Jean Claude 2

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French
"We have proudly served fine French cuisine to our SOHO neighborhood for over 20 years! We are excited about our new location in the Upper East Side". Bon Appétit.
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S
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good standard French bistro fare.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We liked and we will come back

C
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Marvelous small French Bistro. It is a very warm and welcoming place. This visit(we come here frequently) we had the roasted lamb loin and Chocolate Mousse. A lovely Cote de Rhone and we were in 7th heaven. I can honestly say I have never had a bad meal here. I wish they made their bouillabaisse more often. It is divine. My favorite entree is the duck breast and my husband's is the pork dijonnaise. For appetizers we alternate between the beet salad, escargot and the seared scallops.

M
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Consistency is what you get when you come to Jean Claude. Good food at a reasonable price with excellent service. This comes with close quarters and a noisy place. Reservations are absolutely necessary on Saturday night.

W
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, a very nice evening. It was kind of last minute and they had a table so we gave it a shot without knowing anything about it. Busy but not chaotic with just the right buzz and the definite feel of a bistro.
Food was very well prepared. The foie gras appetizer we perfectly prepared. Get it while you can in NYC. The carrot/ginger soup was good but a bit more ginger would have been fine. The roast chicken was spot on as was the steak au poivre. This is true bistro cooking. If you want one of the 'Mother Sauces' you will need to go elsewhere. If you want some of the best fries I have tasted in awhile-you will be happy.
The wine list was adequate. We found a tasty bottle of Gigondas at a good price point that went well with our meal. The staff was professional and the prices are reasonable.
If you want a relaxed evening of comfort French food this fits the bill.
For those who will argue my 5 star rating of the food since I have heard that Bistro fare is never high dining then you try and recreate the roast chicken and fries. It is not as easy as it seems.

R
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

One of our go to neighborhood fav’s had a disappointing night tonight. Duck was over sauced, fatty, mushy and just inedible.
We sent it back without any issues. Service was okay. Seemed off of their game tonight.

That said, we just love the place and will return again because it’s the first disappointing meal that we have had.

J
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent; this time I had the roasted chicken. In the past I've repeatedly had the duck--which I love--and the pork loin. A nice Bordeaux with it and a double espresso to cap it off. The service is very good. I never have anything to complain about. My only wish is that they would serve calves liver like La Mirabelle.

OT
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

When the first thing you get is bread that is obviously not fresh and is toasted to hide it (and a very small piece of it) , you immediately get a bad feeling. How can a French restaurant serve bad bread?!?! The service was fine and the food was okay but the $120 price tag (with tax and tip) and the bad bread will make me think more than twice about coming back.

TW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I had onion soup and lamb chop. Both were very good. In my neighborhood there are more tan 30 top class French restaurants but I felt comfortable with casual dining. So my wallet did.

m
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Solid, reliable, bistro cuisine. Though it never reaches culinary heights, it also does not disappoint. It is well done, presented well, and there isn’t much more you can ask.

MC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This place isn't terrible, but I see no reason to return, unless I have a doctor's appointment a block away or something like that. It's a very small room that seemed pleasant enough. It has the standard French bistro menu, a limited wine and beer list, and no cocktails.

The first sign that the food wouldn't be amazing was the bread. It was a number of slices of airy bread which had been heated up to the point of almost being toasted. I will say, though, that when we asked for more bread, those slices hadn't been reheated and were soft and fresh. In a city with so much good bread, you'd expect a French restaurant to offer something decent. For appetizers, we ordered snails and a cheese plate with salad. The snails were good, the salad was fine, but the cheese plate was something you might expect in a small town in Oklahoma: a few chunks of blue cheese, a dollop of bland goat cheese, and literally some rectangles of plain sliced Swiss cheese, like the kind a diner would put on a ham and cheese sandwich. When I order cheese in a French restaurant, I expect something good, something artisanal. They also had walnuts, strawberries, and apple slices on the plate. The main courses we ordered included hanger steak, pork loin, lamb loin, and steak au poivre. The hanger steaks and lamb loin were fine, but the pork loin was overcooked to the point of being rubbery, and the steak au poivre was so spicy that my son (29) could not eat it. Lest you think him a wuss, three others at the table tasted it (including his South Asian girlfriend who loves spicy food) and found it too spicy to eat. We actually sent it back (something we never do) and my son ordered steak frites instead, which came pretty quickly.

Overall, the service was pretty good. Our waiter was good, but the man tasked with filling water glasses seemed to have a hard time with it at first.

One thing I'll say for this place is that the prices are pretty reasonable for Manhattan.

N
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jean Claude 2 is an authentic Parisienne Bistro right on Second Avenue. It’s charming and the food is great

RM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French restaurant on the Upper East Side. Charming, quiet, and great food. Going back soon.

