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Nov 29, 2006 11:50 PM

Les Halles

Wondering if anyone has tried Les Halles on John St in lower manhattan? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Steak frite salad special good deal

    1. burger is decent but the awful service makes in not worthwhile.

      The Park Ave location is even worse.

      1. My husband and I went to Les Halles in August for dinner. It was our first time there. My husband had the steak frites. He wanted it medium rare but the waiter said the chefs had a tendency to undercook the steak. Thus, my husband changed his order to a medium. I ordered the mussels in garlic sauce. When our food arrived, my husbands steak was well done and mine tasted off. After I ate half of my entree, I realized that it was a bell pepper sauce. It was such a busy night and we were so enamored by the restaurant's association w/ Bourdain that we thought we had just went on a bad night. Furthermore, our awful waiter made us never want to come back again. He made bad suggestions, never checked up on us and was very blase. His inattentiveness made it a bad experience we never want to repeat again.

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        1. re: SarahZ

          Bourdain has never had any association whatsoever with the Les Halles on John St. As far as the Park Av. S. location is concerned, he was the chef there at one time, but he has not had anything to do with what comes out of that kitchen for several years. I gave up on the PAS Les Halles years ago. Barely mediocre food, poor service, seating that would make a sardine feel uncomfortable, and a headache-inducing noise level. In a word, blech!

        2. Anything with frites. When they are nice and crispy, they are among the best fries in town. The mussels and frites is a ton of food and a great deal. Other good things: Chicken and arugula salad, duck leg confit, hanger steak, steak au poivre, creme brulee. Service is a problem there; very inconsistent. Also, the after-work crowd tends to be the loud, heavy drinking Wall St. boys and girls. I go after 8 p.m. or on weekends. Les Halles is open every day, even Christmas, which makes it handy for those of us who work and live in the area.

          1. I have been to the Les Halles on John several times mainly because I lived and worked in Downtown. Their mussels are decent and you can choose half portion which is quite a lot already (but no frites with half portion). My experience with their steak was bad - overcooked, tough, bland, will not recommend. Service is indeed a problem and the waiters are quite slow to respond to request. Overall I would say the food is ok, not too bad but nothing special either. Just stay away from the steak...