BXL East

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180 reviews
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$30 and under
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Belgian
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A slightly more modern feel than our original location. delicious Belgian cuisine and beer, whether you are in the mood for a Trappist, Abbey or Sour Ale, we have got you covered. Our Beer menu is carefully selected by our expert beverage director and we pride ourselves on the fact that we serve beers that you would be unable to find anywhere else in NYC.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Belgian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 4:00PM
Dinner: Saturday - Wednesday: 4:00PM - 11:30PM
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
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Phone number
(212) 888-7782
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Claes Klaas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 2nd and 3rd
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Public transit
Close to the 6-M-E lines.
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Entertainment
Saturday night Live music from 9:30 until 12:30.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

BXL has changed to Mia Caffe. It is no longer a Belgian restaurant as listed on Open Table. It is Italian. So it wasn't what we expected, but we had a delightful meal. The food and service were both excellent! I will definitely return.

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J
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a terrific dinner here - great salad, delicious pizza and a wonderful beer selection. Outstanding service.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place was closed. Shouldn't be able to make reservations at a closed restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for Valentine's Day and upon arrival the restaurant was closed with a notice on the door that they will be opening again in a few weeks. Not sure why they were still accepting reservations.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I just do not understand how OpenTable allowed me to book this restaurant when it was temporarily closed for renovation.

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BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open table please update this restaurant it is closed. My reservation was accepted but when we arrived the place is closed

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BS
New England
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our reservation was accepted on OpenTable but when we got to the restaurant, it appears that it has been closed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Place was closed

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a
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service by the wait staff. Good food and presentation.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The mussels were amazing! Hanger steak with potatoes was also pretty good. We went for a quick dinner before a broadway show. Would go back!

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BR
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and beer selection. Would be nice to have full bar.

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CB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately the service was as poor as we've ever experienced at BXL, perhaps worth considering another venue for business lunches. It's a shame because the mussels and food overall are very good.

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AZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

My party arrived on time and it seemed like a nice place. We were brought to our reserved table for 6ppl but we weren't given any menus. It took a while to get the menu and after looking around other customers were having the same problem. There was only one waitress and the bartender had to act as waiter for the table next to us. When we finally got menus and our order taken, the waitress forgot to put in my guests order. It took a long time to get her food which was just a cheeseburger. She finally got it and it was raw and she wanted it well done. They took it back and gave her another and apologized and took it off the bill but it was ruined the mood. They need additional waitress service at lunchtime!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We like BXL, since we lived in Belgium and can appreciate their national dishes. I think the other people in our group were fine with their choices, but my mussels were extremely small, like size kidney bean or smaller. You would never get them that small in Belgium. I asked the waitress before I ordered and she said, yes they will be big! But they were not at all.
That's all, bitterballen and fries were really good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The combination of bar and restaurant. Perfect

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Denver
41 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very small and a little snug. Nice neighborhood place with a limited but good menu. Would return on our next trip to NYC as prices very reasonable for a quality meal!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We have lived in Belgium plus we are Dutch so we can compare. It came close, esp. the bitterballen are a family favorite, BXL makes a good quality one. The mussels were ok, not as big as the Belgiums require them, it was almost as if 2 sizes, medium and very small, were mixed together. Entrecote and french fries very good, Belgium endive with cheese sauce very good. The service was OK, they took away the plates far too quick. At least 3 times we had to stop them taking plates off the table before we were even finished! Overall we will return for sure, and recommend to others.

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Love the all you can eat mussel special on Sunday and Monday's. Many tasty flavors/sauces to choose from; lots of good beer on tap & in bottles as well!

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice place for authentic Belgium food and beer. The service was excellent!

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B
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Went for the mussels and beer and was not dissapointed. Worth the experience and will return, again :)

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B
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Good food, good service, nice place, good music, you don't get rushed. Overall a very pleasant experience. Nice beer selection is also a plus.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was great, staff was amazingly helpful - other than a loud patron a few tables away this was a perfect experience.

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JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Just excellent , a very good moment with friends for a First visit in NY . The beer card is very complete. Excellent dinner with correct price , i recommand !!!

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RA
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went mussels on a Monday special. All you can eat! We weren't expecting much due to deal but pleasantly surprised. 4 lb of mussels and two later we left. Thanks we enjoyed our eating experience.

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MS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Casual dining spot. Very good mussels. Beer and wine only. Service was very good as well. I would definitely return.

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MI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Wonderful beer selection and apps.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely service. Wonderful menu. Delicious food. Will be back!

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FD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed the food and the ambiance, mussels were good, the chocolate mousse was gigantic and well made. We sat in a corner where I had trouble reading the menu because it was so dark. The place could do with a bit more lighting to my taste. Overall a worthwhile culinary experience though.

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d
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was horrible. The waitress would not take our order. We had to ask several times, but she was too busy.

The food was incredibly salty. There are so many options in the area. Stay away from this one.

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C
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Nice place for lunch

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Rude waitress. I've had her multiple times and every time she has been the same, just rude. The food is good and the ambiance is good so the rude waitress is disappointing because I will think twice before returning again as long as she is there. She actually asked if we were tourists to 'explain the tipping policy', which we were not. Easily confused I guess because my in laws were visiting from outside the US but still. I get that Europeans don't tip like in the US but the approach, and service throughout the evening, was rude, making that an even more rude ending. Last time I had this waitress, I thought that it might have been my personal impression and gave the place a second try. Sure enough, my in-laws and I all thought she was rude and this was without my sharing any prior experience. Disappointing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

We went early to this restaurant to celebrate a graduation and had trouble hearing one another as the bar noise level was so high. The wait staff weren't particularly attentive either. But mostly it was really hot in there, so I would not return.

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Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Has a great neighborhood bar type of feel. We came for the AUCE moules frites special but also enjoyed the Belgian style ribs. Poulet roti seemed a bit dry but was flavorful. Wait staff was friendly and attentive.

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SG
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

The food was good: I had the mussels mariniere which were excellent. I expected the fries to be more like frites - they were heavier, and not hot when they arrived.
I was there with a friend I hadn't seen for a while: the noise level was too high for an intimate conversation. We had to shout.

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was okay. Mussels were okay. Burger was good.

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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Not up to their usual standards, I come here for the selection of Belgium beers
and Mussels. the beers were as expected the mussels were totally underwhelming ..
totally tasteless ... have to cross BXL east of my list as a place to get good mussels

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NE
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I have been to and enjoyed the BXL in midtown, and thought this would be a nice treat in the middle of a long day. The service was excellent. However, the food was disappointing. I ordered the foire gras special appetizer and the mussels. The appetizer was over cooked as were the very small mussels. Maybe they focus more on dinner than lunch, but I wouldn't go back.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Despite the very slow service which nearly made us late for our show, our group enjoyed a delicious meal. We got the lunch special and of course got mussels. Although the mussels were small there were a lot of them and they tasted fantastic.

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AT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I booked the table at BXL East for our group of five after reading good interviews on Yelp and I was very happy with my choice. All the people in our group were satisfied with the dishes they ordered. I ordered muscles and liked them very much. Beer lovers in our group were impressed with the beer list and the excellency of beer. We will visit this play again and recommend it to our friends

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T
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent for work lunch.

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