La Goulue

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$50 and over
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French
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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OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing for any occasion!!!

C
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, very nice wine list and very accommodating and friendly service. It is a terrific neighborhood restaurant that is also great for special occasions.

CL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The menu is old school French Bistro and the patrons are the people who enjoy it and are willing to pay for it. The food and wine list is excellent and the soufflé first dessert not to be missed.

OV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent attentive service all throughout the evening and a delicious dinner! Highly recommended

NM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love La Goulue. My place to go when I miss home.

BF
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service , just wionerful. I will return!!

N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

This was a horrendously disappointing dinner. What a mismatch between expectation and experience!
First, the restaurant reneged on their participation in NYC Restaurant Week. I made the reservation off the Restaurant Week page on OpenTable, and was expecting a special menu; however, when I arrived, the host told me "the manager made a mistake" and they stopped honoring their commitment two days prior. No apology, no compensation for the bait-and-switch.
Second, the food was distinctly sub-par. I picked La Goulue because of its reputation and expected an exquisite French meal. What a disappointment! The onion soup had no discernible flavor, and I had to spit out pieces of onion skin. The Frites were limp. The Coq au Vin was three pieces of overcooked chicken under an unpleasant brownish covering; calling it a sauce would be a disservice to my memory of what that sumptuous dish could be. I opted not to get dessert after that disappointing a meal.
Third, the absurd prices. I understand we're in New York and this is a French restaurant; yet, to be charged $12 for a bottle of sparkling water? Really? And I practically had to beg for a second tiny piece of bread while waiting for a meal.
Finally, the atmosphere. The tables are so jam-packed together, it looks more like a communal diner in a developing country, not a sophisticated restaurant it passes itself as. Luckily, the place was mostly deserted - which should have given me a clue at 7 pm. And quiet as a crypt; the sparse clientele was frail and subdued.
Needless to say, I won't be back.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is always on point. I believe this place to be the best French food in the city! You always feel like family there. Highly recommend

B
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Why do they sit everyone in the back of the restaurant?

CK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just LOVE this restaurant ! Consistently great service and great food !

MP
Sydney / NSW
23 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed the meal I had at La Goulue this past weekend. Only issue and it was definitely a minor one, was that service was extremely slow and very uneven.

AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We went there for Restaurant week. The last time I visited a new restaurant for Restaurant week we had a fabulous experience. But this time they seemed very indifferent to us. The food was OK but rather boring. The service wasnt exactly bad, but they brought the main dish before ny friend had even finished her soup, and they never offered us a 2nd glass of wine or a coffee. It seemed like they were trying to rush us through until we had finished eating, but then we had to wait for 30 mins to get the check. I dont understand - isn't the point of Restaurant week to try to attract in new customers who would then come back, rather than putting them off?

JB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is the BEST! Food excellent and ambience is warm.

T
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great space and a great environment.
Come with your mother, come with your wife or come with your girlfriend ... they’’ all love it.

c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails to impress
I think the best French restaurant in NYC
And soon to be in palm beach...if you can’t get a reservation in NY it’s worth the flight to PB for the experience.

AT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Special business lunchtime crowd

RN
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Space is pretty and makes you feel like you’re in Paris. Food is consistently good but not outstanding. Prices are high and waitstaff which has changed dramatically over the years are

G
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very nice place and food is excellent. People are very nice.

JL
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully prepared food. Friendly and efficient staff. Authentic French bistro ambience.

A
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fond of this place, in all its many iterations over the years.

AK
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place for french food. Great foie gras !

JB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Love the restaurant and go frequently. But on this last visit ordered the escargot - one of my favorite item. They were disgusting, tough like eating gristle.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Just not very good

DO
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Really only fair and over priced for what you get. Duck breast dry . Ravioli appetizer great but three pieces only

SD
Chicago
50 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy French food and La Gouloue did not disappoint. The oysters were fresh and clean. I'm a traditionalist and had the steak frites prepared medium and it was served at perfect temperature. A Grand Marnier souffle was the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

B
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

It was a terrible experience ... the filet was grease and hard, the french potate was burned and finally the service was inefficient in spite of the fact that the restaurant was empty.

CD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was quite good, but it was service/wait time that somewhat brought my rating for them down. We got there for our reservation and were told that our table would be ready in a couple minutes. We were escorted to the back room (no heat on in the winter) and asked to wait there. It took about 20 minutes before we were seated. From there, it then took another nearly 15 minutes before we were able to place a drink order. We had to ask for some bread for the table because it was 45 minutes past our reservation time and we were starving...we were given the ends of a roll.

The hosts/managers were quite nice in coming by and chatting with us (we didn't complain about the experience, so they were just doing this to be nice in general) and as I said the food was quite good. It was a bit loud but surprisingly less than you would think considering the front area of the restaurant is smaller. Perhaps we just had a bad night where they were understaffed and so tables were taking longer to get through their meals.

J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service food good-very good.
Ambience great - lovely luncheon.

NG
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant. Everything about it is perfect.

AL
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience2

I will preface this by saying the food is amazing! I’ve not had a bad meal here.

However, the service was sub par. We sat for at least 25 minutes, after being seated, waiting for a server to come take our drink order.

LD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious dinner with great service.
I’ll come back.

DP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as ever! Nice to have them back. Excellent food and apppropriate value.

O
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of the best meals ever. Bay scallop appetizer superb. Prime rib excellent. Noise level not great for old deaf people.

F
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Food very disappointing: octopus starter, halibut and branzino entrees woefully overcooked.
Wine list ridiculously expensive for simple brasserie fare

OT
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We absolutely love it-- again, it's like a neighborhood Club!!

SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING and the service was excellent..... Hope to go back soon!

b
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for New Year's Eve. The food was delicious. My wife had the duck and it was the best we've ever had. The wine list was outstanding, but they were sorely lacking in price points under $150. It definitely could use more diversity. The service seemed a bit rushed and it seemed like they did not want us sitting around enjoying the evening.

Definitely a great date-night spot, however.

CW
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

One of the best New Years Eve experience we have since living here

GT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like stepping back in time. And like being in Paris. Food is good, atmosphere is charming and service is excellent.