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Paradou - 173 Reviews - 8 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 463-8345

Paradou

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8 Little West 12th St, New York, NY 10014
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Best

I've always eaten here in Paradou Restaurant. The food is very tasty, and the crew is very friendly to customers.

Worst

Cute place with back garden, great location. But, is very small, food is very average and over-priced. Nice place for a romantic date if you just stick to wine. Pros: cute, ...

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/3/2012

I took my wife here for 30th bday for brunch, which ended up being a FUN AMAZING time. There was around 20 of us who all enjoyed the Sunday brunch. more

Editorial review from Citysearch 7/21/2012

This place is fantastic,i just love it. more


I've always eaten here in Paradou 5/30/2012

I've always eaten here in Paradou Restaurant. The food is very tasty, and the crew is very friendly to customers. more

AVOID THIS SCAM DONT GET TRAPPED 9/13/2011

Lots of BAD points about this dive called Paradou in NYC! - They dont tell you there is a time limit of 1 hour on the unlimited champagne - The champagne is an unknown brand headache in a glass - The owner Vadim I think his name is, thinks he has hit a gold mine by getting everyone drunk and his sleazy jokes - The staff are scruffy and rude - There is only 1 flea infested toilet - The outside area is way too HOT nowhere to stand, literally a sauna - I bet most people who have given this a good review got wasted there! - This place is a big AVOID!!! - My food had a hair inside it, probably the moody old looking lady waitress - The staff hardly speak english - It is one big CON Have some class and decency and AVOID this flea pit of a restaurant! more

wow amazing! 7/18/2011

This little french restaurant was recommended by a friend who often goes to their brunch. What can I say: WE LOVED IT. We came for dinner during bastille week, on a thursday. The restaurant was PACKED! they were offering an unheard of deal: $17.80 for three courses dinner. We didn't take advantage of this deal and went for the regular menu! WOW. So delicious! we split their delicious plate of foie gras (their hostess pointed it to us as soon as we sat down that its a unique recipe of their chef and that it's made 5 different ways!! am I glad she did! I entered foie heaven and didn't want to get out. We also shared an entree and another appetizers (lobster appetizer which looked and tasted perfect) and duck entree. By the way, at the table next to us I saw a couple order a big prawns plate which looks and smelled so good - I saw them polished it super fast haha! I am sorry for the lengthy review but I am salivating just thinking about this place, and can't wait to go back. They were so sweet, so accommodating, our server was a delight and very knowledgeable. when we were leaving, the hostess didn't forget to say goodbye and wished us a wonderful night (many places forget about you as soon as you get served a check and pay your tips), and we loved that special attention. What a great night!!!! more

Poor customer service 7/18/2011

Never even got to eat here! Wasn't able to reach to make a reservation and when I arrived was treated rudely and then got rude response from management! See below more

excellent food and terrific wine list 3/31/2011

Once, on a chill March night, I came by Paradou. It was quite full, for a week-night. There was no hostess, and a waiter approached me, asking me politely where I wanted to land. He quickly gave me a tour of the restaurant, and I chose the front room which reminded me what it was like when I was back in France. (don't get me wrong, the garden is adorable, superbly romantic and cozy). I sat at the table by the wall with a long bench, overlooking the room. It was just me, and so I needed some entertainment, and this place is just great to people watch. The wine list was fabulous. Not too big and just enough choices to get me curious. I got me a bottle of Pomerol, and it was a perfect and not too pricey bottle of excellent red. I started with steak tartar which was one of the best I've ever had (ask the waiter to mix that for you with all the accompanying spices right there at the table for you). The portion was very generous. The entricote that I ordered for my entree was perfectly prepared and came with the most delicious, super fantastic potato gratin - best I've ever had. I also had a side of haricot vert which was excellent. I am telling the whole world about it. This is going to be my new permanent spot for weekday dinner. Thanks, Paradou. more

Makes Me Feel Home! 3/30/2011

Since I am originally from the French countryside, I really appreciate this restaurant. It is simply superb! The wines are lovely, and the food makes me feel like I am home. We will come here as long as they will have us! more

How many ways can you say aweful? 3/29/2011

I made a brunch reservation for myself and four friends for a birthday celebration. Four out of the five had arrived and were were not permitted to sit until the fifth had arrived. The hostess was quite rude. They made us stand and wait even though our table was right there waiting for us. Normally that wouldn't be a problem but the place is so tiny there was no room to stand. After about 3 minutes of standing our friend came and were were seated. more

