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Permanently Closed - La Carafe

4.5
284 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Comfort Food
  • Pre/post Theatre

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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Mediterranean, Bistro
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(212) 333-5300
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AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Al Rineh
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Cross street
45 and 46
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Entertainment
Piped music, T.V
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.5
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4.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Went for dinner with a couple of friends. I had chosen the place because the menu had a good amount of variety. We started with the chicken beignets. I don't think they were much like beignets (more like tenders), but they were tasty. I had the baby lamp chops. I don't think the menu said they were baby and if it didn't, it should. They were really good, but I would say portions were on the meager side and could have done with potato or rice or something. We ordered the chocolate cake, which was okay. The texture was more like a souffle than cake. I'm always glad to add new French places to my list here in NY.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

I dined solo while in town for the dog show. Mussels to start, then a nicois salad. Everything was nice & I enjoyed the meal.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

First time. Near the theater district. Food was excellent and at a reasonable cost. We’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Friendly small place with cozy atmosphere, good food, and good prices for NYC. I recommend getting a reservation. Bathroom needs to be updated.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Perfect neighborhood place. Food was fresh and delicious, service was excellent, prices were terrific, atmosphere was cozy and intimate, you're able to have a normal conversation (unfortunately most of 9th Avenue feels that you have to have the music so loud that diners cannot talk). It was EXACTLY what I was hoping for and I will be back often.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

I loved the salad and the grilled chicken. I love the quiet setting and mood lighting. WONDERFUL

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Très bon rapport qualité prix ...service cordial et empressé ... un peu de chauffage dans la toilette ne serait pas un luxe. SVP réparer la porte d’entrée qui ferme mal et nous frigorifie.

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

La carafe is always a great dining expierience. From the wonderful staff and the delicious food it is our favorite nyc restaurant!!

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 7, 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on October 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

We loved the service and nice ambience with our friends.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

So good back again today for brunch before a matinee

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3.0Dined on September 12, 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on August 15, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Listed as French but menu was far from it.

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on May 12, 2017

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2017

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

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