L Ecole

★★★★☆
Students at the French Culinary Institute prepare seasonal lunch and dinner menus with French flair.
  • 462 Broadway 1

    New York, NY 10013

    Cross street: Grand Street

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  • 212-219-3300

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Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm, Sat 11am-3pm

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After an enjoyable lunch we booked our son's 21st birthday 1 month in advance (per their reservation guidelines) in the separate private dining room. Being polite we called to say that we were running 20 minutes for the second and last seating. We were assured that our room would not be given away. Upon arrival with a 96 year old great grandmother and 2 grandmothers in their 80s we were greeted with ""oh there were some really nice visitors from the UK who really wanted that table and we figured you wouldn't mind"" Mind?\nThat's why I called at 9:01 AM 30 days in advance. Restaurant was messy, carpets dirty, extremely noisy, food plentiful but mediocre and then the staff harangued my husband on the way out for the small tip which we explained in a notation. I responded that they ruined my son's once in a lifetime 21st birthday (how I regret not going to 21) and that they should get their big tip from the party that got the table that we reserved a month in advance who were\nstill there when we departed. Ugh, Ugh triple ugh; so many terrific restaurants in NYC; this is not one of them and it isn't inexpensive either.

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★☆☆☆☆

After an enjoyable lunch we booked our son's 21st birthday 1 month in advance (per their reservation guidelines) in the separate private dining room. Being polite we called to say that we were running 20 minutes for the second and last seating. We were assured that our room would not be given away. Upon arrival with a 96 year old great grandmother and 2 grandmothers in their 80s we were greeted with ""oh there were some really nice visitors from the UK who really wanted that table and we figured you wouldn't mind"" Mind?\nThat's why I called at 9:01 AM 30 days in advance. Restaurant was messy, carpets dirty, extremely noisy, food plentiful but mediocre and then the staff harangued my husband on the way out for the small tip which we explained in a notation. I responded that they ruined my son's once in a lifetime 21st birthday (how I regret not going to 21) and that they should get their big tip from the party that got the table that we reserved a month in advance who were\nstill there when we departed. Ugh, Ugh triple ugh; so many terrific restaurants in NYC; this is not one of them and it isn't inexpensive either.

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We were very impressed with the Restaurant Week menu. There was so much to choose from. I had the warm asparagus salad with soft boiled egg and pancetta crumbs (I wish I had more bread to soak up the yoke!), grilled hanger steak with vidalia onion rings and creamed corn (more like soup, we needed spoons to eat it), and fresh strawberry tart and creme fraiche ice cream (which nearly melted away by the time I got it).\r\n\r\nMy friend had the seasonal salad with watermelon radishes, shimeji mushrooms, pickled cherry tomatoes with sherry shallot vinaigrette, hanger steak, and green tea opera cake with red currant sorbet (the cake was a small sliver and was too dry).\r\n\r\nThe portions weren't large but we were satiated. Excellent service.

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★★★☆☆

We were very impressed with the Restaurant Week menu. There was so much to choose from. I had the warm asparagus salad with soft boiled egg and pancetta crumbs (I wish I had more bread to soak up the yoke!), grilled hanger steak with vidalia onion rings and creamed corn (more like soup, we needed spoons to eat it), and fresh strawberry tart and creme fraiche ice cream (which nearly melted away by the time I got it).\r\n\r\nMy friend had the seasonal salad with watermelon radishes, shimeji mushrooms, pickled cherry tomatoes with sherry shallot vinaigrette, hanger steak, and green tea opera cake with red currant sorbet (the cake was a small sliver and was too dry).\r\n\r\nThe portions weren't large but we were satiated. Excellent service.

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Well prepared, not expensive, good taste.\r\n\r\nWent back 3rd time in december 2010 and nothig were right. Every dish had own problem. Probably new group of students. Way to much salt, too much dripping in oil-fat, way to much sharp dressing, pinenuts were tasting old. Even wine not good. Could not eat anything. Room manager was considering.

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★★★☆☆

Well prepared, not expensive, good taste.\r\n\r\nWent back 3rd time in december 2010 and nothig were right. Every dish had own problem. Probably new group of students. Way to much salt, too much dripping in oil-fat, way to much sharp dressing, pinenuts were tasting old. Even wine not good. Could not eat anything. Room manager was considering.

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My highly anticipated brunch experience at L?ecole was underwhelming, to my disappointment. I had high hopes for the establishment, although it must be noted that the $19.50 2-course prix fixe brunch menu is not part of The French Culinary Institute?s curriculum. Students volunteer their time and work under the supervision of professional chefs. \n\nThe course started off with the bread basket; an assortment of delicious and freshly baked muffins, gourmet pastries and crackers. I could eat these all day! The bloody Mary was one of the best I?d ever had ? fresh and with excellent presentation! However, it was the food that disappointed: \n\nFor appetizers, the Steak Tartar with quail egg didn?t taste very fresh and had a darker red color to it. The Cumin Roasted Butternut Squash and Almond Soup was tasty but a little too creamy and heavy. The Butter Poached Shrimp was the biggest disappointment ? it was cold and a little ?hardened? for my taste. For entrees, my dining companions had the Croque Madame and the L?Ecole Burger, which were pretty good but the flavorful Duck Confit was probably the best dish for lunch, although no better than the duck at Balthazar. After a slew of yummy brunch cocktails such as the Ruby Blossom and Easy like Sunday Mimosa, we had no room for dessert. \n\nOverall, brunch was just mediocre although we enjoyed sitting at the bar and chatting up the friendly bartender. I would give it a second chance and come back for the 5-course dinner that is prepared by FCI?s students.

