Dirty French

4.5
1200 reviews
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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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C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great time. It was my visiting sisters birthday. You could not ask for a better experience.

RT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The front door hosts were amazing as was the ambience and the food. One of the best meals I'd had. Unfortunately, our server was luke warm and distant at best.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is the best. Great ambiance and decor. The lounge is pretty neat as well

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

My cousins and I were very excited to try this spot, as it came with good recommendations. However, the entire experience was less than palatable. My group had the displeasure of attending this restaurant last week as a post-birthday celebration of sorts and we were all disappointed. The discontent started at the outset of the evening when although all 3 of our party had arrived for our 7:30 pm reservation in advance of the 7:45 pm cutoff, we were told to stay by the bar until our table was ready. We didn't think much of it, but as the bar cleared out and everyone else was seated, we were left as the only people of color (PoC) at the bar and in the restaurant for that matter. After 45 mins, now at 8:15 pm, I inquired why we had not yet been seated, and the manager Jeffrey responded: "oh, we sat a 7:45 pm reservation, as they were here." To which I replied, "my group has been here since before 7:45 for our reservation with two of us here before 7:30 pm and were told to sit at the bar." He had no response, to which I inquired, "is this typically how you treat PoC at this establishment since we were the only ones that had to wait it was hard to see past us being singled out. We then still waited another 15mins to be seated, so all in all we waited an hour as we were not seated until 8:30pm. The food was palatable, but took way too long to arrive at our table and was not wowing by any means, so I'd stay away from this place. Their staff does nothing to accommodate its patrons, especially People of color and when in the wrong, so that plus their snobby attitude - I'll stick to other places like Bagatelle, or Le Bilboquet.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and service

JH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great bistro environment. The wait staff was very friendly and efficient. The wine list had many reasonably priced selections. We had the beet salad, trout and black bass. Everything was excellent. The fish was cooked perfectly. This place is a keeper!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome and consistent.

SI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfection and the service was enthusiastic and attentive. While a bit pricey for a regular outing it was a lovely evening all around, we'll be back!

S
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Best on an expense account or to splurge on vacation. Very pricey. Staff was great and accommodating.

k
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was terrible. We got a free cocktail to try and soften this, but not really helpful when you wait an hour and a half for any food....

SD
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Our waiter was exceptional, his advise was spot on. The Maitre D couldn't have been nicer. Am overall great experience. Thanks.

H
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious. Server seemed annoyed.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best waiter and really chic spot. French fries do die for.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The most aggressive pouring of bottled water anyone had ever experienced; constantly filling to the rim; full glasses and two bottle left on table at end of dinner- it was laughable
One and done-we could have floated a boat
Salads good, entrees mediocre-go to lounge of hotel for drinks and eat elsewhere

A
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great live music and a very leisurely brunch with attentive and friendly service. Very enjoyable.

KD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second visit to Dirty French and I continue to be amazed by the food and service. We enjoyed an appetizer of peeled,marinated cherry tomatoes in olive oil. Sounds so simple but it was amazing. I had the black sea bass which was prepared so that the skin was nice and crispy and the broth was creamy and seasoned with roasted shallots. My husband had a delicious sirloin steak. We had the chocolate cheesecake with banana ice cream. Yum. Our waiter was super fun and knowledgeable.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kevin and Richar were exceptional. Delicious food , nice ambiance, great service , and overall would recommend.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best eating experience in NYC!

i
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The waiter was inattentive to a fault, but the food was good and the atmosphere with live music was very nice. Just don't expect it to be a quick meal if you get the same waiter we had.

LF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was awesome!

HR
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I have been to Dirty French many times and had a good experience. However, the service this time was slack and disorganized.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ok food, bad service, not worth the hype or price.

c
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Everything we ate here was awesome. Duck was particularly great. Pricey but worth it. Would come back!

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

Awesome dinner!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 5

While a beautiful space, I don't think the food warranted the hefty price tag. The service was adequate, while attentive and very nice, our server didn't know as much about the wines and food as he thought he did. Would return only for appetizers and dessert, not for a full meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Having the check delivered to the table before it is asked for is unacceptable.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The dinner was great. We went to the back for drinks. The two women back there could not have been ruder. It wasn’t crowded either so I’m not sure what their issue was. I had a friend in town and I was really embarrassed.

MS
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of my favorite restaurants in New York. Amazing food and service and a wine list that (while pricey) has a long and robust selection of French wines. Menu prices not for everyone (it is an expensive restaurant) and be prepared to spend accordingly. At least you get what you pay for.

JF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had dinner at Dirty French three times - out of three visits first was outstanding, second was good and third was so-so.

MM
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You will never have a bad meal at Dirty French, the food is exceptional. The service is impeccable and our guests couldn't have been any happier!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. The food, the service, the fun vibe was amazing! Our friends visiting New York for the weekend really enjoyed it!!!

DW
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Let me begin by saying I realized as I entered that we had been a few years ago after I read an article about the necessity to go for lunch and have the croque monsieur and the burger. We haven’t been back.

We got the chicken and crepes and the oysters. We also got the tuna tartare which comes rolled up in a large crepe/dosa.

Back to the oysters for a moment. When you sit down and absorb the menu it looks fairly typical and then you wonder, “where are the escargot?” They are hiding under the oysters. Not literally but everything you want is there including the subtle seafood flavor without the chewiness of the snails. The crusty bread, the butter, the garlic, and parsley. And with the service on large oysters shells there is so much MORE than you ever get with escargot.

The chicken and crepes is served on two dishes - white meat and dark meat. The breasts are served in cream sauce with morels (a seasonal addition) and sliced so that they can be wrapped and enjoyed in crepes. The dark meat comes confit in rolls that have been fried and are the opposite of sublime.

The 3 dishes were more than enough food and made an amazing impact.

But being full did not stop us from ordering the tatin.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service great. Bagel
And salmon rather flavourless sadly

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, the people very friendly and chill. I love the restaurant--it's so pretty, warmly lit, but the atmosphere manages to also be just as inviting, and not stuffy and stiff. The food is always impeccable. Very rich, very flavorful.

MD
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place never disappoints; one of the finest dining experiences you can get in NYC. Best food and cocktails, worth the splurge.

T
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love DF and don't get here often enough. Delicious food, efficient & attentive wait staff. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was atrocious. We waited nearly an hour between entree and dinner. The place was hip but so loud we had to shout at each other to be heard. I don’t recommend.

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the most perfect brunch thanks to our server, the ambiance and the incredible food. Each dish was better than the next. We couldn’t have asked for more!

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

The food took forever!

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