Dirty French

4.4
1048 reviews
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French
Dirty French is a New York bistro created by Major Food Group’s Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick. The restaurant takes its culinary cues from the timeless dishes and preparations of classic French bistros and enlivens them utilizing modern techniques and bold flavors. Dishes like Duck à l’Orange with ras el hanout and preserved oranges remain true to their French roots but are restyled with flavors that explore the breadth and depth of the global French culinary influence. Dirty French is located in the Ludlow Hotel in Manhattan’s storied Lower East Side.

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We will be offering a prix fixe menu for $98/person. All reservations must be confirmed with a deposit. A guest relations agent will reach out to you to confirm. Reservations will not be considered confirmed until a deposit is received.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We went on a very cold Sunday night of a holiday weekend. Even though it was quite empty, it took about 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order, and I had to stop a waiter who seemed frustrated that I had. Food okay but very overpriced.

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v
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great live band, playing during Saturday and Sunday brunch.

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LC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Duck is delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is amazing. The food was delicious. The wine was outstanding. The service is the best part. We described to our waiter what we were looking for and he completely helped us figure out what to order. When it came to the wine, the man was completely understanding of our price range and helped us select the perfect dish. My cousin and I left there completely satisfied and will definitely be returning.

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G
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room, cozy atmosphere, great service, delicious food. The only negative was a lack of a vegetarian option for a main course.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

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TB
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience this evening. We had tried for Carbone after the nets game but they were fully booked. Dirty French was our second option and was phenomenal. We had the tuna tartare, and grilled oysters to start, and then had the Black Sea bass for meal. Incredible. Server and hosts were great, and even though the restaurant started closing, they were kind enough to allow us to finish our beverages and also invited us to continue in the lounge area. Great time. Will definitely be back.

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Only issue is that it is too cramped. They fit too many two person tables in such a small area. I literally backed out of my seat and backed into someone that was seated at a close table behind me.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Live music was great but hard to catch up with friends, hard to hear.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We waited over an hour to sit after 945pm reservations

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M
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Got a table 45 min after reservation time. Nice and fun hosts and staff. Nice ambiance with fun vibe. We did not think the overall food quality, though good, was enough to offset the long wait and spotty service. We had high expectations. It was good overall but not fantastic.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We made reservations and sat for a party of five. About 1.5-2 hours later, they rushed us to give up our table because bc it’s due for the next party. A bit unusual for a nice place and a $600 bill, as we were still ordering coffees and drinks.

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CE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food was putrid and overpriced. They insisted we eat more or we’d be hungry, we didn’t even touch some of it, and when we did some of it was ok, but some of it was putrid and I could smell it from far away

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CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was ok, not what we expected

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m
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasn't expecting the live band during Brunch which was nice but a little loud, but we made do with bloody mary's and some shouting. Otherwise the food and service are excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

I don’t eat meat and they run out of most seafood dishes. Side of Brussels sprouts we got was so over cooked, they were mooshy! Not coming here again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great ambience, great service

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Music is all music from the 80s- Jump by VanHalen etc. Not great to dine to but overall had a good dinner none the less.

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FF
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 3

The best dishes are no more! We went to Dirty French for the chicken dish for two and were so disappointed that it was changed. It is no longer served with crepes and they no longer fry the dark meat pieces. That was what Dirty French was famous for! And the peas are gone too.
The grilled oysters and the tuna tartare were amazing!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice, fun, hip place with beautifully prepared food and attentive staff.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The first server was great. Then I had food literally taken from me as I was eating, and I had to find 3 servers to finally bring our dessert

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

The quality of the food is really falling here.

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KB
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! And will come back the next time I’m in NY

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KB
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We never fail to have an outstanding dining experience at Dirty French. It is a favorite!

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BH
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was outstanding. The Croque Monsieur was outstanding. The French Dip was very good. The meat was slightly overcooked and the au jus was too thin. It should have been thicker which would have given it more taste.
The amuse bouche was outstanding.

Just terrific.!

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dirty French is a great place to go for a dinner date, celebrate a special occasion, or catch up with old friends! The food was delicious, the service was better than most restaurants & they have some great vino on their wine list!
Once the restaurant was full, got busy...it seemed like our server was a bit “stretched”, but he never forgot about us, it was just difficult to get his attention.
I would highly recommend this restaurant!

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G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A fun evening

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JH
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The $98 prix fixe menu for Christmas 2018 was very limited, unimaginative in the mains, and quite expensive considering what you got. The service was indifferent and slow: I would not go again on a holiday, as they seemed overwhelmed, and the staff gave the impression of wishing they were somewhere else.

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h
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We went to Dirty French on Xmas Eve. It hits the sweet spot between sophisticated and cozy, special and comfortable, and in terms of food, classic but with modern twists. The tuna tartare with bird's eye chili was delicious. I normally don't order chicken at restaurants, but the chicken for two came highly recommended and it didn't disappoint. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 4

I appreciated the complimentary pastries. Everything else was ok

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch

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JH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Careful--they tried to seat us in the garden away from the main room. It was barren with a few unfortunate souls looking lost and dejected. We said no thanks and they seated us in the main room. Loud and full of 30 somethings. Food ok. Overpriced for what it was. The duck was a couple of little strips of breast. But it's a scene that a lot of people want to be a part of so it has a festive feeling.

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L
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our food was cooked well and it was very tasty
Two expensive for just a steak The ambiance sympa but not smth extra
Noisy

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food here was absolutely fantastic. Had high expectations and was not disappointed. Had the lamb carpaccio which was fabulous. My mom got the scallops and says they were the best she’s ever had

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Our table was not ready so we had drink at the bar which is crowded with people eating - I wish they had sent us to the back bar lounge instead. We ate in the garden which is lovely, nice lighting. Food was very good.

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SF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Oyster appetizer was delicious and original. Wine list is light on bottles under $100, but plenty of choices above $1000! It's too dark inside, the typeface on the menu is too light and the tiny little candles on the table are useless for reading.

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MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Peppers and sardines and duck are terrific

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UE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The service was terrible. Took over 45 min to get two basic dishes and half the restaurant was empty. The hostess (or manager) was extremely disrespectful to her employees and had no qualms speaking loudly and rudely in front of customers. Wasn't worth the wait...

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E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Appalling live music ruined the ambience and our enjoyment of food and company

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