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★★★☆☆

My highly anticipated brunch experience at L?ecole was underwhelming, to my disappointment. I had high hopes for the establishment, although it must be noted that the $19.50 2-course prix fixe brunch menu is not part of The French Culinary Institute?s curriculum. Students volunteer their time and work under the supervision of professional chefs. \n\nThe course started off with the bread basket; an assortment of delicious and freshly baked muffins, gourmet pastries and crackers. I could eat these all day! The bloody Mary was one of the best I?d ever had ? fresh and with excellent presentation! However, it was the food that disappointed: \n\nFor appetizers, the Steak Tartar with quail egg didn?t taste very fresh and had a darker red color to it. The Cumin Roasted Butternut Squash and Almond Soup was tasty but a little too creamy and heavy. The Butter Poached Shrimp was the biggest disappointment ? it was cold and a little ?hardened? for my taste. For entrees, my dining companions had the Croque Madame and the L?Ecole Burger, which were pretty good but the flavorful Duck Confit was probably the best dish for lunch, although no better than the duck at Balthazar. After a slew of yummy brunch cocktails such as the Ruby Blossom and Easy like Sunday Mimosa, we had no room for dessert. \n\nOverall, brunch was just mediocre although we enjoyed sitting at the bar and chatting up the friendly bartender. I would give it a second chance and come back for the 5-course dinner that is prepared by FCI?s students.

Pros: Great value at $19.50; amazing brunch cocktails

Cons: Subpar appetizers

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Must make reservations way in advance but well worth it. You get 5 courses. We chose an appetizer, a meat and a fish dish, then we get palete cleanser and a gourmet dessert. Well worth the $40 price tag. The decor was nice and it is a very busy restaurant. One day we will get to come visit again

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★★★★★

Must make reservations way in advance but well worth it. You get 5 courses. We chose an appetizer, a meat and a fish dish, then we get palete cleanser and a gourmet dessert. Well worth the $40 price tag. The decor was nice and it is a very busy restaurant. One day we will get to come visit again

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Darn. I thought I'd found a secret but there are already more than 50 reviews. Without repeating all the nice -- and true -- things that have been written about the food, let me praise this place for something else.\n\nI had an 8:30 reservation on a Saturday night and walked in to find no table ready for 20 minutes. This happens at a lot of restaurants, and most of them act like my time is no big deal. L'Ecole, on the other hand, comped my party to a round of drinks after just 10 minutes.\n\nBy the time we were ready to order at about 9:15, the kitchen was already out of two things we had wanted. Again, this is pretty common when dining late, but L'Ecole went the extra step to make amends by comping us another round of drinks.\n\nI realize that running a restaurant is a very complex task, but too many restaurants make no effort to compensate customers for their inevitable mistakes. I was delighted to find one that did, and did so cheerfully.

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★★★★★

Darn. I thought I'd found a secret but there are already more than 50 reviews. Without repeating all the nice -- and true -- things that have been written about the food, let me praise this place for something else.\n\nI had an 8:30 reservation on a Saturday night and walked in to find no table ready for 20 minutes. This happens at a lot of restaurants, and most of them act like my time is no big deal. L'Ecole, on the other hand, comped my party to a round of drinks after just 10 minutes.\n\nBy the time we were ready to order at about 9:15, the kitchen was already out of two things we had wanted. Again, this is pretty common when dining late, but L'Ecole went the extra step to make amends by comping us another round of drinks.\n\nI realize that running a restaurant is a very complex task, but too many restaurants make no effort to compensate customers for their inevitable mistakes. I was delighted to find one that did, and did so cheerfully.

Pros: A really excellent dinner and an excellent value

Cons: Food can be inconsistent, menu changes and favorites vanish

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It was cold and snowy when L'Ecole became our oasis for friendliness and warmth. The hostess seated us swiftly without circumstance followed by the waitress for our drink orders and to describe the specials. Our organization, Math for America, was particularly keen to hold our holiday luncheon at the French Culinary Institute because of the stellar reputation for quality food and to observe students who are being trained by the best. We believe that to teach math you must know math so we wanted to see a parallel culinary world in action. We were not disappointed and found the waitress friendly and knowledgeable while the food, especially the roasted octopus and smoked salmon, delectable. For entrees,the monkfish, striped bass and braised ribs were excellent. The cost, quality and experience for NYC dining is unrivaled. On a snowy day, or a sunny one, we will count on L' Ecole being our fine dining oasis in Manhattan.

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★★★★★

It was cold and snowy when L'Ecole became our oasis for friendliness and warmth. The hostess seated us swiftly without circumstance followed by the waitress for our drink orders and to describe the specials. Our organization, Math for America, was particularly keen to hold our holiday luncheon at the French Culinary Institute because of the stellar reputation for quality food and to observe students who are being trained by the best. We believe that to teach math you must know math so we wanted to see a parallel culinary world in action. We were not disappointed and found the waitress friendly and knowledgeable while the food, especially the roasted octopus and smoked salmon, delectable. For entrees,the monkfish, striped bass and braised ribs were excellent. The cost, quality and experience for NYC dining is unrivaled. On a snowy day, or a sunny one, we will count on L' Ecole being our fine dining oasis in Manhattan.

Pros: fresh, beautiful presentation, prompt service

Cons: it was still snowing when we left

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this place knows what's important - the focus is on the food. simple but perfect french food. food was delicious.i had the tomato goat cheese and the crusted lamb chops with ratatouille. this is a great place to bring the parents to but it's cheap enough that it can also be a more regular part of your diet.

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★★★★☆

this place knows what's important - the focus is on the food. simple but perfect french food. food was delicious.i had the tomato goat cheese and the crusted lamb chops with ratatouille. this is a great place to bring the parents to but it's cheap enough that it can also be a more regular part of your diet.

Pros: food,service

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FANTASTIC.\r\nWhy?\r\nIt's cute.\r\nIt's tucked away and not screaming for attention (but still busy as can be, so you know they must be doing something right).\r\nIt's casual and unpretentious, but very still very classy and oh-so-French.\r\nIt's delicious. The food was so well-prepared, with flavors that were not too heavy or overdone.\r\nThe portions were just about the right size.\r\nOur servers was perfect and did their job flawlessly with great timing.\r\nI sometimes hesitate to give 5 stars based on just one-time experiences, but the fact that I cannot wait to go back for more says enough for me.\r\n\r\n

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★★★★☆

FANTASTIC.\r\nWhy?\r\nIt's cute.\r\nIt's tucked away and not screaming for attention (but still busy as can be, so you know they must be doing something right).\r\nIt's casual and unpretentious, but very still very classy and oh-so-French.\r\nIt's delicious. The food was so well-prepared, with flavors that were not too heavy or overdone.\r\nThe portions were just about the right size.\r\nOur servers was perfect and did their job flawlessly with great timing.\r\nI sometimes hesitate to give 5 stars based on just one-time experiences, but the fact that I cannot wait to go back for more says enough for me.\r\n\r\n

