Permanently Closed - Le Bistro D’à Côté

3.8
398 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
This restaurant is permanently closed.

Le Bistro D'à Côté is a French cafe in the Upper East Side area of New York City. Intimate and cozy dining spaces are put together with old fashioned solid brick walls, antique pictures and quaint square lamps hanging from the ceilings. It's a good restaurant for a quiet conversation on a date or with a few close friends and family. Many tables have a great street view, so guests can enjoy the vibrant city life going on right outside the doors of Le Bistro D'à Côté.

The French cuisine served at this restaurant has the same old-fashioned air that the restaurant itself has. Recipes are cooked in traditional style that is both authentic and flavorful. A few of the most popular dishes served at Le Bistro D'à Côté include the foie gras, hanger steak, duck confit, grilled salmon and the ratatouille.

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3.8based on all time ratings
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3.7
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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greatplace
New England
19 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Never disappointed in dining at Le Bistro. Great martinis, great food and you always feel welcomed. Missed the Thursday Night Jazz but looking forward to its return in the fall.

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vipLSMD
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I've been a loyal patron of this restaurant since it opened. Seems to be heading downhill. Never have I been as disappointed as this time. There was one waitress for the entire restaurant, leaving us wanting for food and drink for a very long time. They were out of my first choice as well as one of the other diners in my party. This was not because of heavy volume but because they had not ordered it for that day. I am not sure I will be returning again.

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vipoystersucker
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful modern French dining room with amazingly tender steak and fall off the bone duck leg

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Duke
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always, but sadly, soon closing. Why???

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particular
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The restaurant was very pleasant and the people couldn't have been nicer. The food was mediocre at best, but it wasn't busy and we didn't have to rush because they didn't need the table, so it was a fine evening.

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Duke
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It never disappoints, and I always look forward to exchanging greetings with Ludovic, Ayub, Palina, and Ileni.

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Duke
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fine kitchen overall, best escargot in NYC, superb ratatouille, extra special friendly staff.

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vipSkylo
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food at this place. The escargot is off the charts and the Salmon and Mussels are so fresh and cooked to perfection. The service is quick, and the ambiance is authentic. Looking to my next meal at Bistro d'a Cote.

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vipSusaR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2016
Overall2food2service2ambience1

My dinner had no flavor

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vipLulu
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I am glad this restaurant is in my neighborhood. It has all the ingredients for a great, or at least lovely local bistro. The food is good, the decorations give a sense of authenticity. But the service was very snobbish. I had a groupon certificate and the server seemed displeased. He was abrupt, and dismissive. I want to like this restaurant - but I would think twice about going back in the near future.

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ErlaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This restaurant was a Groupon buy and turned out to be a wonderful surprise. The staff was friendly and the food great.

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vipSharonH
New York Area
408 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised ! I have walked past the place for years but never paid attention. That last night changed that! My son had the baked spinach and goat cheese salad which was amazing. I loved my roasted pear and blue cheese salad. My salmon was near perfect, my husband inhaled his muscles and my son loves the chicken!
We will be back!

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vipnycDiner
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2016
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great Provençal rosé. Salmon is recommended medium, because it's frozen. Wasn't bad, but I prefer fresh and rare. Immense amount of mussels in the moule frites. The best was the escargot. Really good! Not a bad place overall. These guys are definitely French. There's an air of it in everything. If that's your thing it's a good place. That our thing, so we'll be back.

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reen
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2016
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Brunch was ok but 13 a glass for what was jug wine was rediculous

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall1food2service1ambience2

So disappointing. Awful service. Food was all right but not very good. Served ketchup like a Nathan's Hot Dog place and butter like a coffee-shop would - Tacky. I would never go back.

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vipyum72
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very nice ambiance, bar separate from dining area keeps it quiet, excellent food and huge portions, especially good coq au vin

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vipfunfoodie
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

lovely spot, good food, pretty good service, decent prices, not too noisy, great for friends get together.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2016
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Food was cold and not seasoned. Just a tasteless dining experience.

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vipEileen
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I go here regularly and bring friends as well. It's always good... food, service and ambiance. I highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2016
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food and wine was great. Service varies from time to time.

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RNYC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It seemed to be a busy night so staff appeared somewhat rushed. Menu choices were good and only downside was food came out warm for two of the entrees rather than hot. Usually would have sent it back but as we were rushed we kept it. May have been sitting on the serving line a bit too long. Ambiance is pleasant but given the number of phone flashlights that could be seen throughout the restaurant being used to read the menu (and to see the food in a couple of cases) a bit more light at tables would help.

