558 1/2 , Broome street @Varick, New York, NY | Directions 1001342.096539 -75.904027
Sun-Thurs 5-10:30 pm, Fri-Sat 5-11:30 pm
A MUST if you're in the city! :) – Very fine cuisine :) I brought my father who was in the city for business here, and though he's a picky eater, he absolutely raved about every dish! I HIGHLY recommend the escargot appetizer... the olive oil sauce it's in was incredible (the bread is there for a reason!). We ordered the Fillet Mignon and Halibut, and both were exquisite (not to mention the complimentary vegetable puree). French cuisine is all about the sauce, and they did a wonderful job. I loved every second of my time here... no question that I am coming back!
Make sure you have a reservation... but, around this time of year, coming in around 5pm on a Saturday w/o a reservation is no problem.
best meal i've had in nyc – I went to la sirene on a monday night (mon+tues, the chef is there). i've heard so many good things about the goat cheese tart and the escargot, that i decided to try it. i normally am not a big fan of cheese or tarts, and i've never had escargot in the past...but hands down...these 2 were absolutely amazing, and quite frankly - the best thing i've ever eaten in my life in NYC. that's a huge statement, but it is 100% true. the escargot was soft, in a olive oil/pesto-esque sauce that i could not just waste - i had to dip the bread in it and it was just finger licking good. the goat cheese tart was the BEST of the best - i can order 2 of those and have them all by myself. we also ordered the lamb in a wine/cream reduction (delicious) and a special with beans/bacon/duck (great, but not exceptional). the 4 veggie sides that come with the entrees are really good as well - the sweet potato mash, pineapple, and 2 other veggies that i don't know the name of but was really tasty. we shared the profitoles for dessert. it was perfect - the vanilla ice cream was really cold and not too hard, not too soft...the chocolate covering them was the real thing - bittersweet quality chocolate. i would recommend this place to everyone - in fact i kinda want to keep it a secret and only tell a few people for fear that it might get too popular, which would make getting seats there more difficult! when i go back, i think i need to have the goat cheese tart and escargot at every visit, and maybe try new entrees - at this point, i think whatever they serve will be absolutely delicious. even when you enter the restaurant - you don't know what they are cooking, but it smells amazing in there. the chef and waitress was so nice and charming. it was really one of the best (if not the best) dining experience i've ever had in NYC.
amazing food and exceptional service – I went to La Sirene on a Tuesday night this past week and for the second time in a row, had an amazing time. The food was absolutely exceptional -- better quality than places I've been to in the city 3 times the price. The service is unparalleled. So here's the story .. it was my friend's bday and I made a reservation sort of last minute -- on the night before. They said that they only have 2 seating times -- 7:00 and 9:30. I told them that I needed to make the reservation at 8 and they agreed saying it would probably work because no one had reserved yet for the 9:30 reservation.
Tuesday comes along and I get stuck at work. I call to tell them I'll be late and see if I can just change to the 9:30 time, and they say that they accidentally wrote my reservation down for Wed instead of Tue and that a group had reserved the whole restaurant for the 9:30 reseservation on Tue. Typically, in NYC, at this point you would be screwed, and argument may take place, and the restaurant wouldnt care. This was the opposite. They put the the chef on the phone and he apologized to me and said we could come back tomorrow and eat entirely for free. But I explained it was for a bday, and he offered to do his best to accomodate me and rush us as little as possible, and give us 50% off our meal... I had no other options so i went with plan B.
When we got there, despite my being late for an 8oclock reservation, they accomodated us and told us they talked to the group and we wouldnt have to move. They were so kind to us and kept apologizing for everything and even sent out extra dishes (all of which were amazing). Then when the group came, they apologized for the noise (which was minimal) and even sent us over a bottle of champagne. Then, on top of everything, they gave us half off on one of the best meals i've had in NYC even after they didn't rush us...
Overall, this place is fantastic and I highly recommend it. 5 star food. 5 star service.
When I got there (which was after 8).
fun night out – had a great meal but more than that, a great night at la sirene. m. didier is a pleasure, in the old-school european way. he watches over the dining room the way an owner-chef, not a celebrity guy, should. the menu was interesting and varied, service was cordial, the food was delicious and well-flavored, and the whole room was just...right. after dinner we had a dissertation from m. didier on quatre epices, on skate preparation, on butter in carrots. gosh, he knows his stuff, and we left happy and full. the portions are very abundant and the food is not light. we probably overordered. but where in the world can a non meat eater get shepherd's pie de mer? i mean, really. i was so happy and full going home that five degrees out didn't trouble me. plus i was radiating enough heat from all those calories. next up: i get the curry mussels.
Wonderful French Bistro – This restaurant came highly recommended from our son and his partner, Vincent, who hosted us for a weekend in NYC. We thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the coziness of La Sirene. We shared the Goat Cheese Tart and the Calamari appetizers among 4 people and found that our palates were being teased as to what was to come.
I, personally enjoyed the Shrimp entree as I was not expecting the subtle spiciness of the dish and was pleasantly surprised. Othres in our party enjoyed the Beef Filet Mignon with Gargonzola, the Pork filet, and Cassoulet. I tasted each of the dishes and enjoyed the rich flavors each presented.