Pros: foods,servers

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We went here with a group of 5 after a special event here, and had heard the price for a 5-course dinner was really good. I must say, the menu was nice enough, and the manager was really friendly when we arrived, and had wonderful ideas for complimentary wines.\r\n\r\nHowever, after the experience I have two words: BUMBLING MESS! One of the meat courses was SUPPOSED to be medium-rare, and came out completely cooked through: well done. Even a child can cook a steak - it's not difficult. Another was supposed to be medium, came out well done. All the main plates were cleaned, the undercooked steak was left untouched and obvious on the table, and noone serviced the table for an HOUR. Honestly, noone said the waiters were useless amateurs - I thought it was a culinary school. They should think to hire useful waiting staff. The manager then came with a ridiculous apology and said they could replace it - but this was 1/2 an hour after the plates were taken; one hour after they arrived. Useless.\r\n\r\nThe food they actually managed to get right was average, but I understand that they're students. I understand you cannot expect Jamie Oliver at such a place, but the culinary school in my home city has x10 better food, and my boss often takes important clients there for work dinners. So it can be done.\r\n\r\nAlso, the service throughout the night was exceptionally slow. Not liked a packed diner slow - ignored slow. The meat course took over an hour to arrive after the fish. Not happy. And no apologies, no ""we'll be right with you"". Just ignored.\r\n\r\nSo after our ridiculous, wasted experience, with no useful solution offered by staff there, I say spend the extra $50 and go somewhere nice. It really isn't worth bothering here - the $42 can even be much better spent in McDonalds.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here with a group of 5 after a special event here, and had heard the price for a 5-course dinner was really good. I must say, the menu was nice enough, and the manager was really friendly when we arrived, and had wonderful ideas for complimentary wines.\r\n\r\nHowever, after the experience I have two words: BUMBLING MESS! One of the meat courses was SUPPOSED to be medium-rare, and came out completely cooked through: well done. Even a child can cook a steak - it's not difficult. Another was supposed to be medium, came out well done. All the main plates were cleaned, the undercooked steak was left untouched and obvious on the table, and noone serviced the table for an HOUR. Honestly, noone said the waiters were useless amateurs - I thought it was a culinary school. They should think to hire useful waiting staff. The manager then came with a ridiculous apology and said they could replace it - but this was 1/2 an hour after the plates were taken; one hour after they arrived. Useless.\r\n\r\nThe food they actually managed to get right was average, but I understand that they're students. I understand you cannot expect Jamie Oliver at such a place, but the culinary school in my home city has x10 better food, and my boss often takes important clients there for work dinners. So it can be done.\r\n\r\nAlso, the service throughout the night was exceptionally slow. Not liked a packed diner slow - ignored slow. The meat course took over an hour to arrive after the fish. Not happy. And no apologies, no ""we'll be right with you"". Just ignored.\r\n\r\nSo after our ridiculous, wasted experience, with no useful solution offered by staff there, I say spend the extra $50 and go somewhere nice. It really isn't worth bothering here - the $42 can even be much better spent in McDonalds.

Pros: Manager had nice complimentary wine ideas; ambience was nice.

Cons: Uselss waiting staff; ridiculously long time between courses; food was not cooked as ordered; won't ever go back!

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I ate dinner here and somehow didn't leave very full after 3 courses. I guess they serve French instead of American portions. I started with the bay scallop ceviche with caviar (deliciously salty). Then I ordered the Hanger Steak With Red Wine. The steak was soooooooo gooooood. something in that sauce was addicting. For dessert I had the passion fruit baked alaska wasn't so good. boohoo.

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★★★☆☆

I ate dinner here and somehow didn't leave very full after 3 courses. I guess they serve French instead of American portions. I started with the bay scallop ceviche with caviar (deliciously salty). Then I ordered the Hanger Steak With Red Wine. The steak was soooooooo gooooood. something in that sauce was addicting. For dessert I had the passion fruit baked alaska wasn't so good. boohoo.

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I love the fact that the staff here are also students of culinary. It makes the experience very unique. The food is actually very good. There are obvious flaws in the prep in some of the dishes and the taste combination doesn't always come out perfect. But go with such expectation and you'll find yourself enjoying the atmosphere quite nicely. I read about this restaurant on the WhereIsCID Blog and am definitely glad I tried it.

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★★★★☆

I love the fact that the staff here are also students of culinary. It makes the experience very unique. The food is actually very good. There are obvious flaws in the prep in some of the dishes and the taste combination doesn't always come out perfect. But go with such expectation and you'll find yourself enjoying the atmosphere quite nicely. I read about this restaurant on the WhereIsCID Blog and am definitely glad I tried it.

Pros: atmosphere, service, creativity

Cons: too much creativity

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One of the best complete meals I've ever had in my life. Servers were polite despite the fact that we were young and students, and gave us a seat in a window, and we were sent out a small dish gratis. Everything I had was great. I really highly recommend the duck with rhubarb, the trout, and the chocolate tart for dessert. Only complaint would be that service is a little slow, but if you're with someone you enjoy talking to, it's not a problem.

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★★★★★

One of the best complete meals I've ever had in my life. Servers were polite despite the fact that we were young and students, and gave us a seat in a window, and we were sent out a small dish gratis. Everything I had was great. I really highly recommend the duck with rhubarb, the trout, and the chocolate tart for dessert. Only complaint would be that service is a little slow, but if you're with someone you enjoy talking to, it's not a problem.

Pros: Food, Service

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I have been there twice and i can say that the palce itself is nice.However the service and food quality is not good as you expect.

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★★★☆☆

I have been there twice and i can say that the palce itself is nice.However the service and food quality is not good as you expect.

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Great food, great experience and I will be going there everytime the menu changes. I love being a part of the students training. Every six weeks or so a new class is preparing the food so it's like a new experience each time. The location is warm and I never felt rushed. a ""must try"" for NY at a great price.

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★★★★★

Great food, great experience and I will be going there everytime the menu changes. I love being a part of the students training. Every six weeks or so a new class is preparing the food so it's like a new experience each time. The location is warm and I never felt rushed. a ""must try"" for NY at a great price.

