La Boite en Bois

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2806 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French

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Tucked away in a brownstone on the Upper West Side since 1985, La Boite en Bois has been a favorite among diners for over 34 years. With its rustic ambiance, diners are made to feel as though they are in a bistro in the French countryside. Only three blocks away from Lincoln Center, we offer a pre-theater menu. Serving classics from Escargot to Salmon to Roasted Duck to Mussels, you will be delighted with our extensive selections. We serve lunch everyday, with a variety of salads, soups, panini, and classic French dishes, such as Croque Monsieur, Seafood Crepes and Onion Soup. We also offer a prix-fixe lunch menu from Monday to Friday. Come Saturday and Sunday for our Brunch, and enjoy Eggs Benedict, French Toast or a La Boite Burger. At La Boite en Bois, which is family owned and operated, our attentive and well-trained staff will be sure to provide you with a memorable experience.

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vipMalc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Always enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. The staff was friendly, courteous, professional. Love the ambience. Cocktails perfect!

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vipLindaG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently very good. Just a wee noisy pre-theater.

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vipHealthyeater
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our friends recommended this little French bistro and we decided to try it. It is the real deal, delicious authentic French food. I actually felt like I was there! We really enjoyed our dinner and will definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced. Steak was tough

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LindaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch before a matinee we had the lunch prix fix, It is a great value. We both enjoyed the sunshine and soup and I really enjoyed my seafood crepes, I had a chocolate mousse for dessert it was amazing and so was the crème brûlée my friend had. Excellent service, cute little bistro but if you go at dinner I’m sure it will be noisy, it was perfect for lunch not too crowded. A real neighborhood gem I will come back again.

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vipOliverTC
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual. The food is excellent and choices very good. Everything about this place is really pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious😋

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MaryL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very sweet hidden away gem with excellent food, lovely menu and attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The restaurant called and texted many times to confirm our reservation. We had dined here before, and based upon our past experience we were a little disappointed. The food quality was not as fantastic as before. Everyone has an off night maybe Saturday was one of those nights.

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PhilCT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice French restaurant close to Lincoln Center. Service was excellent and we ordered soup and salad, beef bourguignon and a steak au poivre off their price fixe menu which were all very good. The only disappointment was with their deserts which were not up to the same standard as the rest of the meal. The restaurant is not very large so reservations are strongly recommended. On Saturday night at 6:30 pm, the restaurant was packed.

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vipkitkat
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This restaurant is always very consistent - however, I had to tell the wait staff THREE times that we weren't in a rush and to please slow things down - we arrived at 5:15 and expected to be there until about 7:15 - they started rushing us out by 6:15 - not cool at all!

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TheMaskedChef
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been several times in the last 5 - 10 years And have always enjoyed our experience. Good authentic French food charming service and lovely ambience. This restaurant continues to maintain its high quality over many years. We will be back!

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vipTimmmyk
New York Area
261 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy Friday evening. Greeted warmly, . Served promptly. Drinks were great. Food was terrific. Atmosphere was stimulating. Love La Boite.

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vipUpperwestsider
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite little French restaurant, never disappoints. Food superb, staff competent and extremely friendly. Great value .

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vipJimS
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic French cuisine in a traditional setting. Very friendly and accommodating service

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vipBarbaraB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great food and charming atmosphere. Service is great too.

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vipintlfoodie
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food and amazing service in this intimate neighborhood gem. Delicious brunch on Sundays, the best scallopini and seafood crepes in town. Don’t miss the wild salmon. Authentic classic French cooking. We keep coming back and so will you!

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KarenR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tightly packed and noisy for pre-theater, but I like that for a French bistro. Prix-fix for $60 was the only menu available for Pre-theater before 7:30, but I did not mind. Food very good and good value for NYC. Probably quieter if you go later.

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SailorGirl
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very good NYC pre-theater restaurant. Highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is small but amazing. The food and service was exceptional!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are always happy at Boite!
Delicious food, French ambiance.

