Bistro Les Amis

★★★★☆
  • 180 Spring St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: at Thompson St.

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  • 212-226-8645

About Bistro Les Amis

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Daily, 11:30am-4:30pm and 5:30pm-11pm

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Bistro Les Amis is one of my favorites in Soho. Whether it's for soup and sandwich for lunch or one of their many dinner option (including a great prix fixe) I always look forward to going to Bistro Les Amis. They also have outdoor seating!!!

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★★★★☆

Bistro Les Amis is one of my favorites in Soho. Whether it's for soup and sandwich for lunch or one of their many dinner option (including a great prix fixe) I always look forward to going to Bistro Les Amis. They also have outdoor seating!!!

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Happen to come upon Bistro Les Amis by chance and what a surprise!!! I was enhanced by the outdoor seating and was quite amazed as the food was better than the SoHo's views. My softshell crab was exquisite and my partner had the lamb shank which was wonderful. On top of it the waiter who was welcoming and had extensive knowledge of the menu as well. Will definitely be back!!!

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★★★★★

Happen to come upon Bistro Les Amis by chance and what a surprise!!! I was enhanced by the outdoor seating and was quite amazed as the food was better than the SoHo's views. My softshell crab was exquisite and my partner had the lamb shank which was wonderful. On top of it the waiter who was welcoming and had extensive knowledge of the menu as well. Will definitely be back!!!

Pros: Outdoor seating, waitservice, good food

Cons: Crowded weekends.

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Rather disappointing. Food almost bordered on good, but every dish had something significantly wrong with it. I got goat cheese ravioli (special) in saffron sauce. While the flavors were ok, the sauce was no more then mildly-saffron flavored water. My friend's coq a vin was rather bland. It needed lots of salt while the mashed potatoes were cold. The biggest disappointment though was the apple strudel which came extremely soggy and obviously microwaved. Not a good deal for the price overall (ravioli were $15, so was the chicken..for lunch there are plenty of places that have much better food for same or less)

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★★☆☆☆

Rather disappointing. Food almost bordered on good, but every dish had something significantly wrong with it. I got goat cheese ravioli (special) in saffron sauce. While the flavors were ok, the sauce was no more then mildly-saffron flavored water. My friend's coq a vin was rather bland. It needed lots of salt while the mashed potatoes were cold. The biggest disappointment though was the apple strudel which came extremely soggy and obviously microwaved. Not a good deal for the price overall (ravioli were $15, so was the chicken..for lunch there are plenty of places that have much better food for same or less)

Pros: outside seating, good bread with butter

Cons: food, desert

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I had chosen this place based on the menu I had read online. I am SO glad I picked it! It's a beautiful, romantic, and cozy place. I honestly walked in and smiled at the ambience. It was perfect for a romantic evening. We weren't rushed at all. Our waitress even helped us pick the right wine for our meals. I had the duck w/the cranberries--So delicious! I want it again! The service was great, the food was fantastic and honestly, I am going back for more!

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★★★★★

I had chosen this place based on the menu I had read online. I am SO glad I picked it! It's a beautiful, romantic, and cozy place. I honestly walked in and smiled at the ambience. It was perfect for a romantic evening. We weren't rushed at all. Our waitress even helped us pick the right wine for our meals. I had the duck w/the cranberries--So delicious! I want it again! The service was great, the food was fantastic and honestly, I am going back for more!

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I first came by here two years ago on Valentines Day and come back as often as I can. The service is friendly and although it does get busy during rush hour, I've never had to wait for a table any other time. I've never had the steak that the previous posters seemed to have a problem with, but everything else I've ever had was the best. The duck on wild rice with cranberries was tender and the cranberries added an interesting flavor. The wild mushroom soup and the toasted goat cheese and bacon salad are always good. They also make decent pasta, the gnocci was just the way I like it, not too mushy and not too heavy, with just enough basil. If they're serving it, and I hope they do again, try the rabbit, it was the best I've ever had since first eating that fuzzy and delicious animal in Spain. I'm not a huge dessert person, but the apple tart was great. Went there once for lunch with a group of four, and the sandwiches were as good as the entrees. I had the crab cake sandwich, perfect and not mayo filled like a crab cake can sometimes be.

