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Cafe D'Alsace

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1695 2nd Ave (at 88th Street)
New York, NY 10128
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Reviews

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Best

good experience.

Worst

I wonder why I went back to this place a second time after having a horrible experience the first time? Because I'm a sucker, yes. Both times went late (there aren't that many opt...

Terrific Brunch 6/25/2011

Brunch is New York is a tough ticket. Oh so popular, but so hard to find a decent one. Cafe d'Alsace has a fantastic brunch without the crazy long lines. more

Good French for the UES neighborhood 5/23/2011

I live on the UES so of course I love to eat here. This is great...convient place to go. Brasarie atmosphere with small but cool bar to have a glass of wine or quick bite. more

just OK--never returning 8/31/2010

I wonder why I went back to this place a second time after having a horrible experience the first time? Because I'm a sucker, yes. Both times went late (there aren't that many options after 9:00pm in the area that aren't empty at that hour), ordered food that was either late in arriving (main courses spaced too far apart) or just not good. The place was half-empty both times and we were seated at the worst table, next to the kitchen. Where was our food? ""It's on the way."" People came, ate, and went. No apologies from the staff, just a ""it was nice serving you"" to make sure that we would leave a decent tip. We're desperate for a passable French place in the neighborhood, I'll have canned cassoulet next time I have a hankering . , , more

Not the Best Brunch in NYC 7/25/2010

We went to Cafe d'Alsace for brunch because it was close to the Guggenheim. We had plans on seeing an exhibit at the museum and wanted to grab brunch beforehand. \r \r Atmosphere - dated french cafe. \r Service - terrible.\r Food - average.\r \r We both ordered egg dishes and it took at least 30 minutes for our food to arrive. People around us, ordered after, got their food, and left. When we asked the waiter he simply responded, ""yes, its coming."" No apology or explaination. He then turned and returned to the bar to chat with the other staff. This place is expensive for brunch $12 for omelettes, $10 for a mimosa, and $2.50 for coffee. NYC has so many wonderful brunch options and yes, many include at least one drink and coffee. When the food finally came it was ok, nothing special and not worth the 30 minute wait. Or the rude service!\r \r I don't live on the UES so I wouldn't make a special trip here, but even if I did this would not be a neighborhood favorite. more

Excellent French Cafe 5/7/2010

I got a Tour De France gift card and picked Cafe D'Alsace to dine at dinner. It turned out to be a great decision. We started with their bacon salad with poached egg on top. It is excellent. The portion is just enough for two and the bacon in the salad is amazing. I don't know what dressing it is but it is refreshing, perfect for spring/summer. For dinner, I got the skirt steak with pomme frites and my boyfriend got the duck breast. My steak came cut into pieces already and is marinated in red wine sauce and cooked to tender and flavorful. It came with a small bone marrow, which tastes interesting but in a good way. The fries came with garlic mayo which is delicious! The duck breast on the other hand, is also tender and amazing. It comes with a side of steamed vegetable and meshed potato. I absolutely love it too! We are really full by now but since the gift card is $50, I decided to go for dessert too! We got the flourless chocolate cake with a scoop of pistachio ice cream. Man, I think the whole experience is perfect. I would like to come back for some French brunch soon. Pros: Excellent food and superb service more

Awesome 5/2/2010

good experience. more

Festival on the Upper East Side! 10/27/2009

Being from the area, I know whenever I have guests over and we head out to eat Cafe d'Alsace will never let us down. I headed over there with a group of 4 last night and they were having an Apples, Sausages and Beer festival. I was reluctant to shy away from my usual fare but we decided to go for the special, and really it was so special. We shared the Triple Sausages tasting, i think it was about 18 bucks. We got it as a hors d’oeuvre for the table served with potato pure´e, sauerkraut, apples & all types of mustards. It really was perfect with the huge beer menu they had. I recommend this place always, but this festival really was a fall treat. Pros: Upper East Side Gem. Never lets me down Cons: The Festival Ends at the end of the month more

I love this place so much~! 4/30/2009

I met a friend here yesterday and was completely charmed by the sort of shabby-eclectic decor paired with big windows that let in lots of light even on a dreary January afternoon. The cups are big, and the hot chocolate I had was deliciously creamy and not over-sweet. The baristas are friendly but sincere, and the space is nice for people watching, reading, having a quiet chat or getting some work done on your laptop. Overall, it's just your standard charming, neighborhood coffee shop. I hope they stick around.\r \r more

Amazing Ambiance 11/14/2008

Was just at Cafe Dalsece for the first time this past Friday. The service was great...the wait staff was attentive and very familiar with both the wine and food menus.The food was innovative and very yummy. And although I enjoyed the atmosphere I don't know that it was very romantic...but that could have been the company too. I would definately go back Pros: food'service more

Amazing Food 10/2/2008

The food is amazing. Because the flavors are so well thought out, you don't have to order a lot to be satisfied. My friend and I ordered appetizers and soups and it was the perfect amount and price! \r \r I highly recommend their specia lHOMEMADE CHEESE CAKE . Literally the best cheese cake I've had in NY. \r \r The only reason I gave it four stars is because our waiter was very snooty.\r .\r Cons: server more

Un Goût de France 7/8/2008

Pros: Reasonably priced French food. Amazing selection of ales. From the outside, the inside looked... more

Un Goût de France 7/8/2008

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Pros: Reasonably priced French food. Amazing selection of ales. From the outside, the inside looked attractive. Menu was very thorough and offered ... more

Fantastic Beer Selection, Good Food, Nice Outside Seating, Casual French Dining Experience 7/3/2008

