La Sirene UWS

4.4
351 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch today! Met with a graduate student, talked about work and had great beet salad, steak tartare and home made ice cream. Perfect afternoon.

d
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Success has created a downhill spiral here. Our fourth time and the food and experience was, frankly, lousy. The escargot appetizer was good, but Mussels had to be sent back because they were undercooked. Halibut special ($38!!) was tiny , maybe 2 ounces, and totally over cooked. To their credit, this was comp’d when we pointed it out. The linguini de la mare was long on cream, short on actual seafood. To top it off, the dining room was at least 8 degrees too warm and the bathrooms, in a dungeon down a steep flight of stairs, was 20 degrees overheated. Too bad. There are many other, and better, places in the neighborhood these days.

a
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

La Sirene is a lovely little bistro on the UWS. Truly authentic French food rather than bistro fare at Cassis. The service was spot on. Attentive and charming. The ambiance is lovely - it’s cozy, quiet and comfortable. It’s just expensive for what it is. I wish it weren’t so expensive because my husband and I would love to have a place like this for a weekly dinner out. It was $200 with the tip for a nice but not outstanding bottle of Sancerre, two appetizers and two entrees.

J
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Very relaxed, good wine, delicious food, attentive service.

We especially like that we were not rushed. Too many restaurants in the area want to flip tables for a second service, but we were able to enjoy the meal at our own pace.

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

Skimpy portion of hanger steak. Cold sauce with hot salmon. Vegetable side plate - - good mashed carrots, haricot verts were old, bread was stale, service was late, rushed but pleasant people. Table spacing very tight. Pate a choux profiteroles - - cardboard, vanilla ice milk, canned chocolate syrup. Meh. We won't be back.

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

I met with two college friends for lunch at La Sirene UWS and we had a marvelous time. The watermelon salad is an amazing and wonderfully delicious dish. (Who knew?) The ham and cream sauce 'French tortilla" was another wonder. Service was great and prices were reasonable (although the $16.00 glass of wine was a bit of a surprise -- even though it was a delicious wine). All in all, a great time was had by all and we will return.

JE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

It’s a cozy little restaurant. Servers are very friendly and attentive. The food is okay, not very special.

D
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just like being in Paris. Great service and great food. Beautiful display

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a lovely meal. The portions are generous and the items on the menu are different from the usual but not just in a "trendy", obscure ingredient way. The dishes were all delicious and come with a nice assortment of vegetables on the side--also a nice, generous touch. Excellent bread, butter and wine.

MB
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Value for Restaurant Week but if you want a quiet dinner, this place is not for you.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 3

This restaurant is the worst restaurant I’ve ever been to, the charge a 3% additional on my bill besides tax. They said is because the real estate rent increased. I wasn’t aware of this. They insist not to remove the 3% charge. They said is on the menu. I wonder who is gonna read the menu agreement when you dine in the restaurant. This is ridiculous! We are not happy at all!!!

AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love La Sirène and plan to return. I felt very much at home. Amne

RA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

La Sirene was a pleasant surprise... a traditional french bistro experience in the heart of a busy NY neighborhood. Food was excellent, service was attentive and on point... the waiter seemed to read my mind. It was a perfect date experience, especially if you appreciate a little privacy.

KP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful! Excellent food and lovely staff. I can’t wait to go back.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very charming French restaurant on the upper west side of Manhattan. The staff was very welcoming and made my husbands birthday very special. The food was absolutely delicious.

KT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We could bring my dog at the terrace,so we had a really good time with our dog!
The food was also excellent! I definitely come back again.

DI
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it as always. Love the RW menu as well. Although the man and the woman sitting next to me seem to be disrespecting me on my race which annoyed me. But not the restaurant's fault.

JT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

reservation asked if this was a special occasion, (it was a birthday) no mention of this at the restaurant,
why ask, if they do not intend to acknowledge it-- Noise level too high Maybe lunch is better at this restaurant/

H
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Perfect service and the environment! Hope the onion soup could not be burned.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was well done but a bit pricey. Service was good.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

An unpretentious neighborhood French restaurant with simple menu and attentive service. The food was tasty and the portions were just right.

JP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Two couples joined here for dinner. We were completely turned off, and offended, when the bill came: $21. for a shot of Belvedere vodka on the rocks. Obscene. Restaurant Daniel charges less! For that matter all alcohol was overpriced at La Sirene. This is clearly a decision by the owner, but the food was just not good enough, nor the environment for that matter, to justify price gouging like this. The service was excellent, a true evening saver, because several mussels, for example, in the unusually small portions served were quickly, happily replaced and with several added. THAT is the kind of generous care the owner setting prices and volume of food offered is sorely missing. I order mussels often in NYC establishments, and for $16 Primi courses get a large bowl of mussels. La Sirene plates them in a soup plate. Really? For the price of mussels--we cook them at home all the time--it's very chintzy and sent that message to us right away. Two of us ordered them as appetizers, and we all immediately responded badly to the small size of the plates for mussels. Thankfully, the duck was perfectly cooked, classically plated and its cherry sauce was deep, rich and satisfying. The snapper special was also thoroughly enjoyed by my spouse. But we won't return until they fix they're bloated prices for alcohol.