I've never had a problem with the service there. Everyone is very friendly and attentive and even when it's busy they take a minute to check in and make sure everything is okay. Like I said the first time I went there was Valentine's Day, 2 years ago, and even though it was crowded, with reservations they sat us promptly and gave us great service without making us feel rushed. My girlfriend and I both feel in love.. with the food... not each other since we are no longer together. So lonely... but thats really for my therapist.

Anywho great place in SoHo that delivers good food and is not pretentious.

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★★★★★

I first came by here two years ago on Valentines Day and come back as often as I can. The service is friendly and although it does get busy during rush hour, I've never had to wait for a table any other time. I've never had the steak that the previous posters seemed to have a problem with, but everything else I've ever had was the best. The duck on wild rice with cranberries was tender and the cranberries added an interesting flavor. The wild mushroom soup and the toasted goat cheese and bacon salad are always good. They also make decent pasta, the gnocci was just the way I like it, not too mushy and not too heavy, with just enough basil. If they're serving it, and I hope they do again, try the rabbit, it was the best I've ever had since first eating that fuzzy and delicious animal in Spain. I'm not a huge dessert person, but the apple tart was great. Went there once for lunch with a group of four, and the sandwiches were as good as the entrees. I had the crab cake sandwich, perfect and not mayo filled like a crab cake can sometimes be.

I've never had a problem with the service there. Everyone is very friendly and attentive and even when it's busy they take a minute to check in and make sure everything is okay. Like I said the first time I went there was Valentine's Day, 2 years ago, and even though it was crowded, with reservations they sat us promptly and gave us great service without making us feel rushed. My girlfriend and I both feel in love.. with the food... not each other since we are no longer together. So lonely... but thats really for my therapist.

Anywho great place in SoHo that delivers good food and is not pretentious.

Pros: Great food, great service

Cons: Can get crowded, it's not cheap but worth it

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I had discovered this charming French nook years back and we always have a great dinner every time. The space is very small but if you make reservations ahead of time, perhaps you'll get lucky and get seated at one of the corner tables that is semi-partitioned from the other diners. The waitstaff is very friendly and helpful when it comes to selecting dishes on the menu and wines and are not intrusive in any way.

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★★★★★

I had discovered this charming French nook years back and we always have a great dinner every time. The space is very small but if you make reservations ahead of time, perhaps you'll get lucky and get seated at one of the corner tables that is semi-partitioned from the other diners. The waitstaff is very friendly and helpful when it comes to selecting dishes on the menu and wines and are not intrusive in any way.

Pros: Romantic and cozy setting. Tasty Dishes

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For a recent trip to NYC I stopped at Bistro Les Amis for an early dinner. I wasn't disappointed. The service was friendly and the prix fixe dinner of steak frite was a definite bargain at $19. It include a choice of entree, soup or salad and desert and coffee. Because I ordered a glass of wine instead of coffee that was included as well. The interior was nice though I opted to sit on a sidewalk table as it was a warm autumn evening. I certainly would go back to try some of there other specials.

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★★★★★

For a recent trip to NYC I stopped at Bistro Les Amis for an early dinner. I wasn't disappointed. The service was friendly and the prix fixe dinner of steak frite was a definite bargain at $19. It include a choice of entree, soup or salad and desert and coffee. Because I ordered a glass of wine instead of coffee that was included as well. The interior was nice though I opted to sit on a sidewalk table as it was a warm autumn evening. I certainly would go back to try some of there other specials.

Pros: Friendly Service! Great prices! Delicious meal!

Cons: None

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At this very service-oriented SoHo bistro, you will find attentive service and generous portions of tasty food. For appetizer, you must try the pastry-wrapped goat cheese. Also, the escargot ravioli is an adventurous choice, but a darn good one. Stay away from the very fishy mussels, though. For entree, the duck was OK, but the braised lamb and scallops special were better. Not to mention the filet mignon, which was cooked to perfection. Oh, and the bread, was very artisan - very good.

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★★★★☆

At this very service-oriented SoHo bistro, you will find attentive service and generous portions of tasty food. For appetizer, you must try the pastry-wrapped goat cheese. Also, the escargot ravioli is an adventurous choice, but a darn good one. Stay away from the very fishy mussels, though. For entree, the duck was OK, but the braised lamb and scallops special were better. Not to mention the filet mignon, which was cooked to perfection. Oh, and the bread, was very artisan - very good.

Pros: Service, Generous Portions, Tasty Food

Cons: Mussels, Average Ambience

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We had a wonderful meal at this bistro, the Foie grais was exceptional and the soft
shell crabs was the best I ever had in NY. We will return for sure.

