Left Bank NYC

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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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AS
Los Angeles
441 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place , amazing food

CP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, food consistently good!

OT
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner - many thanks

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

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
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great music

MC
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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

Never again.

F
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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
20 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
24 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

F
Baltimore
51 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
74 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and really fun servers!

E
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
68 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolute neighborhood gem!

NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

l
Charlotte
33 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were in town for Thanksgiving and needed to find a place in the neighborhood for Sunday brunch. I am not a fan of waiting in line to eat so I chose Left Bank NYC mainly because I could get a reservation at the time we needed. What a wonderful surprise! It has a very neighborhood-y feel, and was very cozy. We were meeting our son who works nearby and had loads of luggage, which the staff was very gracious about. In fact, everyone there was incredibly friendly, and our food was perfect. My son and I loved the avocado toast, bacon and sausage, and my husband’s burger was excellent. We enjoyed lingering after our meal, and did not feel rushed at all. A very relaxing end to our stay!

W
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to the Left Bank for Thanksgiving dinner. The hot toddies were perfect for a warm upon an unusually cold day. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed. Our waiter was divine and the food perfect. We would definitely recommend to others.

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