Permanently Closed - Bistro Pierre Lapin

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$31 to $50
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This restaurant is permanently closed. French Bistro in the heart of the West Village serving seasonally inspired Bistro cuisine!
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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vipTomas
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food5service4ambience3

What a joke. Opentable sends reminders and survey requests even though restaurant shut down.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Closed!!!!

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vipCM14
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

In chrono order, greeter/server was overly informal in both appearance and demeanor for a resto with an otherwise very pleasant ambiance. Very attractive decor, set-up and floor plan, with high ceilings, nice separation between tables, booths, etc. Bar area, windows and mirrors a plus. "Classic" items noted on mirrors difficult to interpret at first, written entirely in lower case and irregularly spaced. Relatively loud, given the number of occupants, but nice to be among people having a good time and have experience far louder. Service was attentive, at times perhaps overly so. Waitperson extremely pleasant, but difficult to understand, in larger part due to background noise. Salads, bread and desert extremely good. Coq au vin fabulous. Other dishes creditable. Course separation fine, though had to initiate requests for desert menu and coffee. Am planning to return.

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vipBafiv
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable authentic French food. Pate and the steak au poivre were some of the best I’ve ever had, if not the best. Pricey bottle list - recommend going by the glass, had a delicious wine and generous pours!

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ClaireB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was really great. The food is excellent and I love that they have like 10 specials - so much to choose from

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vipBafiv
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best! Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was FABULOUS!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal there! Would recommend as a lovely neighborhood restaurant

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JoanS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's wonderful classic French food, beautifully done. My friend wanted to share oefs en gelee--who eats that any more?--and I was reminded of how perfect that can be. The fish in butter sauce was also great--the French really understand butter.
And quiet. Great service--we had a really nice evening.

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DanaC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant. Definitely one of our favorites. It is a hidden jewel. You may pass it by without noticing it. This is a MUST try. Everything was perfect. From the attentive wonderful young lady who greeted us, to the drinks and menu presentation, everything was flawless.We tried many dishes and all were wonderful. The escargots, foie gras, summer salad, duck confit are superb.We had the merengue cake with passion fruit mousse - absoltely divine ! And the cocktails - especially the old fashioned and the grapefruit cocktail - am hard pressed to remember many that came close in terms of taste and fortunate mix of textures and sophistication. All in all it was a PERFECT EVENING. Highly recommend the place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Harold, The chef is the owner. This shows in the food and the service. Julia the manager was great. You can’t go wrong with a place that makes its own bread AND butter!! Highly recommend

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NanaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! We’ll come back soon for sure!

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RomeQ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for a birthday dinner and enjoyed a surprisingly stunning meal. The specials menu of French classic recipes not seen anymore in NYC restaurants was very refreshing, and the presentation and execution of all our courses was fantastic; for example: oeuf en gelee! Really-who does that anymore?! It was a beautiful early summer evening and the light of the setting sun set off the charming dining room in just the right way so this was a gorgeous setting for a very memorable meal.

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vipSeanoNYC
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first visit and looked forward to returning to the old Paris Commune spot. It's amazing. The food is really out of this world... Cheese souffle... Frog legs... Black bass... Coq au Vin.... Coconut cake... All outstanding!! The waiter was welcoming and informative. The decor is welcoming and enticing... I will be back!

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vipMichaelG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Drinks came: great. Starters came: excellent. Then we waited 45 minutes to an hour for the mains to arrive. By the time they came, we had lost interest in finishing dinner due to diminished appetite and annoyance at the wait. Sent the food away and asked for a check. AT NO POINT did anyone from management come to apologize or explain. Nothing. The two of us spent over $100 for an incomplete meal. We assumed the kitchen dropped our order. Pity they are such a mess. It happens though. But we will not be back. Too many excellent places in Manhattan.

I have NEVER given a 1-star review on this site before.

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vipsandwedge
Miami
61 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic, professional, delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food! However, service was slow at times.

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vipSweetLou
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was friendly and helpful in explaining some of the more “very French “ dishes. Everything was terrific from the appys to the special coconut pie. Duck special was prepared just right with a lovely side of spring veggies. Their mashed potatoes were so smooth and buttery.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive wait staff and charming details that make this restaurant feel simultaneously homey and elegant. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most fabulous hidden gem in the West Village! Wonderful booths, decor and hospitality. Yet Michelin star food served in Bistro ambiance. The free starter is delicious always my with the in house made bread. Romantic but not overdone. Great bar as well and not crazy jammed up. Just lovely.

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ArminA
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent French food in a charming setting. Very pleasant staff. A lovely experience,

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seekingquality
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had brunch at Bistro Pierre Lapin on 8 June and enjoyed it immensely. The food was absolutely delicious - best Eggs Benedict I've ever had; wonderful fruit in season, brilliant bread and baked goods, and a superb mimosa. The Bistro truly is French cuisine at its best. The Bistro is in a lovely corner of the West Village: the vibe is relaxed and elegant, but a little funky too. Gorgeous fresh flowers on all the tables. I will definitely return!

