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Le Colonial

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149 E 57th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Lexington Ave)
E to 53rd/Lexington 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th Street
+1 212-752-0808
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into...
Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Chef Ron Hsu serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Terrific Duck as a Main Course

This is a pretty restaurant (see my photo) which attracts a classy crowd. I started off with the delicious Cha Gio which is four (only 3 are shown in my photo) Crispy Rolls of Pork, Shrimp, Crab, Lettuce, Fresh Herbs and Nuoc Cham Sauce on the side for dipping ($14). My main course (see my photo... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
Harvey M
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New York, United States
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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Wilmore, Kentucky
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

The food was absolutely delicious and interesting-- French Vietnamese. We felt under-dressed in jeans (we had just come from a taping of The Daily Show), but the staff was welcoming and service was excellent. We ordered from the Prix Fixe menu because the cuisine was new to us. My husband got a spare rib appetizer and I had the spring... More 

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Englewood, NJ
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015 via mobile

Eating here is like taking a trip to 1950's Vietnam; Sedate, classy, friendly. The food is authentic and the ambiance wonderful. I've been here several times and the food always wows me. The prixe fix menu is a real bargain and don't miss the Vietnamese coffee. It just might be my favorite thing and a great way to cap off... More 

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

Well thank you so much for all the kind words about Le Colonial, we strive to provide a perfect experience for our guests and it sounds like we hit the mark here. We just want to thank you for your visit and we hope that you’ll dine with us again soon! Best Regards, Docho Dochev General Manager More 

Chapel Hill, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Was raised in Manhattan, and ate out very often. This restaurant has wonderful ambiance to go along with the fabulous food. A real delight, not typical and the French/Vietnamese offerings are terrific. Treat yourself!

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Coral Gables, Florida
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Late in the afternoon, a few days before we left New York to return home to Miami we finally called Le Colonial, a French/Vietnamese fusion cuisine restaurant I had passed a dozen times, vowing that "next time" I'd try this intriguing-looking restaurant from an earlier era where I was sure inside I'd find Rick from CASABLANCA reunited with Ilsa Lund,... More 

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Albuquerque, NM
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39 reviews 39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

What a lovely setting for terrific service and delicious food. I had the scrumptious crab and eggplant appetizer, fresh and bright Vietnamese bouillabaisse. My aunt had a gorgeous scallop salad. Gracious hospitality and did I mention the impressive and tasty craft cocktails? Full house, but no need to scream at each other--a rarity in wonderful restaurants these days. Go there.

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us but furthermore thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. It makes us incredibly proud to hear guests describe their experience with such exhilaration; we hope that you will return soon! Best Regards, Docho Dochev General Manager More 

New York, United States
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

This is a pretty restaurant (see my photo) which attracts a classy crowd. I started off with the delicious Cha Gio which is four (only 3 are shown in my photo) Crispy Rolls of Pork, Shrimp, Crab, Lettuce, Fresh Herbs and Nuoc Cham Sauce on the side for dipping ($14). My main course (see my photo) was the Vit Quay... More 

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write your review. We are very proud of all of our dishes and we’re glad you were able to enjoy those that you ordered. Please be sure to dine with us again so that you might be able to finally try that delicious bread pudding! Best Regards, Docho Dochev General Manager More 

nyc
Top Contributor
277 reviews 277 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

It's always a treat to come back to Le Colonial. Excellent menu. Well prepared & presented. Classy. The bar upstairs is a great place to meet for drinks and/or dinner. Both upstairs (bar) and downstairs are terrific for conversation. Friendly service. A litle overpriced.

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

We are so lucky to have such a loyal group of customers such as yourself and we wanted to take the time to thank you for your kind words. Without guests such as yourself, Le Colonial would not be standing 20+ years later. Best Regards, Docho Dochev General Manager More 

New York City, New York
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

First the good: The space is very nice, they have tried to make it into a very British colonial era decor that transports you to a different time. The bar upstairs is also very tastefully decorated, looks like a nice place for a pre-dinner drink. Now the not-so-bad: The food is actually ok, its as good as you can get... More 

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

We wanted to thank you for dinning with us and taking the time to write your review. The classic French colonial era decor is something we pride ourselves on, along with our amazing food and excellent service. We’re glad you enjoyed the food but were shocked to see you thought our host was being classist. That couldn’t be further from... More 

nyc
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Although the food was good & somewhat pricey for the portions, I would have eaten there again if we were treated respectfully. Unfortunately we could not enjoy our dining experience because throughout our meal, we felt that the establishment wanted us to rush & leave. During our dinner, the busboy must have asked us at least 5 times whether he... More 

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

We wanted to start off by apologizing for our staff if you felt they were trying to rush you. Rest assured we strive to provide the most professional and friendly service and what you’ve described does not fall in line with these principals. We were very happy to hear that you enjoyed the food though and hope that you will... More 

Paris, France
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Went there for a family dinner but also with some friends on another occasion. The food was excellent and the waiters helpful. The restaurant in itself is very welcoming. I have tried the one in San Francisco as well, the menus are different but the food is just as good. I would go again!

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Docho D, General Manager at Le Colonial, responded to this review

We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your kind words. You’ve outlined the key principals by which we work, excellent food and professional service. Now that you’ve visited Le Colonial in San Francisco and New York, all you have left is to visit Le Colonial and Chicago and you will have dined with the trifecta! Best Regards, Docho Dochev... More 

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Additional Information about Le Colonial

Address: 149 E 57th Street, New York City, NY 10022
Phone Number: +1 212-752-0808
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm  5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: French, Asian, Vietnamese

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 149 E 57th Street, New York City, NY 10022
    (Lexington Ave)
  • Public Transportation: E to 53rd/Lexington 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th Street
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-752-0808

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: French, Asian, Vietnamese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Chef Ron Hsu serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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