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“good causal French bisto meal”
Review of Les Halles - CLOSED

Les Halles
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: 29th Street
Transit: The 6 Train at the 28th Street stop
Description: Set on Park Avenue South, between 28th and 29th Streets, Brasserie Les Halles serves a collection of classic dishes from the finest brasseries in Paris. The speciality of the house is the French Cuts of Meats, simply char-grilled and served with award-winning French Fries. Les Halles' long list of various steaks comes from the in-house butcher. The French butchering technique looks for unique qualities in each cut, providing different tastes and textures in each type of steak. Les Halles buys Prime American beef, naturally tenderised by two weeks of wet aging. The beef is then dry aged in-house for 21 days at 36-degrees Fahrenheit to concentrate the flavours. The original plaster mouldings in the restaurant date from the early 1900's, when the building was erected to house a restaurant specialising in healthy foods. The most famous menu item at the time - a blend of fresh vegetable juice to order - was later licensed and bottled under the brand V8! The large menu is designed to accommodate all tastes, appetites and budgets, and free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

prices are relatively cheap considering its quality, its "Anthony Bourdain" name tag, location. I go there often after work.

tips: escargos, oysters, Classic French Onion soup, Steak and Frites

if i really need to be picky. i think it needs some renovation and updates for a better meal experience with the loved ones.

Best of the Best: It has WiFi.

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Thank superbugs
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

My wife and I were in the mood for a long, leisurely meal, and we decided to have it at Les Halles based on the recommendation of a friend. We sat outside and were quickly attended to by our pleasant server whose name regrettably escapes me.

We enjoyed some wine before diving in to our first courses of escargots and the foie gras poëlé aux pommes. The texture of the escargots was just right, and it's hard to go wrong with garlic and butter. The foie gras was delicious, and the preparation was original, with the nuts and fruit providing a nice savory/sweet balance.

For our main courses, we had the steak au poivre and the magret de canard. The steak was very good (and perfectly cooked to medium-rare), but the duck was phenomenal. It was everything a duck breast should be, with its pink inside and crispy skin. Like the foie gras, the sweet pomegranate sauce complemented the savory duck perfectly.

For dessert, we had a rosemary crème brûlée that was quite tasty. I hesitated a bit at the combination of such a strong herb with a creamy dessert, but the rosemary was subtle and made for a very interesting dish. Topped off with some delicious dessert wine, we sat back fat and happy.

As good as the food was, the service was just as good. Our server was attentive, but never pushy, finished plates never stayed in front of us too long, and all of the staff seemed to help each other out. The manager, Chad, buzzed around the tables helping the servers and bus staff, and he seemed to go out of his way to make sure all of the customers (including us) were happy. When managers set such a good example for the rest of the staff, it usually results in good service all around. That was definitely the case here.

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2  Thank benitodisparos
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

I guess people normally come here for an upmarket dinner experience, but let's talk oatmeal for a moment!

Yes, oatmeal. One of the challenges of jet lag is waking up at 5am with a rumbling stomach wondering if anywhere is going to be open without resorting to fast food. So we woke up early one Monday morning in NYC. Plan: early breakfast and trip to laundromat.

And so it was that we found this place in a convenient location for a 7:30am booking via OpenTable. After going to a diner for 3 days in a row, we decided that something slightly healthier was in order, hence the oatmeal (which, by the way, was delicious with fresh blackberries, and also orange juice and coffee). The oatmeal has lavender syrup which was unusual, but the lavender is *very* discreet and didn't overpower the oatmeal.

My partner had french toast, and was happy that they provided lots of syrup. Well, maybe that's lots of syrup by Japanese standards (we live near Tokyo), but more than enough to keep her happy.

Overall, not cheap but the prices are in line with other places in NYC, so no complaints there. The bonus is the nice, elegant, relaxing surroundings which are better than average.

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Thank mjb1001
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Most people go to Les Halles for the steaks, but I recently enjoyed a delicious breakfast with a friend. We sat at an outside table. I had the eggs benedict which was really good, served with potatoes and fruit. The coffee was better than usual. My friend had the benedict with salmon, which she found equally delicious. A good spot if you want to sit down and chat, rather than having a bagel on the run.

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Thank Michelle S
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

great food, stays open late. Staff can be varied as can the service but when it was good it was great.

Thank soff01
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