La Lunchonette

★★★☆☆

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Mon-Fri noon-11 pm, Sat-Sun 11:30 am-midnight

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In my opinion, La Luncheonette is an under appreciated gem that can only get better. The owner, Melva, has a heart of gold; something tells me her intentions are good.

Don't come here if your a pretentious spoiled brat. Do come here if

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★★★★★

In my opinion, La Luncheonette is an under appreciated gem that can only get better. The owner, Melva, has a heart of gold; something tells me her intentions are good.

Don't come here if your a pretentious spoiled brat. Do come here if

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i went for the first time on saturday january 29 , i loved the sweet bread. i did enjoy the evening ;therefore i came back on thursday january 3 , with some friends.a laissez allez waitress came to our table with a very rude attitude

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★★★★★

i went for the first time on saturday january 29 , i loved the sweet bread. i did enjoy the evening ;therefore i came back on thursday january 3 , with some friends.a laissez allez waitress came to our table with a very rude attitude

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We used to be regulars and loved this place. After a while we came back for a Saturday dinner. MISTAKE. I had originally made a reservation for 2, and then called and left a message changing it to 3. The nasty woman who was managing said "why are there three of you, you said 2?" I explained and got the answer "you're not telling the truth." One of the waiters heard it, waited until she left, and came over and said "she's just under stress, give me a minute." Indeed, within 3 minutes, we were seated, and the "crush" of customers she had cited in saying we were a burden, had left. We were the only ones in the half of the restaurant. She apologized for her behavior saying another table had given her trouble and "insisted they had spoken to a man. What liars! Men don't answer the phone here." When I told her that I had spoken to a man , she shook her head, gave a "huff," and walked off. We never saw her again. The young man who was waiting other tables in a private party came in and took care of us. Then she came back and said in a loud voice 'IF I SEE YOU IN HERE AGAIN, YOU'RE FIRED." Gee, and after all that we left a decent tip.
This might be forgiveable if the food were exceptional. It wasn't. Everything was underseasoned, all of the sauces were the same. A dish called "vinaigrette" was in brown sauce. BROWN VINAIGRETTE? Come on.
Such a disappointment, especially with other good restaurants close by. Next time, it's Trestle on Tenth or Cookshop for us

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★☆☆☆☆

We used to be regulars and loved this place. After a while we came back for a Saturday dinner. MISTAKE. I had originally made a reservation for 2, and then called and left a message changing it to 3. The nasty woman who was managing said "why are there three of you, you said 2?" I explained and got the answer "you're not telling the truth." One of the waiters heard it, waited until she left, and came over and said "she's just under stress, give me a minute." Indeed, within 3 minutes, we were seated, and the "crush" of customers she had cited in saying we were a burden, had left. We were the only ones in the half of the restaurant. She apologized for her behavior saying another table had given her trouble and "insisted they had spoken to a man. What liars! Men don't answer the phone here." When I told her that I had spoken to a man , she shook her head, gave a "huff," and walked off. We never saw her again. The young man who was waiting other tables in a private party came in and took care of us. Then she came back and said in a loud voice 'IF I SEE YOU IN HERE AGAIN, YOU'RE FIRED." Gee, and after all that we left a decent tip.
This might be forgiveable if the food were exceptional. It wasn't. Everything was underseasoned, all of the sauces were the same. A dish called "vinaigrette" was in brown sauce. BROWN VINAIGRETTE? Come on.
Such a disappointment, especially with other good restaurants close by. Next time, it's Trestle on Tenth or Cookshop for us

Pros: great cheese plate

Cons: manager,the food

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A friend recommended La Luncheonette and we were so pleased to meet one of the owners on our first trip there last week. She waited on us and was extremely knowledgable not only about French food but the area. The restaurant has been in existence for 21 years and her husband (who is French) also have another French restaurant in the city. My boyfriend lived in France for several years and he absolutely fell in love with La Luncheonette from his first bite. The food is simple, authentic and fantastic. The wine list is unpretentious and varied. And the ambience couldn't be more distinctive and welcoming. We liked it so well that we returned for brunch yesterday, as our last meal before returning home. The bread is die for- keep asking for more! It's worth it.