Living in North Carolina, we do not find such hidden treasures as we found in La Siren. Thank you for a wonderful evening
Great experience all around. From food to servers. – We recently had an opportunity to stop by La Sirene for dinner. Our friends have been raving about this place for so long and when we visited NYC this is where, they told us, we NEEDED to go and they were so right.
We were greeted by the hostess and told her that it was our first time visiting and that we had made a reservation and she was happy to seat us right away. "The waitresses here are the nicest" whispered my friend. She also happily offered to take our coats. She later on told us they put the coats downstairs, so everyone can seat comfortably and no one steps on your jacket , which I thought was really sweet.
The BYOB concept is also great as our friend likes to enjoy his very eclectic collection of wine with good friends once in a while and what better way to do it than in a cozy place with great food and an even better atmosphere.For the appetizer we had the pate which was a nicely sized pate with a little salad. It tasted as a good pate should, very rich with a good mix of flavors. And, as could be expected, all of this paired nicely with a glass of red wine. As my main course I had the hanger steak and it was FANTASTIC. The steak was presented thinly sliced and had an incredible aroma and taste to it. I could eat this steak dish every day.
My friend ordered the dessert for us and out came the most interesting dessert I've seen in a long time. Ex explained that those were Profiterolles and they were a house specialty.
Our server, a pretty young woman with interesting tattoos,was good, and seemed to enjoy her work, which makes all of the difference between great service and acceptable service. Plates were cleared promptly, glasses were refilled without asking, and an offer for a second basket of bread was gladly accepted after we had finished the first. I wish I had remembered her name. Overall, each of the employees that we met were really good at making eye contact, and seemed content in their tasks.What a great experience!
Thank you, La Sirene
cancelled my reservation and guess what? – Mr. Pawlicki actually called me today after I cancelled a reservation due to my being ill and wished me well. That was very nice of him to take the time and call when he didn't have to. It says alot about a person. I look forward to eating at his restaurant as soon as I recoup.
My favorite unpretentious French BYOB! – I'm way overdue to write this review as I've eaten at La Sirene so many times that I can't actually keep count of it! I discover this jewel of restaurant about 1.5 year ago and I still love coming back to discover the seasonal menu!
So if you ask me, from the fall menu, I've tried the Gateaux de Crabe (can you tell I'm French???), la Salade de foid de canards sautes (but then again, I LUV duck!), and of course les moules marinieres and escargot a la bourguignone! All of them are delicious and you can't be disappointed with any of those. For the entrees, I tried filet Rossini (not on the menu as it was a plat du jour). I loved it - it took me back to some small restaurant in Lyon! If you are looking for something lighter, go for the Truite de L'Idaho rotie or les crevettes sautees Catalane. Didier told me that I was missing big for not having tried la blanquette de veau and you can be sure that I will go back to try it out! Of course, you need to make sure to try all of those before he changes the menu for the Winter!
Overall, La Sirene is among the best French restaurant in NYC - and come on, how many French BYOB restaurants do you know anyway!?? Just make sure to make a reservation as this jewel definitely got busier!!! Bon Appetit!
I very much appreciate your business. You are such a loyal customer and even if i've been not perfect ... I only get better from comments like yours !!@!
Gros Bisous :)
Didier ( chef owner).
A Unique and Special Place – It was a delightful time! The food was great, the service was charming and pleasant, while anticipating our needs and always available to discuss the menu.
Just love the BYOB concept. Always have!
The chef always made a point to see if everyone was happy. A great experience!
All it's about feelings , if we do make you feel relax, everything will going to be "perfect". Well, I should say Merci Flying Chef :)
My Warm Regards.
Didier ( chef owner)
Delightful restaurant, exceeded expectations!! Highly recommended. – The first I had heard of Sirene was through Bruni's review in the Times, and it looked very intriguing. But considering how quaint and rustic it looked, I wasn't sure quite what to expect! I certainly wasn't expecting such a creative and delicious dining experience. My compliments to the chef (and owner??) and to his delightful staff! They were very helpful in guiding a few neophytes through the menu, letting us know what would work well with our wine. I have always enjoyed mussels, but had thought that white wine sauce was "the way" to go... how little I knew! The chef's on-menu description of the curried mussels had me a little skeptical but I decided to try it anyway, and it was AMAZING! So innovative! I followed the mussels with the duck, which was the best duck I have ever had. The sauce was incredible, the perfect amount of acidity to cut through the richness of the meat, it was perfect! Luckily my friends and I brought some good wine to go along with the delicious meal! The dessert was very good as well, we had a "sabaion" (sp??)... delicious dessert with figs and kiwis baked into it! Overall, I was so, so impressed with the friendliness and warmth of the staff, the creativity of the chef and the delightful (though somewhat "cozy" atmosphere!!). I will definitely be back, and be back soon!
Can do surprises in a positive sens of it :) !
I really appreciate your rewiew , especially recently ... it's helping my creativity and gives me motivations! We started the Fall menu now ... it's a just like Macrosoft ( intentionally),few imperfections to correct and it would be fine in a week :)
Thanks again for displaying such a charming review.
Didier. ( chef owner)
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