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Business Meals (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 10 hours ago

Arrived early with a big party and they were able to accommodate us. Mussels, beer and pate were excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Second visit here and was disappointed. Ordered mussels with bacon and the bacon was missing and celery and onions were over cooked. The mussels and fries were very good however. This is more of a bar with seating than a restaurant

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Not horrible but no reason to go back. Waaaaay too crowded and over-the-top noisy. The places next door and across the street have much better burgers, and the mussels were overcooked. Fries soggy. Very nice host and server, but not enough reason to return or recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

We were very early for our reservation; the bartender kindly found us a couple of bar stools to perch on until our table was ready. Waitstaff were all cheery. Belgian beer and sausages were a treat! Have already recommended BXL to a friend. And, we'd go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Dinner with friends after a show at Town Hall -- just perfect! It's loud and a little boisterous, but feels more friendly than rowdy. Food is interesting and delicious. Recommend highly.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great food and beer in an informal atmosphere. It's a little piece of Brussels in the heart of New York.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Noise was a bit too much and detracted from otherwise overall positive experience. Great beer selection, good burgers and desserts, great location.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had a delicious brunch, but it was awfully tempting to get the fabulous mussels. I always enjoy coming here. Great Belgian beer menu.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was my 6th time coming here and it’s consistently great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The maitre d' seemed to be expecting us. As soon as I told him my name, he knew we needed a table for 2. The wait staff was friendly and just chatty enough. The food was very good and reasonably priced, especially for its Times Square/Broadway location.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Live Sports, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great for a quick meal with an amazing assortment of mussels and great beer selections.
Also burgers and other quick meals - not for the gourmet but quick and easy and centrally
located in the heart of the theatre district so totally convenient. Super noisy - not meant for quiet intimate conversations.

Tags: Casual, Great Beer, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Fun, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite
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 (Little Rock)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Belgian bistro. Authentic, based on long ago visits to Bruges and Ostend. I had Sun-Mon night all you can eat moules frites special, with a Stella thrown in. Loud hip hop constant, so if not a fan, not a place to linger. Wait staff pleasant.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Great Beer, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great friendly staff, excellent food at a reasonable price.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

We have eaten at this restaurant before and the noise level has generally been "energetic" (as the ratings diplomatically describe the highest level), but our recent experience last Thursday was actually painful. The bar was noisy, as bars usually, and understandably, are, but in the restaurant area it seemed that everyone at every table (mostly guys) was intent on shouting as loudly as he could. It was ear-splitting (it was truly a relief to get back out on the merely noisy street). It's a shame because the food is quite passable and prices are reasonable, but we won't be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Much too loud! Deafening! I would only return here at off hours for a drink near the front of the room. Food was fine but not worth returning for the cacaphony.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Can’t beat their all you can eat mussels special on Sunday and Monday. Great spot for dinner before a show in the area

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

The waffles were incredible, the service friendly and competent. We enjoyed the Euro-vibe and the cozy decor as well. Great place for any meal, lots of good cocktails and beers.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Terrific brunch -- mussels and french toast. Both were terrific even though the combination sounds bizarre. Service was completely backwards -- brought me a lovely apply dessert with ice cream (that I didn't order) first, then mussels and french toast came together. Wish they'd served the mussels first, then the brunch. The dessert was redundant but very good. Bloody Mary was weak, even though I ordered a premium. The server was lovely, apologetic and it was all good. I'd definitely go back -- yummy mussels.

Tags: Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

I love BXL cafe for not only the great beer on draft but, the mussels are fantastic, a large portion at a great price.

Tags: Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great find in the theatre district. Nice selection of beer, food was good, and so was the service!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 15, 2017

BXL Cafe’ is a MUST if you’re in The City. Hands-down, their all-you-can-eat Moules Frite special on Sun/Mon is the best dining deal in NYC. Loved it at 1st visit 7 yrs ago; same opinion now. Being in town but failing to dine at BXL would’ve been like having failed to attend a theatre production. LOVE BXL!!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun, Authentic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Healthy
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Great staff luncheon

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

BXL Café was more bar than restaurant. It was packed and may be the loudest place I've ever eaten, to the point where the people at the table next to us were literally yelling at each other from 3' apart. Our group of four 60ish year olds gave up trying to talk, and leaned to within a foot to say anything. It's on us that we decided to stay. My wife ordered mussels. They were tasty but VERY small. I ordered the entrecote ribeye. It was over 50% inedible fat and grizzle (see uploaded photo, showing the last passable bite next to all the grizzle). I showed the pile of grizzle to the waitress, who seemed unconcerned but said she would talk to the manager. He/she never came to the table. The waitress came back and said that the manager said "that's the way a ribeye is supposed to be, that's what gives it its taste". I said I've eaten a hundred ribeyes and never had one that looked like that, and a cut like that should not even be served. She shrugged and walked away. We paid and left. I rarely complain about my food (less than ten times in my life), and never write reviews (this is my first), so when I got your email I promised myself I this would be the first.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Very nice for a drink and something light. I like the atmosphere. A rare find in the over-commercialized Times Sq. area. Could be a little cleaner.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Too noisy for conversation. I was there for brunch. No bread or rolls were offered or brought to the table. I didn't want potatoes and asked for extra salad. The waiter said no problem, but extra salad wasn't given. Repeatedly had to flag down a waiter to take our order and get coffee refills. The food was fine but would have preferred a restaurant without the multiples tv's blasting in addition to overly loud music.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Eaten here for brunch and now late night dinner- mussels were fantastic. Great beer list concentrating on Belgian brews. Friendly service, of course we were the last diners in the place so I am sure we got more attention than at a busier time. However two visits so far and both were enjoyable.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Late-night Find, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Belgian beer menu suited husband. Food was all right. Conversation over dinner early dinner before theater was almost impossible due to loudness. Tables so close together we constantly had to shift our chairs to let people by. Would not go back for a meal. Maybe an afternoon beer stop off.

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2017

The background music was too loud.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We came for brunch. Had the croque monsier and eggs Benedict with nova salmon. Both were very good and you could do either as a prie fixe with coffee and a mimosas or Bloody Mary for 20 dollars. Service was great. Decor was very European pub. Would definitely come back,especially to try all the different varieties of moulles frite.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

BXL has an excellent location in the Theatre District with great beer on tap. However, the tables are very close together and the restaurant can be quite noisy during the after work/pre-theatre time. Excellent calamari and great sauces for the mussels but the mussels were small this time. Good place to go after theatre, especially for a coffee drink.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

We have gone to BXL at least 5 times & we dont live in nyc
Consistently great food & reasonable

Tags: Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We had a pre-theatre dinner at BXL Café. It was surprising to find good Belgian food in the heart of the theatre district. This is primarily a bar, so don't expect fancy table cloths or subtle ambient music. Costs were reasonable given the location in NYC.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Belgian/French comfort food. Good but nothing special. Portions are rather small by 'European' standards for this type of food and twice as $$$ comparatively.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Good food. Reasonable prices. Only negative was air conditioning barely worked on a humid evening.

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Brought a couple friends from out of town. Wonderful food, great beer and cocktails. Staff is very attentive, we had a great time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Food was ok but the noise level was so high, could not have a conversation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Brunch was good, though a little fatty (omelette, fries and mayo)

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Great beer and Steak Frites. Loud but fun. A very popular location.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Nice options for a pre-theater brunch. Good portion of salmon in the Salmon Fume. Belgian waffles were a decadent treat. Desserts were delicious. Service was spot on! We all agreed that we would return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was delicious and service excellent but it was too noisy. We couldn't talk.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite
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