Even among the plethora of dining options in New York City, Les Halles on Park Avenue stands out from the rest. The rich mahogany, warm colors and French decor match beautifully with this Parisian brasserie-style restaurant. This restaurant is known for two things. The first are Les Halles' cuts of meat. French butchering and wet aging make the meat delicious and tender. The second are the award-winning French fries.
The menu at Les Halles is extensive, pleasing most anyone's palate whether it's for lunch or dinner. Opt for a signature steak such as the faux-filet Bercy, or branch out and try coq au vin, rooster cooked in wine and bacon. Pair the meal with a selection of vintage wine and finish with a tarte, flambée or sorbet.
If what you know of Anthony Bourdain is entirely based on No Reservations, you might expect that a restaurant under his watch would be all about ethnic food, random animal parts, and booze (which would actually be amazing). But Les Halles is a straightforward French bistro, and it's all about the steaks and the fries.
As always - consistently good food!!!
This is my second time dining at Les Halles. Certainly the first time I went was because of Anthony Bourdain's connection; but I went back a second time for the cassoulet which was delicious. This is a matter of fact French bistro. The seating and the service were quick and professional.
I thought the service rushed our meal a little bit. The appetizers came to our table within 5 minutes of ordering. Other than the rushed service, the food was quite good.
Food was wonderful as always. Service was horrible, which I cringe to actually write. It just is a shame that such an amazing and famous restaurant would have such frazzled and disorganized servers. When I go out to dinner I want a server who will be confident and get it done. I had to demand that are order be taken for each course, drinks, I even had to ask for water after having stared at my empty water glass for an hour. Really, unacceptable. I hope this gets fixed because it is truly a beautiful dining experience otherwise.
I picked this restaurant on a whim for my belated birthday dinner with my boyfriend, and was pleased for the most part. The food was excellent... I had the duck breast with pomegranate sauce, my boyfriend had the steak au poivre. However, our server was extremely slow in getting us drinks, taking our orders, and asking if we needed anything else. We had to ask the busboy and/or the manager for things like water, the dessert menu, and the check.
Other than that, we would both definitely go back there for the food.
Definitely not what I was expecting from an Anthony Bourdain restaurant. The food was underwhelming and the staff was inattentive. Nothing about this place would make me want to go back.
Had reservations for 2 at 7:30 and noted that it was our 40th anniversary and the only 2 tables available were a too small table outside or one at the entrance to the restrooms under the airconditioning. But the cassoulet was the best I've had outside of France and made it all worth it. We'll go again, but not at 7:30.
Try the Oustanding Onion Soup and broiled Lamb Chops.
Relaxed atmosphere that make it a great place to dine after a Yankee game.
We were very satisfied and for a brief moment we tought we were in Paris. Food we very good, ambience wonderful and we would go back if ever in New York.
Like many people, I had expectations of Les Halles based on being a fan of Anthony Bourdain and also being partial to French Bistros. I wish I could say my expectations were met. The one very positive thing I can say is that my steak was done to perfection (I don't get the people who order well-done and then complain about it. Have you read Kitchen Confidential?). Other than that, the service was a joke, worse than a joke really. I cold elaborate, but I am running short on available characters. Suffice it to say that overall it was just an okay dining experience.
The room was hot, apparently the air conditioning was not working properly. Also the music was very loud and not appropriate for a French restaurant.
We made a special point to visit Les Halles on our trip to NY because of its connection to Anthony Bourdain. We were pleased with the taste of the food!! The wait service began slowly, in that at first we were kind of ignored, and our table was an ok location considering that we made the reservation a month in advance. But, once the meal got going, the service was excellent!
It was a nice occasion for us to visit the restaurant. The food was very good, as well as the service. We made a reservation from Argentina several days ago, without a problem.
For us, the only problem was the noise ofthe music. Too loud!!
Very very very good food, not too expensive, very loud atmosphere, but a really fun place if you don't mind noise.
The only problem I have with this lovely Park Ave So. French Bistro is they don't believe in Air Conditioning in mid August - it was a steam bath! The ladies room wasn't clean either ...
Food and wine were great but was spoiled by the above!
The food was incredible, the decor was Parisian-funky, and their wine list was well-edited. However, we had the single bad server in the restaurant - a thirteen minute wait just for her to ask what type of water we would like, and another five for her to bring it over. Then she tried to argue with me about the details of my choice of wine, because she didn't know the wine list. Then she had to come back to ask again what our appetizer was. Luckily, the escargots, mixed grill, and blood sausage more than made up for her fumbling.
My reservation was at 7:30 and my fiance and I got there at 7:15 wishing they could give me a table earlier, but of course they did not and they waited until i asked again and gave me the empty table that was empty since i arrived. I was hoping to eat fios gras so i ordered it for appetizer. When the waiter came, he had to let my fiance to put the dish on the table instead of serving. That was totally unprofessional. We were hoping to enjoy a dinner at a romantic French restaurant which we did not. The food itself was warm, not hot. I felt like i was eating something from microwave. The service was pretty bad and the environment was hot in the restaurant (it was around 90 degrees out!) Overall it was a pretty bad experience in a French rest
Les Halles is consistently excellent and that's why we dine there almost every time we're in New York. This is a French restaurant for meat lovers, with a focus on steaks. You can't go wrong with the steak frites or, better yet, the somewhat misnamed "fitness plate" which features a 6 oz. steak, small portion of french fries, and a variety of perfectly-cooked vegetables. Appetizers are always outstanding. I recommend the mushrooms and salsify in puff pastry or the brie with honey. Desserts are impeccable. Only criticism is the noise level, which consists of loudly played electronic dance music most of the time. But that's a small price to pay for an experience that overall is highly enjoyable.
