Dirty French

4.5
964 reviews
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$50 and over
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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.

For any questions regarding an existing or future reservation, please email reservations@dirtyfrench.com
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, French American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast:
Monday - Sunday: 7:00AM - 11:00AM
Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Brunch:
Saturday - Sunday: 11:30AM - 3:00PM
Dinner:
Thursday - Friday: 5:30PM - 12:00AM
Saturday: 5:00PM - 12:00AM
Sunday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Monday - Wednesday: 5:30PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
(212) 254-3000
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Houston
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Parking details
There is a parking garage located on Essex Street between Houston and Stanton on the West Side of the street.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Dirty French is available for large party bookings and restaurant buyouts o f up to 100 guests for seated events and up to 175 guests for cocktail style receptions.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We will be offering a prix-fixe menu for $98/person at Dirty French. Reservations will not be confirmed until a deposit is made. Please note this reservation is tentative. A guest relations representative will reach out to you shortly with details.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 964 People Are Saying
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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The grilled oysters are the best in NYC. The pancakes are fluffy and melt in your mouth. It's just worth to make the trip for these 2 dishes. oh - and the complimentary pastries basket!

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SB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for Saturday brunch to catch up with a friend. Definitely would recommend to a smaller group for a nice vibe where you can actually hear the people at your table speaking. Food and drinks came out slowly, but staff was great.

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Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Brunch food was ridiculously good. Drinks the same. Quintessential New York kind of spot all the way around.

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We dine out in NYC one to two times a year and I always look forward to the meal, the ambiance, menu, service etc. We go all out and order what we like and spare no expense. Dirty French both disappointed and delighted me. The roasted oysters were a disaster under a green pesto, they had roasted away to nothing and they had no flavor other than the green oily blob on top of each shell. We ordered a seasoned flat bread that was a total rip off and embarrassment on our table top. The tartar however was special and I still remember its flavor. Our entrees, we were a party of four, were prepared skillfully and they were very good. I had ordered the scallops and I enjoyed my selection. My husband ordered sea bass and it was flaky and delicate and our friends ordered rainbow trout and duck. No one got sick; we did not order desert. Our bill was $380 and change. I think the place is more hype than what it promises.

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t
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing! There was a decline in all aspects of this once lovely restaurant. Inconsistency is the problem that sinks most restaurants. It was almost empty when we arrived but the service was terrible and the food was only so so. Extremely expensive and not up to par for a supposedly memorable food establishment. One entre had to be sent back twice! So one person was out of sync with the table...an obvious no no. The best part of our meal was the lemon tart at the end. Sadly we will not be returning.

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AJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Drinks took an unnecessarily long time to arrive. Staff/kitchen seemed confused by our order of all appetizers. Manager kindly took drinks off Tab. Noise level is deafening.

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R
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a 6:30 reservation, I think we were the first table seated so no noise at all. Service was friendly without being intrusive, professional. Food was prepared wonderfully, I had the spicy pork chop, not too spicy, nice flavor. My wife had the lamb saddle, tender and juicy.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - lively atmosphere.
I can’t say anything bad at all about thus place. Drinks we’re phenomenal and I’m usually pessimistic but it was awesome

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AR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

We arrived on time and waiting a little over 40 minutes for our table. We had to continue to check in with the staff. No one from the staff came to talk with us or provide any updates. Once seated our server was very nice and the food was delicious. The Sommelier was quite helpful with wine recommendations as the list is extensive. All in all we had a nice time however waiting till after 10pm to eat dinner without any customer service did start the meal off on a bad foot.

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ED
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Our chicken was raw and soaked in alcohol that wasn’t cooked off, we had to send it back.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Was seated in a high traffic area and couldn’t switch tables as other “VIP” customers were coming. Even though the tables didn’t arrive until the end of our meal. Also, food showed up cold.

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l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grilled oysters are out of this world. Dirty French never disappoints

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D
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great vibe. Excellent and friendly service. Delicious and creative food. Nice wine. Gorgeous interiors. Fun night!!

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A
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very gold food and service,but music at a quite excessive le gel for people over seventy....

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F
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and I enjoyed every bit of it. Just a bit pricey. Dinner for two with two glasses of wine set me back over $200!

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambiance and service were very good. We loved the grilled oysters and the tomato and mustard spread (it sounds weird but don’t miss it if you go!)

The thing was they rushed us. And when I say that I mean three different members of the wait staff approached within 10 minutes of each other asking us for our main order. Each time we said we weren’t ready to order they gave us the same spiel which was that it could take up to 30 minutes for our entrees. We kept repeating we weren’t in a hurry. Ironically when we did order the food appeared very quickly (under 10 minutes).