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vipLance
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superlative dining experience! Our personable waitstaff described the many specials available (from traditional to unusual) which were then perfectly served in an unhurried manner. Highlight items included Escargot in a.deliciously green vegetable purée sopped up with fabulous baguettes, duck breast special, and the best poached black bass with a heavenly potato purée. The Pavlova was a wonderful way to finish!

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sidneyf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

if someone wants to go, i would not discourage, but low value:quality. chef has a higher opinion of himself than warranted; schmoozing at next table, never leaned over just to ask how we were enjoying, simple to do, but Moore apparently uninterested? as usual, wine list severely marked-up over retail, not wholesale price (see more cuisses de grenouille sauce overpowering the frisée & the delicate legs, simply not refined. the blanquette de veau served in a smallish cereal-like bowl, small amount of veal, as if more of a l'entrée -all for $29!! the steak frites overcooked, no taste, frites soggy. and, somewhat bizarre to those going, the côte d'agneau, 1 chop $21, 2 for $39 - really, what a deal. why is it restaurants go out of their way to insult their clientele??? it's like serving a small helping of the cheapest item - french fries, but they do!

very few decent "bistros" in Manhattan unfortunately he hasn't a clue. might as well rename "restaurant peter rabbit"!

NYT probably accurate with its 1* review in Feb 2019, which described a classique, such as their cassoulet as thin & soupy - a no-no. not sure of Moore's "french" credentials, if any, but i t would serve him well to take a few french cuisine courses!!!

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vipDizzy
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious brunch. This place is a real find. It’s beautifully decorated and the food is excellent. Hopefully I will be able to order the Chicken Creme next time. The chef said that if I call in advance he will make it happen.

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AnnR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travel to France once a year and this little gem bright back great memories of the fine food in France.
The menu had lots of options from fish to beef to duck - all prepared with fresh vegetables. The potato au gratin was excellent. I had lamb and my husband duck both cooked perfect. The butter, the pate’s, desserts all made in house
We can’t wait to return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food, and lovely ambience. Will definitely return.

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KatiH
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

White asparagus and duck breast specials were to die for! Don’t miss the pavlova for dessert at this perfectly charming West Village bistro.

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vipMrsGrasky
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I live in the neighborhood and have walked by this place numerous times. The clientele always seems surprisingly old for the neighborhood. I decided to give it a chance anyway, and now I know why they attract such an old clientele. The music is sooo dated (a mix of music from the 1940s-early 1970s), the service is pretentious and the food was mediocre. I was so disappointed, since I wanted to like this place.

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Renee
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food and service were just okay. We had the chicken for two and it was a little burnt on the top. It wasn't worth the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

We were a bit confused as we were seated in the bar are, even though we had a reservation. We asked for one of the regular dining tables but were told they were all reserved for the evening. However, many tables were open all night.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a bit pricey, but the quality matches the price. This is a place for a special occasion for us. Be careful of the upselling of the wait staff. The portions are sizeable and the wines selection is on the high end.

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JohnH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Lovely bistro. Great food. A bit chaotic on Mother's Day, probably busiest brunch day of the year. Beware not to get stuck in Le Cave in the basement.

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vipNathalieS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time at BPL, came for mothers day brunch and had a great meal. Would definitely come back for dinner

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TamaraS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

It is a tight place: small chairs, small table, lots of people. I went on Mother's Day with my mother due to a blog recommendation but was disappointed. The items that I chose on their online menu were not present on the menu provided on location. I was looking forward to avocado yogurt (never tried that!) and Croque Madame instead I settled for deviled eggs and steak hache. Fyi steak was medium, make sure to ask if you want it well done because they won't. Sparkling water is expensive. On top of that, the waiter we had started behaving oddly towards me during the second half of our lunch by avoiding eye contact, quickly running away and refusing to even put his name on the receipt. Instead we had 'Julia' printed but the waiter we had was male. All in all I spent $170 with tips.. I think there might have been better places to take my mother that offered better ambiance with that amount spent...

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vipjeffbeckselbow
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Big crowd on Mother’s Day and things were a bit hectic, but the staff did a nice job covering us and the food was fantastic. Our first time there, we plan to go back (when it’s less crowded and a bit more relaxed).

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful early Mother’s Day Brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Definitely NOT a ‘quaint’ little restaurant. Food was tasty but not worth coming back. Overpriced. Overhyped.

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vipPenelope
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely and divinely delicious spot. The service was great, and we are never an easy table, as was the food starting with the warm soft on the inside perfectly crusty on the outside baguette served with butter, truffle butter and foie gras. I had a big beautiful flavorful salad, one of the best I’ve had...ever, with tender lettuce fresh peas radish and sunchokes with a light but tasty vinaigrette, and the mushroom tagliatelle which was SO good I will dream about it the pasta was perfectly cooked and sauced and full of a variety of mushrooms. Sadly my table did not want dessert so I passed. I will be back but in the meantime cannot recommend Bistro Pierre Lapin enough.

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Permanently Closed - Bistro Pierre Lapin is rated 4.6 stars by 339 OpenTable diners.