La Sirene UWS

4.6
235 reviews
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French
Welcome to La Sirène UWS! Our new beautiful location is open at the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 80th Street.
Since May 2007, La Sirène remains an authentic French bistro that is a great place for a date or a nice family dinner. The restaurant style is French Semi Gastronomy, or "casual fine dining".
We are now open for Lunch and Dinner, and for Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am to 3:30pm.
Please note: our Dinner Menu is not available during Brunch hours, except for Desserts.
We now accept Cash, major Cryptocurrencies and major CCs as payment.
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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This restaurant is on a street corner at Amsterdam and 80th; lovely neighborhood. Lots of windows, so it is cool sitting by the window in March. We had a lovely time, the staff was attentive, but not overbearing and our food was delicious and cooked perfectly.
We were celebrating an Anniversary, so they comped us a small appetizer and champagne. That was very nice of them.
We are not familiar with NYC restaurant prices, so a dinner for two with one glass of wine and a coke, apps, dessert, tax and tip for $180 seemed a bit steep to us.

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KS
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend was in town on business and asked if we were free for dinner. He had to do battle to save his organization today so he wisely chose the Kassoulet. He fell in love with it and took the remainders of the generous portion back to his hotel room. He promised to bring his wife on his next trip because he wanted her to have the full La Sirene UWS experience. All three of us had great meals last night and were thoroughly delighted. It's a great place.

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M
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and wonderful food! More laid back (ie, not as fancy) as I expected, but very professional in service and presentation. We started with the mini ravioli appetizer, was very good though a bit high in price--must have been the truffles talking! We each had the hanger steak, done exactly as ordered (different temperatures). The menu was a bit bare in describing what came with the entrees so we did not know what to expect. Each steak came with a few small but thick and perfectly crispy fries. And a long dish of four different vegetables to share was yummy too. Given all the butter in the meal, we felt a bit full and did not order dessert, but they sounded and looked just as good.

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T
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this restaurant,was looking today at what French cuisine was available to check out in UWS which is where I've lived for the past 6 years.This is a gem of a place,cooking is top notch and service amongst the best I've experienced in the city!Don't hestitate if you want a great overall experience.

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TB
New England
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good french food - steak tartare, duck and cassoulet were delicious. Caring service. Perfect for an evening of conversation and good food. Will go back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow but otherwise a delicious meal n a cozy place.

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SH
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While I hate to publicize this, La Sirene is an UWS value. Small, quiet, with a young French chef who plainly cares about what he does. He imports the lamb for the rack of lamb from New Zealand. He cares to get the duck from Canada. The wait staff tries hard. And, because it is underutilized and from its configuration, it is relatively quiet. It is nice to be able to hear one's companions talk. The Scotch choice includes Tallisker, which is a sign of true understanding. And the Profiteroles were good. Not crazy about the "house" burgundy, but they have a decent Gigondas on the list for not much more. Cozy place for dinner with friends. It would be nice if they brought out seltzer gratis in the same type of water bottle that they use for tap water for the table. Unpretentious place.

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RW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice surprise. We had the snails, lamb and gnocchi and they were all super.

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CM
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at La Sirene our first night in New York, and loved it so much we returned on our last night! The staff adds to the fun and charm of the warm atmosphere that is reminiscent of a neighborhood Parisian restaurant. Our waiter, Gonzalo, and Chef Leon were attentive and friendly and made excellent menu suggestions. We could not resist ordering our two favorite dishes again - the mouth-wateringly good escargot and the seared tenderloin with foie gras and port wine truffle sauce. Mini-ravioli with truffle cream sauce was a small, rich and flavorful appetizer worth fighting over. French onion soup was as good as any I've had in France, and linguini with seafood equally delicious. For dessert we tried the lava cake with coconut sorbet and the chef's special. They were both very good, but our favorite dessert may be the profiteroles, which we had the first time. The food and atmosphere make this hands-down our favorite New York restaurant. We will return to La Sirene on every NYC visit and look forward to working our way through the menu!

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K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a charming brunch with friends. Croque Madame was very good and came with salad and fries for the table. Only quibble I have is that the 2nd cup of coffee was old and bitter. Maybe they were just trying to encourage us to leave the table.