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★★★★★

We had a wonderful meal at this bistro, the Foie grais was exceptional and the soft
shell crabs was the best I ever had in NY. We will return for sure.

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We happened upon this restaurant last night and it was the best experience I'd had in a while. Attentive but not rushed service. Great food, great people watching!

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★★★★☆

We happened upon this restaurant last night and it was the best experience I'd had in a while. Attentive but not rushed service. Great food, great people watching!

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I stopped in here after a miserable dinner at Kin Khao, and thank goodness I did so, because it more than made up for a disastrous dinner. We enjoyed some wine at the bar, and loved the charm and ambience of this terrific bistro. This is an enjoyable time for anyone in the neighborhood, and I highly recommend that those nearby stop in for a visit.

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★★★★☆

I stopped in here after a miserable dinner at Kin Khao, and thank goodness I did so, because it more than made up for a disastrous dinner. We enjoyed some wine at the bar, and loved the charm and ambience of this terrific bistro. This is an enjoyable time for anyone in the neighborhood, and I highly recommend that those nearby stop in for a visit.

Pros: Charm, Wine, Service

Cons: Price, Cramped Space, Limited Menu

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My boyfriend and I were looking for a place to have a midnight dinner on a recent Saturday night. After we tried Blue Ribbon and there was over an hour wait, we happened upon Bistro Les Amis, which I had read about in Zagat's. We couldn't believe how uncrowded it was---and on top of that, the food was wonderful---I had a red snapper special with kiwi mango salsa (YUM!), and he had the gnocchi (ALSO YUM!) Equally deserving of mention is the ambience and the service: this place is so cozy, and quiet, and romantic...and they were playing the best old-time music (Edith Piaf, and Sinatra-ish standards and such). Also, the waitstaff was SO friendly and hospitable---we felt so welcome and catered to! "Merci" to our new "Amis"---we will definitely be back to this Bistro!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I were looking for a place to have a midnight dinner on a recent Saturday night. After we tried Blue Ribbon and there was over an hour wait, we happened upon Bistro Les Amis, which I had read about in Zagat's. We couldn't believe how uncrowded it was---and on top of that, the food was wonderful---I had a red snapper special with kiwi mango salsa (YUM!), and he had the gnocchi (ALSO YUM!) Equally deserving of mention is the ambience and the service: this place is so cozy, and quiet, and romantic...and they were playing the best old-time music (Edith Piaf, and Sinatra-ish standards and such). Also, the waitstaff was SO friendly and hospitable---we felt so welcome and catered to! "Merci" to our new "Amis"---we will definitely be back to this Bistro!

Pros: ambience, food,, friendly service, late-night dining

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Went there with a group of 7 this past Saturday evening. Literally everyone agreed the food was excellent all the way around. I had the Crab cake w/ lobster sauce appetizer; filet with bernaise (one of the best steaks I've had in recent memory) and the chocolate souflet was rock-em-sock-em ridiculous. My girlfriend had pasta with shrimp, mussels, scallops, artichoke hearts and olives - which was also incredible (both fresh and light while still hearty).

The atmosphere is relaxed / romantic, and has a very "neighborhood bistro" feel to it - thanks in large part to our waiter Shane who was great (nice, funny, knowledgeable, courteous). Check it out when you can - the food is well worth it. I think it's rare to eat at a place where reasonably-priced food is consistently so excellent across 3 separate courses.

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★★★★★

Went there with a group of 7 this past Saturday evening. Literally everyone agreed the food was excellent all the way around. I had the Crab cake w/ lobster sauce appetizer; filet with bernaise (one of the best steaks I've had in recent memory) and the chocolate souflet was rock-em-sock-em ridiculous. My girlfriend had pasta with shrimp, mussels, scallops, artichoke hearts and olives - which was also incredible (both fresh and light while still hearty).

The atmosphere is relaxed / romantic, and has a very "neighborhood bistro" feel to it - thanks in large part to our waiter Shane who was great (nice, funny, knowledgeable, courteous). Check it out when you can - the food is well worth it. I think it's rare to eat at a place where reasonably-priced food is consistently so excellent across 3 separate courses.

