La Sirene

★★★★★
  • 558 1/2 , Broome street @Varick

    New York, NY 10013

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  • 212-925-3061

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I love this restaurant. I also wished there were more of these and especially one near my home. The food is delicious and the prices are great. I can't wait to take my family there soon. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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I love this restaurant. I also wished there were more of these and especially one near my home. The food is delicious and the prices are great. I can't wait to take my family there soon. I would definitely recommend it to everyone.

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I visited La Sirene last week because I've read many good reviews on it. Indeed they were right. Their cuisine was fine. They have better quality in terms of food.The customer service was good.
Overall it was wonderful.

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I visited La Sirene last week because I've read many good reviews on it. Indeed they were right. Their cuisine was fine. They have better quality in terms of food.The customer service was good.
Overall it was wonderful.

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The customer service was good, and the food was great. I would give it five stars but it was a little small

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The customer service was good, and the food was great. I would give it five stars but it was a little small

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Very fine cuisine :) I brought my father who was in the city for business here, and though he's a picky eater, he absolutely raved about every dish! I HIGHLY recommend the escargot appetizer... the olive oil sauce it's in was incredible (the bread is there for a reason!). We ordered the Fillet Mignon and Halibut, and both were exquisite (not to mention the complimentary vegetable puree). French cuisine is all about the sauce, and they did a wonderful job. I loved every second of my time here... no question that I am coming back!

Make sure you have a reservation... but, around this time of year, coming in around 5pm on a Saturday w/o a reservation is no problem.

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★★★★★

Very fine cuisine :) I brought my father who was in the city for business here, and though he's a picky eater, he absolutely raved about every dish! I HIGHLY recommend the escargot appetizer... the olive oil sauce it's in was incredible (the bread is there for a reason!). We ordered the Fillet Mignon and Halibut, and both were exquisite (not to mention the complimentary vegetable puree). French cuisine is all about the sauce, and they did a wonderful job. I loved every second of my time here... no question that I am coming back!

Make sure you have a reservation... but, around this time of year, coming in around 5pm on a Saturday w/o a reservation is no problem.

Pros: authentic french food, excellent service, BYOB

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I went to la sirene on a monday night (mon+tues, the chef is there). i've heard so many good things about the goat cheese tart and the escargot, that i decided to try it. i normally am not a big fan of cheese or tarts, and i've never had escargot in the past...but hands down...these 2 were absolutely amazing, and quite frankly - the best thing i've ever eaten in my life in NYC. that's a huge statement, but it is 100% true. the escargot was soft, in a olive oil/pesto-esque sauce that i could not just waste - i had to dip the bread in it and it was just finger licking good. the goat cheese tart was the BEST of the best - i can order 2 of those and have them all by myself. we also ordered the lamb in a wine/cream reduction (delicious) and a special with beans/bacon/duck (great, but not exceptional). the 4 veggie sides that come with the entrees are really good as well - the sweet potato mash, pineapple, and 2 other veggies that i don't know the name of but was really tasty. we shared the profitoles for dessert. it was perfect - the vanilla ice cream was really cold and not too hard, not too soft...the chocolate covering them was the real thing - bittersweet quality chocolate. i would recommend this place to everyone - in fact i kinda want to keep it a secret and only tell a few people for fear that it might get too popular, which would make getting seats there more difficult! when i go back, i think i need to have the goat cheese tart and escargot at every visit, and maybe try new entrees - at this point, i think whatever they serve will be absolutely delicious. even when you enter the restaurant - you don't know what they are cooking, but it smells amazing in there. the chef and waitress was so nice and charming. it was really one of the best (if not the best) dining experience i've ever had in NYC.

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★★★★★

I went to la sirene on a monday night (mon+tues, the chef is there). i've heard so many good things about the goat cheese tart and the escargot, that i decided to try it. i normally am not a big fan of cheese or tarts, and i've never had escargot in the past...but hands down...these 2 were absolutely amazing, and quite frankly - the best thing i've ever eaten in my life in NYC. that's a huge statement, but it is 100% true. the escargot was soft, in a olive oil/pesto-esque sauce that i could not just waste - i had to dip the bread in it and it was just finger licking good. the goat cheese tart was the BEST of the best - i can order 2 of those and have them all by myself. we also ordered the lamb in a wine/cream reduction (delicious) and a special with beans/bacon/duck (great, but not exceptional). the 4 veggie sides that come with the entrees are really good as well - the sweet potato mash, pineapple, and 2 other veggies that i don't know the name of but was really tasty. we shared the profitoles for dessert. it was perfect - the vanilla ice cream was really cold and not too hard, not too soft...the chocolate covering them was the real thing - bittersweet quality chocolate. i would recommend this place to everyone - in fact i kinda want to keep it a secret and only tell a few people for fear that it might get too popular, which would make getting seats there more difficult! when i go back, i think i need to have the goat cheese tart and escargot at every visit, and maybe try new entrees - at this point, i think whatever they serve will be absolutely delicious. even when you enter the restaurant - you don't know what they are cooking, but it smells amazing in there. the chef and waitress was so nice and charming. it was really one of the best (if not the best) dining experience i've ever had in NYC.

Pros: hospitable, charming chef/waitress, delicious food, BYOB

Cons: nothing

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I went to La Sirene on a Tuesday night this past week and for the second time in a row, had an amazing time. The food was absolutely exceptional -- better quality than places I've been to in the city 3 times the price. The service is unparalleled. So here's the story .. it was my friend's bday and I made a reservation sort of last minute -- on the night before. They said that they only have 2 seating times -- 7:00 and 9:30. I told them that I needed to make the reservation at 8 and they agreed saying it would probably work because no one had reserved yet for the 9:30 reservation.
Tuesday comes along and I get stuck at work. I call to tell them I'll be late and see if I can just change to the 9:30 time, and they say that they accidentally wrote my reservation down for Wed instead of Tue and that a group had reserved the whole restaurant for the 9:30 reseservation on Tue. Typically, in NYC, at this point you would be screwed, and argument may take place, and the restaurant wouldnt care. This was the opposite. They put the the chef on the phone and he apologized to me and said we could come back tomorrow and eat entirely for free. But I explained it was for a bday, and he offered to do his best to accomodate me and rush us as little as possible, and give us 50% off our meal... I had no other options so i went with plan B.
When we got there, despite my being late for an 8oclock reservation, they accomodated us and told us they talked to the group and we wouldnt have to move. They were so kind to us and kept apologizing for everything and even sent out extra dishes (all of which were amazing). Then when the group came, they apologized for the noise (which was minimal) and even sent us over a bottle of champagne. Then, on top of everything, they gave us half off on one of the best meals i've had in NYC even after they didn't rush us...
Overall, this place is fantastic and I highly recommend it. 5 star food. 5 star service.
When I got there (which was after 8).

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★★★★★

I went to La Sirene on a Tuesday night this past week and for the second time in a row, had an amazing time. The food was absolutely exceptional -- better quality than places I've been to in the city 3 times the price. The service is unparalleled. So here's the story .. it was my friend's bday and I made a reservation sort of last minute -- on the night before. They said that they only have 2 seating times -- 7:00 and 9:30. I told them that I needed to make the reservation at 8 and they agreed saying it would probably work because no one had reserved yet for the 9:30 reservation.
Tuesday comes along and I get stuck at work. I call to tell them I'll be late and see if I can just change to the 9:30 time, and they say that they accidentally wrote my reservation down for Wed instead of Tue and that a group had reserved the whole restaurant for the 9:30 reseservation on Tue. Typically, in NYC, at this point you would be screwed, and argument may take place, and the restaurant wouldnt care. This was the opposite. They put the the chef on the phone and he apologized to me and said we could come back tomorrow and eat entirely for free. But I explained it was for a bday, and he offered to do his best to accomodate me and rush us as little as possible, and give us 50% off our meal... I had no other options so i went with plan B.
When we got there, despite my being late for an 8oclock reservation, they accomodated us and told us they talked to the group and we wouldnt have to move. They were so kind to us and kept apologizing for everything and even sent out extra dishes (all of which were amazing). Then when the group came, they apologized for the noise (which was minimal) and even sent us over a bottle of champagne. Then, on top of everything, they gave us half off on one of the best meals i've had in NYC even after they didn't rush us...
Overall, this place is fantastic and I highly recommend it. 5 star food. 5 star service.
When I got there (which was after 8).

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had a great meal but more than that, a great night at la sirene. m. didier is a pleasure, in the old-school european way. he watches over the dining room the way an owner-chef, not a celebrity guy, should. the menu was interesting and varied, service was cordial, the food was delicious and well-flavored, and the whole room was just...right. after dinner we had a dissertation from m. didier on quatre epices, on skate preparation, on butter in carrots. gosh, he knows his stuff, and we left happy and full. the portions are very abundant and the food is not light. we probably overordered. but where in the world can a non meat eater get shepherd's pie de mer? i mean, really. i was so happy and full going home that five degrees out didn't trouble me. plus i was radiating enough heat from all those calories. next up: i get the curry mussels.

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★★★★★

had a great meal but more than that, a great night at la sirene. m. didier is a pleasure, in the old-school european way. he watches over the dining room the way an owner-chef, not a celebrity guy, should. the menu was interesting and varied, service was cordial, the food was delicious and well-flavored, and the whole room was just...right. after dinner we had a dissertation from m. didier on quatre epices, on skate preparation, on butter in carrots. gosh, he knows his stuff, and we left happy and full. the portions are very abundant and the food is not light. we probably overordered. but where in the world can a non meat eater get shepherd's pie de mer? i mean, really. i was so happy and full going home that five degrees out didn't trouble me. plus i was radiating enough heat from all those calories. next up: i get the curry mussels.

