99 Bank St, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.736551 -74.006370
Mon-Thu 11am-3pm, 6pm-11pm
Fri 11am-3pm, 6pm-12am
Sat 10am-3:30pm, 6pm-12am
Sun 10am-3:30pm, 6pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West Village
Eh. – We went on Friday night, after I found out about "cutbacks" at my office. Enjoyed a lovely glass of wine with the equally lovely bartender, then moved to a table. The service was great except for our waiter, who seemed uninterested in helping us--though we were his ONLY table for at least an hour.
We had some questions about the wine list, in particular a budget-priced Hungarian white. He couldn't tell us anything about it, went to the bar, came back and told us that the bartender said the wine was pretty much as the menu described it. Hmm. Helpful. So, we went with the even more budget-friend Cotes de Rhone. It was drinkable, but I really would have liked to have spent a few more bucks for something interesting. Minimal salesmanship could have gotten us to order the other.
The food was.....eh. A big eh. I have lived in both France and New York for years, and I don't think I can remember ever being served sliced bagged bread at a "french" restaurant in either location. It wasn't even heated. The appetizers (basically baked cheeses on salad) were fine. I mean, you can deep-fry brie and please just about anyone. Entrees=disaster. I went simple with the poulet frites. The chicken was terribly overcooked, and the fries were pathetic. Even my date wouldn't eat them, and this man loves himself some fries. Even the salad was sadly dressed. His salmon and couscous was covered with a sweet sauce that I found cloying, and the fish was overcooked too. I spied on tables around us that had ordered off the regular menu--the food looked equally anemic, including the pricier frites.
Dessert was unusually (almost offensively) large, with the pot-de-creme taking the prize over the limp, unheated apple tart. The coffee we ordered was so burnt that I could smell it before it had even left the waiter's tray. GROSS.
The only time I saw a flash of genuine human interest from our waiter was when he realized that I -- not my date -- would be paying. Pathetic.
French Restaurant-Nice Atmosphere – I took my girlfriend here before a pretty big broadway show. I was off on my timing and we were not going to have enough time to eat. The staff was courteous and quick when it came to serving the food. Everything tasted wonderful, we had some tasty french dishes. I would definitely reccomend this place to anyone. It's really kind of a quiet atmosphere, (not the type of place you go for happy hour). The only thing that might have been off at the time was the selection. The menu really wasn't too large, but all and all I would definitely go back. The food was great.
Romantic.. – so cute and romantic. loved it!! staff was very good,foods were delicious.I would recommend to anyone...I love this place..
Not going back – I?ve only send back food twice in my life, this became the 3rd. I ordered the ?special? surf & turf. Food was cold, lobster was mushy. I asked my friend to try a bite and see if it was just me?he proceeded to take a bite and immediately took it out mouth in a napkin confirming my initial feeling. The waiter took back the dish and asked if I would like to order something else, I was starving so ordered the pasta?a ?safe bet?. After adding a several dashes of salt, I ate all the noodles, and left everything else it came with on the plate. My friend ordered the other ?special? which was described as sea bass on a tomato souffle. It came out looking like 3 mushy pieces of fish on some can chopped tomatoes. (and apparently tasted like it too) She swapped it with another person from our dinner party. After the entree debacle, the waiter advised they wanted to comp me and my friend dessert. We both passed, then he upped the offer to 3 desserts for the table. The rest of the group took the offer, and did not finish dessert. If you want to eat some French bistro food, you're better off heading to French Roast which is a fair place but beats this place any day... Sorry Paris Commune, but you get an D in my book.
Paris Commune on top again! – I found Paris Commune about 9 years ago when it was just a tiny little spot on a few blocks away, serving a pleasant little brunch in a comfy atmosphere. Things have changed a little when they moved into their new space a few blocks away. Like many moves quality suffered, inconsistencies abound and service was deplorable. On a recent visit this weekend we found that things have changed a little and realized how small this city truly is. We were presented a new menu very different then what Paris Commune use to have but it still maintained some of their classics. There was a beautiful drawing of a seductive lady on the back that compliments the atmosphere. There were some new faces and the plesant ones from the past. Then at the bottom of the menu complete with a new Executive Chef. This is where life becomes a little interesting for me at least their new Executive Chef is Carl Butcho. The son of the mega developer and coal tycoon who's offspring shares the same name. This guy also owns a restaurant and hotel consultancy and did a lot of work for one of my business partners. He is very specific and tough and has a strong reputation for turning businesses around, at a ridiculously high rate. We speculated that he was lending his name for the businesses sake. Regardless of any of that you can see a lot of that changes. The menu now has a wide range of choices. I had an espresso steak with a sauce flavored with anise that had the most delicious potato au gratin and my wife had their veal that was sauteed with an assortment of artichokes and other vegetables that was unlike anything we were use to from this place. Perfectly tender fresh and thoughtful. Paris Commune was always a safe place to go for good food. Now it is a great place to go for a true culinary adventure. The menu we were told will change with the seasons. With the power of Mr. Butchos pallet commissioned Paris Commune is most likely assured wild success. Its the best decision they have made in a while.
Dreadful Experience – I've lived in the neighborhood for 15 years and have seen many changes (not all good). I used to go to the old Paris Commune on Bleeker once every couple of weeks. It was consistently pretty good. I stopped going when they moved. Now, I remember why. I went in for brunch on Saturday with 4 people total. They weren't that busy. The hostess appeared high and slurred her speech. She did seat us relatively quickly at a nice table, but then we didn't see a server for 15 minutes. I had to ask the busboy to bring water. When the waiter brought our drinks, he forgot 2 of the 4 (coffees and juice; how difficult could it be?). It was approaching another 1/2 hour for our food to arrive. The hadn't brought a basket of bread or anything - at the old location, I know they served some wonderful little muffins while you waited. I tracked the waiter down and asked for something to tide us over, and he replied that they didn't do that, but maybe he could bring out an english muffin as that's all the bread that they had in the house. The food finally arrived; the fritattas were cold and greasy; the egg dishes were served with a HALF of an english muffin each (not whole) that was drenched in pre-melted butter, but not even toasted.
Incredibly Rude Owner or Manager – Let me say that I love Paris Commune as a restaurant, but the owner or manager was wildly rude. I booked a large party last night for a business dinner and everything was great until apparently we stayed too long. The waiters cleared all the plates before the last person was finished eating! Have you heard of proper table service? Then the manager came over and blatantly told the table that we had to go because he needed the table. People were shocked and appalled after having a very nice dinner. What is wrong with this guy? Why is he ruining a really nice restaurant?
Way too much attitude – We never got to sample the food because of the haughty attitude of the owner. Yes. The person who identified himself as the owner who was extremely rude when he "gently" asked our party to move and accommodate him. Of course he wanted us to move to a noisy part of the restaurant, and we probably would have done it, had he not been so obnoxious and over-bearing. That's ok. The menu looked pedestrian.
Great time – Had a fantastic experience at this place in the W. Village. Was not expecting anything, but ended up having a blast. The food was excellent (tasty Ostrich steak medium rare, juicy Rotisserie chicken and terrific Ceasar Salad. The service was great, the atmosphere was very cool, cozy, laid-back. This place Rocks, I gotta go back and try the brunch.
Easy Way to Do Brunch – We had a large group that had a staggered arrival. Staff was accommodating. French Toast was excellent (made with French bread) and there was plenty. Other members of the party had eggs with salmon, frittata,etc and all remarked on the freshness of the food.
Be sure to order a bloody mary - very peppery.
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