Northern Alsace pizzas cooked in the traditional open flames is at the heart of a visit to La Tarte Flambee at UES. A perfect blend of paper thin dough slathered in a creamy topping and then topped with bacon, onions and other seasonings is the signature dish, but the owners have also translated this recipe into a startling number of options.
Guests to La Tarte Flambee can opt to create their own, choosing from a long list of vegetables, meats, and other toppings. They can also let the chefs do the selection and choose from the list of savory fare. For those interested in a dessert, La Tarte Flambee also makes a wonderful array of sweet options, and most are topped with fruit, chocolate or even ice cream.
We dined early (5:00 PM) and they were already out of the salad and soup we wanted to order. The Caesar Salad with chicken was a disappointment; a chicken might have been dragged through it at some point, but that's just about all the evidence of chicken there was. Service was just odd.
We were concerned when we first walked in because the place looks sketchy but as soon as we met our server and saw the menu, we knew we were in the right place! The wines are authentic Alsatian and the food is top notch! Our server was also enthusiastic and great!!
They are excellent at what they do - meaning that if you are looking for something special - and tasty - I recommend you try this hidden gem. Their "tarte flambee" is on point and delicious. Recommended specifically for those who eat pork (half the menu has pork).
The wine list is descent and appropriate.
I would recommend this place to anyone.
This was a great find for pre-concert at the Y. The flammies were excellent. Our waiter suggested we share three between 4 of us and that worked out just right. We had a mixed vegetable, a honey and goat cheese, and a salmon, and they were all tasty. Nice Alsatian Reisling and a dessert flammie to top it off.
Low Key Neighborhood Place. Food is absolutely delicious.
Our server was super nice and the ambiance was lowkey and cosy. The tarte flambee was excellent and great for sharing. Noise from semitrucks on the street was sometimes jarring but that's not the restaurant's fault.
Very tasty and had a cute space. Will definitely be back!
Food was interesting and good but overall expensive for what it is. Drinks are very pricey for the ambiance and menu
It was 88 degrees and humid. They had door and windows open. Oven on. Fan off. I was dripping wet and staff had the audacity to to tell us that the AC was on. Why would you have the windows open and door as well with the AC on. It was a sweat box inside. And they lied. Scratch them forever.
Try all the tartes flanbees. Especially good were the goat cheese, Gruyere and Munster. Save room for dessert too, especially the banana split tartes. Service is very quick, attentive and friendly too. Great place overall,
Very small so make a reservation. Staff is helpful in choosing your meal.
Having visited Alsace many many times over the years, New York City finally has a touch of Alsace on the upper Eastside. The food is authentic the tarte clambers are absolutely wonderfulwith local Alsatian beer, I felt as though I was in my favorite restaurant in eastern France.
The servers were drinking while we ate and barley paid attention to us. We were very upset and disapointed
Food is great. Better as a brunch spot with lots of sharing than for dinner. Super friendly servers and very knowledgeable.
Oops thought I was typing in the review box above. Fun place, Very small. The guys who run it truly enjoy themselves. Party of 4, we ordered some house red and let them bring on the crepe-like pizza, gruyere, bacon, onions lots of different varieties.
2nd trip will go back
We picked the restaurant based more on location than menu, but we loved the food, the helpful waiter, the drinks, the friendly atmosphere, and we were only sorry we weren't able to stay longer. Excellent value for money, too.
We were three friends who had studied in Alsace years ago dining at La Tarte Flambee on a Monday night (half priced Alsatian beers!). We've missed tarte flambee since leaving Alsace and La Tarte Flambee offers the best one we've found in New York so far. We love both the traditional and the variety of options for the flammies (as they call them). The waiter was friendly and accommodating. The all you can eat is a great deal!
Found this place just looking through OpenTable..Very interesting, very small and very worthwhile. The menu is under the glass on the table..and may be off putting...Here is my deco: Go with some friends (4 is perfect, 6 would be ok) and let the waiter/owner/dude from Alsace guide you. Order a lot of wine and have fun...
We popped into La Tarte Flambé after a concert in the neighborhood, not knowing what to expect. We were immediately greeted and seated. The menus are under plastic on the tables and the restaurant is very small. I had spicy tomato with jalapeños and chicken and it was delicious with its very think baked crust. I see why people have said it is between a crepe and a pizza. My husband enjoyed his Alsacian sausages and potato salad and part of my tarte. We had a good bottle of Rose. We would go there again at a later hour. Tables are right together and there is a very casual atmosphere. Very reasonable repast!
This Alsatian "pizza" is the only reason to make the trek up past 86th Street now that Elaine's is closed. We always bring our visitors to the city here. Friendly service and delicious comfort food, like eating at someone's home. A great small venue ambience (there is maybe 10 tables). Our standard share couple meal is a salade verte, a mushroom tarte with extra muenster cheese, washed down with a second tarte or their crazy good mac n cheese. Nice small beer selection, Belgian and Alsatian. Always remember to ask if the Reisling is sweet or dry. And never fail to exasperate the staff by asking if they are French OR Alsatian :)
Casual simple and delicious. Very pleasant ambience.
