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About Le Bateau Ivre

Le Bateau Ivre, a true french wine bar, raw bar and grill, opened on Manhattan's eat side in 1999. Le Bateau ivre offers more than 300 varieties of the finest French wines by the glass and bottle.

230 E. 51st Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Home Style

Cuisines:
French, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:


Brunch:

Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Daily: 4:00pm - 4:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 583-0579

Website:
http://www.lebateauivrenyc.com/

Public Transit:
6 train 51st, E train and M train 53st

Executive Chef:
HERBERT ROBERTSON

Private Party Facilities:
we can accomodate every kind of party, up to 40 people, special menu on request.

Private Party Contact:
amael or Herbert: (212) 583-0579

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Le Bateau Ivre Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (15)
Cozy (12)
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Good for a Date (10)
Casual (9)
Romantic (9)
Authentic (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
People Watching (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Lovely and very French. Felt like Paris. A little loud and crowded but also very cozy. Moderate cost but appetizers a bit expensive. Very nice restaurant. Good service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Great neighborhood spot. Everything hit the mark and was perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Late-night Find, Fun, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

What's better than a delicious cassoulet on a chilly winter evening? Nothing!!

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very small, cozy French restaurant. Came here for dinner with my parents who were visiting from out of town, and we all had excellent meals. Lucky for us there was a free wine tasting the night we went, which was a lovely way to start the meal. I had excellent lamb chops, and escargot. Everyone enjoyed their meal, with a delicious wine pairing.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Le Bateau Ivre is a funky Berkeley icon. It is not flash, the wine list is limited, the food good so we enjoyed our evening there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Montana)·Dined on November 3, 2017

I met a friend for early lunch (11 am) at Le Bateau Ivre. The restaurant is lovely. On this fall day, they opened the restaurant all along one side to the quiet street. We each had the prix fixe lunch for $17.45 each. The salmon tartar was outstandingly delicious! The mussels in garlic sauce excellent. Coffee was just perfect. We were able to stay and talk a long time without being rushed. I highly recommend this charming restaurant only a short and pleasant walk from Grand Central!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent meal and service. Great wine selection. Will definitely return.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Wonderful staff...great service, good food and friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

My favorite restaurant in the city. I always bring out of town guests here, and introduced this gem to my boyfriend who proclaimed it's the best French restaurant outside of France that he's ever been to, and he's a non stop traveler. He liked it so much, we went two nights in a row. Great quality, attentive wait staff, intimate atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delightful as always. Three of us were in town for a 50th reunion, and everyone was gracious and solicitous for our comfort and enjoyment. The food was classic and delicious. I make sure Le Bateu Ivre is part of my plans each time I visit New York, and it's always a lovely experience.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We visited Le Bateau on a Wed evening and could not have been more content with the choice of venue as well as the food/wine. The seafood paella was extraordinary and filling. Prompt service and attentiveness were notable. The restaurant is beautifully decorated with French wine bottles lining the mirrored walls and open space looking onto 51st St.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Used to go often. It hadn't been in a while. Good thing too. The food was still good but that was about it. The cheese and meat plates came first but within just a few minutes, so did the apps. The table was loaded with food that now had to be rushed since we didn't want to eat all the food at the room temp. We ordered a few bottles of wine, none of the glasses were changed and they poured the new wine, into glasses that still were half full of the old wine. Then, a simple mistake, one persons entree was never rung in. So everyone else received their food but 1 person. We told the staff don't make it as we were already half way done with the rest of the food. Even though they were informed not to make the food, 20 minutes later it showed up! We said we didn't want it and was met with an attitude and told to take it home. Overall a pretty bad experience for what should have been a birthday celebration. I would no longer want to recommend this place to anyone.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Have eaten here many times. Not as good as usual. Food was off and music was way too loud.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is a charming little French bistro. My companion and I had a lovely meal early in the evening. Wine is their specialty, tough not ours, so it has much more to offer those who can really appreciate it. I'll likely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Love this place super charming , great staff and service and great food and wine !

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had the mussels. Wonderful.

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·Dined on October 4, 2017

This is an excellent French Restaurant. We ordered 3 courses each and everything tasted amazing!!!! We were visiting from Vancouver and found the entrees were generous in size, especially for a French Restaurant. Just the correct size for one. Definitely will return whenever we get back to NYC.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Lovely little French restaurant good wine list but not an expert Wish it had a liquor license but food was very good Loverly atmosphere great for a romantic date also

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I enjoyed a delicious dinner with a friend, I had the salmon sauvage, she had the mussels. We both were very happy with our meals. Our first choice of wine wasn't available, the server suggested another that after tasting we weren't happy with so they brought us another bottle that hit the mark. Highly recommend this neighborhood spot.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Too Loud. Restaurant was almost empty. When asked, the volume of the dated 60's music was turned down only to be turned up again. It had the sense of being at a bad and dated disco.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I've been here a few times and it is typically not too busy and is a great place for a group that wants to have a quiet dinner. I mistakenly scheduled a dinner here (with the same purpose in mind) in the middle of the UNGA week. It was packed and very loud. Even though having the front walls open is usually great, there were a lot of sirens and traffic because of the UN.

