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About La Ripaille

Opened in 1980, La Ripaille is one of the oldest restaurants in West Village. Some of the regulars have been coming for as long as 25 years. We want everyone to feel welcome here, whether it’s the celebrities who frequent, the children for whom we provide games & crayons, or the people who live in the Village. The owner, Alain Laurent, is integral in the day-to-day processes of La Ripaille. He daily scours the market for the freshest produce, often choosing the day’s specials based on his finds. This keeps the specials seasonal & unique. He decorates the ever changing wine list with the best wines available. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with a terrace for the summer & a fireplace in the back for the winter. The candlelit tables light up French posters and paintings & fresh flowers decorate each table. For a taste of history and delicious French cuisine, visit La Ripaille. We have a seat just for you.

605 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:45am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
W.12th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 255-4406

Website:
http://www.laripailleny.com/

Catering:
French bistro

Public Transit:
Subway 1,2,3, 14th Street stop, 12th Street exit; A,C,E 14th Street stop

Additional:
Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

La Ripaille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

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Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Special Occasion (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Fun (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Business Meals (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

great cozy lots of ambience great food presided over by the charming owner who also takes your order and makes wonderful suggestions

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

A true find! Unpretentious setting, ebullient owner eager to chat (if you want, which we did) and an unobtrusive wait-staff. The food was superb, the house wine wonderful. Could NOT be better, and so, of course, we'll be back!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Service started a little rocky but I think the two servers were actually newer. Who I assume could only be the owner arrived and took over. He was fantastic and energetic and gave great recommendations. The food was excellent and they have a wonderful little wine list. The place is intimate and cozy with dim lighting. And I had casually mentioned my mother birthday and they ended up bringing out dessert and singing. Service, attention and food excellent! I will certainly be back.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Dinner was amazing! Have been here twice now and each time everything has been perfect! Food is absolutely delicious and the staff is great! Couldn't ask for anything more

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great French food. We particularly liked the salads, duck and desserts. Very friendly and attentive services also!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 24, 2017

E$xcellentfood and great taste and value
charming ambiance and amusant owner combine for a great experience

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Friendly, charming & classic french restaurant. Great for special occasions, or an intimate evening,

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Was excellent in every aspect. W will always go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Amazing restaurant! Service+food= excellent , French wine+ music= 10/10❤️❤️❤️ we found our new baby.🍽🍷❤️❤️

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Leave your passport home and visit this authentic French village gem. The owner Alain welcomes each guest as if they were visiting him at home. We travel from Westchester to experience the ambience, decor and fine food. Alain entertains the diners with his humorous presentation of the specials du'jour. The food is presented beautifully, tastes great and I highly recommend the pate as an appetizer but you can't go wrong ordering anything on the menu. Take Alain's suggestions regarding which wine to order; you won't be disappointed. La Ripaille is my favorite restaurant; I'm never disappointed and you won't be either.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fun, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always good! Had the chicken in Dijon mustard sauce and my coworker had halibut. This place is definitely on my “go-to” list when in NYC.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We ate here last night for our one year anniversary dinner. The mussels, steak, and scallops were incredible! The pear tart was okay, nothing too special. This restaurant was great, but my one complaint is the bathroom. When I went in the fan was leaking and it pretty much gave me a shower :(. The staff was apologetic and seemed to get it fixed, but they didn’t go out of their way to ensure I was okay. I was all wet!

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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful food. The owner of the restaurant is a character, like the mayor of West Village. Truly an experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I've been coming to this unique restaurant for years and it always is a special experience for two reasons: the food and the service. My date and I shared the infamous broccoli mousse and moules poulette (mussels in a white wine and herb sauce with a splash of cream). My cassoulet entree was a traditional and soul satisfying dish that cannot be found anywhere else so far from France itself. We almost fought over the last bite of the lemon tart that was recommended to us at the end of our meal. The attention and care that the chef puts into the plates are on par with the love the owner clearly has for his restaurant and clientele. Will keep coming back for as long as this place exists.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Love to dine at this French bistro. I went to this restaurant twice already in a short period of time. The place is cozy, the food is good and the service is attentive. I highly recommend to order the daily specials he suggest because they are cooked just right, from the starters to main courses to desserts. The owner himself serves the tables and funny, you can't resist his thank you kisses. Every customer is so so welcome from him.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Casual, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Delicious food! Love the ambiance and how the guests are treated by the owner and personnel. Would strongly recommend it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Been going to this restaurant for many years. Favorite in NYC. Food is always great, service is outstanding and you’re always greeted warmly. Magnifique!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Overall this is a nice space that evokes a French country feel with it's homey decor. The owner is a very nice guy and makes you feel very welcome in his restaurant. We started with the warmed brie over crouton - very forgettable - and the pate, equally average. My wife enjoyed her main dish (halibut). Steer clear of the sorbet (more like a sno-cone) and my espresso was luke warm.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Meh . . . Our third time dining here but I think we’ll look harder for a new mid-week joint.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We have in the past been fond of Ripaille. Simple, quiet place to dine, that is hard to find in NYC. Don't know why the food seemed a little fresher and brighter the last time we were here. But that was about 4 years ago.
Maybe it was because we waited almost an hour for our entrees to come out? Which was interesting since there were only 2 other tables with patrons.
But, the thing that disappointed us the most was the wine list. I have seen many. I knew many of the wines on the list. The markup was off the charts. No way to justify this. The wine prices do not match the food menu. Shouldn't mark a $10 bottle up to $55 And that is one of their least expensive bottles on the list. What? Makes me sad. Heavy sigh.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Absolutely the best again!

Please go there for authentic French bistro cuisine.

