French Roast Uptown

4.2
108 reviews
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As one of Europe’s largest cities, Paris is the center of France’s cultural melting pot. The cuisine of Paris reflects this diversity with influences from many regions of France and other countries. At French Roast Uptown, we try to recreate the lively atmosphere of a Parisian Bistro and pay homage to this lively and cosmopolitan city.

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C
Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

There are very few restaurant options in the vicinity of 86th St. French Roast is passable; it’s fine for a glass of wine and a meal. I ordered zucchini noodles which were watery and tasteless but the mashed potatoes were outstanding.

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MC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ll be going back

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UW
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The new chef has turned French Roast Uptown into much more than a bistro cafe. He actually makes a beef cheeks dish which is superb -only on the menu when he chooses. His lamb dishes in any form are incredible. And the bar tender does great drinks truly to order. This is a gem - not glam - just a true NY gem.

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h
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant for any meal. It's great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is great, especially the fish for dinner. I always take out of town guests here because I can count on consistently great service and not being rushed. You can have a good conversation and hear each other. The wine choices are great. They use these beautiful big Bordeaux glasses. It's definitely a neighborhood gem.

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JP
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great!

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S
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A marvelous place to go for delicious food and French cafe’ ambiance. Whether with a lover or a pal a great place to reunite in a stylish yet casual venue. Grand!

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g
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a business meeting and didn’t order much but the staff were gracious and didn’t rush us.

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OT
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good neighborhood spot for quick bite with solid bistro fare. My favorite in the area.

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ML
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Disappointing service. Waiter did not know basic questions on menu and food was over cooked and fatty. The bread and dessert were the only good parts of the meal.

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J
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Restaurant Manager was not able to process my Open table reward even though both Opentable and the customer service company that manages the rewards cards said it should have worked. I ended up paying cash for the full cost of the meal.

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RN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food...great service..highly recommended...A++++++++++++

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve never had a bad meal here!

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AK
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

We've been regulars for years when we lived around the corner, and after we moved a bit further away, at least once a month for Thursday night menu of Duck Confit at around $16.

The place is now under new management, have retained most menu items and apparently the chef too, but have done away with the nightly specials menu. We ordered the Duck Confit as per usual- albeit this was a Wednesday night. The price was now $22 and a shrivelled up bone-dry piece of duck leg was served....likely the last time we will eat there.

It was such a disappointing turn of events because we always regarded The French Roast UWS as one of the best kept secrets. We are very sad.

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HC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

French Roast is always reliable for good food. The vinaigrette is first-rate.

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d
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

food is absolutely delicious and a great neighborhood spot.
Tables are super close so can feel a bit cramped.

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l
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

the food was delicious at the time, but afterwards we paid for it. too rich! the portions were a bit uneven in size.

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S
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

My meal was so over cooked Even after asking for it not to be overcooked. Both of the meals were also either cold or parts of it was lukewarm…

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R
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service could not have been better or nicer! A good martini and steak frites cooked to order. What's not to enjoy! Service very good. It's been around for a long time (by restaurant standards) and these are some of the good reasons why.

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GJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always enjoyable, gracious service.

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b
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My out of town friend and another celebrated Thanksgiving dinner here. The turkey special was so delicious, Collard greens and mashed potatoes so tasty..Topped it off with red wine and pumpkin pie
and lemon sorbet..Lively and festive..Highly recommend. Price was right.

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CT
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for breakfast. The service was outstanding and attentive. We loved the food. Nice eggs Benedict and delicious omelette. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. We will return.

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DB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food, wine choices, service & management at French Roast, where we have eaten for many years, continue to be excellent overall. However, tonight, my partner, who has enjoyed the Lamb Chops occasionally, decided to try the Sunday Night Special “Lamb Stew”. What a mistake! It was quite “gamey” & tasted strongly of “lamb” (not in a good way). Even the excess of curry didn’t help to save the dish. The Lamb Stew, compared with the Lamb Chops, is a night / day difference. This stew with its inferior meat shouldn’t be on the French Roast Menu. I would strongly recommend replacing the Lamb Stew with the Lamb Chops, which have always been excellent. Other than this anomaly, I would continue to rate French Roast as Very Good in all areas.

