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“A "Very French" West Village Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of La Ripaille

La Ripaille
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Ranked #2,603 of 13,548 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: West Village
Cross street: W.12th
Transit: Subway 1,2,3, 14th Street stop, 12th Street exit; A,C,E 14th Street stop
Description: Opened in 1980, La Ripaille is one of the oldest restaurants in West Village. Some of the regulars have been coming for as long as 25 years. We want everyone to feel welcome here, whether it’s the celebrities who frequent, the children for whom we provide games & crayons, or the people who live in the Village. The owner, Alain Laurent, is integral in the day-to-day processes of La Ripaille. He daily scours the market for the freshest produce, often choosing the day’s specials based on his finds. This keeps the specials seasonal & unique. He decorates the ever changing wine list with the best wines available. The restaurant itself is beautiful, with a terrace for the summer & a fireplace in the back for the winter. The candlelit tables light up French posters and paintings & fresh flowers decorate each table. For a taste of history and delicious French cuisine, visit La Ripaille. We have a seat just for you.
New York, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“A "Very French" West Village Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

Restaurants come and go in the West Village, but La Ripaille endures decade after decade. We go there for intimate dinners, and celebrations, large and small. The food is beautifully prepared. I adore the broccoli mousse. The pate is outstanding. The fish is always extremely fresh and perfectly prepared. The children love the pasta dishes here. The chicken is tender and perfectly done. The steak perfectly sauced. Some people will take exception to the small portion sizes. Pardon Moi? Have they never been to France? This is a French restaurant. One of the reasons we love LaRapaille, is we don't leave feeling like stuffed pigs, but rather we leave warm and satisfied, with our taste buds feeling blessed.

The wine list is small, but excellent and well priced. The mixed drinks are made with finesse. The desserts are splendid, especially the apple tart. And, the atmosphere is real French Bistro: Warm candles flicker; you can hear yourself talk, while French music wafts softly overhead. The other patrons vary: local villagers: families, even book clubs, groups of friends, politicians, well knows film and stage stars, dancers, romantic couples, straight and gay alike, and often people from France, which tells you a lot.

The owner, Alain, who seems to always be there, is jovial and charming and sets a warm and rather fabulous tone. His favorite word is "fabulous." Everyone we have ever taken to LaRipaille wanted to go back. So, enjoy yourselves, and hopefully you too will leave smiling, and feeling it's a place to which you'll want to return to, as we do, again and again.

  • Visited October 2011
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Thank Suzanne S
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New York, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wonderful, quiet, romantic, delicious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2011

My husband and I have been here for dinner several times. Each time has been like a trip to France without the airplane. The food and service are lovely, gracious and adult.

  • Visited October 2010
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Thank MellynNYC
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melbourne AUS
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“Great lunch find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2011

Our family of four visited New York in late June early July 2011. We spent a very happy 2 weeks exploring various neighbourhoods and were pleased to come across La Ripaille on one of our adventures. We had an enjoyable summer lunch at an outdoor table overlooking a farmer’s market in Abingdon Square. The owner was wonderful – Alain and happily accommodated my 12 year old’s limited tastes a pasta dish that he enjoyed. We had salads, mine the duck – delicious and my daughter and husband both had a fantastic tarragon chicken salad that they still talk about. The service was great, attentive but not rushed and prices were reasonable. The restaurant looked perfect for a special occaision or a quiet romantic meal. We will be back on our next visit to New York.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank hollygo
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nyc
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“Amazing descovery!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2010

Very surprised with some reviews. My friends and I walked into this place and were pleasantly surprised by sweet and friendly server Amend. The food was simply delicious: broccoli mousse and snails in a rich sauce were out of this world (even my friend's omelet!lol) and they surprised us with complementary home made chocolate truffles at the end! Can't wait to go back for snails!!! lol

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Thank rinoperlain
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Rochester, New York, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“not that great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2009

Cute restaurant but back tables are too near a dirty and smelly (even at 730PM) bathroom.
Amazingly small wine list. Tasteless mushroom appetizer with a piece of puff pastry thrown on top. Generic pate. Boring salads. Unimaginative main courses and desserts. We found the owner to be more annoying and cliched than charming.
Would not re-visit.

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