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About Cafe d'Alsace

Cafe d'Alsace features chef Philippe Roussel; previously at Chelsea Bar and Bistro and Montparnasse, is originally from Brittany, but he knows something about Alsace serving features such as his tarte flambée (onions and bacon), potée (cabbage soup) and choucroute made with pork or duck. Also try something off our extravagant beer menu.

1695 2nd Ave
(Corner of 88th Street & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10128
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, German, Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday 10:30 am-4 pm
Late Lunch:
Monday - Friday 4 pm-5 pm
Brunch:
Sat & Sunday 9 am-4 pm, (we do not accept reservations for brunch)
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday 5pm-10:30 pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm-11pm

Cross Street:
88th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 722-5133

Website:
http://www.cafedalsace.com/

Executive Chef:
Philippe Roussel

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Cafe d'Alsace Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Authentic (29)
Good for a Date (26)
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Great for Lunch (24)
Special Occasion (24)
Casual (22)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Comfort Food (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Great Beer (17)
Great for Brunch (16)
Cozy (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fun (14)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Seasonal (6)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Ear-shattering noise is not my idea of fine dining with friends. I keep reminding myself, "don't go back except when there is no one there." I found the steak frites as far from French Bistro as as Mumbai from Montreal. This version is definitely not steak frites but is instead "slices" of an unidentifiable beef steak that was broiled I'd guess then slathered in gelatinous bernaise. This was more Applebee's than bistro. The fries are "fresh frozen" as they say - mealy interior of cold oatmeal. The beet salad was interesting but not unusual - prettier than tasty - and jammed into chilled chevre - I had to use an axe to disassemble the so-called "timbale".

I'm tying a reminder ribbon around my finger - go early for lunch!

Better yet, go to Applebee's.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

As a vegetarian, there were not many options for me to eat, but everything I did have was delicious. Good service and ambiance, I was disappointed that online when I booked it wasn’t specified that they wouldn’t be serving from their normal menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food and nice service. The also pay attention to - and accommodation- the OpenTable notes.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

The valentine pre fixe, although a LOT of food per person, was totally delicious!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Although friendly service is slow and inattentive. The food is not good. We had a quiche with lots of greasy onions and no eggs in it and a flammekueche that had nothing to do with a genuine one. Food was served cold. I felt sick during 2 days after that experience!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food, ok value

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

The only thing negative thing I would say is, it could have been quieter. If they put thick curtains on the windows. Otherwise excellent experience.

Tags: Great Beer, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

My husband and I took advantage of restaurant week's prix fixe 3 course lunch. We both enjoyed our hearty appetizers : steak tartare & pheasant sausage. My husband had skate fish, but as a non-fish person it was not quite to his liking, his problem, not the chef's. My hangar steak was good. The desserts were very good: cheese board & crepe. Wines were fine. All in all it was a relaxing lunch with especially good appetizers & desserts. Of course our Lillets & wines brought our bill up nicely. C'est la vie.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Staff was very accommodating and great service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Delicious food. Not dissapointed

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

This is definitely hyped review. Food is below mediocre for the price. The mussels, the shell fish themselves are fine, but the cooking is awful. There was no taste. It was presented in a nice pot, but once the lid was up, you saw white foam splashed on the lid and the top of the pot. Friend's burger was bloody though she ordered well done. Fries are very good. Restaurant looks like a diner, though on the picture, I thought it is upscale. Won't come back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

I try to take advantage of Restaurant Week every year to try new restaurants, so I've been to quite a few. This was the best restaurant week meal I've ever had. Each course was fabulous and full sized. I went with 2 friends and we all loved our meal. We all had the flambe tart appetizer which is like a small pizza (quite filling) served on a small wooden cheese board. I had the braised short ribs and it was the best, served with a puree of celery root. Dessert was a pear tart with vanilla ice cream. Lots of calories but all delicious!
The wines are pricey but they do have a large selection. We shared a bottle of a bordeaux which was $49. This was the least expensive French red on the wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food - pretty crowded - very loud!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

