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Permanently Closed - Le Philosophe

389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Classic French farm to table bistro located on charming cobbled stoned Bond street, we offer the best of old school french fares with a modern twist.

We cater a great variety of exquisite French wines for our wine enthusiasts.

A la prochaine!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm;

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm,

Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00am
Monday's Closed
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Phone number
(212) 388-0038
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Aita
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Private party facilities
Our private dining room located into our wine cellar features one unique chef table that can seat up to 18 persons. Prix fixe dining options available upon request.
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Private party contact
Gilles - Manager: (212) 388-0038
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Cross street
Lafayette and Bowery
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Public transit
Bleecker St (6)
Broadway - Lafayette St (B, D, F, M)
2 Av (F)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on January 9, 2016

It was a dinner for my boyfriend's mother... They worked hard to make it a great dining experience. Plus the food was amazing.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on January 5, 2016

So there's a great menu on the wall of everything that you would want to eat - Roast Chicken, Steak Frites, etc. Except none of it is available. Not only is that stupid, it's disappointing. TO be 100% fair, the food we ordered was good, but it wasn't what we wanted to eat.

Why can't a restaurant have roast chicken? It's easy and someone in every party wants it.

I'll be back when there is a more widely pleasing menu, or they paint over the walls.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on December 11, 2015

Excellent food and service. We'll go again when in that part of the city.

Edwin (New York Area)
Dined on December 4, 2015

We are very happy to finally be able to drive his highly touted restaurant. Unfortunately it does not live up to its reputation.Tthe bartender had trouble making a perfect Manhattan and after two tries we called it quits
The roasted Bone Marrow was excellent but the Frog Legs / hen of the woods, sunchoke, watercress, garlic was very disappointing. You could not tell that you were eating frogs legs or anything else.
Blanquette de Veau was overcooked and somewhat tasteless.Lobster Thermidor / mustard jus, Brussels sprouts, lardons is very rarely seen on any menus today and was prepared very nicely.
Profiteroles / caramel ice cream, hazelnuts, chocolate sauce Very mediocre as was the two cappuccinos.
With tip the cost was $183. This restaurant is too inconsistent and certainly too expensive for the food served

vipTabis (New York Area)
Dined on November 28, 2015

Every dishes taste good and nice service, especially Duck a L'orange is exquisite roast. The best duck I have ever had. The combination with turnip likes some Japanese cuisine (Japanese traditional dish, Jibini), mild and comfort taste. Thank you!

vipainLA (New York Area)
Dined on November 25, 2015

I love this place. It has a great atmosphere and really wonderful food. Also, the country bread they bake there is amazing!

David (New York Area)
Dined on November 14, 2015

I have eaten here a few times. I like it. The establishment cares about the food and it is a reasonable size. Therefore there does not have to be the clinical precision of cooking identically sized pieces of food and placing it on to plates at X degrees because they know that in the 4.45 minutes the food takes to get to the table it will continue took by...... you get it. So eat here and enjoy. Always great oysters

vipJDNoho (New York Area)
Dined on November 4, 2015

The food was exceptional, the appetizer was delicious but the best was the duck, always the best.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
Dined on October 18, 2015

this has been one of our go-to places in the neighborhood since they opened and the food has always been excellent. not last night. we both got pasta which was undercooked and served and something i can only descried as a glop of mushroom sauce. we just let it go and moved on to desert as we've always loved the profiteroles. they were stale.

the topping on the night was overhearing the chef tell one of the waiters that if one of the customers didn't like the food "she could just leave the f*$@!ing restaurant." a direct quote.

vipNkco (New York Area)
Dined on October 17, 2015

We had a reservation on Saturday night. The place was full, they couldn't seat us at a table, so we sat at the bar. The bartenders were too busy to speak to us for at least 15 minutes, and then we had to grab their attention to get a drink. Getting the menu was another ordeal.
I ordered 2 appetizers which were terrible and were not at all what was described on the menu. The seasonal salad was essentially only beets, 2 pickled mushrooms, 3 sprigs of frisee, and all on one side of the plate. I had to ask for some greens.
The roasted squash with duck prociutto was equally horrible: 3 lumps of tasteless pureed squash, with overly salty duck bacon stuck on top. Half the plate was empty, no other garnish.
The meat entrees on other tables looked well prepared, so I'm guessing that's what they know how to cook. So if you don't want to order a steak, blanquette de veau or tournedos, don't eat here.