129 Rivington St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.719603 -73.986863
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Excellent Fusion Food – My beau and I stumbled upon Cafe Luise and continue to go back for more and more and more. The Moroccan burger (Moroccan spices with MANGO!) is excellent. The reviewer who thought it tasted "wrong" is probably used to pub food. I am so addicted to it, I just can't seem to pry myself away from it and order something else! Luckily, I've gone with many friends who've let me grab a bite of their pork chop or steal a mussle or two, for variety. I have never been disappointed. The coctails are interesting, as well, though rather sweet. It is no longer BYOB, so order a bottle of wine, sit back, and taste the world.
I am a regular – I have lived in the LES for the last ten years and i have to say I love Cafe Luise so i felt compelled to defend her after reading the last review. I have been there over twenty times and i have NEVER had a bad meal. When the restaurant opened i was so happy there was finally a place in my neighborhood that seemed like it was made for the neighborhood. Inventive and fresh Food, mixing sweet and spicey elements. I can't believe they did not like the pork chops - that is my favorite dish and the hamburger - so different, filled to the brim with spices!! Plus the prices an under $25 gem!!
Luise feels like an extension of my living room. albeit much nicer. I am always satisfied, plus i do not feel like i have to chop my arm off to pay the bill.
Comically bad – Sadly, this was one of the worst dinners my husband and I have ever had in NYC. So bad that it was funny. The menu sounded good but the grilled eggplant roll was oversauced with a pile of mint, pork chop was leathery, and everything just tasted wrong. The room was pretty but don't make the same mistake we did. Just go somewhere else. Really.
Not worth the money!!! – I agree with the reviewer who says that all the glowing reviews must have been written by the owners' friends. The food was good but way too expensive. And portions are small, especially the appetizers. My eggplant appetizer (I forget the name) cost something like $8 and was tasty but TINY, which was emphasized by the huge plate it came on. I don't know why this place ended up in the "cheap eats" category. I would go there again only if they reduced the prices by 50 percent...
bad brunch – This may be harsh, but I feel like the glowing reviews of this restaurant were all written by friends of the owners. I went for brunch today and the food was bad. My boyfriend's eggs benedict came on flimsy white toast with so much dill in the hollandaise that the dish tasted like a dill pickle. Who puts dill in hollandaise? And if you're going to add that much, the menu should specify it. The yolks were hard boiled- easter egg style. The side of mixed greens with my watery omelette amounted to a pile of ripped romaine lettuce leaves with no dressing. And the coffee was lukewarm and weak.
value vittles – My friend and I ate dinner at Cafe Luise this past weekend after reading the below reviews. I had the $10.95 five-spice pork chop, which was a savory, large portion matched with a delicious baked apple. I was a bit disappointed with the Yukon gold 'smashed' potatoes that came with the dish they were seasoned chunks of potato, and tasty enough, but I was expecting mashed potatoes. My friend ordered the Thai chicken salad, which she thought was fine but a bit small to be an entree portion. Cafe Luise is a good value, but oddly enough, the appetizers are not priced as affordably as the entrees. Nice atmosphere lots of windows overlooking a corner.
A Steal - A Deal – Had dinner there a few nights ago and what a blast - the wait staff was so fun and the food was great oh my god the pork chops and the Salmon mmmmm - but the real kicker is when we got the check - it is so nice when you finally go out in NYC and you do not lose your arm your leg and your wallet. This may be the best deal i have had in the city - it really feels like it is supposed to be in the Lower East side unlike so many of these new places that are brining uptown prices downtown - thank you Luise and i will see you real soon...
Best Burger on LOE – The food is really, really good. The place is cute and has really attentive service. I love it because it is BYO. And, the burger is the BOMB. You gotta try it. The place is the best value on the LOE.
Superb – Everything that I wanted - Great ambience, great food and great prices. Very homey. Despite the travel (I live upper west side), My wife and I often head downtown for a bite, and Cafe Luise and their crew have NEVER disappointed. Dollar for dollar the best place in New York. Keep doin what your doin guys, cause you're doin it right.
The best mussels – I love, love, love this place! It's soooo cute. My favorite dish is the mussels. They are to die for. You have to come here just for that dish. The owners are very sweet and accomodating. It is definitely worth checking out.
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