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Any comments on Le Train Bleu at Bloomies?

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  • G3B Mar 26, 2007 12:34 PM
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Will be shopping with my Mom on Wed. evening and wondering whether this is a good place to get a bite to eat afterwards. Any other recs nearby would also be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Check out davidburke & donatella

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    1. re: LFeinberg

      I think db&d may not be exactly the place to go for a "bite" after shopping. It's quite upscale, and the clientele includes many of the "rich and famous." Certainly not in the same league with Le Train Bleu.

      A couple of other casual places to consider:

      Brio, on Lex & 61st St., is a pleasant Italian restaurant with good food.

      http://www.brionyc.com

      Cabana is a Cuban restaurant on 3rd, b/t 60th & 61st St. The food's pretty good, and the decor is attractive.

      http://cabanarestaurant.com/

      1. re: LFeinberg

        Did you mean David Burke's place in Bloomingdale's? big difference in atmosphere & price

        1. re: downtownstefanie

          Thank you, that is what I meant...I was looking at a website for davidburke & donatella at the same time I was typing this. :)

          1. re: downtownstefanie

            Burke actually has two venues in Bloomingdale's: Burke in the Box and the Burke Bar Cafe.

            http://www.davidburke.com/bloomingdal...

            1. re: RGR

              ...and they're right next to eachother.
              Make sure to try: tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons, big pretzel panini, cheeseburker sliders and the cheesecake lollipops!

              1. re: LFeinberg

                The panini is my favorite sandwich around. love it!

                1. re: downtownstefanie

                  Mine too! That pretzel bread is unbelieveable!

                2. re: LFeinberg

                  I had lunch at Burke Bar Café a few days ago; ate the seared salmon w. shrimp risotto & asparagus & carrots. I like the convenience and the friendly service of the place, but the risotto was the worst risotto I have ever tasted. The rice was so over cooked that it felt like mashed rice/porridge mush. It was also very greasy.

                  They must have made the risotto in the morning and then just let it sit in a hot pot for hours. The salmon tasted like farmed salmon and was left rare, when medium rare was ordered.

                  I know it is shopping season, but that is no excuse to serve your customers risotto that is cooked to death.

                3. re: RGR

                  Burke at Bloomingdales perfect for shopping break. The tuna tartare one of best I had and the $17 Kobe hot dog just hit the spot!! I also love Showtime Cafe on the &th and half floor near the bedding section for a shopping break-good decent wholesome food!

            2. If I am correctly remembering a lunch I had there last year, it's not bad - not "great, oh you must go there" - but it was okay and it was convenient. The room itself is quite charming; it looks exactly like a belle epoch dining car. Service was nice. The menu was limited but adequate for lunch. Predictably overpriced, but it's Bloomingdale's, so there you are. I seem to recall having a decent enough omelet and salad and my friend had some kind of fancy sandwich. That's not a lot to base a recommendation on, but that's all I've got.

              1. I have been a few times and so have friends. It's very convenient, with a pleasant ambience. Better for off hours so not so crowded. Food is ok, good not great. Service is similar. It fits the bill after a long shopping day/morning.

                1. Le Train bleu is overpriced. Scenery = Nil - Long wait. Their salads are good but too much seasoning+sauce on it.