La Boite en Bois
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Sun 4:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon 12:00PM - 1:00PM 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 10:30PM
Tue - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM
My moules were the best I ever tasted. Yummy!
We keep coming back to this tiny neighborhood gem for delicious Authentic French cooking. Excellent seafood crepes, tender scallopini and fluffy omelettes. And great deserts. Only the cappuccino needs an improvement.
La Boite en Bois remains my favorite NYC restaurant. I always look forward to dinner there and know I will not be disappointed. On this evening we started with this butternut squash soup. I love that there soups are purée and not cream based. We then had the salmon and the cod fish which were both delicious. The evening ended with chocolate mousse and fresh berries. The staff was friendly and attentive as always.
The salad special was colorful and fresh. Food in general was good and pleantyful. Menu had good variety which resulted in multiple potential delicious choices. Tasty sauces made my meal fulfilling, especially with creamy mashed potatoes. The noise level was not a concern as people were respectful in this nice intimate restaurant.
Great for pre-theater dinner. Not so great for anyone that has trouble with stairs or gets claustrophobic in smaller spaces.
Food was competent but far from inspiring... Brasserie food with a Manhattan price. Location feels dated... Convenient Met proximity for a before the opera dinner.
We were very disappointed. The dining area is much more crowded than the website photo makes it appear. They have to pull the table completely out so the inside person can get into their seat. You feel like you are part of the conversation at neighboring tables. The food was very over salted, a chef's trick to make up for lack of flavor. My wife's salad was way over dressed, swimming in dressing. Once the waiter took our order we never saw him again. Servers delivered the food. The waiter never came back to ask how the food was. The waiter never came back to see if we wanted more wine (we did). Yes it is in a brownstone like they say but what they don't say is it is in the basement of a brownstone. There are many more restaurants in NYC with much better food that are mush less crowded. Would never go back.
The restaurant is small but the food and ambiance is well worth it. Great for pre-opera dinner.
The Met is just a few blocks away
My plate was vinegary, the cheesecake was a horror.
The space is so small it's uncomfortable. You are so close to the tables next to you that there's no privacy. This is nothing new, the restaurant has been there for years and always crowded. If they had a banquette on the back wall instead of chairs it was be more comfortable as well. Staff is nice. Food was quite good. SO EXPENSIVE. Dinner was $90 per person, a lot of money.
It had been six years since we last dined at La Boîte. Our recent experience was not good due to disrespectful service.
Our meals were served and my wife said her sautéed liver was too salty. I suggested she send the meal back but she endured. Our waited appeared at the table asking how we were doing. I said my wife's meal was too salty. He said nothing, turned away and disappeared. Later, when the waiter was nearby I asked why he didn't react to our problem. He fumbled around and disappeared again.
The manager and I had a conversation about the incident and then the owner appeared saying he would speak to the waiter. No one tried to fix the problem with my wife's meal. They comped a glass of wine.
I though about stiffing the waiter's tip but didn't want to penalize the other staff members.
We walked away feeling stepped on, will not return and neither should you.
When we made the reservation it was never stated that it was a price fixed menu and when we mentioned this to the maitre’d, he was very arrogant. The food was very ordinary. I had the fish special and it was not good.
Service is always a bit slow but this time considerably slow. Is that a "French" thing? Fortunately I ordered the shrimp and scallops. Unfortunately I was brought the Monk Fish. Was good but not what I ordered. Unless something is so off I would never send food back but was disappointed. They did remove one of the glasses of wine but I left disappointed. Also, the waiter suggested that we do the prix fixe since both of our appetizers and entrees were also on the prix fixe. However, the excellent and wonderful escargot which we both ordered was a $5 upcharge on the prix fixe with the waiter did not point out. We did get it changed to just a regular menu order but is never fun having to correct things. I still will probably go back, just not soon.
Great reliable neighborhood restaurant with way too many geezers like me.
Never disappoints. Our guests from Boston really enjoyed it!
Excellent food & service, only issue is - it's cozy (ie, very tight, small tables, noisy), so if that's ok, a great place to enjoy!
Cramped noisy place with inattentive waitstaff and bland overpriced food. Simply awful.
This is a new nice neighborhood place. Can get crowded and a bit loud but the food makes up forvit
The Croque Madame was on the edge of being soggy and had no sense of freshness and potatoes were dull and not tasteful. Looked just tossed on the plate.
