Went for dinner tonight and loved it. Been there a few times and yes it's small and crowded but the food is really great. The cajun chicken with fries is one of my favorite dishes in the city. You have to know going in that the service is going to be spotty, although my wife and I ended up chatting with the head waiter which made our experience easy and fun. I can see why the people on this board would likely bash this place, but the thinly sliced cajun chicken is top notch and the place is lively and fun......doesn't have to be quiet to be good.
I respect your dining experience at Le Bilboquet. However, I've been there a couple of times and found the attitude so parvenu that it really detracts from the quality of the cuisine. Besides being real loud, the chummy affair between the waitstaff and dining guests is a bit much. I expect waiters to be professional and even cordial, but I dont expect them to sit at my table and have engaging conversations. If your idea of dining is a romp with the limo set, Le Bilboquet is definitely for you. Otherwise, try La Goulue or other fine bistros in the same neighborhood.
OK, that's cool, glad that you enjoy it. Just try a few other bistros on the Upper East: Cafe Boulud, Jo Jo's, Table d'Hote, La Goulue...there are so many, and both the food and the crowds are much more entertaining. I guess Bilbo can be fun once or twice...the posturing and preening just get real old after a while.