Le Colonial

★★★★☆
  • 149 E 57th St

    New York, NY 10022

    Cross street: nr. Lexington Ave.

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  • 212-752-0808

About Le Colonial

Hours
Mon 12pm-2:30pm; 5:30pm-11pm Tue-Thu 12pm-2:30pm; 5:30pm-11:30pm Fri 12pm-2:30pm; 5:30pm-12am Sat 5:30pm-12am; Sun 5:30pm-11pm

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We had gone to Le Colonial in San Francisco and enjoyed both the food and atmosphere. The New York location sounded perfect for my birthday celebration but I am sorry to say that the food left a lot to be desired. I ordered the duck which was dry and tasteless. The mango sundae was the best part of the meal. Would definitely not go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had gone to Le Colonial in San Francisco and enjoyed both the food and atmosphere. The New York location sounded perfect for my birthday celebration but I am sorry to say that the food left a lot to be desired. I ordered the duck which was dry and tasteless. The mango sundae was the best part of the meal. Would definitely not go back.

Pros: lovely atomosphere and service

Cons: mediocre food and high prices

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This is a very special place for me. I love the food and the people. Never been disappointed.
Thanks

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★★★★★

This is a very special place for me. I love the food and the people. Never been disappointed.
Thanks

Pros: Food, Prices, service

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The food and Drinks were Delicious. I went here after getting my hair done. I am glad they recommended Le Colonial. We met some great people and had so much fun!

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★★★★★

The food and Drinks were Delicious. I went here after getting my hair done. I am glad they recommended Le Colonial. We met some great people and had so much fun!

Pros: Excellent Drinks, Fun Atmosphere

Cons: Parking

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Want to read a horror story...
1)The waiter never asked us if we wanted a drink
2) The appetizer came out cold
3) The wine was bad and was removed
4) The table next to us was given their main course before the appetizer
5) My meat dish came out cold, not warm, cold
6) The bill came to $140
Want my advice: stay as far away as possible from
Le Stinko Colonial

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★☆☆☆☆

Want to read a horror story...
1)The waiter never asked us if we wanted a drink
2) The appetizer came out cold
3) The wine was bad and was removed
4) The table next to us was given their main course before the appetizer
5) My meat dish came out cold, not warm, cold
6) The bill came to $140
Want my advice: stay as far away as possible from
Le Stinko Colonial

Pros: None

Cons: Everything...

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We were looking for a restaurant near the 59E59 Theatre before our show. I love Vietnamese food so chose this when given the nearby options. By chance it was also Restaurant Week. The RW menu of appetizer, main course and a mixed sorbet dessert was $35. Ordering an app and main course w/no dessert from the regular menu was basically the same price. Hmmm, I thought.
Oh, well. I opted for RW menu. I got the Crispy Duck Rolls with taro, jicama, mint and a nuoc cham dip as the appetizer. My main course was Pan Seared Wild Salmon with ginger crust, leeks and bell peppers, basil lemongrass ?sauce.?

I put the word sauce in quotes because I consider a sauce a dressing that has some liquid consistency. What I got was a mix of oily vegetables scattered around the salmon. The salmon had NO TASTE. I mean really I just paid over $24 dollars for a blacken piece of fish that I could have torched at home for less money and WAY MORE flavor.
I didn?t mind that it was crusty; I was looking forward to that. But all I tasted was plain salmon covered in char. I asked for some kind, any kind of sauce to help give flavor. Even adding that didn?t help.

The duck rolls were greasy and not impressive.
I would have given this review 1 star but I tasted one dinner companion?s Grilled Scallops on egg noodles & rice noodles, gourmet greens, basil cilantro peanuts, chili lime sauce. It was tasty and tangy. Good summer meal (not on the RW menu)
My other friend seem pleased with her RW choice; Trio of Cha Gio, Grilled Prawns & Pork Loin Slice over rice vermicelli & mixed green salad, mint, peanuts & nuoc cham sauce. But as she says about herself she will eat anything.
Also I had a sip of both of their cocktails. Very tasty, especially the Ginger Mojito.

One last nit picky thing - When asked if we wanted coffee or tea I asked what herbal teas they had. I realized the waiter didn?t know the difference between caffeinated/Black teas and herbal tea. So the mint tea I asked for was of course not herbal.

Over all the experience was a waste of my money

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★★☆☆☆

We were looking for a restaurant near the 59E59 Theatre before our show. I love Vietnamese food so chose this when given the nearby options. By chance it was also Restaurant Week. The RW menu of appetizer, main course and a mixed sorbet dessert was $35. Ordering an app and main course w/no dessert from the regular menu was basically the same price. Hmmm, I thought.
Oh, well. I opted for RW menu. I got the Crispy Duck Rolls with taro, jicama, mint and a nuoc cham dip as the appetizer. My main course was Pan Seared Wild Salmon with ginger crust, leeks and bell peppers, basil lemongrass ?sauce.?

