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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

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (9)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Business Meals (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Fun (4)
People Watching (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Healthy (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
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Good for Groups (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

The food here is absolutely delicious. Consistently. The service is perfect and personal. Our waitress was wonderful. Her name is Rada and managed the entire dining room at lunch from seating to service perfectly. Friendly, and very attentive to details. As soon as I leave the restaurant, I am always planning my next meal back. I dream about their Duck Confit, endive salad and poached pears with wine and chocolate. The wine list is great. The only thing I would change about the dining experience is the 80s style disco music. It is annoying to listen to while you are having such delicious food. Suggest changing to a neutral jazz or French classics like Edith Piaf.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great food and wine! Impromptu wine tasting was offered for the whole restaurant! $200 for 2, including a nice Burgandy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Visited for NYE and had wonderful service, food and fun! Excellent authentic French fancy bistro cuisine, lovely wine selection, lovely classic, comfortable space. We'll be back often!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Very cozy wine bar. Food and wine were wonderful as well as the service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderfully refreshing, civilized, well appointed and classic, all in one! Preferring lunch wherein you can truly enjoy the amazing wibe selection and a liggt fare, the energy remains positive during later hours.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Wonderful ambiance, food and service!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

The wine and ambiance were great! The service had no fault. The French Onion Soup was delicious. The steak and the specials were OK. It was quite expensive. Overall a good place but would recommend going only for a few glasses of wine and a french Onion Soup, then move the dinner party elsewhere.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Classic French cuisine, very well prepared. Excellent selection of wines. Pleasant service. Plan to be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We began our dinner with the most delicious onion soup and ended with profiteroles. Needless to say we really enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Lovely wait person. Excellent oysters w/bubbly and great burgers!
Tasteful holiday decorations...all in all, a fabulous evening!

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is a really intimate cool place with great food. Really charming.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fun, Authentic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Onion soup among the best, try the boulliabase ...loaded and includes calamari a la Francais.

First prize goes to an Endive salad with apple and walnuts. Sounds simple but just trust me

100 different glasses of wine with some very hard to finds and a good value

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE MOST UNDERRATED FRENCH RESTAURANT IN NYC! The food is wonderful, the service is wonderful and the wine list, although not very long, is very well thought out. If you are not familiar with French wines, just depend on your server, they are ver knowledgeable. This bistro is small and gets crowded fast by local office workers and neighborhood foodies who know how good this place is, so make a reservation and enjoy!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

You can try a variety of French wine at the restaurant.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Great prix fixe menu for lunch. Fast and convenient.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Never disappoints! Had the lamb chops this time around; delicious as always. My husband loves the steak frites with black peppercorn sauce; they make the best peppercorn sauce in midtown for sure.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tapas, Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

I like that Le Bateau Ivre never disappoints, with its generous wine list and attentive, knowleadgeable servers and staff in general. Many thanks again!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 15, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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