65 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.728102 -73.986166
Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-4:30pm
Brunch Sat-Sun 11am-4:30pm
Diner Tue-Thu 4:30pm-11:30pm,
Fri-Sat till 12am
Sun-Mon till 11pm
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
I will not recommend it to anyone – We went there on Friday night, 3 French people. We ordered 2 specials and one duck confit (which was not confit at all) The food was OK, nothing out of the ordinary.
The first bottle of wine was great, the second needed more air to taste as good as the first. The waiter kept pouring out wine, I had to tell him to stop as I was becoming really annoyed.
Then came the bill with an automatic gratuity of 20%!!! Did you guys think we were tourists?! The menu says that they can charge an automatic gratuity of 20% for parties of 6 or more... we were only three people!
And it's true that the music is too loud and that you have to scream if you want to talk - even though we were close to the exit.
It was a really bad experience and I will not recommend this place to anyone.
Good brunch – The breakfast/brunch has been great both times I have been here. Favorites include the eggs benedict and mimosas. The music keeps you bopping along while you eat but if you don't like loud music, ask for a table further away from the band or down the back. Good place for brunch because it has a lively vibe.
Nice place but – the food was nice.. but the live Jazz band was too loud.. we had to scream to be heard and even then we were not able to hear each other.. also one of the waiters serving us for some reason did not want to help with our wine selection..
Racism at Jules – We recommend that you pass this message on and do not go to Jules again. As a group of 4 African Americans we were provided a check that included gratuity on it (though the policy is such that this is only to happen with large parties). When I inquired, I was told that the waitress thought that we were "foreigners." To make matters worse, tables that had received the check around us (which were filled with non-people of color) did not have this amount placed on their check. We have eaten at Jules for years--and tipped generously--yet, we will never eat there again and encourage you to go to one of the many other delicious, and inclusive french bistros in the city.
French Bistro with a real Parisian feel! – What can I say? I come to Jules maybe six times a year now because I have kids and live in midtown. I've spent my younger days eating all over St. Marks and the East Village and Jules is just one of those places that has kept the food, staff, music and all around vibe great and in tact. I love this place! These days I go more for brunch and I had a great meal there a few weeks ago, I even remember the band, "Lip Bone", an amazing jazz dude that plays horn...ahhh, without a horn. What more can you ask for? Great food, a decent wine list and they're even spotting great music for us. Oh_and if you go alone, just bring a copy of your favorite Henry Miller book...that will really complete the vibe.
Hey whatever happened to Uri? The fantastic wigged out accordian player that played everything from Bach to Bond? See you there!
Great French Bistro – This is a authentic French bistro with usual flavors but with good execution. Onion soup was delicious and also steak frites. Their wine selection is very good.
It is packed with little accessories which may be too much strain on the eye, but it is comfortable. Service is OK
Great Spot in the East Village! – I live in the neighborhood and have been going to Jules for several years now. They always have a great jazz band in the evenings and we take our of town guest regularly. Their menu is authentic french cuisine and they have a great wine list. We really enjoy their bunch as well on the weekends when you can sit outside. Definitely an East Village gem!
One of the Most Disturbing Dining Experiences I Have Ever Had. – So, I had a good friend come to the city and 5 of us decided to try Jules Bistro. We made reservations, arrived on time, ordered multiple bottles of wine, extra drinks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert. We consumed a full, what was fun, meal. Music was too loud for my taste but I guess some people like that. So the bill comes, we pay, tip the full 20% and then the manager walks over and asks us to leave the table because he has another party waiting. By now, it is 11pm. My friend had just paid the bill not 5 minutes before. Now, I have been asked to get up from tables at busy restaurants before, but never have I been asked to get up from a table after spending upwards of $90 (individually) on a dinner that was mediocre at best. My friend responded quite calmly, "We'll get up when we're done." The manager launched into a tirade claiming we had been sitting there too long (of course, this is conveniently AFTER we had paid the check). After the manager literally got in my friend's face (complete with accidental spitting), my friend finally lost her cool and proceeded to tell him how rude he was being. He then snatched everything off the table and told us to "never come back again...I don't ever want to see you in my restaurant again...get out." I was stunned. In fact, as a woman, I have never had a man be so verbally abrasive to me. It was actually quite strange how rude, abrupt and combative the man was in public and as a supposed figureheard of the restaurant. The only funny thing was, no one else in the restaurant noticed the melee because it was SO LOUD in there. Would NEVER go back nor would I recommend this place to anyone else who wants a pleasant meal without spitting managers.
Major Service Issues – What I thought would be a promising restaurant turned out to be a poor experience. The steak frites I ordered medium rare was entirely gray and inedible. When I informed the waitress, she insisted medium rare meant a dull pink pinpoint in the very center of the steak, and then she walked away without waiting for my response or offering to check with the chef. I am not a food critic, but I know enough to know what is medium rare. Despite eating none of my steak, the waitress refused to do anything to remedy the situation. I had to call the manager who nicely offered to not charge us. Even if the cooking of the steak was not the waitress' fault, she should have at least tried to do something about my complaint. The restaurant itself is pleasant but not a 3-star restaurant, but then again is not Sizzler and I expect some decent measure of service. After I talked to the manager, the waitress gave us champagne - too little too late.
tipping advice – uh... this is a friendly reply to the review below. well, how do i say it...... the average tip is 18 to 20% (that is if you enjoyed your dinner and service was good). if you had any problems with your waiter - then you can leave him/her less.
sorry, but 10% on a bill that was higher than 100$ - that is just not right........
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