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Indochine

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430 Lafayette Street (at Between 4th Street and Astor Place)
New York, NY 10003
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(212) 505-5111
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Reviews

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Best

Nothing to add, the food - the space - the ambience speaks loud on its on.

Worst

Indochine was o-kay. The hostess was very rude from the beginning after she realized that she had taken the wrong time for my reservation. The service was unfriendly and we were...

Extraordinary as usual..... 8/7/2010

Nothing to add, the food - the space - the ambience speaks loud on its on. more

Awesome food, great atmosphere, great location 12/7/2009

We just love this place. The food is always great, it's right near great nightlife, and it's bigger than your average east village restaurant so you don't feel suffocated sitting 3 inches from the person next to you that you don't know. The prices are reasonable, and the drinks are great too! Pros: food, atmosphere, location more

Classic! 3/6/2009

We walked in on a Friday night prime time without a reservation so we got lucky and grabbed two seats at the bar. We haven't been to Indochine I'm a few years and I was curious to see if they were still as good as ever. And they actually were even better than I remembered. The appetizers were very good and the flavors exciting. The entrees were just as flavorful. The service was very professional and friendly. Even though we had dinner at the crowded bar, we were taken good care of thanks to the attentive bartender. We will be back more often and next time we'll make reservations, but stop first for a drink at the bar more

Classic! 2/12/2009

Dinner at Indochine in a real experience. Food is good, staff is friendly and gorgeous, the lighting is dimmed to perfection and you never know who will be at the next table. more

The perfect dinner 2/12/2009

My experience was exactly the opposite of green frog. The service was impeccable, food was great and portions were a nice size. I really recommend ordering the grilled eggplant appetizer and the spicy chicken entree! As an added bonus, we spotted Coco Rocha, Tyson Beckford and Amy Sacco in the house. more

unfocused service staff, big portions 1/21/2009

i sat at the bar, waiting for the rest of my party to arrive. 15 minutes after i ordered, and still no drink. by this time, my friends arrived and we were seated -- so i saved the $12 for my would-be cocktail. once at the table, the waitstaff mixed up the appetizer, entree AND after-dinner drink. above average food, and the portions were almost family-style sized. if only they could get the service together... Pros: portion size Cons: service staff more

I LOVE INDOCHINE 9/20/2008

I HAD DINNER AT INDOCHINE LAST NIGHT AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVED!\r BEAUTIFUL WAITRESS! \r GREAT SERVICE,\r GREAT FOOD!, \r GREAT MUSIC TOO!\r EVERY TIME I GO TO INDOCHINE I SEE A CELEBRITY AND YESTERDAY WE SAW SUPERMODEL IMAN! \r THIS RESTAURANT IS ALWAYS FABULOUS! more

over-priced mediocre food 8/15/2008

i have to say the only good part of this restaurant was the ambiance (even this wasn't spectacular) and the nice hostess in the front. i ordered a duck salad dish as an appetizer, and the duck was so overcooked and hard. not only that but the salad was so overpowered with the dressing that i couldn't taste the actual contents of this dish. i ordered a fish dish wrapped in banana leaf and again, fish was over-cooked. flavor was mediocre to say the least. i honestly had better food in any take-out place, rather than here. i would not come here again, nor would i recommend it to anyone. for their price tag, the least i expect is good food and they did not provide that. now i know better! Pros: nice hostess Cons: overcooked, mediocre food, price more