I put the word sauce in quotes because I consider a sauce a dressing that has some liquid consistency. What I got was a mix of oily vegetables scattered around the salmon. The salmon had NO TASTE. I mean really I just paid over $24 dollars for a blacken piece of fish that I could have torched at home for less money and WAY MORE flavor.
I didn?t mind that it was crusty; I was looking forward to that. But all I tasted was plain salmon covered in char. I asked for some kind, any kind of sauce to help give flavor. Even adding that didn?t help.

The duck rolls were greasy and not impressive.
I would have given this review 1 star but I tasted one dinner companion?s Grilled Scallops on egg noodles & rice noodles, gourmet greens, basil cilantro peanuts, chili lime sauce. It was tasty and tangy. Good summer meal (not on the RW menu)
My other friend seem pleased with her RW choice; Trio of Cha Gio, Grilled Prawns & Pork Loin Slice over rice vermicelli & mixed green salad, mint, peanuts & nuoc cham sauce. But as she says about herself she will eat anything.
Also I had a sip of both of their cocktails. Very tasty, especially the Ginger Mojito.

One last nit picky thing - When asked if we wanted coffee or tea I asked what herbal teas they had. I realized the waiter didn?t know the difference between caffeinated/Black teas and herbal tea. So the mint tea I asked for was of course not herbal.

Over all the experience was a waste of my money

Pros: Good cocktails

Cons: flavorless and greasy food

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The food was terrible, relatively expensive (spent 200 for 3), and the service slow. I dont know if its the economy or a change in management and the chef but you want to take your money somewhere else.

I hope they are able to turn it around as it a nice lounge.

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★★☆☆☆

The food was terrible, relatively expensive (spent 200 for 3), and the service slow. I dont know if its the economy or a change in management and the chef but you want to take your money somewhere else.

I hope they are able to turn it around as it a nice lounge.

Pros: Nice tropical colonial lounge seating

Cons: Not worth it

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I love this place...I have consistently frequented the upstairs lounge for at least 6 years and have never been disappointed. Though I swear by my mother's fish sauce, and the pho at Nha Trang (Chinatown on Baxter) is a bit better at 1/3 of the price...I do think it's worth it (sometimes) to enjoy Vietnamese in "luxury". The decor is perfectly authentic..down to the bathroom tile. This place makes me feel like Im walking into my grandmother's ancient colonial house in Hue...and the food...well, I dare say is rather authentically upper-class Vietnamese. Most people have never really had the pleasure to truly taste the broad spectrum of Vietnamese cuisine...this place actually serves authentic upper-class home cooking...which is to say that it's very different from the usual chinatown selections of Pho and spring-rolls (god forbid should anyone make a comparison to the Chinese-imitation so named Saigon Grill).

Try the BO BIA instead of Goi Cuon (AKA spring rolls...I dont understand the fascination with these rolls...Ive never been to a restaurant that have ever prepared the Goi Cuon correctly. For the same price, another good option is the Cha Gio). BANH XEO is delish...it's a vietnamese crepe and is wonderful rolled in romaine lettuce leaves dipped in FS (ask this to be made extra crispy) . You cant go wrong with any of the fish dishes (unless you really dont like spices and flavor).

Dont bother with:
-Sup Mang Cua: a dessert bowl worth of starch and canned asparagus; Rather ordinary & not a great start at $7.50.
-Com chien Hue: broccoli and carrots arent even available in Hue! This dish is totally FOB vietnamese (frozen veggies thrown together with day-old rice...which btw is how authentic Com chien is mostly prepared...Viet version of casserole)
-MI XAO DON CHAY: the egg noodle soaks up too much oil...and the veggies and sauce that accompany are not well flavored.

Except for a few dishes noted, this is on my short list of NY favorites.

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★★★★★

I love this place...I have consistently frequented the upstairs lounge for at least 6 years and have never been disappointed. Though I swear by my mother's fish sauce, and the pho at Nha Trang (Chinatown on Baxter) is a bit better at 1/3 of the price...I do think it's worth it (sometimes) to enjoy Vietnamese in "luxury". The decor is perfectly authentic..down to the bathroom tile. This place makes me feel like Im walking into my grandmother's ancient colonial house in Hue...and the food...well, I dare say is rather authentically upper-class Vietnamese. Most people have never really had the pleasure to truly taste the broad spectrum of Vietnamese cuisine...this place actually serves authentic upper-class home cooking...which is to say that it's very different from the usual chinatown selections of Pho and spring-rolls (god forbid should anyone make a comparison to the Chinese-imitation so named Saigon Grill).