Pros: A New York must!

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L'ecole was a such a treat! I went a few months ago with my fiance and sister and was so impressed. I'm a serious NY diner and I love to visit new spots. L'ecole was as good as some of the more expensive restaurants in the city but for a third of the price. I ordered the cod and my sistered ordered the seabass. The fish literally melts in your mouth. Literally every course was so light and refreshing and satisfying I was in disbelief. We had a 5 star dinner (5 courses!) for under $120 for all three of us. The service is also fantastic. Get reservations early b/c they book fast. Happy eating.

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★★★★★

L'ecole was a such a treat! I went a few months ago with my fiance and sister and was so impressed. I'm a serious NY diner and I love to visit new spots. L'ecole was as good as some of the more expensive restaurants in the city but for a third of the price. I ordered the cod and my sistered ordered the seabass. The fish literally melts in your mouth. Literally every course was so light and refreshing and satisfying I was in disbelief. We had a 5 star dinner (5 courses!) for under $120 for all three of us. The service is also fantastic. Get reservations early b/c they book fast. Happy eating.

Pros: price, ambience, service

Cons: no good for large groups, kids

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We arrived 30 minutes late to our reservation, and I was worried that they might not seat us at all, but the staff was nothing but nice and welcoming! Our waitress gave great recommendations, and the food was just perfect. It was my first time trying duck and it was so delicious. Exceeded all expectations!

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★★★★★

We arrived 30 minutes late to our reservation, and I was worried that they might not seat us at all, but the staff was nothing but nice and welcoming! Our waitress gave great recommendations, and the food was just perfect. It was my first time trying duck and it was so delicious. Exceeded all expectations!

Pros: exceptional service, great value, amazing food

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This place definitely has the best dessert! I had the creme brulee and it was seriously the best thing I have tasted in a long time! I had tried the pork chop for my entree and that was good. I overheard at another table that the Steak is actually really good. Definitely recommend this place. Defiinitely DESSERT makes the whole thing worth it. I will definitely be returning for the dessert and I'm normally not a sweets person.

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★★★★★

This place definitely has the best dessert! I had the creme brulee and it was seriously the best thing I have tasted in a long time! I had tried the pork chop for my entree and that was good. I overheard at another table that the Steak is actually really good. Definitely recommend this place. Defiinitely DESSERT makes the whole thing worth it. I will definitely be returning for the dessert and I'm normally not a sweets person.

Pros: Ambience, Close to the MTA, DESSERT!!!!

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Read all of the reviews and its easy to determine that the people who didn't enjoy L'ecole simply don't know food. The handful of people who gave it less than a great rating were looking for a place to eat goat food or chat rather than to experience the newest designs and tastes in culinary fare. This place is supervised by some of the worlds leading chefs. Granted, the food is prepared by students with limited experience but it is all done under the watchful eye of top NY chefs. I have dined at L'ecole countless times over the last decade and have only ever been elated with my meal and the service. Its NOT a place for vegans or coffee house chatters. Those folks should stick to Zen Palatte and Starbucks.

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★★★★★

Read all of the reviews and its easy to determine that the people who didn't enjoy L'ecole simply don't know food. The handful of people who gave it less than a great rating were looking for a place to eat goat food or chat rather than to experience the newest designs and tastes in culinary fare. This place is supervised by some of the worlds leading chefs. Granted, the food is prepared by students with limited experience but it is all done under the watchful eye of top NY chefs. I have dined at L'ecole countless times over the last decade and have only ever been elated with my meal and the service. Its NOT a place for vegans or coffee house chatters. Those folks should stick to Zen Palatte and Starbucks.

Pros: One of the most affordable restaurants in town

Cons: Having to watch the staff deal with a table of people who don't know what they're there for

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I've been going for many years--and the place has certainly changed, no doubt due to the enormous public awareness engendered by the TV Food Network, Top Chef, etc etc. Last night's dining experience was typical: a lovely room, attentive service, and tasty food on a rather ambitious, relatively inexpensive menu. The corn soup was nice and packed a wallop; the pate was also fresh and delicious. The duck was delicious, accompanied by a terrific potato gratin...and the sesame-encrusted tuna came exactly as ordered. Champagne by the glass was first-rate, and the pinot noir recommended by the waiter was a perfect foil for the duck. The sorbet was a wonderful palate-cleanser....and the desserts-----dense chocolate cake and the cheesecake were perfectly un-sweet. A return visit soon is definitely in order.

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★★★★☆

I've been going for many years--and the place has certainly changed, no doubt due to the enormous public awareness engendered by the TV Food Network, Top Chef, etc etc. Last night's dining experience was typical: a lovely room, attentive service, and tasty food on a rather ambitious, relatively inexpensive menu. The corn soup was nice and packed a wallop; the pate was also fresh and delicious. The duck was delicious, accompanied by a terrific potato gratin...and the sesame-encrusted tuna came exactly as ordered. Champagne by the glass was first-rate, and the pinot noir recommended by the waiter was a perfect foil for the duck. The sorbet was a wonderful palate-cleanser....and the desserts-----dense chocolate cake and the cheesecake were perfectly un-sweet. A return visit soon is definitely in order.

Pros: 4 star menu at 3 star prices

Cons: a much more elaborate and much higher-priced wine list than in years past

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Go for the fixed price menu - it's worth it. Dishes are not very large but after having an appetizer, fish, meat, salad and dessert you should be allright. Service is good - there are plenty of people ready to help. Definitely a place to go.

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★★★★★

Go for the fixed price menu - it's worth it. Dishes are not very large but after having an appetizer, fish, meat, salad and dessert you should be allright. Service is good - there are plenty of people ready to help. Definitely a place to go.

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This was our first time dining at this restaurant for the 4 course dinner prix fixe. We ordered the lamb chops (which was tender and tasty) and the sesame crusted tuna which cooked to perfection. The corn soup appetizer was okay but my boyfriend enjoyed the carpaccio as his starter. For dessert, we had the passion fruit cheesecake and creme brulee which were both done well. The dinner prix fixe is a great deal for $39.95 and the wine list was fabulous and reasonably priced. The service was outstanding and everyone was very attentive and we didn't have to ask for anything. My boyfriend is used to slightly larger portions for dinner and he was a little hungry when we left the restaurant. I was completely satisfied with the amount served and we both agreed that we would dine here again.

