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About Le Colonial NYC

Le Colonial NYC is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Le Colonial NYC serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables. .For a groups of 5 or more, Le Colonial reserves the right to charge $25 per cover for no show reservations.

149 E. 57th St
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Vietnamese, French, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch is served in the main dining room Monday through Friday
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner is served in the main dining room Monday through Sunday
5:30 - 10:00 Sunday - Thursday
5:30 – 10:00 Friday – Saturday
The lounge is open at
Monday through Sunday
4:30 - 11:00 Sunday - Thursday
4:30 – 11:00 Friday – Saturday

Cross Street:
Lexington Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 752-0808

Website:
http://www.lecolonialnyc.com/

Entertainment:
Music in Lounge

Catering:
We have hosted events off-site, where we provide food for larger scale events, consisting of passed hors d'oeuvres and buffet-style dinners.

Parking Details:
Parking available at 153 E 57th Street.
20% discount for Le colonial guests from 5pm to midnight everyday.
Don't forget to ask for your parking ticket stamped.

Public Transit:
E to 53rd/Lexington
4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th Street

Private Party Facilities:
Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam.

Private Party Contact:
Fon Tongsomboon: (212) 974-3332

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
http://www.lecolonialnyc.com/?page_id=2866

Le Colonial NYC Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

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Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Quiet Conversation (20)
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Cozy (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Spicy (7)
Good for Groups (6)
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Casual (4)
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Notable Wine List (4)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

I think the restaurant was overbooked and understaffed for Valentines Day. As a result the service was quite slow (although friendly). The special menu was rather average.. maybe the a la Carte would have been better. From where we were sitting we were very aware of people arriving, being offered tables very near the door, cramped together or near the service table.. and being upset about that (us too.. but we managed to get moved). So it was okay, but not great.. especially for the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We went for Valentine’s Day yesterday and had the worst experience. We got sat at a table in the middle of some trees and the host wouldn’t move us, we only got water once, they never came to refill in the hour and a half we were there, they never came to ask if we wanted another drink or how we were doing, it took 45 minutes to get our appetizer and another 30 to get our main course which we ordered steak medium and it came raw, as if they had thrown it on the grill for 30 seconds. Our side of rice came cold. Every other table around us got their food in a timely manner, it’s as if we weren’t important enough to even bother serving until we told them to take the steak back, take it off our bill and give us the check. Worst service i have ever experienced. And the food didn’t make up for it. Don’t bother with this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

First visit. enjoyed very much . Just need to know that menu was very heavily oriented towards fish and we had two different menus at the table - same except one had cod and the other had salmon. A bit noisy in front - coming from upstairs, but at back of ground floor minimal. I use the "handle" "Miss the Classics", but this approaches it (except that my ideal" is more continental than Asian). We ate leisurely and did not feel rushed in any way. Interesting specialty cocktails although at $16 each seemed priced a bit higher than most places. However, these were specialty cocktails and don't know what "routine " cocktails would be priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Le Colonial is an old favorite that consistently delights. THIS RW menu was particularly appealing. The portions were surprisingly generous, and the food was delicious. Le Colonial may not be as trendy or as cutting edge as it once was, but we had a wonderful meal and definitely want to go back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We've eaten at Le Colonial a few times, most recently during Restaurant Week. I've always enjoyed it-- a pretty setting, interesting food. We've brought friends visiting from out of town.

This last visit was a bit of a disappointment. Perhaps the chef has changed (?), but the food didn't seem as interesting. And it wasn't necessarily because of Restaurant Week, because it was RW on our very first visit, and we returned. I will say that the portions are very generous. We both had spring rolls as starter and were given 4-- twice as much as I was expecting. They were primarily meat and therefore quite filling. I usually prefer more vegetables added in.

Our main course was Carmelized Chicken. It was not unduly sweet, but it was virtually all chicken and again could have benefited from some vegetables to add interest; it was a bit one-note. Again, very generous portions which neither I nor my husband could finish. We don't like to waste food, so we brought it home and the next day had another meal of it, adding some ginger, red pepper, and snow peas which we thought made it more interesting.

And guess what? We still had some chicken left over. As I said, portions were very generous!

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·Dined on February 5, 2018

This was a REALLY disappointing experience. Service was bad, Food was bad and the Whole Place was just not living up to price Level at all.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

A place stuck in a time warp. The decor and food were dated. Just not up to par for the price point.

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·Dined on February 2, 2018

It brought me back to a time when Hanoi was Hanoi before the war and Saigon was not Ho Chi Minh City. Our waiter was a violinist from the northern part of Thailand close to Laos. Very gentle. Food was euphoric. Very special. I’m in love!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Service was excellent. Food was delicious and portion size was filling. We were there for restaurant week and was satisfied with the prix fix menu options: spring roll and chicken soup and vegetable stir fry were excellent. I will definitely return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very good food. OUr lovely table in the corner seemed forgotten by wait staff, but very accommodating when they did come by.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The food was good but I think they could use some new cuisine energy . We were there for restaurant week and the salmon was excellent. The chicken was so so. It may have seen better days and could use a shot of energy. The waiter was fabulous. The ambience was also great and the upstairs bar looks like a great place for hanging out or happy hour.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Food was delicious as always. Hadn't been in a couple of months and happy to see a few new menu items such as the Saigon Burger for lunch but sad no longer Chao Tom.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Spicy, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The restaurant is very beautiful and serene, and the service is excellent. The food, however, was less pleasing to my palate, long on the heat and less elegant than I expected.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The salmon entree on the restaurant week menu was to die for. Excellent! the spring rolls are also a must try! Will be back to try their a la carte menu