Food is delicious, and there is a great wine list. I was surprised to learn they don't have a full bar (wine and beer only). I would highly recommend going any time OTHER than when the UN General Assembly is happening.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We've been coming to Bateau Ivre several times a year. Food and service superb. Decor elegant and cool. For us, the jazz trio on Sundays are world class musicians who create unsurpassed vibe. Would place Bateau on list of top 100 in the city, not an exaggeration. Well done everyone, especially the musicians.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Delightful restaurant that was worth the walk from the theatre district. Outstanding food and service. Well worth it. I can't wait to return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 11, 2017

French bistro atmosphere in mid-town. Fresh and healthy food.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 1, 2017

A must visit whenever in the city of New York. Food was delish.

Tags: Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Very chill, but we went after midnight. Kitchen is open until 3am, so no pressure to kick us out. Great selection of French wines. We were going to get a bottle, but they have so many by the glass options, that we decided to explore. The food selection isn't huge, but the kitchen is only like 10 square feet. The foie gras is excellent. The fried calamari and radicchio salad with sesame dressing isn't something I would ever order, but it is addictive. Might be a staple every time I go, which will now be very often.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 27, 2017

My girlfriend and I had a special birthday dinner for her this past Saturday evening. We made the reservation based upon online recommendations. We arrived to a sparsely crowded restaurant that for 8:15pm on a Saturday night gave us pause. But we needn't be concerned. The hostess was warm and inviting and professional. Our waiter provided wonderful service...and the restaurant did begin to fill up. This is wonderful authentic French food. Almost to a fault. The chef obviously has a passion to be authentic, but that does limit the menu choices as many revert to lamb and duck and if that is not of your liking the choices are not plentiful. My girlfriend took a chance at my suggestion and ordered the seafood paella. It was an excellent choice. Both the presentation and the meal itself were five star. She absolutely loved it. Myself, I had the roasted chicken with the rosemary gravy. It was good....but not great. An appetizer cheeses and a few glasses of Bordeaux wine and we were all set. A wonderful evening on the whole.....truly, try the Paella. You won't be sorry

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Love this place!!! Friendly, quaint, and delicious food.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Ok this is like my fifth review of Le Bateau Ivre so I'll be brief. Still my favorite restaurant in all of NYC.

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

Outstanding cheese burgers (choice of brie or gruyere) with salad or (real) frendh fries. The water served in wine glasses is like warm, but ice is promptly supplied.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Terrible. The muscles were over cooked and shriveled . The sauce was a mess of garlic. The steak was over cooked. The waitresses hardly spoke English. The music was so loud and so bad that we had to stop talking. This is a terrible restaurant.

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

I'm not sure how this spot has not gotten on my radar before this but it's here to stay. The Saumon Sauvage was amazing! Slightly crispy outside and delicious all the way through. I wanted to stop and decipher the different flavors of the asparagus and its sauce but it didn't stand a chance. My friends raved about the Croque Madame so I'm setting my sights on that next time! In my best Terminator voice: "I'll be back."

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 30, 2017

very cozy and romantic. great late night venue

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent food and presentation - house Pate and Cassoulet were excellent, and the Taste Tatin was fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Great restaurant with attentive service and delicious and pretty food. We liked every morsel and drank every drop of wine we could. Good food, fresh and great wine lists like this don't come by vey often. The shaved asparagus was a triumph. The duck rilleittes were amazing. Thank you for a memorable meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

It's like being in a Bistro in Paris and provides a great 2 hours escape from NYC. Food and service are fantastic. It can be a bit noisy, especially when they crank the music up a bit too loud- challenging to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Best brunch deal in the city in my view! You feel like you are in Paris, jazz playing in the background and the Croque Madame makes it worth the trip!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This has become a favorite restaurant for us to visit with friends and family. While the food menu isn't extensive, it's good fare with interesting specials and decent desserts. The onion soup is the best I've ever had! The wine list is fabulous...we always get the 5-glass sampler. This time we celebrated a birthday with a glass of port as well. They also have special wine tastings on occasion; the free glas of French white was certainly appreciated. It's a can't-miss evening!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We went for my husband's birthday, which coincides with French Restaurant Week. The food and wine were terrific, the ambiance was very romantic and French. I felt like I was in Paris. It would probably be a bit expensive for us normally, but the Restaurant Week option was great.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

I love this place. Be prepared, it fills up and can be very noisy between 7-9. But it's worth it. The food, environment and overall feel transports you immediately to Paris. The fois gras is wonderful and they provide a generous serving easily shareable. This time I had the grilled octopus as a starter which was cooked perfectly and prepared with nicely mingled flavors including just a hint of heat. For my main course I tried the trout meunière. It was fabulous! My friend and I sat, ate and sipped for 3 hours and had a delicious, delightful time.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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