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L'Ecole- Restaurant of the International Culinary Center

4.1
4.1
3871 Reviews
$31 to $50
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Behind every meal at L’Ecole is the passion and dedication of a team of exceptional Chef-Instructors and students from every corner of the school. As a true collaboration between the Culinary, Pastry, and Bread departments at The French Culinary Institute, L’Ecole is where the skills and training of our students shine through in thoughtfully prepared and elegantly presented dishes created with the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients.

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Menu

Appetizers

  • Smoked Salmon

    Mini Bagel, Cream Cheese, Tomatoes, Capers, Red Onion

    • Spinach Fettuccine with Duck Ragù

      Tomato Jam, Carrots

      • French Onion Soup

        Gruyère Cheese

        • Red Leaf Lettuce Salad

          with Pickled Cherry Tomatoes, Haricots Verts, Cucumber, ButtermilkDressing,BleuCheese

          • Fresh Fruit Plate

            Seasonal Selection

            Entrees

            • Brioche French Toast

              Fresh Cream, Berries, Patterson Farm Maple Syrup

              • Classic Eggs Benedict

                Canadian Bacon, Hollandaise , Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

                • Smoked Salmon Benedict

                  Dill Hollandaise, Mixed Greens, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

                  • L'Ecole Omelet

                    Mixed Greens, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

                    • Duck Confit-Potato Hash

                      with Eggs Any Style

                      • Turkey B.L.T.

                        HouseRoasted Turkey Breast, MaplePepper Bacon, Avocado, Chipotle Mayo, French Fries

                        • L'Ecole Burger

                          Pat LaFrieda Black Angus Blend, Gruyère, BBQ Sauce, Béarnaise, Russet Potato French Fries

                          • Steak Frites

                            Sliced Hangar Steak, Sautéed Spinach, French Fries, Sauce Béarnaise $5 supplement when included in prix fixe

                            Sides

                            • Maple-Pepper or Canadian Bacon$5.00

                              • Sautéed Spinach$5.00

                                • Roasted Fingerling Potatoes$5.00

                                  • French Fries$5.00

                                    Dessert

                                    • Crème Brûlée$8.00

                                      Le Cirque Style

                                      • Fresh Fruit Plate$8.00

                                        Crème Chantilly

                                        • Tart du Jour$8.00

                                          Seasonal Selection

                                          • Classic Profiteroles$8.00

                                            Vanilla Ice Cream, Warm Chocolate Sauce

                                            Last updated: April 24, 2019

                                            What 3,871 people are saying

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                                            4.1
                                            4.1 based on all time ratings
                                            • 4.2Food
                                            • 4.1Service
                                            • 3.9Ambience

                                            NoiseModerate

                                            90% of people would recommend it to a friend

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                                            1. T

                                              Travelready

                                              New York Area

                                              12 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on November 4, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The food, service and ambiance at L'école were outstanding. I have dined there several times in the past and have always received outstanding service. I have sampled many things on the menu. This time, my appetizer was the warm petatou with goat cheese brulée. My entree was the pan-roasted grouper with spiced lobster consommé, sautéed dandelion greens and yukon gold potatoes and my dessert was the assorted ice cream and sorbet (three chef's selections. ) My companion had the fresh chopped salad, Julia Child's Roast Chicken and the creme brulée for dessert. We loved everything. The food was beautifully prepared and presented. The service was friendly and not rushed (we were at the early dinner), and the background music was very relaxing. Although the restaurant is closing on November7, (rising rents) I hope that it was find a new location very soon. I will definitely dine there again.

                                            2. D

                                              David

                                              New York Area

                                              18 reviews

                                              2.0

                                              18 reviews

                                              Dined on November 3, 2015

                                              overall2food2service1ambience2

                                              Service was depressing, the drinks took a long time to arrive, and the food was lackluster. I guess given L'ecole was closing in a few days - I was expecting it to go out with a bang and not a whimper.

                                            3. b

                                              blynbug

                                              New York Area

                                              9 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              9 reviews

                                              Dined on November 3, 2015

                                              overall3food3service2ambience3

                                              Unfortunately the meal was not as fantastic as it was just a few weeks prior when I was w/family and the food & service were excellent. On this occasion when I was w/friends, the food was ok to good at best and not so great but edible at worst. I had never seen a French onion soup that was blackened before! Service was not so attentive-emptied cocktail glasses were never cleared and we were never asked if we wanted another drink. Knowing the restaurant was sadly closing in a few days it was as though some staff had already left- at least mentally. It was disappointing to end our experience of L'Ecole on such a lackluster meal. But the restaurant will always be dear to us as FCI/ICC alum.

