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About La Boite en Bois
Tucked away in a brownstone on the Upper West Side since 1985, La Boite en Bois has been a favorite among diners for over 30 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.
New York, NY 10023
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday Dinner: 3:30pm - 11:00pm; Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:30pm
Columbus Ave and Central Park West
$31 to $50
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All of our menu items are available for takeout. We offer local delivery. Find us on Seamless.
There is parking on the street and a lot at end of block.
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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La Boite en Bois Ratings and Reviews
While I generally enjoyed the food and ambiance I was not happy at the end of of the meal when both front doors of the restaurant were opened and the restaurant suddenly became an ice-box - obviously as a not -too-subtle way of telling us to leave.
I also had to retrieve my own coat from the coat-check. Restaurants should have enough respect for the patrons to inform them that the restaurant will be closing at a particular time.
This was the second time we ate here before going to the opera. We had a dinner reservation for 6pm and had just enough time to finish dessert and walk back to the opera at 8. Next time we’ll make a 5:30 reservation just so that we could enjoy a little more conversation over coffee. I’m not complaining... the service was great, the food delicious, and the prices very reasonable. We were a party of six and were comfortably seated.
One of our favorite places we wanted to share with sister and husband after the opera. At 6:30 it was fully booked, "No room for coats inside" the coat check woman said, and she was right. We were so tightly squeezed in my brother-in-law got bumped more than once by the waiter serving and clearing plates. The noise level was uncomfortable this time and of course we did not linger - they needed our table too! For us, we will return, as we are used cozy and noisy, but they (from wide-open Arizona) were unhappy. Food and wine were quite good as usual, especially the calves liver and the lamb stew.
Cooking is always great with interesting items on the menu. The Calf's Liver with pearl onions was very tasty. Decor is good. The only problem is that it is small and fills up quickly probably because of the food. Best to make a reservation a few days in advance. If you just walk in off the street it is likely you will be turned away.
My second time at this restaurant, staff is exceptional and food is very good and pre-fix menu is great. Best for pre-theatre or post-theatre dinner. Noise level is high when crowded and seats are very close to other diners so private conversation is not possible, nor is this good for intimate leisurely dining experience.
The name literally translate to, Wooden Box. And you're seated at cramped tables emblematic of its name.
Service was spotty with waitstaff constantly bumping into to one another, similar to what you'd see in an old Marx Brothers movie.
Food was okay. The kitchen needs to learn how to serve the mashed potatoes and the wild rice at least at room temperature. When my wife returned her ice-cold mashed potatoes, they were returned only somewhat warmer.
My roasted duck came out with limp instead of crispy skin. When I returned it, instead of cooking it properly, it was thrown under a broiler which dried out the meat.
I can't believe this place stays in business and apparently still "packs them in". It just shows you how NYC diners are so craving French bistro cuisine, they're will to put up with a second rate operation like this.
I love small intimate restaurant spaces. La Boite en Bois fits the bill. But got very noisy. They only serve $55 pre- theater menu which I didn't expect. The coquilles St Jacques was ordinary as was the chocolate mousse. Maybe other dishes were more exciting.
While the service was attentive -- in contrast to other reviews that complained about that -- the food was only an okay version of traditional French bistro cuisine. My endive, arugula, beet salad was very good, but my monkfish with leeks was overcooked and may well have been reheated from a frozen state. My husband's calves liver was the better of our two entrees. Creme brulee was a quite disappointing dessert. For the price, it wasn't as good a value as Boulud Sud nearby.
The only complaint I had concerned the service. Our order was taken promptly and the food arrived in a timely manner. But then we lost all service. We weren’t asked about coffee or desert and we had to ask for the check. On the one hand I appreciate not having a waitperson hovering but the person never communicated with us after our food arrived. But the food was delicious and the place was warm and cozy on a wet rainy Sunday
The meal was fine. The calves liver was especially good. However, after the waiter brought the dessert menu he disappeared. Two of us wanted coffee to prolong the evening and the discussion we had, because the waiter didn't return the conversation was interrupted. Then-- maybe 20 minutes later-- the host of the evening forgot that two of us wanted coffee and asked for the bill.
The food was very good. The salad was fresh and flavorful and the roasted salmon was excellent. But it is way too crowded for my taste (even by NYC standards) and the tables are uncomfortably close together. I would only recommend it if you are already in walking distance.
We have been dining at this restaurant for over 30 years and have never been disappointed. The food is delicious and the portions generous. Service is usually attentive. The only situation some people may not accept is that the restaurant is tiny, and the tables are very close together. We have chosen to ignore that since everything else is positive.
Service wasn't the most attentive:
– water for refilled once mid-meal despite being empty, and only after asking
– asked for additional bread - never got it
– didn't have time for the prix fixe dessert b/c we ran out of time (despite letting water know or time constraints when we sat down) – there would have been time had the service been speedier and had the waiter paid attention to us
Despite the service, the food was very good and the wine list decent.
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