Gaby Brasserie Française

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Described as one of the top New York French restaurants, Gaby blends classic French cuisine with an American twist. Indulge in our De-Light menu where you will find low calorie three course meals. Can't decided what you want to eat? Try one of our 30-minute meals served Bento Box-style. Accompany your meal with an extensive worldwide wine selection introduces a flight program for you to discover different grape varieties. Our artisanal cheeses and mini desserts creations are the highlights for an after dinner treat. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at this renowned New York dining spot or simply unwind at Gaby Bar .
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New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed quiet pre theater dinner.
Third visit and did not disappoint!
Forgot Server name, but he was Professional and pleasant
Thanks!

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New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We popped in here after the theatre nearby. The staff was very friendly. While this is the Sofitel restaurant, it had its own entrance. It is a bit more informal than we had expected. But the food was good. Their take on a tuna Nicoise salad was different and very good.

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J
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very convenient to theatre. The burger was ten dollars cheaper than DB bistro in the same block.

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

Everything was excellent . Food, ambience, value !! It was all very very good !

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

The food was ok but very expensief. It was not even that good for New Years eve.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Had no snack lunch for tomorrow

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had made reservations at this establishment after researching restaurants in the area for after our show at the Lyceum. They had great reviews and a nicely done menu. We came as a holiday celebration and to also celebrate my brother and his wife’s birthdays. Everyone was very kind at the reception, the ambience was beautiful. The cocktails and wine were delicious. The service was impeccable. All of the courses were brought out at a timely manner and every dish was done perfectly! I would highly recommend and would look forward to coming again!

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were very disappointed with the Vegetable tasting dish. It was cavatelli with ratatouille, and indeed it was meant just to taste a few pieces of tomato and eggplant. It was very watery and bland, and we had to ask the kitchen to make us something else, which they did. Another member of our party had the cod special, which was quite delicious.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Would have been nice to know when making the reservation that there was a prix fixe menu for $100+ per person. The food was mediocre at best, no flavor desserts served and boring selections for entrees. Nothing with any sort of a French flair like we were looking for. Very disappointing for a Christmas dinner and way over priced. We'll never do again!

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I don’t even know where to begin.....

We were in NYC for Christmas and wanted to have a nice dinner. We were specifically looking for a French restaurant with duck on the menu. After reviewing many options I called Gaby Brasserie to inquire if they were serving a prix fixe menu or their normal menu. A gentleman on the phone confirmed they would have both options so I booked a reservation.

Upon arriving at the restaurant we were promptly greeted and seated and presented with a prix fixe menu. I asked for a regular menu and was told prix fixe was all that was available tonight...there was no duck on the prix fixe menu!! We should have left then but were all hungry and didn’t want to hassle with finding somewhere else on Christmas night.

The 3 course prix fixe menu was pretty basic with choice of either a soup or salad, an entree, and desert. Choices were limited with a single soup (lobster bisque), single salad (caesar), 3 entree options (filet mignon, chicken, salmon), and 2 desert options (cheesecake and cream brulee). It also included a champagne toast. The lobster bisque was bland and contained very little meat. The 6 oz filet mignon was cooked well but hardly seasoned and the glaze lacked flavor. The green beans that accompanied were over cooked and bland while the mashed potatoes were good. The cheesecake was ok. Honestly I’ve attended weddings with a better menu selection. It’s also hard for me to reconcile the cost of $115 based on the quality and portions provided.

Service and ambiance were seriously lacking. Our server was aloof and absent the majority of our meal. I didn’t have an option to order a drink after the champagne toast until our entree was being served. Our children’s entree was served at the same time as our soup which left them finished and waiting on us to finish our entree once they arrived. To top it all off they were playing rap/hip-hop over the speakers which was odd and out of place. Worst of all...no duck for Christmas!!

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S
New England
21 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gaby has become a top-rated French restaurant. The duck breast with sauce à l’orange was superb, perhaps the best of many that we have had. Our server was Meti whose 18 years of experience have helped him become an efficient and knowledgeable and friendly expert server. Don’t miss this outstanding cuisine.

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FG
Denver
33 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good service as usual. The food was also very good. 3 of us had the French onion soup which was excellent. Four of us tried different entrees, and we enjoyed each one: scallops, wild salmon, lamb, and chicken.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

we enjoyed the food, great location. The bar area was cozy

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

I cannot imagine a worse evening out. We had a 6:00 reservation, ordered at 6:15, and got our appetizer at 7:00. We were in town for a show, and didn’t get our entree until 7:20, and had to immediately ask for our bill because we were concerned about making it to our show on time. Not only did we have to rush our meal, after repeatedly asking for our, it finally arrived 20 minutes later, and we had immediately leave so that we could make it to an 8:00 show. For a restaurant that specifically has a theatre menu, you’d think they’d prioritize turning over a table in less than 2 hours so that people could make it to a show on time.

The only thing worse than the service was the food. The chicken was dry, the beef over cooked, and nearly everything was strangely seasoned. Overall, a truly unpleasant experience. I would have rather eaten pretty much anywhere else.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was great except my chicken, which was over cooked and dry. I had a bite of my wife’s scallops which were done perfectly. Appetizers were also great, hence the 4 out of 5 rating

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T
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ll be back! Great service. Excellent prefix theater menu!

