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

Our server was awesome!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

Awesome dinner!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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MS
New York Area
46 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.

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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.

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MM
Los Angeles
12 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!

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

Graduation

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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!!!

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DW
New York Area
41 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.

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

Service great. Bagel
And salmon rather flavourless sadly

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

The food took forever!

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

This place is best suited for groups of four or more. It is lively and loud, and the food is excellent but portioned more for sharing than for a traditional appetizer-entree individual meal.

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DB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent and vibe was great as usual. But our server was a dud. Way too stiff, no good recommendations, never smiled.

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R
Richmond
30 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How can this restaurant get any better?! We were served complimentary champaigne because we had completed the Five Borough Bike Ride! The service was excellent. The food delicious and the ambiance extraordinary! It is always a treat to dine here. Please keep up the good work.

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

Great meal. Friendly staff. My wife and I loved it as usual.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Cocktails and oysters were fantastic, ambience is very nice and service very friendly. There for lunch - was very quiet and perhaps food quality not quite par to dinner ratings. Brioche with burger too dry for price point & croque monsieur good but salty. Overall good but was hoping it was a fantastic! Next time in nyc will try dinner

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Poorly made food. Average service. We were disappointed as this place had been recommended.

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BG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Was seated 45 minutes late to a 915pm birthday dinner reservation on Saturday night. I find that completely unacceptable. No drinks were comped and the delay wasn't acknowledged with more than a passing "sorry"

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner - had the tuna tartare as appetizer was very good. The duck was delicious and had crispy skin. The scallops came with delicious sauce and is balanced very well.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food! 🥂❤️ Champagne on the house after a long day comming from Norway ✈️🥰
Wine perfect ✔️
Food tasty ✔️
Seating at time ✔️
Date amazing ❤️✔️

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RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The atmosphere is men’s club but nice and the service was lovely. We had a lovely experience and were treated royally by the staff including a champagne toast for our anniversary. Thank you very much. Our food was exquisitely prepared and tasted equally delightful. I don’t think it’s a very romantic restaurant but it was a totally wonderful experience and be sure to order the outrageous beignets for dessert. I would certainly go back but have to build up the bank account first.

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food:
Duck hash was non existent. It was a fried egg with an over abundance potatoes with a few scrapes of what was presented as duck hash. We had to search the dish to locate the “duck”. But no luck.
Burgers were merely diner average and at an irrational price.
Glass of house bubbly was $17.00 plus tax.
Salads and oysters were good.
Service was good.
Ambiance was noisy with a poor trio attempting to play music. However, it was good Sunday brunch atmosphere.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Bad service

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Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

If you order the hamburger unless you like it raw and I mean raw. Let them know. The waiter told me that’s how they are cooked. I said I’m sorry but I cannot eat this please put back on grill. Well I’m not sure but I think it was just microwaved. And was still not done. The steak was tough and fries were ok

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MG
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this place. The spicy pork is to die for!

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GB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The chicken crepes were delicious. Professional and accommodating. Great vibe.

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Food, music, ambiance and great service!

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very lackluster and angering experience. The service was non-existent, the room was not even 1/2 full - and the food, was BAD. Steak was barely edible and my friend had to return her pork chop as it tasted like they poured a bottle of liquid smoke on top. When she asked to send it back, instead of an apology, the waiter gave an audible harrumph and eyeroll. The waiter rarely came by to see what we needed, had to ask twice for our wine, water glasses remained empty for 1/2 hour and were basically ignored the whole time. It's quite audacious for a restaurant with such original hype to be riding on past laurels. Would not recommend to anyone unless they just wanted to have a drink in the cozy lounge.

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SF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service, good food, great ambiance.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food, service and experience were excellent again. A little loud and definitely worth it !
Service was impeccable but relaxed (-not ordinary). Easy recommend.

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