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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JR
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience.

NF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

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

JP
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

+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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place to entertain friends

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

F
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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d
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service. Large portions. Everything I expected

OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
280 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent roast chicken, and excellent risotto with butternut squash.

n
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
121 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
38 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening dining outside and the food was excellent.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We will return

s
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Too hot. No air conditioning

FB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
280 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Outdoor for 1:30 pm Lunch, Which Was Very Good. Mediterranean Sandwich and French Omelet.

v
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed lunch with a friend. We sat outside on a lovely summer day. We both had the beet salad and sea bass for entrees. Great care was taken with the meal preparation. All of the food tasted very fresh and there were many subtle flavors.
I would return in a heartbeat. The service was also very friendly and we were not rushed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had a business lunch during Restaurant Week. The food 2as attractively served and well-prepared. The service was excellent. I will definitely return to this restaurant.

DB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve already recommended it to neighbors. This special week was a great way for me to try a new restaurant and to see the regular menu. I’ll be back!

JB
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This might be the best burger in the city. Wow.

L
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Cafe d'Alsace offered the setting for a wonderful evening with old friends, celebrating not 1 but 2 birthdays, that included a generous Restaurant Week menu selection. Everything from the appetizers (Beet Salad, Salmon Tartare, Lentil Soup) to the entrees (Mussels, Bass, Skate) to the desserts (Molten Hazelnut Chocolate Cake, Apricot Crème Brulle) was fresh, delicious, nicely portioned and presented. In addition, we were given a complimentary tray of petite madeleines, butter cookies, and tea pies in celebration of the birthday ladies, which was a very nice touch! Gunner, our waiter, provided excellent service and recommendations. We were well taken care from the start - given a perfect interior corner table right by the open doors and allowed to eat, drink, chat and laugh to our heart’s content. A wonderful evening at Café d’Alsace, indeed. Merci beaucoup!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My boyfriend and I went for lunch during restaurant week. The food was great, but we were in for a surprise when we got the check. Each meal was supposed to be $26 each (which should cover a two course meal), but instead the bill was around $80. Their restaurant week is very deceiving. We got a starter, two entrees and a dessert. Apparently you can’t chose dessert as one of your courses and if you get the steak it’s an extra $12. We thought the waiter should have at least pointed it out to us, as it was an additional cost. Instead we got saddled with a bill that was much more than we expected. Be wary folks!!!

JS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was mediocre but service was very good. Will not return

SF
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was courteous and friendly. Waiter was attentive and took care of our every need. The food was good. We sat outside enjoying good conversation and people watching.

BG
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

I have eaten at this restaurant several times. I was really looking forward to having its Steak frites this week. The steak was so tough, I could barely cut it with the steak knife and could not chew it so I could swallow it. I told the waiter and he immediately apologized and presented a menu so I could order something else. I chose their cheeseburger. I ordered it medium and it arrived after a very long time cooked less than rare. I could not eat this very rare burger. I again asked the waiter to help. The same burger was cooked again and presented with a the same fries. Something is not right with this place. I now had a well done burger with cold fries and bun. This was supposed to be lunch at an above average restaurant. The house manager apologized and comped the check. Be careful.

DB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I look forward to returning for another fabulous dining experience!

SC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food. Staff was very nice. Great place to eat.

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