I have to say that I am always skeptical of faux brasseries (and what other type of brasserie is there in NYC?). One too many crusty-mirrored, darkly lit - and weeks-old - restaurant has turned me sour on the idea of French neighborhood shabby chic anywhere in Manhattan. However, Cafe Luxembourg has a particular magic in location, decor and energy that make it seem utterly genuine. In the end, the food is what matters, and it doesn?t disappoint. The choices are pleasantly familiar and are all perfectly prepared. A particular favorite of mine is the schnitzel pork chop, but you can?t go wrong with steak frites or ? well, you just can?t go wrong. Expect a mob scene before (and to some extent after) any show at Lincoln Center but rest assured that the staff is efficient and always seems to accommodate reservations on time. Better prices can be found elsewhere - but it is exceptionally consistent and worth the extra bucks.
Pros: atmosphere, Lincoln Center location, consistently good food, a classic
Cons: price, crowded