La Sirene UWS
Responded on August 2, 2019

Dear Jerry, Didier (chef owner) and myself (GM) rarely go out for drinks so we don't have any idea of cocktail/hard liquor prices around town. Upon reading your review we have corrected the price you rightly pointed out. As a side note, prices have gone up for food and drinks since January 2019, as the direct consequence of the new mandated $15/hour minimum wage increase that has taken a toll on small businesses. Thank you and hoping you will give us a second chance :) Respectfully, Benjamin

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AB
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

My experience at La Sirene in no way matched the excellent review on the list of restaurant week restaurants. I was exceedingly disappointed. So no, I would not recommend it to a friend.

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch and staff - very welcoming and helpful.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Pleasant dinner experience.

NY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant dinner - food great, loved the ambience, would definitely go back. Great place to have on the Uoper West Side!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Didn’t love the food. I had a better food experience at the tribeca location.

RA
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice restaurant, really good date spot, service was top notch, the portions were a little small, but we went during restaurant week prefix menu so I’m guessing that’s why. Overall great experience! Def recommend!

m
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

First visit - restaurant week. Food good, but some portions small (all the entrees and the ravioli appetizer) although the watermelon salad was substantial. Dessert size adequate. Not sure if portions reduced for RW, but doubt it. Given small portions, a bit pricey and alcohol costs are steep. Excluding wines, bar options very limited. Could not make a mud slide (advised no Baileys) so requested a white Russian. It was a makeshift artifice - iced coffee used as no Kahlua. When I complained, the drink was taken back and not charged. Don't believe deliberate attempt to deceive, but should have been advised up front. Also, UWS location has "Administrative Surcharge" of 3.5% in lieu of price increase due to passed through real estate tax increase. They are open about this with menu statement, but you should know before you go.

LS
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful cafe. Quiet, charming, excellent service, superb food.

E
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The French onion soup gratiné alone, with its slightly sweet broth, makes this new-to-the-UWS branch worth a visit. Other menu items are equally well prepared and the wait staff are friendly and accommodating.

B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Elbow to elbow tables and doors open on a pleasant day made for a very noisy environment.

S
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Chicken livers with wine base was a delicious addition to lunch menu. On the other hand the goat cheese tart was too salty and soft, unlike one eaten at a different time. Should have mentioned this to waitress

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as delicious as the downtown location !!!

T
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My visit to La Sirene took place during French restaurant week. That might explain some of the problems. It was very hot out and the air conditioning didn’t keep up with the temperature. The restaurant was very crowded and the service was slow. That might not happen on an ordinary evening. Everyone in my party enjoyed the food, and the price made it worthwhile. However the regular menu was very pricey and if it hadn’t been a special week, it would not have been worth those prices. The noise level was extraordinarily high based on the brick ceiling tile floor and possibly the number of people in that very small space. I had heard good things about the restaurant and was pleased to be able to try it out. It did not live up to its reputation.

n
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Ate here last night during NYC French Restaurant Week. The staff was friendly and welcoming. The restaurant was very small and there is just one bathroom down a narrow flight of stairs and its not air-conditioned downstairs. That's not a deal-breaker but I was surprised and expected something nicer. I had the tiny French Ravioli stuffed with Comte cheese which was delicious and served in a doll-sized pot. My husband had mussels which were done well. Our guest had the pate de campagne and she said it was really good. For entrees, I had the 1/2 cornish hen which was a really small entree. It was pretty bland and came with uninspired, limp, frites- that I believe were frozen and not made on the spot. Basically, it tasted almost like a boiled, unseasoned chicken. The other two had hangar steak and filet Mignon which they said were cooked according to the requested temperatures. We were given a family-style dish of vegetables which was pretty small and not that interesting, the mashed squash had flavor but the others didn't really-I had to hold back or else there would not have been enough for everyone. For dessert, I had the Choux with Grand Marnier filling...there were just two and they were ok.
they were small and a little hard. All in all, the food was OK and reliable especially if you skip the chicken. Perhaps because I ordered from the Prix Fixe menu, but I felt that all of the servings were very small and I left there pretty hungry. It was a very hot night and the A/C was not great but I don't think that was the fault of the restaurant. Overall, I would consider this a neighborhood place and I don't think I would go out of my way to eat here.

h
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

THe food for the French restaurant week was delicious. The restaurant was charming and the two servers we had we were very cordial.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my boyfriend’s birthday! They brought us ice cream and champagne on the house and the food was delicious! Love this place.

WP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

No rush meal, friendly and tasty. We had the French Week prix fixe which was fulfilling. The vegetables are amazing!

JB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

I really like this restaurant. The food is delicious & well presented. I am unhappy with the waitress we had. After specifically stating my daughter had a mushroom allergy, a side of fries came with truffle oil on them. Sadly, we realized it too late! She was seriously affected by the oil! We had to rush out to care for her! La Sirene has added truffle oil to a lot of it's dishes. We will not be able to return as a family in the future. Disappointing.

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