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“Nice Surroundings, Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Le Colonial

Le Colonial
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Ranked #1,235 of 13,559 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Lexington Ave
Transit: E to 53rd/Lexington 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th Street
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. Le Colonial serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables.
London, United Kingdom
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“Nice Surroundings, Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013

Was curious to visit given the mixed reviews, particularly on some of the US restaurant sites.

Beautiful surroundings (we chose the upstairs eating area; dark but quieter than the main restaurant) in keeping with the colonial theme.

As somebody who spends several months a year traveling in Asia, I reckon the food was pretty good, compared to normal Westernised fare. Try the Aubergine for starters.

Service was a little hit and miss; staff not particularly friendly or attentive, but that was fine as I prefer not to be disturbed every five minutes.

Not cheap, but reasonable for quality of food and surroundings.

  • Visited February 2013
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new york
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“Great dish. I'm still thinking of it.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013

Cozy place. I had the filet mignon with roasted yams and Asian long beans in a spicy sate sauce. It was so good that I managed to get every mouthful of sauce onto my fork. The manager was very friendly.

  • Visited January 2013
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Montreal
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“Southasian treat”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2013

This one was hard to rate since some dishes were really quite good,but others, sadly, we're what you'd get in a food court at the mall. Ambiance is delightful but service, while polished, was a bit too rushed (Your plate is whisked away the moment you put your fork down).

  • Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Cue setting and average quality of fairly good food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

The location is ideal, unfortunately, it is a bit noisy and due to the popularity of it's location, the management has not paid enough attention to the quality of the food and service. With a bit of effort, it could be a destination.

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Bright spot in mid-town Manhattan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Le Colonial has been around for many years and is sometimes forgotten. But it still delivers. It's French Vietnamese food is excellent and its decor remains both fun and elegant. It's like a trip out to another country. The location makes it especially appealing in that there are not a lot of restaurants of this quality in this immediate neighborhood--unless you're willing to go to the very expensive ones like The Four Seasons. Everyone I've brought there has fallen in love with the exotic food and decor.

  • Visited October 2012
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