Try the BO BIA instead of Goi Cuon (AKA spring rolls...I dont understand the fascination with these rolls...Ive never been to a restaurant that have ever prepared the Goi Cuon correctly. For the same price, another good option is the Cha Gio). BANH XEO is delish...it's a vietnamese crepe and is wonderful rolled in romaine lettuce leaves dipped in FS (ask this to be made extra crispy) . You cant go wrong with any of the fish dishes (unless you really dont like spices and flavor).

Dont bother with:
-Sup Mang Cua: a dessert bowl worth of starch and canned asparagus; Rather ordinary & not a great start at $7.50.
-Com chien Hue: broccoli and carrots arent even available in Hue! This dish is totally FOB vietnamese (frozen veggies thrown together with day-old rice...which btw is how authentic Com chien is mostly prepared...Viet version of casserole)
-MI XAO DON CHAY: the egg noodle soaks up too much oil...and the veggies and sauce that accompany are not well flavored.

Except for a few dishes noted, this is on my short list of NY favorites.

Pros: Great food...Gorgeous place to sneak a kiss (GO UPSTAIRS)

Cons: very expensive vietnamese...but, that's not why you're taking your date here

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I took my daughter and her friends there for her birthday. The place is nice with French/Vietnamese style decorations but the price is expensive for us. We could have found many Vietnamese restaurants in the areas with less expensive price. However, the atmosphere is upscale, impressive if you want an expensive place for a date or something similar.

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★★★☆☆

I took my daughter and her friends there for her birthday. The place is nice with French/Vietnamese style decorations but the price is expensive for us. We could have found many Vietnamese restaurants in the areas with less expensive price. However, the atmosphere is upscale, impressive if you want an expensive place for a date or something similar.

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Very disappointing. I went for Restaurant Week with my girlfriend and our meal wasn't great. The food is dull and uninspired; it tastes and is presented like your average corner place, but is far more expensive. I won't be back, though the ambience and service are pleasant.

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★★☆☆☆

Very disappointing. I went for Restaurant Week with my girlfriend and our meal wasn't great. The food is dull and uninspired; it tastes and is presented like your average corner place, but is far more expensive. I won't be back, though the ambience and service are pleasant.

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My boyfriend and I have been here several times alone and with friends and we consider it to be our perfect NY dining out experience. Creative cocktails, tasty dishes, great atmosphere...can't say enough...highly recommended...

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I have been here several times alone and with friends and we consider it to be our perfect NY dining out experience. Creative cocktails, tasty dishes, great atmosphere...can't say enough...highly recommended...

Pros: Cocktails, atmosphere, food

Cons: sometimes you end up sitting quite close to your neighbors...call ahead

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me and my girl been here, it's look even better than in the picture. i love it, i will be back here again!

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★★★★☆

me and my girl been here, it's look even better than in the picture. i love it, i will be back here again!

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Le Colonial is the perfect place for a corporate cocktail party. The hostess, Aimee, was wonderful- extremely accomodating and friendly to boot. The space was the perfect size for our 70 person crowd and the staff successfully kept the food coming and the drinks flowing (and during restaurant week no less). Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

Le Colonial is the perfect place for a corporate cocktail party. The hostess, Aimee, was wonderful- extremely accomodating and friendly to boot. The space was the perfect size for our 70 person crowd and the staff successfully kept the food coming and the drinks flowing (and during restaurant week no less). Highly recommended.

Pros: great service, good size space, good food/drinks

Cons: a little dark

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Le Colonial used to be one of my favorite restaurants in each and every city where they serve French Vietnamese fare. Unfortunately, I had a horrible experience dining in the lounge this weekend. The service was slow and disrespectful at best. When my boyfriend and I complained about the taste of the shrimp soup, we were met with indifference. The depreciation of the quality of the food and service was noticeable to say the least. There are too many other good restaurants in New York to bother with this establishment.

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★★★☆☆

Le Colonial used to be one of my favorite restaurants in each and every city where they serve French Vietnamese fare. Unfortunately, I had a horrible experience dining in the lounge this weekend. The service was slow and disrespectful at best. When my boyfriend and I complained about the taste of the shrimp soup, we were met with indifference. The depreciation of the quality of the food and service was noticeable to say the least. There are too many other good restaurants in New York to bother with this establishment.

