HOME > Chowhound > Manhattan >

L'Ecole, French Culinary Institute's restaurant

j
jrwalsh Jul 22, 2009 06:47 AM

I am researching the merits of dining for lunch or dinner at L'Ecole, the Restaurant of The French Culinary Institute. I would like to have a very good meal but don’t need to be dazzled—just not disappointed. Would anyone have tips for “guaranteeing” a lovely experience there?
-

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. u
    ukitali RE: jrwalsh Jul 22, 2009 08:19 AM

    I had brunch there and really enjoyed it. Haven't tried lunch or dinner yet but I would definitely consider going back. You have to keep in mind that it is students cooking the meal...I think however that the first dinner shift is cooked by the chefs and then then second shift is by the students.

    1 Reply
    1. re: ukitali
      j
      jrwalsh RE: ukitali Jul 22, 2009 12:19 PM

      Thanks. I was puzzled as to how to determine when the chefs cooked.

    2. financialdistrictresident RE: jrwalsh Jul 22, 2009 08:35 AM

      Went to L'Ecole for dinner some time ago. Had a good experience. Liked it better then CIA in Hyde Park. Both L'Ecole and CIA depend on talent and experience of the students. For those of us that are hounds it's also a great way to contribute to the future of the profession (and hopefully quality of our dining experiences).

      1. misnatalie RE: jrwalsh Jul 22, 2009 05:55 PM

        I've gone for dinner and had a very nice meal, enjoyable, and not disappointing at al.

        1. b
          badabingdesi RE: jrwalsh Jul 23, 2009 12:46 PM

          I've eaten there about 4 times and have never been disappointed. I don't think you will be blown away by creativity but for the price you get a high quality of food, nice wine list, and really friendly service. Definitely reccomend it.

          Show Hidden Posts