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“Not cheap, but good value for what you get”
Review of L'Ecole

L'Ecole
Ranked #1,150 of 13,630 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: SoHo
Cross street: Grand St
Transit: J, M, N, Q, R, W, 6, 1, 9, A, C, E trains to Canal. we are located on Broadway 2 blocks north of Canal St.
Newport Beach, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Not cheap, but good value for what you get”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

This is a restaurant associated w/ the French Culinary Institute & has dishes made by students along w/ the instructors.
First, the bad. No lunch seating after 2PM when I had lunch (multiple people walked in & were turned away. Limited Menu-it's a limited prix fixe type of menu. Many of the lunch & dinner dishes overlap. Not cheap (though I think a good value for what you get).
This is one of only 2 places I ate at more than once during my last trip. It was conveniently located near my hotel (Broadway & Canal), but also good food. Service is very good. Very helpful & accommodating. Attentive w/o being hovering. I didn't ask for any, but ask for some free bread to take home. Baguette is pretty good. The menu is a bit limited (prix fixe) & some of the lunch & dinner dishes overlap (I went once for lunch, once for dinner), though there is enough variety that you don't necessarily have to try the same thing if you visit more than once. It is by no means cheap budget dining, but considering it is French fine dining in Manhattan, it is a great value for what you get. Everything I had, food & beverages, were delicious & well paired. It has a nice atmosphere. Though it is nice fine dining quality & you will likely see some diners dressed up, I came in very casual, some others diners are very casual, & there was no snobbish picky raising elitist vibe. Presentation is nice, but not unnecessarily over the top like a stacked building or Jackson Pollack painting on the table. When casually asking about the student rotation, the host offered & gave me a nice little tour. I met Jacques Pepin while I was having lunch. Nice old guy.

  • Visited April 2013
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Sao Paulo, Brazil
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great choice for lunch at Soho”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

We found it passing by and was a pleasant surprise.
We had a delicious lunch there.
It's a great option when your visiting the Soho shops

  • Visited April 2013
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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“A good choice”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

We have been here several times but it's been a few years since our last visit. Make reservations, we tried to eat here while in the neighborhood several times over the years but they were always booked solid. This restaurant is one that is run by students and professionals. The students stop cooking at certain times and the professionals take over so read up and see what the times are if it matters to you. No matter to me, they are all cooking some very tasty, very decent, price fixed meals. I think it was $38 last visit. The service is very good, you can tell which are the new students but it doesn't make it a bad experience at all. The menu is always changing which can keep people coming back and makes the teaching experience more well rounded. Eat here, you won't be disappointed. We will be back.

  • Visited March 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Great gastronomical experience!”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

Every 3 weeks the menu changes, so it would be difficult to suggest any order, but thew good thing is that they're always improving and inovating with nice tasteful combinations that made my experience so great. For a fixed price, you'll have an appetizer a main course and a dessert (3 options each), everything prepared by the students.

  • Visited March 2013
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Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

Heard about this from a friend. If you want a great meal with great value (dinner was $40) make a reservation several weeks in advance. The food is prepared by chefs or students training to be chefs. For $40 you get a 3 course meal (you get 3-4 options for each course). Wine prices were also reasonable. Service was also wonderful. This is wonderful experience at a reasonable price.

Visited March 2013
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