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“French Bistro on Second Avenue”
Review of La Mangeoire

La Mangeoire
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Ranked #1,220 of 13,936 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 53rd and 54th Streets
Transit: E & V trains to Lexington Ave/53rd Street, and 6 train to 51st Street.
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Our party of six went to La Mangeoire last night. We were not disappointed. It's a charming little family owned and run bistro on Second Avenue that has been there for years. You will not find a friendlier place in Manhattan. The waiters are great and so is the food. They have a $35. prix fixe dinner that is a terrific value. The back dining room is a little "snug", but it works.

Consistently delicious food, great service, and good value, what else could anyone want? The coq au vin is the best in New York. I love this little gen.

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

The food is good but the selection is rather traditional. That is absolutely ok when it is done well. My coq-au-vin was delicious and reminded me of small french bistro's visited in the countryside.
We did no have a reservation but that wasn't a problem (a Wednesday evening at 7 pm).
Had no issue with the service.

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Thank Ellehoj
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We had an early reservation at 5:30 as we went here before going to a show. The service was attentive, but not obtrusive and we finished right on time to make our 8:00 o' clock show. The decore is very quaint and charming. The restaurant is "conversation friendly" as well. But the real star is the food. For our starters, my wife had the onion soup which was very good. I had the special which was potato leek soup, also very good. My wife's entree was the monkfish off the menu and it was terrfic. But the real star of the evening for me was the special for the night, the cassolette. I very highly recommend it.

Well done, La Mangeoire!!

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Thank Trip takker101
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Reviewed January 21, 2013

Went looking for a French restaurant while in the city and a friend recommended this one. Located on the Mid-town east side, it had been there for quite a while, so we knew that it was going to be good, and it was.

We got there early for our reservation and was seated quickly in the back area (dark with candlelight). This was a good thing because it became very crowded. Service was slow at the beginning and seemed out of sync. Some improvement during the time but just did not seem organized.

Started out with glass of Beaujolais (red/lalane) though never saw a wine list (one of the issues) and no selection of wine by the glass (very nice for what is considered a "house" wine). We both shared a beet salad (very tasty and very unusual). A good selection of french dishes (even rabbit) but we went to the safe side with coq au vin. It came as dardk meat (read that legs) over mashed potatoes flavor-ed with mushrooms and bacon with vegetable. A hearty brown sauce covered the dish. Just another way of serving the dish, and very nicely done.

We finished the dinner with two herbal teas (chamomile) and a chocolate mousse (you could die from the richness and sweetness.

Suggest you get there early, and then take a relaxing dinner. They do not hustle you out.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Friends invited us to join them for dinner at a little place within walking distance of theirs. Wouldn't it be nice to have a place like this within walking distance of ours. You come for hearty French country food in a cramped, but welcoming space. Perfect for the cold evening it was - duck confit, coq au vin, liver. An excellent and reasonably priced bottle of red wine from Languedoc capped off a delightful evening. And for New York, the bill was an absolute bargain.

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Thank Minotli
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