                                            4. J

                                              Joseph

                                              New York Area

                                              14 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              14 reviews

                                              Dined on November 3, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              To bad that the restaurant is closed now. The food was good and the service was excellent.

                                            5. n

                                              nycdiner

                                              Raleigh

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on November 3, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Every time we visit this restaurant, the service and food are excellent! It never disappoints...great value! One of my favorite NYC restaurants.

                                            6. A

                                              Artist4life

                                              New York Area

                                              11 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              11 reviews

                                              Dined on November 2, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The best bang for your buck in NYC. I am heartbroken they are closing.

                                            7. EX

                                              EXFCI

                                              New York Area

                                              17 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              17 reviews

                                              Dined on October 31, 2015

                                              overall5food4service4ambience4

                                              It's not easy to say good bye to an old friend. The staff, as expertly supervised by Arthur, was gracious, the food carefully prepared and presented. We will miss this gem.

                                            8. LF

                                              LaFleur

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 31, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              This is my favorite restaurant in the world. I've been dining at L'Ecole since 1995 and have enjoyed it every time. The food, service, and ambience are second to none.

                                            9. A

                                              Alan

                                              Washington DC

                                              46 reviews

                                              vip
                                              2.0

                                              46 reviews

                                              Dined on October 30, 2015

                                              overall2food2service3ambience3

                                              Nice restaurants. Staff needs more learning. Only 2 of the cocktail specials were available! Food is meh...potato/goat cheese looks nice with no flavor. Duck was good but swimming in wine reduction sauce. Hamburger looked great but over cooked with crispy burned edges. Grouped was over salted and flavor over powered with the soy and fish sauces used. Fries...crunchy but dry and hard. Chocolate cake was good. We have been planning on trying I'Ecole for some time but were totally disappointed. Veni, comedi, destituta!

                                            10. j

                                              jane

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on October 30, 2015

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              We so want you to find another place where you can keep on serving your delicious food and wine.

                                            11. J

                                              Joolieblue

                                              Dallas

                                              4 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              4 reviews

                                              Dined on October 30, 2015

                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                              Absolutely marvelous dining experience. We loved everything except the dessert. Oh well! To die for Chicken dish channeled from Julia Child, amazing cocktail, and fabulous apps. The wine pour was a little on the short side, but we would definitely come back. This restaurant will be missed.

                                            12. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              73 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              73 reviews

                                              Dined on October 30, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              My friend and I did enjoy our dinner at L'Ecole and will miss this restaurant so much!!! Wish they will keep their business at the different location :( Thank you very much for serving great food and service in SoHo!!!!

                                            13. TM

                                              TheManTheLegend

                                              New York Area

                                              24 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              24 reviews

                                              Dined on October 23, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We will truly miss this gem of New York's culinary experience. Had to be there for the final days.

                                            14. WA

                                              WALLYWU

                                              Washington DC

                                              52 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              52 reviews

                                              Dined on October 23, 2015

                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                              On my periodic visits to NYC from VA make it a point to catch dinner at this legendary estalbishment. You can imagine my shock and dismay last week when I was told by my waiter that they're closing shop on Nov 5th due to losing their lease! Fortunately, the cooking school will remain to turn out future star chefs. So, hurry up and catch their last performance before the lights go out!

                                            15. CM

                                              CharlesM

                                              Washington DC

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on October 22, 2015

                                              overall4food4service3ambience3

                                              We love l'ecole. It's a five-star experience for a very reasonable price. Don't close!!

                                            16. J

                                              Jboogie511

                                              New York Area

                                              13 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              13 reviews

                                              Dined on October 21, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Amazing food and great service. Extremely sad to see L'ecole close!

                                            17. G

                                              Great

                                              New York Area

                                              24 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              24 reviews

                                              Dined on October 17, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              I recommend this restaurant, good food and super service!!!

                                            18. R

                                              Roberto

                                              San Francisco

                                              3 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              3 reviews

                                              Dined on October 16, 2015

                                              overall4food4service4ambience5

                                              I already knew it and as always it was a great evening; I really appreciate every single detail and the food is a great experience. Even if you go there alone, as this time happened to me, you can spend a wonderful evening.

