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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Le Parisien-- Comes with a Warning...

I had to debate with myself whether to show this place or not.

In its favor--raves for being authentically French and how good the food is and most people really like the owners.

That said, one man says it flunked one health inspection ( hope that has been taken care of,--I would check) and another says they tried to rip him off with his credit card somehow.

Well, Yelp is where everybody gets everything off their chests and is just the sort of place to complain if you feel the place sucks, I know I certainly would, in fact I believe I have, I just can't remember what it was I complained about, too long ago.

Read the reviews are decide for yourself: I am in no way endorsing this place, just letting you know about ( a disclaimer!) 

Le Parisien

4.0 star rating
285 reviews Rating Details
Category: French
163 E 33rd St
(between Lexington Ave & 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10016
Neighborhoods: Midtown East, Murray Hill, Kips Bay
(212) 889-5489
Make a Reservation
Nearest Transit Station:
33 St (4, 6, 6X)
28 St (4, 6, 6X)
Grand Central - 42 St (7, 7X)
Good for Kids:
No
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Parking:
Street
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
No
Price Range:
$$
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Delivery:
No
Take-out:
Yes
Waiter Service:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Good For:
Dinner
Alcohol:
Beer & Wine Only
Noise Level:
Average
Ambience:
Casual, Intimate, Romantic
Has TV:
No
Caters:
No
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

Review Highlights   What's this?

  • "Bistrot steak frites with a red wine thyme sauce, glazed shallots." In 28 reviews
  • "Great lil find in the heart of Murray Hill." In 27 reviews
  • "We loved the Grilled Artichoke salad and the Thai Pei Mussels." In 47 reviews
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284 reviews in English

  • Review from

    • 0 friends
    • 11 reviews
    7/22/2013 Seated via OpenTable
    This is the real deal.  If you are looking for true French food Le Parisien is the place to go.

    My wife had the duck confit and said it tasted just like it is prepared in France.  She is a French teacher and travels to France often.

    I had the bistro steak and it was great.  It was more like chateaubriand then anything else!
  • Review from

    7/16/2013
    Adorable little French bistro in Murray Hill.

    Came here for Bastille Day with two friends an had a delicious dinner. We shared the Marseilles mussels, steak tartar, and duck confit, along with a great bottle of white wine.

    The restaurant is a little in the small side (~10-15 tables) so be sure to make a reservation ahead of time!
  • Review from

    • 29 friends
    • 40 reviews
    7/13/2013
    This is a great brunch restaurant. Their weekend menu has a prix fix deal that includes a mimosa, a coffee, or Bellini with your meal.

    I ordered the croque monsieur. It was very tasty and I enjoyed it a lot. It also came with a salad on the side. The bread was awesome, the service was great, and the mimosa was pretty legit.

    It can get a little crowded during lunch so go around 12:30 or earlier if you want to be seated quickly. Also, the place can get a little loud. Small place. Lots of people trying to have a conversation. So if one table starts getting loud, everyone just ends up screaming at their friends while they talk.

    Therefore, if you eat here. Keep your voice down for the rest of us. Don't scream at your friends. Love them, softly... Thank you!
  • Review from

    7/26/2013
    The food was good and the atmosphere very nice - but unfortunately the NYC heath inspection reveals several serious violations -
    http://www.nyc.gov/html/…

    Violations recorded in the following area (s) and a Notice of Violation issued at the reinspection conducted on 07/22/2013.
    "Critical" violations  
    Violation points: 19

    Sanitary Violations
    1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
    2) Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility's food and/or non-food areas.
    3) Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.
    4) Mechanical or natural ventilation system not provided, improperly installed, in disrepair and/or fails to prevent excessive build-up of grease, heat, steam condensation vapors, odors, smoke, and fumes.
  • Review from

    7/7/2013 4 photos Seated via OpenTable 1 check-in here
    I haven't been to France in almost 8 years (a little piece of me just died just having said that), but La Parisien came pretty close to bringing me back without the use of teleporting.

    Don't know why but I was expecting more of a romantic high end atmosphere... and I'm glad that it wasn't. The mood was casual yet intimate and had a certain je ne sais quoi with its vintage posters, café furniture and candles. It reminded me of all those little bistros I would pop into for a meal while running around gay Paris (pronounced "PAH-ree" of course). The owners are French so when it comes to generating that French bistro feel, they know what they're doing.

    One look at the menu and I was hooked. Steak? Duck? Mussels? Tartare? Check, check and double check. Heck, they even have escargot. I don't eat snails though; I had too many of them as pets as a child. Still, they got 'em.

    Appetizers

    -Duck Prosciutto with Melon and Fennel Salad: To start, I had this special. Although the duck was tasty and the melon ripe and juicy, I just wish there had been more of le quack. Oh well.

    -French Onion Soup: My friend ordered this for his appetizer. I was able to steal a hearty spoonful of the broth/cheese/bread combo and thought it was superb. Just how I remembered it.

