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227 East 67th Street, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
(212) 794-4950
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Price range: $25 - $55
Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cuisines: French, Brasserie
Neighborhood:
Upper East Side
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Transit: 6 train to 68th St/Hunter College; F train to Lexington Ave/63rd St.
Description: Found on Manhattan's Upper East Side, L'Absinthe Brasserie has an air of Parisian elegance and draws in a chic crowd. L'Absinthe NYC blends authentic Parisian favorites with modern French cuisine. The classic Parisian bistro-style decor, Art Nouveau lampadaires and intimate dining booths at L'Absinthe Brasserie restaurant create a warm, inviting ambience. The wine list is extensive and eclectic. Having worked in Michelin starred restaurants, head chef Jean-Michel Bergougnoux creates superbly crafted French classics. Authentic dishes on the L'Absinthe menu include foie gras and chicken liver mousse, classic Dover sole meuniere or fresh beef tartare. Vibrant and eclectic, other modern favorites include pan seared black sea bass with fresh peas, lobster salad with salmon tartare or slow cooked rabbit leg with baby artichokes. L'Absinthe on East 67th Street is a chic Parisian-style New York restaurant, with efficient and friendly service. The exquisite turn-of-the century Parisian cuisine makes L'Absinthe a true brasserie favourite with New Yorkers.

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English first
Princeton, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

L'Absinthe is one of the better, serious French restaurants in NYC, owned by a Maitre Cuisinier de France, and the quality of the cuisine fully justifies his rank. It is not as well known as some of the larger places, and is tucked away on the upper East Side, but worth the trouble to find. The only downside is that... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

This long time institution on the upper east side. That has been a main stay of French cuisine HAS CLOSED. My family celebrated many wonderful occasions there. It will be missed.

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London, Engalnd
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69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I have just received an email cancelling my reservation unilaterally. No explanation, very little time to make new reservation for Thanksgiving. Moral of the story is AVOID!

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Santa Monica, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

French cuisine at it's best. Chef/ owner Jean Michelle does a magnificent job of offering the perfect French meal each and every time. Our family has celebrated so many wonderful meals at this establishment that I could not begin to count. The food and service is always wonderful.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

L'Absinthe is decorated in the way that people who aren't French think that a French Bistro should be decorated, but the menu we were offered could have come from pretty much any mid range eatery in the UK or US and could best be described as unmemorable. I had smoked salmon as a starter which came garnished with a few... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Excellent restaurant, has the ambiance of an authentic French brasserie, with classic french dishes. The foie gras was to die for. The other dishes were excellent as well. Only the souffle for desert was "only" good. A bit pricey, but on par with similar restaurants in NYC.

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New York, NY
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312 reviews 312 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We have not been to L'Absinthe for years, but we had a young friend with us from out of town and her choice was French. This is a very nice spot- they were able to take us easily on a Saturday night- and the waitress was delightful and friendly. The service was a bit slow and otherwise this might justify... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant with great service and food! We had a fabulous dinner here while enjoying great ambiance. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I have lived in my building on E. 68th in NYC for around 25 years... I am a creature of habit. I don't even recall WHEN we had started eating at L'Absinthe across the street on E 69th... but, it was close and reasonably always good with (mostly) fresh oysters all winter, Alsace specialties and good pates. I both know... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Six of us had dinner at L'Absinthe following a high school reunion, and I guess that I was to blame as I had chosen the restaurant based on its location and the fact that it had a French name. To be brief, two of us ordered the steak which we both returned as much to tough, stringy and not worth... More 

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Additional Information about L'Absinthe

Address: 227 East 67th Street, New York City, NY 10021
Phone Number: (212) 794-4950
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
Open Hours:
Monday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 55
Cuisine: French, Brasserie

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