Yum! 2/24/2011

Ohhh, I love Paradou! Always good food, good ambiance and great vibe. It is a little bit expensive, so I can only go on a special occasion, but still. Great cheese collection, amazing confitures, my favorite is a pineapple lavender, oh my! Champagne is always tasty, and since I am a vegetarian, the chef makes me a special, I am so lucky! Great grilled veggies, couscous, goat cheese and what not. The deserts are awesome, had an apple crepe which was so delicious, and once a white fluffy soft meringue with white peaches... Well will go soon! N more

Top Quality; Low attitude 9/28/2010

Paradou and I share some important values: - High quality, authentic French fare - Seasonal menus - Low-to-no attitude from the staff - Casual environment with it's own flair (not a knock-off) - Fairly priced If the weather is nice, make sure you ask for a table in the garden! I have been to big parties at Paradou that went down without a hitch; and I've been there on dates while big parties (~ 20 people) were on -- they do an amazing job of making everyone feel at home... more

Love their online marketing 8/19/2010

I've heard it said that it would be impossible to ever try every single one of the city's restaurants even if you ate out 4 meals a day; there are just too many. Now that's heavy competition. One of the things I love most about New York is the originality that abounds. A restaurant must be creative if it wants to get people in the door. This was the case with my Supper outing a couple of days ago, and this is the case with a little French bistro called Paradou in the West Village. Paradou is super creative in that I have never even been there and I'm already hooked. It all started with a Grub Street posting I came across. The owners of the establishment had been advertising that after 9 years of running their business, they were in need of some honest to goodness feedback from the people who really mattered, their customers. For those who email their comments in, a $20 coupon will come their way. So I decided I had to check out the restaurant's website. Since I'm a sucker for contests, the first thing I noticed was ""Sign up for our newsletter and enter our weekly drawing to win a $100 gift certificate."" So of course I sign up. The next nice surprise was an email in my inbox thanking me for signing up and offering me a complimentary glass of wine. But that's not all! On the restaurant's Yelp page, it lists a ""Free Wine Mondays"" special - just mention ""Wall Street"" when making your dinner reservation for a Monday night and you get a free bottle of wine with your meal. At this rate I'm going to have a feast on the house! But you know if it's good, I'll go back. And so will others. That's why they are smart cookies in my book. So if you're looking for a new cute little French place to call your own, I'd definitely check it out. more

Brunch Brilliance 6/2/2010

We enjoyed a great brunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The staff were absolutely lovely - totally friendly and happy to let us know where to visit and what to do on our trip. The meat and cheese platter was divine - and the champagne cocktails didn't go down too badly either! All in all - the perfect afternoon spent in a Provencale corner of Meatpacking! Pros: Champagne cocktails, food platters, outdoor garden more

Business owner a rightist douche 11/22/2009

This is not so much a review of the food/service at Paradou as an indictment of the circumstances of its very existence. Why anyone would EVER support a sadistic, right-wing spammer prick with their business is beyond me. There are plenty of dining options in New York that don't require patrons to do business with a demonstrable asshat. Pros: proximity to other restaurants not owned by pricks Cons: prick ownership more

Owner is abusive to his staff, according to NY Post 11/21/2009

Don't patronize this place, according to the New York Post and other sources, this owner abuses his staff to the extreme, and docks them hundreds of dollars for petty things such as not collecting enough email addresses from patrons. Just Google ""Evil New York Restaurant Owner"" for the whole story. Pros: It has food Cons: According to the New York Post, owner abuses employees more

How Rude! 11/20/2009

I went in, and didn't like the food and wanted to talk to the manager about my complaint. When he approached, he had a look of disgust. I told him what I thought, and how I was very disappointed to be paying this much for this food. He told me ""Go F@ck yourself, go somewhere else from now on!"" Me and everyone there that night couldn't believe this guy was going off like this. We paid, and left immediately. Pros: It has food, that you pay for Cons: Rude Manager more

Good staff, Terrible management 11/20/2009

I've never had such an uncomfortable dining experience. The owner constantly berates the servers in plain view of guests. I will never eat here again. Pros: Great food and great staff Cons: Management more

the best foie gras i've ever had 11/20/2009

super great time!! it was myself and four of my buddies, shared the 5 foie gras plate (it was quite large), also steak tartare, the pate trio plate ( i don't remember what its called but it was great), a head cheese which was a special and it was f'ng amazing, we had steaks and lamb for our entrees and it was all excellent. we had red wine: a couple of bottles of a reeeeal good burgundy, and finished off with espressos. will be back with the wife, i know from the looks on the faces of the girls sitting next to our table the desert and belinis were super great too. Pros: food, wine, service more

Very Cute little place 7/13/2009

We ate like pigs!!! and would recommend the Brunch to anyone if you have nothing to do but try to find your hotel after.. Free Chanpagne!! Pros: Food was wonderful Cons: small place more
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