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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)
5.0  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)
1.0  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)
4.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

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

Edwin (New York Area)
2.0  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)
5.0  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)
5.0  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!

vipDavid (Birmingham)
4.0  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)
5.0  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)
2.0  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)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 17, 2015

Wonderful food, terrific ambiance, and stellar service! Highly recommend!

vipKylie (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

I'd heard great things about this restaurant and was excited to give it a try. We decided to get the tasting menu with the cocktail pairing so we could try more dishes. The cocktails were great, but every plate we had was just OK and left me wishing I'd skipped the tasting menu and ordered a regular entree (which did look delicious from what I saw people around me eating). Surprising since I would think the tasting menu would be some of the best the restaurant has to offer.

viptresch1c (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

Over the years, this place has gotten busier and busier but the quality has not changed. Still amazing, in every sense of the word.

vipPlumbster (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

We went for the $50 prix fixe menu, which was a mixed bag. The first course promised to be beignets with fois gras and apple gelee - the former were good but the dish featured a large ice cream-like mass which the waiter said was a deconstructed fois gras. Too sweet. Then a duck egg, which was interesting but different members of our party got uneven levels of runniness. The fish, an arctic char, was delicious, as was the main course, lamb. The dessert was very forgettable. No restaurant in Paris would have ever served something that mediocre for dessert (chocolate chip Madeleine with ice cream). It's a pleasant restaurant and decent for the money, but just good, not excellent.

vipReviewer924 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

When Le Philosophe arrived on the scene a few years ago, it was a welcome addition to the dining options in the Village, not least because of its outstanding (and reasonably priced) wine list and its solid bistro fare. Alas, the shine has come off. On a recent visit, service was slapdash and the kitchen was stretched despite the restaurant only being half full. To illustrate, waiters were busy all evening chatting with each other at the bar rather than taking orders, delivering bottles to tables, or looking after customers; the wait between courses stretched to nearly an hour; and the food was bland and insipid. (We particularly regret ordering the frog legs, which were most likely cooked from frozen rather than fresh and tasted like protein mush of undecipherable origin.) The one redeeming feature remains the wine list. Maybe Le Philosophe should turn itself into a wine bar. For food and service, give this one a miss.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2015

Food seemed promising and it had delicious moments but overall was nothing i would go back to

Sophie (New England)
5.0  Dined on October 5, 2015

Le Philosophe was a great find. The food was very good, nice atmosphere and the service was excellent.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2015

Sassy and funny waiter, was great when we were talking to him but took forever to get our check. The food however was phenomenal. I had the Blanquette de Veau and my friend had the Coq au Vin. Wonderful! We were stuffed so unfortunately did not try the desserts, which sounded so good!! Will have to come back w more people to try more plates.

TomD (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2015

We enjoyed our Sunday dinner. The restaurant wasn't crowded, so the atmosphere both charming and quiet.
The menu was interesting and adventurous but had very limited options for vegetarian diners.
The service was standout. Attentive, pleasant and they really knew the menu and how to describe the various dishes. I got the sense the staff really wanted us to have a really great meal and enjoy birthday celebration.

vipDanD (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

After and inauspicious start in getting seated, the food and service were excellent. Fun vibrant atmosphere added to the experience. I would definitely return.