340 W 46th St, New York, NY | Directions 1003640.760303 -73.989465
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Theater District restaurant serves ‘60s-style French food.. Nobody looks to Restaurant Row for culinary innovation, and Le Rivage may have the distinction of being the most outdated place even in that gastronomic backwater. In fact, the place is a time machine--a glance backward at what French restaurants were like in the ‘60s and ‘70s, before the first whiff of nouvelle cuisine made its way to New York. The food, like the decor, is heavy--but also delicious. All the old warhorses are here--frog legs, escargot, coq au vin--back like hall of famers at an old timer's game, and still packing a wallop. Just don't come counting calories: There's enough cream and butter in each dish to supply a dairy.
Last real French restaurant – This is not a trendy bistro, or brasserie but an honest to god real french restaurants. Not the same generic menu that you find all over. The food was great with plenty of authenticly prepared classic dishes. The service was very nice and the owner was very visible, how nice for a change.
Will return with friends and even more friends
Bad Experience! – Super low quality food. Chewy and over cooked steaks/meats. Tinny portions. Bad service. Cocky waiters. Overly priced. It's too dark. It's depressing. Creating a romantic atmosphere doesn't necessarily mean too dark. Unless you're creating a cave.
prepare your wallet – The ambience at Le Rivage was good and there was enough space between tables to have a private meal. The service was attentive but not intrusive and the food really was good with a fantastic wine list to match.
I came here for an intimate dinner for two but would also happily bring a bigger group of girl friends to Le Rivage to sample some wine before dinner too. The only con is its a bit overpricey, you should be ready for a real bill.
Great Pre-Theatre French Food – Great french food and fast, attentive service for pre-theatre diners. Dinner menu is prix-fixe and very reasonable. Owners are visible and make sure the waitstaff is paying attention. Charming, casual atmosphere is relaxing and very french. I plan to return.
Great value for excellent food – I made a reservation for a party of 8 and we were seated promptly. The staff and manager were very friendly. The prix fixe menu has a large variety to choose from. Food was excellent, especially the roasted duckling! Will definitely go back and recommend.
Go with the Prix Fixe – I went with my family and my dad got the bill, but I still went with the Prix Fixe menu. First, the service was wonderfully proud. When asked for a recommendation, our server said, "Well, this is a French restaurant, so of course the duck." The coat check costs a dollar. I had the duck terrine as appetizer and it was wonderful. The chicken cordon bleu was a little rich in the sauce department, but overall very tasty. The cheesecake was not particularly memorable, a tad on the flakey side, but I had a bite of my sister's mousse and found it to be not too bland, not too rich--just right. Our beaujolais nouveau was good as well, but I noticed a bit pricey.
Nice French dining – Charming & traditional French restaurant. Good food and service. Prix Fixe menu is the way to go!
$35 for large appetizer (large selection), salad, and choice of many, many entrees. Duck was good, lamb chops were really nice. Price included dessert & coffee.
If you go after 8:00 p.m., the price is only $25. Where in NYC can you eat all that for good prices?
Best Traditional French – My inlaws introduced my wife and I to Le Rivage more than 25 years ago. I can assuredly say that in that time, Marcel and Paul have never created nor served a bad meal to us or any of our guests. In fact, if Paul knows we're coming, he'll prepare his famous Le Rivage peas as a side dish for us. The wait staff has always been pleasant, helpful and professional. We have recommended Le Rivage to family, friends and business associates because of the food and price value of the meals. My children now frequent the restaurant as well when they are in NYC. There has always been a table for my wife and I after the schlep in from Jersey with one exception when we forget to make a reservation (only one of many times with no reservation). I do strongly suggest a reservation, especially for pre-theatre dining. And, we have brought our theatre groups in for luncheons on many occassions and they, too, become patrons. Not only is the decor cozy, but in my opinion, Marcel treats all his guests as if they are long time patrons. Le Rivage is a must dining experience, especially if you're on a budget for gourmet french or a simply great meal.
BEST TO MAKE RESERVATIONS ON WED. MATINEE DAY – WE HAVE BEEN GOING TO LE RIVAGE FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS. NEVER HAD A BAD OR SO SO MEAL . ALWAYS GREAT. SERVICE IE COURTEOUSAND ABOVE THE PLATES ARE NOT THROWN ON THE TABLE, BUT PLACED WITH A WARNING THAT THE PLATES ARE HOT. MEALS ARE NOT RUSHED AND AMPLE TIME IS GIVE TO EACH PERSON TO ENJOY THE MEAL. WINE LIST IS GREAT.
My favoite restrurant in New York City – I am a resident of New Jersey and I look forward to our occasional visits to New York City. Whether it is to go to a museum, shop or attend a play, my visit is never complete without going to Le Rivage, my favorite restaurant. Over the years, I have introduced many of my friends to this charming restaurant in the heart of the theatre district and we have never been disappointed.
I most always order the duck, because I have never found another restaurant that could match the preparation of this delicious dish. When I find a good thing, I stick with it! While I have tried several of the other entrees and have enjoyed each one as well, I still consider the duck to be my favorite.
The decor at LeRivage allows for a very pleasant relaxing dining experience. If you are going to a show, the waitress generally will inquire if you need to leave at a certain time and with their friendly ,efficient service we have never missed a curtain call!
Thank you LeRivage for many enjoyable meals, we look forward to returning for more!
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