The Paris Cafe

4.3
100 reviews
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The Paris Cafe - one of New York City's Oldest Pubs - has been around since 1873. Located in the Historic South Street Seaport, steps away from the Brooklyn Bridge and right across the street from the East River, The Paris Cafe is a perfect blend of history, good food and strong drinks.

We have a Full Bar, Winter Cocktail Specials, Happy Hour Specials, serve a wide range of Craft Beers that change seasonally as well as Wines by the Glass and Bottle. Enjoy views of the Brooklyn Bridge, watch the ships go by on the East River while overlooking the cobblestone streets, or take in one of the many sporting events on one of our 12 Big Screen TVs.

The Paris Cafe was closed for 51 weeks after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy but it has been renovated (the magnificent Victorian back-bar has been restored and is returned to its original layout) and returns with a fresh look while keeping the old feel and vibe. Come on in for a pint or two!
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DE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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Boise
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best fish and chips I have had in my life.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great brunch value!! Ok service, not bad, good food. Would recommend

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were sitting outside,place looks cool,service is good,back server was do friendly and helpful.mussels were yummyy!!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

restaurant was closed but still accepted our reservation and did not let us know. we only found out when we showed up for a BIRTHDAY celebration

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K
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent and the restaurant had a beautiful ambiance.

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L
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Paris Cafe.
Prices are reasonable, food delish, people are friendly and the service impeccable.
They have the best AFFORDABLE lunch ever with a free cocktail!!!
The Salmon Benedict is my husband's favorite and the dish is complete with home fries and biscuit.
Book a table, you won't be disappointed!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food,service,atmosphere,all terrific.
Thanks for a great time.
Not our first time,not our last.

Thank you.

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JS
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had s lunch reservation and were seated right away. The waitress was super friendly and attentive. Food was really good and of course beautiful location.

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MO
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always end up a really good meal. Love their seafood.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 1

We came in on a Sunday very early in the evening and they put us in a booth that was right next to the kitchen, really didn't enjoy the whole kitchen conversation.

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PF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s great to see the South Street Seaport coming back! And it’s wonderful that historic restaurants like the very charming Paris Cafe are still around and part of the experience. We dined with another couple for brunch this weekend, enjoyed the hearty and delicious Full Paris Breakfast. Good service, good prices, nice ambiance and a noise level that actually allows for conversation. It was delightful!

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Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It's a regular pub with standard pub fare. There is nothing Parisian about this place.

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JP
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 5

I come to the city once a year, and always come to The Paris Cafe for a meal, usually with a larger group. I have always had excellent service and delicious food. However last week, our server (for a table of 7) must have been having a bad day because she was not personable, didn't want to be bothered by asking us if we needed anything, and basically knew she would be getting the 20% for a tip due to our group size. I had really talked up Paris Cafe to the group, but by meals end, found myself apologizing to friends for the experience. Like I said, everyone has a bad day, but hopefully the next time will return to the same great service I had always experienced previously.

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NA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food and great atmosphere in a really nice neighborhood.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was low quality and 'dull' - absolutely not worth the price.

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

Great brunch! Restaurant has lots of character. Warm and cozy on a cold day!

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W
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sunday brunch with my family.

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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very attractive yet informal cafe next to South Street Seaport. Good service, quiet during our lunch and very good menu selections, including various dietary preferences. Decor and comfort are very good. I have been to the Paris Cafe several times with friends and find it the very comfortable and consistent and highly reccomend it. We ate in the dining section not the bar section but the bar looks very attractive and appears to have many selections.

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JF
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good Service, delicious food and warm interior.

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JR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are huge fans of Paris and have been going for the last 16 years. They've hosted our engagement party and a few birthdays. We go back every year for our wedding anniversary and this year was no exception. We love everyone there and can't thank them enough.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very tasty and fresh. Friendly service.

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Atmospheric, historic gastropub with yummy comfort food. Front bar is a garrulous sports bar, but the back room is quiet enough for comfortable conversation. Great for groups!

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KM
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great environment! Really cool to eat at an establishment with so much history. Food was great and thr service was just as good. Definitely recommend!

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TE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Okay for what it is

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PL
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The building exterior is so cute but the inside is like a sports bar. The food is not French which caught us off guard; however, the food was surprisingly good and the price is very affordable. Had the chicken and steak. The beet salad was really good.

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LB
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose this restaurant for it's proximity to the ferry landing on Wall St. and we were very pleased. It has a great ambience with original architectural features and a real pub/café feel. The food is very good and the service pleasant. It is definitely our choice for lunch or dinner after a ferry ride into the city.

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G
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were in from out of town and felt the prices were very reasonable and value was excellent. The seafood stew was to die for. The calamari was soooo tender and the mussels, clams and salmon were just delicious. The tomato soup/base was an incredible tomato reduction that was seasoned just perfectly. No thin tomato juice in this dish. My husband had the lamb shank which is always one of his favorite dishes. This one did not disappoint!

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KW
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went to the Paris Cafe prior to a concert. The service and location were just what we needed. The food is very American. I had the Shepard’s pie. And my husband had mozzarella sticks, and another appetizer. We were quite happy!

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M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were on our way to a Diana Ross concert. The owner, a very friendly man asked if we were attending and was just as excited as we were! He even sang a few bars of one of her songs! We had a very nice waiter who was very attentive and the food was great. I hope to return again, soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service, close to Brooklyn Bridge if you decide to walk Oliver it

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HN
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my Hubby's 75th birthday. Everything we hoped for and more. Hope to return on my next visit to NYC!

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DW
Indiana
12 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The sauces of seafood stew is very good. My husband loved the lamb. The place is not something impressed you but food is worth to try.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing

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GC
Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Things got off to a rocky start with an expensive, tiny hibiscus and mezcal cocktail for $12 that did not really work. The service was slow at first, and we had to ask for water, but it improved as the meal went in. The seafood stew was out of this world, filled with mussels, clams, calamari and shrimp in wonderful tomato-based sauce that was perfect for dipping bread into. We also had the tuna Niçoise salad that was super tasty. The atmosphere was nice. I would go back.

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AS
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to this restaurant to celebrate my sister's birthday.
Everything was great. The service was excellent. Our dinners were all delicious and very satisfying. The restaurant itself was really quaint - loved it!
I would recommend this restaurant. Great experience.

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LR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quaint feeling...cozy....good food...….great location by the Seaport. Have been going there for some time and will continue to do so for many years.

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NR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Paris Cafe has been around since the 1800's and still continues to be a wonderful place to gather with friends. We chose to come here after meeting at an extremely noisy and crowded restaurant just down the street. We were very happy with the moderate noise which allowed us to chat freely and enjoy each other's company. The service was perfect and the food and drinks were great. We made it to happy hour and our server reminded us when it was close to ending so we could place our next drink order. You can't beat that for great service!

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K
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was amazing and quiet big for the value , definitely would go back

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MW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good experience. Food was great. I had the Mahi Mahi sandwich which was amazing. Definitely worth another visit to try other dishes.

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