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PA
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience! The gnocchi is so delicious (and insanely cheesy). The atmosphere is romantic, dimly lit, and cozy. The only setback from returning often to this restaurant is that the meals are very pricey, so it’s more of a special occasion place.

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KS
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Sirene UWS has a superb new lunch menu, which I discovered at lunch with a colleague last Thursday. I had a remarkable ham and cheese crepe and my colleague had the baked goat cheese tart. Both were delicious and very reasonably priced. Service was excellent and the prices were quite reasonable. Highly recommended.

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KS
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful simple Sunday dinner. Excellent green salad. One of us had the rack of lamb, one of my favorite dishes there, and the other had the onglet. Gonzago has extraordinary taste in wine and we split a fist-rate red wine that he suggested. My advice is to always take his suggestions. In truth, we've never had a bad dish at La Sirene and we must have been there 20 times by now.

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UW
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I was really hoping for more. I didn’t get it

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EH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice neighborhood gem. Everything we ate was very tasty. No complaints on the food at all except maybe portion size as compared to pricing. Wine list was good and reasonably priced. It's a small cozy place, so just know that. We thought the service was very good. I recommend the muscles with the cajun spice and sausage. Really tasty and the sauce is to die for with a chunk of crusty bread. We would definitely come back.

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J
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner at La Sirène. It was a relaxed, cozy atmosphere with delicious food and good wine. I had the bass special and my wife had the duck. I liked mine best. We are slow eaters, and do not like to be rushed. It took a few interactions with the waiter for him to get the hint, but after that we had a wonderful leisurely meal.

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MD
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a superb lunch at La Sirene Highly recommend this newcomer to the upper West side lunch scene! My husband and I have enjoyed dinner there on a number of occasions, they only recently started serving lunch.

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l
Raleigh
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the staff was very friendly.

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KS
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an absolutely joyous (and delicious) meal at La Sirene UWS at which we had the opportunity to reunite my sister with a childhood friend after almost 45 years. The food and drink were as wonderful -- more wonderful --as we have come to expect at La Sirene. Whenever we bring someone who has never been there to dinner or brunch there, we get asked what we recommend and we always say, "Order whatever you want. We've never been disappointed by a dish here." The kitchen is excellent. The service is extraordinary. The wine list is wonderful. The prices are quite reasonable for a restaurant of this quality.

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SG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real French restaurant on the Upper West Side, and a reliable place to bring guests

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and great service; a gem of a restaurant in a neighborhood with too few places to go.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great spot. Warm ambiance although there is a lot going on, so servers don t have a lot of time . Great food.

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j
Atlantic City
17 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is outstanding. The wine list is excellent. The only complaint I have is that you dine very close to the next table. This is a common issue in NYC. Notwithstanding...I'll go back again and deal with the table issue.

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

Love this place. The service is personable and very knowledgeable, the food is always so delicious, and the atmosphere is intimate and classy yet relaxed.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The cabbage soup, the caviar and the cassoulet were great. I'll be back again, especially for the cassoulet. The wine, a waiter-recommended Bordeaux, was a bit young and didn't quite make it probably because of the short airing. The berry dessert with Chantilly cream was nice, but failed to be exciting as it lacked liqueur flavors. The service could have been a bit relaxed, but then it was Valentine's.

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M
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Ok, it was Valentine's Day, but still, what a disappointment. Last year we dined at La Sirene on the East Side and it was charming and serene and well worth the expense. A woman ran the dining room and kept her eye on everything that went on there. Not so the new West Side branch. The room is narrow, like a railroad flat and stuffed chock a block with tiny tables. The noise level is atrocious as is the lighting. The place didn't look like a bistro, more like a disco. The wine list was very expensive, with few moderate choices, and the wine steward recommended a wine that was too young and very bitter. The waiters were so busy that there was no time for personal service. By the time we settled in and were served, we didn't much care anymore what the food was like. My husband didn't care for his cheese appetizer, but like the beef main course. My rack of lamb was also good. But nothing was exceptional.
No return trip for us. Too bad because the West Side could still use more good places to eat.

