The place is shut down!! Why do you still have it on the site? Very sad.
Les Halles was closed when we arrived. Literally shut down. We stopped some cops nearby and said they had completely cleared out the place the night before. I wish the restaurant would have had the decency to give the customers a heads up.
We dine here a few times per year. Foods is always good. Staff is nice.
Very good experience, very good food. Four of us went early Friday evening, my wife wanting to try it because of the historic connection to Anthony Bourdain. Not too crowded, but not deserted Good ambience; nice faux early 20th century wood decor. Managed to get some happy hour drinks right at the end of HH. Service was prompt and attentive. Food was very good, we had steak, duck, pork and seafood ravioli. All were well-prepared with high quality ingredients, and served fresh and hot. Creme Brulee for dessert was also very good Overall, one of the better bistros I have been to in the US. Nothing out of this world, but a very good performance.
The food was terrible. I sent back the lamb which was a plate of fat and tendon. The duck was dry. Some of the worst food I have had in a while. Server was MIA. Last time.
Slow service, an hour for food to arrive. Over priced wine and mediocre at that. But the worst part is the noise level. I've been to this place 3 times and it gets worse each time so this is my last visit. Suggestion , ask intoxicated patrons to leave or shut up at least and learn how to make sauces.
i have wanted to go here for a long time and while we were in nyc we decided to try it..it was pretty good actually..the steak was cooked to perfection and the scallops were ok, only i would go back overall..
Nothing pretentious here - just an honest presentation of bistro classics
Comfortable and reliable
We did Les Halles in the previous location and it was always a good experience. Now, we can not even compare them. Beside the name, they have nothing in common. Avoid this place at all cost.
I have known about Les Halles for years, but living in New Zealand, and travelling in Europe most years, have never managed a visit until this last week. Walking past the Restraunt a few times during the week before I booked, it looked dead, but having wanted to eat here for years I made a booking anyway. I was nervous about the decision. I didn't want a disappointment. I
love simple French bistro food. I love a good steak frites that hasn't been fkt up. But something didn't feel right from passing by. On arrival the place was half empty at 7:30 pm on a Wednesday night. Needn't have booked. The food was v good. Steak well seasoned and cooked a perfect medium rare. A bit tough, but well cooked. Nice simple wine list with some good wines. Nice simple menu. But everything just seemed jaded and tired. No atmosphere. No fizz. Our
waitress was ambivalent at best. At best. The kitchen staff who assisted serving seemed like they hadn't slept for at least 72 hours. Everyone was pleasant, but there seemed to be an overall lack of momentum or direction. No buzz.
I'm glad I went. I love to cook simple French grub at home. I've learnt a lot about cooking from ex chef Bourdain. I not embarrassed to admit I have a les Halles cook book and I have admired Bourdain since the early days and when I found out he liked the stooges and QOTSA. I wanted to feel a little of the magic atmosphere busy well run kitchens generate out front. Sadly, there was none of the magic. Just an air of doom or trauma. Tony might want to look at whether something can be done - seems sad to see an institution seemingly floundering.