La Bonne Soupe
48 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
Phone: (212) 765-6409
Phone: (212) 957-5035
Primary Phone: (212) 586-7565
Fax: (212) 765-6409
Parking: Garage, Street
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
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03/12/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I have been eating here for over a decade, generally during dinner hours, and have recommended this place to many friends. Great food, but no need to eat here anymore!
Last week, on International Women's Day, I was subjected to a barrage of ugly putdown words and phrases of women while eating by the over-opinionated bartender and host/owner debating why women even need to be recognized with their own day. Much sarcasm and ugly sentiment. Really negative energy.
No need for me to EVER frequent this restaurant again. My money can be much better spent in a female-friendly place, a place that respects women. DON'T EAT HERE if you care about how women are spoken about and treated when no one thinks you're listening or watching.
10/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Interesting menu, next time i'll try the soup but it was too hot outside for soup so I chose the omlette ratatouille which comes with side salad. Omlette was ok, salad dressing was very yummy.
My main complaint is how crowded the downstairs dining room is. Tiny tables so close you are sharing the conversation with your neighbor. There is an upstairs but I didn't go up there so cannot report.
I guess its so packed because of the prices, super reasonable. I'd definitely go back and check out the upstairs.
03/25/2011Provided by Citysearch -
You have got to love this place! A friend of mine (who lived is Boston) talked about it for months. So I finally gave it a show. And now I'd recommend it to all of my friends and family. I went there twice within the last month.
The soups are amazing - and they come within 5 minutes of placing your order. They are pretty big and you can easily feel full with just a soup and some bread.
My mom said that the onion soup was the 2nd best she has ever tried (and this is her favorite food in the whole world.) I'd say that it's delicious.
The fillet mignon is to die for -order it well done (it will still be medium rare) and with the cognac sauce - you won't be sorry.
You don't need a reservation for 2-4 people. They seat you immediately. And the service is impeccable. The prices are extremely reasonable. I will surely go there again for pre-theater dinner.
12/11/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We went by tour bus to Radio City and only had a short time to eat. Our reservations were for 6:15 and the show was at 8. The bus was very late and when I called the restaurant at 6:45, they said come on over, you will make it. The staff was great and got us served quickly so we made the show. The food was great too. I would love to go back and have a more leisurely dinner.
03/18/2009Provided by Citysearch -
So, I had this place recommended to me by a business lady I was talking to on the plane. I love French food and asked if she knew any good places...
Since the place is named the ""good soup,"" I figured, I should order soup. I think that's primarily where I went wrong. Their minestrone soup was fine but lackluster. French food is usually creative and tasty not just okay.
That would have been okay, but this is what I was offended by. So, they offer this deal:
Les Bonnes Soupes $17.25
Each Of Our Soups Is Served With Bread, Salad, Dessert And A Beverage (Glass Of House Wine, Beer, Soda Or Coffee)
A bowl of soup is 6 or 7 dollars, so I figured I would be getting a decent side salad and some yummy fresh bread for the extra $10. Oh, no. I got a bowl of green leaf lettuce with dressing on it. Not a single other vegetable in it. That's lettuce not a salad! And then the bread was anything but tasty it was a crusty cold piece of baguette. It would have been much smarter to order a bowl of soup and one of their dinner salads. I think they serve the baguettes if you order a bowl of soup anyway.
I do have to say that their salad dressing was very tasty and the chocolate mousse I had for dessert was good as well.
I'm wondering given the reviews if their other food is more interesting. I wouldn't go back for the soup but maybe their salads or other entrees are good?
I'm in agreement about the wait staff. Not friendly or attentive. They weren't rude to us, just did nothing and weren't personable.
12/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've visited several times in the past, with positive experiences. Recently, however, I visited for a weekend dinner during the holiday season and it was busy. The dinner was good, desserts, ok, as usual. But the service!
When I asked for a table the manager barked that I needed a reservation, when it hasn't been a problem in the past. The maitre'd told us 40 minutes, barked that it couldn't be any sooner, and when we came on time, had given our table away. She was distracted and I had to wait to even ask how long the wait would be! Our waitress was unfriendly, and barely stopped by. Our busboy didn't refill our water. Perhaps one bad night, but the restaurant clearly needs more staff to handle higher volumes. I won't be there anytime soon after such poor service.
11/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My wife and I stumbled on this restaurant by pure chance. We ventured in with no hesitation after reading a few reviews online. First, we were placed in a table by the corridor, all the traffic from the kitchen to the main serving area went by us. As if this was not enough, the busboy was ordering my wife to change her chair position to give his staff more room when they walk by. Note than my wife is barely 85lbs lol
We ordered the steak haches. The sauces were good, French fries perfect but the steak themselves were below standard. Simply you get what you pay for. The Caesar salads were basic with super market dressing.
Finally, being in a French restaurant we wanted to taste their desserts: Creme caramel & mousse au chocolat. My humble advise, save your money. I'd rather by a flan from the supermarket than eat that creme caramel. The mousse au chocolat was average, no comparison with a genuine French mousse au chocolat.
