8 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014
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09/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I recently came to Paradou after months of hearing about the restaurant. I loved the restaurant from the moment I called to make reservations. The hostest was extremely sweet and helpful from the moment I called to the moment I came in. The staff wast very attentive, and knowledgeable of the food and the wine in the restaurant, and was excited about the food they recommended to you which makes you excited about it too. The food was amazing, absolutely scrumptious, after one meal you feel addicted where you have to go back there over and over again (which I will). The restaurant had this simple cozy feel where you felt that you were sitting in a small bistro in Europe not in a ultra popular Meat Packing district in New York.
Overall the experience was absolutely a success and will definitely go back to Paradou over and over again. Strongly recommend.
07/15/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We made reservations to celebrate Bastille Day at Paradou. When we got there 15 minutes prior to our reservation, they said they had no record of it. I had just called earlier that day. When I tried to explain to the hostess, she got a major attitude with me and basically pushed me aside, telling me I would have to wait a long time for a table to open, saying, ""If you don't like it, leave."" Which is exactly what we did. If you want French food without the attitude, go across the street to Pastis and don't waste your time or money at Paradou.
07/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I went with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago for brunch. It was a bit crowded, but we had a rez and were seated nearly right away. We caught attitude by the person who turned out to be our waiter, but he quickly put on a professional face when presenting the menus. There was really nothing to order so we went for the burgers - which boasted to be the best and ended up tasting like meatloaf. It was gross. Worse, there was a b-day table at the back (in the garden area) and the group were so loud and so out of control, we could not wait to get out of there. We mentioned that a manager should have gone to the table to get the group under control but our suggestion fell on deaf and dumb ears and faces. The champaign was awful (we didn't expect otherwise for $20 but....) and we will not be returning. We think the restaurant is not well managed and attracts too low level a crowd becasue of price. What suffers is the quality of atmosphere and food.
07/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We chose Paradou as the venue for my father's 90th birthday celebration. We were not an easy group to please with varied food needs, ideas of appropriateness, weather requirements and opinions on every possible topic and issue. The staff at Paradou aimed to please from our very first interaction. The food was outstanding both when we came for lunch to sample the menu and on the occasion of the celebration itself. I would highly recommend Paradou, not only for an informal meal, but for a private party. You could not find a more accomodating group to work with in making your special day a success.
06/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Had a so so dinner at Paradou last night. After a little bit of research chose it because of the cuisine, reviews and because they have an outdoor patio. We had a reservation and were seated on time but when we arrived at the outdoor patio it lacked the real feeling of how nice it is to eat outside. The tables are packed so tightly together that people can barely get in or out of the area at all. And the food was ok, good dishes were steak tartare, mussels, cassoulet (la sirene was better though), bad were, scallops...
05/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband and I were entertaining out-of-town guests and we took them to Paradou, we couldn't have had a better experience. Our waiter was terrific, he was knowledgeable and attentive, while not being intrusive. We began with the beef tartare, which was indeed delightful. The cassoulet, was the best we have ever had?even better than many we have tried in France. The cheese course was wonderful served with several different types of confiture. The chefs visit at our table made a truly extraordinary evening. Superior food and service will bring us back here time and time again!
04/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We made a reservation on OpenTable for a Thursday night at Paradou. We then got a call at 3:30 the day of the reservation that they are ""cancelling"" the reservation because they booked a private party. They showed no willingness to help with the inconvenience or help book us anywhere else. Why take a reservation if you're not going to honor it??????
03/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This was the second time i came to have dinner at this great west side location! I just had to make sure that the qulity was consistent, and it was! Paradou is a perfect combination of a great venue, great atmosphere, decor, welcoming staff and amazing food. i have yet to try a dish that did not stun me! I recommend everyone try it, and i would bet it would make your favorite list!
01/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Had a business dinner at Paradou. It was recommended by a co-worker. This place is incredibly solid on all fronts. Very good food, a reasonable all French wine list, and most important for me, an attentive, knowledgeable but not intrusive waiters. The food was very good and the portions were definitely ample. They are really focused on winter dishes with a great cassoulet, a venison stew, and a berkshire pork osso bucco. The appetizers were some of the best foie gras i've ever had and a very generous portion of caviar. The waiters were always present, but as i said, not overbearing, and were able to answer any questions we had regarding food and wine. I, and the people i brought, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was a perfect setting for a business dinner, but would certainly also be great for any other ocassion.