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Les Halles - Downtown or Park Ave?

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My friend really wants to go after reading Kitchen Confidential, despite my repeated protests that he will not see Anthony Bourdain there. Which is the better branch?

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  1. Definitly Park...Yeah, he's not affiliated with Les Halles anymore, but it is his baby....I personally love les halles park avenue, but you may read differenly on chowhound. I never had a bad meal or experience there. Enjoy!

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    1. re: kcijones001

      I second that. I've never been to the one downtown, but the Park Ave. location is very good.

    2. Park Ave. is definitely better than downtown. I would just add that if possible, you should go for lunch rather than dinner, as it is quieter and less crowded, and as a result the service is somewhat better. There are a lot of negative opinions about the food, and while there are certainly better places around for the price, certain dishes such as onion soup, smoked herring, steak tartare, choucroute, and boudin noir (blood sausage) with apples are quite good.

      1. Park is my favorite and lower Manhattan is so torn up right now the one on John has scaffolding all around it which isn't much fun

        1. Neither. It's a mediocre factory version of a bistro. Peek in and have a drink at the bar if you must, then go to somewhere like Balthazar for much better food.

          1. Don't know about downtown, but I would avoid the Park Av. location because there is nothing about it that makes it worth going there. The food is mediocre at best; service is awful; seating is so cramped, it would make a sardine yell, "Uncle!"; and the noise level is hideously high.