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Went over Labor Day Weekend. It was the busiest restaurant in SoHo, so we figured we could not go wrong here.
WHAT AN ABSOLUTE DELICIOUS EXPERIENCE!
My steak was excellent, My husband has boulibasse which melted the taste buds. The waiter was very informative and suggested a complimenting wine for both of us. Topped it off with a creme brulee which was perfect. Will be back!

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★★★★★

Went over Labor Day Weekend. It was the busiest restaurant in SoHo, so we figured we could not go wrong here.
WHAT AN ABSOLUTE DELICIOUS EXPERIENCE!
My steak was excellent, My husband has boulibasse which melted the taste buds. The waiter was very informative and suggested a complimenting wine for both of us. Topped it off with a creme brulee which was perfect. Will be back!

Pros: informative, friendly, quality

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We ate at this quaint little corner restaurant when we were on vacation back in June and loved the food then, so we were back in NY and decided to eat there again, and the food was even better than the last time....had a filet mignon that I could cut with a fork it was so tender and tasty.....the service was top notch, I will come back everytime I'm in the big apple.....LOVE IT!!!!

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★★★★★

We ate at this quaint little corner restaurant when we were on vacation back in June and loved the food then, so we were back in NY and decided to eat there again, and the food was even better than the last time....had a filet mignon that I could cut with a fork it was so tender and tasty.....the service was top notch, I will come back everytime I'm in the big apple.....LOVE IT!!!!

Pros: GREAT TASTING, GREAT LOCATION, GREAT SEATS

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Taste bud check, please!! Although I did enjoy the house salad, the rest of the dining experience was pure crap. Our lovely evening started with our waitress telling us that the steak frites was, "a regular cut of meat." Despite that tempting description, we ordered it medium. It came back well, well, done. Sent it back and we noted that this time it was medium rare, but what the hey. After choking down that hideous "cut of meat," an employee comes to our table and says that they cook their steaks to order. Then "informs" us that the steak was medium rare adding that she wasn't trying to insult us. So the obvious conclusion was that we must not know how we like a steak prepared. Are you kidding me?!? Apparantly they have magical we-never-make-a-mistake powers!Save your time, money and your patience. PLEASE!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Taste bud check, please!! Although I did enjoy the house salad, the rest of the dining experience was pure crap. Our lovely evening started with our waitress telling us that the steak frites was, "a regular cut of meat." Despite that tempting description, we ordered it medium. It came back well, well, done. Sent it back and we noted that this time it was medium rare, but what the hey. After choking down that hideous "cut of meat," an employee comes to our table and says that they cook their steaks to order. Then "informs" us that the steak was medium rare adding that she wasn't trying to insult us. So the obvious conclusion was that we must not know how we like a steak prepared. Are you kidding me?!? Apparantly they have magical we-never-make-a-mistake powers!Save your time, money and your patience. PLEASE!!

Pros: Nice guests.

Cons: Yuck!!!, RUDE!!!

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We have never been disappointed by a meal served here. Like most it seems, we stumbled into this restaurant quite by accident one night but have frequently returned since. The service is great, the food amazing (good sized portions), and you can top it all off with one of the best chocolate soufflets in the city. We have never had to wait for a table, and the waitstaff is incredibly knowledgeable and courteous. When in Soho this is the place to eat.

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★★★★★

We have never been disappointed by a meal served here. Like most it seems, we stumbled into this restaurant quite by accident one night but have frequently returned since. The service is great, the food amazing (good sized portions), and you can top it all off with one of the best chocolate soufflets in the city. We have never had to wait for a table, and the waitstaff is incredibly knowledgeable and courteous. When in Soho this is the place to eat.

Pros: Food, Service, ambiance

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Stumbled upon this restaurant last Saturday night and had dinner on the sidewalk cafe. Had a very informative waiter who suggested the filet mignon. The best steak I have had in a very long time. My husband had the softshell crab which was excellent. We topped it off with a chocolate souffle which was to die for. What a great find and reasonable too. Plan to come back again and again.

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★★★★★

Stumbled upon this restaurant last Saturday night and had dinner on the sidewalk cafe. Had a very informative waiter who suggested the filet mignon. The best steak I have had in a very long time. My husband had the softshell crab which was excellent. We topped it off with a chocolate souffle which was to die for. What a great find and reasonable too. Plan to come back again and again.

Pros: food, service, scenery

Cons: none

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We went to Bistro LES AMIS with a large group for my husbands birthday - they accomodated us in every way. The food was fantastic - - the wait staff was attentive and with a large group, they got everything right. If you want a chill place with great food there is no better.