Went here a few weeks ago on a Friday night and sat outside... the location on the corner makes for good people watching and a pleasant atmosphere on a summer evening. The beer selection is fantastic -- rivals the bottled wine selection at most restaurants, and it's filled with great possibilities for very reasonable prices. The service was just okay, as it seemed like our waiter was running around a bit so things were sort of slow, but he made every effort to keep us happy and we appreciated that. For apps we ate a goat cheese tatin (really delicious) and a cold gazpacho soup, (a special that did not disappoint -- in fact, the chilled gazpacho was really satisfying on a warm day). Anyway, we went specifically because we heard the burgers were great... and sure enough, they were delicious. They were cooked just as we wanted them, but I wasn't very fond of the muenster/onion combo that came on the burger. The french fries really made up for that though, since they were probably top 5 for french fries that I've ever eaten. But if all you want is a fat, juicy burger and you're in the Upper East Side, I'd just say you should head down to J.G. Melon instead. But if you want to try great beers as well and enjoy a casual French dining experience, then Cafe d'Alsace works great, and I'm looking forward to coming back and trying some of the other entrees that sounded quite enjoyable... Pros: Casual, Excellent Food, Fantastic Beer Selection Cons: Somewhat Slow Service, Muenster/Onion On Burgers more

Fantastic Food, Amazing Drinks & Incredible Beer Selection 5/7/2008

My boyfriend and I were looking for someplace local to go to dinner on a Friday night before joining our friends out. Some friends had recommended Cafe d'Alsace before, so we decided to check it out. The food was fantastic - I had the shrimp and scallops and my boyfriend had the bouillibase. Both were really yummy, and we finished it all! The drinks were great as well - they have an entire drink menu based on champagne pairings. I had the Lychee Bellini and some sort of Strawberry Bellini (that had mini strawberries floating around). My boyfriend went with two beer choices recommended by one of the waitors. We were thrilled with our entire experience! I'd highly recommend it! Pros: Great Food, Amazing Drink Menu and Beer Menu Cons: Can't think of any :) more

Fair 2/22/2008

The place has great food & drinks. No question. But.. it's a little too crowded and way too noisy. You practically have to scream to have a conversation with someone in this place. Also, there is one particular waiter there, (has been there every time I've been there) who is consistently b*tchy and rude to everyone he encounters. \r \r Also not crazy about their 'sharing charge' of $5.00. It's ridiculous. Pros: Great food & drinks Cons: Too crowded, too noisy most of the time, more

Best Brunch in neighborhood, great dessert date spot 1/21/2008

This place is great. The brunch is fantastic and the eggs benedict are the best I have ever had with rosemary potatoes and the French toast also rocks. I have never had a problem with service and go almost weekly in the summer and often in winter. The place can get crowded and sometimes has a wait for brunch. Also a great spot for dessert's - a raspberry tart was piled 4 inches high with fresh berries and my date's chocolate dessert was fantastic. Pros: great food, Cute decor (look at the floors!), don't rush you Cons: strong mimosas, wait for outdoor table in summer more

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE 12/6/2007

I absolutely love this place. It is consistently delicious, for both brunch and dinner. I never really considered myself a lover of German food, but the hearty dishes warm you up and make you feel like your mom is in the kitchen. It's cozy and welcoming, a place you feel like you can have a 2 hour dinner and not feel bad about it. I live around the corner and this place is such a welcome addition. Definitely, definitely try the oxtail entree .... I can't stop ordering it! The croque monsier for brunch is to die for, too. It's also a great place to try beers from around the world. The staff is very knowledgable about all the drinks they serve. Seriously, can't say enough good things. Pros: Cozy, welcoming, amazing alcohol selection, hearty yummy food more

Disgusting Attitude 3/28/2007

The food was mediocre.. sausage came out lukewarm on a bed of clammy saurkraut, the salmon was way past the temp requested. Our waiter could barely understand us and the management was insanely rude! We asked him for a different table since we kept ketting bumped by the stream of workers running in and out of the kitchen. He seemed reluctant to accomodate, but finally, he moved us to an even more crowded table, but not before turning to waitstaff and rolling his eyes at us. Funny thing was.. he did so in front of a mirror, thinking his back was to us. Incredibly rude and unprofessional! more

Best French Bistro in NY 3/15/2007

I came here with my family for dinner and it was fantastic. The Duck breast is especially tasty. I lived in the south of france for months and this was def. just as good. We brought our own bottle of wine ((only 25 dollars for corkage)) but it wasnt necessary because there was a huge selection of wine and beer. The dessert was equally as good - I had the flourless chocolate cake and it was to die for. Service was very professional and atmosphere was very home-y. Make sure to reserve in advance, gets very busy. Pros: Delicious Authentic French Bistro Fare, Service, Wine/Beer Selection Cons: Close Quarters/Tight Squeeze more

Snotty service, mediocre food 3/5/2007

Our waiter was very snotty. The food was mediocre. I don't recommend this place at all. it's too bad that there's nowhere else to go in the 'hood. Pros: One of the few restaurants in the area Cons: Average food, snotty service more
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Owner Message

  • With Cafe d'Alsace, Simon Oren (Nice Matin, Marseille) brings his expertise in regional French dining to the Upper East Side. Chef Philippe Roussel (Montparnasse, Chelsea Bar and Bistro) interprets the cuisine of his father's native Alsace with a contemporary New York flair including harcuterie platter, foie gras terrine, a fine hanger steak and frites. Complementing the cuisine is one the city's most distinguished beer selections - including a dedicated beer sommelier to assist you in selecting the perfect lager, ale or bock to compliment to your meal.

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  • The Scene
    A roaring scene of grownups fills this mustard-colored dining room adorned with a seltzer bottle collection, vintage French beer ads and distressed mirrors reminiscent of a...

  • 9/14/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-11pm Fri 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30pm-12am Sat 5:30pm-12am Sun 5:30pm-10:30pm
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Yorkville, Midtown
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