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- Mon - Sun 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Phone: (212) 794-1589
Fax Number: (212) 794-1589
Fax: (212) 628-5089
- Payment method:
- visa, amex, master card, diners club, all major credit cards
- Upper Manhattan, Upper East Side
- Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Family Style, French, European, Continental, Omelets
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Posted: 10/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
L'Absinthe really isn't that bad if you enjoy eating disgusting food and don't mind getting ripped off. I went with 5 of my friends last weekend, foolishly expecting an evening of fine dining. The menu looked very intriguing and impressive, which just amplified the level of disappointment when our food was finally served. I ordered lamb chops medium-rare, but instead got a well-done tasteless piece of cardboard. It did bring back a feeling of nostalgia though: I was reminded of how I almost choked to death while attempting to eat a Lego block when I was 5 years old. But at least I didn't have to pay $37.99 for the Lego block, and it was more properly seasoned than the lamb chops. None of the meat dishes that we ordered were cooked properly. Perhaps the executive chef took the night off and let the busboys man the stoves. Our waiter seemed to be an amiable fellow, but he was not very attentive to our needs at all, nor did he even seem like he had any idea what he was doing there. I guess his overnight transition from taco-bell-cashier to pretentious-french-restaurant waiter did not go as smoothly as envisioned. Even the restrooms were disgusting, and no fancier than your local pizzeria's. In short, the experience was HORRIBLE. For that price, you can find 200 better restaurants to dine at in New York. Don't be fooled by the positive reviews on Citysearch, because they're probably written by the restauranteurs themselves. Be wary of the fact that there are almost as many 1-star ratings for this place as there are 5-star ratings. L'Absinthe? More like L'Awful.
Posted: 10/9/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I love this restaurant and I'm not really a fan of going out to eat. The food is always excellent, the wine superb, the staff friendly, and the other patrons a joy. oh yeah, and the prices are reasonable! It's a great cozy place for an intimate dinner.
Posted: 9/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Fantastic from beginning to end. Chef Jean Michele Bergounoux never ceases to amaze us. We return again and again. He is magic with the fish and his lamb is succulent! The service is always outstanding. Why visit anywhere else in the city? This is the place to be! Take our advice - go now! Your taste buds will thank us later.
Keep up the good work L'Absinthe!
I am French and an expert on French food, I have tried many different French restaurants and cafes in NY and this one is by far the best. We went there with my husband for our anniversary and boy the experience was phenomenal, excellent food paired with really good wines, staff very courteous and knowledgeable, the chef stopped at every table to check how things were for everyone. The ambience was so French and genuine. We loved it and we will come back....
I took my parents to L'Absinthe last night for their anniversary and we all loved it! The atmosphere is wonderful...you feel like you are in Paris. The waiter could not have been nicer and more accomodating. My mom and I split the lobster salad and then I had the dover sole for my entree which was delicious and she had the duck. My dad has the fois gras for his appetizer which he loved then the lamb which he said was one of the best. For dessert we all split the caramelized pears and the warm chocolate cake! Both were delicious! We will definitely be returning! Had a great time!
I heared many good things about this particular french eatery from my friend who used to live in the upper eastside. So i went with my wife last month. the food is okay but the prices is definately high even for the upper eastside. while we were there, I ordered a roasted chicken, two side orders and a bottle of red wine. Everything was fine until our waiter brought us the third side dish which we didn't order. thus, the waiter took it back to the kitchen i assumed. A few second later i heared a yelling occured. the waiter who served me was being yelled by the white headed chef over the third side dish. We felt so bad for the waiter. i would take that third side dish if i knew that waiter would be in trouble. I went to talk to the chef but he just walked away from me and talked to his wealthy regulars. we we so embarred and felt so bad for the waiter. we felt so bad that he had to work for such snobbish, obnoxious individual that only know how to nurture the spoiled rich.