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★★★★★

We went to Bistro LES AMIS with a large group for my husbands birthday - they accomodated us in every way. The food was fantastic - - the wait staff was attentive and with a large group, they got everything right. If you want a chill place with great food there is no better.

Pros: Excellent Food, Attentive Wait Staff

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The outside table are such a nice draw, but this was truly the worst food I've had in a long time in this city. I could tell the whole story, but let's just get to the point. Ordered steak frites, medium rare. Got served a piece of meat so well-done, Daniel Day-Lewis could've made a Manolo out of it. Sent it back and waiter warns us that it WAS medium rare, so next piece will be even more cooked. Mortified, we cry out, "LESS cooked! LESS cooked!". We get back a less cooked steak, alright, but understood why the first one was deliberately overcook -- the meat was grey through and through. Must've been there since Soho was a dangerous, abandoned 'hood. AVOID AVOID AVOID. The snotty attitude from servers didn't make up for it, either.

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★☆☆☆☆

The outside table are such a nice draw, but this was truly the worst food I've had in a long time in this city. I could tell the whole story, but let's just get to the point. Ordered steak frites, medium rare. Got served a piece of meat so well-done, Daniel Day-Lewis could've made a Manolo out of it. Sent it back and waiter warns us that it WAS medium rare, so next piece will be even more cooked. Mortified, we cry out, "LESS cooked! LESS cooked!". We get back a less cooked steak, alright, but understood why the first one was deliberately overcook -- the meat was grey through and through. Must've been there since Soho was a dangerous, abandoned 'hood. AVOID AVOID AVOID. The snotty attitude from servers didn't make up for it, either.

Pros: none

Cons: ingredients not fresh, poorly cooked, badly served

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first rate bistro, the filet mignon with carmalized onions was great, the staff there are very friendly it is good to have a place like that in soho

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★★★★★

first rate bistro, the filet mignon with carmalized onions was great, the staff there are very friendly it is good to have a place like that in soho

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one of the best values in the city. been coming for years. absolutely everything you'd expect from a bistro.

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★★★★★

one of the best values in the city. been coming for years. absolutely everything you'd expect from a bistro.

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In town for business, I was walking SOHO when I came upon this tiny hidden gem. Without reservations on a Friday night at 8:30 I was promptly seated and given top-notch recommendations from both the host and my waiter. The calamari was surprisingly tender--no rubber band quality whatsoever. My Chikean Sea Bass was melt-away tender. The wine made the meal and my entire dinner (two drinks, appetizer, main dish, coffee) was under $50. One drawback, the tables outside are small and unstable, really the only dissappointment.

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★★★★★

In town for business, I was walking SOHO when I came upon this tiny hidden gem. Without reservations on a Friday night at 8:30 I was promptly seated and given top-notch recommendations from both the host and my waiter. The calamari was surprisingly tender--no rubber band quality whatsoever. My Chikean Sea Bass was melt-away tender. The wine made the meal and my entire dinner (two drinks, appetizer, main dish, coffee) was under $50. One drawback, the tables outside are small and unstable, really the only dissappointment.

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We picked Bistro Les Amis after not getting last minute reservations at other Soho restaurants and what a pleasant surprise. The atmosphere is cute French country without being cheesy. And the food is delicious without being overpriced. I highly recommend the mussels with fries and the escargot ravioli appetizer is tops. The service was friendly and they let us linger and talk without completely abandonning us. I will definitely return. The sidewalk tables looked like a great date spot.

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★★★★☆

We picked Bistro Les Amis after not getting last minute reservations at other Soho restaurants and what a pleasant surprise. The atmosphere is cute French country without being cheesy. And the food is delicious without being overpriced. I highly recommend the mussels with fries and the escargot ravioli appetizer is tops. The service was friendly and they let us linger and talk without completely abandonning us. I will definitely return. The sidewalk tables looked like a great date spot.

Pros: moderate prices, great bistro classics, excellent service

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I found this place by accident back in march 2002 and it was as fabolous then as it was Sunday July 7, 2002. The food was well prepared, the service was superb. The whole experience was definitely worth it. Would definitely go back.

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★★★★★

I found this place by accident back in march 2002 and it was as fabolous then as it was Sunday July 7, 2002. The food was well prepared, the service was superb. The whole experience was definitely worth it. Would definitely go back.

 

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