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JasonD
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We went on Valentine's day. I felt like I was sitting in the other restaurant patron's laps. It was $90 a plate, and it was good food. The dessert was particularly tasty. The Beef Filet w/bourbon sauce was good, but not spectacular. The mushroom Ravioli was also not bad. Nothing was bad per se... But it certainly was nothing to write home about. I was disappointed because of the price, and the fact that given the good reviews, I was expecting to have my socks knocked off... That did not happen. Not even close.

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dora
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the 2nd time we had dined at the lovely little French restaurant. This time we took friends with us and have already passed on the name to several others. The place is tiny so be forewarned that you sit close to others, but it in no way diminished the pleasure of the evening.

The service is excellent and the food is delicious. They are very accommodating about making substitutions - even on a busy night like Valentine's Day! It is French, not only in service and food and charming decor, but in the typically warm French atmosphere of a small village.

We highly recommend it!

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vipPamwhj
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by friends and so very glad we listened! This is a the perfect setting for a romantic "pretend you are in France" dinner! The service was excellent (Stephano) along with every person with whom we connected. The menu is traditional and at the top of the delicious scale! (escargots, pate, duckling, steak with amazing bordelaise, chocolate mousse, creme brulee - all about as French as it gets!) Even the music (Edith Piaf) set the stage! We loved it and look forward to returning. Highly recommend!

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vipmdjnyc
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always reliable, great service

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vipPeopleCallMeV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

This places is described as a cozy spot but it’s too brightly light with tables basically on top of each other. I fail to remember “cozy” in New York is code for tiny and cramped, so I guess it’s my fault? :)

That said, it was good food and a very cute group of French waiters who kept apologizing for being attentive.

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vipLetitia
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely little restaurant, good food but very tight quarters. Pleasant waiter had to help us get seated by moving tables around.

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vipAnnaM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Eh. I mean I certainly wouldn’t call it bad but I wouldn’t call it good. Our dishes were somewhat bland and the menu not particularly inspiring. Some waiters were wonderful, others you had to ask twice for something and then ask someone else. Place is cute but obnoxiously small, if you drop something you basically have to leave it for dead. They pull the table out so you can get out then wait looking at you because you weren’t actually ready yet and have things to gather, impeding all traffic because it’s that small.

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Muhti
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Delightful, cozy spot with a great prix fixe pre opera/concert menu. Easy walk to Lincoln Center. Very good food.

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vipDrBob
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem near Lincoln Center.

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vipDavidP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s perfection, even after all these years!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place loved it

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RichardB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience of dining at La Boite en Bois could not have gone any better. Lovely space, very cozy and inviting. Warm and attentive staff. The food was sublime. Great date restaurant. Highest recommendation!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French food I have had in a LONG time. Everything was perfect and the service was impeccable as well. Very excited to have found this place and look forward to going back!

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vipBarbara
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Place is very cute but small. We had to wait for our table and since there is no place to wait they asked if we could come back in 15 minutes. We came back in 14 and someone else was also waiting. But they gave them our table. They then apologized and we waited a bit longer and were given a glass of wine.
Good wasn’t as good as we had hoped as we really wanted to find a fav french bistro which we did not.

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vipDeborahD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It was ridiculously noisy. Will never go again except for pre theater. Not at 7.

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familyfood
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food ,selection and presentation. Servers are friendly but not cloyingly overbearing, the atmosphere in the restaurant is very French but could be improved with greater spacing between tables, My wife and I look forward to our next visit.

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maril
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You get the feel of a small chalet in the Alps with French cuisine and great service. The round-shaped table for 6 was perfectly located in the room so we didn't bother the other guests nor did we hear too much from our neighbors. I liked the fact that they have leek in several dishes - it reminded me of France. The Croque-Madame was good for brunch and I recommend the chocolate mousse for desert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with exceptional atmosphere and amazing food.

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La Boite en Bois offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 874-2705.

La Boite en Bois is rated 4.4 stars by 2806 OpenTable diners.