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This restaurant came highly recommended from our son and his partner, Vincent, who hosted us for a weekend in NYC. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the coziness of La Sirene. We shared the Goat Cheese Tart and the Calamari appetizers among 4 people and found that our palates were being teased as to what was to come.
I, personally enjoyed the Shrimp entree as I was not expecting the subtle spiciness of the dish and was pleasantly surprised. Othres in our party enjoyed the Beef Filet Mignon with Gargonzola, the Pork filet, and Cassoulet. I tasted each of the dishes and enjoyed the rich flavors each presented.
Living in North Carolina, we do not find such hidden treasures as we found in La Siren. Thank you for a wonderful evening

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★★★★★

This restaurant came highly recommended from our son and his partner, Vincent, who hosted us for a weekend in NYC. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the coziness of La Sirene. We shared the Goat Cheese Tart and the Calamari appetizers among 4 people and found that our palates were being teased as to what was to come.
I, personally enjoyed the Shrimp entree as I was not expecting the subtle spiciness of the dish and was pleasantly surprised. Othres in our party enjoyed the Beef Filet Mignon with Gargonzola, the Pork filet, and Cassoulet. I tasted each of the dishes and enjoyed the rich flavors each presented.
Living in North Carolina, we do not find such hidden treasures as we found in La Siren. Thank you for a wonderful evening

Pros: Wonderful Staff

Cons: none

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We recently had an opportunity to stop by La Sirene for dinner. Our friends have been raving about this place for so long and when we visited NYC this is where, they told us, we NEEDED to go and they were so right.
We were greeted by the hostess and told her that it was our first time visiting and that we had made a reservation and she was happy to seat us right away. "The waitresses here are the nicest" whispered my friend. She also happily offered to take our coats. She later on told us they put the coats downstairs, so everyone can seat comfortably and no one steps on your jacket , which I thought was really sweet.
The BYOB concept is also great as our friend likes to enjoy his very eclectic collection of wine with good friends once in a while and what better way to do it than in a cozy place with great food and an even better atmosphere.For the appetizer we had the pate which was a nicely sized pate with a little salad. It tasted as a good pate should, very rich with a good mix of flavors. And, as could be expected, all of this paired nicely with a glass of red wine. As my main course I had the hanger steak and it was FANTASTIC. The steak was presented thinly sliced and had an incredible aroma and taste to it. I could eat this steak dish every day.
My friend ordered the dessert for us and out came the most interesting dessert I've seen in a long time. Ex explained that those were Profiterolles and they were a house specialty.
Our server, a pretty young woman with interesting tattoos,was good, and seemed to enjoy her work, which makes all of the difference between great service and acceptable service. Plates were cleared promptly, glasses were refilled without asking, and an offer for a second basket of bread was gladly accepted after we had finished the first. I wish I had remembered her name. Overall, each of the employees that we met were really good at making eye contact, and seemed content in their tasks.What a great experience!
Thank you, La Sirene

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★★★★★

We recently had an opportunity to stop by La Sirene for dinner. Our friends have been raving about this place for so long and when we visited NYC this is where, they told us, we NEEDED to go and they were so right.
We were greeted by the hostess and told her that it was our first time visiting and that we had made a reservation and she was happy to seat us right away. "The waitresses here are the nicest" whispered my friend. She also happily offered to take our coats. She later on told us they put the coats downstairs, so everyone can seat comfortably and no one steps on your jacket , which I thought was really sweet.
The BYOB concept is also great as our friend likes to enjoy his very eclectic collection of wine with good friends once in a while and what better way to do it than in a cozy place with great food and an even better atmosphere.For the appetizer we had the pate which was a nicely sized pate with a little salad. It tasted as a good pate should, very rich with a good mix of flavors. And, as could be expected, all of this paired nicely with a glass of red wine. As my main course I had the hanger steak and it was FANTASTIC. The steak was presented thinly sliced and had an incredible aroma and taste to it. I could eat this steak dish every day.
My friend ordered the dessert for us and out came the most interesting dessert I've seen in a long time. Ex explained that those were Profiterolles and they were a house specialty.
Our server, a pretty young woman with interesting tattoos,was good, and seemed to enjoy her work, which makes all of the difference between great service and acceptable service. Plates were cleared promptly, glasses were refilled without asking, and an offer for a second basket of bread was gladly accepted after we had finished the first. I wish I had remembered her name. Overall, each of the employees that we met were really good at making eye contact, and seemed content in their tasks.What a great experience!
Thank you, La Sirene

Pros: Food, Server, Atmosphere, BYOB

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Good things come in small packages...in terms of square footage & portion size. It's an understatement, but don't stop yourself from making a reservation here. The food here is excellent

4
★★★★☆

Good things come in small packages...in terms of square footage & portion size. It's an understatement, but don't stop yourself from making a reservation here. The food here is excellent

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Mr. Pawlicki actually called me today after I cancelled a reservation due to my being ill and wished me well. That was very nice of him to take the time and call when he didn't have to. It says alot about a person. I look forward to eating at his restaurant as soon as I recoup.

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★★★★★

Mr. Pawlicki actually called me today after I cancelled a reservation due to my being ill and wished me well. That was very nice of him to take the time and call when he didn't have to. It says alot about a person. I look forward to eating at his restaurant as soon as I recoup.

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I'm way overdue to write this review as I've eaten at La Sirene so many times that I can't actually keep count of it! I discover this jewel of restaurant about 1.5 year ago and I still love coming back to discover the seasonal menu!
So if you ask me, from the fall menu, I've tried the Gateaux de Crabe (can you tell I'm French???), la Salade de foid de canards sautes (but then again, I LUV duck!), and of course les moules marinieres and escargot a la bourguignone! All of them are delicious and you can't be disappointed with any of those. For the entrees, I tried filet Rossini (not on the menu as it was a plat du jour). I loved it - it took me back to some small restaurant in Lyon! If you are looking for something lighter, go for the Truite de L'Idaho rotie or les crevettes sautees Catalane. Didier told me that I was missing big for not having tried la blanquette de veau and you can be sure that I will go back to try it out! Of course, you need to make sure to try all of those before he changes the menu for the Winter!
Overall, La Sirene is among the best French restaurant in NYC - and come on, how many French BYOB restaurants do you know anyway!?? Just make sure to make a reservation as this jewel definitely got busier!!! Bon Appetit!

2
★★★★★

I'm way overdue to write this review as I've eaten at La Sirene so many times that I can't actually keep count of it! I discover this jewel of restaurant about 1.5 year ago and I still love coming back to discover the seasonal menu!
So if you ask me, from the fall menu, I've tried the Gateaux de Crabe (can you tell I'm French???), la Salade de foid de canards sautes (but then again, I LUV duck!), and of course les moules marinieres and escargot a la bourguignone! All of them are delicious and you can't be disappointed with any of those. For the entrees, I tried filet Rossini (not on the menu as it was a plat du jour). I loved it - it took me back to some small restaurant in Lyon! If you are looking for something lighter, go for the Truite de L'Idaho rotie or les crevettes sautees Catalane. Didier told me that I was missing big for not having tried la blanquette de veau and you can be sure that I will go back to try it out! Of course, you need to make sure to try all of those before he changes the menu for the Winter!
Overall, La Sirene is among the best French restaurant in NYC - and come on, how many French BYOB restaurants do you know anyway!?? Just make sure to make a reservation as this jewel definitely got busier!!! Bon Appetit!

Pros: Delicious food, being served by the chef himself!, BYOB French

Cons: Need to make a reservation early!

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It was a delightful time! The food was great, the service was charming and pleasant, while anticipating our needs and always available to discuss the menu.
Just love the BYOB concept. Always have!
The chef always made a point to see if everyone was happy. A great experience!

2
★★★★★

It was a delightful time! The food was great, the service was charming and pleasant, while anticipating our needs and always available to discuss the menu.
Just love the BYOB concept. Always have!
The chef always made a point to see if everyone was happy. A great experience!

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: None to mention

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I've never had such a bad experience in my life and I consider myself a huge foodie. I made a reservation which was not honored even though they had it in their computer system. The chef honored another reservation over us even though we checked in 1/2 hr early, sat us down, and opened our expensive bottles of wine. He could have found a better way to accomodate us and instead didn't even try to bother to salvage the situation and flat out kicked us out. We were willing to wait. Or if he had handled it better we would have politely left but we left unhappy when he wouldn't even reason with us. He kept telling us the reservationist would be fired. Very unprofessional. No one wants that responsibility. She did nothing wrong. We had been looking forward to trying this restaurant for a while and he completely ruined the experience. I will never go back and will let everyone know about what happened.

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I've never had such a bad experience in my life and I consider myself a huge foodie. I made a reservation which was not honored even though they had it in their computer system. The chef honored another reservation over us even though we checked in 1/2 hr early, sat us down, and opened our expensive bottles of wine. He could have found a better way to accomodate us and instead didn't even try to bother to salvage the situation and flat out kicked us out. We were willing to wait. Or if he had handled it better we would have politely left but we left unhappy when he wouldn't even reason with us. He kept telling us the reservationist would be fired. Very unprofessional. No one wants that responsibility. She did nothing wrong. We had been looking forward to trying this restaurant for a while and he completely ruined the experience. I will never go back and will let everyone know about what happened.

Cons: Worst Customer Service

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The first I had heard of Sirene was through Bruni's review in the Times, and it looked very intriguing. But considering how quaint and rustic it looked, I wasn't sure quite what to expect! I certainly wasn't expecting such a creative and delicious dining experience. My compliments to the chef (and owner??) and to his delightful staff! They were very helpful in guiding a few neophytes through the menu, letting us know what would work well with our wine. I have always enjoyed mussels, but had thought that white wine sauce was "the way" to go... how little I knew! The chef's on-menu description of the curried mussels had me a little skeptical but I decided to try it anyway, and it was AMAZING! So innovative! I followed the mussels with the duck, which was the best duck I have ever had. The sauce was incredible, the perfect amount of acidity to cut through the richness of the meat, it was perfect! Luckily my friends and I brought some good wine to go along with the delicious meal! The dessert was very good as well, we had a "sabaion" (sp??)... delicious dessert with figs and kiwis baked into it! Overall, I was so, so impressed with the friendliness and warmth of the staff, the creativity of the chef and the delightful (though somewhat "cozy" atmosphere!!). I will definitely be back, and be back soon!