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★★★★☆

This was our first time dining at this restaurant for the 4 course dinner prix fixe. We ordered the lamb chops (which was tender and tasty) and the sesame crusted tuna which cooked to perfection. The corn soup appetizer was okay but my boyfriend enjoyed the carpaccio as his starter. For dessert, we had the passion fruit cheesecake and creme brulee which were both done well. The dinner prix fixe is a great deal for $39.95 and the wine list was fabulous and reasonably priced. The service was outstanding and everyone was very attentive and we didn't have to ask for anything. My boyfriend is used to slightly larger portions for dinner and he was a little hungry when we left the restaurant. I was completely satisfied with the amount served and we both agreed that we would dine here again.

Pros: Nice prix fixe, good food and great service!

Cons: Dinner portions might be a bit small if your a big eater!

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I made reservations 2 weeks in advance because there wasn't any reserved openings but when we arrived there were several open tables that remained open for the entire night so I'm sure I could've just walked in. The decor of the restaurant was really nice and clean and the service was decent. The waiter was great and polite but each courses took forever! I understand giving us some time to digest ad chat between courses but, wow, dinner took 3 hours! I didn't get home from the train till midnight! Next time I think I'll go for 4 courses since 5 is very filling and the choices for the 4 courses looked a lot more appetizing (they gave us the four course menu by accident then switched it to the 5 course) Also, the bill was a little higher than expected due to drinks. Wine prices were fine. One of us drank soda which was mostly ice and cost 3.50, no refills. The food was nicely presented, some dished were little bland (the fish course), but overall a good experience. Oh and the desert course could've been better. I've had better tarts at Zaros!

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★★★★☆

I made reservations 2 weeks in advance because there wasn't any reserved openings but when we arrived there were several open tables that remained open for the entire night so I'm sure I could've just walked in. The decor of the restaurant was really nice and clean and the service was decent. The waiter was great and polite but each courses took forever! I understand giving us some time to digest ad chat between courses but, wow, dinner took 3 hours! I didn't get home from the train till midnight! Next time I think I'll go for 4 courses since 5 is very filling and the choices for the 4 courses looked a lot more appetizing (they gave us the four course menu by accident then switched it to the 5 course) Also, the bill was a little higher than expected due to drinks. Wine prices were fine. One of us drank soda which was mostly ice and cost 3.50, no refills. The food was nicely presented, some dished were little bland (the fish course), but overall a good experience. Oh and the desert course could've been better. I've had better tarts at Zaros!

Pros: great decor, polite waiters

Cons: slow service

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My boyfriend took me there for my bday since I mentioned I've been wanted to go and try it out. They were very accomodating to my boyfriend who does not eat red meat and gave him a veg dish. All of the food was beautiful and delicious as expected coming from thr French Institute. The price is amazing and the food is scrumptious. I ate the fennel soup which is just ok, french onion was better. I had the onion crusted salmon which was pretty good. The steak course was good I would say medium well next time I order. The apple tart dessert topped it off yum and they even through in a nice glass of champagne for my bday :) Great service, ambiance, food, no complaints at all!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me there for my bday since I mentioned I've been wanted to go and try it out. They were very accomodating to my boyfriend who does not eat red meat and gave him a veg dish. All of the food was beautiful and delicious as expected coming from thr French Institute. The price is amazing and the food is scrumptious. I ate the fennel soup which is just ok, french onion was better. I had the onion crusted salmon which was pretty good. The steak course was good I would say medium well next time I order. The apple tart dessert topped it off yum and they even through in a nice glass of champagne for my bday :) Great service, ambiance, food, no complaints at all!

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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I took my girlfriend here for dinner last Friday. I had read good reviews for this place to I decided to give it a shot. I had made reservations a week in advance and they were good about calling a day in advance to confirm it (turned out they had written down the wrong time but corrected it immediately). Upon arrival at the restaurant, we were seated immediately and i found everyone working there to be very pleasant and courteous. The ambiance was great - not rigid and cold like a lot of the French restaurants in the city - and the crowd there was jovial but not loud. \r\n\r\n We were there for the 5 course dinner which was great up until the 4th course, which was a simple garden salad with Italian dressing. This was rather anti-climactic. It looked like one of those pre-packed salads you get a the grocery store. I understand that it?s a palate cleanser but little more effort garnishing it might have helped. But the tender lamb and fish made the meal worthwhile, and the hot chocolate dessert made me forget about the bad salad. Also, the availability of half bottle wines works out when you have a date who doesn?t like red wine or doesn?t drink. \r\n\r\nOverall, I would recommend this place to my friends and family?good date place.

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★★★★☆

I took my girlfriend here for dinner last Friday. I had read good reviews for this place to I decided to give it a shot. I had made reservations a week in advance and they were good about calling a day in advance to confirm it (turned out they had written down the wrong time but corrected it immediately). Upon arrival at the restaurant, we were seated immediately and i found everyone working there to be very pleasant and courteous. The ambiance was great - not rigid and cold like a lot of the French restaurants in the city - and the crowd there was jovial but not loud. \r\n\r\n We were there for the 5 course dinner which was great up until the 4th course, which was a simple garden salad with Italian dressing. This was rather anti-climactic. It looked like one of those pre-packed salads you get a the grocery store. I understand that it?s a palate cleanser but little more effort garnishing it might have helped. But the tender lamb and fish made the meal worthwhile, and the hot chocolate dessert made me forget about the bad salad. Also, the availability of half bottle wines works out when you have a date who doesn?t like red wine or doesn?t drink. \r\n\r\nOverall, I would recommend this place to my friends and family?good date place.

Pros: Great ambience, good food and amazing value for your money!

