La Goulue

4.6
335 reviews
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Having first opened in 1973, La Goulue's authentic Parisian bistro decor has continuously charmed restaurant and food lovers worldwide. La Goulue offers a true European atmosphere on the Upper East side's most prestigious neighborhood.
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B
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was awesome but seating is right on top of one another makes whole affair less than intimate for date night.

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

Really wonderful restaurant: food is fabulous, the wine list is excellent, the service is impeccable and the ambiance is lively but not too loud.

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

A Valentines Day outing. Perfect setting. A bistro in the best sense. Good ambiance and good food and a friendly staff! Craig Pogson is a master host.

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

Loved it, had not been in 10-years! That is since before the original one closed on Madison and 64th. We had the filet special which was an entire fish for two, it came with a gratin au topinambour (sunchoke with truffles). I wish they would serve the soufflé au fromage, for dinner too. For dessert we had profiteroles.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The tables were too close to each other. It was difficult to hold a conversation in midst the noise or take photo without having the party next to you appear as if they were in your party.

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

It was a very nice dinner - all staff were extremely cordial and the food was delicious.

Although the wine was extremely overpriced and if I knew that each glass was $25 I wouldn’t have ordered it.

Charles M Mirotznik

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JE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here. Great food, great service and wonderful ambiance!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

All food was cold. Diver sole all came out cold and one came undercooked . Then reheated. Disappointed . Had been a big fan.

Maybe will try again...maybe not

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W
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. The food , the wine, the space and the service, all made for a lovely Sunday night

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was made with care and attention to detail. The ingredients used were of high caliber. I had the goat cheese salad, monk fish, and mango sorbet. A fish as hideous as the monk fish that radiates a pungent smell of female hygiene was prepared tastefully well. Will be back more for date nights.

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EV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable but the duck gamey, the Monkfish funky and the portions small. The profiteroles were the best part of the meal. They were flaky and quite yummy.

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s
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for Restaurant Week and was not treated as a Restaurant Week guest is often treated. Couldn't have been more pleased. The food was excellent. Best fried calamari I've ever had. My chicken was outstanding. The service was friendly and efficient. Loved every minute.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

restaurant specifically provided for three courses on the restaurant week website but when you got to restaurant , waiter said it was a mistake and only two courses. La Goulee should honor what they said.

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d
New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything old is new again.. the new Goulue is just as wonderful as the old one. The crab salad and cheese soufflé were outstanding.

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EA
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, old school french. Charming setting, friendly service, very NYC french.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

A nice little French bistro with (unfulfilled) pretensions to something a lot more. The food was good but not special, especially considering the high prices. The service was friendly but way too rushed. So it was a nice, very average experience, priced like a high-end experience. The last straw was the cocktail, an ordinary Manhattan, no top-shelf liquor specified. There was no cocktail menu, so we had no idea in advance of the price, but the typical cocktail in a good Manhattan restaurant is about $14 to $17, and a cocktail at the Plaza is about $20. The ordinary Manhattan here was $25—which we found out when he got the bill. Nobody likes to be gouged, or ambushed. Shame!

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m
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

By making an early reservation, my friend and I avoided the rising noise level that started as the restaurant was filling up near to the time we were finishing. Food was perfectly prepared and quite tasty. Ambiance in the restaurant is lovely. My only complaint is that my friend and I like oysters. La Goulue does not offer them on the menu. I called the restaurant on the afternoon of the reservation and was told an oyster selection was going to be available. On arrival, our waiter told us the restaurant never has oysters. Have no idea what the telephone person did to make such a mistake.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter kept trying to upsell the wine suggesting a more expensive one proceeding to “loudly” name the price of each wine and the price difference eg: “for only 40 dollars more.....”. Terrible start to the dinner. Also the steaks were way over cooked -

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A true French Cafe in the middle of Manhattan. Great authentic food and comfortable setting, but a bit crowded in that Parisian way.

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r
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the restaurant week menu and I ordered a glass of Sauvignon blanc which was unavailable, so I was given a dry Chardonnay, which was okay after a few sips. My appetizer was outstanding: the calamatri was crispy and tender, the rouille sauce delicious. The soup was a hot potato leek, unfortunately bland. My entree was the tilefish: absolutely yummy with vegetables in a lovely broth. My aunt wasn’t as happy with the duck leg. We were very glad to be given a dessert and both chose a little pot of creme cafe with a Madeleine which tasted like it was made with semolina flour— very good on both counts. There seemed to be some misinformation about how many courses were included in the special lunch price, but we ended up with three. We were glad for that, and it made a wonderful lunch that much better!

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EA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food! A little bit of Paris in NYC. Don't skip out on the cheese plate!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Great service.

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

We ordered Prosecco and without warning us they served us a sparkling white wine that was not very good...

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CK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always feel as though i am in Paris when in La Goulue. SO happy that they reopened !
C'est magnifique !

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

the first course I had to return, it looks beautiful but extremely salty.
The lentil soup was much better.
2nd course the fish tender but the sauce salty and watery like a broth. They should watch out sodium content. The service was excellent and the manager was nice to change my order.

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

Lunch with the girls during Restaurant Week. We enter the restaurant and we immediately had the feeling of being in Paris in a cute bistro. Even though it's well known that during the restaurant week the menu is not very rich or the best selection is served, I have to say the options were very good, the presentation appealing, the wine we ordered divine ( Pouilly Fume - Loire) and the service at the best. For a Monday, the place was packed, but not noisy. Overall a very pleasant experience.

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N
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service! Great food! Will recommend to everyone I know and visit again. 😁

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GD
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The French classics are well ensconced. The coq su vin was delectable and rich in taste. Wonderful. The glasses of good French Bordeaux and Burgundy are young, but worthy. But at $17 or $18 a glass - you may wish for a full bottle instead. I tasted the custard with Armagnac and left La Goulue warmed and ready to see the Dutch Masterpieces at The Met.

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

I went for Restaurant week. The food for value is great. For appetizer, I got the goat cheese dish. The dish was amazing, though to be honest I am not a huge fan of goat cheese. For the entree I had the duck. I would have had it a little rarer, but still delicious. Dessert was profiteroles, which also would recommend.

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

La Goulue is excellent in all respects- ambience, decor. food, service etc. Although I attended for restaurant week, I did not expect such a superb experience'

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C
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A New York City staple reborn! Just fabulous. The original paneling. Food is very well presented and prepared. Very nice wine list.

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

Beautiful setting and excellent food. Expect a hefty bill and a cramped table. Service was not so great.

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OT
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Goulue never disappoints. If your server tells you they have the crispy lobster cake as a special, order 2!!

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s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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E
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely room, fine dining and high cafe style French with waiters with French style and attitude. Prime Rib excellent. Monk Fish too salty. Duck very good. Noise level very high. Prices steep but appropriate to the style and service.

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HN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was great

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

My friend monkfish “Bourride Provençale” was ok. The tables are very close to each other. But the Sancerre was excellent.

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s
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. I must admit to being a little disappointed--maybe that is due to my choices and maybe an off evening. Not a wow. For the prices and reputation, it should be. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. It was nice, but I was expecting a wow.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The restaurant week menu. Fair good. Ordered soup, calamari for appetizers. Duck leg was the main course.
Overall, calamari is the best. Soup and duck are in the same level. But the thing impressed me the most is they directly wrote the tips and amount on the bill for me. I don’t like this way, feeling super uncomfortable.

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AW
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to visit your restaurant
Home away from home!

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