Picking a dinner spot on the Upper West Side is a daunting task. One would think we'd be in good hands with a Lynn Wagenknecht establishment, Keith McNally's ex-wife who also steers ship at Infatuation approved Cafe Cluny and The Odeon. Not the case. Besides a couple of quality appetizers, this menu is beat street. It's standard, run-of-the-mill French Bistro fare that's overpriced and under portioned. Sure, if you live on the Upper West Side and have money to burn, you're probably content using Cafe Luxembourg as a local stop-gap to cover your basic needs. For those of us who can avoid it, we won't be using Cafe Luxembourg for much of anything.
French Onion Soup
The best part of the menu here are the appetizers, and really the only reason Cafe Lux didn't get slapped with a Wasting Your Time and Money tag. A well executed soup, albeit on the small side. Sweet, warm, and tasty.
Aside from the little cup of French onion soup, this is the best thing we've had here. The combination of poached egg, bacon, and frisee with a nice thick bacon vinaigrette dressing was nice.
We heard raves about this guy from the Infatuation faithful, but we couldn't figure out why. A very standard restaurant burger, served on a bun that was a bit too thick. It was so undercooked we had to send it back, and that's saying a lot, considering how cool we are with bloody meat.
Very similar to the stellar one served at Cafe Cluny, this is one sandwich Cafe Luxembourg does right.
Pan Roasted Chicken
Numbingly average is how we'd describe this attempt at roast chicken. It lacks any kind of crispiness, and overall was pretty sloppy.
Pan Roasted Halibut
Wow, talk about a huge bust. This thirty dollar entree, which our waitress pitched us as one of their specialties, was a total mess. A stinky piece of fish atop a soggy bed of "thai style pickled vegetables," aka cole slaw doused in a lemon vinaigrette. Avoid.
NY Strip Steak Frites
A small, eight-ounce Creekstone Farms dry aged cut of beef that was actually cooked just right, served up with some average shoe string fries. This is should be your go-to order if you happen to be here.