                                            19. M

                                              Maredelamer

                                              New England

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 15, 2015

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              Great but shutting down No longer has excellent Beef Burgundy- Which was about the best you'd ever have But does have Great French onion soup Awesome for the price!!

                                            20. T

                                              Trude

                                              New York Area

                                              16 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              16 reviews

                                              Dined on October 13, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              Having previously eaten here a number of times, our "birthday group" felt it was only fitting to say goodbye before the dining room closes for good--what a shame! Once again everything was as we expected, only more so. As always, the menu choices were interesting and enjoyable; the service was excellent, and our waiter, David, the very best. He was helpful, knowledgeable, patient, and remarkably kind. I can't say enough good things about him, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors. I am so sorry that L'Ecole is closing its dining room after so very many years in the service of its students and is diners. We will miss you.

                                            21. JM

                                              JustMyThoughts

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on October 10, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              After many visits, still fantastic. Love the food!

                                            22. TT

                                              TribecaTommy

                                              New York Area

                                              38 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              38 reviews

                                              Dined on October 8, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Really nice experience and excellent value. We were three people and tried several dishes. I had a really nice foie gras (cold) --no additional charge!-- hanger steak and a caramel tres leches type of dessert. All for $32. My guests had potato goat cheese salad type thing and octopus for appetizers, snapper and tofu for main course, chocolate mousse cake and a semifreddo with dark chocolate sauce for dessert. All really good. Service was lovely.

                                            23. I

                                              Inmymemory

                                              New York Area

                                              12 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on October 7, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              The staff are excellent, expecially Kristine, the hostess who ensured we were in and out as needed- a few requests bc of a birthday, and she simply took care of everything. The food was very good and flavorful. Thank you

                                            24. j

                                              jason

                                              New York Area

                                              154 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              154 reviews

                                              Dined on October 6, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              We finally got our oldest friends to accompany us at our latest visit to L'Ecole. They were as enthralled as we have been in our many visits to this wonderful restaurant. It is more remarkable than others because it is staffed by students, very talented and gregarious students. The food has been consistently outstanding and this last visit was no exception. Each course was beautifully served, presented, and prepared. We had a snapper, a grouper in lobster sauce, and duck leg ragu, each spectacularly good. We will miss L'Ecole as it is losing its lease on the restaurant space. Better hurry if you want to try it. It is also quite reasonable for the quality of the food and wine. My friends also commented on the quality of the Manhattans they had before dinner. We hope that we can make it back one more time.

                                            25. S

                                              Sophililou

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 6, 2015

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              All the waiters was very nice and carefully and the food was vey very good. French observation : the bread was delicious. So I highly recommend this restaurant.

                                            26. P

                                              Pierre

                                              Montreal

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on October 3, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              I went to L'Ecole with my parents and we all loved the food. We received an amazing service. It was a great night.

                                            27. CN

                                              CharlesN

                                              Washington DC

                                              26 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              26 reviews

                                              Dined on October 3, 2015

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              L"Ecole was a great choice when we visited New York for a 50th Birthday celebration, the noise level was a little high but overall everything was great. Sorry to hear the restaurant will be closing because we would certainly go back .

                                            28. CB

                                              ColinB

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              4.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 2, 2015

                                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                                              We came for a small birthday dinner. Did not do the wine pairings but the wine list is great and we had some super Pinot Noir. Food and service were both excellent but the restaurant itself leaves much to be desired. Horrible chairs and carpets. I would say come for the food but close your eyes to the decor!

                                            29. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on October 2, 2015

                                              overall3food2service3ambience4

                                              I first came there 8 years ago and clearly I was disappointed for my second visit there. Quantity is equal to a french gastronomic restaurant but quality is below. Maybe it's due to the fact that restaurant is closing soon. There is still few weeks to run for this restaurant but clearly the spirit of the place (a chef cooking school) is already gone.

                                            30. r

                                              riderc

                                              New York Area

                                              7 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              7 reviews

                                              Dined on October 2, 2015

                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                              We're sorry L'Ecole is closing; it was a great, affordable place for really interesting food.

