Casa La Femme
140 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 206-8712
Phone: (646) 861-3341
Phone: (212) 505-0294
Phone: (212) 505-0343
Casa La Femme Restaurant
Bike Parking: No
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Middle Eastern
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pets Allowed: No
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02/20/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Just not a good experience. The hostess was on the phone while we walked in and just let us stand there for a few minutes without acknowledging we were there, so we went to the bar and ordered $8 stellas the only beer option. We were finally seated 45 minutes after our reservation time, to spend $45 a head on a pre fix menu that should have been $30 tops. The small apitizer portions were shared between the table and the other portions were also very tiny. Also we were served incredibly poorly made cocktails that they charged $16 each. For the amount of money we spent on a mediocre dinner I could have bought a round trip plane ticket. For the record the lamb chops were good, but the portion was not plentiful and the fish came without rice.
11/13/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I agree that dining at Casa La Femme is like no other dining experience! BUT not in a good way. I am actually offended to have spent so much money on such a bad experience.
I literally just got back home after visiting Casa La Femme and was so offended by my visit felt it necessary to try and warn other diners who value their money and time. We went to celebrate two birthdays and wanted to do something special and different. Our visit their to say the least, was an unpleasant and costly experience! And even more so unpleasant because it was so costly for such an unpleasant experience.
We did arrive late for our reservation so I can not complain too much about the wait for a table. Although we were told 10-15 minutes and it was more like 45 minutes. We were ushered to the bar to wait momentarily and upon arrival were so excited. The place is beautiful! The hostess was very pleasant. However, our $14 drinks were were horrible!
Once we finally got a table, despite indicating we wanted an alla carte menu we were pushed into a table that was only price fixed! Since we were already waiting so long, we felt we had no other choice but to accept it.
Our experience did not ever get any better. For each course we waited over 1/2 hour to 45 minutes and were never offered a drink. We also asked for Hooka six times and the waiter kept telling us one minute and never returning with the Hooka. After the 4th time i asked again and the waiter than said after our dinner. We asked for beverages and never received them. We asked for sides which the waiter than admitted that he forgot to put in that part of our order. My chicken was inedible as there were so many fatty lumps which i had to keep spitting out into my napkin. I would not expect this for a $55 dinner. By the time we finished our dinner we still had not received one beverage NOR hooka! What we did do was waste 3 hours being trapped in a table waiting and waiting for food and drinks and hooka.. some of which we never received! The only beverage we did receive was water in dirty glasses!
To top it all off.. the main reason we came to your restaurant was for the belly dancers and missed the first show as we were not seated yet and the 2nd belly dancer only danced at two tables in the back of the restaurant and never made it around to the other half of the restaurant.
By the time we left our wallets were empy and so were our stomachs AND we missed the show we were supposed to see following our dinner, which would have been acceptable if we got to enjoy the experience of good food and belly dancers!
If it seemed possible to do so while there I would have fought my bill since my dinner portion of my meal was inedible! I have never left a restaurant feeling as if i was abused, and wasted my hard earned money.
MY husbands birthday and my sons was not as it was intended... and we drove two hours to spend too much money to be treated terribly!
I wish I COULD be refunded!
10/03/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I'll being with a couple of positives: cool decor, good pita and hummus, and grilled octopus that was actually pretty tasty.
If I could give 0 stars I would do so for this place. Casa La Femme is to middle eastern dining what Chuckie Cheeze is to italian. The reason there are 4 different results on citysearch for the same place is because they keep trying to start a new thread so they can stock it with positive reviews. Well...they can run but they can't hide. I live in the West Village and I've been to a lot of restaurants. Sometimes you pay a lot and don't get much in return - it's manhattan, things are expensive. However, most of them are at least prompt and pleasant. This place...god where do i begin. It is quite a spectacular scene i'll give them that. The decor however seems to be the distraction so you won't notice that you just payed 300 bucks for some cold eggplant that took 2 FRICKIN HOURS TO COME!!!! How this place survives the competitive west village market in this economy, or any other for that matter, is beyond me.
