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About La Carafe

French Mediterranean cuisine, La Carafe has full service bar, with an extensive all around the world wine list.
Free Wi Fi, TV

653 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Mediterranean, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday- Sunday- :5:00pm - Midnight
Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday Noon to 3pm
Saturday : 12:00pm to Midnight
Sunday: 12:00pm to Midnight

Cross Street:
45 and 46

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 333-5300

Website:
http://lacarafenyc.com/

Entertainment:
Piped music, T.V

Executive Chef:
Al Rineh

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

La Carafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Cozy (6)
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Neighborhood Gem (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Quick Bite (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Bar Seating (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

La Carafe is a great place to dine. The staff is very friendly and attentive, without being overly so. The ambiance is wonderful, especially the lighting. Service was excellent and the food delicious. I had an appetizer (scallops), entrée (shrimp on skewers), and dessert (profiterole), all of which were perfectly prepared.

This is my favorite restaurant in Manhattan and I very much look forward to my next visit there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Great little local place, friendly service, cozy atmosphere, very nice, depandable restaurant.

Tags: Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Tapas, Casual, Healthy, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

For a place advertising as a French/ Mediterranean bistro it was very disappointing to not only see a very limited wine list but also that the top 5 wines (by $$ so assuming quality too) were not available. Food was just "OK" with babaganosh and Tsaziki being rather bland and French fries soft & limp (bistro fries should be crispy). Service was friendly and attentive.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Always a great meal and time with friends/family. It's on our must-do list for every time we come to NYC.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

We went with another couplet after theatre for an early dinner. All four of us were very happy with our meals which were tasty and priced right; the wait staff was attentive and helpful, the atmosphere of this little restaurant was very warm and inviting. We will definitely return for another meal at this restaurant - a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Had a lovely pretheater meal. Great service and fresh food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We arrived early and were waiting for one more guest. The waitress was very gracious and sat us at the table anyway. She did not pressure us to order anything while we were waiting. Food was delicious. Two of us ordered the steak, it was very tender. One enjoyed the lamb chops and the 4th one ordered veal n cream sauce. She liked the sauce so much that she asked for bread to dip in! Desserts were also yummy: profiterole, chocolate mousse, dame blanche. Will definitely go back La Carafe.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Disappointed....., too noisy, had to ask for bread, charge for coffee refill - would not return

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We loved the service and nice ambience with our friends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Come to La Carafe all the time. We enjoyed it as usual.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

So good back again today for brunch before a matinee

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Went there for post theater wine and snack and served perfectly. French wines by glass and Meditereinian tapas. Only....the scallops were a bit old.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Perfectly fine place to eat, but nothing exceptional. Not the best Mediterranean by any means. A bit dark without being quite romantic because of their large open door.

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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Delicious food and fast, courteous service. One problem, the a/c made too much noise.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

La Carafe is that rare find in Hell's Kitchen: a place to get a reasonably priced, well prepared meal accompanied by decent house wines, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere where you can actually hear the conversation at your own table.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

The staff at La Carafe is always welcoming and efficient, the food tasty and reasonably priced, and you can actually hear your dinner companions' conversation. My go-to place post-theatre.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Very welcoming waitstaff! Food was just ok... salmon appetizer was just salmon on toasted white bread garnished with salad and mayonnaise. The same salad served as a side salad with one dish and when served with five goat cheese medallions and dressing it was the $12 goat cheese standalone salad . Chicken skewers were just ok. Nothing special.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

This place was a disappointment this time around. Started with bad wine. Like, week-old wine. When I asked the waiter if it was old, he poured it down the sink. He gave me a glass of something else. Then lamb ordered rare was medium and tuna ordered rare was well-done. I also had to ask for bread three times before some stale, burnt pita was brought to the table. I don't think we'll be coming back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

My friend and I had a meal here before seeing Kinky Boots on Broadway. We were extremely impressed with the delicious, fresh, and well-prepared food. We had the spicy scallops and falafel for our appetizers. Both were generous portions and perfectly seasoned. For dinner I had the steak, which was truly amazing. It was cooked to perfection and the peppercorn sauce was so good I wanted to drink it out of the little dish it came in. My friend had the chicken/mushroom dish, which was very healthy. We both had delicious wine (she a sauvignon blanc, and myself a riesling). For dessert we had the chocolate mousse, which was divine! The service was attentive and friendly. The restaurant is small, with a french bistro feel. I will absolutely return to this restaurant the next time I am in the city to see a show. I highly recommend.

