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Le Gigot - 51 Reviews - 18 Cornelia St, New York, NY - French Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 627-3737

Le Gigot

18 Cornelia St (at nr. 4th St.)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 627-3737
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Le Gigot - New York, NY
Le Gigot - New York, NY
Le Gigot - New York, NY
Le Gigot - New York, NY
Le Gigot - New York, NY


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I'm far from a hard core foodie but my date and I both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the overall experience for dinner here on a busy Friday night. With an 8:30 reservation, we...


It is so sad when a lovely, picturesque cozy little restaurant such as this is ruined by an arrogant, offensive self-absorbed owner, who rather unfortunately, insists on being in ...

Totally agree with last 2 reviews - owner is a nightmare 11/1/2010

It is so sad when a lovely, picturesque cozy little restaurant such as this is ruined by an arrogant, offensive self-absorbed owner, who rather unfortunately, insists on being in the restaurant from time to time. We also sent a steak back, only to have it returned to us by this sour woman telling us it was fine, and that we were wrong and she was right. I am an investor in another (successful) restaurant, and I would lose it entirely if I saw any of the managers treat a customer that way. When you begin to concern yourself about the cost of the lost piece of meat, rather than the repeat business from that customer? You've completely lost the plot. For the record, it's a restaurant, not your personal dining room. Keep it up though, it may just be soon. more

Great atmosphere, rude owner so-so food 10/31/2010

I'm a foodie who eats dinner out at least three times per week and lunch out just as often. Went here for the first time a few nights ago and while the bartender was very nice, the woman who owns the place has a really negative attitude. more

Ok food given the price point, keep the owner out! 10/30/2010

When you're paying $38 for steak/frites, the steak should be cooked as instructed..kitchens make mistakes I understand but for the owner (the one who took the best seat at the bar to herself and not for customers and then kept the door open to please herself whilst others were cold) is bad enough, but to then return from the kitchen with my returned steak and say ""it is medium isn't it"" (it was but I'd ordered medium-rare (as I said for $38 I get picky) is indefensible...almost as much as her ""enjoy the steak snipe as she finally (and to everyone's joy) left! I will go back, but I will check who's around first...the bar-tender made up for her lack of social skills however. more

A gem 3/8/2009

I'm far from a hard core foodie but my date and I both thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the overall experience for dinner here on a busy Friday night. With an 8:30 reservation, we were promptly seated; the host and wait staff were friendly, informative and effecient; the noise level was relatively quiet; the space was properly lit (not bright) and romantic. And the food, incl. escargot, duck confit and the steak, was wonderful. Factor in the upbeat yet unpretentious vibe, and I will certainly be back. more

Great everything 3/3/2009

I love this place. I usually go alone and I like sitting in the front by the bar. Oysters are always fresh and amazing. Big pour on the wine. Food is always good and they will accomodate your requests to remove or add ingredients to a dish. Staff always greets you with a smile. True it is small but it doesn't feel cramped like other places in the area. They don't try to fit in just one more table. They keep it comfortable. Pros: Great food and service more

Vive la Provence 1/6/2009

Need a French Cassolet on a cold night to warm the soul - there's none more delicious in NYC. We stumbled into this French restaurant one freezing night to find the most comforting food; the warmest host;s and the friendliest and most knowledgeable set of staff - truly devine from start to finish. The wine pairing was spot-on (and inexpensive). Even though I claim to be an expert in seafood- these crabcakes made me weep with joy. I never determined their unfamiliar spice- but it was pefect harmony with the crab. My partners steak frites were half the cost of the previous night's with twice as much spirit and taste. For an inexpensive, yet intimate and delicious night out - Ca c'est magnifique. more

Romantic Dining 12/6/2008

this restaurant serves truly delicious food in a fantastic, personal atmosphere. I would recommend this for couples. If you are looking for a Monkey Night Out with friends, probably not a good option. But for a little romance, and some great vittles, this is a top choice. Pros: romantic amb.,food more

Great For Special Occasions.. 10/8/2008

Le Gigot is one of my favorite restaurants in NY. I've dined here many times with my partner and always walk away satisfied. I've enjoyed every meal I've had there. I especially recommend them for their wine selection and terrific service. Great for special occasions. Pros: service,food more

Good Atmosphere and Fantastic Food 9/22/2008

A classic old-fashioned restaurant with great service, tons of atmosphere and fantastic food. We've been there several times, and every single thing we've ordered has been awesome. The chocolate cake with creme Anglaise was superb. We were absolutely positive we couldn't eat another bite until we got a whiff of that chocolatey goodness. Ate every bite. We usually are celebrating when we go there, so we order appetizers, entree, dessert and wine AND cocktails, and spend about $250. Its not cheap, but its not as pricey as one of those molecular gastronomy places. Pros: ambiance,style,food Cons: visa card more

Wonderful French Dinner 8/1/2008

My husband, brother and I went to Le Gigot for dinner and enjoyed our dinner. Our waiter was excellent, pacing out our meal so nicely. Everything was delicious, from the lobster salad and escargot to the duck confit and chocolate dessert. Even though the room was extremely tiny, we never felt crowded at our table. I would definitely recommend and return to Le Gigot. Pros: Food, Service, Prix Fixe Menu more

Great Food but only takes Amex. 2/25/2008

I have to say the food and service is amazing, and the atmosphere is exactly what a nice quant restaurant should be. The one thing that people should be aware of is that they take either Amex or Cash and that is it. It is really easy to rack-up a bill of over 200 so make sure that you bring the correct payment option. There are a bunch of ATMs near. Pros: Food, Especially the crab cakes. Cons: They don't take Visa. more

