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Business Description
Pergola Des Artistes is a small family-run French restaurant, located in the heart of Times Square and the Theater district. Established in 1963, the decor is still simple and reflects Marie & Jacques' vision of what small French restaurants looked like in their home town of Cominac, in the French Pyrenees. If you're looking for good food at a reasonable price, Pergola des Artistes is for you. If you want haute cuisine, you won't find it here. Many of the recipes were brought over from small villages in France. Today, Christian, Marie and Jacques' son, runs the restaurant. The restaurant has always been a place where tourists, locals and the theater crowd can get a good meal and be out in time for a show.
Hours

Regular Hours

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Phone: (212) 302-1500

Primary Phone: (212) 840-8935

Phone: (212) 840-8935

Payment method
cash, amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Midtown Manhattan, Theater District
AKA

Pergola des Artistes, Inc.

Categories
French Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Caterers, French, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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shortTALL

04/16/2010

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Our Favorite French Restaurant i

We have been patronizing this cozy restaurant in the heart of the theater district for over 15 years. The food is delicious, expertly prepared to perfection. The best French onion soup we have ever eaten. Very fresh fish and vegetables. Outstanding duck. To die for chocolate mousse. The menu is extensive and reasonably priced. A real gem. Even our fussiest friends and relatives loved their experiences dining here.

nancygail

03/06/2010

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Friendly, pleasant experience

We enjoyed our meal at Pergola Des Artistes very much. The service was very friendly, and when we said we had a show to make, they made sure everything came out in a timely manner, but we never felt rushed.

The food was tasty, the portions were extremely generous, and the prices are very reasonable. I will return the next time I'm in the theater district.

peking2010

02/24/2010

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Overall
rustic French in Times Square

Dropped by, just looking for some solid country French food, and found it! The garlic sausage in puff pastry (with potatoes and mustard) remnant of what you'd find in Alsace, was perfect. As was the beef short rib, which was the night's special. The meat was so flavorful and tender, I seriously could have eaten it with a spoon. Nice portion, well-seasoned and incredibly satiating, this dish put a smile on my face that rainy Tuesday night. Good prices and nice wines by the glass top it off.

WWL

02/22/2010

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A good pre-theatre bistro

I dropped by the Pergola des Artistes before the Clapton/Beck concert the other night, and I scored on both counts! I splurged and ordered the 6-course menu, and was delighted with the outcome. The prawns were large and fresh with a nice sauce, for a starter. The foie gras was as good or better than most of the stuff you get in Europe (where I live), and their toasted bread, some sort of 'pain traditionelle' provided a great place to spread that liver on before devouring it. A glass of Sauternes should be available, but the Sancerre should make a nice substitute. The bouillabaisse was chalked full of mussels, but they were small and firm, and did not overpower the good taste of the stock. The Steak au Poivre had a few too many onions in the sauce, but again, the taste was there! and the glass of Brouilly hit the spot. The mousse and cafe were competent, and the owner did a nice job of getting me out the door on time to find a tic...If you´re looking for a neighborhood bistro before a show with authentic French food, and perhaps you´re tired of round wonder bread, gourmet burgers and smashed, burnt garlic hiding poor taste, try the PdA!

uncleaimee

02/17/2010

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Overall
French country inn atmosphere in the heart of Times Square

Looking for a new pre-theater destination that isn't some overpriced tourist trap, I decided to try out Pergola. This is a down-home gem and instant favorite that is not to be missed.

The pre fixe lunch menu cannot be beat - delicious wine, generous portions, and freshly baked bread for under $15. Dessert was fantastic as well. Do not skip the chocolate mousse if you love chocolate... and even if you don't (like me).

We were greeted by the owners like we were old friends. The atmosphere is like walking right into an old French country inn - something you rarely find in NYC anymore. The wait staff and owners were courteous, capable, and on-the-ball.

If you know what a feinshmecker is, then believe me when I tell you that Pergola is worth the visit. There is a reason why its been on TimeOut NY's Best 100 list for years.

peanutmoore

05/03/2009

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Overall
horrible, horrible, horrible

