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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.
(Corner of 88th Street & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10128
French, German, Bistro
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 10:30 am-4 pm
Monday - Friday 4 pm-5 pm
Sat & Sunday 9 am-4 pm, (we do not accept reservations for brunch)
Monday - Thursday 5pm-10:30 pm
Friday - Saturday 5pm-11pm
$31 to $50
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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
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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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