Pros: Cocktails, Vietnamese Coffee

Cons: Rude and Atrocious service, Vile food

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Definitley dine upstairs. The couches are great to sit on, the food is awesome- (especially the seared tuna), and the wine list is awesome. Its an extremely bohemian and layed back to room to hang out all night in and the waitress with the blonde hair (who has been there forever) is incredibly sweet and wonderful. I love it here.

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★★★★★

Definitley dine upstairs. The couches are great to sit on, the food is awesome- (especially the seared tuna), and the wine list is awesome. Its an extremely bohemian and layed back to room to hang out all night in and the waitress with the blonde hair (who has been there forever) is incredibly sweet and wonderful. I love it here.

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Enjoyed a nice, intimate lunch here and although it was pricey it was worth the visit. Solid vietnamese with a distinct french influence (some inconsistencies but nothing major). Unlike earlier reviews, I had good-great service here. I would recommend the Richard Bourgeois Sancerre if you're looking for a nice, crisp white.

2
★★★★☆

Enjoyed a nice, intimate lunch here and although it was pricey it was worth the visit. Solid vietnamese with a distinct french influence (some inconsistencies but nothing major). Unlike earlier reviews, I had good-great service here. I would recommend the Richard Bourgeois Sancerre if you're looking for a nice, crisp white.

Pros: Service, Decor

Cons: Pricey

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We just started exploring our new neighborhood when we found a gem..Le Colonial.We didn't have a reservation but were greeted warmly by the maitre d' even though the restaurant was very busy.We were seated at a table which was close to the door, I asked the maitre d' if it would be possible to sit further back. He again accomodated
graciously..we asked him his name (Philippe) as his manner and professionalism made us think he was the owner.Every restaurant should have someone as polite and effecient like Philippe running their dining room. We will be back often....great food but above all great service.

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★★★★★

We just started exploring our new neighborhood when we found a gem..Le Colonial.We didn't have a reservation but were greeted warmly by the maitre d' even though the restaurant was very busy.We were seated at a table which was close to the door, I asked the maitre d' if it would be possible to sit further back. He again accomodated
graciously..we asked him his name (Philippe) as his manner and professionalism made us think he was the owner.Every restaurant should have someone as polite and effecient like Philippe running their dining room. We will be back often....great food but above all great service.

Pros: service, food, ambience

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The food was mediocre, certainly not bad, but the ambiance is worth it. Closely packed though, you'll be seated right next to your fellow diners. Really lovely dining experience.

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★★★★☆

The food was mediocre, certainly not bad, but the ambiance is worth it. Closely packed though, you'll be seated right next to your fellow diners. Really lovely dining experience.

Pros: decor, lighting

Cons: close seating

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the ambiance was ok... kinda older - like 50's - i was hoping for a more authentic vietnamese place and was disappointed - other reviews are right - frenchy attitude. servers never ONCE asked how we were doing - they brought out food late and if extra additions were requested, they came out 20 min after. the food was eh...not so good. bland as it gets. id much rather go to my corner thai place than come here again (don't know any corner vietnamese place). price was about $60 per person with 20% tip. should have only given 10%. banana desert was yummy. weird with violin softly playing downstairs and hard core techno beats coming from upstairs.

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★★★☆☆

the ambiance was ok... kinda older - like 50's - i was hoping for a more authentic vietnamese place and was disappointed - other reviews are right - frenchy attitude. servers never ONCE asked how we were doing - they brought out food late and if extra additions were requested, they came out 20 min after. the food was eh...not so good. bland as it gets. id much rather go to my corner thai place than come here again (don't know any corner vietnamese place). price was about $60 per person with 20% tip. should have only given 10%. banana desert was yummy. weird with violin softly playing downstairs and hard core techno beats coming from upstairs.

Pros: lighting, plants

Cons: tight seating, uncaring servers, service

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After having moved away from New York it is good to be back and see that Le Colonial is still a great place to go. It was always our favorite restaurant since it's opening, so it was a surprise when we walked in on a very busy night (no reservation) and the host graciously accomodated us. He even took the time to suggest and describe some of the items on the menu. Even better was his extensive knowledge of the wine list. All I can say what a fantastic evening we spent..the food ..the service and and the staff make it 4 star. Two weeks later when my husband's family came to visit..Le Colonial was the only place to go. This time we were a large party on a very busy night..and again the graciousness of the host the moment we came through the door was impressive!!!!!

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★★★★★

After having moved away from New York it is good to be back and see that Le Colonial is still a great place to go. It was always our favorite restaurant since it's opening, so it was a surprise when we walked in on a very busy night (no reservation) and the host graciously accomodated us. He even took the time to suggest and describe some of the items on the menu. Even better was his extensive knowledge of the wine list. All I can say what a fantastic evening we spent..the food ..the service and and the staff make it 4 star. Two weeks later when my husband's family came to visit..Le Colonial was the only place to go. This time we were a large party on a very busy night..and again the graciousness of the host the moment we came through the door was impressive!!!!!

