La Cigogne

4.3
156 reviews
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French
Located in the lovely neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, this new french restaurant offers specialties from the North east region of France, Alsace. You will be able to enjoy the most authentic Alsatian cuisine such as Tartes Flambées & Spaetzles. They also offer traditional french dishes including the soup a l'oignon gratinee, salad Nicoise & steak tartare.

Open everyday from 11am to 10pm Monday to Friday with no transition, as well serving a full brunch menu 10 am to 4 pm Saturday & Sunday

This restaurant provides a subtle accent to the elegant bistro décor. The lively bonhomie of the bar area warmly envelops guests as they enjoy a cocktail at the bar or dine leisurely while the chimes of clinking glasses and the Art Deco sconces in the dining room invoke the transporting ambiance of a bustling Bistro In the summer, enjoy an afternoon drink on the charming outdoor terrace while experiencing the spectacular urban sunsets and la joie de vivre.
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SK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely brunch on Easter Sunday, the service here is always accommodating and friendly, food is great, mussels are a fav!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy going. Consistent food. Nice staff

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant used to be a great place in the neighborhood.. to wait 40 plus minutes for your food is INSANE.. and the excuse we received was.. oh.. we know.. if you know.. FIX it.. I live in the neighborhood and will never come back..

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PT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We really wanted to love this place -the ambiance is nice, but way to loud. Very hard to have a conversation. I have had better Tartes d'Alsace at a little place on the upper East Side, and our server, while sweet, kind of forgot about us a lot.
Also... is serving pinot noir cold a thing? I've never had a chilled pinot noir and don't care to again. Mixed drinks were good. All in all it was just ok.

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RK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waited nearly 40 minutes for our Steak Frites to arrive and when it did it was mediocre at best and already cooling to room temp.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Picked this place for my boyfriend to meet the parents for the first time. The service was pretty great, though at times confusing. We had two people who seemed to be waiting our table, checking in at different points so I wasn’t sure if they knew who was really our waiter. And though that sounds great, it was very confusing when we asked a question about something on the menu and then they’d go check, or tell us something different than what we were previously told. Never mind about that, the food is really good. Mom and dad were happy with how their steaks were cooked, boyfriend loved the red snapper dish (me too!) and I enjoyed the mussels. The Brussels sprouts are perfect, tuna tartare is pretty good, but the best part was the Creme Brûlée. Drinks are just okay, I’d stick with a wine. For everything, we paid a pretty penny ($$$), but for New York it was not that bad. 9/10 would recommend.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We were greeted by a bus boy immediately upon entering, which is always welcoming. He promptly showed us to our table and offered us water. The waitress was right behind him, offering us the specials menu and explaining some of the "french" items that we didn't know what they were. Service was outstanding. Quick, friendly but not pushy. They let us sit and sip our wine for over an hour after we finished our meal, which NEVER happens in NYC. I would and will definitely return and recommend to friends and family.

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NB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Was curious to try this Alsatian based menu. The place is pleasant with a fireplacer and with very few customers on a Monday night, the noise level was low. Their menu is based on Spatzl (noodle dishes) and a type of flatbread. We tried one of each and found the food decent. with fresh ingrediants However, with very few customers the service was still poor. After specifically asking for no meat on my order and the waiter repeating my request, it arrived covered in bacon. Then I had to wait quite a while for a vegetarian version.

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Cigogne exceeded all of my expectations. A local restaurant that feels like a local restaurant, yet yields a Michelin quality experience. The Saturday night atmosphere was just loud enough to feel alive, yet not noisy. The quarters are cozy, but not claustrophobic. Each detail of the property is carefully designed and maintained and no doubt reflects the owners' intent to a "t". The wait staff is friendly and attentive. The fireplace is a very nice touch.
My wife had the "Spring's First Smile" cocktail and couldn't stop raving. The food was beautifully prepared and wonderfully effective. The foie gras torchon was fantastic, as were the mussels. The tuna tartare and salmon were amazing. The apple crumble topped off our meal nicely with some espresso.
This is a great, local date night destination. Reasonably priced and yet out-performing. I look forward to returning soon.

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SA
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I’ve been here before and loved it. This was my second time dining and I was too pleased with the service. The server had to be asked twice to bring us water, her description of my meal was incorrect ( she stated it was lamb served with mixed veggies. I received lamb with cheese and raisins...) the table next to me was incredibly rude. I know this has nothing to do with the service but just reviewing my date here. One of the gentleman kept speaking about using the N word and how it should be allowed. They were both Caucasian, I am mixed race and was extremely uncomfortable. Overall I was not happy with this experience.

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j
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Had to wait twenty minutes for reserved table, food took a long time in coming and was inconsistent. Some good, some not so. That said, it was a Saturday and they comped a round of wine and handled it well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Here for dinner on Valentines Day. We selected modestly from the menu and expect to come back again to try the spirit of the Alsatian cuisine. The servers were fine. In general we feel positively about the restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my family here. Everyone enjoyed it!

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The service was a bit slow. Twice I had to wave down the waiter. Other than that - it was fine and kids friendly which was important

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best places in Brooklyn for brunch with kids. They even have a selection of books for small children. Food is reliable and warming on a cold winter day. Fireplace is toasty. And the cocktails are great.

