BXL Cafe

3.9
561 Reviews
$31 to $50
Belgian

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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.
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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
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4.0
service
3.6
ambience
3.7
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Noise · Moderate
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Tigerfish
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great location and atmosphere for meeting for drinks and food.

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vipCCNYC
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The food and service were great, however, the noise level was headache inducing. Between way too loud music and way too loud customers we were all left miserable from the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect place for a pre-show meal. Good food, cold beer and fast service!

JM
vipJamieinMidtown
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

When we arrived for our reservation, we found the restaurant to be closed. I would recommend they remove or suspend their listing on OpenTable so that others are not let down in the same manner.

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carmenm
New England
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific place, good food and a variety of great Belgium beer

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Justin
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for Belgian food and beer. Definitely will return.

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lfdchris
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very accommodating place, attentive service. Very quick service. Good for casual, pre-theatre meal.

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DorothyM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are frequent diners at BXL Cafe and absolutely love it here. The food is great and the staff is wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a great find near Times Square. Great food, great staff, moderate prices. Would go back again!

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vipTK719
New York Area
334 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at BXL Cafe was such a delightful experience. When you walk in, you feel like you've been transported from NYC to Belgium. The dining room in the back feels so authentic and cozy. I had the mesclun salad with honey and goat cheese croutons, the salmon with mashed potatoes and vegetables, and the profiteroles for dessert. Everything was amazing. The portions were quite generous and the prices extremely reasonable. My server Arifa was absolutely wonderful - she made me feel right at home and ensured that every aspect of my dining experience was perfect. BXL Cafe is truly a gem in Times Square.

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vipJeffreyGL
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

In effect, this is an after work pickup bar with a small restaurant attached. Lots of noise and lots of testosterone.

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DorothyM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We invited a couple to join us at our favorite restaurant since we were going with them to see a musical that evening. We were given a table toward the back as requested. Service was very attentive and prompt. Our food was excellent. We all enjoyed the meal and they commented on the unique ambience.

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David
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Crowded and very noisy at 6:30. Service was good, food was OK at best

Clearly a lot of folks love it, bad fit for me.

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Impeccable service and great food. Wait staff was very attentive to our party of 6. Mussels were excellent, as well as the pesto gnocchi.

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vipSusanM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch with a friend before a show on Sunday, food and service were great. Fun atmosphere. Very friendly staff.

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DavidN
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about BXL. The food that we ordered was wonderful and the Belgium Brews that we drank were amazing. We can't wait to go back for another dining and drinking adventure

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DorothyM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequently eat here and really love this place. Prices are very very reasonable (lower than the Open Table overview indicates). If you go before the rush it’s very quiet but can get noisy when busy.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and I loved this restaurant. I’ve been a theater goer my whole life but I’ve never tried BXL. This will be my new favorite go to place. Excellent food!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great evening. Delicious cocktails and Belgium beer selection. Very good burgers and delicious fries.

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DorothyM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant. We were there this time for an early dinner after attending a Broadway matinee.

Disagree with the price range shown on the App. It’s considerably more reasonable!!!

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LenardW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The server was extremely cordial. He treated us very well and changed our order when we didn't know what we ordered. Great beverages on tap!

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DianeI
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a quick dinner at the Cafe after a day at a trade show. My table was reserved for me which was good since the place was very busy at 6:15. I would of booked later if I knew it was so noisy. The sausage and vegetable mashed potatoes were great but not for the amount charged. Little over priced for basically bangers and mash. Would like to try the place again when it’s not so noisy. Staff was very pleasant.

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JohnM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fantastic as was the service. I’ve never had Belgian food before and it was great..

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vipMeganP
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little place and excellent value especially considering how close it is to Times Square. Outstanding food and service. We had the prize fixe lunch before a Broadway matinee show and it was fantastic!! Definitely get the mussels.

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DorothyM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are fans of this wonderful Cafe and have frequently eaten here over the years. Love the ambiance and food.

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Kohlmeisen
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cozy pub atmosphere, friendly staff, with a real European flavor, including an enormous range of Belgian beers. Very reasonably priced brunch dishes; the egg dishes were just right on a cold January day. Try the eggs Florentine. A great value.