Pros: staff, food, ambience

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My feelings are still mixed about Le Colonial. My first experience was with take-out on a weekday. My second experience changed my feelings about the establishment; on a last-minute whim I took a fashion designer and a group of editors to the restaurant. The host was INCREDIBLY rude, he had no interest in accomodating us and actually turned away from me as I tried to put my name on the list. (This is after I called before our arrival and was told I could be seated in 20 minutes). Our party waited almost an hour before finally being seated. We ordered almost everything on the specials list and were not impressed. The food was appetizer-quality at best, nothing special. If you want to wine, dine and impress people, the rudeness and attitude at this restaurant is definitely not what you're looking for.

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★★★☆☆

My feelings are still mixed about Le Colonial. My first experience was with take-out on a weekday. My second experience changed my feelings about the establishment; on a last-minute whim I took a fashion designer and a group of editors to the restaurant. The host was INCREDIBLY rude, he had no interest in accomodating us and actually turned away from me as I tried to put my name on the list. (This is after I called before our arrival and was told I could be seated in 20 minutes). Our party waited almost an hour before finally being seated. We ordered almost everything on the specials list and were not impressed. The food was appetizer-quality at best, nothing special. If you want to wine, dine and impress people, the rudeness and attitude at this restaurant is definitely not what you're looking for.

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Le Colonial is a nice chic little place with a Vietnamese theme and menu. Nice wine list. I recommend the Richard Bourgeois Sancerre. For an appetizer try the chicken raviolis, and for dinner try the beef briolle. Dinner for two with wine will probably run about $125-150. Nice atmosphere. The only thing is that if you're only two people the seating arrangements will have you practically on the laps of the other couple next to you.

Upstairs is a lounge serving up drinks and food. Nice.

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★★★★☆

Le Colonial is a nice chic little place with a Vietnamese theme and menu. Nice wine list. I recommend the Richard Bourgeois Sancerre. For an appetizer try the chicken raviolis, and for dinner try the beef briolle. Dinner for two with wine will probably run about $125-150. Nice atmosphere. The only thing is that if you're only two people the seating arrangements will have you practically on the laps of the other couple next to you.

Upstairs is a lounge serving up drinks and food. Nice.

Pros: nice decor, good food

Cons: crowded, expensive

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There aren't many places in this area I'd describe as 'intimate and sexy', but this is one. Came here for a late dinner after a long day at work and took the corner table (highly recommended for the next time you're trying to seduce - don't get stuck in a middle table). Service was perfect: attentive yet utterly unobtrusive. The roasted chicken with chili dipping sauce may not sound exciting, but it's probably the best roast chicken I've had the privilege of eating. The sticky rice was also excellent.

2
★★★★☆

There aren't many places in this area I'd describe as 'intimate and sexy', but this is one. Came here for a late dinner after a long day at work and took the corner table (highly recommended for the next time you're trying to seduce - don't get stuck in a middle table). Service was perfect: attentive yet utterly unobtrusive. The roasted chicken with chili dipping sauce may not sound exciting, but it's probably the best roast chicken I've had the privilege of eating. The sticky rice was also excellent.

Pros: Decor, Service, Cocktails

Cons: Wine List Boring

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I had low expectations of this old-timer touristy spot. But I was really surprised. The service was awesome and the food spectacular. My friend took care of the bill, so I didn't see the numbers, but it was a great experience. Try it!

2
★★★★☆

I had low expectations of this old-timer touristy spot. But I was really surprised. The service was awesome and the food spectacular. My friend took care of the bill, so I didn't see the numbers, but it was a great experience. Try it!

Pros: Great service, Beautiful ambience, Good cocktails

Cons: Touristy, Old-fashioned

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Met a first date upstairs at the bar. From my limited time there, great atmosphere. I liked the palms and wicker and groovy jazz/funk background music in the bar area. The bartender was nice enough too. Only spend an hour there, but to meet for an early evening drink before going elsewhere with a date (or eating there I guess), I'd do it again here.

2
★★★★☆

Met a first date upstairs at the bar. From my limited time there, great atmosphere. I liked the palms and wicker and groovy jazz/funk background music in the bar area. The bartender was nice enough too. Only spend an hour there, but to meet for an early evening drink before going elsewhere with a date (or eating there I guess), I'd do it again here.