Even trying to slow it down we were out in less than an hour when we were looking for a leisurely night out. It ruined it. Hence the 3 star review.

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JF
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for brunch. Food was great - loved the cozy decor and complimentary baked goods - very nice touch. Attentive service.
Had the signature croissant sandwich- amazing! Will definitely go back.

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MK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best ever, great service by Pamela. Food was amazing, service unbelievable, original cocktails

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AJ
Melbourne / VIC
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing night, excellent food brilliant service staff knowledgeable, friendly and totally engaging which created a fabulous atmosphere.

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DK
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people that work at Dirty French are very nice and try really hard to make sure your experience is perfect.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Superbe atmosphère particulièrement pour déjeuner

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DY
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was disappointing. The staff was not very attentive and did a fair job of offering explanations for wine and food.

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RN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for an anniversary dinner. The wine list is superb.

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food were excellent. I forgot our waitress’ name, but she was fantastic. Great atmosphere

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Stayed with dirty dishes on the table for 10-15 min. Server passed by & didn't even look at the table. Desserts are not worth the price & have absolutely nothing special compare to the good many that they have. Also Poor vegetarian choices.
The rest of the menu is great!
And great wine list!

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MH
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, drinks were just right and the food is outstanding! We started with the Ahi Tartare which had the perfect spice profile (it's a good kind of hurt), I had the pork chop which was the 2nd best I've ever had (best was at Mustards Grill in Napa), my guest had the Duck L'orange..she gave me a bite and I don't think my life will ever be the same. Unbelievably good!

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B
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food, Friendly staff, Great wines, Amazing oysters.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, albeit spicy.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a brunch here for a gathering with friends. The service was great and the seats were comfy. The Reaturant is decorated with old diner version of French which very attractive. The food are amazing even thought for a croissant sandwich, very delicious. The drinks are fantastic but only have a few choices. Definitely will be back for more.

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P
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Really Pathetic service & food; nice space, great music.
Arrived at 9:20 for 9:45 reservation.
Seated at 11:15
Appetizers arrived at 11:30.
Drinks arrived (after second request) at 11:35.
Date went directly to bar for second drink at 11:50.
Entrees arrived cold at 12 midnight.
Another server noticed entrees were not being eaten.
Plates taken away at 12:15.
Billed for appetizers and one entree.
No apologies.
Pathetic is the only word.....

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MO
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was great, service was excellent and wine & food were delish...neighborhood hot spot. Sat at the bar while waiting for our table and the bar tender explained the menu and gave excellent recommendations. We'll be back!

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N
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Busboys were great but waiter never answered a question he told us he would ask the chef. Weirdly couldn’t sell oysters in pairs, only by 3. Never explained which oysters were which. Great sommelier. Waiter interrupted conversation then never checked in.

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SM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall pretty good...The menu is change time to time. Not able to get my fav salad this time...The steak was little too salty n the black bass was not as fresh as expected. But previous dinning experience was excellent.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Service was a little slow. Had to wait for our drinks a little too long. Music was VERY loud, so it was hard to have a conversation. Food was good. Not sure we will go back.

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M
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My husband and I loved our night at Dirty French! He got the spicy pork chop (which was more sweet and flavorful than "spicy" IMO.) I got the trout which was also delicious. We also really loved the ambiance.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends for the first time. My husband is French, and we live in France as does the couple that we brought with us. Chae has been our favorite server throughout the years so we were pleasantly surprised that it was she that greeted us when we arrived and served not only fantastic favorites, new favorites but her signature wit as well. We sincerely just love the place. Always the last ones to leave.

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s
Miami
43 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delightful lunch! Everyone was very friendly. Delicious!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Y’all were awesome. Monkey 47. Love it

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F
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

I have had dinner at Dirty French several times before and have really enjoyed it. However, I had never been there for lunch and would not come back at this time of the day. We were the only table they were serving (late another table was served) and while service was impeccable, food choices were limited and not amazing. Starters were delicious...main dishes were just ok.
Try dinner...I have had great experiences at night.

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Charlotte
54 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I took my mom here for brunch as she is a Francophile and I had heard good things about the restaurant. The free pastries and such they first brought out were delicious but the service was lackluster- our water glasses would sit empty- and we were the ONLY PEOPLE in the entire restaurant for 1/3 of our meal! My duck hash was delicious but my mom's omelet (of which, it is the most basic and important dish to master in France) was less than impressive and very bland. The decor was very pretty though and people watching through the window, and inside the restaurant, was entertaining.

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