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GW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This ranks among the worst nights out for dinner I've ever had. We've had trouble at French Roast before; untrained waiters who change every other day, no organization, food cooked poorly, long waits for a bill, but every once in a while, it surprises and it's pleasant, and it's right across the street. This time, a Sunday evening, was horrible.
We waited 45 minutes for a main course. That would have been okay, (it was crowded), but then we realized the people who had come in 20 minutes after us had already had their appetizers, and were getting their main course. We called over the waiter who was clueless, maybe his first night, and said it would be " a while." We called for the manager who said it was very busy. We pointed out the group who'd been fed, and he had no answer. When the food finally came, my steak was so tough I had to saw at it to cut it. My girlfriend's fish was cold and had to go back. That's apparently what made them charge us for 3 dinners instead of two. Again, the manager came, who offered us free dessert. When I asked what's for dessert, he said we only got one choice. We told him to keep his dessert, and as we left, he comped the whole meal saying he would " see us again soon." And we are steady customers. He won't see us again soon, maybe never.

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OT
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A wonderful neighborhood place, comfortable venue, atmosphere, food. Reminiscent of the 70’s!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Expensive, horrible service. But the food makes it all worth while.

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k
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Bistro style. Loud. Big TV at bar
Nice attentive server
The strak dish was just ok. Poivre sauce was gummy and strange looking.
Frites were dry and lacked flavor.
Onion soup at a French bistro was just bad.
The cheese was a square slapped on top and barely melted over bland brown mush.
Disappointing.
I have had a nice brunch here. Dinner very average. Prices pretty good for NYC

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OT
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorites in the UWS & NYC. Pleasant when not crowded. Yulia, our server, like all other servers, was very attentive, courteous and professional.

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DR
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good place to have a casual French style lunch. Coffee is really good. So is the avocado toast and the grilled octopus.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like a European oasis on the UWS. Food and coffee was great. Nice way to start the day.

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NZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There were quite a few dishes unavailable. Wish there could be more food options.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food selection. Flavor, Flavor, Flavor!

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NF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was very good, particularly the octopus appetizer. The service was table-flipping intrusive, which was especially annoying because the place was empty and there was no need to flip tables, but the wait staff were otherwise personable and nice.

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P
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

They were ok. Food was as expected. Nothing superior. Noise level terrible. No gluten-free options (they didn’t even know what that was). Good for an ordinary meal. No frills

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OT
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service by Darwin! Food was incredible & tasty!
Prices have gone up too much for simple fare.

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AL
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The steak tartare special was not very good and over drenched in Worcester sauce. Would not order it again.

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DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a great place to have our date. The food was great and the wine was very nice.

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JC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our server appeared to be a bit inexperienced as he was forgetful of proper flatware for s couple of courses.

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RS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Been coming here for long time but found place not up to standard Food tasteless and out of several items The octuus was not good Sorry to see such a downfall

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DB
New York Area
133 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I used to live on the UWS and returned to this restaurant after several years. I used to love it, but now I wouldn't return again. Lunch included very stale bread, an over-vingared salade Niçoise with hard-boiled eggs that had green-edged yolks, plus my friend's undercooked (red & runny) turkey burger. How can use use the word "French" in your name when you have stale French baguettes and terrible vinaigrette? Shame on them!

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g
New York Area
164 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we live in the neighborhood and walk by all the time, but had not visited recently. this week we decided to try it again, and it was really wonderful. the seafood in the bouillabaisse was not overcooked (as it too often is) and the steak was well-prepared also. the service was excellent. we will not wait so long for a return visit!

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