2
★★★★★

The first I had heard of Sirene was through Bruni's review in the Times, and it looked very intriguing. But considering how quaint and rustic it looked, I wasn't sure quite what to expect! I certainly wasn't expecting such a creative and delicious dining experience. My compliments to the chef (and owner??) and to his delightful staff! They were very helpful in guiding a few neophytes through the menu, letting us know what would work well with our wine. I have always enjoyed mussels, but had thought that white wine sauce was "the way" to go... how little I knew! The chef's on-menu description of the curried mussels had me a little skeptical but I decided to try it anyway, and it was AMAZING! So innovative! I followed the mussels with the duck, which was the best duck I have ever had. The sauce was incredible, the perfect amount of acidity to cut through the richness of the meat, it was perfect! Luckily my friends and I brought some good wine to go along with the delicious meal! The dessert was very good as well, we had a "sabaion" (sp??)... delicious dessert with figs and kiwis baked into it! Overall, I was so, so impressed with the friendliness and warmth of the staff, the creativity of the chef and the delightful (though somewhat "cozy" atmosphere!!). I will definitely be back, and be back soon!

Pros: Delicious, innovative cuisine; wonderful staff; cute and cozy restaurant

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We went to this restaurant with some friends last night to celebrate my birthday. We came for the first time after reading all of the reviews here. The place is as charming and enjoyable as described! Everything we ordered was delicious and we could not resist sampling each others' plates (we all tried escargots for the 1st time too! yum!). The place is small so when my dessert came out, the entire restaurant sang happy birthday loudly and happily as if they were there to celebrate with me too! Didier was warm and welcoming as if we were old friends! He also opened our bottle of champagne (ahem, actually it was prosecco, sorry!) with a spoon! Never seen that trick before! Loved this place! Its not fancy but that is part of its charm! it makes you feel like you've discovered a wonderful neighborhood spot tucked away in a side street of Paris!

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★★★★★

We went to this restaurant with some friends last night to celebrate my birthday. We came for the first time after reading all of the reviews here. The place is as charming and enjoyable as described! Everything we ordered was delicious and we could not resist sampling each others' plates (we all tried escargots for the 1st time too! yum!). The place is small so when my dessert came out, the entire restaurant sang happy birthday loudly and happily as if they were there to celebrate with me too! Didier was warm and welcoming as if we were old friends! He also opened our bottle of champagne (ahem, actually it was prosecco, sorry!) with a spoon! Never seen that trick before! Loved this place! Its not fancy but that is part of its charm! it makes you feel like you've discovered a wonderful neighborhood spot tucked away in a side street of Paris!

Pros: Food, service

Cons: Loud (but that is part of its charm)

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I do not usually like to write reviews, but I just had to. I love the fact that this place has had such great reviews and only want to add to the long list. I went there on a late Saturday night this weekend and had a great time. The food was excellent! The hostess and waiter were both very inviting and attentive (e.g. when wine was low, it would be full again very soon and refilling our bread bowl). The place was small, crowded and loud in the good sense though - the atmosphere you expect for drinking good wine and eating good food in the presence of good friends!!! Do make sure you have a reservation because they seem to be full the whole time. Oh, one last thing, I do agree with the review about suggesting that there be outside seating..perhaps in the future? Enjoy everyone...

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★★★★★

I do not usually like to write reviews, but I just had to. I love the fact that this place has had such great reviews and only want to add to the long list. I went there on a late Saturday night this weekend and had a great time. The food was excellent! The hostess and waiter were both very inviting and attentive (e.g. when wine was low, it would be full again very soon and refilling our bread bowl). The place was small, crowded and loud in the good sense though - the atmosphere you expect for drinking good wine and eating good food in the presence of good friends!!! Do make sure you have a reservation because they seem to be full the whole time. Oh, one last thing, I do agree with the review about suggesting that there be outside seating..perhaps in the future? Enjoy everyone...

Pros: good food, attentive waiter and hostess

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Until my visit to La Sirene this past friday, I had never EVER liked mussels. I'm not a finicky eater or anything, but it was just something that I've never liked. My friends have been talking about La Sirene for a few months now, and it sounded good, so we finally came together. I don't know why, or how, but I somehow ended up agreeing to share the curried mussels. And it changed my life! I had never imagined it could be so delicious. My compliments to the chef! The spiciness of the curry beautifully balanced the subtle sweetness of the diced apple. absolutely lovely meal--I found myself mesmerized by this appetizer, and don't remember speaking the entire time!

I love duck, and the chef's approach was gorgeous. just gorgeous! the cherries worked perfectly with the richness of the bird, and i very nearly ordered another!

thank you so much to the chef and to the staff! it was a wonderful wonderful meal! the hostess was lovely. I didn't catch her name, but she was so warm and friendly, as was the restaurant itself! i was pleasantly surprised. i always thought that so many french restaurants were generic "bistro" type places. But this breaks the mold, and makes me wish that THIS was the model that other french places in the city used!

now, don't go expecting white tablecloths and china... but I don't think that's what the chef intended! this restaurant is perfect if you want to feel at home, at ease, and welcome! I am sorry it took me so long to find this restaurant, but I will definitely coming back.

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★★★★★

Until my visit to La Sirene this past friday, I had never EVER liked mussels. I'm not a finicky eater or anything, but it was just something that I've never liked. My friends have been talking about La Sirene for a few months now, and it sounded good, so we finally came together. I don't know why, or how, but I somehow ended up agreeing to share the curried mussels. And it changed my life! I had never imagined it could be so delicious. My compliments to the chef! The spiciness of the curry beautifully balanced the subtle sweetness of the diced apple. absolutely lovely meal--I found myself mesmerized by this appetizer, and don't remember speaking the entire time!

I love duck, and the chef's approach was gorgeous. just gorgeous! the cherries worked perfectly with the richness of the bird, and i very nearly ordered another!

thank you so much to the chef and to the staff! it was a wonderful wonderful meal! the hostess was lovely. I didn't catch her name, but she was so warm and friendly, as was the restaurant itself! i was pleasantly surprised. i always thought that so many french restaurants were generic "bistro" type places. But this breaks the mold, and makes me wish that THIS was the model that other french places in the city used!

now, don't go expecting white tablecloths and china... but I don't think that's what the chef intended! this restaurant is perfect if you want to feel at home, at ease, and welcome! I am sorry it took me so long to find this restaurant, but I will definitely coming back.

Pros: Fantastic food, great service!

Cons: I wish there had been seats outside!

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I stopped by La Sirene tonight, and, admittedly, I am a regular patron--but I felt I needed to correct the record. The prior review was completely out of line because the reviewer didn't understand what was going on! Daphnee, though she works at La Sirene, was not actually working that night, and was just enjoying a meal and a drink with her friends and family (that should say something, that the staff chooses to bring their family to eat there from out of town!). She ended up helping just a little bit, but was not on shift! She, and the rest of the staff at La Sirene, is incredible. So thoughtful, attentive and knowledgeable. La Sirene and its family are a rare find in this city. A place where you will be taken care of, treated as family and have a wonderful dining experience. What I really enjoy about La Sirene is the responsiveness of the Chef/Owner, Didier, to his customers. As a preliminary matter, the food is delicious. The ingredients are incredibly fresh, and Didier's recipes are clearly crafted with intuition, care and great taste. But what makes the experience is Didier's passion and his care for his guests. Upon entering, you feel like you're in a friend's dining room, over for a dinner party. Didier takes your mood and your tastes into account when he makes his recommendations from the evening's menu, and your trust of his judgment is rewarded by a meal which will leave you speechless. The staff at La Sirene is the perfect complement to Didier's attentiveness, and the dining experience there would not be nearly as wonderful if not for Daphnee and her colleagues. I'm looking forward to my next visit already!

2
★★★★★

I stopped by La Sirene tonight, and, admittedly, I am a regular patron--but I felt I needed to correct the record. The prior review was completely out of line because the reviewer didn't understand what was going on! Daphnee, though she works at La Sirene, was not actually working that night, and was just enjoying a meal and a drink with her friends and family (that should say something, that the staff chooses to bring their family to eat there from out of town!). She ended up helping just a little bit, but was not on shift! She, and the rest of the staff at La Sirene, is incredible. So thoughtful, attentive and knowledgeable. La Sirene and its family are a rare find in this city. A place where you will be taken care of, treated as family and have a wonderful dining experience. What I really enjoy about La Sirene is the responsiveness of the Chef/Owner, Didier, to his customers. As a preliminary matter, the food is delicious. The ingredients are incredibly fresh, and Didier's recipes are clearly crafted with intuition, care and great taste. But what makes the experience is Didier's passion and his care for his guests. Upon entering, you feel like you're in a friend's dining room, over for a dinner party. Didier takes your mood and your tastes into account when he makes his recommendations from the evening's menu, and your trust of his judgment is rewarded by a meal which will leave you speechless. The staff at La Sirene is the perfect complement to Didier's attentiveness, and the dining experience there would not be nearly as wonderful if not for Daphnee and her colleagues. I'm looking forward to my next visit already!

Pros: le chef, bien sur! the staff is incredibly attentive and warm, and the food is memorable and delicious!

Cons: i've got nothing here.

