French Roast Uptown

4.5
427 Reviews
$30 and under
French American

Our Covid Policies
The next time you are at French Roast you will be sure to notice some changes

1. Effective August 16th French Roast, Like all NYC Restaurants, will begin to follow the new guidelines set forth by
the and will require proof of vaccination and a photo ID for all indoor reservation. All of age members of your party will be required to show proof of vaccination and a photo ID.
2. Any guest that can not show proof of vaccination will be asked to move to our outdoor seating area.
3. We will accept the New York Excelsior Pass, The actual vaccination card and the NYC Covid Safe App or any similar proof from other States or Countries a photo of vaccination card, will require a photo
ID with the name used on the vaccination record. There are no exceptions.
4. All of our staff will be vaccinated completely by the September 16th deadline and they will have to present
Proof of vaccination to the General Manager to be scheduled to work.


Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 427 people are saying
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vipHappyinnyc
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Perfect bistro. Food is imaginative and delicious. Would highly recommend it for any time of day.

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CarolW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

French Roast is a fun causal French Bistro with great food and friendly service. The menu features bistro classics like duck confit and steak frite. Highly recommended.

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Elizabeth
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, excellence service, an easy fun experience!

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Panto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best experience in NYC
Prices really fine also :)

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CathyD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Wine a little expensive but overall we had a great night.

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LiaK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good simple food. Service a bit slow and could be more attentive. Food brought to the table to some in the dinner party with some delay.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quick brunch after the parade. French Roast never disappoints. Great food, great staff and always a good time . Thank you to everyone working today who gave up their Holiday to make everyone else’s Thanksgiving special

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vipAnthonyL
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice to see it as busy as before the pandemic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was terrible.

French Roast Uptown
Responded on November 24, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review French Roast. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed. May we ask what you had and didn't care for?

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vipGbelle
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood spot with really good food, service and ambiance.

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vipLindaP
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Don't be fooled by the name... this is not a coffee shop! It's a legit French restaurant.

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DianaD
10 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French Roast is my go-to in the neighborhood. It’s always great!

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CharlesB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Had to prompt for waiter service after at least 10 minutes waiting. No drinks orders, no food order; just menus from when we were seated.
Food was good and adequate, but nothing super special. Mussels were quite small, esp. for a French restaurant where it’s a std on the menu; broth was flavorful, however. Nobody came to check on us after food was served.

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vipPaul
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

We waited 10 minutes for our table even though we had a reservation. Then we waited for an hour before we got our food. Tables around us ate and left while we waited. The waiter kept apologizing but it was absurd.

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Urban0traveler
Cleveland
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We sat outside; the food was great as was the service. The table next to us had young children who were very loud. After they left a group sat down and they were very boisterous. C’est la vie! Food & service A+

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very nice place, just not an extensive menu

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vipHollyY
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always…

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vipKatofnyc
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Although the food was great, as usual, I was disappointed at the service this time. It felt like we were being rushed. The condiment I requested was very long in coming, so that my burger was cold by the time I got to it. I'll still go back as it is convenient and good value.

French Roast Uptown
Responded on November 8, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review French Roast. We apologize if you felt rushed, with limited seating we do have to turn tables quickly to ensure all guests get a chance, especially indoors, but we don't want people to feel like they are not welcome.

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KateM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tory was an excellent waiter to our table of 5. He was very attentive.

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vipThomasM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Always enjoy going to French Roast. Although it was not crowded on my most recent visit, the service was exceeding slow. The food was generally good, but my french toast was burned and not enjoyable. I'll give them another chance given past experiences.

French Roast Uptown
Responded on November 1, 2021

Did you alert your server about the french toast? we would have corrected it immediately

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LeeY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

We had a wonderful bottle of wine for a good price wine. But the food has definitely gone downhill.

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vipTruewords
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely! Might be our last night outside dining but we loved it!

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vipKatofnyc
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have not been back to French Roast since before the pandemic started. It's so close to home and I was thrilled that the burger was prepared just the way I liked and that when I asked for the fries to be well done - they came just that way. The service was superb and my only complaint was listening to the volume of happy diners having a good time. The creme brulee was yummy but the tart tatin didn't compare well to others' (including my own). I hesitate to sing more praises because I want to be able to get a reservation when next I want to.