It is a wonderful French informal restaurant setting with comfort food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Great neighborhood spot with lovely bistro feel and excellent menu. Have enjoyed for dinner, lunch and a weekend brunch.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Fun, Authentic, Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great meal nicely served. It was a great place to eat and chat. We both enjoyed the restaurant. Food was great.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We went for restaurant week lunch and discovered this neighborhood gem...every dish was delicious and the portions were so huge we had a bring half of it home. I particularly loved the FISH dish - SKATE... made with a nice sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts and rice. ALSO my husband had the lamb couscous - which was amazing. Good wine list with many modest choices. We will definitely return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very good French food only complaint was that our waiter totally ignored us we were lucky the food runner Cesar did a great job otherwise we would of walked out

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 (Greensboro)·Dined on January 30, 2018

This is a great spot that seems to be busy all times of the day. It is tougher to get a reservation in winter without the outdoor seating. While it can be noisy, the atmosphere is lively and warm. The food is excellent and you really can't get a bad meal. While not inexpensive, you definitely get good quality for the price. Wait staff is very knowledgable and attentive without the feeling they are trying to rush you. This is not a drop in place, reservations highly recommended.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Nicely lit beautiful food

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 30, 2018

What a very pleasant atmosphere and scrumptious food. Sinful dessert. All together delightful!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Very good food in particular

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Met a friend for lunch. We had asked for and were given, a quiet corner, which was lovely! We stayed quite a bit and never felt rushed. Good food, good service, a great outing!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

They ran out of Tartes Flambees at 8 o'clock that night. For an "Alsatian" restaurant that's pretty unacceptable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Very good food and decent portions

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Lukewarm sausage appetizers
Overpriced steak frites
Wish it had been better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Service was a blight on an otherwise wonderful experience. I was left waiting for water, bread, and order taking throughout the meal, and ended up having to ask other servers for these things during the meal. A shame because the food itself was delicious, but this tarred the experience somewhat. Would not recommend.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 25, 2018

This was our first dinner here. We were seated promptly and served quickly. The food was good, although perhaps we are just not huge fans of Alsatian food, so not great! It was all competently cooked and served. The only real negative of the place was how incredibly noisy it was. We were in a corner and could still barely hear each other. Otherwise an enjoyable, if not outstanding, experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Compared to its sister restaurants, this one failed miserably.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

The beer selection is very instructive for a non-beer drinker. And the menu complements the beverage. It is Alsatian so you have to go along with a rather heavy cuisine. Service is well done and very competent.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Not what it used to be. Quality has gone down quite a bit. Service was sooooo slow! Food was ok.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great place for good food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We always enjoy returning to Cafe d'Alsace for their authentic and expertly executed French/Alsatian classic cuisine. It is very difficult to find restaurants in NYC that still serve the classic cuisine and lovingly so. We have so greatly enjoyed all of the dishes that we have had on our many visits. The wine list is impressive with great selections at all price points. We look forward to many returns. Keep up the exceptional job that you are doing, Cafe d'Alsace team!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

This was my first visit to the Cafe Alsace and I will certainly go back. It was quite quiet the night we were there which suited us. The food was very good - particularly the root of celery soup and the brussels sprouts, though my skate was too salty. (This is a problem I have found in almost every New York restaurant I eaten this fish. Why do restaurants puts so much salt into food when you can always add it if you want?).

We ate off the special restaurant week menu which did not have many 'Alsatian' options, but the people at the neighbouring table were eating a quite appetising looking sauerkraut with sausage which I might try next time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We had a delicious lunch at this charming bistro during Restaurant Week. From the appetizers through dessert, the food was excellent and the value was great.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The table next to us was too large for the space- people who didn’t know how to seat themselves, standing on top of other paying diners ruining our meal. Host didn’t get it- should have comped a dessert. I’ve dined here many times before- never went thru this insanity. Enjoyed my food but not the experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

As usual delicious meal ! Staff excellent , efficient, friendly, attentive. Meal of the day, Lamb and home made noodles was so delicious.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Enjoyed the evening. Service was very good, as was food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The service was great and the menu has great price fixed options. The meal was average but everything else makes up for it. Great ambience too.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Steady as she goes. Dependable East Side Go-To for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Full Bar, Responsible Young & Older Adults Come Here.

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