Went for the prix fixe lunch. Everything was perfectly prepared and quite delicious. The service was prompt and friendly but not intrusive. A lovely experience.
A repeat New Year’s Eve experience.
Only objection was that there was no mention or acknowledgement of the new year at 12:00.
Fabulous dinner, considering we were there on New Year’s Eve. It was a little over-priced but the quality was exceptional for a busy night! The wait staff hovered just the right amount, and we truly felt like we had stepped back into a Parisian Bistro! We will definitely go back!
Wonderful evening. New Year's Eve dinner. Prix Fixe, fairly priced and very good. We dined with a couple of friends and had a great time. Look forward to going back. Thanks to the staff for their hard work on a busy evening!
We have been here for pre-concert dinner on New Year's Eve several times. Obviously we were happy in the past, or we wouldn't have returned this year. This year we were disappointed. Main issue was the main course. We both found the menu rather uninteresting. I would have expected a traditional French duck (e.g., orange sauce) not cranberry sauce on the side with nothing on the duck. We ended up ordering the veal medallions and the beef. Both were fine but nothing special. Same goes for the mashed potatoes and green beans. The escargots appetizer was wonderful, but the crab cake was disappointing (tasted dry with too much breading). Dessert and wine were good. Restaurant was tastefully decorated. Tables are very close together so you heard your neighbors' conversations.
There is too much gravy, cost fairly high. The people who work there are very nice.
Sophisticated intimate and romantic ambiance. Excellent food.
Delightful experience. Warm, authentic atmosphere, courteous and helpful staff, exquisite food. Expensive, but worth it.
Intimate and cozy, solid service, and tasty French cuisine. We got great service as a group of 9!
La Boite en Bois is a favorite neighborhood restaurant for us. The ambience is pleasant. The service is extremely friendly and efficient. The food is reliably good. On our most recent visit, we started with mussels and a special salad, followed by the Branzino fish special and finished with Ricotta cheese cake and apple bread pudding for dessert. All the food was excellently prepared and very tasteful. For wine, it was nice to see that the list included a number of demi-bouteille, and my wife and I enjoyed the Sancerre.
Had we known that dinner was only available as a 3 course price fixe ($60 pp plus extra charges for several regular items), we would have looked elsewhere. Food was fine but not exceptional, service caring and efficient. OT should find out when prix fixe is the only option and make that clear in reservation process.
I've been here many times and everything has always been perfect: service, food, ambiance, noise level low. That's why I keep coming back :-).
Incredible, delicious, and service is outstanding. A hidden gem !
Good! A delightful place
after not being back for several years we were disappointed in the quality of the food: 3 of the 4 of us had coquilles saint jacques (for which we were each charged an extra $5 beyond the pris fixe for dinner of $60@), and were disappointed in the quality of seafood along with the bland accompanying vegetables and grains. the ricotta cheese cake was far too watery, tho the chocolate mousse was excellent. the service was excellent, and the ambiance charming, but those aspects cannot make up for the food issues. so I am afraid we will not be returning soon.
Outstanding! Service was impeccable. Enjoyed everything about it. Will definitely go back.
We go to La Boite en Bois frequently, and it's always good. This time it was perfection. Lentils and garlic sausage delicious, especially with lots of mustard; fish soup deeply and sweetly flavored with the ocean. Branzino perfectly done. It's among the last of the truly French bistros, and we are thrilled to have it close to home.
Some suggestions - the red wines could be cooler (too warm at room temperature), the butter could be softer (not rock hard), and the rolls could be sliced smaller/narrower. Small suggestions, but could make a difference in the quality of the meal. Food was excellent!
Delicious authentic French bistro cuisine in a similar atmosphere. Although tight quarters, the quality of the meals is worth the not so romantic ambience.
Charming space. Wonderful servers. Excellent food. I couldn't believe they could make this work -- seven people from 13 to 92, no notice, standing room only -- but they put together a superb Sunday brunch for us, somehow tucked our party in relative comfort into this tiny space and did it all with broad smiles. Omelette was superb; great moules; reasonable tab. A gem!
This is our favorite French restaurant in Manhattan whenever up in the Lincoln center area we always try to go will transport you back to France our waiter from Marseille was nicely enthusiastic about France iand french food a nice little escape from all the hustle and bustle of the city around the holidays