2
★★★★★

A friend recommended La Luncheonette and we were so pleased to meet one of the owners on our first trip there last week. She waited on us and was extremely knowledgable not only about French food but the area. The restaurant has been in existence for 21 years and her husband (who is French) also have another French restaurant in the city. My boyfriend lived in France for several years and he absolutely fell in love with La Luncheonette from his first bite. The food is simple, authentic and fantastic. The wine list is unpretentious and varied. And the ambience couldn't be more distinctive and welcoming. We liked it so well that we returned for brunch yesterday, as our last meal before returning home. The bread is die for- keep asking for more! It's worth it.

Pros: Food, service, wine, location

Cons: Not enough people know about this place!

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I have been going to La Lunchonette for many years now. Not able to get home to France often, so I go here to reconnect with home. Their Cassoulet is great, especially if you add accompanying mustard the way my mother used to. An American must have written the bad review of the cassoulet if they think it is bland. You simply are not eating it properly. As for the service, I find it is always wonderful and I find the waiters there very interesting - all artists like myself, so I connect well with them. Very attentive to my needs - my water glass is never empty. I also enjoy hearing the many intellectual conversations I overhear from surrounding tables. That is what reminds me of home most. That and the food cooked just the way maman would make it. Best Potato au Gratin in town!

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★★★★★

I have been going to La Lunchonette for many years now. Not able to get home to France often, so I go here to reconnect with home. Their Cassoulet is great, especially if you add accompanying mustard the way my mother used to. An American must have written the bad review of the cassoulet if they think it is bland. You simply are not eating it properly. As for the service, I find it is always wonderful and I find the waiters there very interesting - all artists like myself, so I connect well with them. Very attentive to my needs - my water glass is never empty. I also enjoy hearing the many intellectual conversations I overhear from surrounding tables. That is what reminds me of home most. That and the food cooked just the way maman would make it. Best Potato au Gratin in town!

Pros: food, service

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I hardly have words for the extreme disgust we felt when visiting this so-called restaurant. Three long-time New Yorker's took our friends' parents there for a quiet dinner, and we subsequently left after our wine, cocktails, and bread, leaving zero tip. (At least we got free bread out of it.) It took forever to even get our server's attention and once we did, her responses were curt, rude and dismissive. When we finally got around to ordering (this was a good 45 minutes after sitting down), one of our guests asked her opinion on a dish. He then sought further description to which she replied, "I'm really busy. I said it was fabulous once, saying it four times doesn't make it any better."

After she walked away, there were five jaws hitting the table. We unanimously agreed to cancel our order and leave. So we called her over, told her we felt we were being too much of a burden on her and that we'd like our check. And that was that. We sat at our table, searching for another restaurant on our phones, and we ventured back into a pouring tropical storm to seek good food and gracious service.

When I tell the story, no one can believe it. It is gasp-worthy. This is the first public review I've ever written...that's how totally shocking it was.

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★☆☆☆☆

I hardly have words for the extreme disgust we felt when visiting this so-called restaurant. Three long-time New Yorker's took our friends' parents there for a quiet dinner, and we subsequently left after our wine, cocktails, and bread, leaving zero tip. (At least we got free bread out of it.) It took forever to even get our server's attention and once we did, her responses were curt, rude and dismissive. When we finally got around to ordering (this was a good 45 minutes after sitting down), one of our guests asked her opinion on a dish. He then sought further description to which she replied, "I'm really busy. I said it was fabulous once, saying it four times doesn't make it any better."

After she walked away, there were five jaws hitting the table. We unanimously agreed to cancel our order and leave. So we called her over, told her we felt we were being too much of a burden on her and that we'd like our check. And that was that. We sat at our table, searching for another restaurant on our phones, and we ventured back into a pouring tropical storm to seek good food and gracious service.

When I tell the story, no one can believe it. It is gasp-worthy. This is the first public review I've ever written...that's how totally shocking it was.