04/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Stepping into Casa La Femme last night was a true experience unlike any other in New York! Highly impressed from the decor to the food to the hospitality to the great night I had! The have a great cocktail with Citrus Vodka and lemon and lime juice and mint leaves that is to die for! Food took some time to prepare, all worth waiting for. We were drawn into the belly dancing show that captivated the crowd.
I never write on these sites but this restaurant is def worth commending! Great find in the West Village!
11/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The service leaves much to be desired, from feeling like you are rushed the place your order, to being ignored the rest of the night. We were 10 people celebrtating a birthday, we sat in the tent. We paid a fixed pricce but got nothing!! We never ate because by close to 2 in the monring we were not served and were too upset ad tired to start eating. They are extremely rude, not even apologizing for the horrible service we got and handing us a bill well over $500 for some drinks adn their pita bread! Stay away
10/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I took my boyfriend for a dinner on saturday night.I book a gorgeous white organza tent which included a four course prix fix menu which we enjoyed a lot. The service was spectacular as the waiter knew everything about the menu and his recommendations were amazing! I completely recommend Casa La Femme for any special occasion and to REALLY impress your date.
10/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Don’t go to this place! Had an awful experience at Casa la Femme on a Saturday dinner. Appetizers took nearly an hour. When the main course finally arrived (another 45mins) half of our order was missing. Never got an explanation as to what was going on. The manager was rude and handled the situation extremely poorly. When we threatened to leave, we were offered a meager discount even though half the order was missing. On the way out, we heard of other guests complaining about similar issues. Can’t believe how an expensive NYC restaurant can be so disrespectful to its clients.
10/19/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went there on a rainy evening and was kindly told by the host that he would take care of my umbrella for me. I usually always keep my umbrella with me everywhere I go but this time I thought it would be safe there. Big mistake ! After a long and costly dinner ($290 for 2) I asked the host to give my umbrella back and I was told that there was no umbrella left for me. After discussion with the manager present there at that time we agreed that I would give them the receipt and they would pay me back through their insurance. This was back in July.
Today, 3 months after that night, after having sent the receipt to them, after at least 10 phone calls, 2 visits in person and one letter to the owner sent by certified mail with return receipt requested, still nothing.
Therefore I think it is fair to say that those people have no respect for their clients, whatever the amount of money they spend in the restaurant.
Total cost of the night for me : $290 (diner) + $275 (Burberry umbrella)
The food was not amazing.
02/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I finally found the most romantic restaurant on the West Village. The theme is Arabian Nights with billowy, tent-like seating. A belly dancer entertains. I had dinner there on Valentine?s Day, and I had a wonderful time. I?m so happy to have found this restaurant. The food was unbelievably delicious, the decor and service, everything was perfect. Such a fun place. I liked the bar area as well. Everything is so nicely decorated. If you are looking for an out of the ordinary place to eat, I suggest Casa La Femme. Don?t forget to try one of their signature cocktails - mango cosmopolitan. The friendly staff has a ""let's put on a show"" enthusiasm. The new location is terrific. It adds up to a dining experience that's more than the food.
02/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This was a great experience! I was a customer of Casa La Femme on the Upper East so I was very impressed to see a bigger and better venue, the food was amazing as allways ( I really recommend the Lamb Chops with Couscous and the mazzas to start). The service was great as well and the waiters were very knowledgeable and made great suggestions. I am deffinitely comming back!
09/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
NEVER GO THERE IF YOU ARE HUNGRY!!!
I am very happy this place is closed! The service was bad, the moment we said that we were not going to order a bottle of wine the waitress disappeared and another one took her place (probably a new girl..) My husband and I wanted to impress our friends from out of town, so we chose this really romantic and exotic place. But the problem was that the other couple was starving and when the food arrived my friend said, ""Is that a joke?"" We had huge white plates with very, I mean very small piece of food inside, like a baby portion or something like it... The food was very tasty I have to admit, but so small that if you are hungry better go elsewhere. Oh, on top of that it was very expensive too! So, this place is a total rip off and unless they change portions, prices and quality of service we would never be back and we would always tell people to stay away... There is a lot of competition out there and a lot of Egyptian places to chose from!!! This is NYC!
