1309 3RD Ave Ste 1, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.771466 -73.958990
Mon-Fri 5 pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11 pm
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
Love It! – Bistro! Been going here for ages! Definitely not a 5-star restaurant, so lets keep that in mind, because even similar restaurants that aren't 5-star, like Orsay, charge a heck-of-a lot more for similar foods too! The food, however, is absolutely amazing.
One thing I noticed with other reviewers is that they tend to complain on how the dishes were served. I'm pretty sure all of their dishes on their menu are fully detailed, so you pretty much get what you read off the list. The steaks are seriously some great competition to other steakhouses, and their secret recipe steak sauce is out of this world. Seriously stressing that sauce. I come in here sometimes just for their sauce. Period.
They have decent seating, with enough elbow room, but on busy nights it tends to get crowded and I mean BUSY. But theres also a reason why they're busy, right?
Service is pretty good. Once again, no 5-star service, but the staff definitely has a sense of humor and they're always attentive and polite.
I went in the other day and had their Roquefort Cheese Salad and the Filet Mignon Au Poivre with Pommes Frites. For dessert: I had the Chocolate Mousse. I hit heaven.
Wines are reasonably priced and they even have a few international wines from Italy and Australia, although I'd stick to their French and Californian selection.
For a neighborhood corner spot, this is definitely by far my favorite restaurant in UES. Really good food, awesome prices for what you get, and you leave full and happy.
I don't know what other reviewers went through, but this place never disappoints, and is always a recommendation coming from me.
Yummy Brunch – Stopped in one Sunday morning because their brunch menu looked pretty extensive and had cheap cocktails. The food was excellent (the potatoes are AMAZING!) and the staff is courteous and attentive. I have gone back several times and never had a negative experience. I sent friends there (including a group of out-of-towners in town for a bachelorette party weekend. -- note: their group of ~20 people ALL loved it).
Good Steak – Space is tight at this busy upper east sider, especially on a warm Saturday evening in Spring. But a reservation will get you a nice table by the open window of the enclosed sidewalk cafe.
The menu, as the name suggests, mixes French bistro fare with some steakhouse classics and offers a nice variety from which to choose. We started with the warm goat cheese tart served with roasted tomatoes on top and drizzled with olive oil. Rich and delicious. For slightly lighter fare, the beet & goat cheese salad was perfectly dressed and seasoned. It was a special that we were told makes a frequent appearance and which we'd happily have again. For entrees, we tried the New Zealand lamb served with mashed potatoes. Tasty but average and the sauce didn't add to the dish. The filet au poivre with pommes frites, however, was exceptional. Perfectly cooked meat, luscious creamy peppercorn sauce and hot crispy shoe string fries. A bit rich after the goat cheese tart...but worth it. Dessert, unfortunately, disappointed. The valrhona flourless chocolate cake sounded too tempting to pass up but what arrived, though generous, was dry and difficult to eat.
Service was fast, friendly and efficient and dessert notwithstanding, we'd go back for that steak.
Good food, cooked well – We went late on a Tuesday night, after the main dinner rush. I opted for sea scallops with a mushroom ragout, which was genuinely excellent - it's hard to get a decent scallop, but these were perfect, with the ragout making a wonderful accompaniment. This is high praise, as I am not a mushroom fan. My husband had the 10oz steak with frites, plus the house steak sauce. The meat was not heavily-seasoned, but it was certainly tender, of good quality, and cooked exactly as requested. The steak sauce was fabulous. Perhaps a little too fabulous. I laughed until I cried when our wonderfully quirky waitress deliberately positioned the ketchup as far away from us as possible (curling her lip when mentioning its unfortunate presence at table), with the steak sauce pushed right against my husband's plate and patted (yes, patted!) for good measure - but we were very glad that we took the monster hint and tried it. We were seduced into dessert and the inevitable, yet fresh and well-made, espresso - the flourless chocolate torte was really good, while the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake was a great concept, but possibly a little too sweet. Quality service, though sometimes the staff were a little too attentive - and a welcoming and friendly atmosphere prevailed overall. We'll certainly be going back for seconds.
Great Steak with original sauce, excellent value – This place is a great find,,,,the atmosphere is cozy and very "bistro-y".....I like it, very neighborhood.....
The House Salad is so simple and always great....THe steaks are delicious...cooked to perfection with a very special house steak sauce.....I think the value, epecially for Steak is very much appreciated.
The fish dishes are also very good, and the wine suggestions are right on!!!!
So-so steaks – We've been here a few times and have been consistently disappointed. French steak is usually so much more flavorful than this. In addition, I've had to send it back a few times because it was OVERcooked. I like my meat a la Francaise, ie black and blue, and they just don't seem to get it. Worse, the actual quality of the meat is not that good. And they're supposed to be a French place????
Wine list is generally OK, it's kind of hard to find something not from an off-vintage or a lower-level producer.
Service is OK, not great.
There are so many better French places (Bandol, Orsay, Payard, Brasserie Julien...) in the neighborhood, why waste my money and time here?
Less Than Great – Live nearby in the neighborhood so stopped by for dinner on a Tuesday night around 8. My friend and I were the only diners under the 50-70 age range. Food was ok, but nothing to write home about. My fish was dry and not very flavorful, and my friends steak was juicy, but a little burned on the outside. Ambience on the covered outer deck was colorless and boring and I was generally disappointed with the place. Orsay one block over is a better option for French fare in the neighborhood.
Great Find – Bistro Le Steak is a great neighborhood restaurant and the food is good too. I had Steak Frites and the roquefort salad and both were really good. I also had a martini and it was nice as well. The atmosphere is cute - just like a french bistro and the service was great. There was no attitude at all either. Now, I have had better steaks, but this is convenient and not hard to get in to. This is great for a low key night and I will definitely go back. Prices good too.
good swordfish – my girlfriend had the swordfish which was outstanding. She is a big swordfish fan and really enjoyed her meal. I had the filet which was good but nothing wonderful. The service was excellent.
Great Neighborhood Place – It is true that bistro le steak is not the most amazing steakhouse I have ever gone to but it is a wonderful place in my neighborhood that I enjoy going to for spontaneously special occasions and anytime I want a reliably good piece of meat (the filet mignon is great) in a classy but not stuffy atmosphere. Try the crab cakes as well.
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