New York, New York
June 19, 2003
However, the servers are always rather cold and unsmiling. I wish I could stereotypically blame this on the fact that they are French, but they aren’t even French! They are quite slow and take their time coming to get your order and serving your food. But is not the only off-putting aspect about the restaurant.
The food does only slightly better than the servers. The French toast is invariably either undercooked or burned, but never just right. And the croissants are always too brown for my taste. But the waffles are great, as is the semi-sweet European-style hot chocolate served in a bowl with handles.
Although the food is passable depending on what you order, everything is overpriced, from the $8 waffles to the $4 hot chocolate.
The decor is rather typical of French bistros/brasseries with old prints of French advertisements and lots of mirrors.
On warm days, they have outside seating where it's lovely to bask up the sun and watch people walking down Broadway. You'll wait longer to sit outside than inside, but I would recommend the wait if it's nice outside.
All in all, this certainly would not be my first choice for a restaurant in this area, but it is the only French restaurant nearby. For the price and the food, you can do better though.
From journal A Night on the Town: Dining and Drinking around Columbia University