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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

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Business Meals (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Fun (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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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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vip
 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The coq au vin was not good.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

This was our first visit to this restaurant. The onion soup is excellent. It has good flavor with a nice amount pf cheese. on top. The entrees was quite good, especially the seafood paella.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 27, 2017

ultimate obnoxiousness

Where to start... terrible welcome, no coordination between the waiter and the "manager". After being there for a bit enjoying a glass of wine we were told to either order food now or move it to the bar, because the next dinner service would start... in 90 minutes... ultimate obnoxiousness

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great French wine bistro. Nice selection by the glass and by the bottle. Excellent selection of entrees. Great dessert list. Love the open storefront in the summer. A favorite in midtown.

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

Bateau Ivre continues to serve outstanding French cuisine in a casual atmosphere reminiscent of Paris bistros. The coq au vin, steak frites, roasted chicken, and for desert the poire belle helene are personal favorites. The wine list is superb.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Great food and terrific, extensive list of French wines by the glass. Authentic and friendly vibe.

Tags: Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

I always enjoy the food here. Unfortunately I had the mussels which were in a creme sauce instead of a wine sauce ---not as good

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

Overpriced and bland food, Super noisy, crowded, more of a after work happy hour. Not a Romantic date spot

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on June 6, 2017

As usual. service was wonderful as was the food. Had the country pate and duck confit, my colleague had the monkfish. Well prepared.

The only negative is how loudly they play background music. It is not background. People end up needing to speak very loudly and it impinges on the mood. Although the server had asked for the music to be turned down, after a few minutes, it was turned up again to high volume. Several times.

Would be unbeatable if that weren't a concern.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

All good but always disappointed that the Steak Tartare is not served as in France. It is already mixed in the kitchen and not doing it yourself with a yolk on top of the tartare takes away half the fun from the overall experience.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Great hidden gem, will definitely come back. A must go in NY for those who love french cuisine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Great atmosphere, excellent food and great service. Will be back again for sure!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 18, 2017

looking for memories, was there when they just open in 17 years ago, still very good

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

My go to low maintenance French place in midtown east. You'll see all the classics perfectly prepared. Service is uniformly professional yet friendly.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Le Bateau Ivre is a charming experience. The food is excellent; the wine list superb; and the staff most gracious. When in town, I always try to lunch there. The prix fixe special is an extraordinary value. Highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Great Food, Great Wine List, Great Service. We head there every time we visit NYC from LA.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Our favorite spot in midtown. It's a cozy, intimate place. The escargot is wonderful, with lots of chewy bread to soak up all the butter. We had the slow cooked duck and chicken specials, both of which were fantastic. Great wine list.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Great little neighborhood spot. A bit pricey, but not too bad. Great food, service and ambience.

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 (Raum Frankfurt)·Dined on April 24, 2017

I have been to this restaurant/wine bar many times, and always enjoy it. On my most recent visit, I had the croque monsieur, and it was outstanding. The menu is mostly salads and sandwiches -- perfect for a light lunch -- and the wine list is outstanding, and includes many wines that are available by the glass. The prices are reasonable, and the place is quiet, at least at lunch, so it's very easy to have a conversation there. The ambience is very "French wine bar".

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Annoying problem with front door that would remain open and let cold air in... had to stand up 3 times to shut it behind guests that would not shut it themselves. It took 20 min for waitress to notice the problem...

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Always pleases Great wine bar with great food too! Service friendly and attentive. Country pate, duck confit, foix gras all delicious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 1, 2017

With all of the great restaurants within a few blocks of our apartment in Midtown, its almost embarrassing to say that we have been to Le Bateau Ivre 7 times just in the last year. We can't help ourselves. It is reliably outstanding on every level.

Tags: Authentic, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 30, 2017

This lovely little French bistro has remained perfect and true to itself since the 90s...a rarity in NYC. It is an unpretentious intimate French restaurant with lovely wines and tasty French food. It is small and at dinner, fills up with other locals who have discovered its charm, so plan accordingly! On this evening we shared the tuna tartare, pate, special gnocchi (which was fabulous) and salads but I have also had a full entree (beef bourguignon is wonderful here). Even sitting at the small bar and drinking some wine is enjoyable here. Whatever your experience, you will be transported!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Disappointed. Spot is super cute -- went with a friend and she and I are both total francophiles, and the reviews were good so we ventured further afield than we might have, since it seemed to fit the bill. There we only 2 or 3 other couples there for lunch, so super quiet. That said, the waitress could not have been less attentive. We got our menus, she disappeared. No offer to start us out with drinks for another 10 mins. Then when we ordered, there was another fairly long wait. We have no idea where she kept going because as noted, the place was empty! If she was running around helping a lot of tables it would make sense, but she seemed completely disinterested in the whole room. Appys were good -- although rather than check on us after we were served and the standard "can I get anything else for you?" she vanished again. After another wait, I actually had to wave at the bartender to go signal to her - I needed cocktail sauce (it was seafood after all) but she hadn't even looked over at us after dropping off the appys. Steak Frites, which I ordered because the reviews RAVED about it (and were not inexpensive!!) were a splurge, but meat very tough and I only ended up eating half. Frites were good. I've had much better Steak Frites at Bibouquet and Balthazar. So - a $200 lunch bill for a disappointing meal for 2, with very slow and inattentive service. Not headed back, unfortunately. Wanted to love this little spot.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 17, 2017

A real French bistro. Great food and service. Highly recommend.
We'll definitely come back!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Charming French bistro with friendly caring service, tasty authentic fare and cozy atmosphere. I did think that although there was an extensive winelist, the wines were too pricey for my budget.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Cuisine falling half way being French, as name would suggest, although whatever was French was very good. Music in the dinning area way to loud for space making conversations impossible.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

One of my favorites in midtown. A nice escape from generic, warehouse-sized restaurants. Their French cuisine is properly bistro simple and prepared deliciously, authentically...and hot! Great, well-priced wine menu. While this is a French restaurant, their service is not at all European: amazingly attentive, timely, friendly and professional. Love this place.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We were in NYC for a concert on 2/15 so we found ourselves dining our on Valentine's Day - not one of our favorite dates to go to a restaurant. However we had been to Le Bateau Ivre on previous visits so we knew we'd have a great meal. And as we expected the food was excellent, the restaurant was packed and very noisy but we had a great time and the staff was terrific!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2017

It was my girlfriend birthdays

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2017

A finer jazz brunch on Sunday you will not find. I come from Connecticut to frequent. Exceptional food, fantastic value, attentive and friendly, warm, inviting waitstaff, phenomenal jazz trio- very laid back. I always feel like I am in Paris. If you want a taste of the finer things in life, do not hesitate to reserve at Bateau Ivre. Well done.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

Small. Unassuming. Go for food and not for ambience and environment. Cozy if you get right table. Good and quick service.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

This is probably my 10th visit to this outstanding French bistro and it never disappoints. Steak-frites was superb followed by a luscious creme brulee for dessert. Other recommendations from previous visits include coq au vin, magret de canard, poulet roti, steak tartare, and the outstanding blanquette de veau (unfortunately only served as a special). Bob Appetit!
Kelly

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Nothing special here, just good Frenchfood in a pleasant atmosphere. Service left much to be desired. Our server may not have, but appeared to be rushing us. Didn't understand not to interrupt, removed my soup bowl before I was completely finished. Hovered unnecessarily . Etc.

Tags: Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Lamb chops were cooked to perfection. Scallop special was delicious . Caramelized Strawberries balsamic was the perfect ending.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

The food was fantastic, and the staff was very well versed in what wine to have with our meal.

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