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“Come for the lounge and drinks....but that's it.”
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Le Colonial
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Ranked #1,163 of 13,838 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Asian, French, Vietnamese
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: Lexington Ave
Transit: E to 53rd/Lexington 4, 5, 6, N, R to 59th Street
Description: Le Colonial is a truly delightful culinary experience. Like stepping into French Colonial Southeast Asia, this two-story restaurant, designed by Greg Jordan, consists of a main dining room with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors, and vintage photos of Vietnam. Upstairs is an elegant, but lively, lounge serving a full dinner or just appetizers and cocktails. The lounge serves as an ideal setting for private parties and business dinners. Le Colonial serves an authentic Vietnamese menu with an emphasis on fresh seafood, meats, and vegetables.
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Come for the lounge and drinks....but that's it.”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

Love the atmosphere upstairs. Dark, sultry - Great date spot. Decent wine list. But every time I've dined here, the food is just OK. On the last visit the food was less than mediocre. We ordered: Cha Gio Vit, Banh Cuon, Aubergines, Bo Luc Lac.
Cha Gio Vit were crispy on the outside and not too oily, but the filling was room temperature. Not warm at all!
Banh Cuon had a very odd texture. It was slippery.... and there was too much sauce. Again, room temperature
Aubergines were tasty. Sweet aubergines and spicy shrimp stuffing were a nice combination.
Bo Luc Lac... Chewy. COLD.
I will continue to come here, not for the food, but for the sexy upstairs lounge.

  • Visited February 2012
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Hertford, United Kingdom
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251 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Enjoyed it enormously”
Reviewed 22 March 2012 via mobile

The food was terrific, the service courteous and prompt, and the ambiance delightful. The tables are perhaps a little close for an intimate dinner, but that was my only possible, minor criticism. We each had a starter and main course, and shared a dessert. It was all delicious!

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New York, New York
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Delicious, refreshing, superb!”
Reviewed 18 March 2012

It was time to go back to Le Colonial. I hadn't been there in several years, and neither had my former boss (who is now completely vegetarian -- I am not). I was hoping he would not be displeased. He wasn't.

I started with a salad called "Goi Ga" ($12). From the menu: "[C]hilled poached chicked salad with shredded cabbage, carrots, pears, onions, roasted peanuts, fried shallots and a chili ginger vinaigrette." It was exquisite. Light, but satiating at the same time. Not too acidic or hot---well balanced sweet, sour and tart. The chicken was in thin strips, perfectly cut to match the cabbage and other ingredients, so it was easy to eat. Actually, it was a thrill to eat--beautifully plated and truly delicious.

The boss started with "Goi Cuan" (Vegetarian option): "[S]oft salad rolls with poached prawns, lettuce, vermicelli, herbs and hoison chili sauce" ($9). Not a speck left on the plate.

For the main course, I had "Ca Chien Gung," "[G]inger roasted salmon with sauteed leeks, bell peppers, asparagus and basil sauce" for $25. The salmon was perfectly prepared, neither too soft, nor too crisp or hard. The portion was generous, as had been the salad, so there was very little room for dessert.

I can't wait to go back.

Service: A+
Food: A++
Atmosphere: A+ (Who wouldn't like the plants, the elegant dark wood and white tablecloths? It's a movie set of sorts, transporting you to colonial Viet Nam. Men in white linen jackets. I love it. Dress up a little, if you can.)
Price: Expensive, and worth it.

The only downside to the restaurant is the placement of the rest rooms. They're on the second floor, up a long, grand staircase. If you have a knee that's bothering you or other ambulatory problem, it's not convenient. But don't let that stop you!

  • Visited March 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Surprise”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

I eat in the city quite often but not in this neighborhood. I received a 30% offer from open table and figured I would try it.from the moment I walked in I was impressed. The gentleman up front was extremely helpful and gracious. The restaurant is as it says very colonial. The ribs , the duck rolls and spring rolls were excellent. We had the whole snapper their specialty it it was excellent. It was $40.00 but well worth the full price, although I had the discount. The profitiorels were very good. Finally we had a Sancerre that was very good with the fish. I would recommend this restaurant to locals and tourists.

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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Vietnam”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

like stepping back in time to colonial vietnam - go upstairs for a quieter spot

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Thank Steven P
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