Left Bank NYC

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$31 to $50
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Left Bank is at its core a New York bistro, inspired by Greenwich Village itself, and influenced by European sensibilities. From our landmarked building in Manhattan's historic district, large bay windows on both sides reflect our open-book, unpretentious style of cooking and service. Our food is inspired by our local farmers, recipes of days gone by, and the relationships we have with our guests. Left Bank continues to evolve with an entrepreneurial spirit and a sincere desire to serve simple, wholesome, delicious food and drink to New Yorkers and passersby. We are now open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
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JJ
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We got there early for the special and had an amazing dinner. The butternut squash gnocchi was like Thanksgiving in my mouth. Another great dinner here!

LC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We go here at least once every 2 weeks. Always a good staple place to go to. The service is friendly, food is great, ambiance is perfect. There is a reason why this is one of the few restaurants who survives in this area of the West Village. The endive salad is a favorite as is the gnocchi. While I personally like a red sauce for the bolognese, their version is very good.

AS
Los Angeles
445 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank is a delightful neighborhood restaurant serving delicious, seasonal fare in a warm atmosphere. Chef Laurence Edelman and his team use high quality, local ingredients and bring them to their fullest potential without overdoing anything. The Beef Tartare, for example, was classic, full of flavor and served with crunchy toast points. The pastas are all made from scratch. The potato gnocchi was soft, pillowy goodness served with late summer corn, cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs all at their peak. Service was friendly and attentive. I always leave Left Bank satisfied and looking forward to my next dinner there. I highly recommend this West Village gem!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place , amazing food

CP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, food consistently good!

OT
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner - many thanks

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Lovely happy hour bar with very reasonable prices! Lots of room and not too busy for a Thursday evening. We loved the Restaurant Week menu and enjoyed all of our dishes; however, something was off with the firing - it took an excessive amount of time to receive our appetizers and, in particular, mains. The hostess explained that they were busy; however, it didn’t seem any busier than most prime West Village restaurants (and I am a longtime neighborhood resident and know what I’m talking about!). I appreciate that things may be busy, but the length of time made it a bit of a subpar experience vis-a-vis my other top WV dinner picks. Still - the happy hour and delicious, high quality food saved the evening, and I would visit again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Fantastic food. Off the regular menu we had grilled octopus and mac n cheese with tomato soup dip was outrageous!! Drinks were vibrant, flavorful and strong. Bolognese was great and dessert , chocolate mousse, topped it off. Highly recommend

NN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Casual, service oriented restaurant with friendly staff and very diverse menu

MC
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The meal was lovely and the service engaging. The problem was that the ac barely worked. Not awful, but rather uncomfortable. The Restaurant Week menu was a great sample of the usual menu. This is a true neighborhood gem.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Eaten here a number of times . This evening the chicken wasnt up to par, a bit dry and too salty. Also the A/C was not adequate for a warm humid evening

T
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good, great entree just a little slow in service but not too bad if you in a rush.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Great music

MC
New York Area
166 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

This is a laid back, sweet place with usually good food, but today’s brunch left me wondering whether it’s worth ever coming back. The brunch menu is very limited, not even bread with salsa or entrees. Unfortunately, I had the tuna Niçoise. Nice tuna, but soupy with salad dressing, overflowing with those pitted, pickled green olives, not the expected oil-cured niçiose type. The overall pickled flavor ended up making it taste like a jar of supermarket pickles. Lovely service, but I doubt I can stomach going back. I used to love the food here. Today it’s like a bad chain place.

JA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor menu. No flavor on salad. Bread expensive add-on. No ham. No almond milk.

Never again.

F
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Great ambiance, but the food was a bit salty the last time I visited as well as this time. However, the food is very fresh and delicious (better with less salt). Recommend especially their happy hour.

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I already have although last time there the noise level was too high. The service is very good and
the food is too. I can't remember if there is a good chicken dish on the menu, Either fried or baked.
I have recommended the restaurant and will again in the future.

VF
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptionally good drinks with great a little pricey and the entire staff was very nice we were very comfortable and the noise level was not bad at all. for a small place it was very nice and relaxing atmosphere.It was our first time there and we were extremely surprised because everything was amazing. Can’t wait to go back. Enjoy

O
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the guest chef program. Love the regular chef as well, so it's a wonderful combo.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Bad service, maybe because it was during restaurant week, but good food.