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Casual, Fun, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

I honestly reserved this restaurant because it offered a coupon and was near our theater. We were not disappointed. The restaurant was empty, perhaps due to the early hour. Our server was attentive. Our meals were very good. Grilled salmon and the spaghetti with seafood( very reasonable)The appetizers were very good too. Roasted asparagus and a tomato mozzarella salad. This was a great find!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We had an enjoyable evening here. The cheese plate offered a nice variety of cheeses with bread and grapes. Nice to share with a glass of wine. Veal portion could have been a bit bigger. Lots of sauce and not so much meat. Service was good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We had a certificate and the restaurant/manager changed the terms of the certificate because it was Friday which was not a condition at all. The food isn't particularly French or unique.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Inexpensive restaurant with good quality food. I don't know any restaurant where you can get steak frites with a salad and a glass of wine for $21 or mussels with fries and a glass of wine for $22. Both great deals.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Very poor quality food. No bread. Dirty glasses. Not friendly service. Charged obligatory tip without asking if we liked the service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Listed as French but menu was far from it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice place - close to theater etc. and very friendly service. Everything was just extremely over salted and every dinner dish and three of the four appetizers we ordered all came with the exact same over salted salad with no substitutions permitted.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great value for some of the prix fixe options! >24 dollars for an entrée, salad, and a glass of wine!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Healthy, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We went to La Carafe because we had a coupon, which we forgot to use. We were pleasantly surprised. The service was very good. The food came out quickly and was super-quality. We had a nicoise salad, pita, lamb pops, asparagus (top-notch), and stellar muscles. I was kinda glad we forgot to use the coupon because it means we get to go back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great food, cheese plate was awesome. Huge wine menu! Close to broadway for pre-theater dining.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

A very enjoyable and relaxing environment. The staff is very friendly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Casual, Romantic
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 (Key West)·Dined on April 13, 2017

The place is a cute little restaurant with a limited menu but a good variety. I picked a dish with three types of fish. I asked to have only one and they gladly accommodated me. Delicious!

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 4, 2017

Lovely as always. We try to get back at least once every few months.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Love it! Friends and I have been here a number of times for brunch and dinner, and have never been disappointed with the food or service.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 21, 2017

very good ambiance, good food and good service, THE MUSSELS WERE EXQUISITE

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

I had been to La Carafe once for dinner a couple of years ago; the food was barely mediocre. (I lived in France for many years and I think I have a fairly good sense of the cuisine.) I swore I wouldn't go back but a friend convinced me that it was better now, so I booked brunch for three us (a birthday for one of us) this past Sunday. Our reservation was for noon, and we were on time. The very nice waiter brought us three watery Bloody Mary's. And then, we waited...and we waited. The waiter told us that the chef had now shown up, but he would be there shortly. After almost 30 minutes, the chef never showed up at all. The waiter was the only employee in the restaurant. He was embarrassed and very apologetic. We were starving and rather upset that this was messing up our birthday celebration. We and everyone seated in the restaurant just gave up and left. I will never return there. Avoid this place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 9, 2017

Everything about our dining experience was perfect - the food was outstanding and the service matched. From drinks to dinner to dessert, it was the perfect meal. We will eagerly return soon and will be recommending La Carafe to friends.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Sorry, didn't like it. The salad was served ON TOP of the entree so the entree tasted like vinegarett. Not at all what I was looking for. We ordered several appetizers, most were bland with poor flavor. For us, the food was surprisingly poor.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Very good food. From pasta to steak to seafood the quality was excellent. Servers were very accommodating. A little tight on space as NYC restaurants are--especially with the solo bathroom.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Service was very obliging and cared. Food presentation lovely & inviting. Coffee excellent, unlimited refills. Alcohol came with the brunch. La Carafe let us substitute it with unlimited coffee.
We will return with friends.

Tags: Authentic, Outstanding Value, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. The food is excellent. The wait staff is friendly and very nice. The prices are excellent. The restaurant is cute and cozy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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