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I have wanted to try this tiny bistro in my neighborhood for a long time after reading Bruni's review and seeing all the great write ups of the food, ambience, and staff here. And I would like to give it another chance, as the food was pretty good. But my experience at La Sirene was not what I hoped for. My friend and I decided to check it out on the 4th of July hoping there wouldn't be a wait as the neighborhood was rather quiet that night. We arrived with our bottle of wine and were delighted to see several empty tables and the great smell of garlic and butter. The staff, it seemed, was less than excited to see us however. I understand that it was a holiday, but why be open if you can't take care of guests properly? We were quizzed as to whether or not we had wine (we did) and cash (we did) before reluctantly led to a table. The food, like i said, was good, but not as memorable as we had hoped. We tried a very buttery hanger steak and a strange pork dish, which I'll admit, was exactly what was described on the menu, but it was still weird. The service was astounding though. Daphne, the "manager" was definitely drunk and spent much of her time outside smoking or sitting at a table of friends, occasionally getting up to serve food when a bell was rung. It was really shocking, because we had read such nice things about her and the rest of the staff. We hoped to meet the famous Didier but he was nowhere in sight, or else I'm sure he would have been surprised. I know it was a holiday, but this seemed unacceptable, even for the fourth of July. We hope to try again but will definitely be a little wary.

1
★★★☆☆

I have wanted to try this tiny bistro in my neighborhood for a long time after reading Bruni's review and seeing all the great write ups of the food, ambience, and staff here. And I would like to give it another chance, as the food was pretty good. But my experience at La Sirene was not what I hoped for. My friend and I decided to check it out on the 4th of July hoping there wouldn't be a wait as the neighborhood was rather quiet that night. We arrived with our bottle of wine and were delighted to see several empty tables and the great smell of garlic and butter. The staff, it seemed, was less than excited to see us however. I understand that it was a holiday, but why be open if you can't take care of guests properly? We were quizzed as to whether or not we had wine (we did) and cash (we did) before reluctantly led to a table. The food, like i said, was good, but not as memorable as we had hoped. We tried a very buttery hanger steak and a strange pork dish, which I'll admit, was exactly what was described on the menu, but it was still weird. The service was astounding though. Daphne, the "manager" was definitely drunk and spent much of her time outside smoking or sitting at a table of friends, occasionally getting up to serve food when a bell was rung. It was really shocking, because we had read such nice things about her and the rest of the staff. We hoped to meet the famous Didier but he was nowhere in sight, or else I'm sure he would have been surprised. I know it was a holiday, but this seemed unacceptable, even for the fourth of July. We hope to try again but will definitely be a little wary.

Pros: Smells great, Very quaint and cute

Cons: Unreliable staff

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Dear Didier,
You and your team of Daphne, Olivier and sous-chefs deserve more stars than this web review allows. It's incredible how your talented and lovely crew can put out such amazing and delicious food in such tight (yet charming) quarters. The experience from the moment one is greeted on the sidewalk is delightful. And it just gets better from there. I had attended a 20+ birthday dinner there 2 weeks ago and couldn't believe how effortlessly your team pulled off getting everyone served at the same time, and it was fantastic. Last night my sister and I hosted new friends there and we were all enchanted by the deliciousness of the food and the lovely atmosphere and service. I hope to be a regular and kudos to all of you for creating such a lovely French respite in such a dreary part of Manhattan! C'est magnifique! Michele

2
★★★★★

Dear Didier,
You and your team of Daphne, Olivier and sous-chefs deserve more stars than this web review allows. It's incredible how your talented and lovely crew can put out such amazing and delicious food in such tight (yet charming) quarters. The experience from the moment one is greeted on the sidewalk is delightful. And it just gets better from there. I had attended a 20+ birthday dinner there 2 weeks ago and couldn't believe how effortlessly your team pulled off getting everyone served at the same time, and it was fantastic. Last night my sister and I hosted new friends there and we were all enchanted by the deliciousness of the food and the lovely atmosphere and service. I hope to be a regular and kudos to all of you for creating such a lovely French respite in such a dreary part of Manhattan! C'est magnifique! Michele

Pros: Service, Food, Menu selections, Charm

Cons: Tight seating quarters (which adds to charm)

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A rare BYOB gem in Manhattan. First, La Sirene boasts a quality staff. Daphne, our all-in-one, hostess, waitress, and sommelier was knowledgeable and extremely helpful, providing suggestions and personable service that elevated the enjoyment of the entire dining experience. In addition, the food from the eight dishes we had, was wonderful... for the most part. The duck liver appetizer was so flavorful I found myself lapping up the residual fat from the plate (like fat from seared foie gras). Another surprising appetizer (I was skeptical at first) was the poached quail egg and foie gras jelly. The egg was perfectly poached, and upon breaking through the gelatin and egg white, the yolk oozed out wonderfully over the different components of the dish. The combination of textures and tastes from the foie gras, egg yolk, egg white, and jelly proved to be a stellar example of how cooking should be about creating a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. The off-menu quail was my favorite of the night. I simply never had quail that was so moist and delicately flavored. The seasoning was subtle and appropriate where the meat was allowed to shine through the virtue of its perfect doneness. However, with all these high points, this gem of a restaurant had a near unforgivable flaw. The one dish that threatened to ruin the entire experience was the pork tenderloin with, oh yes, chocolate sauce. The chocolate overpowered every other component of the dish, drowning and muddling any other flavor that attempted to break through. Even more unforgivable, the pork (and i LOVE pork), was cooked to the point I felt like I was eating sandpaper. It was so overcooked that even the excessive chocolate sauce didn't succeed in masking how dry and tough the meat had become. Despite this, in the end, the combination of Daphne's service and the virtues of the other dishes managed to save the evening, qualifying it, in my mind, as a delightful gem.

2
★★★★☆

A rare BYOB gem in Manhattan. First, La Sirene boasts a quality staff. Daphne, our all-in-one, hostess, waitress, and sommelier was knowledgeable and extremely helpful, providing suggestions and personable service that elevated the enjoyment of the entire dining experience. In addition, the food from the eight dishes we had, was wonderful... for the most part. The duck liver appetizer was so flavorful I found myself lapping up the residual fat from the plate (like fat from seared foie gras). Another surprising appetizer (I was skeptical at first) was the poached quail egg and foie gras jelly. The egg was perfectly poached, and upon breaking through the gelatin and egg white, the yolk oozed out wonderfully over the different components of the dish. The combination of textures and tastes from the foie gras, egg yolk, egg white, and jelly proved to be a stellar example of how cooking should be about creating a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. The off-menu quail was my favorite of the night. I simply never had quail that was so moist and delicately flavored. The seasoning was subtle and appropriate where the meat was allowed to shine through the virtue of its perfect doneness. However, with all these high points, this gem of a restaurant had a near unforgivable flaw. The one dish that threatened to ruin the entire experience was the pork tenderloin with, oh yes, chocolate sauce. The chocolate overpowered every other component of the dish, drowning and muddling any other flavor that attempted to break through. Even more unforgivable, the pork (and i LOVE pork), was cooked to the point I felt like I was eating sandpaper. It was so overcooked that even the excessive chocolate sauce didn't succeed in masking how dry and tough the meat had become. Despite this, in the end, the combination of Daphne's service and the virtues of the other dishes managed to save the evening, qualifying it, in my mind, as a delightful gem.

Pros: BYOB, Service, Food

Cons: Cramped, Pork Tenderloin

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We were, simply, wowed by the quality of the food at this restaurant. The skirt steak was simply superb; some of the best food I've had in Manhattan. It's nicely located within walking distance to the West Village and Soho, but far enough away that you don't have to deal with all the bridge and tunnel trash (you know who you are) that flows unchecked into those neighborhoods on weekends.

2
★★★★★

We were, simply, wowed by the quality of the food at this restaurant. The skirt steak was simply superb; some of the best food I've had in Manhattan. It's nicely located within walking distance to the West Village and Soho, but far enough away that you don't have to deal with all the bridge and tunnel trash (you know who you are) that flows unchecked into those neighborhoods on weekends.

Pros: Incredible Food; Charming Service

Cons: None

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I revisited La Sirene with some wine lover friends of mine for a Basque wine dinner with the Cassoulet. Despite the fact that the restaurant had taken the cassoulet off the menu they agreed in advance to make it for us and it was fantastic (just a hint salty, but that's a minor complaint). Service was warm and expert (and cute), and our appetizers were just delicious. This is a real gem and I will be certain to return. And the BYO-friendly policy certainly helps.
Cheers!

2
★★★★☆

I revisited La Sirene with some wine lover friends of mine for a Basque wine dinner with the Cassoulet. Despite the fact that the restaurant had taken the cassoulet off the menu they agreed in advance to make it for us and it was fantastic (just a hint salty, but that's a minor complaint). Service was warm and expert (and cute), and our appetizers were just delicious. This is a real gem and I will be certain to return. And the BYO-friendly policy certainly helps.
Cheers!

Pros: BYO, very good food

Cons: Tight spacing, AC is so-so

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friends decided to take me to la sirene for my 31st birthday celebration last week and i had a most memorable evening. met the infamous didier within minutes of arrival, who came over to chat with us, as if we had been longtime friends. from appetizer (soupe l'oignon, escargots, fresh sliced tomato special) to main course (poached skate, hanger steak, roasted lamb leg) to dessert (creme brulee, bittersweet profiteroles), the food was excellent, everything prepared to perfection.

but what really stood out was the attentiveness and warmth of service that was provided. at some point the waitress overheard it was my birthday, who greeted me with a "bon anniversaire!" later in the evening, what was truly memorable was when they brought out dessert, the music was turned down and didier and co. surprised me with a rendition of "happy birthday" and candles on the profiteroles! this wasn't pre-planned by my friends at all i found out, and was fully the thoughtful gesture of didier and staff. it is really these little touches that have left an indelible impression... and i will go back again and again. didier, here's the review that i promised you i'd write!:) thanks again!:)

2
★★★★★

friends decided to take me to la sirene for my 31st birthday celebration last week and i had a most memorable evening. met the infamous didier within minutes of arrival, who came over to chat with us, as if we had been longtime friends. from appetizer (soupe l'oignon, escargots, fresh sliced tomato special) to main course (poached skate, hanger steak, roasted lamb leg) to dessert (creme brulee, bittersweet profiteroles), the food was excellent, everything prepared to perfection.

but what really stood out was the attentiveness and warmth of service that was provided. at some point the waitress overheard it was my birthday, who greeted me with a "bon anniversaire!" later in the evening, what was truly memorable was when they brought out dessert, the music was turned down and didier and co. surprised me with a rendition of "happy birthday" and candles on the profiteroles! this wasn't pre-planned by my friends at all i found out, and was fully the thoughtful gesture of didier and staff. it is really these little touches that have left an indelible impression... and i will go back again and again. didier, here's the review that i promised you i'd write!:) thanks again!:)

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We came here for the first time for my 35th birthday last week. Although we were disappointed that the chef himself was not on site, we found all the food delightful (esp. the hangar steak with 4 incredible veggie sides and the duck liver salad, which was incredible and large enough to be an entree in its own right), the decor very cute and the service warm and friendly. It was an incredible value and a transporting experience for a very special evening. We will definitely be back and I have recommended it to friends already.