Tags: People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent food -traditional frenh bistro. Quiet and romantic. Attentive service from the owner Monsieur Alain and his staff.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great, European old-world feeling. Delicious food, Charming place & great service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

After a long walk in the village, we decided to have a dinner in this charming French bistro-restaurant. We was seduced by the place from the greeting at the entrance, to the warm + friendly staff and not least the delicious food!! The food price was very reasonable and wine carefully selected (we had 2 bottles of haut-médoc) not far from the Hudson River the weather was just perfect and had an unforgettable summer dinner in this restaurant.❤️. ( HIGHLY RECOMMENTED)

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Been going to La Ripaille for special occasions since it opened in 1980. Broccoli mousse is fabulous. Small and intimate with great french food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Delightful!

My daughter and I had a late lunch here on a perfect almost fall NYC afternoon. The food was perfect, the neighborhood adorable with its babies, puppies, and school children, and we couldn't have been happier. A true gem!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

That was amazing.. Everything food, service was totally perfect. Can't wait to go back.. I'll see you guys next saturday for my fiancée birthday. Lovely

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

La Ripaille was recommended to us by a friend and we were really looking forward to trying it out. We went for brunch on a Sunday and were welcomed in by the charming proprietor and his staff, who were wonderful. The ambiance is fun, French country influence with strains of Edith Piaf playing in the background. We ordered the mushroom soup, which is excellent, and an omelette and the eggs Benedict. The omelette and the Benedict were served luke warm and lacked flavor . . . particularly the Benedict. We also ordered a side of the pommes frites, which were really disappointing. . . they are not home made, but clearly the frozen tasteless imitation of the real thing. Lastly, we also ordered a couple of mimosa's to accompany our meal and they were carefully measured . . . missing that zing! We eat out all of the time in Manhattan and were hoping to find our new neighborhood regular spot in La Ripaille. We are sad to say we didn't.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We went back after thirty years and it was just the same. Quiet, standard Brittany fare, perfectly trained staff. A welcome relief from the noise and crassness of contemporary restaurant fare. Need more of these oases inNYC.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Very friendly staff but the service is on the slow side

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

My favorite French restaurant in Manhattan or anywhere else come to think of it. Alain the owner is hands on and ensures that all of his diners are attended to. The food is fabulous, the wine list superb and the ambiance inviting. We are writers from Columbia University who gathered here in orderto discuss our work. It was the perfect setting to do so. I've been all over the world and have particular refined tastes, La Rappaile is perfection.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Best Bistro in NYC. Alain is THE MAN. Love every experience we have at La Ripaille. Warmly welcomed, top notch service, excellent food. Lemon Mousse was a great dessert. Personality, charm, luxe living.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

When the notice of French restaurant week reminded me of La Ripaille I realized I hadn't been there in nearly 35 years. What a lovely surprise! Their $38 prix fixe – appetizer, main course and a glass of wine – was a winner. A tasty gazpacho was followed by salmon in mustard sauce that was the best in recent memory. It came with shaved Brussels sprouts in a lemon beurre-noir – also excellent – and a nice glass of Chardonnay. The charming host made it a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Amazing dinner!! The owner was warm and welcoming we directly felt like our first time in Paris. The restaurant was very buzy ,the staff took well-care of US! We started with some french classic appetizers ( escargot, fois gras, endive salad) ,then we had a salmon special and an organic chicken with 4 types of mushrooms. We wasn't rushed and had the opportunity to have a romantic dinner with some excellent wine. All the dishes was cooked to perfection garnished with healthy vegetables . We highly recommend this place to everyone that love a truthful tradiditional food

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Healthy, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We all agreed it was mediocre,overpriced and a very disappointing Father's Day Dinner. Lucky for me the family says I'm entitled to do over.
We were the only ones in the restaurant. Should have been a warning. Just a few of the "low" lights: Two out of 3 drinks were wrong. Vodka and soda came as Vodka and tonic. Waiter said: the cans look the same. Gin on the rocks came with exactly...no rocks at all. Two out of 3 appetizers were pathetic: tasteless endive salad, and Brie appetizer was 3 slivers on sad crackers. My champignons app. was pretty good.
Main courses: Pasta and shrimp was average, Halibut special was cooked beyond death, veal had good sauce but was tough. With 3 ok glasses of wine bill came to $270 for 3. Did not stay for desert. There are much better meals to be had elsewhere for that money. So La Ripaille is a definite will not return. One more thing, owner walked in as we were finishing up and we did not even get eye contact. Maybe he was afraid to ask for our opinion? Probably a good idea.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

I went here for the second time for a date night, my date and I enjoyed it so much that we had to go back again. The food once again was delicious, the service was very quick and attentive, and the bill was extremely reasonable for the neighborhood. My date and I were very well cared for during our meal, especially by the owner, a lovely Frenchman who we have come to know very well. He is vibrant and welcoming, and makes everyone feel at home in this petite French neighborhood bistro. I know I will be returning again soon!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Local Ingredients
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on June 11, 2017

Sunday dinner for 2 at La Ripaille. We looked at 10 other cafes on the street. Most were busy but the food looked ordinary. 92 degrees outside. A/C is welcoming. We are the only customers at 5:30pm. The owner is very charming. Had 2 apps, mushrooms in puff pastry and zucchini , gruyere crepe and 1 entree, seared halibut. They are all fabulous. Rich, perfectly cooked, nice presentation. We are thrilled. Ordered 2 dessert tarts. Pastry chef must have had day off. This place is long established, dark brick interior and we saw the local regulars coming as we left. Worth a visit for a quiet meal, well prepared.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Everything here was lovely. From the welcome, the service staff, the food, the wine. The ambiance created by the staff and decor were wonderful

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Excellent food We loved it!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Simply outstanding food and service. Waiter was not hesitant to say what he thought were his favorites when asked. Solid wine but list not very extensive. Food was the reason for our going and we were not disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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