Les Halles is the home base of Chef-at-large Anthony Bourdain, author of the best selling Kitchen Confidential (Bloomsbury, May 2000) host of the TV ... More
Les Halles is the home base of Chef-at-large Anthony Bourdain, author of the best selling Kitchen Confidential (Bloomsbury, May 2000) host of the TV Show, No Reservations. Bourdain is also the co-author of the Brasserie Les Halles Cookbook (Bloomsbury, 2004) with proprietor Philippe Lajaunie. Bustling and lively, Brasserie Les Halles is a typical Parisian brasserie serving fresh and simple dishes of France's everyday cuisine.
Had steak and Bearnaise and was not disappointed. The fries were great, although if you wanna have a pissing match about it you can probably find better. The price for a restaurant like that in Manhattan is untouchable. We had 2 steak dinners and a bottle of wine (albeit it wasn't high end) for $80.
Well, what a disappointment with all the hype that Bourdain gives this place. The fries were boring. Want great fries? Go to Pommes Frites in the East Village.My husband and I had dinner on 11-9-07 @ 7:00 pm The waiter recommended the wild boar turnover-yikes! this was a dried-out turnover, no sauce and very dry. My husband had the filet which smelled awful and he was not able to eat it. We travel quite a bit and the one thing we always try everywhere we go are steaks. The service was horrible and the place was not busy. We started off with a waiter then ended with the bartender serving us. Want great steaks? I recommend Peter Lugars in Brooklyn, Bar Americain, Blue Water Grill or Craftsteak. We only tried this place because of Bourdain. He needs to quit selling this place if this is what he calls great food and not mention them as having the best fries. He might have really fried his taste buds with all the booze he drinks on the show.
A long time New Yorker friend dragged me there one day of December last year just looking for simple quite easy lunch time. We went for French food but only got French service. Cooking was atrocious, service was from another age. We ended refusing to pay the main dish and went to a Belgian restaurant. We got there real Parisian style food experience.
The absolute worst hamburger I have ever had and they charge $18.00 for them. The bun was stale and crumbled in my hands, the meat was fair and the fries were standard restaurant issue. The service was poor and the draft beer selection limited. Please spend your time and money more wisely as there are so many other much better restaurants within this Murray Hill area.
This is a typically NY joint - very happening and bustling. The place is crowded and the tables are close together, but it adds to the ambiance.
Since Tony Bourdain is the executive chef here, the food will be classically brasserie and light on vegetarian fare. Don't bother going if you are a vegetarian since Tony is pretty vocal about his distaste for them...
Les Halles is more than a place to get a good steak, its an experience. The staff is the best, the atmosphere somehow combines a casual ambiance with upscale dining at its best!
I highly recommend the Filet du Beof au Bernaise, hmmm..... getting hungry just thinking about it. The Wine list is fantastic too, and their deserts are excellent.
Definitely one of the best restaurants I have been to.
Price-wise, its a great value, you can eat for as little as $50 for two or (if you are like me) go for a few bottles of wine, appetizers, and deserts and walk out with around a $140 bill for two. Every penny is worth it!