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 (London)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Chicken dish tasted like candy; swapped with a chicken noodle dish. But it doesn't seem like the ubiquitous fish sauce prevalent in Vietnamese and Thai food was missing from their dishes

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

this restaurant is beautiful, the food is super tasty and the portions are generous, the service excellent waiters anticipate your needs, this is my second visit and it will not be the last.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Terrific from start to finish! Despite having arrived early for our reservation, we were seated immediately. They placed us at the perfect table where both of us could take in the scene. To our delight, the restaurant was participating in Restaurant Week. The special menu had several outstanding options from which to choose. The food did not disappoint! We would return in a heartbeat!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Pleasant as always!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Le Colonial is a relic of the past. It is still a beautiful restaurant but the food is nothing but a disappointment. It isn't terrible but it certainly isn't any better than most take-out joints.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Amazing atmosphere, but food lacks the subtlety and joy of good Vietnamese food. I had a decent meal, but flavors seemed muted, fresh herbs were wilted. The most flavor came from my mojito and my dessert. Service is impeccable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent service and food. Always a pleasure to dine at Le Colonial.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I was very impressed by our meal at Le Colonial--the food was very good, as was the service. It was a lovely evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

We had a Restaurant Week lunch, and the soft spring rolls were perfect, the salads made of the freshest and brightest ingredients, and the tapioca pudding dessert to die for. I give a less than "5" rating because I was recently in Vietnam, and the flavors and presentations were a step below the quality I've been led to expect from being in Hanoi and Saigon. Otherwise, a great lunch experience, highly recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Came for Restaurant Week!

Drinks: I had a cocktail that was chili-infused Grey Goose vodka. My date got a drink with pear vodka. They were both delicious.

The food was great, my date got the spring rolls and and I got the soup.
For entrées, my date got the fish and I got the chicken. The fish was good, yellow sauce. The chicken was just the right amount of sweet, in a red sauce, and absolutely delicious!

For dessert, I got the chocolate cake and he got the rice pudding with cayenne pepper. The pudding was just the right amount of sweet and spicy. The chocolate cake was really good, not to rich or sweet. We were forward about the spaces of the paper that came on top of the cake, and my dates confirmed that yes, it was indeed very very hot!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Poor service. Long wait between appetizer and main course, over an hour and a half. Many people had reservations but hotel was unprepared for them. Drinks are too expensive. Not worth the money spent, not so likely to come again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 24, 2018

What a wonderful way to spend a cold January afternoon! Perfect choice for restaurant Week! Food - exceptional. Service - very accommodating. Atmosphere - very relaxing!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 23, 2018

I haven’t been there in a very long time ... I like the ambiance and they acknowledged my request for a larger quiet table which was nice ... however, I was disappointed in the menu which seems to have changed. ... less selections and less “exotic” choices ... I was disappointed in my entree choice and switched with my husband ... the starters wer the best and if/when I go back there again I will only order a few starters ... sorry ... my husband and I were a little disappointed ... our son and companion were more positive than we were ...

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Our first and last time at Le Colonial NYC. Had we realized it was a chain (with locations in two other cities) we would not have bothered. The food was bland and pedestrian. The bar is upstairs so drinks orders took ages. We decided to try it during Restaurant Week but but regret not going back to the always superb Shun Lee in the same neighborhood.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

It is no longer the happening spot. But it still is a pleasant place to go

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Consistently great food with superb service. A neighborhood gem👍🏼

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·Dined on January 19, 2018

I felt a little bad when I left a cash gratuity and a person who I never saw before came to take my bill away in a hurry - and then returned much mater to get my signature -

I felt our waiter should have handled this and the bill should have been examined without rushing it away

The person who took the bill away in a hurry never even attempted to make eye contact

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on January 18, 2018

I’ve been here many times. Things have slipped a little. If it wasn’t so good in previous vsisits, I wouldn’t have noticed but there were a few issues. I liked the addition of a poopoo platter of 6 apps. They were excellent. My drink took excessively long to get, went to the wrong table and finally reached me. Plus, the duck, which is usually amazing didn’t have the usual crispy skin was a bit too fatty and was a little underdone. The Vietnamese coffee however is still sensational and sinfully delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Consistantly excellent through the years and as the memu evolves, classic dishes remain and all that I jave tasted are good quality, well prepared and pleasing to the palate. This vitit I especially enjoyed the appetizer tasting tower.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 9, 2018

French Vietnamese dining in one of the best restaurants in New York City. Great food with superb service and a terrific atmosphere. Definitely a neighborhood gem 👍🏼

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Vado a questo ristorante ogni volta che vado a NY e non sono mai rimasta delusa anzi è sempre una bella emozione tornarci cibo spettacolare, atmosfera magica e tranquilla servizio perfetto

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Fabulous food and staff. A very special place. Best duck in NYC.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Quiet atmosphere, attentive service and the food is still quite good at this long-time 57th Street restaurant.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Our server was very attentive and helpful with the menu and recommendations for wine. The food was delicious and beautifully plated.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excelent food and service. Always good and. Keeping same quality for years

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Had yet another fantastic dinner a Le Colonial. The food and service is always outstanding!
We just celebrated my husband’s birthday there with friends and everyone was very happy with everything including the cocktails!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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