2
★★★★★

We came here for the first time for my 35th birthday last week. Although we were disappointed that the chef himself was not on site, we found all the food delightful (esp. the hangar steak with 4 incredible veggie sides and the duck liver salad, which was incredible and large enough to be an entree in its own right), the decor very cute and the service warm and friendly. It was an incredible value and a transporting experience for a very special evening. We will definitely be back and I have recommended it to friends already.

Pros: Excellent food, charming decor, good value

Cons: Tiny crowded tables, did not look like they had a/c

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The second we arrived at La Sirene, we were enthusiastically greeted by a waitress and the chef who led us right to our table (we made reservations a week prior) during peak dining hours this past Saturday (5/10/08) evening. We brought some Prosecco with us (always been a huge fan of BYOB restaurants) and the chef came right over and opened our bottle with a flourish that inspired applause from the other diners. Our appetizers consisted of the duck liver salad and the escargot. Our conversation came to a complete standstill as we devoured our plates with such voracity that we later joked about the fact that we must have appeared to be two people who hadn't eaten in a week! After pretty much licking our plates clean, the waitress gave us a perfectly timed pause before serving our entrees (I ordered the duck and my girlfriend Pam had the pork special)....again; complete food hypnosis ensued and it took less than 10 minutes for us to inhale the scrumptious duck and pork. Our water glasses were never more than half empty as were our champagne flutes. The waitstaff has completely mastered the art of taking care of one's every need while never becoming a "hovering" annoyance. Two meals (the appetizers are easily as filling as the entrees....and in a very good way!) and two bottles of Prosecco later, we still had room for dessert and coffee....the creme brule was absolutely perfect, as was the coffee. The atmosphere was dizzingly fun without being too loud for a non-screaming conversation. The chef visited every table at least twice and seemed genuinly interested in what the diners had to say about his food. Upon leaving, we agreed that it was the best meal we'd had since visiting Paris over a year ago and I HIGHLY reccommend people make a reservation before it becomes popular enough (which I'm sure it will) to warrant a month-long wait for a table.

2
★★★★★

The second we arrived at La Sirene, we were enthusiastically greeted by a waitress and the chef who led us right to our table (we made reservations a week prior) during peak dining hours this past Saturday (5/10/08) evening. We brought some Prosecco with us (always been a huge fan of BYOB restaurants) and the chef came right over and opened our bottle with a flourish that inspired applause from the other diners. Our appetizers consisted of the duck liver salad and the escargot. Our conversation came to a complete standstill as we devoured our plates with such voracity that we later joked about the fact that we must have appeared to be two people who hadn't eaten in a week! After pretty much licking our plates clean, the waitress gave us a perfectly timed pause before serving our entrees (I ordered the duck and my girlfriend Pam had the pork special)....again; complete food hypnosis ensued and it took less than 10 minutes for us to inhale the scrumptious duck and pork. Our water glasses were never more than half empty as were our champagne flutes. The waitstaff has completely mastered the art of taking care of one's every need while never becoming a "hovering" annoyance. Two meals (the appetizers are easily as filling as the entrees....and in a very good way!) and two bottles of Prosecco later, we still had room for dessert and coffee....the creme brule was absolutely perfect, as was the coffee. The atmosphere was dizzingly fun without being too loud for a non-screaming conversation. The chef visited every table at least twice and seemed genuinly interested in what the diners had to say about his food. Upon leaving, we agreed that it was the best meal we'd had since visiting Paris over a year ago and I HIGHLY reccommend people make a reservation before it becomes popular enough (which I'm sure it will) to warrant a month-long wait for a table.

Pros: Everything about this place!

Cons: None come to mind.

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It'd been a while since we had a near-euphoric dining experience, so Boyfriend and I decided to try the prix fixe. We read about the tight seating and decided on an early dinner on a lazy Sunday afternoon. At 5pm, it was empty, and Chef Didier (yep, we met da man) suggested a table by the breezy open door. Our starters of calamari and beet salad were simple and light, and the mussels, particularly the curry one, came in the most delicious cream-based sauces. We also tried the Dijon flavor, and we ended up eating two loaves of crusty, flaky bread to soak it all up. Then we went on to drink the sauce with a spoon. After that, out came the profiteroles, which we requested in place of the chocolate mousse. Three large mounds of goodness (or "shoes" as Dider called them; they do look like baby shoes), and the chocolate sauce, slightly bitter in the way excellent, quality chocolate should be, caused us to drink the sauce directly from the spoon again.

Service was excellent, and, around 6pm, a nice buzz developed as the place filled. Extra points for the adorable, elderly Chinese men seated near us who also had a rockin' time. We'll be back with more friends and more wine.

2
★★★★★

It'd been a while since we had a near-euphoric dining experience, so Boyfriend and I decided to try the prix fixe. We read about the tight seating and decided on an early dinner on a lazy Sunday afternoon. At 5pm, it was empty, and Chef Didier (yep, we met da man) suggested a table by the breezy open door. Our starters of calamari and beet salad were simple and light, and the mussels, particularly the curry one, came in the most delicious cream-based sauces. We also tried the Dijon flavor, and we ended up eating two loaves of crusty, flaky bread to soak it all up. Then we went on to drink the sauce with a spoon. After that, out came the profiteroles, which we requested in place of the chocolate mousse. Three large mounds of goodness (or "shoes" as Dider called them; they do look like baby shoes), and the chocolate sauce, slightly bitter in the way excellent, quality chocolate should be, caused us to drink the sauce directly from the spoon again.

Service was excellent, and, around 6pm, a nice buzz developed as the place filled. Extra points for the adorable, elderly Chinese men seated near us who also had a rockin' time. We'll be back with more friends and more wine.

Pros: Food, service, BYO

Cons: Probably not as relaxed on a Friday or Saturday night

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i was here last week with a girlfriend of mine and we loved this cute byo. we had the pleasure of speaking to you and you mentioned how you had gotten a bad review on citysearch. you gave us a great dinner so i thought that i would return the favor write something nice. the mussels were great -- definitely try the curry if you go. the chocolate mousse was probably the best i've every had. i can't wait to go back and try some of the other things on the menu.

2
★★★★★

i was here last week with a girlfriend of mine and we loved this cute byo. we had the pleasure of speaking to you and you mentioned how you had gotten a bad review on citysearch. you gave us a great dinner so i thought that i would return the favor write something nice. the mussels were great -- definitely try the curry if you go. the chocolate mousse was probably the best i've every had. i can't wait to go back and try some of the other things on the menu.

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I have never posted a review before, but I was inspired by two things. First, when I was just looking for a place for me and my girlfriend to go and have a romantic dinner, I was very impressed that the owner of La Sirene responded to all the reviews. It showed care about his customers that felt that he loved what he did. Then, second, we went and ate there and it lived up to that standard. The staff was friendly and very helpful and the food was fantastic. The owner wasn't there, but we found out that it was because he just had a baby, but we say congratulations and keep up this amazing little restaurant. We'll be back.

2
★★★★★

I have never posted a review before, but I was inspired by two things. First, when I was just looking for a place for me and my girlfriend to go and have a romantic dinner, I was very impressed that the owner of La Sirene responded to all the reviews. It showed care about his customers that felt that he loved what he did. Then, second, we went and ate there and it lived up to that standard. The staff was friendly and very helpful and the food was fantastic. The owner wasn't there, but we found out that it was because he just had a baby, but we say congratulations and keep up this amazing little restaurant. We'll be back.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Small. Cramped

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I have to admit, I'm disappointed with La Sirene. The prices have been raised astronomically, and what was once a small, friendly, reasonably priced intimate bistro has become unfathomably expensive. I know that Manhattan rents are high, but for 28 dollars I would expect more than a single piece of bass on a plate with a bit of rice and cream sauce and an array of vegetables. For that price per entree, one could eat at virtually any restaurant in the neighborhood, including Balthazar or AquaGrill. And I have to admit, there were definitely frozen vegetables (string beans, carrots, corn, etc.) in my skate dish. This is completely unreasonable, and I felt as if the chef thought no one would notice the difference between fresh produce and some frozen vegetable medley. This used to be a wonderful restaurant, but it seems that high rents have made it lose sight of what it once aspired to be. If the prices were not so ASTRONOMICALLY high for the type of simple, bistro fare that La Sirene serves, then I would gladly return, but a main course in the 26-28 dollar level should deliver significantly more than this, I'm afraid. It is simply not worth the price at all, even if you factor in the BYO policy. What a disappointing fall from grace!

