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Arabelle

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(14 Reviews)

37 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065

(212) 606-4647

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35
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General Info
A refined dining room in the heart of New York’s Upper East Side, Arabelle at Hôtel Plaza Athénée provides gracious service and a sociable ambiance for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With a storied history as the Chateau Henry IV restaurant during its Alrae days, and again in the 1980s as Le Regence, the space today is equally captivating. Gazing around the room, guests are often awestruck by the beautiful gold domed ceiling, richly paneled walls, Murano chandeliers and hand-painted Chinoserie accents. Reminiscent of an aristocratic residence with a longstanding staff, Arabelle’s meals are served on delicate bone China and accompanied by silver serving dishes, to the delight of all who appreciate modern American cuisine.
Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Sat:
Sun:
Payment method
discover, amex, master card, visa
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Upper Manhattan, Lenox Hill, Upper East Side
Categories
American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: American

Alcohol: Full Bar

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JBopdycke

03/21/2011

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Overall
Fantastic, Fantastic Restaurant

My girlfriend and I had a fantastic experience at Arabelle on a Saturday night. We're NYC residents - not tourists - and like restaurants where you can have a conversation, quiet, elegant, attentive with good food and great wine. Arabelle is a ""hidden gem"" in all these ways.

Tony, one of the head waiters, has great stories about Princess Di and Liz Taylor, the service and pacing were perfect but not stuffy or overly formal. The room is traditional, european - and it's a restaurant, not a hotel restaurant. it stands on it's own two feet.

We had a corner of the restaurant all to ourselves. Very cool.

Food - fantastic - not El Bulli creative, but simple, rich, and tasty. We had the salad (fine) and beet ravioli (sublime) and the rack of lamb (really good) and the Sirloin steak (one of the best in NYC)

Let me repeat this. They have a filet mignon, which I did not try, so I cannot comment on it. But the NY Strip is one of the best steaks you can have in NYC. Its dry aged and perfectly cooked. I've had NYStrip at wolfgang's, City Hall Restaurant, Keans, and Staghorn Steakhouse and this is better than all four. It's just a perfect steak, and my hunch is that nobody know's about it.

The wine list is a bit sparse and top heavy, but they have a small but good selection of $50-$100 wines - French, American, Argentine and Italian. We had a $50 bottle of bordeaux that was very well made and held up well with the meat.

If you are looking for a particular experience - quiet, elegant, old world, upper east side - but don't want to feel like you are in a mausaleum - this is a fantastic restaurant. More people should know about it. The food and service are super attentive and you can tell this is a restaurant that is dying to serve more people because they know what they have is fantastic and yet when we were there on a saturday night it was 1/2 empty.

sonjazz

12/17/2010

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You'd think they were the only restaurant in NY - Get a clue

It seems they forgot to add herbs altogether. The appetizer came out literally 2 minutes after we ordered it which can only mean it was prepared a while ago. Our waiter seemed disappointed/puzzled/annoyed when I asked that my wine be poured into a larger glass so it could actually breathe. He decided the right thing to do was to pour it into the small glass at the table and transfer the measured amount into a larger glass.... Never seen anyone do this at a restaurant of this or any rating before! Ever. The same waiter apparently decided we've been there long enough and just brought us the bill. Just as a side note - the restaurant was 30% empty. Will not be coming back - plenty of other amazing places with MUCH better food and service.

ricearonis

12/13/2009

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Overall
Worst Sunday Brunch in NY

This was probably the worst brunch we have ever had! I'm not sure what kind of hen can lay an egg that small and where they procured the tiny English muffins. The french toast came out burned. The food was cold and took 45 min. to arrive. Do not go!

tolyshilman

08/11/2009

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Amazingly romantic

Amazing location in high-end hotel. We came to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. The restaurant was empty as this was a Sunday night and we had a later start time. It was perfectly quiet and the manager sat us at a wonderful table. The food was amazing. The tuna tartar was excellent. The striped sea bass was perfectly soft and delicious. We were full and only ordered tea instead of dessert but the manager and the waitress brought a slice of cheesecake with two candles and ""Happy Anniversary"" written in chocolate. A nice touch to go along with an excellent tea service. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a nice spot for delicious food, good drinks, and delicious desserts.

lizzyred8

07/25/2008

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Not a great choice for Restaurant Week