JL
Washington DC
264 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A tiny piece of France on the Upper East Side! Jean-Claude has all the classics you'd expect to find on a bistro menu, done superbly and with a bit of a creative flair (like perfectly cooked duck breast with a honey lime glaze and shiitake mushrooms with rosemary sauce). What's more, the prices are shockingly reasonable for a French restaurant on the Upper East Side--so you can enjoy fine dining at a great price-point. Finally, the small space and cozy atmosphere make it a perfect place for a casual evening out. Be sure to end your meal with a super-chocolatey mousse!

DC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional French Bistro. Very friendly and accomodating

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends in town

D
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlative experience! The onion soup was delicious and the salmon was sublime. Wonderful dining experience.

m
New York Area
96 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Reasonable and well done bistro cuisine. The wine list is not a strong point, but price is reflective. Can be hard to get staffs attention when busy.

CB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant. Excellent food and wonderful service

f
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a neighborhood gem for delicious French Brasserie on the UES! Like it’s sister restaurant down in Soho, I’ve always enjoyed their classic appetizers like coquille st.jacques & garlicky escargot.

Their mussels are bar non, a customer favorite as well as a great lovely poulette or a steak au poivre.
Their wine list is small but wonderful pairing with the menu and lots of wines by the glass choices , as well.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual

S
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For two women of a certain age on a Sunday night, Jean Claude 2 is a perfect neighborhood boite. The steak au poivre medium and l'onglet rare exemplify the best of these bistro traditions; the wines are affordable; and the service is extremely attentive and accommodating. Jean Claude 2 has appeal to a variety of ages and tastes, people who want good food.

HJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was delicious. I had salmon and it was prepared perfectly and served hot, the way food should
be served. Owner and staff are all very helpful, accommodating and friendly . I highly recommend and
have recommended friends to go here.

B
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service is always good. Except the chef is heavy handed with the salt.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly servise. Food was great. Reasonable prices

Y
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good. Not great. Ok for local night out.

ZZ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch/lunch enjoyable, very quiet and uncrowded, nice choices on menu not restricted to the usual brunch breakfast fare. Good service, unrushed and courteous.

l
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had brunch on a quiet and hot Sunday in New York City so the restaurant, normally busy, was 1/2 full. Therefore my puzzlement about the poor service and slowish kitchen. Had to ask over and over for water, sweetener, milk for ice coffee, mustard, is the food coming, and on and on. It was tiresome and exhausting. The food, however, was good. Eggs benedict done perfectly, salad dressed lightly, pommes frites crisp, and a chicken dish visually appealing and tasty. Must have been an off afternoon.

M
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A bit cramped..suitable for parties of two and four mostly..host and owner very friendly..zFrench cooking all fresh and inventively combined?.Wonderful wine list..Service attentive..noise level a bit high..but tolerable even for an old fool like me.

Friendly atmosphere makes for a nice time out anytime of the wee’.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food. Chef knew how to cook the food. Service was great.

OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Prompted by the Open Table reservation system, we had indicated that we friends (both born under the Leo sign) were celebrating our two birthdays; but the maitre d' neither welcomed us in a friendly way nor acknowledged the birthday celebrations. Nonetheless, my friend enjoyed her omelet, and I enjoyed my salmon, perfectly cooked, with accompaniments of spinach and tasty sauce. The Pinot Grigio we ordered enhanced the lunch flavors. We considered ordering cafe filtre or other end-of-meal beverage but decided against it....

AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good people, quiet atmosphere. Whats not to like?

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch, tasty fresh crusty bread, highly recommended!

SP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice quiet (at least this Saturday night) neighborhood bistro. Service couldn’t have been nicer. Delicious and reasonably priced. Recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

<3
it was perfect

d
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem! Wonderful food in a charming and friendly atmosphere!

a
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Jean Claude is a neighborhood gem! Always consistent and reliable - would highly recommend.
Cozy and warm - feels like you stepped into a cafe in France.

T
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been fans of Jean Claude 2 (and the original Soho location) for years. Consistently well-prepared, flavorful, and generously served dishes--and personalized, hospitable service. Always a welcome experience.

S
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there with guests from spain who are very worldly. They loved it!! We all began tasting each others food. EVERYONE there was marvelous! We were waiting for our friends in the sweltering heat and one of the staff had me come in and gave me water. Je let my hisband who was waiting outside that i was able to get my friends on the phone, and to come on. When i asked the waiter for our wine cork, and explained i collect them, he brought me more. The food was great. We originally stumbled upon this place and felt our guests would like it as well. We all wete not disappointed. Old world charm, magnificent service, great food!

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Just a little loud.
Dinner service great.
Value great