Dirty French

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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 20th here. Delicious food, every course. Beautifully prepared. Wait staff was friendly attentive. Som was the best.

a
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic evening at Dirty French. The food was outstanding and our waiter (an Asian woman - I wish I could remember her name) was amazing. So passionate about food and her descriptions and recommendations were spot on. It was my second visit and I still LOVE this place.

AF
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for my Birthday. The ambiance, service, drinks and food were phenomenal!

JF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food — Awesome! A fresh twist on the classics!
Service — Spectacular! A real pleasure!
Ambiance — Fun! Spacious! Comfortable!

I can’t wait to go back!

NF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is fresh. light, and authentic. Never a disappointment to come here when you want to eat amazing French cuisine.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! We were a large group and they were very accommodating.

LL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Most of the food was ok. received a rancid piece of fish, they, of course, accommodated me, but for $39 to take a bite of fish that smelled disgusting and tasted completely spoiled... not going back.

BN
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant, casual chic, and attentive service

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wait staff was amazing. Erin was so wonderful. The food was top notch and the environment was funky and fun. We love Carbone but this was fresh and exciting. The music was so fun too! And OMG the grilled bread with soft cheese. I will be dreaming about that for a long time!

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Waiter was slow and kept pouring bottled water like crazy. Bill includes $50 worth of bottled water. Absolutely insane !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The duck breast was awesome.

MH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

There is not much to say other than that the food was absolutely fantastic. The burger was, perhaps, the best burger I've ever had in my life - and I've had several - and the spicy pork chops were lovely, as well. The wine was definitely on the pricier side so one may wish to stick to cocktails, but other than that, it was a really lovely night out.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

food was expensive and not worth the price. Service is very slow and not efficient.

C
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
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
5 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
21 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
37 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.

J
New York Area
3 reviews
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.

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