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“A good alternative to more touristry eateries in midtown.”
Review of L'Absinthe - CLOSED

L'Absinthe
Price range: $25 - $55
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
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.
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
135 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“A good alternative to more touristry eateries in midtown.”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

What a pleasant evening. L'Absinthe is a place for grown ups. Tile floors and a zinc bar remind one of Paris. While L'Absinthe isn't quite the real deal, it comes close to satisfying one's craving for a French bistro food. Service is attentive, but unobtrusive. Menu selections run the gamut from small plates, soups, salads and traditional bistro entrees like steak and rack of lamb. On most nights, the
restaurant offers specials. Last night's lobster bisque with a hint of cilantro and ginger was delicious. My crab meat salad and dover sole were outstanding. Just wish that the food had been served at a warmer temperature. Otherwise, L'Absinthe, while not inexpensive, delivers a good neighborhood dining experience.

  • Visited August 2012
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Manila, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“good food, very attentive service”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

I have been to L'Absinthe many years ago and was not impressed then. This time, I was pleasantly surprised at the very attentive service, the better ambience, and much better food.
With quite reasonable pricing, we shall surely return to this restaurant in the near future...

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank jledesma
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Carmel, California
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Always love it”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

I've always loved the fin du siècle brasserie atmosphere here. On our recent visit we had the nicest and most attentive restaurant hostess I've ever met. She's worth her weight in gold because she sets the tone for the whole evening. I wish more restaurants realized this simple fact.

We had a simple classic Dover sole. It's expensive but beautifully done. Sides are extra which I always find annoying, but the frites are as they should be and spinach as I love it, with garlic and a little oil. There is both a seasonal and a classic (don't miss the roast chicken) menu, so the old standbys are always there.

We'll be back.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank MCSCarmel
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Wimberley, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Relaxing and delicious”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

Three of us had a great meal in this relaxing and unhurried restaurant. Service was excellent.
We began with drinks then hot, plump mussels, fresh, tender and delicious with just the right amount of sauce. We also enjoyed grilled vegetables in a novel way to create a terrine.

Hanger steak was perfectly prepared and juicy, and the soft shelled crabs were superb.

For dessert we tried the creme brulee with lemon grass, ice cream and crusty profiteroles, and lingered over the cookie plate with coffee and good conversation. A relaxing way to finish a wonderful dinner.

  • Visited May 2012
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connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
“Simply delicious”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

My husband and I arrived for an early Sunday dinner. The wine glasses were a good serving. The fresh seafood platter was fresh and delicious. My husband had the beef tartare excellent. We will be back. Staff warm and professional

Visited April 2012
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