Cafe Un Deux Trois
123 W 44th St (bet. B'way & 6th Ave)
City: New York, NY
Phone: (212) 354-4148
Hours: 7am-Midnight Daily
Site: Visit the restaurant site
Chef: Luis Gonzalez
2nd Cuisine: Family Friendly
Area: West 40s
Payment: Amex Visa Mastercard
I've eaten at Cafe Un Deux Trois many times before going to the theater and even though the place is always packed and it's hard to hear your dinner companions, I go back again and again. The service is cheerfully professional with staff who know how to move the meal along so diners make the curtain and the food, while not five star, is reliable. When the restaurant opened in 1977, the French bistro was a new thing. Today, the place has lost some of its luster but no one has told the ever-present throng.
Un Deux Trois serves breakfast, brunch on weekends, and lunch, helpful if you're hitting a matinee. The Peking Duck Sandwich served on a baguette has an decent helping of shredded duck, Peking sauce, cucumbers and scallions and comes with that old Chinese favorite, French fries. The steak sandwich is also on a baguette with lettuce, tomato and fries, the steak cooked to your preference. You could start with escargots (one-half dozen), fried calamari with the usual tomatoey sauce to dip into or a decent, if not earth-shattering onion soup. There are various salads including a mozzarella and tomato and a Caesar and a large selection of "Petits Plats (small plates) that are more than ample from quiche served with salad, a Nicoise salad with tuna, anchovies and hard-boiled egg and mussels with fries.
At dinner, the steak frites is a good bet if your appetite is big enough (and your wallet fairly plump--it's $35) or you could opt for grilled salmon or chicken cordon bleu, a breast stuffed with ham and cheese in a white sauce accompanied by rice and the day's veggie.
Burger lovers will be happy--in addition to the classic beef version the restaurant offers salmon and lamb. Almost always your burger is cooked the way you want it to be--if not, speak up and it will be whisked away and replaced. If pasta is your thing, fear not--although the restaurant has a vaguely French bistro vibe, it's really geared more to the Theater District meaning they must have something for everyone. Desserts run to cheesecake, sorbet and chocolate mousse, none special but there if a diner's sweet tooth needs filling.
A full bar offers a complete line of spirits with specialty cocktails, wines and beers, both bottled and draft. You can feel comfortable here with your Great Aunt from way out of town; with tots in tow (who will love the crayons at the table); alone or with friends. There are prix fixe menus that make getting to a show a breeze and prices, though not low, aren't stratospheric either.
Review By: Mari Gold