                                            31. FG

                                              Foodie78G

                                              New York Area

                                              130 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              130 reviews

                                              Dined on September 30, 2015

                                              overall3food3service4ambience3

                                              They are closing in November 2015. The choices on the menu have been reduced drastically. The appetizers were so-so. The entrees are still very good. The desserts were ok. Lecole has lost its former glory. Sorry to see them go. But they should go out with a bang instead of a whimper,

                                            32. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              5 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              5 reviews

                                              Dined on September 23, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              Favorite restaurant in NYC.

                                            33. A

                                              Ali26

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on September 22, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                              This place will be surely missed. I was told that it will be closing down in November due to an increase of the rent which will be to high to deal with :( ( it probably will be the site for another shoe shop ) :(((

                                            34. m

                                              mikibdn

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              3.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on September 21, 2015

                                              overall3food3service5ambience3

                                              we were a couple dining lunch. first of all, service was great. food not so much. my portion - a trout - was small. tasted OK nothing more. my wife said her duck was OK. even we took two courses without desert, our great waiter brought us samples. they were great. and coming to the bill - too expansive for just OK meal.

                                            35. AB

                                              AndreaB

                                              New York Area

                                              25 reviews

                                              vip
                                              5.0

                                              25 reviews

                                              Dined on September 19, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              As always the dinner at L'Ecole was a very enjoyable evening. There is nothing not is not right from the service to the delicious meal. Very upset and sorry that this terrific restaurant is closing.

                                            36. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              1 review

                                              5.0

                                              1 review

                                              Dined on September 15, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                              My wife and I love coming here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The staff is very knowledgeable and the dining experience is fantastic. We chose to have lunch because the menu was more diverse. Let me begin with the bread. I have not had better bread anywhere else. Normally you get a baguette for the road home. We got a second loaf of bread. The bread is so good, you want to take classes to make bread this good. Okay, now for lunch. My wife chose the calamari and I had the french onion soup to start. The soup was amazing and the calamari was very tasty. I ordered the Arctic Char and the Hangar Steak for surf and turf. The Char was a bit oily but tasty with a nice crispy skin for the fish. The previous time, they had Skate which was very nice. I was informed that they prepared the Char in the same way. The hanger steak was very tender and had a great flavor. My wife enjoyed the Red Snapper. It was seasoned well and very flaky. Dessert was nice, but the bonus cake for our anniversary was so very nice. We weren't the only one at the restaurant celebrating. It's such a shame they will be closed by November. We will be visiting again before they do so. I would recommend that you do too.

                                            37. OT

                                              OpenTable Diner

                                              New York Area

                                              2 reviews

                                              5.0

                                              2 reviews

                                              Dined on September 14, 2015

                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                              What can I say, the food was out of this world. The quality of the ingredients and talent of chefs shone through each dish. Highly recommended if you what high end food at low end prices, unbelievable value. A find gem of a dining experience. Wish we had a restaurant as good as this one back home.

                                            38. H

                                              Hard2please

                                              New York Area

                                              159 reviews

                                              vip
                                              4.0

                                              159 reviews

                                              Dined on September 14, 2015

                                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                                              We have been patronizing this restaurant for about two decades. Some of our meals were better than others, but we never had a bad one. CIA made special efforts in serving fresh products, making sure their customers were well treated and also having fresh flowers on the tables, etc. We are sorry to know that CIA is closing the restaurant part of their business due to forthcoming rent increases. Thank you CIA for all the good lunches and dinners you served during all these years.

                                            39. SY

                                              SYUSYA

                                              New York Area

                                              12 reviews

                                              4.0

                                              12 reviews

                                              Dined on September 12, 2015

                                              overall4food3service3ambience2

                                              The restaurant experience was pleasant and the students from the school do a good job overall to put out good food quickly and run a tasty restaurant. I am not sure how frequently the chef and menus change. Our menu was a bit eclectic with various types of cuisine represented. Overall everything was well prepared and plated reasonably but it was not inventive nor exceptional in any way. Just another decent restaurant. The price point is not unreasonable. Nothing to write home about but also can't really go wrong with attending.

                                            40. BF

                                              BrendaF

                                              New York Area

                                              20 reviews

                                              vip
                                              3.0

                                              20 reviews

                                              Dined on September 10, 2015

                                              overall3food3service5ambience2

                                              The appetizers and main courses were really good, but the dessert was barely okay. The place lacked ambiance and personality. Service, though, was amazing and on point! We were really excited about the place and it was a good dinner, but atmosphere is very important for us so we probably won't go back.

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