Cons: Rude service BEYOND imagination

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The food was bland, terrible use of seasonings, and over cooked. Service is at best adequate. One of the worst meals I have had in a long time. Terrible chestnut soup!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was bland, terrible use of seasonings, and over cooked. Service is at best adequate. One of the worst meals I have had in a long time. Terrible chestnut soup!!!

Pros: good wine list

Cons: food was terrible, waitress was very slow and distracted

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It's great French bistro fare. I'm not a big beef eater but I can't stop eating the Beef Bourgenoune (sp) here. It is so delicious and a great way to start every Fall. I love the leaks and lentils. I've never had a problem with the service and I've been there alone and with large groups. I used to live in the neighborhood and would go all the time. I moved and recently went back and realized how much I missed this place. I love the accordian player on Sundays. Go and go often.

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★★★★★

It's great French bistro fare. I'm not a big beef eater but I can't stop eating the Beef Bourgenoune (sp) here. It is so delicious and a great way to start every Fall. I love the leaks and lentils. I've never had a problem with the service and I've been there alone and with large groups. I used to live in the neighborhood and would go all the time. I moved and recently went back and realized how much I missed this place. I love the accordian player on Sundays. Go and go often.

Pros: Reliable French Bistro food, cozy, entertaining and GREAT artwork in the windows. I miss the oil barrel lids.

Cons: It can be slightly noisey at busy times.

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Dedelman, I've been an NYC resident since '81, and I still hate this place. There is no excuse whatsoever for rude service, never ever. You come to a place -- whether it's the Olive Garden or La Luncheonette -- you give them your business, you pay them good money, and you expect to be treated like a valued customer, not a NUISANCE, which is how this place treated me. Just an awful experience. No kind of good food can justify that kind of behavior. But the thing is, the food here is not remarkable AT ALL. Just average. Not worth the visit. Don't go.

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★☆☆☆☆

Dedelman, I've been an NYC resident since '81, and I still hate this place. There is no excuse whatsoever for rude service, never ever. You come to a place -- whether it's the Olive Garden or La Luncheonette -- you give them your business, you pay them good money, and you expect to be treated like a valued customer, not a NUISANCE, which is how this place treated me. Just an awful experience. No kind of good food can justify that kind of behavior. But the thing is, the food here is not remarkable AT ALL. Just average. Not worth the visit. Don't go.

Pros: Close to the River, if you choose to walk an extra avenue west.

Cons: Awful, disrespectful service -- unkind, unclassy

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Tourists, please. Do not come to New York and expect a resturant as fine as this one to bend to your every request. I had a meal with a party of 9 there and they were friendly and patient. The owner who many of you see as a jerk was wonderful, friendly and a joy to talk to.

Stop complaining, or go eat at the olive garden in times square. Yes the service is a bit forward, but they are running a business and a successful one at that. Everything I have ever had there has been PERFECT.

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★★★★★

Tourists, please. Do not come to New York and expect a resturant as fine as this one to bend to your every request. I had a meal with a party of 9 there and they were friendly and patient. The owner who many of you see as a jerk was wonderful, friendly and a joy to talk to.

Stop complaining, or go eat at the olive garden in times square. Yes the service is a bit forward, but they are running a business and a successful one at that. Everything I have ever had there has been PERFECT.

Pros: Great Food, Atmosphere, Diverse Menu

Cons: none

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I had dinner last Saturday with a couple of friends. The food and setting were decent, but not spectacular. More notably, I had read the reviews about rude service, and well sadly enough, it's all true. Our waitress was one of the rudest that I have ever met! She acted as if serving our table was an incredible inconvenience, and she was downright surly. She alone is enough of a reason to AVOID this venue at all costs.

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★★☆☆☆

I had dinner last Saturday with a couple of friends. The food and setting were decent, but not spectacular. More notably, I had read the reviews about rude service, and well sadly enough, it's all true. Our waitress was one of the rudest that I have ever met! She acted as if serving our table was an incredible inconvenience, and she was downright surly. She alone is enough of a reason to AVOID this venue at all costs.

