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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1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service . Food was delicious . Especially the salad. I love the chicken salad.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is very good if you sit in the back it is quiet enough to talk great for business lunches

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just came for desert and the level of service is always on point. The hosts and hostess are always so welcoming and friendly

GC
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the reception to the goodbye... And everything in between... Warm neighborhood feeling with a dash of European class. Great service, great food, and wonderful personal touch. Hope to return soon.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

french fries not as good as before. but always nice easy place and great ambiance.

NG
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is currently my favorite NYC restaurant. I love the atmosphere, food and service! Best Cosmopolitans anywhere!

MD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every single detail about our evening was exceptional. This restaurant is fabulous and absolutely worth the visit.

OT
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing for any occasion!!!

C
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020
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
28 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
37 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
11 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
23 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice place for french food. Great foie gras !

JB
New York Area
5 reviews