Went her for our anniversary, oven was out -- they waited until seated to tell us, effectively bait & switching us. Additionally purposely sat us in the front where the lights from street (currently construction) were blinding. Food was decent, although all 2nd picks due to oven being out.
Perhaps worst of all was managers treatment when I called back next day--majorly defensive. Didn't even apologize. (staff o.w. was friendly).
The age old expression, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.
Won't take the chance to go back, especially as there are some other great Moroccan & Tunisian joints in the city.
07/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The worst dining experience in New York.************ Rude and horrible service. Waiting 45 minutes t get our appetizers and another 50 minutes to get the entrees. They are trying to sell their overprice bad quality drinks.
Don't mislead by the claim of Michelin guides selected restaurant ad posted in front of the restaurant. I already called them and they said they are going to investigate that.
What a rip-off.
07/05/2007Provided by Citysearch -
As an Egyptian American I have been raised on my mother's indigenous cooking. When my cousins came tfrom Egypt for a couple of weeks I decided to check if there were any good places that served Egyptian food. Casa la Femme was one of the top choices that popped up and I booked reservations there for the next night. I was amazaed by this restaurant!!! It brought back the memories of my mother's cooking and my cousins kept telling me how they felt like they had traveled back to Egypt the moment they entered the restaurant. The food was also great. The lamb and the snapper were especially delicous. The lamb was cooked to perfection with the right amount of seasoning. My girlfriend ordered the prawns and the seasoning on them was absolutely amazingg!! The martinis offered, especially the mango martinis, also can not be missed. Overall our waiters were very accomadating and we never had to wait to long. They offered a very expert opinion on the wine list as well as on several dishes. THis certainly is only the first of many trips for me to this astounding restaurant.
05/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I had a friend visit from Charleston, SC this past weekend and had looked up restaurants where we could have some form of entertainment while we ate and figured belly dancing was a good idea. Given the great reviews I read on Casa La Femme I decided to check it out and am I glad I did!!!! It was WONDERFUL!! The manager, Louis (sp?) was incredibly accomodating when our reserved tent wasn't available and sat us at a table to watch as the belly dancer began. I was expecting the wait and understood why it happens so often after we were seated in our tent. It's so romantic and wonderful you don't want to leave! We, of course, had the prix fix and ate every bite even though I was so full by the end but just couldn't say no. Our waiter was great and the belly dancer was amazing and had a group of followers trying their own form of belly dancing by the end of the night. Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I'm recommending to anyone who wants to have a great date with someone they really care about to go there because after our prix fix meals, a nice bottle of $100 wine and a hookah, our bill was $400. We paid it guiltfree though, given that we enjoyed ourselves so much and were there for 4 hours!! GO AND ENJOY!!! :-)
04/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This restaurant with its stunning decor should be avoided at all costs. We had a very disppointing meal there on Sunday 15th April. The service was absolutely awful, over 10 mins wait for a menu, up to 30 minute wait for drinks and don't even get me started on the food. This bad service was on a Sunday night when the restaurant was virtually empty. We were a bunch of girls that couldn't get drunk if we tried, that's how appaling the service was! The Manager kept making inappropriate and lewed remarks. When we complained about the service, he put it down to putting his worst staff on duty on a rainy night. He couldnt be bothered, the waiter certainly couldn't, so I say 'don't bother yourselves' in future. There are plenty more beautiful restaurants with excellent service.
03/25/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to this restaurant twice. Both times the food was good-- not great, certainly not by NYC standards. The visual atmosphere is quite nice-- the tents and the candlelights make for the start of a romantic evening.
However, the real disappointment for this place is the fact that you will most likely be rushed to complete your 5 course meal. After racking up at least $100 per person (with wine), it seems a reasonable proposition that you should be able to enjoy your Baklava in peace...
Instead, the staff is distinctly non-subtle about the fact that they want you to leave so they can serve the next group. By the end of the dinner, the waiters were coming by every 30 seconds. As if that were not annoying enough, they also open your tent and hover outside.
This type of behavior does not allow for the conclusion of what could be a romantic dinner. Instead, they make dinner feel hurried.
Would I go this place again? Probably not. There are other places in NYC where one can have a romantic dinner and which don't limit your experience to 1 hour.