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Le Refuge - CLOSED

166 E 82nd St, New York City, NY 10028-1822
+1 212-861-4505
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  • Excellent11%
  • Very good34%
  • Average22%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible22%
15 Nov 2009
“Cramped for Two”
2 Nov 2009
“Very Good Food, Brusque Service, Dining Rooms In Need of a Makeover”
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166 E 82nd St, New York City, NY 10028-1822
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Reviewed 15 November 2009

We made reservations and spoke to the staff to alert them that we were celebrating a birthday and were surprised that our "special table" was a cramped banquet we shared with another couple. Food and service were adequate - wine list lacking but the dessert...More

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Reviewed 2 November 2009

Le Refuge is, no pun intended, a nice "refuge" from some of its overpriced neighborhood competitors. The menu is standard French bistro fare, with generous portions and prices that are easy on the wallet. The decor is decidedly dated and feels more like Grandma's farmhouse...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2009

I recommend the escargot and foie gras.

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Reviewed 3 June 2009

With all the French restaurants in New York City, why go here? The answer is: there is no reason. The menu is adequate, the decor is adequate. But service is awful. When I asked about a dish and then decided against it, the waitress tried...More

Thank rizadorojo
Reviewed 30 January 2009

I first ate at La Refuge over 20 years ago and continue to go back with friends, family and out of town guests. It is small and charming with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The staff is always helpful and friendly, unlike many snootier and...More

Thank allertonG
Reviewed 25 November 2008

I recommend not going there. I was overcharged $500 and when I caught the mistake and contacted the host, he yelled at me and told me I was rude. It has been 3 weeks and I am still trying to get a refund.

Thank par_diii
Reviewed 13 April 2008

We love this restaurant but have not been back. We tried it a couple of evenings ago. The food was still ok but the service was horrible. Maitre'd and waiters were not trained properly. Rough and indifferent. Heard later that the restaurant had changed hands....More

1  Thank Eastsider123
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Reviewed 12 December 2007

Authentic French, Owner is a womanizer - if morals matter, don't patronize!

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Reviewed 3 January 2006

My spouse and I went to Le Refuge for Christmas dinner last year. Extremely cozy, intimate setting (ask for a table in the back room, if possible), perfect for couples, although there were a few families there. Fireside table was lovely, if the chairs were...More

4  Thank flakeysrn
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$ 41 - US$ 80
Good for
Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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7:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 166 E 82nd St, New York City, NY 10028-1822
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-861-4505
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