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MacNamara
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambience, food good, usual NY level of service (although the lady did forget about me when I asked for the check, and then disappeared, but they're a cheerful bunch), just a bit pricey for what it is. Glad we went, but probably couldn't afford to go twice on the same trip.

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vipSnarbtub
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bistro with lots of character and lots of international patrons. Food was all exactly as it should have been: onion soup with melty cheese that had a bit of crispiness to the edges, a salad perfectly dressed with warm goat cheese and hangar steak with awesome frites! Impressive beer selection too. Only regret is that we didn't discover it sooner!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Extremely noisy

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vipNotimpressed
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Decent food for lunch before the theatre although it can get extremely loud with the lunchtime crowd.

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DanK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to eat in midtown. Great food, reasonable prices, terrific staff and very authentic.

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DianC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The noise level was very high. Conversation with my companion was difficult and we sat at a small table near each other. Other than that we had an enjoyable evening. Our waiter was accommodating, service good and the food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a get together with family from out of state. The food was delicious, the server was attentive and we were very appreciative that we were not rushed to leave. And the cost was extremely reasonable for the quality and portions.

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Ashley
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

For NYC, this place is quaint. Food and service are always good. Only complaint is that with a party of 6 and a reservation, we were squished in the very back by the bathrooms and kitchen.

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vipStryker1112
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

When I ordered a beer they brought the wrong one. They then brought the wrong drink to my wife, and put hers at another table. After tasting and realizing it’s the wrong drink, they just tried take ring her correct drink from the other table and pouring it in a new glass. Then on top of all that they charged me for an extra beer I didn’t order.
Long story short don’t go here

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AnnIe
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BXL is the best way to get down to business with three pots of yummy, steaming mussels before a show! My husband, my niece and I settled into the cozy table right across from the banquet seating the performers from Slava’s Snow Show on Sunday.
Fun! The wait staff introduced us and we took pictures with Slava, had the best dinner and drinks at BXL, and then crossed the street in time to grab our seats at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Perfetto!
The service at BXL is always friendly and the vibe is lit!
Love this restaurant! It’s a conveniently located and very accommodating Belgium Pub style retreat with lots of delicious dishes, affordable prices, plentiful portions, great beer in tap, creative top shelf cocktails and smiles all around. I’ll be back! Thanks again and Happy New Year!

JM
vipJohnM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite stop when venturing in to the city. So close to theaters and Times Square but a neighborhood gem untainted by the mobs of tourists just a block away. After years of sticking with the varieties of mussels, I ventured in to other parts of the menu! Had the hanger steak and it was awesome. The beer selection is also one of the reasons I keep coming back.

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ALEXEYS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We reserved a table for meeting with our friends which have not seen many years. We ordered food and drinks and were asked to change our table after short time because staff expect some party with a lot of people. We agreed, but were surprised when staff asked us to leave a restaurant at all in 10 minits. Even we did not finish eating and drinking. And finally we got a check#1079 with Stella 50cl we have never drank. If your restaurant have a limit time for dinner we have to been aware before visiting. It was awful, terrible, we were upset.

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vipNYwildcritter
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very expensive for mussels at 26 $ steak was tough. Very noisy for group dinner.

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MichaelM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came in to try the MOULES FRITES (mussels and french fries).
First I had a hankering for Onion soup. I tried the SOUPE À L’OIGNON GRATINÉE. Hit the spot!
We then shared the MARINIERE (mussels in white wine and shallot broth) which was plenty for the two of us. 2lbs I think the menu stated. The Mussels come in a pot with the fabulous broth. Outstanding bread provided (the crispy kind). We had some Belgian beer (try the Chimay). Holiday crowds - shoulder to shoulder. Thanks to Open Table our reservation was acknowledged and were seated in the back area. This was around 18:40 before a show next door at The Town Hall. Seriously, next door! Walked out of BXL and into Town Hall.
Plan on going back next week (another show to see at TH) for a repeat performance. Considering the crown and time of the year, our wait staff could not have been more professional. Well served and suggested the Chimay which was a bullseye!
nous vous reverrons bientôt

FAQs

BXL Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 768-0200.

BXL Cafe is rated 3.9 stars by 561 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.