La Boite en Bois

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$31 to $50
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French

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Tucked away in a brownstone on the Upper West Side since 1985, La Boite en Bois has been a favorite among diners for over 34 years. With its rustic ambiance, diners are made to feel as though they are in a bistro in the French countryside. Only three blocks away from Lincoln Center, we offer a pre-theater menu. Serving classics from Escargot to Salmon to Roasted Duck to Mussels, you will be delighted with our extensive selections. We serve lunch everyday, with a variety of salads, soups, panini, and classic French dishes, such as Croque Monsieur, Seafood Crepes and Onion Soup. We also offer a prix-fixe lunch menu from Monday to Friday. Come Saturday and Sunday for our Brunch, and enjoy Eggs Benedict, French Toast or a La Boite Burger. At La Boite en Bois, which is family owned and operated, our attentive and well-trained staff will be sure to provide you with a memorable experience.

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Sun 4:00PM - 10:30PM
Mon 12:00PM - 1:00PM 3:30PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 10:30PM
Tue - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 8:30PM - 10:30PM

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d
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 2nd time we had dined at the lovely little French restaurant. This time we took friends with us and have already passed on the name to several others. The place is tiny so be forewarned that you sit close to others, but it in no way diminished the pleasure of the evening.

The service is excellent and the food is delicious. They are very accommodating about making substitutions - even on a busy night like Valentine's Day! It is French, not only in service and food and charming decor, but in the typically warm French atmosphere of a small village.

We highly recommend it!

P
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by friends and so very glad we listened! This is a the perfect setting for a romantic "pretend you are in France" dinner! The service was excellent (Stephano) along with every person with whom we connected. The menu is traditional and at the top of the delicious scale! (escargots, pate, duckling, steak with amazing bordelaise, chocolate mousse, creme brulee - all about as French as it gets!) Even the music (Edith Piaf) set the stage! We loved it and look forward to returning. Highly recommend!

m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always reliable, great service

PC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

This places is described as a cozy spot but it’s too brightly light with tables basically on top of each other. I fail to remember “cozy” in New York is code for tiny and cramped, so I guess it’s my fault? :)

That said, it was good food and a very cute group of French waiters who kept apologizing for being attentive.

L
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely little restaurant, good food but very tight quarters. Pleasant waiter had to help us get seated by moving tables around.

AM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Eh. I mean I certainly wouldn’t call it bad but I wouldn’t call it good. Our dishes were somewhat bland and the menu not particularly inspiring. Some waiters were wonderful, others you had to ask twice for something and then ask someone else. Place is cute but obnoxiously small, if you drop something you basically have to leave it for dead. They pull the table out so you can get out then wait looking at you because you weren’t actually ready yet and have things to gather, impeding all traffic because it’s that small.

M
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Delightful, cozy spot with a great prix fixe pre opera/concert menu. Easy walk to Lincoln Center. Very good food.

DB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem near Lincoln Center.

DP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s perfection, even after all these years!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place loved it

RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience of dining at La Boite en Bois could not have gone any better. Lovely space, very cozy and inviting. Warm and attentive staff. The food was sublime. Great date restaurant. Highest recommendation!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French food I have had in a LONG time. Everything was perfect and the service was impeccable as well. Very excited to have found this place and look forward to going back!

B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Place is very cute but small. We had to wait for our table and since there is no place to wait they asked if we could come back in 15 minutes. We came back in 14 and someone else was also waiting. But they gave them our table. They then apologized and we waited a bit longer and were given a glass of wine.
Good wasn’t as good as we had hoped as we really wanted to find a fav french bistro which we did not.

DD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It was ridiculously noisy. Will never go again except for pre theater. Not at 7.

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food ,selection and presentation. Servers are friendly but not cloyingly overbearing, the atmosphere in the restaurant is very French but could be improved with greater spacing between tables, My wife and I look forward to our next visit.

m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You get the feel of a small chalet in the Alps with French cuisine and great service. The round-shaped table for 6 was perfectly located in the room so we didn't bother the other guests nor did we hear too much from our neighbors. I liked the fact that they have leek in several dishes - it reminded me of France. The Croque-Madame was good for brunch and I recommend the chocolate mousse for desert.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with exceptional atmosphere and amazing food.

RI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Classic French bistro food in a lovely but very small space. Tables are cheek by jowl but the attentive service and friendly atmosphere make it feel like a family dinner. Pre theater menu had many choices and was an excellent value. Small but excellent and reasonably priced wine list. Service was perfectly paced for pre theater, efficient but not rushed. My new go to for Lincoln Centre events.

EE
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pleasant classic French food. Outstanding bread!! Service could use another person. But a nice place for dinner.

b
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My moules were the best I ever tasted. Yummy!

i
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

SA
New York Area
159 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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.

AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great for pre-theater dinner. Not so great for anyone that has trouble with stairs or gets claustrophobic in smaller spaces.

OF
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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.

WS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

MM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience1

My plate was vinegary, the cheesecake was a horror.

Y
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

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.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

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.

RM
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

JP
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

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.

BI
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great reliable neighborhood restaurant with way too many geezers like me.

A
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints. Our guests from Boston really enjoyed it!

O
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Cramped noisy place with inattentive waitstaff and bland overpriced food. Simply awful.

M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a new nice neighborhood place. Can get crowded and a bit loud but the food makes up forvit

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

RS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

d
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A repeat New Year’s Eve experience.
Only objection was that there was no mention or acknowledgement of the new year at 12:00.