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vipJohn
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had not been to French Roast for 6 months. We were delighted! Their menu was abbreviated from the old days, but they retained the best dishes and we were not disappointed. My wife had Coq au Vin and I had the Moules Frites. Both exceeded our expectations. The service was attentive, but we were not rushed. We sat indoors, not far from the bar area, so the noise level was loud, though mostly due to a table of 6 guys nearby.

French Roast is definitely on of our reliable UWS restaurants for "date night" and we will be back again soon.

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vip250Pipster
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I dine at French Roast at least twice a week. It is consistently good, the ambience is lovely, and the service is excellent. I have taken many friends and colleagues here and have never heard a bad word

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DaveD
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite NY go-to spots, especially for brunch or lunch. Never disappoints!

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bricksl
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Despite a pandemic, noisy and crowded.
We ate outside. The tables are packed onto the small sidewalk space.
Food average; nothing special.
Service good.

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Terry
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Hostess was so super sweet and nice!

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Marzee
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French Roast is my go to place. BUT, PLEASE PUT NICOISE SALAD BACK ON THE DINNER MENU!!! You took it off menu but allowed new to have it anyway, but that may be because you just took it off. PLEASE RESTORE!@

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant for brunch! Been going there for years!

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HopeM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor seating and a great happy hour. Totally recommend!

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vipWestSider
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Ate early dinner outside - tables well spaced - great Happy Hour value with drinks & small dishes. My friend had the duck on the regular diner menu - said it was excellent - women at next table had same dish and also thought it great. Will definitely return.

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vipRusoP
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I found this restaurant to be very disappointing. They did not have French Onion soup, can you imagine? They did not have the Cote du Rhone we ordered. The substituted bottle was very good, a 2015. The escargot was not buttery and loaded with garlic for dipping bread. I had the Moules w/white sauce, and they were quite acceptable. The waitress was very pleasant, however when I asked for the password to the Wi-Fi she said that she could not let me have it. Would I return, probably not. I never wrote a negative review, unfortunately this pick was disappointing.
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French Roast Uptown
Responded on October 6, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review French Roast. Certainly sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your meal. We were sold out of Onion Soup it takes a day to prepare there is no quick option. the CDR is on back order from France, I'm sure you have seen the news where there are tanker boats just sitting in water and can not dock. Lastly the WiFi is used for our handheld computers and Point of Sales system, it is not open to the public as it holds credit card info and security is important to us.

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NYCMJJ1970
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They have a large outdoor seating area.

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FoodieMom
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

The food overall was just fair. Nothing special. I doubt I will go back. Lentil soup and chicken were good but the rest was average to below. Mussels were much too salty and tuna and broccoli were just sad. Disappointed in the profiteroles too. Service was pretty good but the crane at next door construction site was smelly and very loud. The manager had emailed me 15 minutes before our reservation to explain this but that was too late. Not a good way to handle the situation at all.

French Roast Uptown
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review French Roast. We apologize for the issue of the crane but as you were told in the email we ourselves just found out about the change in the dismantling of the crane it was supposed to end at 5pm but instead went on until 10pm, and the moment we did find this out we contacted everyone so you yourself could make the decision to join us or choose another day.

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AmyS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except for the loud construction next door which is hopefully short term!

French Roast Uptown
Responded on October 4, 2021

It can't end soon enough for us. Thank you for understanding it is out of our hands

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Rachel
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable- food and service. perfect for lunch with a friend

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vipMrCPW
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly prepared dishes and cocktails in a cozy and comfortable setting. A special place to experience a true UWS neighborhood restaurant

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LeslieD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Roast chicken which mashed potatoes. Glass of red and crime caramel to finish. Yum. Comfort food. Just what I needed.

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AnnaB
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner and surroundings. The only drawback was due to the fact that we ate outdoors on the Broadway side of the restaurant. As a result, traffic noise was loud at dinnertime. That had nothing to do with the restaurant but rather our own choice of table. The tradeoff was a comfortable table with great service. We'd probably choose the same table again.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from French Roast Uptown using the Order Online button. French Roast Uptown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 799-1533.

French Roast Uptown is rated 4.5 stars by 427 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.