1
★★☆☆☆

I have to admit, I'm disappointed with La Sirene. The prices have been raised astronomically, and what was once a small, friendly, reasonably priced intimate bistro has become unfathomably expensive. I know that Manhattan rents are high, but for 28 dollars I would expect more than a single piece of bass on a plate with a bit of rice and cream sauce and an array of vegetables. For that price per entree, one could eat at virtually any restaurant in the neighborhood, including Balthazar or AquaGrill. And I have to admit, there were definitely frozen vegetables (string beans, carrots, corn, etc.) in my skate dish. This is completely unreasonable, and I felt as if the chef thought no one would notice the difference between fresh produce and some frozen vegetable medley. This used to be a wonderful restaurant, but it seems that high rents have made it lose sight of what it once aspired to be. If the prices were not so ASTRONOMICALLY high for the type of simple, bistro fare that La Sirene serves, then I would gladly return, but a main course in the 26-28 dollar level should deliver significantly more than this, I'm afraid. It is simply not worth the price at all, even if you factor in the BYO policy. What a disappointing fall from grace!

Pros: BYO

Cons: Astronomically, and almost insultingly overpriced

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This was probably the best dining experience my sister (who was only in the city for one day) and I have ever had and we raved about it for the next day. We were initially going to go to a different french bistro, but decided to come here at the last minute, and I'm so glad we did. We ordered off the prix fixe menu and the food made us MELT. The sauteed calamari had the most AMAZING sauce I've ever tasted, with just the right subtlety and the an incredible combination of flavors. Seriously delicious. The beets were really good too, but the calamari was out of this world. The duck salad was to die for as well. The service was impeccable (the waitress was both professional and warm) and the owner was very accomodating. The best part is, even though my sister and I are used to eating at prix fixe restaurants that serve super small portions (which we were expecting), the portions here were large and filled us up completely! For twenty-five dollars, it's definitely worth going to. They even gave us lollipops at the end:-) A memorable experience.

2
★★★★★

This was probably the best dining experience my sister (who was only in the city for one day) and I have ever had and we raved about it for the next day. We were initially going to go to a different french bistro, but decided to come here at the last minute, and I'm so glad we did. We ordered off the prix fixe menu and the food made us MELT. The sauteed calamari had the most AMAZING sauce I've ever tasted, with just the right subtlety and the an incredible combination of flavors. Seriously delicious. The beets were really good too, but the calamari was out of this world. The duck salad was to die for as well. The service was impeccable (the waitress was both professional and warm) and the owner was very accomodating. The best part is, even though my sister and I are used to eating at prix fixe restaurants that serve super small portions (which we were expecting), the portions here were large and filled us up completely! For twenty-five dollars, it's definitely worth going to. They even gave us lollipops at the end:-) A memorable experience.

Pros: Great service, incredible food, excellent value

Cons: Cramped seating

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This is by far the best French food I've experienced in NY in the last 16 years we have lived here. The restaurant is very small, but oozes with charm and mouth watering dishes. The owner is busy rushing down to his cellar for provisions, hanging up coats, etc, since there is so little room in the restaurant, which adds to the fun of being there. But, the server, Daphne, who is straight from France and has the most wonderful accent, is very attentive and insures your time there will be memorable.

2
★★★★★

This is by far the best French food I've experienced in NY in the last 16 years we have lived here. The restaurant is very small, but oozes with charm and mouth watering dishes. The owner is busy rushing down to his cellar for provisions, hanging up coats, etc, since there is so little room in the restaurant, which adds to the fun of being there. But, the server, Daphne, who is straight from France and has the most wonderful accent, is very attentive and insures your time there will be memorable.

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I had a great dinner at La Sirene. Great food and lovely waitress and chef. Will go back and bring others there! Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

I had a great dinner at La Sirene. Great food and lovely waitress and chef. Will go back and bring others there! Highly recommended.

Pros: Almost everything!

Cons: the space is running a little tight but everything else made it worthwhile

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This is the first time I've ever written a review on a restaurant although I consult citysearch regularly when looking to try new places. But I had to congratulate and thank the owner, chef, and staff at La Sirene for the excellent experience we had last night. My boyfriend and I just moved into an apt a block away from La Sirene and were first intrigued by the BYOB. But BYOB is definitely not the only thing this tiny restaurant has going for it. The food was outstanding-by FAR the best French meal I've ever had. We eat out a lot and find it so refreshing to enjoy stellar service, amazing food, and really nice people. We started with the curry mussels (recommended by our cute server)..Killer!! Never been a huge fan of mussels, but since they offer 4 types on appetizer menu we figured it must be their specialty and had to try them. These were absolutely delectable! We both had the hanger steak entree-absolutely to die for-with the 3 sides the dish had so many flavors going on. We finished the meal with the profiteroles drenched in dark chocolate sauce (also recommened by our server)..Sinful is all I can say! We will definitely become regulars at this place. Thanks again!!

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★★★★★

This is the first time I've ever written a review on a restaurant although I consult citysearch regularly when looking to try new places. But I had to congratulate and thank the owner, chef, and staff at La Sirene for the excellent experience we had last night. My boyfriend and I just moved into an apt a block away from La Sirene and were first intrigued by the BYOB. But BYOB is definitely not the only thing this tiny restaurant has going for it. The food was outstanding-by FAR the best French meal I've ever had. We eat out a lot and find it so refreshing to enjoy stellar service, amazing food, and really nice people. We started with the curry mussels (recommended by our cute server)..Killer!! Never been a huge fan of mussels, but since they offer 4 types on appetizer menu we figured it must be their specialty and had to try them. These were absolutely delectable! We both had the hanger steak entree-absolutely to die for-with the 3 sides the dish had so many flavors going on. We finished the meal with the profiteroles drenched in dark chocolate sauce (also recommened by our server)..Sinful is all I can say! We will definitely become regulars at this place. Thanks again!!

Pros: Everything about this place is perfect

Cons: None except that it won't remain a secret as word gets out

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My boyfriend and I decided to dine here for our anniversary. C'ETAIT DELICIEUX!!! calling for reservations was easy and convenient. the waitress was helpful with the menu and thankfully we listened to her suggestions and ordered the hangar steak and seafood shepherds pie. not normally a fan of hangar steak, we were blown out of the water by it's tenderness and intricate flavors complemented by the mouthwatering sweet potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, spinach and carrot puree mash. oh and our appetizer of escargots came the way all great dishes should be prepared: drowning in garlic butter. although the tables were situated incredibly close together, we enjoyed the company of the table next to us. so i suppose the close quarters initiated a cozy and friendly environment with fellow patrons. get the profiteroles. it's worth it.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I decided to dine here for our anniversary. C'ETAIT DELICIEUX!!! calling for reservations was easy and convenient. the waitress was helpful with the menu and thankfully we listened to her suggestions and ordered the hangar steak and seafood shepherds pie. not normally a fan of hangar steak, we were blown out of the water by it's tenderness and intricate flavors complemented by the mouthwatering sweet potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes, spinach and carrot puree mash. oh and our appetizer of escargots came the way all great dishes should be prepared: drowning in garlic butter. although the tables were situated incredibly close together, we enjoyed the company of the table next to us. so i suppose the close quarters initiated a cozy and friendly environment with fellow patrons. get the profiteroles. it's worth it.

Pros: large portions, friendly chef, excellent entrees

Cons: small space

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The city is discovering Didier and La Sirene. He deserves it. In an age of declining standards, this is a guy who honestly cares and it shows. The food and service are wonderful. I wish sometimes that I had the place all to myself but you can't stop amazing word of mouth. So be it. I will still come back again and again and wait my turn to once more enjoy this tiny , lovely gem.

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★★★★☆

The city is discovering Didier and La Sirene. He deserves it. In an age of declining standards, this is a guy who honestly cares and it shows. The food and service are wonderful. I wish sometimes that I had the place all to myself but you can't stop amazing word of mouth. So be it. I will still come back again and again and wait my turn to once more enjoy this tiny , lovely gem.

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We had been looking forward to this French Bistro all week. We arrived and with a reservation were seated at the door which was open with 35 mile per hour winds outside. Another table was available in the rear, but they would not move us. The escargot are frozen, the boullibaise is old fish and flavorless, and the person in charge is more concerned about maximizing his tiny tables than taking care of his customers. We will not return.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had been looking forward to this French Bistro all week. We arrived and with a reservation were seated at the door which was open with 35 mile per hour winds outside. Another table was available in the rear, but they would not move us. The escargot are frozen, the boullibaise is old fish and flavorless, and the person in charge is more concerned about maximizing his tiny tables than taking care of his customers. We will not return.

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I had the good fortune of eating at LA SIRENE on Friday, Feb. 29 with my three friends. Ill-informed as we were, we originally planned on eating at the restaurant next door. With the chaos and misinformation at that establishment, I decided to check La Sirene. It was the best decision I'd make all night. The owner is an absolute joy and immediately took my cell phone number and promised it would be no longer than 30 minute wait. He called us less than 25 minutes later and gave us the red carpet treatment -- the food is AMAZING, the service is INCREDIBLE. Everything was incredibly fresh and delicious. We all ordered different dishes and there wasn't anything left on our plates. I eat out at least 4 times a week and La Sirene was the BEST restaurant I've been to in over a year. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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★★★★★

I had the good fortune of eating at LA SIRENE on Friday, Feb. 29 with my three friends. Ill-informed as we were, we originally planned on eating at the restaurant next door. With the chaos and misinformation at that establishment, I decided to check La Sirene. It was the best decision I'd make all night. The owner is an absolute joy and immediately took my cell phone number and promised it would be no longer than 30 minute wait. He called us less than 25 minutes later and gave us the red carpet treatment -- the food is AMAZING, the service is INCREDIBLE. Everything was incredibly fresh and delicious. We all ordered different dishes and there wasn't anything left on our plates. I eat out at least 4 times a week and La Sirene was the BEST restaurant I've been to in over a year. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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we ate at La Sirene a couple weeks ago but never got around to writing this review because we were in a food coma this entire time. OH MY GOD WHAT AN AMAZING MEAL!!!
friendly atmosphere, excellent food, reasonable prices, good service with no attitude, and an owner that can open a bottle of champagne with a teaspoon. how can you go wrong with that?
the only problem i have with writing this review is that perhaps i am contributing to the restaurant's popularity, making it impossible for me to get a table in the future. but then again, nothing can prevent the growing popularity of this place.