Nightmare Hype 7/23/2008

Although I had put the stroller in the reservation, and had confirmed it with their caller, they never mentioned the two sets of stairs that have to be mounted, never offered to help with the stroller, and made us wait ten minutes at the host stand while they figured out where to put the stroller. Then they seated us in the stupidest location, the center of traffic where every server and guest knocked my chair on their way in and out, in and out. Just don't even think of eating there unless you have a booth, they looked comfortable and even possibly romantic- as you could get close enough to your date to speak without SHOUTING over the music. There were two children there - very well behaved, both yawning at their respective tables. Reading the other reviews I see this place is best for it's night ""scene"" if that's what you are into- but please don't say its about the food. Or the drinks. We ordered their Mojito and a Bellini and their Black and Blue. The Mojito was so bad we did not drink it. We had to ask to have it removed from the bill. The Bellini was nice. We canceled the Black and Blue because it was so hard to eat our meal while being battered by passers-by. We couldn't wait to get out of there. The crab cakes fell apart and into the sauce. (Why bother to wrap disposable chopsticks in a napkin?) Appetizer duck dish you could get at any Chinese delivery. The January reviewer should know that this time the Bass and the Duck were on the menu, and they were both only fair. Bass served on an odd log of ginger, it's so dark you can't see what you are eating with your cheap chopsticks. I did not even finish the duck entree - which is unlike me. By this time my stomach was upset. Our server Kim was the only great part - but even she got flummoxed and forgot our desserts. We took them to go and plan to give them away, not interested. Sorry to admit, its 7 hours later and I still have gas. Boy am I glad I only paid $35! Cons: loud, uncomfortable, mediocre food more

J'adore! 5/5/2008

From the Beverly Hills Hotel-esque banana leaf walls to the perfect pineapple capirihnas, Indochine remains one of my top 5 favorite places to go in Manhattan. The service is attentive, the lighting is super-flattering, the music is always up-to-date, the atmosphere is a perfect mix of louche downtown decadence and uptown propriety and most importantly, the food is delish. I try to go at least once a week for spring rolls and a bloody mary (extra horseradish) and always run into friends from the worlds of fashion, cinema and journalism. The genius of the place is its ability to be simultaneously as appropriate for dinner with mom as it is for a raunchy, boozy, slut-tastic night out with your friends. My only complaint is that the bathroom is too small. The place is always so full of people that you end up having to wait, which is never a good thing after a few pineapple capirihnas (or bloody marys). Pros: romantic, senusal, fun..... Cons: always busy more

LOVE 2/13/2008

I love Indochine!!!! I am a regular and i usually go on friday or saturday......when i walk in, i am greeted by lovely girls, nice ambiance, soft music, and it it perfect not only for a romantic date, but also with friends...and the crowd is young and fresh, full of energy...( i go there usually at 10 pm)\r Sometimes, i crave the food so bad that i have to stop by during the week to have an appetizer and a glass of wine at the bar......\r I love the beef salad and the spicy chicken, u gotta try it...ah, also the steam ravioli, AMAZING.....\r The place has been rocking and rolling for more than 20 years....\r i am going this friday for sure.....see you there!!!!!!\r Baci Baci\r \r more

i didn't know that i could have a bad experience without even going there.. 2/8/2008

we made reservations during restaurant week for a late friday night dinner. we had friends coming in from out of town. earlier in the day, we received a phone call confirming our reservations. however, indochine didn't think it was necessary to give us a call later in the day to let us know they had cancelled our reservations. we gave them a call 15 minutes before our reservations to let them know we would be a little late, and that's when they told us that ""con ed tapped into their gas line"" and they had no cooking gas. they didn't even bother calling us at 4:30pm, when apparently this whole fiasco happened. when we asked what they could do for our inconvenience, they said to give them a call back on monday. not for anything, but it's a little hard making reservations for a nice place in the city after 11pm. not only were we not able to experience restaurant week at a ""nice place,"" but our friday night was ruined. we didn't even bother calling them on monday - if the service was this horrible without even going to the restaurant, i can only imagine how it would be if actually did eat there. Cons: terrible service more

BAIT and SWITCH - Changed the menu for cheaper option after publishing restaurant week menu 1/28/2008

I booked dinner reservations after checking out Indochine's published Retaurant Week Menu. I sent information about the menu and the details to all of my friends and when we got there, they happened to have changed two entrees and appetizer, but never updated this information. For instance, they had duck breast and grilled striped bass on the Retaurant Week Menu, which incidentally was changed to cheaper options of poultry and fish: chicken and salmon, respectively. When I asked about it, the only answer the lazy waitress had was that they changed the menu about a month ago and that I can order the duck a la carte for $24. Also, after 20 minutes of wiating we had to flag down ""a"" waitress who finished serving us. When we ordered coffee (which was also part of the Restaurant Week Menu), they were not only surprised, but took forever to bring out an American coffee, not vietnamese. I was in Indochine, not Indiana.\r \r The wait staff completely overlooked and forgot we were there. Hostess was not friendly in the least and snooty. For its price, the most cheapest wooden disposable chopsticks were a disappointment. \r \r Overall, decore was ok, but nothing spectacular. Drinks were weak (Lychee martini is the worst I have ever had), but the appetizers short ribs and crab cake was tasty. In sum, I would certainly not go back. more