Pros: atmosphere

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This is the best restaurant to take our out of town parents. The atmosphere is fantastic, you feel like you're in a little French restaurant in Vietnam. It's easy on the ears, but not dead quiet. Even if it's cold outside, this interior makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Love the gently turning rattan fans on the ceiling. As for the food, it's great, I had a delicious shrimp dish in coconut sauce, my dad had a whole Sea Bass, it was perfectly crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. We had a fabulous and authentic Key Lime Pie for dessert. Enjoy.

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★★★★☆

This is the best restaurant to take our out of town parents. The atmosphere is fantastic, you feel like you're in a little French restaurant in Vietnam. It's easy on the ears, but not dead quiet. Even if it's cold outside, this interior makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Love the gently turning rattan fans on the ceiling. As for the food, it's great, I had a delicious shrimp dish in coconut sauce, my dad had a whole Sea Bass, it was perfectly crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. We had a fabulous and authentic Key Lime Pie for dessert. Enjoy.

Pros: Atmophere, Service, Location

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I have to say, I have never dined in the downstairs area. We always go to the loungy-type area upstairs. The food is just ok, kinda greasy-spoonish for this kind of place, but somehow they make up for it. It's a nice sexy-ish atmosphere in Midtown, when we're too lazy to go to, say, SoHo or the Village. Servers are sexy but kinda slow, the crowd is a bit commuter-ish...but somehow it works for us! Drinks are yummy.

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★★★★☆

I have to say, I have never dined in the downstairs area. We always go to the loungy-type area upstairs. The food is just ok, kinda greasy-spoonish for this kind of place, but somehow they make up for it. It's a nice sexy-ish atmosphere in Midtown, when we're too lazy to go to, say, SoHo or the Village. Servers are sexy but kinda slow, the crowd is a bit commuter-ish...but somehow it works for us! Drinks are yummy.

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There are hundreds of restaurants in NYC where you can get the same dishes served here for less than half the price. Don't get me wrong, the dishes were quite good and their wine list lends favorably to the menu. But you will pay a premium for location and decor. But all the positives are negated by the service here which is impersonal, hurried and rushed. Waiters grabbed empty glasses and automatically re-filled w/o asking and obviously charging you for it. Do NOT sit in the middle of the restaurant as you will undoubtedly get bumped all night by the waitstaff scurrying about trying to get patrons in and out in record time. I even had a waiter who was carrying a tray of beers actually TELL me to get out of the way as I was making my way towards the door....no lie. Venture elsewhere please!

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★★★☆☆

There are hundreds of restaurants in NYC where you can get the same dishes served here for less than half the price. Don't get me wrong, the dishes were quite good and their wine list lends favorably to the menu. But you will pay a premium for location and decor. But all the positives are negated by the service here which is impersonal, hurried and rushed. Waiters grabbed empty glasses and automatically re-filled w/o asking and obviously charging you for it. Do NOT sit in the middle of the restaurant as you will undoubtedly get bumped all night by the waitstaff scurrying about trying to get patrons in and out in record time. I even had a waiter who was carrying a tray of beers actually TELL me to get out of the way as I was making my way towards the door....no lie. Venture elsewhere please!

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Had drinks at the upstairs bar at LeColonial last night. I can't comment on the food or service because we didn't eat, though the menu sounded great and I would like to come back for dinner! The drink menu was very creative with lychee martinis and vietnamese sangria. The bar was beautiful, with dark wood on the ceiling, candles and potted palms in the corners. Music was very cool and not too loud. Definitely a laid-back classy lounge feel. Drinks can be ordered at the bar or at tables with waitstaff. It did not get crowded but there were plenty of customers. It's a great place for intimate conversation over an exotic cocktail!

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★★★★☆

Had drinks at the upstairs bar at LeColonial last night. I can't comment on the food or service because we didn't eat, though the menu sounded great and I would like to come back for dinner! The drink menu was very creative with lychee martinis and vietnamese sangria. The bar was beautiful, with dark wood on the ceiling, candles and potted palms in the corners. Music was very cool and not too loud. Definitely a laid-back classy lounge feel. Drinks can be ordered at the bar or at tables with waitstaff. It did not get crowded but there were plenty of customers. It's a great place for intimate conversation over an exotic cocktail!

Pros: atmosphere, creative drinks, cool music

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Unless you like getting bumped by waiters and people walking by, do not sit at a middle table. Otherwise, the food was pretty good. I would recommentd the snapper, pork, or shrimp. I thought the duck was ok, but not that interesting. The mango sundea and keylime pie were good.

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★★★☆☆

Unless you like getting bumped by waiters and people walking by, do not sit at a middle table. Otherwise, the food was pretty good. I would recommentd the snapper, pork, or shrimp. I thought the duck was ok, but not that interesting. The mango sundea and keylime pie were good.