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★★★★★

we ate at La Sirene a couple weeks ago but never got around to writing this review because we were in a food coma this entire time. OH MY GOD WHAT AN AMAZING MEAL!!!
friendly atmosphere, excellent food, reasonable prices, good service with no attitude, and an owner that can open a bottle of champagne with a teaspoon. how can you go wrong with that?
the only problem i have with writing this review is that perhaps i am contributing to the restaurant's popularity, making it impossible for me to get a table in the future. but then again, nothing can prevent the growing popularity of this place.

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: tight space

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La Sirene mostly lived up to its positive buzz last night when I found myself competing with three friends to snare the last of the crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside haricot beans at the bottom of a deeply excellent dish of cassoulet. Not every dish was so great (it was not a good sign when Chef Didier, as gregarious as his reputation suggests, got up in our grill to defend some of his least popular specialties, like the seafood shepherd's pie or the clafoutis for dessert), We tried them. Didn't like them. But we did enjoy the mussels in the classic white wine preparatoin, and wondered, what were the fragrant herbs beyond the obvious stalks of thyme? But we also wondered, why were the mussels were so puny? Moving on to dessert, I was curious as to why the profiteroles shown on the restaurant's web site were not on the menu. When I asked if they were available, because I love profiteroles, Chef Didier seemed skeptical of the seriousness of my intentions... apparently another customer had chastized his chocolate sauce for being "too bitter." He hemmed and hawed something about Americans' taste preferences leaning toward Hershey's. He had a point. But could I handle his sauce? I thought so. And I was not really surprised to discover the profiteroles were indeed delicious, with the copious dark chocolate sauce still steaming hot when the plate arrived. They should stay on the menu. (Nevertheless, I am at a loss as to why Chef Didier still insisted on prefacing the profiteroles with the clafoutis, which resembeld nothing more than an overinflated, mushy crepe.)

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★★★★☆

La Sirene mostly lived up to its positive buzz last night when I found myself competing with three friends to snare the last of the crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside haricot beans at the bottom of a deeply excellent dish of cassoulet. Not every dish was so great (it was not a good sign when Chef Didier, as gregarious as his reputation suggests, got up in our grill to defend some of his least popular specialties, like the seafood shepherd's pie or the clafoutis for dessert), We tried them. Didn't like them. But we did enjoy the mussels in the classic white wine preparatoin, and wondered, what were the fragrant herbs beyond the obvious stalks of thyme? But we also wondered, why were the mussels were so puny? Moving on to dessert, I was curious as to why the profiteroles shown on the restaurant's web site were not on the menu. When I asked if they were available, because I love profiteroles, Chef Didier seemed skeptical of the seriousness of my intentions... apparently another customer had chastized his chocolate sauce for being "too bitter." He hemmed and hawed something about Americans' taste preferences leaning toward Hershey's. He had a point. But could I handle his sauce? I thought so. And I was not really surprised to discover the profiteroles were indeed delicious, with the copious dark chocolate sauce still steaming hot when the plate arrived. They should stay on the menu. (Nevertheless, I am at a loss as to why Chef Didier still insisted on prefacing the profiteroles with the clafoutis, which resembeld nothing more than an overinflated, mushy crepe.)

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Rather than write Didier personally to thank him for the amazing experience at his restaurant, I decided to rave about it to everyone so that they may pay him and his lovely staff a visit. I was in town from Washington, DC last weekend visiting a girlfriend and we decided on La Sirene based on a restaurant guide, but were accidentally dropped at the wrong restaurant by the cab driver. After we sorted out where La Sirene was, we made a tardy but apologetic entance and were welcomed with (literally) open arms by Didier and within minutes were enjoying MOUTHWATERING mussels. There are several broth options. I chose the classic. Didier and his hostess, Megan, were absolutely lovely to us and as we enjoyed the tender, perfectly cooked mussels drenched in a gorgeous broth seasoned with the perfect amount of thyme. We loved the happy, cozy, French feeling of La Sirene. We both ordered the Hangar steak and it was one of those meals where each bite was followed with total "wow." The steak was perfectly tender and each bite was a buttery, perfectly seasoned treat. We had a carrot purree, sauteed greens, and creamy potatoes. I've never been so sad to become full--I would have devoured the whole thing happily if I could have!

We were there quite late because of our mix-up and while I bet that on busy hours Didier can't afford to spend as much time chatting to his patrons, but we were truly given the royal treatment and my friend and I had an absolutely memorable evening. Thanks so much Didier and Megan! So glad we made it after all!

A note: we arrived late because we had accidentally gone next door to Ivo and Lulu, and I'm shocked to see all of the wonderful reviews for that place. Wouldn't know how the food tasted as we waited for 1 1/2 hours before I investigated whether the restaurant we'd planned to visit was close enough to scoot over--thank goodness we found La Sirene after all! I've been telling my foodie friends in DC and NYC about this place since.

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★★★★★

Rather than write Didier personally to thank him for the amazing experience at his restaurant, I decided to rave about it to everyone so that they may pay him and his lovely staff a visit. I was in town from Washington, DC last weekend visiting a girlfriend and we decided on La Sirene based on a restaurant guide, but were accidentally dropped at the wrong restaurant by the cab driver. After we sorted out where La Sirene was, we made a tardy but apologetic entance and were welcomed with (literally) open arms by Didier and within minutes were enjoying MOUTHWATERING mussels. There are several broth options. I chose the classic. Didier and his hostess, Megan, were absolutely lovely to us and as we enjoyed the tender, perfectly cooked mussels drenched in a gorgeous broth seasoned with the perfect amount of thyme. We loved the happy, cozy, French feeling of La Sirene. We both ordered the Hangar steak and it was one of those meals where each bite was followed with total "wow." The steak was perfectly tender and each bite was a buttery, perfectly seasoned treat. We had a carrot purree, sauteed greens, and creamy potatoes. I've never been so sad to become full--I would have devoured the whole thing happily if I could have!

We were there quite late because of our mix-up and while I bet that on busy hours Didier can't afford to spend as much time chatting to his patrons, but we were truly given the royal treatment and my friend and I had an absolutely memorable evening. Thanks so much Didier and Megan! So glad we made it after all!

A note: we arrived late because we had accidentally gone next door to Ivo and Lulu, and I'm shocked to see all of the wonderful reviews for that place. Wouldn't know how the food tasted as we waited for 1 1/2 hours before I investigated whether the restaurant we'd planned to visit was close enough to scoot over--thank goodness we found La Sirene after all! I've been telling my foodie friends in DC and NYC about this place since.

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After lots of research, my sister and a group of closest friends took me out for a birthday surprise dinner on Feb 8th at La Sirene as they know I love French food. Upon entering the restaurant, I was immediately drawn to the coziness of the environment. What a treat it was to be able to bring your own wines without the super charges of fees I see in other French places. Chef Didier and his staff were the perfect hosts. Our waitress (I regret I forgot her name) asked immediately if I was the birthday girl-- talk about impeccable details!! The food was MARVELOUS. Every bite was delicious-- I didn't even expect the salad to be that good. Having been to Paris several times, I have to say that Chef Didier outdid some Parisian places in escargots. His was all nice in size and very tasty, I couldn't stop dipping the bread in the sauce. The dish proportions were generous and the ingredients were very fresh. The mussels were perfect appetizers (we got the entree size one with white wine sauce). Now that I wonder if Chef Didier could recreate the mussels dish I love with catalano sauce..hm?. Nonetheless, I have no complaints on the food. There is a tid bit -- perhaps I am a big dessert critic -- the chocolate mousse cake was a bit too floury. However, I would not hesitate to come back again real soon. It was the perfect VIP night to have Chef Didier walk us out and help the ladies with the coats and gave us lillipops!! Thank for La Sirene for making this such a wonderful birthday experience. See you soon!!!

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★★★★★

After lots of research, my sister and a group of closest friends took me out for a birthday surprise dinner on Feb 8th at La Sirene as they know I love French food. Upon entering the restaurant, I was immediately drawn to the coziness of the environment. What a treat it was to be able to bring your own wines without the super charges of fees I see in other French places. Chef Didier and his staff were the perfect hosts. Our waitress (I regret I forgot her name) asked immediately if I was the birthday girl-- talk about impeccable details!! The food was MARVELOUS. Every bite was delicious-- I didn't even expect the salad to be that good. Having been to Paris several times, I have to say that Chef Didier outdid some Parisian places in escargots. His was all nice in size and very tasty, I couldn't stop dipping the bread in the sauce. The dish proportions were generous and the ingredients were very fresh. The mussels were perfect appetizers (we got the entree size one with white wine sauce). Now that I wonder if Chef Didier could recreate the mussels dish I love with catalano sauce..hm?. Nonetheless, I have no complaints on the food. There is a tid bit -- perhaps I am a big dessert critic -- the chocolate mousse cake was a bit too floury. However, I would not hesitate to come back again real soon. It was the perfect VIP night to have Chef Didier walk us out and help the ladies with the coats and gave us lillipops!! Thank for La Sirene for making this such a wonderful birthday experience. See you soon!!!

