81 Ludlow St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.717867 -73.989475
Monday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Excellent French bistro – Fantastic! The staff was friendly and attentive. Prices are reasonable. Order the Steak Bearnaise! And they have Leffe Blonde on tap!!
not wowed AT ALL!! – this is my first review but i had to say something about this terrible experience. first: service was rude and patronizing. second: food was barely edible; i couldn't eat my dish and was hungry half an hour later. third: place was deserted. fourth: everyone at my table was disappointed. i wanted to leave the restaurant immediately and i will never return.
food is awful, service is worse – We live in the neighborhood and decided to give it a try for lunch--BIG MISTAKE! Two out of four orders came out wrong (the place was not busy at all) and the french, poser waiter stubbornly insisted that it was our fault. The ravioli was almost raw and the rest of the dishes ranged from mediocre to horrible. Atmosphere is pathetic. You're better off going to Jin, the Japanese place down the street or Barrio Chino if you don't mind the crowd. You're even better off getting a sandwich at 88 Orchard, the coffee shop across the street.
Terrible drinks, food, service – M and I were warmed by the friendly reception and the quick attention, but when we complained about things -- we asked for drinks with no rose's lime juice and got nothing but rose's lime juice, the smiles continued as the same flawed drinks were brought back to us three times. The food was underprepared to say the least. And expensive!
maximum icky – I grew up in NYC and have had my share of horrible meals, but last night truly ranks up (or down) there with the worst of them. It was like the cooks had never cooked in their lives before. I ordered a grilled squid salad only to discover that the squid heads had not been cleaned and still had all of their mushy innards. Then my friend and I had ordered a hamburger to split. The hamburger was RAW. The inside wasn't even warm! We sent it back and my friend said, I bet they give us the same burger. Sure enough, they had piled all the bits (that we had cut apart) back in the skiddle and gave it back to us haphazardly piled on a new bun! When we complained, the waitress snapped at us "You expect us to throw away FOOD?" and charged us full price for everything ($15 for a raw burger--not a bargain!). I won't even go into how disgusting our cocktails were--made with the cheapest sweet mixes even though we specifically requested fresh juice. We sent them back only to get the same exact drink again. I will never eat there again.
Great french food bistro style – I went to Casanis few times already, and i have to say that i had a spectacular time. The place is gorgeous, it fells like being in Paris, the food is EXCELLENTE. The chef is the same than the former Casanis on 1st street, that we all remenber, of course. The service is good, and attentive. The music is pleasant, Really, Casanis is becoming to be my favorite french spot in NYC.
Last sunday, for brunch, we sat down in the outside terrasse, it was Lovely. Congratulations.
Horrible Customer Service, OK food – We went to Casanis with a group of friends the other night and were extremely disappointed with the place. The service was simply horrible. They took forever to take our order and after one hour of having ordered they came back and told us that the plate that 3 people at our party had ordered was not available because they had run out of Tuna. It should not take any restaurant 1 hour to determine whether they have tuna or not. The food then took another half an hour to arrive. Overall, we spent over 3 hours in the restaurant where the service was horrible. The food was not bad and desserts were particularly good but it is not worth it. There are many other French restaurants in the city that serve excellent food and have good service.
Delightful! – Best friend and I went there for a wonderful dinner. Perfect date spot. Or catch up with your best friend spot. Everything was perfectly done. Service was attentive but not annoying. Food was very fresh. Loved it. Great prices.
surprisingly terrible meal – This is the first time I have ever written a restaurant review on CitySearch. I had such a bad experience last night that I just had to post something. We live on the lower east side and we were thrilled to see Casanis open. We had planned to make Casanis our regular joint. We had dinner there and my husband and I were so disappointed. First of all, it was a deserted on a Friday at 8 pm so we should have been suspicious. The service was on the slow side. My husband ordered the Steak au Poirve and I had the Steak Bernaise. His was just awful; filled with grizzle. Mine was less terrible but barely edible. We were so disappointed and remarked that the two cuts of meat were so bad, we would not cooked them at home, much less expect to be served such an awful piece of meat at a new restaurant which should be trying to make a name for itself. We also ordered salads to start. Frisee is a quintessential french salad so the chef should know how to approximate it at the very least. He didn't. Cafe Charbon is around the corner and so is Les Enfants Terribles. Both are much better choices. We will not return to Casanis.
Disappointing – I was excited to see a new French place open in the neighborhood but was disappointed when I tried it. The service was extremely slow and inattentive and the food was only mediocre. Needless to say I don't plan to return. It might be fine for a drink, but I wouldn't eat there unless things have changed dramatically since then.
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