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When you're from a small town in the South, restaurant variety is limited. Coming to NYC, you want to try something different. At the same time, glitz may not be your thing either. My wife and I found Le Colonial to be a happy medium. Reservations made on-line Friday evening (for Sat 7 pm) were confirmed on Sat. afternoon. Upon arrival, we were seated promptly. The service was efficient & friendly and we weren't rushed. The food was excellent and no more expensive than we were accustomed to paying in a nice restaurant back home. A good place for out-of-towners to experience something different without intimidation!

2
★★★★☆

When you're from a small town in the South, restaurant variety is limited. Coming to NYC, you want to try something different. At the same time, glitz may not be your thing either. My wife and I found Le Colonial to be a happy medium. Reservations made on-line Friday evening (for Sat 7 pm) were confirmed on Sat. afternoon. Upon arrival, we were seated promptly. The service was efficient & friendly and we weren't rushed. The food was excellent and no more expensive than we were accustomed to paying in a nice restaurant back home. A good place for out-of-towners to experience something different without intimidation!

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talk about p.y.t.! lots of lookers. been there when smoking was ok then when it was banned. still eye popping crowd. as for dining downstairs, thought food was very good, but pricey so I come on expense acct. svc. is suspect. ambiance is nice but tables/seating is very tight. SUM IT: I always recommend to others on expense acct. best in small groups.

2
★★★★☆

talk about p.y.t.! lots of lookers. been there when smoking was ok then when it was banned. still eye popping crowd. as for dining downstairs, thought food was very good, but pricey so I come on expense acct. svc. is suspect. ambiance is nice but tables/seating is very tight. SUM IT: I always recommend to others on expense acct. best in small groups.

Pros: good food, upstairs action

Cons: cramped, pricey

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This is a restaurant frequented by locals. You feel comfortable eating along as a single female or with group of friends. The food is always very good, and the service fine.

2
★★★★☆

This is a restaurant frequented by locals. You feel comfortable eating along as a single female or with group of friends. The food is always very good, and the service fine.

Pros: food, decor

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This place is great! I went there on a date and loved it so much that I went back two nights later. The decor is very Vietnamese and low lighted, perfect for a romantic dinner, but upstairs is loud for bigger groups. Service was excellent with a great menu of wines. The duck and Snapper were extremely tasty dishes.

2
★★★★★

This place is great! I went there on a date and loved it so much that I went back two nights later. The decor is very Vietnamese and low lighted, perfect for a romantic dinner, but upstairs is loud for bigger groups. Service was excellent with a great menu of wines. The duck and Snapper were extremely tasty dishes.

Pros: Great Food, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Overpriced Wine, Stupid Table Flower

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Decor is beautiful, as well as the people. The bar upstairs is great for the thirty something crowd. I saw lots of first dates meeting up here. Good choice boys! But the food had it's highs and lows. Spring rolls and begniets (sp?) were delish, as well as the curry shrimp, but the ribs had absolutely no flavor, the shrimp and sugar cane was also tasteless, and the tamerind duck was awful. Items were either full of flavor or no flavor at all. I would come back b/c it is near my apt and the atmosphere is nice, but for really yummy Vietnamese go to Lanaan on third ave in the 20's. Much more reliable. Maybe just drinks and apps next time.

2
★★★★☆

Decor is beautiful, as well as the people. The bar upstairs is great for the thirty something crowd. I saw lots of first dates meeting up here. Good choice boys! But the food had it's highs and lows. Spring rolls and begniets (sp?) were delish, as well as the curry shrimp, but the ribs had absolutely no flavor, the shrimp and sugar cane was also tasteless, and the tamerind duck was awful. Items were either full of flavor or no flavor at all. I would come back b/c it is near my apt and the atmosphere is nice, but for really yummy Vietnamese go to Lanaan on third ave in the 20's. Much more reliable. Maybe just drinks and apps next time.

Pros: Nice Atmosphere, Good Location

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First, only one vegetarian choice on the menu-- stir fried veggies. And I can do it better at home using a recipe in a Vietnamese cookbook I have.

Second, the fried whole fish with sweet and sour sauce was just ok. A decent Chinese restaurant could do it.

Third, normally we do not order dessert, but they brought dessert menus without asking if we wanted any. Once you see the dessert menu it is harder to refuse...
Nothing negative to say about the desserts though, at least the ones we ordered.

Last but not least, as for the highly touted ambiance, if imagining you're a French colonialist in Vietnam is your thing, then you should give it a try. The (Asian) waiters were calling me "Lady", I guess trying to replicate "Madame."
Personally I don't go for that kind of stuff.