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greatplace
New England
19 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Having a neighborhood restaurant that consistently serves delicious entrees is great. Le Bistro never disappoints. And, Thursday Evening Jazz Night is a nice addition to mid-week dining.

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vipLulu
London
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2016
Overall1food1service3ambience1

They were out of oysters, out of Pinot Noir and out of ginger ale. How can that be? And the last time we were there they were out of salmon. I think they have no business during the week (it was dead) so they don't order food. My son ordered beef bourgingon but they didn't have it on the menu tonight, said only for special occasions.
The good was extra salty, restaurant too dark and the apple Tatin was soggy. And the fried calamari had a pungent taste like the batter was old.
This is our neighborhood standby...never again!

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nouveauyorker
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our favorite place to take guests, our go-to date nite dinner and our most frequent take-out delivery. The salmon, the tuna, the nicoise, the hangar steak all excellent. The foiegras is great too but it does not travel well. Service can be uneven it is always friendly. Thanks for. Aking Bit noisy, nothing fancy, but welcoming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Salmon on a bed of ratatouille - exceptional! Mussels extraordinaire!

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Gallerygirl45
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience4

If you want a little touch of French, this is the place to go. Food is good, wines even better. Wish they had a little more wait staff, sometimes hard to wait for the first cocktail! Always friendly, always accommodating. We have had Christmas Eve dinner here for three years running and love it.

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Oiko
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed an early evening New Years dinner with great wine, food, and service. A slight, almost unnoticeable hiccup in service resulted in a free tumbler of bourbon...which was a very generous offer from our waitress.

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Duke
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The fish is always excellent and the ratatouille outstanding as are calamari, crab cakes when they are on the menu, and the escargot the best I have ever had in New York.

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vipBestFF
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

At this cozy little neighborhood bistro you can't go wrong with classic French provincial fare--Coq au Vin or Les Pates a la Carbonara (fresh tagliatelle with bacon, ham and cream sauce). But don't be afraid to try one of the more innovative dishes, too. My mouth is watering just remembering L'Assiette Provencal, a delicious concoction of cold ratatouille, black olive tapenade and tzatziki on toasted pita offered as a starter but which could easily be extended to serve as an entrée. We'll definitely be back again.

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BistroBG
New England
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice to have on First Avenue- try the bar menu with $6 shrimp cocktail and crab cakes!

RL
vipRestaurantLover
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience2

It is a treat to have a very good restaurant in my neighborhood, which I can frequent whenever I want a good meal in a nearby restaurant.

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vipJess
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well done bistro classics. Unlimited mussels on Wednesday is a great deal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Dined here over the weekend and was pleased with most all of my experience. Dishes were mostly classic, well prepared and seasoned, great flavor, well priced. Foie App was a treat indeed, nothing fancy, but classic and luscious. It's nice to see classics executed well and presented in their boundaries rather than always re-engineered to the point they lose integrity. Wine list was small, but well selected and well priced. Space is nice, cozy, dim lit for ambiance but not so much you can't see the menu. Service style was more cafe paced, ie: seated with menus, water poured, then back 10-12 mins later to take the order. No fluff (also not overbearing) , but attentive when needed. Great bar area was available and seemed like the perfect place for a glass of wine and one of their signature apps if you didn't want the whole dinner experience. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our server was excellent, courteous but not overbearing, the host was welcoming and everything we tried was delicious. We ordered the escargot, French onion soup, pork chop and steak. I would highly recommend each dish and I will be back.

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vipmartini
New York Area
140 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood place with limited menu, but something for everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2015
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This small restaurant is quiet and pleasant, a nice place to meet a friend and have a conversation over good food. Everything I've ordered (soup, salads, beef, fish, duck) has been tasty. The desserts could be better.

RL
vipRestaurantLover
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2015
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The best test for the quality of a restaurant is how frequently one is willing to return.
I return to OpenTable frequently, and I always recommend it to my friends.

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vipFrenchsk8
New York Area
108 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2015
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bistro d'à côté is a favorite place for brunch with friends. We like the "hangover brunch" which allows us to eat a lighter meal for dinner. The service is always good and the food is prepared the way we order it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was professional and friendly great drink specials

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vipSunny
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2015
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Good ambiance, nice menu, lovely bar, enjoy the Euro music.

Unfortunately on our last visit we were seated next to a very loud, rowdy group and management refused to move us into the 2nd room, which was quieter. Still, I will return on another day, as I enjoy having this place in the neighborhood.

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Permanently Closed - Le Bistro D’à Côté offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 772-9200.

Permanently Closed - Le Bistro D’à Côté is rated 3.8 stars by 398 OpenTable diners.