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Petite Abeille - 20th Street

79 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly
  • Good for Groups

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Petite Abeille serves traditional French specialties in its bright and welcoming eatery, inspired by the rustic cafés found in the French countryside. Savory appetizer options include the mushroom tartine on charred sourdough, the roasted beet salad with goat cheese and the gruyere and parmesan cheese croquettes. Popular entrée items include the bonne maman mac and cheese with Black Forest ham, the North Sea bouillabaisse and the rich Flemish-style beef stew with veggies. Petite Abeille also has a variety of juicy burgers as well as daily specials. For a sweet end to your dining experience, try the decadent Callebaut chocolate mousse.

For satisfying French comfort food in an inviting setting, look no further than Petite Abeille.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Belgian, French
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Hours of operation

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 11:00am
Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - 4:00pm,
reduced menu between 4pm and 5pm
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
reduced menu between 4pm and 5pm
Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

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Phone number
(212) 727-1505
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jason Hicks
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Cross street
Corner of First Avenue
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Public transit
L train M 23 Bus
Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 79 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.6  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 17, 2014

We were celebrating some anniversary with my boyfriend at Petite Abeille at E20th street. Everything was absolutely fantastic, the service - amazing and food - great! The gem of the dinner was the chocolate mousse! If you go to this place, get the chocolate mousse!!

SPA2014 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on May 16, 2014

Finding a brunch location on a Friday isn't always easy. Petite Abeille is an interesting restaurant and I can safely say the waffles were light as air although somewhat chilly. Unfortunately one of the menu items wasn't available so one member of our party needed to find an alternate choice. The coffee was good. The restaurant was largely empty so we had good service. When caffeinated coffee was poured in my decaf cup, a new cup of decaf was promptly provided. The wait staff members were cordial and prompt.

vipLuis (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2014

Went back to Petite Abeille after a business meeting. Brought my staff with me. We all enjoyed the good food, fun atmosphere and good service. As usual, all food ordered was fantastic. Thanks for a great end to a long day!

CL389 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 20, 2014

The Pâte, mussels and chocolate mousse were excellent. They tasted like we were in a cafe in Bruges.

vipklunetta (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

Casual feel but world class food. Mussels are extraordinary.

SouthernBelle (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 21, 2014

I am thrilled to have Petite Abeille as a short walk from my apartment, where I can meet up with friends or take visitors and know we will have an enjoyable evening with good food and drink.

JiK4eva (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

I came here for lunch on Valentine's Day and was very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting the experience to be good, but it was great. My wife and I ordered two Belgian waffles and they were both very tasty (although a bit messy to share). I enjoyed the décor, the friendly atmosphere, and the outstanding service. It was nice to go at a quieter time (weekday late lunch) so that our server had time to tell us about the restaurant and the Belgian decorations.

viprmbpearson (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2013

I went there for the 1/2 price wine on Tuesday nights. Best deal, bar none! More than that, the noise was perfect for those of us who were out to have a leisure evening where we could talk without shouting.

Katherine (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on December 6, 2013

3 of us came here 5:30 on a rainy Friday night; the place was almost full ! The food was good, the prices reasonable, and the service attentive.

vipNJgrandma (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 9, 2013

This is a good neighborhood place. The steak frites was very good, mussels also very good and burger better than average. Lots of kids there at 6:30 so kind of noisy.

vipliketodine (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 27, 2013

A step from coffee shop, a Belgian bistro. Lots of beer, though expensive beer. Burgers and stews very good. Excellent fries. Always busy.

Chandrasendja (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 19, 2013

The overall dining experience was great! We had the mussels for entree and the pate for appetizer. They forgot our onion soup, so we asked them to cancel that order--they apologized, but if it were anyone with less of a good mood they would have had an irate customer. The proseco was lovely. The lovely waitress was attentive most times...i would go there again for the mussels.

vipsrk49 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 7, 2013

Quiet with about five tables taken. Omelette with side salad (nice mild dressing) and potato and waffle with strawberries and cream delicious. Would return.

john (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on September 13, 2013

Been to restuarant before, disappointed this time. Steak could have been better quality. Peach Melba dessert was very disappointing - canned peaches, melted ice cream, no almonds as indicated, and served with chocolate syrup.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 5, 2013

The dishes were unremarkable to just plain bad. The calamari had a nice light crispy batter but was tasteless and served with tartar sauce. The durade was bland while the mustard seasoning for the salmon was overbearing.
Their key dish, mussels, were tiny and tough. To top that off, the seasoning for Moules Marinières (white wine celery garlic) and Moules Grand-Mère (creamy beer sauce, bacon essence) were identical except for 6 bacon bits?! Nevermind that they should be different, the alcohol wasn't adequately reduced and it just was not tasty.
Lastly, the waffle in the Gaufre Banana Split dessert was hard and dense. I can't decide whether frozen waffles taste better but I know that I won't be returning to this establishment.

vipJoan (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2013

Enjoyed scrumptious salad at Petit Abeille, a most pleasant cafe. Tiny (silver dollar size) pancakes were a wonderful completion to a lovely meal. Tables are set outdoors on the sidewalk. Many of the indoor tables share the ambiance of a sunny afternoon. Many Belgian specialities on the menu.

Dontcaretogive1 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 19, 2013

you can always count on great food

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 18, 2013

Delicious Belgian fare. Phenomenal mussles and frites paired perfectly with their selection of beer or wine.

justmyopinion (Dallas)
4.0  Dined on May 14, 2013

We went with a group of 7 (most friends/family visiting the city and they loved the place). Table was ready on time. Food and ambience were excellent. Service was good. Recommended: cheese croquettes and any mussels. Great beer selection.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 11, 2013

The mussels were good, the french fries were good, and on the multiple occasions we've been here, everything's been good. Except the beer. The beer is GREAT. My favorite style of beer is Belgian, and this place has a solid selection of beers along that line.