09/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The french Soupe A L'oignon is amazing!
The Steak Pomme Frites is another fave!
The best thing about this place is the atmosphere. The wait staff is super friendly and always remember what you want. You can tell there is a lot of regulars at this place.
The lunches are really good too. It's within walking distance of our office, so we get over there a few times a month. Ciao Bella Gelatos and Sorbets is great also!! I would highly recommend to all friends
We went for lunch during the week and enjoyed the food and the ambience. We ordered the french onion soup which was really, really good. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it! It had the right amount of onions and very good quality cheese with just a little bit of a sourness to it, delicious!! The bread was good too. The tabes are very close together, the people next to us ordered salads and they looked really good and the portions were big. The service was fine, we were seated promptly at an empty table and right away a waitress brought silverware, salt and pepper, and bread. I liked the dark, cozy feel of the restaurant too.
My wife and I went for lunch recently and except for the decor we have nothing positive to say about this place. When you enter the space it really is lovely and you feel like you are in France. Unfortunately, the service is even worse than you come to expect in France. The hostess was not very friendly. The waiter didn't show up at the table until we asked for him 10 minutes later (keep in mind this was for lunch during the work week). He took our order and when we were served he mixed up our orders. He never returned until we asked for the check - not to ask if the food was alright and not to refill our water glasses. The linens left lint all over our clothes. On to the food.... I ordered a crepe and my wife ordered the croque monsieur. We both agreed that the food was not very fresh and not very good. My dish was way too salty - almost inedible - normally I would complain but it was apparent that no one working there cared. Keep in mind that it was just lunch during work hours so we weren't expecting a great meal - just a little quality time together and a decent meal - truly a big disappointment. Next time we will meet at Au Bon Pain!!!!
06/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We had dinner there last night previous to a concert at the Radio City Music Hall, and were extremely pleased with not only the food, but the atmosphere of the restaurant as well. I had just been to France last August, and am of French decent, and can honestly tell you that this is the real deal. The food was fresh, filling, simple and an incredible deal. The $16.75 bonne soup prix fixe is a STEAL at the price. The house wine was good, and the chocolate mousse at the end was very satisfying. We did not experience any of the poor service that other members talked about, but as I said, this is a true French bistro and when it gets busy, you might have to wait a bit. So if it happens, deal with it, maybe go a little earlier because it's totally worth it! We will definitely be returning.
12/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I went there for the second time just a little while ago and it was an excellent and enjoyable surprise. The first time I went, I ordered the steak frites and it was pretty good, but the second time I ordered something a little more french, the croque monsieur, and it was excellent. It was basically a ham and cheese sandwich, but with an upscale twist. I normally hate swiss cheese but it was so good that I ate the whole thing. I would recommend getting a more interesting dish, not something boring like the steak. The decor was very french but simple, in a good way. Our waiter was a little snobby, but most of the other waiters seemed very nice. The service was average, but we were seated very quickly, even thought the restaurant was very crowded. The seating was pretty cramped but it didn't really bother me, in fact it was a refreshing difference to the isolation of most other restaurants. The prices were incredible for a restaurant in that area and the food was better than the more expensive french restaurants I've been to in that area.
12/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I came here just taking a friend from out of town to dinner. I haven't had much french food in the past so I don't have much to compare it to. I felt that the ambiance was completely without pretense, the staff was friendly, the waitress we had was incredibly cute and had a sexxy french accent. The chicken I had was one of the most tender I've ever had and the wine was pretty good. We were served quickly and politely. Its not the fanciest place and I wouldn't reccomend it for a particularly romantic date, although I do not think it is a terrible place for one. I will definitely be back.
06/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We were a table of 3 and were seated promptly. The waitress took our order immediately. After the three of us ordered crepes, we waited, and waited, and waited for about 45 minutes while every body else around us who came in after us had already got their food. When I asked where our food was the waitress replied in a rude manner-in the kitchen! It then came-10 minutes later. Unfortunately, the waitress decided to give me the wrong crepe and when I told her so, she was quite rude. Shen then came back 20 minutes after that with the crepe I ordered and didn't even apologize for the mistake. She was very rude and to top it all off, the crepe was disappointing. If she was at least nice about it, I would consider going back however, I believe in good service and apparently this place does not.
02/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We stumbled upon La Bonne Soup last night and were so happy we did. What looks like an unassuming restaurant from the outside is bustling and crowded on the inside. The restaurant has an earlier crowd so if you go before 7P you will likely have to wait for a little while. At 8P or so the restaurant begins to empty out and you can walk right in. The soups were incredible. Three of us has the French Onion Soup and thought it was one of the best crocks we have ever eaten. The fourth had their mushroom barley soup with lamb and also found it to be excellent. Go for the price fixe that includes salad, soup, a drink and desert. It's only $15.75 per person and well worth it. That comes with a glass of wine or soda. Great food, great restaurant for really reasonable prices.