1
★★☆☆☆

First, only one vegetarian choice on the menu-- stir fried veggies. And I can do it better at home using a recipe in a Vietnamese cookbook I have.

Second, the fried whole fish with sweet and sour sauce was just ok. A decent Chinese restaurant could do it.

Third, normally we do not order dessert, but they brought dessert menus without asking if we wanted any. Once you see the dessert menu it is harder to refuse...
Nothing negative to say about the desserts though, at least the ones we ordered.

Last but not least, as for the highly touted ambiance, if imagining you're a French colonialist in Vietnam is your thing, then you should give it a try. The (Asian) waiters were calling me "Lady", I guess trying to replicate "Madame."
Personally I don't go for that kind of stuff.

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When I'm in the mood for a nice, reliable Franco-Vietnamese meal, this is the place I turn to. Service can be a bit disjointed sometimes, so be aware. And the tables in the middle of the room get smacked by waiters/customers going by. But food and ambience make up for it (somewhat).

2
★★★★☆

When I'm in the mood for a nice, reliable Franco-Vietnamese meal, this is the place I turn to. Service can be a bit disjointed sometimes, so be aware. And the tables in the middle of the room get smacked by waiters/customers going by. But food and ambience make up for it (somewhat).

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...to 1940s Saigon. Le Colonial's main dining room caters to a mature, well-heeled crowd, who will appreciate the gorgeous surroundings: bamboo accents, ceiling fans, dim lighting. Upstairs, pretty young things throw back cocktails, smoke to their hearts' content, and bop their heads to a groovy electronica soundtrack. Whichever route you decide to take, the destination is the same: Le Colonial's supremely elegant, wonderfully tasty food. It's light yet filling, and very reasonably priced, both for the location and for the quality. Specials are invariably excellent, but you really can't go wrong with any items on the menu. And the service remains stellar.

2
★★★★☆

...to 1940s Saigon. Le Colonial's main dining room caters to a mature, well-heeled crowd, who will appreciate the gorgeous surroundings: bamboo accents, ceiling fans, dim lighting. Upstairs, pretty young things throw back cocktails, smoke to their hearts' content, and bop their heads to a groovy electronica soundtrack. Whichever route you decide to take, the destination is the same: Le Colonial's supremely elegant, wonderfully tasty food. It's light yet filling, and very reasonably priced, both for the location and for the quality. Specials are invariably excellent, but you really can't go wrong with any items on the menu. And the service remains stellar.

Pros: Lush atmosphere, Wonderful food, Elegant crowd

Cons: Can get crowded

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I love the ambience here! You definitely don't feel like you're in New York City in the present day.

The Pho soup is delicious and for those who love spicy stuff, this soup will def. clear your sinuses! The scallops special is grilled perfectly, not soft and soggy at all, just firm yet your teeth easily slice through it! The seabass melts in your mouth like butter. The fried flounder is light and crispy and goes really well with the sticky rice! There is a great lounge upstairs to start or end the night...or both!

2
★★★★★

I love the ambience here! You definitely don't feel like you're in New York City in the present day.

The Pho soup is delicious and for those who love spicy stuff, this soup will def. clear your sinuses! The scallops special is grilled perfectly, not soft and soggy at all, just firm yet your teeth easily slice through it! The seabass melts in your mouth like butter. The fried flounder is light and crispy and goes really well with the sticky rice! There is a great lounge upstairs to start or end the night...or both!

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The food and ambiance of this restaurant are great. It is rather formal, and the food is classic vietnamese. If you're in the mood for a drink, check out the upstairs bar and lounge area. However, beware of the French man upstairs. Ask him for a table, and you are sure to get a load of attitude. Great place... could do without him.

2
★★★★☆

The food and ambiance of this restaurant are great. It is rather formal, and the food is classic vietnamese. If you're in the mood for a drink, check out the upstairs bar and lounge area. However, beware of the French man upstairs. Ask him for a table, and you are sure to get a load of attitude. Great place... could do without him.

Pros: Great Food, Great Scene, Ambiance

Cons: Service, Attitude

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I went to there with my husband.. Generally, the food was fine, but the table is too small to eat comfortably. I was seated promptly, but it was too crowded there...

1
★★★☆☆

I went to there with my husband.. Generally, the food was fine, but the table is too small to eat comfortably. I was seated promptly, but it was too crowded there...

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A nostalgic re-creation of a glamorous French-Vietnamese club in '30s Saigon, Le Colonial is like a stage set of Asian tiles, rattan chairs, hammered-tin ceilings, potted palms and lazily spinning ceiling fans. The delicate, healthful…

 

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