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Le Philosophe

Map & Directions 55 Bond St.
New York, NY 10012
  • Bistro, French
  • Sun-Thu 11:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-12am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Let’s face it, in Manhattan and Brooklyn you have dozens of French bistros to choose from, some at prices that undercut the East Village’s Le Philosophe. Why pick this place? For one thing, it does the standards exceedingly well, including a nice roast chicken, steak frites featuring a flatiron rather than a sirloin or a skirt, mussels in the usual garlicky gunk, and a foie gras torchon that can’t be beat. In addition, Le Philosophe strays into haute cuisine territory, dishing up duck l’orange, tournedos Rossini, and lobster thermidor. Rather than being the usual sodden old warhorses found in Midtown spots, these recipes have been spruced up for modern sensibilities in a sort of New York cuisine minceur. But we’ve saved the best for last: Le Philosophe features a lengthy French wine list with full bottles priced in the $20 to $30 range, allowing you to down your French meal like a real French person without landing in the poor house.

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  • Michael C. on 02/09/13

    The bone marrow is worth the visit. Best I have ever had. Go for it!

  • naveen on 12/13/12

    the bone marrow. the roast amish chicken.

  • Maire G. on 09/17/13

    I want to tell you this place is HORRIBLE - just so I can keep it to myself! The bone marrow, wickedly sinful; the duck l'orange, dastardly delightful; the crepes Suzette, heaven. Stay away!

  • Christy K. on 08/13/13

    Food is great and price is reasonable. Frog leg is a must. Steak with seared foie grad taste really good!! The only thing is that the restroom smells like shit.

  • Andrew N. on 03/13/13

    No matter how you measure it, this place is a bargain. Top-notch technique with a tiny tab. Definitely a regular visit. (But let's keep it between us, ok?)

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