I think I just found the worst restaurant in all of NYC (at least the worst I've found in my 11 years living here). The atmosphere is tacky and dirty. The service was horrendous. The food was like hospital food. he ""waitstaff"" was constantly yelling across the restaurant at one another with things like ""table 31 needs bread"", or when one of them was wandering around the restaurant with a plate in his hand he'd yell ""who had the chicken livers, chris?"". When we arrived we were put at a table which was not set, and remained this way until we asked for napkins, silverware, etc. You know, the basics. We came in at 7:30, after the usual theater crowd for this area. They were LOUDLY cleaning up after the theater crowd and could barely hear yourself think, between the clanging dishes and the staff yelling at one another. The food was absolutely disgusting. They have a foie gras appetizer. I specifically asked the server if it was like pate, if it was spreadable. He said no. I was looking for an actual piece of foie gras, like liver. Some people don't like that, I know. Lo and behold, I got pate. And paid a lot of money for it. And it was bad. Horrible. My husbands chicken liver appetizer was also inedible. The whole experience sucked. I cannot believe such a horrible restaurant continues to operate. The wierd lady owner or manager was loud, classless and rude. We ended up leaving after taking a few bites of our entrees. Just up and left (I regret it know, but we did pay our check--no tip at all...I've never done that before in my life). I wish we had complained and refused to pay.

kernow svyken

04/13/2009

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Overall
Poor French Restaurant - avoid

On holiday in New York and came across this restaurant, looked O.K. from the outside so entered. Do not be fooled by the faux French ambience: this place is dreadful. Firstly on asking for a wine list we were told brusquely that there wasn’t one and that wines were sold by the glass only, strange for a French bistro, but being tired we let it go.
The starters were average with an overly sauced chicken liver being the highlight, the salad course was fine but the entrée was of such stunning dreadfulness it took the breath away. The hanger steak was like something out of a pre-packed, ready prepared meal with the meat being completely lacking in flavour, the accompanying vegetables could only be described as tired both in appearance and taste. The veal being only slightly better, this on account of it having some weak flavour to it.
The desert was average once again, the sweet looked as it had been bought in from the deli and the cheese board, again completely average.
In fairness the waiting staff tried hard but given the quality of the food the odds were against them.
Just to cap off a thoroughly disappointing experience the rubbish from the kitchen was constantly brought through the body of the restaurant. This was off- putting and one assumes a possible health violation. In addition the owner spent the entire course of the evening in some sub-Soprano exchanges with another patron who talked loudly throughout in a similar vein.
There are other resturants in New York where you will get a far better dining experience. I would advise you to go to anywhere other than this poor establishment that only reaches the standards of a French truck stop.

akd456

03/04/2009

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Overall
excellent french food!

My husband and I went to Pergola Des Artistes last weekend and had a superb time! We started with the escargot, which was melt-in-your-mouth amazing! I ate scallops provinciale and wanted 2nds! My husband ate the stake au poivre and he was part of the clean plate club! We had to save space for dessert and devoured the mousse au chocolate. We are already going back on Friday!

cybersharque

07/25/2008

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Overall
Tragic!

Pergola des Artistes has been a fixture in the Theatre District for 45 years. I do not think that it will or should make it to its 50th anniversary.

My family discovered the Pergola shortly after moving into Hell's Kitchen. We found the service a bit rough but the cuising was quite good.

Now the service is horrible and the food is inedible. Most recently (on my final visit) I had the foie gras to start. I hesitated, because the time before, the foie came out frozen. Too hard to cut except with extraordinary force.

This time, the presentation was horrible. One pile of glop that looked like snot and a slice that obviously came off a canned bloc. No bread to eat with it, mandating the use of the bread that had been served for the table. Then the main course came and I realized the the restaurant is toast.

I ordered filet of sole meuniere. I got a totally unsauced filet of something that might have been flounder, covered in breadcrumbs and fried until it was dry and hard. And tasteless.

Hey, it's called meuniere because of the brown butter sauce.

It was 100% inedible. Did anyone ever come by to ask how the meal was? No. IN fact, the waiter disapeared after serving the meal and was never seen again. It took just shy of half an hour to get the check, too, resulting in our very nearly missing the curtain at a show less than a block away.

They have stopped caring. Stay away and maybe someone competent will move into this neat location and serve edible food. We can hope, right?

sarahlane15

05/31/2008

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Overall
Even w a hookup it ain't all that.

My bf and I went here with a recommendation from a family friend, who actually hooked us up huge. The service was fine. But since our meal was a comp, they essentially picked out what we ate, seriously, we didn't order, it was chose for us. Thank god he didn't bring escargot, we wouldn't have ate it! I wasn't eating meat at this stage but I suppose it was fine since once again it was being taken care of and my bf and I shared this dish. Busy, packed, unsure as to why? The food was fine, but rather average for its prices. I felt bad for their being understaffed, and it was awkward. Nonetheless, I don't really have a overall great thing to say but perhaps french cuisine isn't my scene. Oh well.

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