Pros: None

Cons: Rude Service, Rude Service, Rude Service

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Four of us went on batille day, i could understand the service being a little slower as they were stretched...but definitely could have done without the rudeness...typical french service, but working on gratituity. Standing near me a member of the wait staff complained that there was "only one table that she didnt mind waiting on the whole night...everyone else was awful." The meat on two of the four dishes was so fatty it was inedible. They also "ran out" of many things as well. Good wine list.

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★★☆☆☆

Four of us went on batille day, i could understand the service being a little slower as they were stretched...but definitely could have done without the rudeness...typical french service, but working on gratituity. Standing near me a member of the wait staff complained that there was "only one table that she didnt mind waiting on the whole night...everyone else was awful." The meat on two of the four dishes was so fatty it was inedible. They also "ran out" of many things as well. Good wine list.

Pros: Wine list

Cons: Service, Food, Ambience

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So the owner may be crazy

The food, ambience, and yes the owners, make La Luncheonette a winner.

The standardsfrom the leak & lentil salad, through the roast chicken in mustard sauce, to the tarte tintinare classic. The wine list, with a great selection from the SouthWest, is well focused & even better priced. The cassoulet is better than any I have found in Paris. And, the prices beat anything in Manhattan for food of this caliber.

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★★★★★

So the owner may be crazy

The food, ambience, and yes the owners, make La Luncheonette a winner.

The standardsfrom the leak & lentil salad, through the roast chicken in mustard sauce, to the tarte tintinare classic. The wine list, with a great selection from the SouthWest, is well focused & even better priced. The cassoulet is better than any I have found in Paris. And, the prices beat anything in Manhattan for food of this caliber.

Pros: wine list, quality, price

Cons: no esspresso

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I was recently in Paris and found myself longing for the Cassoulet and Blanquet de Veau you can find at La Lunchonette. The chef and co-owner Jean-Francois Fraysse brings some of his family recipes from the Southwest of France right to your table. The food at this well kept secret is fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxed and has remained so, even after the arrival of the art scene to Chelsea. A real find!

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★★★★★

I was recently in Paris and found myself longing for the Cassoulet and Blanquet de Veau you can find at La Lunchonette. The chef and co-owner Jean-Francois Fraysse brings some of his family recipes from the Southwest of France right to your table. The food at this well kept secret is fantastic and the atmosphere is relaxed and has remained so, even after the arrival of the art scene to Chelsea. A real find!

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Don't go here, unless you like your waitress to snub you and the owner yell at you.

When we pointed out that the margaritas we sent back earlier had not been crossed off our bill (they were terrible)- the owner started yelling "this is ridiculous!" We were dumbfounded. She proceeded to insult us, continued yelling at us from behind the bar (other customers could hear.)

This is a place that doesn't care about losing customers over an $8 drink.

Also, throughout our meal our waitress never once asked us how our meal was. We had to wait nearly 10 minutes to have our plates cleared and no one asked us if we wanted to see the desert menu. All in all- unremarkable french food with the worst service I have ever experienced in my life. Seriously, if you don't want to have your evening ruined, don't go there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Don't go here, unless you like your waitress to snub you and the owner yell at you.

When we pointed out that the margaritas we sent back earlier had not been crossed off our bill (they were terrible)- the owner started yelling "this is ridiculous!" We were dumbfounded. She proceeded to insult us, continued yelling at us from behind the bar (other customers could hear.)

This is a place that doesn't care about losing customers over an $8 drink.

Also, throughout our meal our waitress never once asked us how our meal was. We had to wait nearly 10 minutes to have our plates cleared and no one asked us if we wanted to see the desert menu. All in all- unremarkable french food with the worst service I have ever experienced in my life. Seriously, if you don't want to have your evening ruined, don't go there.

Cons: crazy owner, worst service ever

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I felt relaxed the minute I walked in which is unusual for me. This is a real french country place in Manhattan.

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★★★★☆

I felt relaxed the minute I walked in which is unusual for me. This is a real french country place in Manhattan.

Pros: food, relaxed atmosphere, helpful staff

 

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