We made Restaurant Week reservations here about 2 months ago - figured we'd get them done early since we were a party of 10. Being that we have been supporting the Restaurant Week initiative for at least 5 years now, we are pretty used to what is received. Upon arrival at Arabelle, I informed the host that we were only going to be a party of 8, and they promptly reset the table to remove the additional 2. 3 of us were then seated and waited for the remainder of our party to arrive. All attendees were present within 15 minutes of the reservation time. About 2 minutes after our party was complete, the waiter arrived to take our order, at which time we requested some additional time to make our decision. He never came back. A waitress arrived about 25 minutes later and she took our order. We also ordered 2 bottles of wine, which were promptly served. The appetizer was fine, the main course less than great (one diner sent her branzino back due to the overwhelming fishy taste, mine had bones in it), and the dessert was less than average. Another 2 bottles of wine were ordered over the course of the meal but the attentiveness of the servers had dwindled significantly. About an hour and a half after our reservation time, we were politely asked to give up our table as it was needed for another party. We asked for our check (which was just under $1000) and while waiting for the change were once again asked to give up the table. I would not go back here, especially on a regularly priced night. Not sure why it was not assumed that a party of 10 people would take at least 2 hours to have a meal.

lex142

11/26/2007

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Overall
this is what it's all about

We had an unexpected delay and called to say we couldn't make our reservation on time and were thanked warmly and reassured that they were looking forward to our visit. We were greeted warmly when we arrived. From that point on our every need was anticipated.
The fois gras was perfect as was the lamb. The service was seemingly effortless and very well timed.
The room is large, but comforting.
I've had better dining experiences, but I can usually come up with something to complain about, not here.
No complaints.

defyinggravity05

08/09/2006

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Lunch next to Danny DeVito!!!

I had a very nice lunch with my mother at Arabelle when she was in town... the prix fixe is a great deal and the food was mostly excellent... the scallops were perfectly cooked, the salmon was great, although I wasn't crazy about the sauce which was overly creamy for my taste, and the souffle was good as well but a little overcooked. But the restaurant is beautiful and Danny DeVito was at the table next to us!!! Service was very attentive although a little huffy (but the restaurant itself is a little huffy, so that's to be expected).

pinkpop

07/22/2006

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Meh.

I don't get it. My husband and I went through citysearch and various other sites to pick a great restaurant to take my folks to. The reviews are fabulous here, but I thought the restaurant was very average, service-wise and food-wise. It is definitely NOT worth the big bucks.

To start, we were ignored for the first 20 minutes. We got drinks, but after that, we were basically left alone. I had to motion a waiter twice to get some service. The pace of the meal was awkward. Secondly, there was a fruit fly hovering over our meal the entire time, and it was extremely annoying. Thirdly, there was no bacon in my entree, despite the fact that the menu prominently placed it as a main ingredient.

The bar and interior decor was fantastic, but that's about it. I won't be coming to this place again.

trinity1269

03/30/2006

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A great experience!

If you are looking for a restaurant thats classy, private & quiet with creative delicious food, this is it. A great place for a birthday celebration or anniversary. Friendly & professional staff to greet & serve you. You must try the desserts, they are the best!

mjmaherjr

07/10/2005

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Mixed thoughts

Went there with a group of 8 for restaurant week. 2 thoughts when we walked in. 1st is its a very nice looking place in a "" classic old money "" sense. 2nd thought was is the reason it is so warm inside to accomodate all the old people eating there ? Lobster gazpacho had less lobster than the long island sound. Shrimp&Scallops were very good and coconut sorbet was delicious. Staff was extremely friendly. I do have a problem when I get my bill and there is a line for a Captain's tip. Who is this captain ? Did he cook my food or serve it to me ? That captain msut have the easiest job in the world.

lwny427

06/29/2005

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Overall
Excellent

My boyfriend and I went to Arabelle to celebrate an anniversary. We did have to wait a short while for our table despite having reservations, but Bar Seine (also in the hotel) was a very nice place to spend the time waiting. Arabelle was stunning inside, very romantic setting. The staff was courteous and more than accomodating to rush our meal (we had theater tickets). The food was delicious. I loved the wild mushroom soup and the glazed chicken. Dinner at Arabelle was fantastic, I'd highly recommend it. It's unfortunate that its inside of the Hotel Plaza Athenee, because it causes Arabelle to be somewhat hidden (on second thought, maybe that's a good thing because it was not overcrowded inside).

anderson1

05/02/2005

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Wonderful experience

Arabella is the way that the dining experience should be. The service is very attentive but not overbearing, and the food was outstanding. I thought $49 price fix was a great deal for all the food you get. Overall, just a fantastic and charming night out.

stephanie heintzeler

02/01/2005

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Beautiful ambiente, disapponting food

I tried Arabelle for dinner during the restaurant week and we were pretty disappointed. The restaurant itself is elegant and the service is really good. But the food... the meat was overcooked, and the risotto tasted like nothing... the dessert was very good. If I would have paid the normal price I would have given the plate back to the kitchen!

mlin212

10/31/2002

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Overall
Excellent!

I had a absolutely wonderful dinner at this restaurant last night. The food was excellent; service impeccable and ambiance perfect. I would highly recommend Arabelle.