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Cafe d'Alsace

4.5
1612 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, German, Bistro
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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

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Phone number
(212) 722-5133
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Philippe Roussel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
88th Street
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1612 People Are Saying
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4.4
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

They provide wonderful preparations of Alsatian foods. They’ve been doing it for years, and nobody does it better.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A wonderful, cozy neighborhood place...truth be told, we would happily travel for the great food and service we’ve come to expect at Café d’Alsace.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Steak was underdone - then microwaved - still underdone

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Love this place, one of my favorite with great food and friendly service!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I have eaten lunch here a few times and always have a great meal. Lots of options on the menu and the shakshuka is wonderful!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

too much food is not a good thing. wife had grilled shrimp for first course large succulent and cooked to perfection. i had duck breast done rare out of this world but they added to dish 'duck confit" the leg & thigh it tastes so different than the breast and with great potatoes and veggies too much food. It kills the meal overload

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

this neighborhood gem never disappoints. We enjoyed our French favorites in good-sized portions, followed by a a blueberry tart and a yummy apple pie a la mode dessert.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

It seemed like I was one of the first customer there since it was on a Wednesday around 11:30AM. Everything was good except the smell of the restaurant. When I first went inside the restaurant, it smelled like cigarettes.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We both had the steak frites and it was great. Service was nice also.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Wonderful food,staff and atmosphere. Music a little loud and not very French! Overall a wonderful restaurant

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

An excellent example of French cuisine. The food is consistently delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Lights too dim to see the food,
otherwise very good

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great lunch. Given window table for 4, even though there were 2 of us. Lovely service. Delicious roasted vegetable sandwich on raisin bread with fries and salad plus complimentary popovers.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

As always a great place to go especially with kids

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We took my husband's brother to Café D'alsace for dinner. He is a foodie, usually among the first to spot a trending restaurant; he and his circle typically dine out 5/6 times a week. My husband and I have had a longstanding acquaintance with Café D'alsace, and when my cousin Jane lived in the neighborhood the two of us liked to have lunch there. Tuesday night was my brother-in-law's first time at D'alsace. He was astonished. "How could I have not known about this place?!" he exclaimed. And after he'd finished his choucroute, "It's wonderful!" he said. "As soon as Karen [his wife] gets back from Toronto, I'm bringing her here." 'Nuff said.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants in the city (with one of its best wine menus). I can’t come here enough.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Welcoming, good choices, delicious food, excellent French onion soup and pleasant service!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Love this place

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Wonderful bistro, great food, but way too noisy! I wish they could be dividers between the tables! That would help a lot!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

An absolutely terrific place that has unfailingly good food, great service, imaginative cocktail program and a great wine list. Always very welcoming and honor reservations promptly--a great addition to the upper, upper East side.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Lovely night out!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I wish I could tag several categories for type of dining experience because I think Cafe d’Alsace fits most of them. It is a classic French Bistro that evokes an authentic French vibe. It’s a great place for a date, everyday dining, and friend groups. I happened into it during Restaurant Week and liked it so much I brought my husband back two weeks later for his birthday.

While the menu is not strictly Alsatian fare it does offer many classic French items such as Frisée salad, Cassoulet, Bouillabaisse, Roast Chicken, and the best Steak Frites I’ve ever had in my life.

They have an extensive beer and wine list and the dessert offerings were fresh and tasty. And the coffee was sublime. Another happy surprise.

Service was friendly and professional. Prices commensurate with the experience.

I love this restaurant and only wish it was in my neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. I’d go there once a week if it was. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Really fit the occasion, on a snowy night, not far from home, substantial fare, everything worked out

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3.0Dined on February 16, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2018

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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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Good food, ok value

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

We found this restaurant in Fodor's NYC. Excellent recommendation and a good surprise for us. It's location (several blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art off Museum Mile) was part of the reason we selected it so we could just walk to it after a very full day at the Met. Not usually ones who seek out Alsatian food this place was amazing. I had a boulliabase with the most tender seafood and fish. My husband had the classic Alsatian cassoulet and it was also delicious. The wait staff couldn't have been nicer and not intrusive. We had a corner table by the window (highly recommend) which was great for people watching especially watching locals walking their dogs. On a rainy Friday night this restaurant was charming, cozy, and inviting.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Cafe D'Alsace is a gift to the neighborhood. Consistently great food, fun atmosphere, and superb service make it a stand-out! We often stop in just to have a plate of salmon or chicken - no special occasion needed for superb food at a reasonable price. But Cafe D'Alsace is also a wonderful place for a romantic dinner for two or a birthday party. Honestly - you can't go wrong here. Just be sure to reserve in advance - it gets very crowded! And also, sometimes, very noisy, so if that's an issue, mention it at reservation time to get a table away from the madding crowd.

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Staff was very accommodating and great service

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Delicious food. Not dissapointed

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Good food - pretty crowded - very loud!

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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