A small place with maybe 8 tables. Service would be comparable to being fed at a friends's house. Menu is unusual, so best to review online at home before coming. Specialty is Alsatian pizza which is the Tarte Flambee. Different and delicious. My favorite is the Original and the Forestiere with extra Muenster Cheese. The Mac n Cheese is also incredible. It's all shareable with a group. The pizza comes thin crust, 8 square slices. I've seen people order them one pie at a time until they were full. We watched a couple eat 4 pies one time. We usually share a salad, one or 2 Tartes and a Mac n Cheese. Good Belgian and Alsatian Beers, French wines. Ask the staff all the history questions you have about Alsace, fascinating.
Not like any other pizza I've ever had. Super thin crust and fresh toppings. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because the wine list is very limited.
If you're looking for fine dining, this is NOT the place... BUT if you want a place that makes amazingly delicious flamenkeuken (I might have misspelled that), then you have found your spot! The staff is French, as is the chef in the back. Half priced wine bottleson Tuesdays, and half-priced beers on Mondays!
It was our second time dining here (the first time we went was over a yr ago around the time this place first opened), and I am glad to report the service and food remains outstanding in spite of the significant increase in the volume of customers (which I am glad to see as it indicates they are doing well). It is a small place, but cozy and not cramped. We made reservations and were seated as soon as a table became available, and food arrived very quickly to the table. It was also a nice touch to see them taking good care of the other patrons by offering hot drinks as they awaited their tables outside the restaurant. The waiter (who appeared to one of the owners) was a very friendly and personable, and the menu pricing is very reasonable.
Essentially the Alsatian version of our flatbreads, the supremely thin, crispy crust just oh-so-overloaded with creme fraiche, onions, bacon, and other goodies was really quite lovely. The potato-leek soup was outstanding; I'm so glad we didn't miss it. And the dessert flambee of creme fraiche, strawberries, and homemade chocolate sauce was to die for. My dining partner's flambette sandwich on a wonderful crusty bread was a winner as well. Well done! Would love to try brunch sometime!
we were looking for a cozy and relaxed place to meet after the museums that did not force us into a full meal. the tartes are delicious. one per person is about right unless you are starving.. onion soup is recommended. they accommodated a large group with reservation, no problem. service was perfect. we will be back.
We always enjoy this very reasonable restaurant with warm service and the best flatbread pizza anywhere!
I have dined here on multiple occasions. The food is always perfect (get the flammys!)
The service is always perfect and friendly. Cozy place, and it happens to be about 2 blocks away From my apartment!
I could not ask for more. A true neighborhood gem. If you haven't gone, GO! Tell them Cory, the Bruce Willis lookalike sent you.
My first experience with Alsation food, they specialize in 'flamees' -- thin, matzoh like 'bread' covered with delicious creme fraiche and an assortment of toppings, a french pizza, if you will. We tried the 'traditional' with Gruyere, bacon and onions, as well as the Forestiere, which included wild mushrooms. Delicious, but somewhat basic. The side 'trio' we ordered left a bit to be desired -- plainly sliced cucumbers, sliced beets and their 'seasonal greens' were just a few pieces of lettuce (romaine? arugula? I'm actually not sure) thrown onto the plate looking more like garnish then food (dressing was good though). Service was excellent. Warm atmosphere. Very cozy.
Food came at different times to different people--service poor-hard to get any attention in this small poorly updated excuse for a restaurant
La Tarte Flambee is a cozy niche on the Upper East Sides. The main dishes, entree and dessert tarte flambees, are perfect for sharing and paired with a good wine, make for an intimate dinner date meal. The dishes themselves, in terms of flavor, aren't particularly special, but the presentation is delicate, rustic and appeasing.
We eat at la tarte flambee regularly and love it every time; i m french and the food is really authentic; the staff is all french and very pleasant; the place is tiny and very cosy. It s the perfect 'around the corner friday night relax restaurant'
Visiting New York and took a chance on this based on the reviews. Very small space but adds to the novelty. Flatbreads were really good and a decent wine selection. Worth it if you want something out of the usual restaurant experience.
When I worked in Alsace many years ago, I discovered Tarte Flambée and fell in love with this particularly Alsatian treat. When I stumbled upon La Tarte Flambée, I was delighted to be able to get this wonderful dish here in NY. I have been back several times and it is consistently wonderful! The service is also wonderful! Definitely recommend La Tarte Flambée to everyone! If you have had Tarte Flambée before, you will love their authentically made tart and if you haven't, you are in for a treat that will have you coming back for more :)
My friend and I lived in Alsace for a few months and since then we've really missed tarte flambee. We loved the ambiance in this little restaurant and the excellent tarte flambee that brought us back to Alsace. The servers are great too.
Delicious and traditional, these tartes are fantastic!
Great food. Good wine
Simple delicious fresh flammekueche
Had a lovely time.
They said that our reservation was for a raised table with backless chairs. This would not work for my wife who is nine months pregnant. They wouldn't switch us to one of the open lower tables.