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KS
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A surprise phone call from a visiting nephew and his wife led to a Sunday brunch at La Sirene UWS. It's my favorite restaurant on the UWS and they loved it as much as we do. We started with some remarkable crepes and moved on to wonderful egg dishes. I had an egg white omelet with vegetables. One of them had the Piperade Basquese, another had the eggs Florentine, and my spouse had the Oeufs Hollandaise au Jambon Madrange and we shared a bottle of a wonderful Sancerre. We all were ecstatic. I'd had the egg white omelette several months ago with a group visiting from the UK. Sunday's seemed twice the size and was utterly magnificent. The French fries that came with each dish were incredible. It seems silly to be ecstatic about French fries, but these were simply from heaven. I promised my nephew and his wife that the next time they were in town, I would take them to La Sirene UWS for dinner. This was a memorable brunch.

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KS
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met up with a friend I hadn't seen since high school by having brunch at La Sirene UWS. He's new to the neighborhood and I wanted to introduce him to my favorite UWS restaurant. I had the popovers, which were great, but I could only make it through two of them and took the third home. He had the onion soup -- which blew him away -- and an egg dish that he loved. I suspect that he will become a regular there. I already am a regular.

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s
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

One of the worst Restaurant Week meals ever. Small, flavorless portions for appetizers and entrees and out of profiteroles and sorbets by 7:00! Our first time here when they had just opened was outstanding. The past two times have been dreadful. No more.

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New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

My husband had the cassoulet which he considered very good. I had the app steak tartare which was rather sweet, and I prefer savory. The gnocchi was quite disappointing; the rue was so dominant in the dish that I could not distinguish where the gnocchi was. It was a baked mush. Service was very nice. My cosmo was excellent. Beer was slightly overpriced for our neighborhood.

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KS
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my colleagues and I have a tradition of having a Restaurant Week lunch, usually at a place with at least one Michelin star. This year, I broke tradition and brought him to La Sirene UWS. He was more satisfied with this lunch than with any of the Michelin-starred places we've been to. The lentil soup was magnificent, as was the croque monsieur. My colleague, a pescatarian, was overwhelmed by his fish dish. Special thanks go to our wonderful server and to the miraculous chef. This is a restaurant to cherish.

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j
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food was great but the waiter not too nice. Very abrupt with his answers and did not take time to even answer when asked if they were any vegetarian dishes or if any dishes can be made without the meat. All that was said that " this is a French restaurant and we eat meat". The place is very small and lack of privacy. We have to move our table so the person eating next to us can go to the bathroom.

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

Brunch was fantastic! Amazing omlettes, indulgent fries, and wonderful service.

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

We had the restaurant week special and really enjoyed. We are new to the neighborhood and will make this a frequented place to fine dine.

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

Trying really hard but somehow misses. Too bad. why

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P
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A friend and I visited the restaurant during Restaurant Week. The menu was inventive, and the food was very good. Although the restaurant is small and the tables tightly placed, it was blessedly quiet. I'd be happy to return.

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KS
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down, La Sirene UWS is our favorite restaurant on the west side. The cooking is inevitably excellent. The only question is whether it will be even more excellent than before. (Hint: If there are specials on the menu, order them. I'll never forget the pasta with white truffles. Saturday night, the fish special was heavenly.) We went to celebrate a friend's birthday, Two of us ordered off the regular menu and I decided to test the Restaurant Week dinner -- an incredible bean soup, a wonderful filet mignon ($5 extra) and memorable croquembouche). My friends raved about the escargots and the pate that they had along with the fish special. The service is remarkable. Expert, knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. Our server has remarkable taste in wine. He also has an incredible memory of what wines we've had in the past and isn't shy about making recommendations. When he does, take them. Finally, there is an atmosphere of happiness in the restaurant. It's relatively quiet but the joy is infectious. Go there and have a great night.

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f
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The cassoulet is wonderful as is the rabbit. Wine is a serous pour. There is a wait of almost a half hour for the cassoulet but worth it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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B
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic French brunch. The owner provides a warm welcome and wants to make sure you have a good time. A table with children beside us was curious what the pop-overs on the menu were, so after he explained how they're made, he then brought out a few for them to take home, free of charge, along with homemade jam!

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