too expensive for mediocre food and ambiance 11/25/2007

I mean, it's fine, but at $175 for two people, I found the food underwhelming and the decor average. The service was good, and the place does have a nice energy. But call me cheap, I just feel that in this price range, some element of my dining experience should be noticeably above average. Go to O Mai on 9th Ave, you'll get the same quality food at half the price. Pros: Nice scene, good service Cons: high price, average food, average decor more

A wonderful dining experience 10/14/2007

I had a fantastic time dining at Indochine last week. It is definitely one of my favorites. The flower arrangements blew me away. The music and the lighting helped to created a dreamy ambience. I received great service. The seafood was especially amazing, the Chilean sea bass is the best I've had in the city. more

Great food, ambience, service and overall experience. 9/23/2007

We had dinner on a Friday night. Amazing experience. Ordered the steamed rolls (vs fried), the seabass, the filet, and the sauteed rice. Dessert - got the banana dish as well as the pineapple. Phenomenal service, very attentive, and all of the dishes were delicious and plentiful. When leaving the restaurant, I dropped my scarf and was unaware I had left it. One of the waiters ran after us, even though we were 2 blocks from the restaurant, to give me my scarf. I am definitely going back and recommending to all of my friends! Pros: Food, service, ambience, portion size, flavor, lighting. Cons: Can't think of anything. more

Interesting decor. Tacky to a point of being chic. The b... 6/24/2007

Interesting decor. Tacky to a point of being chic. The best sweet and sour fried snapper ever. I loved this... more

Interesting decor. Tacky to a point of being chic. The b... 6/24/2007

sushi_san Provided by Partner
Interesting decor. Tacky to a point of being chic. The best sweet and sour fried snapper ever. I loved this place. It just didnt have to try hard... more

exceeded my expectations 6/17/2007

I was hesitant to go to indochine based on the inconsistent reviews, but it did not dissappoint. My party had 5 people in it, and between us we tried 4 different entrees, four appetizers, and two desserts, ALL of which were delicious. I had the summer rolls for my appetizer, the filet mignon for my entree, and the hazlenut mousse cake for my dessert. Our reservation was timely honored, and while the wait staff was certainly ""wannabe model,"" i didn't find them to be too snooty. Oh, and the cocktails were flavorful, particularly the pineapple capirinha. I highly recommend indochine! Pros: takes reservations Cons: expensive more

Amazing food and service!! 3/21/2007

I am a hotel concierge and received and invite from Indochine to dine with a guest. I loved everything about this place! The food was fantastic..I had Sliced Seared Filet Mignon which comes with grilled baby corn, carrots & asparagus and it was the most tender, juicy steak you can have! the ambiance is very fun and trendy...great place for group dining...Our waitress was so friendly and eloquent...Though a bit pricey, It is worth every penny...I strongly recommend you dine at indochine! Pros: Great service, prompt seating, trendy and fun ambience more
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Owner Message

  • A favorite with New Yorkers and World Travelers since its opening in 1984, Indochine is a timeless classic that combines stylish ambience, tropical decor, and exotic French-Vietnamese cuisine that is perfect for intimate dinners and private events alike. We can host an intimate dinner for two or an event ranging from 12 to 200 guests. There are food and beverage options available for private events that can be further inquired about by calling us or viewing our website. Additionally, we offer a 3 course pre-theater menu that includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert and coffee for only $28 from 5:30-7pm. Whether you are looking for a quiet meal with a loved one or to share in a celebration with many, Indochine is the perfect place to go for style, elegance, and class. We look forward to your first of many visits!

Editorial

  • In Short
    Located in a landmark building opposite the Public Theater, the trademark palm-leaf decor has aged gracefully and the deep green banquettes are glam enough to make anyone feel...

  • 5/25/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thu 5:30pm-11pm Fri-Sat 5:30pm-12am
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, NoHo
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