Left Bank NYC
Responded on January 26, 2019

Hello, We are so sorry to hear this. It being Restaurant Week should have nothing to do with the service you received. It is a way for us to participate in a fun, dinner promotion for locals and tourists alike. If you would kindly shed some more details as to what went wrong, we are always looking to grow as a restaurant and learn from our mistakes. Danielle

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MI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The hostess was awesome - very friendly. The guest chef stopped by our table to tell us about the dishes he was creating and then again to see if we were enjoying the meal. Our water was just the right combination of familiar and professional.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for restaurant week and will certainly be back. Our waitress gave us great recommendations when we asked and helped us pick a delicious bottle of Pinot Noir. I wouldn't normally order roast chicken but it was some of the best either of us have ever had. It's not too loud, dark or expensive. I will for sure bring my parents here on their next visit.

NO
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place was just awesome. Will be back many times.

F
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Left Bank is a charming local West Village spot. Food is wonderful, servers are friendly and ambiance is very inviting. Highly recommend.

A
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our timing was perfect for pre-theatre and we left before the younger more energetic crowd arrived. Worked for everyone. Delightful and will absolutely return!

EC
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really fun servers!

E
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Love this place every single time. Service is flawless.

JR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time we've been to this restaurant together and we have enjoyed our meal and experience both times. Most recently, we made a last minute reservation for Christmas Eve. Even after receiving a call from the restaurant about how we were able to make a reservation at that time [remember that it was Christmas Eve], they absolutely were happy to honor our reservation and welcomed us openly.

Our food was delicious, service amiable and not rushed. Even though we were the last table seated for the night, our food was served at a comfortable pace. We could enjoy our food, our conversation, and taking our time. He mad the mussels with fries, and it was a huge dish, and yet he enjoyed it a lot. I had a pulled chicken dish with celery root that was delicious. We both enjoyed the parsnip and apple soup. Perfect for a cold and windy night. Cocktails were just right.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of the real gems of West Village dining! Each year for the past four or five, we spend Christmas Eve here. The fabulous food, interesting cocktails, ambiance, and terrifically knowledgable and friendly service have kept us coming back for years. Bravo Left Bank!

O
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve. The food was superb, especially the pulled chicken with frizzled onions. Perfect evening and great service!

JM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit, and we would definitely go back. Flavourful food, perfect device and a relaxed atmosphere.

FP
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our extended family went for an Xmas Eve dinner and had a splendid time. Bobby and his team made us feel so welcome. Excellent food and service. We will be back and strongly recommend.

R
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute neighborhood gem!

NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I've been to Left Bank a few times and recommend it. It's a quaint restaurant where the food and service is always good. It's not a huge menu but they cover all bases (meat, fish, veggies). I like that it's a smaller, more intimate locale.

RZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

EVERYTHING WAS XCELLENT. However acoustics were poor and very loud at 8pm on a Friday nite!

LV
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively and friendly ambiance on a Thursday night. Food was imaginative, tasty, and not crazily priced for what it was. As with many Manhattan restaurants, I found the space between two-tops to me the stuff of comedy. There really was no way to even slide between tables to sit down without dipping your sleeve into the neighbor's sauce. If they're going to do it communal style, they should just advertise it as such. However, they were easy about switching to the bar where service was great and the atmosphere cheerful.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to spot for just about any reason. Happy hour, spontaneous dinner, or big work dinner. This place never disappoints and impresses the pickiest of people. It feels like a hidden treasure - not sure if that’s true - but I’d like to think so.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We randomly decided to go to dinner in the West Village without making a reservation (risky). We stumbled upon Left Bank and they had plenty of seating. The food was on point. I had the PAPPARDELLE ALLA BOLOGNESE, SLOW COOKED BEEF & PORK RAGU and my husband had a burger. The pasta was amazing. My only hesitation is the prices. For a burger, pasta, a "squash salad" which was literally just seasoned squash, a beer, and two glasses of wine (all at happy hour prices) we paid over $130. If you don't mind dropping that on a quick dinner then this place is good for you. But you can find exceptional menu items at the same price, or less, if you make a reservation in advance, somewhere else.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, wonderful staff. Would go back in a heartbeat.