French Roast Uptown

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133 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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MA
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

French Roast is just what a neighborhood restaurant should be--friendly, comfortable, open 24 hours. The menu is varied and suits any appetite pretty much any time of day. The wait staff is personable and helpful. The noise level is high, but to a certain extent this is a product of French Roast's popularity. There is outdoor seating. A reservation is a good idea.

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AM
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very nice & attentive.

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G
New York Area
132 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

It’s really like a diner and they have low standards but it’s not the worst and the outdoor seating is nice.

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OT
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing friendly professional service by a very attentive staff in this neighborhood brasserie!

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

When I want to swoon over a burger and fries French roast is my happy place !
So delicious

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j
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at french Roast are consistently great. Thats why its one of our favorite places.

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SH
New York Area
320 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

When we walked in I thought we were in a neighborhood diner and was a bit nervous about what to expect. Don’t the the look fool you! Absolutely wonderful staff who were genuinely friendly. A menu that really was French! And very tasty food. And very reasonably priced.

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Responded on April 3, 2019

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N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great vibe, steak and peppercorn sauce was delicious.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

always happy at French Roast

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KK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, from the friendly and accommodating staff to the comfy seats. I can't wait to go back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bring back chipotle mayo please!! 😍

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T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My first visit for dinner to this popular UWS bistro. My guests and I enjoyed ourselves and would definitely revisit.

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OT
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great amazing service, as usual, by Darwin! Fine food and ok presentation! Noise level okey! It has become overpriced: $5.00 for a regular cup of coffee?! Give me a break!!!

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w
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. In a meet up with friends last night it was a wonderful experience as usual. We started with a scallops salad , escargot and hummus. The scallops were succulent and cooked to perfection. For entrees , we shared hanger steak cooked to a perfect medium rare, a lamb shepherds pie with creamy mashed potato and perfectly seasoned lamb and a salmon dish that was moist and delicious. The service was attentive and the server was knowledgeable and helpful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety of classic French bistro food and drinks

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was good , service was decent , overall we had a good experience

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OT
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A cozy energetic, during dinner time, brasserie. Short menu with interesting options. Great service. Olivia, our server, was gracious & attentive!

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FE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I love this place, though sometimes at dinnertime the wait staff comes to the table too many times....it can be a bit frustrating if you want to indulge in conversation with the person you're dining with. (Oh and word to the wise...do not order the Brussels sprouts. But, DO order the hamburger--delicious!)

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MB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Tart Tatin in town! Reliable food. Fun atmosphere. Very relaxed.

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CG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely french bistro on the upper west side. Cozy retro atmosphere and great food. Perfect for a date night or dinner out with friends. The outdoor seating is nice in the warmer months with a view of Broadway.

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LT
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great UWS institution. Service is always friendly and the food satisfying.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool spot. Great food. Chilled and loved eating at the bar. Gem

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EM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent place for low-key french food. Good wine list, decently varied menu, usualy crowded, but still one of my favorites.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentines Day at 5:30--nice and QUIET. WE COULD ACTUALLY CONVERSE!
Val Day Specials were excellent. The duck dish cooked perfectly Med rare and the wine infused deviled eggs, very prettily presented with herbs decoration, and fig jam mixed in with oyster was different and delicious. Bar cocktails, as ALWAYS, well done!
Caveat: to the excellent chefs: Specials were great, BUT, please don't blow off the usual fare; very important that boeuf bourgignon is not overlooked and dry (though the wine sauce was very good.) we would like to return and will recommend to others.
Oh; and would it be possible to have at least one fine red Bordeaux or burgundy or chateauneuf and one fine white burgundy for special occasions? The best we could do wasn't even French! (Malbec--not terrible, but we would have splurged on a good French or even Italian red.)
Anyway, kudos overall and see you again, soon.

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OT
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice neighborhood place. Good service, good choice of meals, and libations!

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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
11 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
74 reviews
Dined on January 29, 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
40 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
11 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
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 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.

French Roast Uptown
Responded on April 3, 2019

This processing problem has been resolved with open table we apologize for the inconvenience this caused. Our system needed to be reprogrammed to accept the new open table points program. We assure you it wan't human error but was a technical glitch that needed to be resolved.

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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 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve never had a bad meal here!

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AK
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 12, 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
61 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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