Pros: Everything!! Food, Service, Ambience, parking

Cons: none

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My husband and I knew we were in for a special treat when we first walked into the heavenly aroma of La Sirene. I had the escargot, searched skate; he had the mussels in curry sauce, filet mignon with blue cheese sauce (a daily specials) and we shared the chocolate lava cake - everything was delicious, Serving size was perfect as I was beyond satisfied but could order appetizer, entree and share a dessert. I only wished there was more food so I could continue the experience. I wanted to lick my plate clean and did not leave a single trace of food!!! Everything was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing.
Although the restaurant is tiny and there was a lot of table maneuvering for a Friday night, we didn't mind at all. I would say it's probably best not to go to the restaurant with a party larger than 4 or 6 to be comfortable. The staff was very attentive and friendly. The chef is a down to earth talent and made us feel special and welcomed. He is truly the heart and soul of La Sirene and the husband and I agreed that the intimacy of the restaurant suits him perfectly.
Wine and liquor are not served at the restaurant. BYOB. This is a great advantage as you are not restricted by a wine list and can also save a good deal of money. We brought our own wine and were delighted that there was no corkage fee. Our dinner's total was under $100 - a fantastic bargain in NYC.
We will definitely be returning and are already discussing which friends we'd like to invite when we do!!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I knew we were in for a special treat when we first walked into the heavenly aroma of La Sirene. I had the escargot, searched skate; he had the mussels in curry sauce, filet mignon with blue cheese sauce (a daily specials) and we shared the chocolate lava cake - everything was delicious, Serving size was perfect as I was beyond satisfied but could order appetizer, entree and share a dessert. I only wished there was more food so I could continue the experience. I wanted to lick my plate clean and did not leave a single trace of food!!! Everything was perfect, I wouldn't change a thing.
Although the restaurant is tiny and there was a lot of table maneuvering for a Friday night, we didn't mind at all. I would say it's probably best not to go to the restaurant with a party larger than 4 or 6 to be comfortable. The staff was very attentive and friendly. The chef is a down to earth talent and made us feel special and welcomed. He is truly the heart and soul of La Sirene and the husband and I agreed that the intimacy of the restaurant suits him perfectly.
Wine and liquor are not served at the restaurant. BYOB. This is a great advantage as you are not restricted by a wine list and can also save a good deal of money. We brought our own wine and were delighted that there was no corkage fee. Our dinner's total was under $100 - a fantastic bargain in NYC.
We will definitely be returning and are already discussing which friends we'd like to invite when we do!!!

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My wife and I visited this small but very "French" place a few weeks ago, after seeing Edith Piaf, at the Soho Theater (perfect, yes?!) We loved it. The owner-chef Didier made us feel as if we were his personal guests (there were several other parties eating here, also), the service was excellent, and we loved the ambience. When I told Didier that I had had a delicious mussels dish in La Havre about a year ago, he told me that he would make me a similar dish, if I wanted him to (I did!). It was perfect; I thought I was back in Europe! I decided to order his French onion soup prior to my mussels dish -loved it! Lisa, my wife, enjoyed a delicious salad - goat cheese, beets, greens - very good! After our meal -and after chatting with Didier about his restaurants in Paris - and after topping off our mear with a terrific chocolate mousse - it was time to go (but we'll be back) Try this small gem - and enjoy this fascinating Soho area. We recommend it!

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★★★★★

My wife and I visited this small but very "French" place a few weeks ago, after seeing Edith Piaf, at the Soho Theater (perfect, yes?!) We loved it. The owner-chef Didier made us feel as if we were his personal guests (there were several other parties eating here, also), the service was excellent, and we loved the ambience. When I told Didier that I had had a delicious mussels dish in La Havre about a year ago, he told me that he would make me a similar dish, if I wanted him to (I did!). It was perfect; I thought I was back in Europe! I decided to order his French onion soup prior to my mussels dish -loved it! Lisa, my wife, enjoyed a delicious salad - goat cheese, beets, greens - very good! After our meal -and after chatting with Didier about his restaurants in Paris - and after topping off our mear with a terrific chocolate mousse - it was time to go (but we'll be back) Try this small gem - and enjoy this fascinating Soho area. We recommend it!

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The mussels in la Sirene is as delicious as what you would find in any restaurant at Rue de Bouchers in Brussels. The Sea?s Shepher Pie is really good. The serving size is in European Standard. At the end of the night, I was satisfied, but not over stuffed. Though, the taste would be better if use a little bit more salt.

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★★★★☆

The mussels in la Sirene is as delicious as what you would find in any restaurant at Rue de Bouchers in Brussels. The Sea?s Shepher Pie is really good. The serving size is in European Standard. At the end of the night, I was satisfied, but not over stuffed. Though, the taste would be better if use a little bit more salt.

Pros: food

Cons: small space

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My friend and I had a 7pm reservation tonight and we were really looking forward to having dinner here. We were not disappointed with the meal, as it was truly a wonderful meal. But we were sad that we didn't get to meet Chef Didier. We had read so much about him from the other reviewers and were looking forward to meeting him. Next time...

We started with the sauteed calamari and the mussels provencales and they were delicious. We looooved the calamari, it was so fresh and nicely prepared. I would've ordered another dish if I could. As for the entrees, my friend had the skate and I had the duck breast. Both were delicious, although I enjoyed the skate more. I should've went with my senses and ordered the skate since I was craving seafood. We ended the meal with the dark chocolate lava cake and that was the bomb! The chocolate ooze was of such good quality, truly rich bittersweet chocolate. It was the best chocolate lava cake I've ever had. Yummy!

We plan to come back and bring along some more friends and can't wait to try all the other dishes. The service was great, even though there was just 1 lone waitress working the room. And it was full house too. Good woman. She remained friendly, attentive and hospitable throughout our stay there.

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★★★★★

My friend and I had a 7pm reservation tonight and we were really looking forward to having dinner here. We were not disappointed with the meal, as it was truly a wonderful meal. But we were sad that we didn't get to meet Chef Didier. We had read so much about him from the other reviewers and were looking forward to meeting him. Next time...

We started with the sauteed calamari and the mussels provencales and they were delicious. We looooved the calamari, it was so fresh and nicely prepared. I would've ordered another dish if I could. As for the entrees, my friend had the skate and I had the duck breast. Both were delicious, although I enjoyed the skate more. I should've went with my senses and ordered the skate since I was craving seafood. We ended the meal with the dark chocolate lava cake and that was the bomb! The chocolate ooze was of such good quality, truly rich bittersweet chocolate. It was the best chocolate lava cake I've ever had. Yummy!

We plan to come back and bring along some more friends and can't wait to try all the other dishes. The service was great, even though there was just 1 lone waitress working the room. And it was full house too. Good woman. She remained friendly, attentive and hospitable throughout our stay there.

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I'm a vegetarian, and let's face it, finding a good vegetable dish in a non-vegetarian restaurant is like trying to find a diamond in the rough. It's a lost cause...but not at La Sirene. The chef came out to personally take our orders and recommended a vegetable medley dish that was just amazing. I totally stuffed myself trying to finish every scrap of deliciously flavored vegetable on my plate. I will definitely be touting praises for this restaurant to anyone who prizes themselves as a food connoisseur.

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★★★★★

I'm a vegetarian, and let's face it, finding a good vegetable dish in a non-vegetarian restaurant is like trying to find a diamond in the rough. It's a lost cause...but not at La Sirene. The chef came out to personally take our orders and recommended a vegetable medley dish that was just amazing. I totally stuffed myself trying to finish every scrap of deliciously flavored vegetable on my plate. I will definitely be touting praises for this restaurant to anyone who prizes themselves as a food connoisseur.

Pros: The chef. You can taste the love he puts into preparing each dish with every bite.

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...when you live in new york long enough, you see restaurants come and go...la sirene is a restaurant, and didier is a man, a chef, you want to root for...find his heart, his passion, on the plate you are served...the experience evokes a longing for france, and time when the important things in life take precedence...and the food...well, paris may have guy savoy and pierre gagnaire, but new york has didier...of course, that may just be the sauternes speaking

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★★★★★

...when you live in new york long enough, you see restaurants come and go...la sirene is a restaurant, and didier is a man, a chef, you want to root for...find his heart, his passion, on the plate you are served...the experience evokes a longing for france, and time when the important things in life take precedence...and the food...well, paris may have guy savoy and pierre gagnaire, but new york has didier...of course, that may just be the sauternes speaking

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My boyfriend took me here for my birthday this year and what an incredible surprise it was! They have paid attention to every detail here to ensure that you not only have the most delicious and affordable meal you will ever find in Manhattan, but that you also have that oh-so elusive all-around PERFECT dining experience. The atmosphere is warm, tiny, and convivial without ever overwhelming the small space or feeling cramped. The service is impeccable- the waitress charming and the water glasses always full.
And the food! Oh the food! Everything was exquisite (and we should know because we sampled nearly half the menu). You could tell instantly that all of the ingredients were fresh, of the highest-quality, and carefully chosen by Didier. Delicious and innovative flavor and texture combinations were paired with old favorite standards that had never tasted better or more lovingly prepared.

And, if this wasn't enough, you can bring your own wine! AS MUCH AS YOU WANT!!!

This is the best restaurant that I have found in New York. I would even recommend it to people I hate because everyone deserves to experience a meal that is this good.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here for my birthday this year and what an incredible surprise it was! They have paid attention to every detail here to ensure that you not only have the most delicious and affordable meal you will ever find in Manhattan, but that you also have that oh-so elusive all-around PERFECT dining experience. The atmosphere is warm, tiny, and convivial without ever overwhelming the small space or feeling cramped. The service is impeccable- the waitress charming and the water glasses always full.
And the food! Oh the food! Everything was exquisite (and we should know because we sampled nearly half the menu). You could tell instantly that all of the ingredients were fresh, of the highest-quality, and carefully chosen by Didier. Delicious and innovative flavor and texture combinations were paired with old favorite standards that had never tasted better or more lovingly prepared.

And, if this wasn't enough, you can bring your own wine! AS MUCH AS YOU WANT!!!

This is the best restaurant that I have found in New York. I would even recommend it to people I hate because everyone deserves to experience a meal that is this good.

Pros: Delicious, inexpensive, cozy

Cons: I can't afford to eat there every day

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