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BK
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Was great because not too crowded when we went for brunch at 10am. Spacious for kids, but the food took forever to come out. We had seven people, maybe that’s why but I can’t imagine what it would have been like if it were busy. Food was pretty good I guess, not sure I’d go back with another large group.

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful atmosphere, so lovely to dine near the large fireplace. Food was exceptional; make sure to get the snails and foie gras. Perfect for dates or just a Friday night dinner.

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SK
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A neighborhood gem! We always have a great time, delicious meal, nice drinks selection and wonderful staff.

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L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff was as good as it gets! We'll be back again and again.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was great, our server could've done better. Took a while to order food, asked numerous times for water. I believe we got the wrong bottle of wine from what we ordered. Wasn't coming around to pour the wine. I usually am easy going with service, but this experience stood out. Would go back just not with that server

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great Alsatian food, so definitely try those specialities, also great salads. The appetizers were only okay. I would only recommend eating the Alsatian food here, but the ambiance is nice for a date, and if you're just having drinks, this place is fine.

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CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Typically I really enjoy this place, but on New Years Eve, we were seated in an odd spot off the side of the bar, and almost every drink we ordered, we needed to follow up on 1-2 times. We felt the service was really slow, and just very below average. I felt bad b/c something happened that evening, a pipe burst or something, but the poor service started before then. We like the food there, but overall the experience wasn't very good this time around, and I'm not sure if we'll go back...

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LH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Met with my two sisters for Thursday after work dinner. The night was cold and rainy. The restaurant was warm and welcoming with the fireplace going; it felt as if we were in a friend’s big warm eat-in kitchen. My sisters were late, but the staff was friendly and considerate to me until they arrived. The food was DELICIOUS. I had the Genova spazle. The green beans were fresh and crisp, the sauce flavorful and mild. The drinks were perection, none of us had room for dessert. Service was friendly and prompt. The waiter answered our questions with courtesy and consideration.
Not only will I recommend to my friends, I intend to return myself.

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c
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Although it was a quiet night, the food was very good. We enjoyed the fois gras and spaetzle, which you don't find everywhere. Our waiter was attentive although a bit distracted since it was not busy.

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EL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance was relaxing. Fireplace lit. Little dark but some bulbs need to be replaced. Food delectable and service was very good. Nice menu options.

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MC
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant with great food and service! Would recommend! If you like food or drinks from Alsace, this is definitely the spot to be! Authentic cuisine!

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BK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

I enjoyed this restaurant. We had a good meal. It was great

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ES
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice. Food and service was great. Music was kinda loud though

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AK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant. Probably the only few out of all the French place that really does taste like French bistro type restraint around here.
Although it was so heavy that we couldn’t finish everything. Did our taste changed or it was made heavier than usual that day?

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AJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Food was good but wait was long and food did not arrive hot enough. Nice neighborhood place.

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EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was horrible. The food took forever and then was cold when it arrived. We also got all of our food out of order after specifying twice what we wanted. I ended up getting my entree first (and cold) while my date’s side order of brussels sprouts arrived. Then our food was not cleared for almost an hour, my date’s entree finally arrived, empty dishes still not cleared and took up the whole table. Our appetizer to share then arrived after his entree - cold. Awkward and unpleasant

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Didn’t bring the correct silverware, didn’t wash vegetables properly, service was slow.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

We was very looking forward to eating at La Cigogne. My husband and I had eaten there once before for brunch and thought it would be a nice place to have dinner for my birthday. The service was ok, however we had so many people serving us that we felt our food got lost between so many people. It took a long time for our food to come to our table, however we weren't in a hurry. My husband ordered onion soup and it was cold. We then had to wait for them to heat it back up and when it finally came back, the quality was poor. He also ordered mussels and they were not fresh and over-done. The quality was poor. My tuna tartare was fine, however my duck confit wasn't. It was a dried up piece of duck leg thrown on a large salad. I expected something much more delicate and moist. We live in the neighborhood and were hoping to have a quality restaurant nearby.

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NY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so happy that I went. Our waiter was great!!! And the food was so yummy!! The environment had such good energy it was so easy to seat, stay and relax while catching up on life. La Cigogne is one of my new favorite places and I can't wait to go back!

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LS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was so cute, comfortable, cozy but not in the sense of small more like intimate. The service was attentive and the food was delicious which is an adjective that doesn't do the food here justice. We had a wonderful time and hope to come back soon.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a great price

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C
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

This spot is great to enjoy a light breeze accompanying coffee and/or brunch in a charming little neighborhood. I can't speak too much for the food and service since it seemed a little slow/low energy on a gloomy day, but I'd say the pricing was fair and it's always nice to grab some patio seating and have an uninterrupted discussion with friends.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good. Prep time long. Service was fair.

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AK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We highly recommend to bring your reading glasses to read their menu. It’s a bit too dark for older people.
Food was amazing. They had real French bistro type food. We were so happy to be able to have nostalgic food!

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D
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for mussels, fries, and a great choice of beer. Merci!

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