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T
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great service great food!

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was great. From the food to the service.

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CP
Cincinnati
28 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love staying at this hotel every December. It's a great location between 5th and 6th Avenue and between 44th and 45th Sts.. So it's 2-3 blocks west/northwest to theatre/Times Square. And 4-5 blocks north to Rockefeller Center (Xmas tree, restaurants, shops etc.) & Radio City Music Hall (Rockettes) 6-7 blocks walking up 6th Ave . (not 5th Ave )...

This smaller restaurant is very warm,
cozy, and friendly. It has a small crowd at the bar in the evenings.. And so convenient to sit down for a meal.

If you enter from 45th St., it leads directly into the bar. Or walk up several steps to the Hotel Registration desk.

But for hotel only guests, enter on 44th St. side, street is east bound. The doormen are quite friendly & accommodating. Just ask them for a loaner umberella when it's raining...

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great find. Great place for pre matinee brunch or lunch. Not rushed, not too heavy, wait staff aware of time constraints and very accommodating.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the restaurant staff, hostess and manager. Outstanding service!

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OC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gaby was a gem of a restaurant in the Time square area. The food was excellent, so was the ambiance and service. Not many good restaurants in this area, I would definitely recommend this one for dinner.

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QL
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Failed to “arrive” us for Open Table reservation which led to a “you are a naughty-customer message” from Open Table for missing our resevation. They also include gratuity on every check even for a party of two at lunch.

I’ll simply never return and avoid the lack of administrative competence on the front of house for this place.

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BM
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was atrocious - I guess a middle aged woman dining by herself doesn’t merit attention. Filet Mignon was very good although salad & dessert were mediocre.

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m
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Based on the current reviews, we were a bit disappointed. The food was average at best and the service was lacking. Our server was polite but silly overworked and not attentive enough. I realize its close to Time Square so the prices reflect that but our expectations are for a decent meal at those prices. My wife didn't love the Squash Bisque and the waiter was kind enough to switch it to Tomato at no charge, so thats a positive.

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OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem in my opinion. I usually stay at the Sofitel and decided to eat at Gaby Brasserie after a long day and some bad weather. I travel to NYC often and eat at a lot of New York restaurants. The food was really well prepared and tasty. It is true to its French Brasserie theme. Service was great. They have an excellent pre-theatre menu which I tried even though I was staying in. Bar area can be crowded but food area is separate. Not sure why this place is not rated higher because it is better than a lot of other places that I have been to in Midtown.

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JT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive and pleasant. Great evening!

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a
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The Pinot was good. The service started fine then deteriorated.
Leek parsnip soup and tomato soup were quite good. Had to ask for service several times . Where was our entrees- 2 octopus. The octo wasn’t hot because it was sitting around. Very good decaf espresso.
Wait staff must be improved. Bus boys were very attentive.
Nobody seemed interested.
Noise level was perfect for my guest and myself for catching up.
Had to search again for the check so - no cigar.
Thanks!
Adriana

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j
Houston
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was good, but overall a bit of a letdown. Went for our anniversary hoping for something different. The vibe was a little sterile and service was quite mediocre. Probably wouldn’t go again.

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K
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely French Bistro. Good food. Pleasant service. Comfortable surroundings. Recommend

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good, will definitely be going back.

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KT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Theater district brunch for 7 people.
Our first time at Gaby and very happy to discover it. We were 7 people and we had a large QUIET table to ourselves. The brunch menu had something for everyone and everything was good (LOVED the fried green tomatoes). Reasonably priced for this area and friendly, competent service.
There are other rooms for the restaurant and a large-ish bar area so seems it would be a good place for other meals and gathering before or after the theater.
One note: the restrooms are a little out of the way; not a big deal for our group, but good to be aware.

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DL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very convenient location to Grand Central. Good food and reasonably priced.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for pretheater. Quiet, great service, good food

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wonderful choice for quiet conversation. Service is efficient and unobtrusive. Bread used to be spectacular now just adequate. Food choic is ample as are the portions and the presentation. Good value for that part of the city.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Very disappointing. Restaurant has no charm whatsoever, service and presentation of staff is poor, and food is average at best. Most disappointing Sofitel dining experience ever by far, and i have seen many.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting, accomadating and excellent food.

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m
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our daughter recommended this place and it exceeded our expectations. We had the fix menu for lunch and bot of us really appreciated the salmon as the main course. My wife enjoyed her salad and I would rate the French Onion soup as one of the best I have ever had.

It does represent outstanding value and I recommend it highly.

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AB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had reservations at Butter a few doors down but the kitchen was closing at 8 on a sunday and they were rushing us to order. We decided to eat elsewhere and stumbled on Gaby a few doors down. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate our every need. They had the chef make changes to a few of the dishes based on our dietary restrictions. Service was provided with a smile. Food was fantastic.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A little disappointed with Sofitel’s restaurants (and hotels) I used to love brunch at Sofitel’s Chicago as everything was outstanding (true french patisseries, upscale feel). Here everything is OK, but Definitely on a lower level

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