Cons: The 5 course is really a 4 course with a simple salad thrown in

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a fine place for group.\r\nlow price of French food.\r\nthe food is well but not perfect.\r\ngreat service but very slow.\r\n

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★★★☆☆

a fine place for group.\r\nlow price of French food.\r\nthe food is well but not perfect.\r\ngreat service but very slow.\r\n

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Me and 3 other girlfriends decided to try this place out, because of the name and all the good reviews.\r\n\r\nService and environment:\r\nWe came here on a Wed had a 6pm reservation, we were seated prompted, the deco and atmosphere is very nice and elegant. They had bazillian jazz (my favor) on which goes well with the cozy enironment. \r\nOur waitress was attentive and serive was good, untill the end. Me and the girls were having a good time talking and we didn't noctie that our bill was on our table already and there is a lot of people waiting for tables at the bar. We would undertand and pay right away if they approach us nicely. However, a guy in gray suit seem like the manager just came interupted us and said ""excuse me, please!"" He gave us a bad look and pointed the bill to us. That was very ruded and unacceptable for a restaurant like L'ECole!\r\n\r\nThe food:\r\nI had the mushroom soup with duck egg for apertizer. It was good but it was very heavy and creamy. If you order this, remember not to finish it (unless you a big eater). Otherwise you won't be able to finish the rest of your dinner. One of my friends had the tuna tartar, which it was good. Another girl had the scallops with tuna eggs. It was very good if don't mind that is raw.\r\nFor Entrees, I had the roasted duck, it was tender and delicious, which was the best dishes out of the entrees we ordered.\r\n\r\nMy girlfirends had the stripe bass, tuna, and salmon for thier entrees. They were all disappoinments. They tasted all average. The salmon dish had too much vinegar or white wine, it was so sour that my friend couldn't even finish it. I would stay away from their fish dishes.\r\n\r\nThey offer a slightly different 5 courses menu for the same price ($40) after 8pm. I will maybe give it one more shot to see if it was just a bad day for them/us.

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★★★☆☆

Me and 3 other girlfriends decided to try this place out, because of the name and all the good reviews.\r\n\r\nService and environment:\r\nWe came here on a Wed had a 6pm reservation, we were seated prompted, the deco and atmosphere is very nice and elegant. They had bazillian jazz (my favor) on which goes well with the cozy enironment. \r\nOur waitress was attentive and serive was good, untill the end. Me and the girls were having a good time talking and we didn't noctie that our bill was on our table already and there is a lot of people waiting for tables at the bar. We would undertand and pay right away if they approach us nicely. However, a guy in gray suit seem like the manager just came interupted us and said ""excuse me, please!"" He gave us a bad look and pointed the bill to us. That was very ruded and unacceptable for a restaurant like L'ECole!\r\n\r\nThe food:\r\nI had the mushroom soup with duck egg for apertizer. It was good but it was very heavy and creamy. If you order this, remember not to finish it (unless you a big eater). Otherwise you won't be able to finish the rest of your dinner. One of my friends had the tuna tartar, which it was good. Another girl had the scallops with tuna eggs. It was very good if don't mind that is raw.\r\nFor Entrees, I had the roasted duck, it was tender and delicious, which was the best dishes out of the entrees we ordered.\r\n\r\nMy girlfirends had the stripe bass, tuna, and salmon for thier entrees. They were all disappoinments. They tasted all average. The salmon dish had too much vinegar or white wine, it was so sour that my friend couldn't even finish it. I would stay away from their fish dishes.\r\n\r\nThey offer a slightly different 5 courses menu for the same price ($40) after 8pm. I will maybe give it one more shot to see if it was just a bad day for them/us.

Pros: atmosphere, service (not from the manager)

Cons: the manager (a skinny short guy)

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I have been going to L'Ecole for 13 years and have never been disappointed in the food or the service. Recently I took a friend from Paris to dinner there and even he was impressed!

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★★★★★

I have been going to L'Ecole for 13 years and have never been disappointed in the food or the service. Recently I took a friend from Paris to dinner there and even he was impressed!

Pros: Ambience, service, price

Cons: parking

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Went hear for the 4 course meal, which is technically only \r\nthree. Next time we will go back later for the 5 course, we \r\ndidn't choose that this time since with less courses, there are\r\nmore variety, but now we know that everything will be good!\r\nStaff was very nice, and let us move to a table by the window

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★★★★★

Went hear for the 4 course meal, which is technically only \r\nthree. Next time we will go back later for the 5 course, we \r\ndidn't choose that this time since with less courses, there are\r\nmore variety, but now we know that everything will be good!\r\nStaff was very nice, and let us move to a table by the window

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nyc offers so many restaurants and lately I have not been impressed. But this dinnner experience was different. Service was fantastic and the food more than words can describe. I especially liked the sorbet after the meal to clean my palatte. I will definately ccome back with a group of friends!!

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★★★★★

nyc offers so many restaurants and lately I have not been impressed. But this dinnner experience was different. Service was fantastic and the food more than words can describe. I especially liked the sorbet after the meal to clean my palatte. I will definately ccome back with a group of friends!!

Pros: food, service

Cons: nothing

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I dined at L'Ecole for my fifth time in September of 2006 and it was like a completely different restaurant. Not only did they discontinue the salad with goat cheese portion, they raised their prices. If you go before 7:00pm, you will no longer get a nice four-course meal, you will get a three-course meal with a cheap sorbet substitute. In addition, the food was sub-par compared to the other times I dined there. The staff and atmosphere is still great but the quality and value for food has declined.

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★★★☆☆

I dined at L'Ecole for my fifth time in September of 2006 and it was like a completely different restaurant. Not only did they discontinue the salad with goat cheese portion, they raised their prices. If you go before 7:00pm, you will no longer get a nice four-course meal, you will get a three-course meal with a cheap sorbet substitute. In addition, the food was sub-par compared to the other times I dined there. The staff and atmosphere is still great but the quality and value for food has declined.

Pros: Atmosphere and Service

Cons: Food isn't what it used to be...

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My boyfriend and I went in for lunch and had the pre fixe meal with the wine paring...it was great. The server was wonderful and friendly. I couldn't hae askfor a better time.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went in for lunch and had the pre fixe meal with the wine paring...it was great. The server was wonderful and friendly. I couldn't hae askfor a better time.

Pros: good value. great wines, romantic

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When we first learned that the food at L'Ecole was prepared by the culinary school students we were apprehensive.When we learned that the students attended the French culinary Institute, we became excited!! Our excitement was justified: the food was delicious, the presentation was exquisite and the whole experience was memorable!
i would highly recommend L'Ecole, especially their pre-fix menu which is a great bargain and great value!