Les Halles is a good, solid restaurant. It's not cutting edge but does traditional French fair very well. Service was also good and we didn't have a problem getting in on a Saturday night, albeit a little on the early side. It was priced reasonably for what it is, with most entrees between $20-$30. Apps and dessert were in the $8-$10 range.
This was my second time here...the food was just as enjoyable as the first time...arrived hot, well seasoned and cooked properly. Another guest in our party ordered the onion soup...a bit of a disappointment, as there was not the typical covering of cheese on top...just a sparse "flavoring" of cheese...au gratin. The soup flavor,however, was tasty...just not what we expected.
We enjoyed Les Halles. We are fans of Steak Tartare and escargot as well. We enjoyed the evening very much.
Roger D. Sack
The food was very good. Had the classic steak frites and it was delish. The problem with the place was the a/c. Or lack there of. It was so hot that day and I was looking forward to dining in a/c but either there's wasn't working or they didn't have it on high enough. It's a crowded place and a/c is needed.
The service was right on the money - very attentive wait staff and our water glasses were never less than half full. The food was unforgettibly, unmistakenly spot on some of the best French brasserie food I've ever had (both here and in France). Quite frankly, I didn't expect much as a celebrity/well televised restaurant but it far exceeded my expectations.
We had a very nice meal but under estimated the amount of noise! It was very noisy and we were there for a romantic anniversary dinner, couldn't hear each other whispering sweet nothings over the (small) table - of course after 18 years I assume my husband is still muttering sweet nothings. The service was o.k - the Hostess had a bit of an attitude when seating us. Nothing special. The cream brulee was great and the mains and apps fine.
I've been to both locations in New York as well as the one in D.C. and the food is consistently wonderful. I tried escagots for the first time at the Park Avenue location and they were amazing. Great wine list. Great ambiance. Very courteous and efficient staff - the restaurant was busy when we went, but our water was always full and people kept checking to make sure we had everything we wanted.
The meal was fantastic. I took two teenagers with me and they LOVED their tenderloin and pomme frites. Would definitely return for another delicious meal.
I always enjoy eating at Les Halles. Plus the prices are great!
we very much enjoyed our experience - the food was exactly as anticipated, fabulous, the staff was professional, cheery and aware of customer needs. very well run establishment. would have gone back the next evening but had plans! will see them soon no doubt and will recommend.
Saw Anthony Bourdain's Show episode where he works "the line" at his old restaurant, Les Halles. So when in NY decided to try it; food was great. I had the Steak Au Poivre and it was sumptious. The frites (fries) were delicious. Very reasonable prices for NY. Will definitely go back next time in NY.
Food was excellent. Service was great. Staff was friendly. I will definitely be back.
Classic French Bistro. always great food and service. One of our favorite places to take out-of-town guests for a "celebrity chef" experience.
The only reason I dipped the service down one peg was that our first server who brought us our drinks and our appetizers and took our order was terrible. He never introduced himself until we asked what his name was, and he had no energy and was not attentive at all. We saw Magda, our server from a previous time we had eaten here, and when she came over to ask us if we wanted an ice bucket for our white wine (which our server did not) I told her we were so sad she was not our server tonight. She was impressed that we remembered her, and suddenly she was our server and she saved our night! Was on top of everything and skillfully executed a crepe suzette tableside for dessert. Food, as always, fantastique. Request Magda, you will love her!
The best French meal I've eaten next to being in France. Excellent homemade country pate, wonderful Moules in white wine, crispy frites and a light and flaky quiche. I highly recommend Les Halles to everyone who wants to enjoy a fabulous French meal. Chef Anthony Bourdain did not disappoint!
Being an Anthony Bourdain fan, I had high expectations. The meal far surpassed what I was hoping for, the wait staff was outstanding and is what all others should be compared to.
Five Stars all around and I plan on revisiting their many more times. You can't beat the fact it is a 5 star meal with a come as you are atmosphere.
Food was good, well prepared and well presented. Not particularly memorable. No stand-out dishes.
Yummy! A good place to go to after watching Julie and Julia, which my friends and I did.
The food, as usual, was excellent...though the size of the steaks seem to have grown smaller in proportion to the economy....what a pity and disservice to the customers. The noise level is atrocious, so despite the good food, I won't be back....
the food was great, and although it may have been a bit loud for some at our party of 6, i found it exciting to eat in that kind of atmosphere! just too bad i couldn't meet anthony!!!
Went for the mussels and was not disappointed!
Great Food, Great Ambiance! The owner, Philippe has done a great job with the restaurant.