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Coquette - Still BYO?

nns Aug 23, 2007 09:14 AM

Does anyone know if Coquette Bistro and Raw Bar in Old City is still BYO? I enjoyed it a lot when I went two weeks ago (it was BYO then), and would like to return if they still haven't gotten their license.

Thank you.

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    tbl42 Aug 24, 2007 11:00 AM

    Coquette is NOT in Old City. It is in the South St/Queen Village area of the city. It joins Ansill, Gayle, Horizons, Southwark, Django, Horizons, etc in a great neighborhood for casual great dining.

    18 Replies
    1. re: tbl42
      devain Aug 28, 2007 02:23 PM

      I heard the Chef David and his Wife walked out on friday night.

      1. re: devain
        nns Aug 31, 2007 07:25 AM

        Permanently? Do you have any more details?

        1. re: devain
          rgfoodie Sep 6, 2007 11:46 AM

          Any confirmation on this...I am supposed to have a birthday dinner there tonight - still time to change.

          1. re: rgfoodie
            JanR Sep 6, 2007 11:59 AM

            No but I just found this on menupages:

            Posted by unhappy customer on 08/29/2007
            Dont go

            Not ready to open. Food could be much better and the owner yelling at the chef in the middle of the restaurant is not exactly what a customer calls a quality experience.

            1. re: rgfoodie
              Buckethead Sep 6, 2007 12:06 PM

              I just called them, their voicemail greeting says they're still BYO.

              The food was very good and there was no yelling when I was there a day after they opened.

              1. re: Buckethead
                JanR Sep 6, 2007 01:31 PM

                No yelling when I was there either (early on). Just thought this might be a clue to what happened since the posting was at the same time this question came up on Chowhound. I'm glad to hear they are still byob.

                1. re: JanR
                  Buckethead Sep 6, 2007 01:39 PM

                  ah, I mistakenly thought that 'any confirmation on this' referred to their BYO status.

                  1. re: Buckethead
                    rgfoodie Sep 6, 2007 07:28 PM

                    Just got back from dinner at Coquette. I would say the food was good and the service was average to slightly below average. Warm Potato salad was very good. Skate was fine, but little to the dish beyond the small serving of fish and a lot of big croutons. I ordered fries on the side and they were good, but came almost when I was done with my fish. Loud - because it was pretty crowded. Not sure if I will go back....

                    1. re: rgfoodie
                      nns Sep 11, 2007 12:55 PM

                      I went back again and really enjoyed the food (again), though the service was inattentive and the noise level was horrific. In particular, I really loved the lentils-and-grilled-vegetables entree -- I am a meat eater, but these lentils were to die for. The oysters were fresh and delicious both times I was there. I'd also recommend the homemade ice creams and sorbets.

                      1. re: nns
                        rgfoodie Sep 12, 2007 07:12 AM

                        nns, I am thinking hard on this one because husband is french and he would love to have french brasserie on our list! He thought the food was good. I think that for as loud as it is, it isn't a cool enough atmosphere and with service being not good...I am just trying to compare it to Pastis or Balthazar (as many comments do) and it isn't there. Not sure I will return.

                        1. re: rgfoodie
                          Chinon00 Sep 12, 2007 09:01 AM

                          I've never been and I have two questions:
                          1) Is it "loud" because of the volume of music being played (if any) or is it simply a room with noise reflection issues?
                          2) What could give it a "cool(er)" enough atmosphere?


                          1. re: Chinon00
                            rgfoodie Sep 12, 2007 06:31 PM

                            Those are good questions! I don't even remember music, so I it must be something else. Cooler? hmmm, maybe it is the overall ambiance, setup, don't really know. I do know the service was a big issue - it wasn't just bad, but the attitude, too - kind of snobby without deserving it? if that makes sense. I liked the decor behind the bar, but don't remember the bar seeming like it would be cool to sit at and have dinner - could be BYO? Wow, now I am stretching my memory of it!

                            1. re: rgfoodie
                              Chinon00 Sep 13, 2007 06:09 AM

                              Yes you mentioned comparing this place (which again I haven’t been to) to Pastis and Balthazar (which I have been to). And the way I look at it this just might be a case of comparing apple to oranges. As I’m sure you know Pastis and Balthazar, along with Schillers, Pravda, etc, are all the brainchild of restaurant impresario Keith McNally (ala Stephen Starr here is Philly). So while there is never an excuse for poor food or service, (I’d hold Coquette accountable for that) in terms of “WOW” factor or cool or hip, to compare it to operations like Balthazar or Pastis would be unfair (I’d think).

                              1. re: Chinon00
                                rgfoodie Sep 14, 2007 07:44 PM

                                Your comments are fair. The comments on Pastis,etc...think they originated from Zagat or Philly Mag or something. Besides rude waiter, I guess the experience kind of left me with a "eh" feeling. I will be on the lookout for future positive posts, though. Until then, I will try some other places. Sounds like below, there is another similar type restaurant?

                              2. re: rgfoodie
                                JanR Sep 13, 2007 06:09 AM

                                We were there the first week and our server was very friendly. Food was good, and I don't recall it being noisy. For some reason, though, I'm not in a hurry to return -- even with it still being byob. Maybe the ambience? Not cozy. I wasn't expecting Pif, but it was not close. Eagerly awaiting Cochon (I think it's opening later this month).

                                1. re: JanR
                                  nns Sep 13, 2007 09:56 AM

                                  The first time I went, the noise level was reasonable - there were very few people there, and no music was being played. The second time, the music was incredibly loud, which in turn caused all the people to speak more loudly -- and I don't think the acoustics of the room help. I am generally not bothered by noise, I don't have hearing problems, and I'm not a complainer in restaurants -- but when it got to the point where the waiter was having trouble hearing us order, I asked if anything could be done about the noise. I believe the music was subsequently turned down a bit, but not enough to make a big difference.

              2. re: devain
                Bigley9 Sep 12, 2007 08:49 AM

                Again, any details on the chef walking out?

                1. re: Bigley9
                  devain Sep 15, 2007 11:56 AM

                  They Were unhappy about the hood not working and got into a shouting match with Cary Neff in the middle of the dining room on a Friday night, I don't think He Is Anywhere now.

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              Buckethead Aug 23, 2007 03:59 PM

              You could just call them up..

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