""Not Baby Friendly"" 2/16/2008

We have a 10-month baby. We tried to have a Sunday Brunch there around 1pm in early January 2008. The hostess was rude and after 10 minutes wait, she didn't want to give us a table and said ""they were not baby friendly"", even though the restaurant was empty. Cons: Hostess Rude, Not baby friendly more

perfect for many occasions 7/28/2007

Flexibility and quality (rather than tasteless quantity) here seem to be key: Firstly, the food: the kitchen seems talented, and even 'basic' veg seems to have a special effect of herbs and spices - perhaps its the head chef's senagalese influence (according to a regular I chatted to) that really makes the difference. in a city of overblown food menus (how many flavours do you need with one dessert?) the food does nt have to be complicated: in my view, in simple well prepared dishes bad ingredients are harder to hide. At le Gigot the simple, but such high quality dishes shine through. For example, a beautiful lobster salad, heirloom tomato salad, killer frites, or just the great berries and sorbet make a nice, but well prepared change. I cant be wrong - the bar always seems busy with repeat regulars in what seems to be a competitive part of town. There are too many good dishes I've tried to name but there really does seem to be an emphasis on quality, locally sourced organic ingredients (According to the wait staff) - and you can taste the difference, I think. Pros: quality of food, freindly service, great value brunch, cute Cons: always very busy! more

an absolute gem. wonderful food and delightful service. 6/15/2007

I'm so glad I finally made it out to Le's a gem of a spot tucked away on Cornelia...and it felt worlds away from the fray of Manhattan. Our server, Jay, achieved perfection -- professional yet completely at ease and affable. Why can't more servers be like him, seriously? Pros: wonderful attentive service and perfect simple bistro food! Cons: a little small, but still worth the wait! more

Personalized Service 6/3/2007

Two buddies and I enjoyed a birthday brunch on June 3rd and everything was top notch save for a lack of ice in my cranberry juice and a decaffeinnated cappachino being brought to the table before brunch was served. The waiter was pleasant and professional -- the food delicious and attractively presented. Two of us decided on the brioche bread in creme anglaise for dessert and the waiter must have read our minds because he recommended it to us just seconds before we ordered (mine came with a sparkler inserted into a giant strawberry to mark my birthday). This is a small restaurant with maybe ten tables maximum and we suspect a hidden gem on Cornelia Street that has a regular clientele but is not much known outside of the neighborhood -- and it should stay that way. One can tell a fine restaurant by its bathroom and Le Gigot's was clean and attractively decorated with a stylish touch of white washclothes in lieu of paper towels. Hey, when we leave a $2.00 bill as part of the overall tip that means the waiter is special and the restaurant is special. We know that $2.00 bills are lucky omens. We will be back, Le Gigot with more $2.00 bills and hungry appetites. Pros: Service/decor/wait staff/bathroom Cons: acoustics/a bit cramped more

Great Experience (Jon the waiter was perfect) 5/20/2007

We had a great experience at Le Gigot! I took my husband there for his B-day and we enjoyed everything about the restaurant. The food, atmosphere and service. Thank you to our waiter Jon for his fabulous recommendations and perfect service! It was a great dining experience! more

Shockingly Rude Service 1/20/2007

I made a reservation at Le Gigot to celebrate my birthday with my boyfriend. When we arrived (on time), however, we discovered that our reserved table was situated near the door and set up so that we were forced to sit next to each other on a bench looking straight ahead at the bar. Not exactly conducive to conversation. I asked if we could have a table where we could face each other and was told one would be available in 5 minutes. Pros: Unfortunately none experienced Cons: Service more

Amazing spot for romantic dinner 11/26/2006

I stumbled upon this wonderful place by chance about four years ago, and it has become my favorite special occasion restaurant. The ambience is warm, charming, and very romantic. The waiters are very patient, knowledgeable, and professional. Everything on the menu is delicious! I especially love the escargot, lamb chop, and seared tuna. I like to get the tuna rare to medium rare, and ask for lemon on the side. It is a very narrow space with about 20 seats, so I would recommend going there as a couple or as a small group up to 4 people. I went there for brunch some time ago and it was rather empty, but weekend reservation is a must for dinner. Pros: food, service, and great ambience Cons: tight seating, though comfortable once you settle down more

Stunning for brunch 10/9/2006

The two of us shared a cozy little table for Sunday brunch and loved every bite. The Prix Fixe menu was outstanding value - espresso coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, and a brunch dish (I had the eggs benedict) for only $15. The service was divine - polite, friendly and very quick. We thought it was a find when we first arrived as no-one was there, but within 15 minutes every table had been taken. Ce magnifique! Pros: Service, decor Cons: Small so you may have to wait for a table more

Mediocre at BEST 1/27/2006

Took my friend for dinner to celebrate his birthday - we ordered crabcakes, steak frites, and lamb. Crabcakes were excellent, however steak and lamb were okay - certainly not worth the price they were charging. The chocolate cake was also okay...nothing spectacular. I have had better chocolate cakes for half the price. That said, the ambiance is cute and cozy and staff provided excellent service. The bill came to $110 for 3 courses , which I guess is reasonable for French cuisine. But I will not be going back. Pros: ambiance, service, wine Cons: FOOD! more
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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Lunch: Tue-Fri 12pm-3pm. Dinner Tue-Thu 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 5pm-11:30pm; Sun 5pm-10pm Brunch Sat-Sun 11am-3pm
  • Payments:

    American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Downtown, Greenwich Village