PROS: Great food
CONS: none

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★★★★★

When we first learned that the food at L'Ecole was prepared by the culinary school students we were apprehensive.When we learned that the students attended the French culinary Institute, we became excited!! Our excitement was justified: the food was delicious, the presentation was exquisite and the whole experience was memorable!
i would highly recommend L'Ecole, especially their pre-fix menu which is a great bargain and great value!

PROS: Great food
CONS: none

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Two of us were there for dinner. Seating is a bit crowded but service is very attentive and wait staff is knowlegeable. Food is not excellent but good, ambience is good (very pretty flowers). Overall it's good value for the price you pay.

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★★★★☆

Two of us were there for dinner. Seating is a bit crowded but service is very attentive and wait staff is knowlegeable. Food is not excellent but good, ambience is good (very pretty flowers). Overall it's good value for the price you pay.

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i went expecting a great meal. as a vegetarian i was given boiled vegetables. very disappointing. too expensive as well. on a pre fixe meal we had to pay for coffee and additional money for some dishes. one is not accepting these charges on a fixed prepaid menue. tasteless boiled food not worth the price

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★☆☆☆☆

i went expecting a great meal. as a vegetarian i was given boiled vegetables. very disappointing. too expensive as well. on a pre fixe meal we had to pay for coffee and additional money for some dishes. one is not accepting these charges on a fixed prepaid menue. tasteless boiled food not worth the price

Pros: nice setting

Cons: terrible food for veg, too expensive for wha

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We relocated from Chicago a little over a year ago, and love to eat out. This is the first high end restaurant that we have been to in New York, that we would take out of town guests to. Our expectations were fairly high, and they were all surpassed. The food was outstanding, the atmosphere was ""the best"". The ""wine pairing"" concept was great. Also, to find a place that offers half bottles of wine is wonderful.

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★★★★★

We relocated from Chicago a little over a year ago, and love to eat out. This is the first high end restaurant that we have been to in New York, that we would take out of town guests to. Our expectations were fairly high, and they were all surpassed. The food was outstanding, the atmosphere was ""the best"". The ""wine pairing"" concept was great. Also, to find a place that offers half bottles of wine is wonderful.

Pros: good value

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What more can you say. Came here for lunch and couldn't have been more impressed.

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★★★★★

What more can you say. Came here for lunch and couldn't have been more impressed.

Pros: food, decor, price

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I took my girlfriend to L'Ecole for Valentine's Day, and we could not have had a better dining experience. The food was incredible, our waitress was top notch (she even offered to take a picture of us without asking), the atmosphere was great, and I dare you find a better value. I highly recommend you give this place a try, just be sure to call ahead.

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★★★★★

I took my girlfriend to L'Ecole for Valentine's Day, and we could not have had a better dining experience. The food was incredible, our waitress was top notch (she even offered to take a picture of us without asking), the atmosphere was great, and I dare you find a better value. I highly recommend you give this place a try, just be sure to call ahead.

Pros: Food, Service, Value

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Lecole literally means school in French and they are doing and excellent job training the next generation of chefs. The food was great, nice selection of wines but the service was ok. The menu changes seasonally and the prix fix menu is a good deal.

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★★★★☆

Lecole literally means school in French and they are doing and excellent job training the next generation of chefs. The food was great, nice selection of wines but the service was ok. The menu changes seasonally and the prix fix menu is a good deal.

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I loved dining here for lunch. The selection was good, the presentation divine, the ambiance beautiful, the waitstaff cordial, and the food- delicious. All the food is cooked by senior students at the French Culinary Institute, and I have to admit that I'm very impressed. For lunch and dinner, do try to get the prix fixe, it will save you money. The desserts are also quite good. The portions are not large and the tastes may be odd to one not accustomed to french food or gourmet creations, so be careful about who you bring. And make sure you make reservations well beforehand- they're almost always packed.

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★★★★★

I loved dining here for lunch. The selection was good, the presentation divine, the ambiance beautiful, the waitstaff cordial, and the food- delicious. All the food is cooked by senior students at the French Culinary Institute, and I have to admit that I'm very impressed. For lunch and dinner, do try to get the prix fixe, it will save you money. The desserts are also quite good. The portions are not large and the tastes may be odd to one not accustomed to french food or gourmet creations, so be careful about who you bring. And make sure you make reservations well beforehand- they're almost always packed.

Pros: good selection, courteous

Cons: busy

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This is the place to introduce your friends to really good French food without the heavy French restaurant ambiance. Definitely consider the wine pairing as well. The service is all students which I think adds a nice touch. I'll be back.

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★★★★★

This is the place to introduce your friends to really good French food without the heavy French restaurant ambiance. Definitely consider the wine pairing as well. The service is all students which I think adds a nice touch. I'll be back.

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This is by far my favorite restaurant. Everything I have ever eaten on this menu has been great. The menu is creative and I am never disappointed. Plus $30 for a 5 course meal is a great bargin. I love this restaurant. I would highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

This is by far my favorite restaurant. Everything I have ever eaten on this menu has been great. The menu is creative and I am never disappointed. Plus $30 for a 5 course meal is a great bargin. I love this restaurant. I would highly recommend it.

Pros: great food, great value

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what a great treat! delicious food and attentive, gracious service. love love the short ribs and the vegetable terrine is out of this world!!

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★★★★★

what a great treat! delicious food and attentive, gracious service. love love the short ribs and the vegetable terrine is out of this world!!

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FCI's definitely commited to quality service and outstanding food experience. Classic French dining experience and unforgetable atmosphere is not suprising, knowing the legends involved - Jacques Pepin, Andre Soltner, Alain Sailhac (who came over and spoke to me during my first dining experience) and Jacques Torres.

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FCI's definitely commited to quality service and outstanding food experience. Classic French dining experience and unforgetable atmosphere is not suprising, knowing the legends involved - Jacques Pepin, Andre Soltner, Alain Sailhac (who came over and spoke to me during my first dining experience) and Jacques Torres.

