BXL Cafe

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$30 and under
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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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4.2based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
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4.1
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4.1
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b
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Everyone who ordered one enjoyed their burgers. The pate and Steak Tartar were also great.
Noise level was high but it was a fantastic place to catch a pre show dinner before going next door to Town Hall.

AG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the atmosphere, a nice upmarket pub style. It was warm and cozy, much needed on a cold day sightseeing. Staff were very attentive. Food was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food but the restaurant fit

KH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Convenient location. Good food. Very loud. We had a big group, service was exceptional and attentive.

L
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We had dinner at BXL before attending Hamilton (again!). Entrees (roasted salmon with mashed potatoes/grilled veggies and meatloaf with mashed potatoes/grilled veggies) were good, bread was wonderfully crusty, and service was friendly and efficient. But the noise level, boosted by some random thumping music, was quite loud. Is it really necessary to play loud music in a restaurant?

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Picture in website looked nothing like the restaurant does now. Smelled of beer and menus were dirty! Would not eat here!

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a cozy, convenient and reliable experience. Great mussels and comfort food

E
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This excellent gem just blocks away from Grand Central Station is a must try! The mussels are fabulous as is the tartine! Great selection of salads and other appetizers as well. The entrees are exceptionally prepared and the beer selections are not to be missed! A special shout out to Nathan the manager and Eugene an excellent bartender and waiter as well!

KS
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The mussels were fantastic! Plea NYU to choose from. I was hoping to get some good Belgian frites however they seemed to be the frozen variety. Overall a good experience

CM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thought we might have made a mistake at first because the place was empty on a Sunday morning during brunch time but it must just be a very well kept secret!

Best Eggs Benedict we’ve ever had in a restaurant and the service/ staff was/ were excellent! Cheaper drinks than we’ve seen at other brunch places as well.

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food everytime we go....must be our 15th time....going again this week with my children.

Service is great and prices are extremely reasonable

MB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating, I was 34 minutes late, I called thinking I would be 15 minutes late. Got a seat at the bar, and and delicious meal and great service. I would definitely go back!

LB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

much too loud (not "energetic"L:OUD) ; seating too close to kitchen door: I kept getting bumped. food okay, but greens were wilted, did not like the marinated herring: too tough.

KM
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great beer selection and food. Staff is super kind! We went here for brunch on a Saturday with our two boys and our friends son and it was perfect!

PV
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice to find a Belgian Café-brasserie in New York. we could drink a real Belgian Beer en good Belgian food!
the owners are real nice and friendly!
thanks for the cosy evening, so close to Times Square!
next time we come to NYC, we surely come back!

KD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent authentic Belgian food, great service and ambiance!

JB
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Yes, the staff were very welcoming. We were a large party and they took good care of us to get us out in time for a show. Nice spot....little oasis in the middle of chaos!

JW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Fun place to be, acceptable food, less of a ripoff than one might expect in Times Square.

TB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was very attentive and accommodating. Nice little restaurant with great desserts!

R
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely breakfast meal in a casual environment and setting. Good service. Enjoyable morning.

SP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time. Crowded on a Friday but food was good (hanger steak for me and meat loaf for her)and service accommodating fir such a busy place. Next to The Town Hall.

DM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy little bar and restaurant with excellent food and service. The chicken pie Is delectable

TA
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The place has its charm, tucked into a small part of times square among the larger well known and well worn places that serve Italian, Asian and other cuisines. The bar is well attended with all your familiar bottles. The beer list is fat and inviting. The TVs are situated strategically throughout the room with soccer playing on all of them and with patrons who are involved to the point of hysteria over every shot on goal, whistle and card, let alone the occasional goal. The menu is eclectic, but thematic. This is a Belgian restaurant..not just a pub. But, there is pub fare. The servers are attentive and the food was good, hot and worth the price you are paying.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

We left right after we were seated.
It is a loud screaming happy hour bar.
We could not hear each other speak.
Too bad, the menu looked great.

M
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we discovered this little Times Square gem. Well prepared, reasonably priced food. The $22 weekend brunch is a great deal!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BXL on 43rd is always great. They are welcoming, provide friendly, efficient service, and awesome food. Tonight we had mussels and beef tips. Both were delish. You cant go wrong there.

r
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and beers. Really noisy every time. Makes conversation tough.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went pre-theater. Very noisy (barely possible to hold a conversation), food edible but not interesting, and bland. Service was good. Pretty expensive considering quality and ambiance.

a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

I was here before an event at Town Hall. This place needs either a better separation between the bar and dining areas or better acoustic treatment. The noise level was absolutely horrible. I was also disappointed in the food. I had the "Belgian" Meatballs. They could have come out of any plastic bag in the freezer section of any grocery. Overall, I was very disappointed in the total experience. That said, however, I must add that the wait staff was awesome. Attentive without hovering and extremely pleasant. They were the highlight of the meal.

MN
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice to find a little piece of Belgium in the heart of New York City! And as a Belgian I am always proud to see that all other nationalities enjoy our good food AND good beers!!

TS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food but VERY noisy. I would go again in a Heartbeat.

RD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always amazing at BXL! Great Belgium pub!

DM
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about our brunch at the BXL Cafe and have already recommended it to many friends. The food, the service and the atmosphere were all amazing and the menu selection has something for everyone. The mussels are a must!!! Can’t wait to return again soon. Not to be missed.

JD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Mediocre food, inattentive service. Not a good value.

U
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We happened on this restaurant when searching for a place for dinner before the theater. The menu looked intriguing and the reviews were primarily good. We were greeted immediately with a warm smile and a good evening, guided to a table in the dining room (a long bar occupies the front portion), and our drink orders were taken immediately. Our server was very sweet and helpful. She explained several items on the menu and made recommendations based on the tastes we expressed. Our appetizers arrived quickly and were hot and tasty. Our dinners were huge portions, beautifully plated, and hot. We also ordered a dessert to share, which was smart, because it was very rich and huge. We don't drink, but the beer list was extensive with an emphasis on Belgian beers. We had iced tea, which was fresh brewed and refilled when nearing empty. By the time we left for a 7:30 performance, the bar was full and lively, so this must be a popular place to congregate after work. The dining room and bar had several TVs tuned to various soccer games with the sound muted. One menu highlight was the large number of mussel preparations. They were a popular choice and served with fries. The large serving somewhat made up for the prices which were a bit high because of location hence the loss of one star for value. I think this is a great choice for theater dining before or after. Something for everyone.

KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food and good bar scene. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

GG
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Accueil chaleureux, personnel prévenant. Les moules étaient excellentes, quantité généreuse. Prix abordables.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Whenever I am in NYC and in Midtown, I am always sure to stop in for a meal and sample from their many Belgian beers!

S
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience2

Wij hadden grote verwachtingen. Tijdens het tv programma ‘de ambassade’ had ik bxlcafé opgemerkt. Wij hadden een koppel New yorkers uitgenodigd om hen van belgian food te laten genieten. Helaas waren de gerechten matig tot niet lekker. Het stoofvlees teruggestuurd wegens zuur dus niet vers. Curryworsten waren op. De appetizer waren wel lekker en de vol au vent was ook goed klaargemaakt. Het vleesbrood en puree waren smaakloos. De bediening was wel hartelijk en ze hebben ons correct het dessert aangeboden ter compensatie. De Stella daarentegen smaakte zoals bij ons. Tip: huur een Belgische chef in, alleen Belgen kunnen belgian food maken. Jammer.

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RG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is one of the best “bar” dining experiences in NYC. Food is great and the staff is fantastic.