    Entrees

    -Duck Confit with Crispy Potatoes, Mushrooms and Frisée Salad: The potatoes weren't particularly crispy but the duck skin sure was! Crispy on the outside and juice dark meat on the inside on top of a fresh bed of frisée and thinly sliced mushrooms. My only qualm was that portion was on the small side as well. I guess they guard their duck very closely here.

    -Steak Tartare with Salad and French Fries: Definitely my favorite of the night and the LARGEST of all the entrees. They present you with a giant slab of perfectly seasoned raw beef with a raw egg yolk on top in it's shell alongside a bed of fresh greens. Oh and they give you a hearty serving of delicious, crispy fries. If you love steak tartare this entree is your best bet! It satisfies all of your cravings. Ok my cravings.

    After all of this food, I had to forgo the dessert menu even though the items looked delicious. Other diners around me kept ordering the crème brûlée which I kept hearing was fantastic. Service throughout by our lovely French waiters was attentive but not overly so. I also loved the selection of wines by the glass which were posted on the giant chalk board near the front. Love that they have wines from Cote du Rhone.

    La Parisien has definitely become my go to French restaurant that won't cost me my first born. They have a $13.95 brunch special that I really want to check out but let's be honest, unless they decide to serve steak tartar at that time, I'm coming back for dinner first.
    • Duck prosciutto with melon
    • French onion soup
    • Duck confit with crispy potatoes,mushrooms and frisée salad
    • Steak tartar (French fries not shown)
  • Review from

    7/29/2013
    Family lunch... french style!!  Excellent food, wonderful service. and great atmosphere! A little small but just adds to it!
  • Review from

    • 2 friends
    • 32 reviews
    7/22/2013 1 check-in here
    I found Le Parisien as I was searching online for affordable brunch in NYC. I'm a visual learner, so the pics of the food looked amazing. We decided to give it a go. When we arrived we were greeted immediately and seated. I had the salmon benedict and it was really really good. The eggs were poached perfectly. I will definitely go back and try their dinner menu.
  • Review from

    7/16/2013 1 check-in here
    I really enjoyed this place. The atmosphere was quaint and they had a nice selection of wine and food to choose from. I had the salmon which was amazing and some pomme frittes. We also enjoyed the wine list and the staff was very helpful in making selections.  This was a good experience all around. Thanks for reading and enjoy.
  • Review from

    6/18/2013
    After suffering a withdrawal from the brasserie-life of Paris, my wife and I were delighted to discover this little spot. Service was prompt, decor was nice (a little over the top) and most importantly, the food was exactly what I was looking for.

    Escargot - 6 on a classic serving tray. Quite large. Very tasty
    & Mussles (moules marinières) is the quintessential French holiday dish.

    Prices seem reasonable, though I really dislike this neighborhood. Had the location been in LES (or downtown in general), I'd bump it up to 4 stars.
  • Review from

    6/17/2013 1 photo 2 check-ins here
    Very neat and authentic little french place owned by a french couple. It made me feel as if I am in Paris.

    Would recommend the escargot, the mussels, daily fishes, and also the duck...none of them are the best in the city, but all are above average at very resonable prices.

    Also has a very friendly wine list that offers 10-15 different selections, not great, but pairs fine with its family setting and atmosphere.

    Their desserts were great too, I have had the apple tart and the cream brulee thus far and would return and order them again and again!
    • Onion soups
  • Review from

    • 78 friends
    • 66 reviews
    6/17/2013 2 check-ins here
    Can i have a little skate with my ammonia?

    Skate was so ammoniated the fumes shot through my nose and singed my brain. Saw someone else send back escargots. Whhyyyy is this place so popular?

    +1 star for prompt service and the authentic ambience. But ammoniated skate is unforgivable.
  • Review from

    6/25/2013 1 check-in here
    I am not a huge fan of American brunch...and this place does not meet the standards of the best brunch places I have been to in NYC...So, in terms of food, this place is average.

    However, I would like to say it is a very quaint place, the setting is a bit traditional. The manager (maybe?) appears to be French.

    The service is definitely nice, they are very attentive -- I did not try any sangria myself, but my dining buddy definitely enjoyed it.

    For $13.95 including brunch + sangria/mimosa/coffee, it's not a bad deal in NYC.
  • Review from

    • 21 friends
    • 28 reviews
    5/27/2013 2 photos 1 check-in here
    My overall experience here was very  enjoyable. With a reservation at 7pm on a Friday night, I was happily seated 10 mins earlier while waiting for my friends to arrive.

    The wine here is really inexpensive. A not-so-fancy bottle of wine starts at $35, which is almost unheard of in the area.

    I would highly recommend the mussels. Great portion to share and is accompanied by a side of fries.

    All entrees we had were pleasant. The steak frites and duck confit were very well executed.

    The desserts were not as impressive.
    • Duck confit
    • Bacon wrapped Pork loin