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excellent, what a great deal! multi course lunches that are outstanding! and the chefs are always sending thing out (at no extra cost), that aren't on the menu. The staff is excellent, you want for nothing here! they also can direct you the right wine for your meal. overall, i've never had an experience like the day i visited Lecole. be there at the right time and you might have the chance to meet chef pepin, or jaques torres

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★★★★★

excellent, what a great deal! multi course lunches that are outstanding! and the chefs are always sending thing out (at no extra cost), that aren't on the menu. The staff is excellent, you want for nothing here! they also can direct you the right wine for your meal. overall, i've never had an experience like the day i visited Lecole. be there at the right time and you might have the chance to meet chef pepin, or jaques torres

Pros: value for the dollar, great service, great food

Cons: a nicer looking decor

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In a town where there seems to be a French restaurant around every corner, this is a really great deal. Best prix fixe meal in the city for $30(!). We went there with some friends for my birthday and had a great time. As long as you don't expect Jean Georges, you won't be disappointed.

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★★★★★

In a town where there seems to be a French restaurant around every corner, this is a really great deal. Best prix fixe meal in the city for $30(!). We went there with some friends for my birthday and had a great time. As long as you don't expect Jean Georges, you won't be disappointed.

Pros: Food, Value

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I had a completely different experience than the other person who posted...L'Ecole treated me and my date like a king and queen. They were attentive, the food was excellent, they answered all of our questions about the cuisine nicely, the ambience is romantic, and they let us linger and talk as long as we wanted. The place was packed, too. Although the food is a tad expensive, it's a nice treat. Plus, the man at the door told us when we left that if they were ever booked, to ask for him specifically, and he would fit us in. I mean, what more can you ask for?

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★★★★★

I had a completely different experience than the other person who posted...L'Ecole treated me and my date like a king and queen. They were attentive, the food was excellent, they answered all of our questions about the cuisine nicely, the ambience is romantic, and they let us linger and talk as long as we wanted. The place was packed, too. Although the food is a tad expensive, it's a nice treat. Plus, the man at the door told us when we left that if they were ever booked, to ask for him specifically, and he would fit us in. I mean, what more can you ask for?

Pros: food, service, ambiance

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The service was terrible. We were rushed to order, and then 70% of the today special was not available. After we ordered, some other waiter/manager (not the one that served us first) came over, asking for us to order again. They failed to refill our water. Food was OK, not the greatest, dont know why got such a rave review. Soon after dessert, the waiter/manager (same one again!) came by and just "" dropped"" the bill on our table without we asked for it. So after we paid, 2 of the girls had to use the rest room. The rest of us waited and chatted by the table, and after about 5 minutes, same waiter/manager asked us to leave and to wait outside. That was so rude. Not sure why coz I don't see anyone waiting for tables. Will definitely not go back again

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was terrible. We were rushed to order, and then 70% of the today special was not available. After we ordered, some other waiter/manager (not the one that served us first) came over, asking for us to order again. They failed to refill our water. Food was OK, not the greatest, dont know why got such a rave review. Soon after dessert, the waiter/manager (same one again!) came by and just "" dropped"" the bill on our table without we asked for it. So after we paid, 2 of the girls had to use the rest room. The rest of us waited and chatted by the table, and after about 5 minutes, same waiter/manager asked us to leave and to wait outside. That was so rude. Not sure why coz I don't see anyone waiting for tables. Will definitely not go back again

Pros: decors, quiet

Cons: , bad service, terrible service

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My wife and I visited L'Ecole two years ago since we live in the neighborhood, are both foodies and wanted to support a local culinary school. We were horrified by the poor service we received from the host to the server. We recently had friends in town who insisted on going. Not only was the inside of the restaurant renovated, more importantly we couldn't have been more impressed with the service that was provided from the minute we walked in the door. The Restaurant Manager, Scott guided us through our menu and wine pairings and we were extremely pleased with each thoughtful choice. Our server, Matt was warm and inviting while extremely professional. To cap off our last evening there the manager made us reservations for Lupa the next night after we told him we were dying to get in there for dinner! What an experience!

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★★★★★

My wife and I visited L'Ecole two years ago since we live in the neighborhood, are both foodies and wanted to support a local culinary school. We were horrified by the poor service we received from the host to the server. We recently had friends in town who insisted on going. Not only was the inside of the restaurant renovated, more importantly we couldn't have been more impressed with the service that was provided from the minute we walked in the door. The Restaurant Manager, Scott guided us through our menu and wine pairings and we were extremely pleased with each thoughtful choice. Our server, Matt was warm and inviting while extremely professional. To cap off our last evening there the manager made us reservations for Lupa the next night after we told him we were dying to get in there for dinner! What an experience!

Pros: Excellent Service, Varied Menu, Beautiful Room

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The most outstanding aspect of our meal was the incredible, attentive service from our totally friendly and very knowledgeable waiter. His mastery of the wine list was pretty astounding considering he is probably not a day over 21. When I ordered my pork loin, he explained the preparation to make sure I would be satisfied. Our appetizers were also excellentl; the foie gras pate was a standout and opened my appetite rather than filling me up prematurely. We were so pleasanly surprised that I guess we made delightful dinner guests, since the maitre'd treated us to post-dinner dessert wine. Tip: the rack of lamb is outstanding and goes perfectly with their excellent Cabernet. Make sure to leave room for dessert, as Jacques Torres's imprint is everywhere. Best part? The price. Our delicious four course meal, with dessert, multiple glasses of fantastic wine and after dinner coffee, was under $90.

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★★★★★

The most outstanding aspect of our meal was the incredible, attentive service from our totally friendly and very knowledgeable waiter. His mastery of the wine list was pretty astounding considering he is probably not a day over 21. When I ordered my pork loin, he explained the preparation to make sure I would be satisfied. Our appetizers were also excellentl; the foie gras pate was a standout and opened my appetite rather than filling me up prematurely. We were so pleasanly surprised that I guess we made delightful dinner guests, since the maitre'd treated us to post-dinner dessert wine. Tip: the rack of lamb is outstanding and goes perfectly with their excellent Cabernet. Make sure to leave room for dessert, as Jacques Torres's imprint is everywhere. Best part? The price. Our delicious four course meal, with dessert, multiple glasses of fantastic wine and after dinner coffee, was under $90.

Pros: Ambiance, Value, Service

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