Cafe d'Alsace

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$31 to $50
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French
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.
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4.6
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4.4
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MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. I would highly recommend Cafe d'Alsace!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Not a great selection for a vegetarian

D
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, cocktails and service. We will definitely go back regularly!

DL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was very good, and the wait service was quite attentive.
But the front of house was problematic. They didn't have our Open Table reservation. Even though I showed them the email, and the restaurant was empty, they seated us grudgingly.
And then, an hour after I left, I got an email from Open Table saying that the restaurant told them we didn't show up!
I sent an email asking for an explanation and haven't heard back.
So this is something that needs to be addressed.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love it. The tables are a bit close for us but the food makes it worth the visit. We are so glad it is in our neighborhood!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, attractive and fun ambience and excellent service. However, beware of the noise level!

L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Modules frites outstanding. Delicious wine. Courteous service. A slice of Paris!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and generous portions. Consistently solid French fare in the Upper East Side.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always! Justin and David are wonderful waiters!!! Kudos to all.

HF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great menu, and what beautifully prepared dishes. I had steak frites, which is seldom remarkable -- but at Cafe Alsace it came with house-made mayonnaise (for the frites -- I asked for it -- and what a nice surprise when it turned out to be freshly made.) The steak was perfectly cooked, dusted with few herbs, accompanied by bone marrow and served atop a lovely pan sauce of what I took to be shallots and red wine. And an interesting drinks menu which included a Provençal Old Fashioned of Woodford Bourbon, herbs de Provence and a rosé ice ball. The whole menu is interesting. Eager to go back.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, Justin, was terrific. Food excellent and out of the ordinary. The only problem was the noise level, which made conversation among three old, close friends next to impossible for the first hour of dinner.

W
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, as always. We had dietary restrictions and a birthday, and our waiter and the rest of the staff were very accommodating.

JR
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful dining experience.

NF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our waiter, we always seem to get entertaining but not intrusive waitstaff there. The specials were excellent and the wine/beer book was extensive! Would recommend the establishment get some sound absorbers, as the noise level rose significantly.

WC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

A reliable venue with consistently great food and outstanding service (shoutout to Justin!)

JP
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

+Authentic Tarte Flambe and other Alsatian standards.
+ Leave room for dessert. Apple tart is awesome.
+ Reception is gracious.
+Bar is busy, but fun.
+Rest rooms hard to find, but pleasant.

~Wine list is hit or miss; not particularly Alsatian.

-Tables can feel a bit crowded and near door are subject to weather when it opens.
- Noise level can be quite high during busy hours.

FM
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a family dinner to celebrate my birthday and the food was very good. The cod , pheasant sausage and salmon were standouts as was the molten chocolate cake! Also although a bit noisy the place was lovely and the service was very good. Thanks for the two extra desserts that were on the house. What a special birthday gift! We love this place and will continue to return for special occasions again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was spectacular. Beer menu was something my husband looked forward to and was so excited about when he got there.

DH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been a longtime favorite...excellent bar and excellent kitchen...what more can you ask....

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place to entertain friends

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently delicious food! Perfectly prepared and presented. Love the cocktails too!

F
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good restaurant. Everything we ordered was tasty. Would recommend for an evening out when you don’t feel like cooking.

M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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d
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and service. Large portions. Everything I expected

OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cafe d’Alsace is a favorite for me and for a good part of the neighborhood. This was the first time in almost a year we had dinner there and, while crowded in a “lively” room, the food really was outstanding. We had a variety of dishes ranging from Sea Bass, Scallops, and Salmon. It was all nicely prepared with the typical presentation found these days in better restaurants. Highly recommended!

l
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. We were a group of 6 + baby and sat at the lovely oval table toward the back of the restaurant for an early 5:30 reservation on a Saturday night. Our waiter was EXCELLENT and knowledgable with the menu. He was even able to help us get some pasta + butter cooked for the baby. He recommended an excellent white wine that everyone loved. The food was BEYOND delicious! Some highlights were the scallops, the salmon + lentils, the chopped salad, and the duck. We were also celebrating a birthday and received a plate of warm (delicious) mixed cookies on the house. HOW THOUGHTFUL. We honestly couldn't have had a better time and will be returning soon. All around 5 star experience!

SC
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the servers at our neighborhood go-to spot!

OT
New York Area
283 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent roast chicken, and excellent risotto with butternut squash.

n
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

For many years Café d'Alsace has been a favorite, and for many years they have not managed to reduce the noise level to a manageable level, even when the restaurant is crowded and the windows are open. This would be a huge improvement, so that diners can carry on a conversation.

OS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

After having dinner here prior to a lecture at the 92nd Street Y, I wished we’d allotted more time to fully experience the menu’s offerings. My Manhattan was great, for starters. My wife and I went with the pre-theater menu, which offered plenty of options. The pheasant sausage appetizer, served over sauerkraut, tasted freshly homemade, with nut and mushroom bits (if I got that right) embedded in the sausage, making it multidimensionally savory. After that I was slightly sad I didn’t order something more adventurous than a burger—as fresh and satisfying and cooked to order as it was. The ambience is early-mid 20th century brasserie, appropriately enough. Service was excellent—attentive, but not the least bit intrusive. I look forward to the next opportunity to have dinner there—maybe the farmhouse chicken.

NY
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My fish was excellent but overpriced at $42 for a casual place; as well, the wine by the glass of $15 was quite expensive relative to the place and quality of wine options. This is a neighborhood bistro, not a destination restaurant. The chopped salad appetizer was tasteless.

a
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were very happy with our meal. The price point was reasonable, the waitstaff professional and attentive. Portions perfect without leftovers which we prefer. The somm guided us to an Albert Boxler pinot noir that paired perfectly with my husband's mussels as well as my soft shelled crab special.
When traveling, it is always great to find a neighborhood off the beaten track!

CR
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the salmon and roasted chicken. Both were very tasty and well presented dishes. They have a very good selection of wines. Attentive service.

k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening dining outside and the food was excellent.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cuisine with a pretty diverse menu of meat, seafood and veggie dishes. We ordered and loved the grilled asparagus appetizer, the duck duo, the burger d’alsace and the steak. Cocktail menu had some fun drink selections. Outdoor seating options on a corner makes for great people watching.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love. Food so good. Getting a bit too expensive especially appetizers.
2 appetizers, 4 entrees and one bottle red wine = $300. That’s a lot.
Better keep up the high standard of food.
❤️❤️

PR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate outdoors. Lovely night. Food was very good. Great salmon and chicken. One friend had a hamburger which was gigantic but he managed to finish it. Again very good. Prices are what you expect in NYC but they get you on appetizers that seem a bit pricey. Wine by the glass (pinot noir) was quite good for wine by the glass. This place is dependably good.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We will return

s
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Too hot. No air conditioning

FB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great place. Authentic Alsacian bistro. Great traditional and varied menu. Food excellent. Wine and beer list outstanding. Consistent over the years.