59 Grand St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.722142 -74.003520
Neighborhoods: SoHo, Downtown
One of Keith McNally's first, and coolest, restaurants, this downtown brasserie still has exactly the same Parisian shabby-chic vibe as it did when it opened, and while it's since be eclipsed by Odeon, Balthazar, and Pastis, its intimacy has something the others lack. The steak frites couldn't be any better at any of them, or the other bistro standards either.
Citysearch Editorial Review – This Soho restaurant might be the least well-known among Keith McNally’s many restaurants, but it's this under-the-radar quality that appeals to its loyal patrons. Regulars go for the reliable, classic French dishes (niçoise salads, steak au poivre, croque monsieur) and the lively scene that stands apart from other nearby restaurants that are overrun with tourists. Guests eat, drink and converse, uninterrupted by overly doting waiters. The surroundings are pleasant without being distracting; they're also true to the McNally bistro formula, with menu items scribbled on smoky mirrors, well-worn wood floors and wine served in tumblers rather than traditional stemmed glasses.
avoid unless you like to be part of other people discussion and bad food and drinks – I used to eat quite a lot in this place. Was decent, has always used those very small table, and packed like sardines, but you get even less space now. The food is becoming below average and expensive. I had the steak au poiver, my favorite dish, and always ordered the same. The sauce was terribly salty, no a real peppercorns, tasted old. The piece of meat got much smaller (the dish much more expensive). Even the cosmopolitain I ordered was not right. Used to be a reliable place where you can get a good decent dinner, not anymore. I used to recommend this place, but not anymore, I will never go there ever. There so many other places that provide good food. If you are going to chage $26 for a steak, at least have a good dish. Big F-
Unlucky at Lucky Strike – Despite the charming decor, I found almost everything else missed at Lucky Strike. Visiting with my boyfriend for dinner one Wednesday, we had to yell to hear each other in the dining room due to the overwhelming music, which was a lot of rock and overall irritating - not quite the French experience we were expecting. Upon exiting through the bar, the music was purely deafening.
The food was lackluster. I ordered the spinach and ricotta ravioli. Sounded heavenly, but was totally tasteless and uninspiring with no salad or accoutrements. I could have done better with a box at home and the sauce was tasteless. If not for the bread, I would have left hungry.
The bus boy swept my plate and silverware out from under me when I had barely finished swallowing (not even asking if I was done). That left me with no silverware for when I wanted to share my boyfriend's salad (as I was still hungry). I turned to the silverware container behind my back, and leaning slightly on the table, the table itself capsized with the water and our drinks falling onto the ground. After this embarassing situation (due to a rather unstable table), the waiter didn't offer free refills for our overpriced alcohol which was now all over the floor. An ignoble end to a disappointing experience - we couldn't wait to get out of there.
Well, enough said. Lucky strike is quite the contrary - I'd have been better off if I missed it totally.
Best late night spot around! – Best late night spot, great drinks, very good pour. It gets a bit crowded here and there, and the menu isn't the most amazing around, but you get the simple yet universal dishes at all hours of the night. The salads are very good, as is the steak frites like at Schiller's. All the food is your standard fare, but done very well. I will be backing this place for a long time...
Paris in New York – This place is wonderful, the best calamari ever! The food is fabulous the atmosphere is perfect, I went at 4pm and left at midnight, very cool people and service, weeknights are the best! VERY VERY cool and hospitable staff, they should not change a thing!
I'm a fan. – This is a great go-to staple. I tend to order either the ravioli or the fish, and everything's good. It's not particularly special in terms of cuisine, service, or ambience, but it's always a safe bet in the neighborhood.
parking right next door – Great turkey burgers and sour sour sour lemonade. I have never tried anything else on the menu the burgers are so good...
Great atmosphere – Perfect place to hang out with friends and get some good (just good) typical bistro food - DJ on saturday nights is not too shabby - good looking people, too.
Great time – One should not go to Lucky Strike for the food. While certain staples are excellent (the burger, some of the pastas), the food is not really the point. Go with a group of friends and you will have a great time. It is the type of place to run into old friends and have a late, raucus dinner.
not worth the money..... – I had a late dinner at Lucky Stike, a great name for a joint if ever I saw one. Unfortunately, the food was NOT something to get worked up about. Our waiter was fine, the place looks nice in that not-trying-too-hard way, but at those prices, a little more should be expected of your food. Diner food at bistro prices is a bummer....
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